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Sheena Butts

Sheena M. Butts is the Associate Vice President of Surgical and Procedural Services for Lakeland Regional Health Medical Center. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications from the College of Charleston, a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering from the University of South Florida, and a Master’s of Science in Engineering Management from Penn State University. She is a certified ASQ Six Sigma Black Belt and a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives. Prior to joining Lakeland Regional Health, Sheena taught middle school mathematics at Blake Academy. Sheena is passionate about changing the paradigm of healthcare delivery and has mentored numerous high school and college student interns. She is a Lakeland native who was Valedictorian of McKeel Academy’s 2001 graduating class.

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Stephanie L. Campbell

Stephanie is currently the Director of two Upward Bound programs with Polk State College. Being a Director, has been one of the best undertakings she has encountered. Doubling the number of students to serve in Polk County, which also means increasing the budget and managing 30 staff and millions of federal dollars.

Stephanie majored in Psychology with a minor in African American studies at Florida Southern College, graduating Cum Laude in 2004. After several months, Stephanie became bored, and thought going back to school to obtain another degree would equip her for bigger and better opportunities in the future. She attended Nova Southeastern University Fischler School of Education where she earned her Masters Degree in Education. Stephanie is just as proud to be a graduate of Leadership Winter Haven Class 23 and Leadership Polk.

Stephanie so often wondered where her education and career in public service would take her, while raising her four children who were also the major influences in her life: Gregory, Larry, Jessica and Francesca. "They were my cheering team even when I didn't feel like cheering. They were always very supportive of the way I handled life, and sometimes when advice was not enough, there were obstacles to cross, challenges to face; we impacted each other by sticking together. They kept me motivated and reminded me that my goals were still attainable, as long as I continued to work hard and dedicate myself." (My Fan Club at its finest)

After working in public service and became acclimated with the processes, she wanted to make a difference in other people's lives that crossed her path. Beginning with her first scholarship received to attend Stanford University to participate in the Charter Institute for Program Development and Evaluation with Sociometrics where she completed in the top of her class. Stephanie also has been featured on several different occasions in the local media outlets - The Ledger, as well as BayNews9 while presenting keynotes on various subjects. Stephanie says, “I am certain that I am making a difference in the lives of others, no matter what socio-economic status or background people may come from.

Stephanie is very active in her community where she serves on numerous non-profit organizations' Board of Directors, Community Foundations, in Polk County. Stephanie has served as one of the initial Co-Chairpersons for the first Focus on Leadership in Winter Haven which began in 2004. Focus on Leadership was established to provide highly motivated individuals firsthand information and experiences in the educational process of issues on a local, state, and national levels as well as a sense of personal involvement in society. Stephanie believes that community involvement is not limited to just “writing a check” and has taken an active role in supporting organizations that benefit those that may need a hand up, by volunteering.

According to reports from very reliable resources, Stephanie has mastered several other undertakings, being a mother is number one priority, career woman, community volunteer, being Lifelong learner and keeping her family in touch. Her little pet peeve is “Don’t invade my time, by being late and unprepared.”

Despite all her honors and achievements, Stephanie is proud to share her relaxing moments which are dining out, photography, the beach, traveling, reading, concerts, Broadway theater, and of course, being a risk taker -smart investor. Stephanie is the 2022 State President, of the Association of Florida Colleges.

“I never thought I would know the life I wake up to every morning. Imagination is everything. I will always leave the world a little different from how I found it. When the Chapter is over, turn the page.”

Stephanie L. Campbell
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Michael Clanton

Michael Clanton, is the SVP- Area Executive of CenterState Bank, N.A. He began his career in 2001 with a local community bank and joined CenterState Bank, N.A. in 2010. Michael is a graduate of Bartow High School and University of West Georgia where he played baseball while earning his B.S. degree in Finance. He and his wife Katie are Bartow natives and have three children currently attending McKeel schools. Michael brings 17 years of banking, financial and management experience to his role with The Schools of McKeel Academy. In addition to our board, Michael serves as the Board Chair of Heartland for Children.

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Frank McCaulley III

Frank McCaulley is a Polk County native who attended Boswell Elementary, Polk City Elementary, Stambaugh Middle School and graduated from Auburndale High School in 1998. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish from Florida Southern College (2001) and a Master of Science degree in Educational Leadership from Nova Southeastern University (2005).

