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P.O. Drawer 7608
Winter Haven, FL 33883-7608
(863) 294-3360 (Doug Lockwood)

The Public Education Partnership of Winter Haven, Inc. (‘PEP’), a not-for-profit 501 (c)(3) grass roots organization, is committed to assuring that Winter Haven’s schools are unequaled in quality, relevance, and student performance. PEP seeks to improve its schools through advocacy, community engagement, and collaborative partnerships. PEP’s board consists of educators, businessmen and women, and community leaders.

The Board of Directors


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Douglas A. Lockwood, III

Doug Lockwood was born in Winter Haven.  He graduated from Winter Haven High School in 1971 and later received a B.S. in 1975 from Duke University.  He earned his law degree from Stetson University in 1979.  Since then, he has practiced law and is currently a partner of the law firm of Peterson & Myers, P.A., in its Winter Haven offices. Doug is Board Certified by The Florida Bar as a specialist in both civil trial law and business litigation law.  He was also Board Certified in Civil Trial Advocacy  with the National Board of Trial Advocacy.  He has served as the president of Auburndale/Lake Alfred/Winter Haven Bar Association, and as a Master with the Willison Association. Doug served on the board of Directors for Good Shepherd Hospice of Mid-Florida, Inc. and Habitat for Humanity of Winter Haven, Inc.  He is a past member of the Winter Haven Planning Board, chairman of the Polk County Affordable Housing Task Force, and a past President of the Winter Haven Chamber of Commerce.  He is on the Board of the Ridge Art Association, and serves as a special magistrate of the Code Enforcement Divisions for the cities of Winter Haven, Auburndale, Lake Alfred, and Eagle Lake.  He is a member of the board of directors of Christ Community Church in Winter Haven. Doug practices in Peterson & Myers, P.A.’s Winter Haven office, concentrating in the area of civil litigation, including contractual and commercial disputes, insurance claims, eminent domain, discrimination, collections, foreclosures, and complex corporate and partnership litigation.  Since 1995, he has served as a has served as a certified mediator in civil circuit mediation by the Florida Supreme Court.  He has mediated many civil disputes involving commercial, construction, employment, probate, personal injury, and business related matters throughout Central Florida. Doug is president of The Public Education Partnership for Winter Haven, Inc. (“PEP”), and is passionate about improving the quality of education within the greater Winter Haven community.

Board Members


Nat West

Nat has a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill) and a Masters in Hospital Administration from Trinity University. (San Antonio) He served as Vice President of Winter Haven Hospital for 20 years and is currently retired. He has been involved with a variety of community enhancement initiatives including, Polk State College’s Workforce Education Council and the Collegiate High School, the Polk Healthcare Alliance, the County’s Citizen Oversight Committee (half cent sales tax for healthcare), Building a Healthier Polk, the Winter Haven Chamber of Commerce, and the Chamber Foundation, Polk Vision, the Library Advisory Board, United Way’s Health Steering Committee, the 211 Committee, and Success by 6, the Haley Center (free healthcare for low income people), The Public Education Partnership of Winter Haven, a mentor at Denison Middle School, Reading Pals at Lake Shipp Elementary school, the School Advisory Council at Garner Elementary School, Polk Businesses for World Class Education, He and his wife have received the Banker’s Cup and he has received the Junior League of Greater Winter Haven’s Community Service Award and the United Way of Central Florida’s Citizen of the Year Award. He enjoys music and coordinates free music in Winter Haven’s Central Park every Friday night. He has two children and two grandchildren, all residing in Winter Haven.

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Eileen Holden, Ed.D.

Eileen Holden became President of Polk State College in February 2006 and brought to Polk State and Polk County 23 years of higher education experience as an instructor and administrator. She was inaugurated as Polk State College’s fourth president on September 7, 2007. Prior to her appointment at Polk State, Dr. Holden served as Vice President for Academic Affairs at Broward College in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and Dean for Academic Affairs at Palm Beach State College. She holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree in Education and a doctorate in Higher Education Administration. Dr. Holden currently serves on the Board of Directors for numerous chambers, economic development, non-profit, and business organizations in Polk County. On the statewide level, she served as the chair of the Council of Presidents for the Florida College System and is active in legislative advocacy efforts for higher education in Florida.


