Meet our Board of Directors
Katrina Hill – Founding Board Member, President
Katrina works as an account executive, marketing strategist and project manager for CNP • Clark/Nikdel/Powell in Winter Haven. There she manages marketing, branding, and related efforts for clients that span industries such as tourism, higher education and finance. She has a bachelor’s degree in Advertising from Florida Southern College. Throughout her career, Katrina has gained valuable insights into the inner workings of a successful business, return on investment tracking, and marketing both long-standing companies and launching new ones from the ground up. She also has experience conceptualizing and managing integrated multimedia campaigns for a variety of industries. As a co-founder of Cypress Junction Montessori she is a huge believer in the school’s mission and authentic approach to Montessori education. She has two children attending CJM. Katrina also serves on the Board of Directors of the Winter Haven Public Education Partnership working to partner with local public schools to support public education in Winter Haven.
Tasha holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Software Engineering, an education that ultimately began within a Montessori environment. She has worked in various industries including classical music, theme park entertainment and custom software. She is the mother of two Montessori students and is a big proponent of the Montessori education philosophy. She is currently a Software Engineer for CertiPay.
T. Michael Stavres is the Assistant City Manager for the City of Winter Haven, Florida. He earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Leisure Services & Studies and Master of Science Degree in Recreation & Leisure Services Administration, both from Florida State University. He is Certified Public Manager through Florida State University, a Certified Parks & Recreation Professional through the National Recreation & Park Association and is a former President of the Florida Recreation & Park Association. Prior to joining the City of Winter Haven in 2001, Mr. Stavres worked with the cities of Temple Terrace, Lakeland and St. Petersburg and Orange County.
A 2001 graduate of Lake Region High School, Craig returned to Polk County Public Schools as a teacher at Winter Haven Senior High School from 2009-2017. He is a Life Member of the Florida State University Alumni Association and graduate of the Educator Preparation Institute at Polk State College. As an advocate for education, Craig serves on the Board of Directors for both Cypress Junction Montessori public charter school and Public Education Partnership of Winter Haven (PEP). He has leveraged his social capital to generate support for local nonprofits, including Polk Education Foundation and local Boys & Girls Clubs. After volunteering on the Youth Leadership Polk Advisory Council, he worked as a consultant for Polk Vision in 2018 to develop community volunteer programs supporting pilot initiatives in local public elementary schools to improve student attendance and school health.
Craig was recognized for his professional and civic contributions as a recipient of the 2014 Polk Emerging Leaders Awards and was selected as the Outstanding Club President for the Florida District of Kiwanis International in 2016. He was appointed to by the City Commission and elected Vice Chair for the City of Winter Haven Charter Review Committee in 2017 and is a member of the Greater Winter Haven Chamber of Commerce Government and Legislative Affairs Committee. Craig is a graduate of Leadership Winter Haven Class 38 and Emerge Serves Class 6, and currently serves as Vice Chair for the Endeavor Winter Haven young professionals group. Through is company @theClevision, Craig guides new and potential residents through familiarization tours helping his guests assimilate to the community while introducing locals and tourists to the lakeside lifestyle along Florida’s Inland Coast.
Stephanie Benton – Board Member
Niki Martin – Board Member
Board Meeting Schedule
All board meetings begin at 5:00 and are held at Cypress Junction Montessori unless otherwise noted.
- Monday, August 19, 2019
- Monday, September 16, 2019
- Wednesday, October 16, 2019
- Thursday, October 23, 2019 8:15am
- Wednesday, November 20, 2019
- Wednesday, December 18, 2019
- Wednesday, January 15, 2020
- Wednesday, February 19, 2020
- Wednesday, March 18, 2020
- Wednesday, April 15, 2020
- Wednesday, May 20, 2020
- Wednesday, June 17, 2020