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STATEMENT RELEASE: Class IV of The James Mad⁠i⁠son Ins⁠t⁠⁠i⁠⁠t⁠u⁠t⁠e Leaders Fellowsh⁠i⁠p Announced

By: The James Madison Institute / 2017


August 17, 2017

Shelby Hobbs


Class IV of The James Madison Institute Leaders Fellowship Announced
~ Incoming class adds more than 80 top professionals to growing liberty network across the state ~

TALLAHASSEE– The James Madison Institute (JMI) today announced the fourth class of the Leaders Fellowship, selecting more than 80 top young professionals from across Florida. This component of the Institute’s growing liberty network now consists of hundreds of accomplished leaders from a variety of different fields – who are all making great strides toward improving Florida’s communities. The JMI Leaders Fellowship is a yearlong endeavor designed to encourage and promote the growth, development, knowledge and networks of professionals under the age of 40 who live and work in the Sunshine State.The program has representation in five key regions of the state: Tallahassee, Jacksonville, Tampa, Orlando, and South Florida.

“Every year, we continue to be impressed by these dedicated individuals. They have already achieved so much in their careers and have taken time to give back through involvement with other charitable organizations and board leadership. We learn a lot from the unique expertise and diverse experience represented in each class. We value the productive discussions that take place and the ideas that are shared throughout this program,” said Dr. Bob McClure, JMI president and CEO. “This immersive fellowship experience provides each participant with the opportunity to become more well-rounded in their knowledge of the public policy decisions that impact their daily lives and the lives of their friends and families.”

Through this program, the Leaders Fellows will have the opportunity to hear from various industry experts and attend networking events in their area and in other regions of Florida. After graduating from the JMI Leaders Fellowship, each class is placed into an alumni network of other peers and professionals, which helps support the promotion of the program and seeks to provide speaker and topic suggestions for future classes. Past Leaders Fellows class lists can be foundhere. The current JMI Leaders Fellows Class IV includes:

JMI Leaders Fellows Class IV (2017-2018)

Statewide Executive Board (At-Large)

Harout Samra (Chair), DLA Piper
Vance Aloupis, Children’s Movement of Florida
Sara Clements, Step Up For Students
Alexis Flowers, Step Up for Students
Robert Gidel Jr., Gardner Brewer
Glen Gilzean, Central Florida Urban League
Keith Sonderling, Gunster


– Co-Chair: John Barnes, Veritec Solutions
– Co-Chair: Randall Richardson, 5th DCA Regional Conflict Counsel

Adam Brandon, Rodgers Towers, P.A.
Daniel Caudy, Jacksonville Jaguars
Jonas Cummings, Judicial Law Clerk
Elizabeth Feusltel, Jacksonville Civic Council
Justin Hoover, Barron's Wholesale Tire
Clayton Levins, Jacksonville University
Alexander Pantinakis, Majority Strategies
Jamie Siegmeister, Graduate Student


– Chair: Brittany Corfman, Office of U.S. Senator Marco Rubio

Dylan Fisher, Florida House of Representatives
Raychel Garcia, Wicker Smith O'Hara McCoy and Ford
David Hoyt, America’s Future Foundation
Lawrence Lyman, Tactical Electronics Corporation
Andrew Metante, Office of U.S. Senator Marco Rubio
Alex Newman, Liberty Sentinel Media
Caroline Nickerson, University of Florida Psychiatry Department
London Rotundo, Office of U.S. Senator Marco Rubio
Sydnie Tiseo, Florida House of Representatives
Jeremy Waller, Goodwill Industries of Central Florida
Lydia Walsh, Office of U.S. Senator Marco Rubio

South Florida:

– Co-Chair: Antonio Lopez, Access Global, LLC

– Co-Chair: Ryan Hnatiuk, Republican Party of Palm Beach County

Meredith Biggs, Gunster
Amy Bisceglia, The Ruben Group
Katrina Castillo, Children's Legal Services
Luis Delgado, Circuit Judge
Gloria Kelly, Village of Wellington
Christopher Lebrun, Hertz Corporation
Christina Martin, Pacific Legal Foundation
Aramis Perez, Independent Consultant
Dr. Jorge Rice, Quadrant Mediation Inc.
Jeremiah Schwarz, K&L Gates LLP
Christine Shaw, Palm Beach County Legislative Delegation
Scott Singer, Attorney
Dominique Whiting, Office of Congresswoman Ros-Lehtinen


– Co-Chairs: Tara Reid, Strategos Group

– Co-Chairs: Jason Borger, Hancock Bank

Benjamin Glen Bishop, GBE, LLC
Alejandro Blair, Florida Senate
Kevin Brown, Florida Senate
Alexia Dawes, Florida Department of Economic Opportunity
Jake Farmer, Florida Retail Federation
Cody Farrill, Florida Department of Transportation
Elizabeth Blair Hancock, University of Florida – Office of Government Relations
Denise Harle, Office of the Florida Attorney General
Nathan Harvey, Executive Office of the Governor
Andrew Kalel, Shutts & Bowen LLP
John Kotyk, Florida Senate
Logan Lewkow, LobbyTools, Inc.
Brandon Miller, Florida House of Representatives
Brittney Prahlow, ContributionLink, LLCS.
Ivey Rooney, Republican Party of Florida
Ryan Salazar, Department of Children and Families (Tallahassee Headquarters)
Cody Short, Florida First District Court of Appeal
Rebecca Weaver, United Way of the Big Bend
Chase Williams, RMDC, Inc.
Jeff Williams, Earl Bacon Agency, Inc
Charles Withers, Florida House of Representatives


– Co-Chair: Brian Reeves, Fantastic Sam's Village Systems, Inc.

– Co-Chair: Janine Kiray, Florida House of Representatives

Charbel Barakat,D.R. Horton, Inc.
Justin Brandt, Risk Management Foundation
Michael Maguire, True Partners Consulting, LLC
Mark Matos, HBKS™ Wealth Advisors
Kaitlyn McCoy, Florida Leadership Committee
Eliot B. Peace, Bradley Arant Boult & Cummings, LLP
Andrew Peluso, Hill Ward Henderson
Regeline Sabbat, Human Development Center, INC
Derick Tabertshofer, Florida House of Representatives

The James Madison Institute is Florida’s premier free-market think tank. JMI conducts research on such issues as health care, taxes, and regulatory environments. Founded in 1987, JMI is one of the nation’s oldest and largest 501(c)3 nonprofit, nonpartisan research and educational organizations.