Katie Worthinton

Katie has served as the President & CEO of the Greater Winter Haven Chamber of Commerce since March 2014. She moved to Lakeland in 1997 from Nashville, TN and after attending the University of Central Florida she returned to Winter Haven to start her career. Her experience includes commercial banking, medical clinic operations, insurance and marketing, online and public relations strategy with a concentration on business, education, economic development and tourism. Katie has volunteered her time with Polk County Public Schools in several ways including mentoring a middle schooler at Denison, reading to students in the Relax and Read program at Snively Elementary, numerous career fairs and mock interviews and as fundraising as a Celebrity Dancer for Polk Education Foundation’s Stepping Out for Education event. The Chamber of Commerce was a driving force in the education advisory task force that laid the groundwork for PEP.

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Naomi Boyer

Dr. Naomi R. Boyer, Associate Vice-President, Strategic Initiatives & CIO, holds a PhD in interdisciplinary education and is responsible for facilitating a wide variety of tasks for Polk State College. She is responsible for the departments of instructional technology, distance learning, desktop and networking services, media technologies, and enterprise systems and programming. In addition, she cultivates STEM pipeline projects, fosters K-12 partnerships, provides oversight for international initiatives, and recommends Bachelor’s programs for the College. She has over twelve years of experience in post-secondary administrative roles and has professional experience in K-12, State College, and University organizations. Through her work, Dr. Boyer has been instrumental in the initiation of robotics programs for elementary, middle, and high school students including regional level competitions, summer programs, and an enrichment academy. Her role at the College is dynamic, as she is tasked with new initiatives and projects as they emerge. Dr. Boyer is active on a number of community committees, such as Polk Academies, and has recently joined the executive board of Central Florida Development Council as Education Committee Chair. She is a graduate of Leadership Winter Haven, Class 33 and Leadership, Polk VII. In addition, she is on the board as treasurer and conference co-chair of the International Society for Self-Directed Learning and was a recipient of the Malcom Knowles Memorial Self-Directed Learning award for her contributions to the field. Dr. Boyer maintains her scholarship activities through research, grants, and academic presentations.

John Small

John Small

John Small began his career with Polk County Schools in 1986 as an Industrial Arts Teacher at Bartow High School.  From 1990-1992, he served as Dean at Lake Alfred Career Development Center and served as Assistant Principal at Lake Alfred Career Development Center from 1992-1993.He transferred to Bartow Middle School in 1993 where he served as Assistant Principal until 1995.  Mr. Small was appointed Assistant Principal at Lakeland Middle Academy in 1995 where he served until 1997.  From 1997-2002, he was Assistant Director at Traviss Career Center.Mr. Small’s previous position was Dean of Secondary Education and Director of Polk Community College Collegiate High School where he served from May 2002 to June 2006. He earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Technology Education from California University of Pennsylvania and a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from Nova University. John serves on numerous county and state boards. Recently, Rod Duckworth, Chancellor for the Division of Career and Adult Education in Florida, requested John to be a member of the State Advisory Committee for Career and Technical Education. Currently, he is Senior Director of Workforce Education with the School Board of Polk County and is instrumental in establishing numerous academies in our high schools – leading students to think about a career after graduation, or an educational path to follow in college.  He has broadened the horizon of countless young people in our area. John continues to serve, diligently and tirelessly, the students of Polk County Florida.

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T. Michael Stavres

T. Michael Stavres is the Director of Community Services for the City of Winter Haven, Florida, which includes oversight of Leisure Services, Libraries, Natural Resources and Public Services.  He earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Leisure Services & Studies and Master of Science Degree in Recreation & Leisure Services Administration, both from Florida State University.  He is a Certified Parks & Recreation Professional through the National Recreation & Park Association and is a former President and current Vice President of the Florida Recreation & Park Association.  Prior to joining the City of Winter Haven in 2001, Mr. Stavres worked with the cities of Temple Terrace, Lakeland and St. Petersburg and Orange County. His community involvement includes serving as a Board Member and former President of Girls Inc. of Winter Haven, Board Member for the Public Education Partnership of Winter Haven, Development and Advisory Committee Chair for the Agribusiness & Sciences Career Academy for Winter Haven High School, Advisory Board Member for the Humane Society of Polk County, Board Member for the Polk State College Alumni Association and Deacon for First Presbyterian Church of Winter Haven.

