Katrina Hill – Founding Board Member, President
Katrina works as an account executive and project manager for CNP • Clark/Nikdel/Powell in Winter Haven. There she manages marketing, branding, and related efforts for accounts such as Polk County Tourism and Sports Marketing, Comcar, Florida State University College of Criminology, Saint Leo University and the Polk County School Board. 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. She has two children attending a Montessori school and has extensively researched the Montessori Method of learning. Katrina 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 Keppler – Founding Board Member, Vice President
Natasha holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Software Engineering, an education that ultimately began within a Montessori environment. 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 – Founding Board Member, Treasurer
T. Michael Stavres is the Assistant City Manager for the City of Winter Haven, Florida, which includes oversight of Parks, Recreation & Culture, Utility Services, and Public Works. 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.
His community involvement includes serving as a Board Member and former President of Girls Inc. of Winter Haven, Board Member for the Public Education Partnership of Winter Haven, Development and Advisory Committee Chair for the Agribusiness & Sciences Career Academy for Winter Haven High School, Advisory Board Member for the Humane Society of Polk County, Chairman of the Polk State College Alumni Association and Deacon for First Presbyterian Church of Winter Haven.
Craig Clevenger – Founding Board Member, Secretary
Craig Clevenger is Teacher and Key Club Advisor at Winter Haven High School. Craig was introduced to philanthropic service as a student at Florida State University where he earned a Bachelor of Science with a focus in Public Administration. He was recognized for his professional and civic contributions as a recipient of the 2014 Polk Emerging Leaders Award. His community engagements include the Public Education Partnership of Winter Haven, Greater Winter Haven Chamber of Commerce, Toastmasters International, and 2015-2016 President for the Kiwanis Club of Winter Haven Foundation. When not in the classroom or volunteering in the community, you can find Craig on the Chain of Lakes guiding tours with Paddleboard Winter Haven.
Cindy Chilton – Founding Board Member
Cynthia graduated cum laude from Vanderbilt University’s Peabody College with a Bachelor of Science degree. She studied Human and Organizational Development and spent her junior year abroad at Cambridge University in England. Upon graduation in 1999, Cynthia promptly began her career in Human Resources at Capital One Financial.
Over the past 16 years, Cynthia has held various positions at Capital One in recruiting, strategy, project and process management, compliance, diversity, employment marketing, training, data and operations analysis, and reporting. She currently leads Capital One’s Recruiting Strategy and Analysis team.
In 2010, Cynthia earned her MBA from the University of Florida’s Warrington College of Business Administration and was awarded membership in the Beta Gamma Sigma Honor Society. She is PHR and SPHR certified (Professional and Senior Professional in Human Resources). Cynthia has been a member of the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) for over a decade and is a lifetime member of Girl Scouts USA.
Cynthia, a third-generation Winter Havenite and graduate of Winter Haven High School, returned in 2012 to raise her family. She has been a member of First Presbyterian Church of Winter Haven since childhood and teaches Sunday school. Cynthia has been analyzing and evaluating education options since her son’s birth and quickly became a passionate advocate for the Montessori Method of learning. As the mother of a current Montessori preschool student, she would like to provide more families access to Montessori’s inspiring and proven approach to education.
Audrey Nettlow – Founding Board Member
Audrey Nettlow is the current Executive Director of The Public Education Partnership of Winter Haven, Inc., a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that is committed to improving the quality of our public school system, and has held that position for the past three years. She is an advocate for students and co-runs the PEP Education Center in NE Winter Haven providing after school tutoring and enrichment opportunities to underprivileged students. Audrey is also an advocate for advanced curriculum opportunities and a catalyst behind the Cambridge International School opening this fall at Winter Haven High School. She was previously Winter Haven High School’s Volunteer of the Year in 2011 and formed the Winter Haven High School Academic Booster Club, raising money and awarding grants to teachers to increase learning opportunities and academic performance. Audrey owns and operates Paddleboard Winter Haven, Inc., has a B.S. degree from University of Florida in Food Science and Nutrition, and has held positions in infectious disease research, clinical microbiology, medical clinic administration, LMT, and group fitness instruction.
Martha Santiago – Board Member
Dr. Martha Santiago works as the provost for Polk State College’s Winter Haven campus, Lake Wales centers, and Northeast Polk satellite location. As provost, Dr. Santiago oversees all aspects of her assigned locations, from faculty members to facilities.
Prior to being named provost in 2014, Dr. Santiago was the dean of academic affairs for Polk State’s Winter Haven campus and Lake Wales centers.
Her work at Polk State College is just the latest chapter in a decade-spanning career in education. Earlier in her professional life, she worked for the Polk County Public Schools as a teacher, principal and district ESOL director. She also served as a member of Polk State College’s District Board of Trustees for 10 years.
Dr. Santiago holds a doctorate degree from the University of South Florida, a master’s degree from Florida International University, and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Puerto Rico.
A resident of Winter Haven since 1979, Dr. Santiago also volunteers many hours of her time to community causes, serving as a board member for the United Way of Central Florida, Good Shepherd Hospice, the Haines City Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development Council, Heart of Florida Hospital, the Winter Haven Chamber of Commerce and Main Street, Polk Vision, and Women’s Resource Center.
She has been married to Alex Santiago for four decades, and is proud mother of two and grandmother of four.
In all she does, Dr. Santiago is guided by Mother Teresa’s words: “A life not lived for others is not a life.”
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