Frank currently serves as the Director of Operations for Trinity Presbyterian Church. He is a member of the Lakeland Kiwanis Club and a graduate of Leadership Lakeland (Class XXXIV).

He has been married to Laura for 17 years and they both taught at McKeel Academy of Technology in the early 2000’s. They live in Lakeland with their four children who each attend McKeel.

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Seth McKeel

Seth McKeel, is the Managing Partner of Southern Strategy Group of Tampa Bay and recently concluded a long and distinguished career in public service that began in 2000 with his election to the Lakeland City Commission at the age of 24. He was elected to the Florida House of Representatives in 2006 and re-elected subsequently until the conclusion of his eight year term limit in November of 2014.

Seth is a native of Polk County and the grandson of Seth G. McKeel for whom the original school is named. His vast experience with the charter school movement and serving on the McKeel governing boards since their inception has proven valuable to the schools’ growth.

A graduate of the University of Florida (UF), Seth was awarded the Presidential Medallion, one of the University’s highest awards, for his contributions and service to UF and higher education in our state. Seth is a Graduate of Leadership Florida, Leadership Lakeland, and a member of Florida Blue Key – “Florida’s oldest and most prestigious Leadership Honorary since 1923.“

In addition to our board, Seth proudly serves on the Board of Directors of the Fish and Wildlife Foundation of Florida and is a member of Leadership Florida’s West Central Florida Regional Council.

Seth and his wife Kim, live in Lakeland with their two children, Seth III and Caroline.

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Michael Peeples

As the Director of Land Acquisition and Development, Michael Peeples is responsible for all the real estate activities for Southern Homes of Polk County. He is also co-owner of MEGG Investments, a local real estate investment group. Michael is a graduate of Lakeland High School and Tennessee Tech where he played football while earning his BS in Finance and MBA, with an emphasis in management information systems. He and his wife Katherine are Lakeland natives, and both want to have an influence in early education not only for their own children, but to make the community where they grew up a better place. They have a son in kindergarten attending South McKeel Academy, and a 3-year old daughter. Michael currently serves as President of the Achievement Academy Board of Trustees, is a member of the Leadership Lakeland Alumni and Polk County Builders Association.

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Andrew Snyder

A Florida native and fifth generation Lakeland resident, Andrew Snyder is the Graphics and IT Director for Dixie Signs, Inc. As a third generation Florida Sign Contractor, Andrew specializes in the manufacturing and installation of professional custom signage throughout the state of Florida where he’s also a licensed Real Estate Agent. A graduate of Florida State University, Polk State College and Lakeland Senior High, Andrew has served his community in various capacities. In addition to serving as the current Board Chair for The Schools of McKeel Academy, Andrew also serves as the Vice Chair for the City of Lakeland Planning and Zoning Board. He was past Chair for the City of Lakeland Historic Preservation Board, as well as a member of the City of Lakeland Code Compliance Board and a Board Director with The Lakeland Rotary Club. He is a graduate of Leadership Lakeland Class 30 and a proud volunteer with youth sports. He and his wife Carly are the parents of two McKeel students’.

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Phillip E. Walker

Phillip Walker graduated from Kathleen High School and has a Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Rollins College. Prior to his retirement as Owner and Agency Principal of a Lakeland Allstate Insurance agency for over 26 years, Mr. Walker was a Lakeland Police Officer.

Commissioner Walker is President of Florida League of Cities and also serves on the Advisory Board for the Salvation Army, the Board of Directors for Chapters Health System, Christ Community Christian Center Church, the Board of Trustees for The Schools of McKeel Academy, and is an active member of other community organizations. He is also a Founder and Board Member of the Lakeland/Polk County Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. In 2015, he was inducted into the Kathleen High School Hall of Fame.

As a City Commissioner, Mr. Walker serves on the following committees: Legislative Committee, Utility Committee, Lakeland Area Mass Transit District, and the Transportation Planning Organization. As the current President of the Florida League of Cities, he is on the Advocacy Committee and the Ridge League of Cities' Regional Advocacy Team. Walker serves on the Ridge League of Cities and the Florida League of Cities Board of Directors. He also serves on the Florida Municipal Insurance Trust Board and is Immediate Past President of the Florida Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials.

Mr. Walker is married to Cappie D. Cooke, and they have three children; Janelle, Jaela, and Christian Phillip; and one granddaughter, Zoë. Two other young men are also a part of his immediate family, Tony and John Eric.

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