Adam Dufresne, Secretary

Corrections Officer, Lake County Sheriff's Office

Class of 2015, Secretary, Red Team

​​Terri Kracht

Class of 2004, Green Team

​​Carman Cullen
Executive Director, Educational Foundation of Lake County, Inc. 

Class of 1999, Red Team

​​Sandi Moore
Executive Director, Leesburg Chamber of Commerce

Class of 2008

Carolyn Maimone

REALTOR, ERA Grizzard Real Estate, Mount Dora Office

​Class of 2010, Green Team

Michell Middleton, VP

Leasing Agent, Main Street Leasing

Class of 1999, Green Team

Kasey Hobbs

Branch Manager/Loan Officer, USB-Tavares

Class of 2012, Blue Team

Provide a forum for Lake County Leaders to increase awareness and commitment to the development of the Lake County Community.  Provide a greater understanding of the complex social and economic issues that shape the future of Lake County and its residents.  Raise the levels of awareness, knowledge and active participation in the county as a whole, to better prepare class members to lead the county in the future.

Leadership Lake County was founded in 1991 by a prominent group of community members who wanted to educate, inspire, and ultimately develop impassioned leaders within the county. Annual class participants represent the diverse and broad cross-section of industries, ages, and nationalities that comprise the evolving makeup of Lake County.

Program Details
​Each year, current and emerging leaders are identified and recruited into the program which kicks off in October with an overnight retreat designed to build teamwork, enhance leadership skills, and examine the societal aspects facing our county. In total, Leadership Lake County is a nine-session program that offers intensive, day-long learning experiences that cover the important impact areas within our community:

​​ Education
Criminal Justice
Economic Development
​Overall quality of life that makes Lake County special

Additionally, two internships must be completed to graduate. The hands-on experiences include a unique combination of lectures, tours and behind-the-scenes activities all designed to create participation and involvement among members.

​After graduation in May, class members commit to a second year of “giving back” to their community. A series of fundraisers culminate with a class project or series of initiatives all designed to leave a lasting impact and make a difference in the county. The momentum continues on through the tight-knit Leadership Alumni group with community initiatives and planned networking events scheduled throughout the year.

Board of Regents

Our Mission


About Us

Jack Holder, President

Captain, Lake County Sheriff's Office

Class of 2011, President, Red Team

​​Amy Jewell
Leisure Services Director, City of  Mount Dora

Class of 2017, Yellow Team

Glen Hall

Captain, Lake County Sheriff's Office

Class of 2012, Red Team

Mike DeGraw

Regional Operations Manager, CenturyLink
Class of 1996, Yellow Team

Layna France, Treasurer

Informatics Nurse, Cornerstone Hospice

Class of 2013, Vice Pres, Green Team

Shananne Cain

Owner/Master Designer, Shananne Cain Florist

Class of 2010, Vice Pres. Yellow Team

Chuck Hiott

Principle, BESH Engineering and Surveying

Class of 2009, Blue Team