Alachua County Emerging Leaders welcomes new board for FY17

Alachua County Emerging Leaders (ACEL) inducted a new slate of board members in July for its 2017-2018 fiscal year. The board of young professionals consists of new and returning members, notably including a new president. Past President Andrew Romero has led the organization for the last five years, and he has now passed the baton to ACEL’s newest president, Frank Avery.

“As the outgoing president of a leadership organization, the best thing you can hope for when you retire is that the group will continue to even greater heights,” said Romero. “I’m really excited about the new board, and Frank is going to be a fantastic president.”

ACEL aims to be a resource for young professionals in the Gainesville community, and it does this partially through its six committees. The organization divides its initiatives among the following committee groups: community service, social, public policy, marketing and communications, membership, and professional development.

The full ACEL 2017-2018 Board is as follows:

  • Frank Avery, President
  • Andrew Romero, Past President
  • Chipper Flanikan, Advisor
  • Ashley Owens, Vice President
  • Carly Hublou, Treasurer
  • Magda Schmitzberger, Secretary
  • Koertni Adams, Marketing Committee Chair
  • Mike Costanzo, Social Chair
  • Bryan Eastman, Public Policy Chair
  • Jessica Fickett, Community Service Chair
  • Marc Lefton, Membership Chair
  • Dave Stanton, Professional Development Chair
  • Edgar Campa-Palafox, Board Member At-Large
  • John Michael Gonzales, Board Member At-Large
  • Luke Tia, Board Member At-Large

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