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Anne Black is the community relations coordinator for HPH Hospice in Citrus County. She has 30 years experience as a health educator and community relations expert. Anne and her husband Jerry, moved to Citrus County from St. Petersburg in 1989. She is a member of the Rotary Club of Inverness and Florida Public Relations Association. She is also on the board of the Senior Foundation of Citrus County and is chairman of the School Health Advisory Committee.
Bonnie Clark is currently Associate Provost on the Spring Hill campus of Pasco-Hernando Community College (PHCC). Prior to her appointment to the Spring Hill campus in November 2009, Bonnie held positions at PHCC as Dean of Arts and Sciences, Associate Dean, and Assistant Dean of Student Development. She has a master’s degree in counseling psychology from Gannon University and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Mercyhurst College. She is currently completing her doctoral studies at University of South Florida.
Dr. Dennis Wilfong founded Innovative Technology, Inc. He received the 1988 Business of the Year Award, the 1989 Free Enterprise Award, the 1992 Businessperson of the Year Award, the 1996 Environmental Safety Award, the 1996 Business of the Year Award from the Hernando County Chamber of Commerce and the 1996 Governor’s Award. Dr. Wilfong has assisted the development of business locally and has chaired the Business Development section of the Hernando County Summit. He serves on various advisory boards for the county.
Joanie Pochis is a registered nurse at Seven Rivers Regional Medical Center and a longtime resident of Citrus County. Joanie has more than 11 years experience in healthcare and currently serves as a member of the Quality/Risk Services team and manages the Employee Health, Worker’s Compensation and Infection Prevention programs at Seven Rivers Regional Medical Center. As a resident of the Nature Coast community her enthusiasm and commitment is to promote excellence in healthcare for Citrus County.
A Florida native, Josh Wooten has called Citrus County home for more than 25 years. He became president/CEO of the Citrus County Chamber of Commerce in March 2009. He served as county commissioner from 2000–04 and was a founder of Keep Citrus Beautiful. He served on the Citrus Memorial Health System Advisory Board and the Citrus County Stakeholder’s Advisory Group. As Chamber president, he is actively involved with the Citrus County Economic Development Council on a daily basis.
Katie Lucas, public information officer for Nature Coast EMS, has lived in Citrus County more than 21 years. She is an active member in the community working with several business and charitable organizations. Her background includes marketing, sales, public relations and graphic design, and she has worked in radio, television and newspaper. Her duties at Nature Coast include working with the other county emergency responders, dispersing public information, community outreach and speaking engagements.
Katie Mehl is the public relations coordinator for Citrus Memorial Health System. She holds both a Bachelor of Arts (BA) and Master of Arts (MA) in Mass Communication from the University of Central Florida. She is a member of the Florida Public Relations Association (FPRA) and is acting president-elect for the Nature Coast Chapter of FPRA.
Kay L. Wilkes
Kay Wilkes is president of the Citrus/Inglis market for Capital City Bank. In 1972 she joined Southeast Bank in Sarasota as an assistant vice president of finance. In 1979, she moved to Barnett Bank of Sarasota. In 1984 she helped establish the Barnett Bank of Citrus County and two years later assisted in establishing the Barnett Bank of Hernando County. Kay is active with the Rotary Club and is on the Board of Directors of United Way of Citrus County.
Lanny Husebo is president and CEO of Husebo Advertising and Public Relations. Founded in 1962, the company is celebrating its 50th year in business in 2012. Lanny specializes in marketing and building medical practices through the use of traditional and social media. He is married with six children and four grandchildren. His son, Wendell, has joined the family business with a focus on Internet marketing.
Lynn Van Meter
Lynn Van Meter is the owner and CEO of Fiddlehead Marketing Advertising Public Relations, located in Spring Hill. She holds a Master of Business Administration degree and a bachelor’s in public relations. In addition to meeting the needs of her clients, Lynn is actively involved in several non-profit groups, which include the Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce, and serves on the board of directors for the Florida Blueberry Festival and the Life Center.
Mary Jo Paige
Mary Jo Paige is part of the marketing team at Oak Hill Hospital and has more than 20 years experience in the advertising agency business working for Young and Rubicam, Bozell Worldwide and ultimately becoming a principal in Ellis and Paige Advertising in Tampa. She has a Master of Science Degree in Advertising from the University of Illinois and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. She is a graduate of Leadership Hernando and Leadership Tampa Bay.
Michael D. Heard
Michael D. Heard is a partner of the Silverthorn Country Club, LLC; president of the Florida Blueberry Festival, Inc.; director/ president of the Brooksville Vision Foundation; and the City of Brooksville Assistant Ambassador of Commerce and Employment. Prior to moving to Brooksville in 2001, Michael owned and operated the Island Print Company in Sanibel Island and Jerry Heard Enterprises, Inc., an industrial product importing company. She also represented Gilligan O’Malley Sleepwear, Inc., in New York as a national account manager.
Natalie Leibensperger, D.O., FACOOG, is board-certified by the American Osteopathic Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology and is a Fellow of the American College of Osteopathic Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Her practice, “My Gynecologist,” is located on County Line Road in Spring Hill. In addition to the treatment of women’s health issues and obstetrics, Dr. Leibensperger is an advocate for the diagnosis and treatment of urinary incontinence through medication or minimally invasive surgeries. mygyn.net.
Patricia Crowley, IOM, has been a resident of Hernando County for 23 years. With more than 30 years experience in sales and business management, she joined the Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce in the spring of 2000 and was promoted to president/CEO in 2004. Patricia serves on the Oak Hill Hospital-Board of Directors, the Suncoast Trail Advisory Group, the Career Central Workforce Transition Committee, and is president elect of the Kiwanis Club of Brooksville.
Sam Shrieves is the marketing president of Capital City Bank for Hernando/Pasco. He started his banking career in Hernando County in 1978. Sam attended Pasco-Hernando Community College, graduated from the University of Florida School of Banking in 1986 and from the Graduate School of Banking of the South at Louisiana State University in 1991. He serves on the Greater Hernando Chamber of Commerce, United Way of Hernando County, Oak Hill Hospital Community Advisory Council, and the Hernando County Education Foundation.
Vince Vanni has devoted more than 35 years to creatively marketing a variety of products, programs and organizations. He has a reputation for creativity, efficiency, and above all, effectiveness. He enjoys a lucrative practice and is consultant to some of this area’s leading businesses, medical practices and public officials. In 2005, Vince was the recipient of the Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce Small Business of the Year Award and Chamber Service Award.
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