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Chamber Announces Leadership Nassau Class 23 Graduation

Leadership Nassau Class 23 Graduation

Leadership Nassau, a program coordinated by the Nassau County Chamber of Commerce, has announced the graduation of Class 23. This exclusive program assists in the development of community leaders by providing participants from diverse backgrounds with an understanding of the problems, opportunities, and issues facing the community.  

Over the last 10 months, participants heard presentations from various elected officials (including Secretary of State Cord Byrd, Congressman Aaron Bean, and Circuit Judge James Daniel, as well as local constitutional officers), business and community leaders (including Kellie Boston with Boston Photography, Dr. Taylor Clem with the UF County Extension Office, Maurie Dugger with the Amelia Island Convention and Visitors Bureau, Lisa Finkelstein with Fernandina Beach Main Street, and Shawn DeRome with Rayonier), and had exclusive access to behind-the-scenes tours of local and regional organizations that are usually closed to the public (including the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), RYAM, the Jacksonville International Airport, Jacksonville Port Authority, Nassau County Jail, the Omni Amelia Island Resort, and Baptist Medical Center Nassau).

The Leadership Nassau Class 23 graduates are: Nate Aron (Amelia Island Convention & Visitors Bureau), Russell Aryeetey (RYAM), Stephen Aten (Tom Bush Family of Dealerships), Christy Brauda (PrimeSouth Bank), Penny Burnsed (Nassau County Animal Services), Alissa Cook (Starting Point Behavioral Healthcare), A. Susan DeVane (DeVane Business Solutions), Logan Eason (RYAM), Tiffany French (Community First Credit Union), Jarrett Hill (Amelia Island Museum of History), Veronica Jarman (Nassau County Property Appraiser), Hannah Lee (City of Fernandina Beach), Carrie Anderson Mays (Amelia Music Studio), Paul Moerman (Gateway Mortgage), Kelly O’Keefe (WestRock), Ashton Petty (First Port City Bank), Jay Robertson (Nassau County Board of County Commission), Sheryl Ross (First Port City Bank), Kim Sartor (Rayonier, Inc.), and Kristy Slattery (Family Support Services of North Florida).

We would like to thank Baptist Medical Center Nassau, First Port City Bank, Florida Power & Light, REMI Realty, Residence Inn by Marriott Amelia Island, RYAM, Starting Point Behavioral Healthcare, The Fiorentino Group, Traders Hill Farm, and WestRock for sponsoring Class 23 program days throughout the year.

The Nassau County Chamber of Commerce is now accepting applications for Leadership Nassau Class 24 through Friday, June 28, 2024. For more information about the program and the application process, click here, or contact Lynne Starling Benson, Leadership Nassau Coordinator, at

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