Board of Directors

Florida’s Great Northwest Board Members are the movers and shakers of our region and are committed to building a diverse and vibrant economy. They represent regional businesses, utility partners, economic development organizations, higher education institutions, and workforce boards. Because of their support, businesses and residents have a wealth of opportunities to flourish and grow in the Florida Panhandle.  

Executive Committee

Scarlett Phaneuf, PowerSouth Energy Cooperative Chair
Bruce Vredenburg, Hancock Whitney  Immediate Past Chair
Verdell Hawkins, Gulf Power Vice Chair
Danielle Ruiz, Duke Energy Secretary
Chuck Landers, Saltmarsh, Cleaveland & Gund Treasurer
Lewis Bear, Jr., The Lewis Bear Company Sustaining Member
Roger Hall, Sacred Heart Health System Sustaining Member
Roy Baker, Opportunity Florida Economic Development Representative 
Dr. John Holdnak, Gulf Coast State College Higher Education Representative
Michele Burns, CareerSource Okaloosa Walton  Workforce Development Representative
Tom Watson, CBRE  Corporate Representative
Megan Fry, Clark Partington  Corporate Representative


Board of Directors


Sustaining Partners    
Sandy Sims Gulf Power Company  
Verdell Hawkins Gulf Power Company  
Roger Hall Sacred Heart Health System  
Jules Kariher Sacred Heart Health System  
Scarlett Phaneuf PowerSouth Energy Cooperative  
Taylor Williams PowerSouth Energy Cooperative  
Lewis Bear The Lewis Bear Company  
Corporate Partners    
Brett Aldridge Baptist Health Care  
Jennifer Grove Baptist Health Care  
Tracy Bailey White Construction  
Roy Baker Opportunity Florida  
Scott Barrow Regions  
Megan Fry Clark Partington   
Rick Bitner Farm Credit of Northwest Florida  
Carroll Scarborough Pen Air Federal Credit Union  
Joe Brown Hopping Green & Sams  
Bill Dagnall Navy Federal Credit Union  
John Daniel Beggs & Lane  
Michael Diehl Truist Bank  
Dan Flynn Pensacola International Airport  
David Gaines Goldring Gulf Distributing  
Rhea Goff The St. Joe Company  
James Howe LandrumHR  
David Hulse Bank of America  
Chuck Landers, CPA Saltmarsh, Cleaveland & Gund  
James C. Lee, III Buffalo Rock  
Danielle Ruiz Duke Energy  
Gay Nord HCA Healthcare - West Florida Healthcare  
Bruce Vredenburg Hancock Whitney  
Raymond Walker


Eddie Norris Synovus Bank  
Gretchen Clarke







Nicole Gislason University of West Florida  
John Holdnak Gulf Coast State College  
Sarah Clemmons Chipola College  
Devin Stephenson Northwest Florida State College  
Ed Meadows Pensacola State College  
Randy Hanna Florida State University  
Economic Development    
Becca Hardin Bay County Economic Development Alliance  
Bill Imfeld Walton County Economic Development Alliance  
Scott Luth FloridaWest  
Jim McKnight Gulf County Economic Development Coalition  
Shannon Ogletree Santa Rosa Economic Development   
Nathan Sparks Economic Development Council of Okaloosa County  
Joe Rone Holmes County Development Commission  
Tiffany Garling Jackson County Economic Development Committee  


Workforce Boards

Richard Williams CareerSource Chipola  
Sheryl Rehberg CareerSource Escarosa  
Kim Bodine CareerSource Gulf Coast  
Michele Burns CareerSource Okaloosa Walton  




Florida’s Great Northwest is here to provide you the practical, on-the-ground resources and support you need for your business location/expansion project. From incentives to site selection to workforce development, we’ve got the expertise and connections to help your business be even more competitive with a Northwest Florida location.

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