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Leadership St Pete® Announces Executive and Planning Committee Appointments, Class of 2024 Applications, and Class Project Beneficiary Applications

Leadership St Pete® Announces Executive and Planning Committee Appointments,

Class of 2024 Applications, and Class Project Beneficiary Applications


ST. PETERSBURG, FLORIDA – Leadership St. Pete® (LSP) announces the selection of the Executive and Planning Committees for the Class of 2024.

The LSP Executive Committee includes:

LSP Chair: Leslie Hafer, St. Petersburg College, LSP Class of 2020

LSP Chair-Elect: Jenna Stock, Raymond James, LSP Class of 2021

LSP Immediate Past Chair: Maggie Knaust, Trenam Law, LSP Class of 2016

LSP Alumni Association President: Sheron Brown, LSP Class of 2018

St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce: Chris Steinocher, President & CEO

To serve on the LSP Planning Committee, candidates must be graduates of Leadership St. Pete® and must submit a written application. The Planning Committee is selected based on the program needs for the upcoming year. Those selected to serve must be active members of both the LSP Alumni Association and the St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce.

Planning Committee members for the Class of 2024 include:

* Al Gentilini, University of South Florida, St. Petersburg Campus, LSP Class of 2023

* Allison Nall, Eckerd College, LSP Class of 2022

* Bari Becker, Bayfront Health, LSP Class of 2022

* Beverly Warren, Eckerd College, LSP Class of 2023

* Callie Barber, Olivia Poppy Salon, LSP Class of 2023

* Carson Williams, City of St. Petersburg, LSP Class of 2021

* Chloe Firebaugh, M/I Homes of Tampa, LLC, LSP Class of 2020

* Cody Lance, St. Petersburg Police Department, LSP Class of 2022

* Danielle Guarino, CodeBoxx, LSP Class of 2022

* Debbie Viveiros, The Bank of Tampa, LSP Class of 2020

* Demetrius Taylor, Assurant, LSP Class of 2023

* Eric Vaughan, Mayor's Office, LSP Class of 2022

* Erin Flock, Seacoast Bank, LSP Class of 2023

* Frank Sepcic, Harvard Jolly|PBK, LSP Class of 2020

* Jake Moore, Moore Resources Insurance, LSP Class of 2023

* John Crum, WJCreate Construction, LSP Class of 2010

* Kristen Brauer, Healing Hands for Pets, LSP Class of 2023

* Lynne Stamey, Self-Employed, LSP Class of 2019

* Matt Dieter, Self-Employed, LSP Class of 2013

* Megan Kramer Watson, Eckerd College Leadership Development Institute, Class of 2002

* Morgan Puttick, Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital, LSP Class of 2023

* Roger Ross, Morean Arts Center, LSP Class of 2021

* Shawn Drouin, City of St. Petersburg, LSP Class of 2020

* Sophie Moenter, Power Design, LSP Class of 2022

* Stacy Alexander, Shorecrest Preparatory School, LSP Class of 2020

* Steve Marciano, BayCare Health Systems, LSP Class of 2023

* Tina Fischer, St. Petersburg College, LSP Class of 2004

Leadership St. Pete® Class of 2024 applications are now open and are due Tuesday, September 26, 2023, at 5:00 p.m. Several information sessions and open houses have been held to answer questions about the application process and the program. The remaining dates and times for these events are:

September 14 – Info Session 8:30-9:30 AM @ St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce

September 20 – Open House 5:30-7:30 PM @ 3 Daughters Brewing

Applications will be reviewed anonymously by the Selection Committee and Executive Committee and the top 50 applicants will be invited for interviews in late October.

As the 2024 Chair of Leadership St. Pete, I invite you to embark on a transformative journey that transcends boundaries. Join our ranks and discover the heartbeat of our city, weave enduring connections, and sow the seeds of positive change in our community. Whether you're taking your first steps as a fresh leader or bringing a tapestry of experience, this is your opportunity to learn, bond, and give back.” said 2024 Class Chair, Leslie Hafer of St. Petersburg College.

Each year, the Leadership St. Pete class gives back to our community through the Class Project, a civic engagement, community service project that is completed during the term of the program — a cornerstone of the LSP experience. A typical Class Project requires the class to create awareness, fundraise, and work hands-on at the nonprofit’s physical site to rehab a facility in need of some tender loving care.

The Class Project application is now open, and the deadline to apply is October 9, 2024, at 4 p.m. If you are a registered 501(c)(3) organization and would like to attend a 30-minute Zoom info session to learn more about the LSP Class Project and the process to apply, register at

This year’s patron sponsors are St. Petersburg, Duke Energy, and Eckerd College Leadership Development Institute.

To learn more about sponsorship, nominate a candidate, apply for the Class of 2024, or apply to be the Class Project Beneficiary, visit


The mission of Leadership St. Pete® (LSP) is to identify, recruit, and develop leaders who represent the diversity of our city and who will assume future leadership roles in our community. The LSP program is made possible through the generous support of community partners like Duke Energy, Eckerd Leadership Development Institute, and St. Petersburg College, Patron Sponsors of the Class of 2024. Learn more at


The St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce®, originally founded in 1899, now serves over 1,300 member businesses and organizations. Continually identifying ways to create and enhance opportunities to do business in St. Petersburg, the Chamber works to improve the local economic climate and to build a thriving business environment. The Chamber represents perspectives of local business in St. Petersburg, providing and fostering leadership on important business and community issues. Information is available at



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