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Matina Wagner

Matina is a native Floridian, born and raised on the west coast of Florida and is married to Matthias Wagner for 33 years. They have two adult children. Matina is a resident of Polk County for more than 20 years and is employed at Polk State College as Internship & Experiential Learning Coordinator. She is also an Adjunct Instructor for Business, Internship and Prior Learning Assessment courses. She is passionate about community service and promoting global understanding and education.  Matina is currently involved with the East Area Adult School Advisory Council, Chairperson for My Brother’s Keeper (for homeless college students), Winter Haven Chamber of Commerce Education Committee, Polk State College United Way Committee, Haines City/NE Chamber of Commerce Adult Leadership Team, Polk State College Relay for Life Team, and the Polk State College Eagleteers.


Matt Green

Matt Greene is the Vice President of AAA Top Quality Asphalt, LLC. His responsibilities include helping his company achieve financial goals and objectives, increasing operating performance, preparing budgets, creating business plans, and solving internal issues as they arise. Prior to joining AAA Top Quality Asphalt, LLC, Matt worked in construction and sales and served as a Senior Project Manager and Vice President of Construction at Tucker Paving, Inc. There, he directed major construction projects, such as Legoland Florida, Discovery Cove, and Sea World 2013 as well as other partnering initiatives. Matt’s greatest strengths are his creativity, drive, and leadership ability. He thrives on challenges, particularly those that expand his company’s reach. He realizes it takes Team Work to be successful in all organizations in which he is involved. This philosophy drives his professional endeavors. In 2013, Matt was inducted into his high school’s athletic Hall of Fame for his performance in baseball, basketball, and football. He has also served as the Winter Haven Optimist Club’s President, Vice President, and Board Member. In 2012, Matt was nominated for Winter Haven Leadership Class 32. He served as Co-Chair for Class 33 and Chair for Class 34. In 2014, Matt participated in the Polk Visions, Polk Leadership Class VIII. Matt holds a Bachelor’s of Arts degree from Maranatha Baptist University in Watertown, Wisconsin. He lives in Winter Haven with his wife, Stephanie, and their daughter, Avery. He is a member of Heartland Church in Winter Haven. In his free time, Matt likes to spend time with his family and attend any type of sporting events.

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Cindy Baker, CPA


Steven S. Warner, Ed.D.

A native of Winter Haven, Florida, Steve Warner began his career with the University in 1991 as the interim Head Men’s Soccer Coach. In the fall of 1992, Warner became the fulltime Head Coach for Men’s soccer and manager of the university bookstore. From 1992-2003 he served WIU in other roles including: student activities director, Dean of Men, and the President’s Executive Committee. In 1998, he took over as Director of the Soccer program, which included being the Head Coach for both the Men’s and Women’s team. Under Warner’s guidance, the Warrior’s garnered over 60 post season academic awards including honors on the Florida Sun Conference all-academic team, NAIA and NSCAA all-region academic teams, and the NAIA and NSCAA all-American scholar athletes’ team. In 2002, both teams earned the prestigious NSCAA All-American Academic Team Awards, Coach Warner was one of only 6 coaches in the United States among all soccer teams from NCAA Division I, II, III and the NAIA to earn the honor. Based on his dedication and guidance of the soccer program, Then, President Rex R. Yentes appointed Warner as Dean of Students in the fall of 2002, with the responsibility of guiding and enhancing all WIU student experiences outside the classroom. In the fall of 2006, President Yentes and the Board of Trustees appointed Dr. Warner to Vice President of Student Life. Warner also, serves as an adjunct professor for the undergraduate program, teaching the Introduction to Business course. In his current role as Vice President of Advancement, Dr. Warner is responsible for developing internal and external relationships that support the university’s goals and mission. Areas of leadership include the office of alumni relations, university development, annual fund, and community relations and outreach programs. Dr. Warner is very active in the local community. He serves as the Vice President of the Public Education Partnership of Greater Winter Haven, Board member of the Polk Education Foundation, is a member of the Greater Winter Haven Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, member of Lake Wales Economic Development Partnership, president-elect for Lake Wales Lunch Rotary, Member of the Polk Vision-Education Task Force and serves the Humane Society of Polk County as a board member. He is a graduate of Leadership Winter Haven Class XXVI and was chairman of Leadership Winter Haven Class XXVIII. His is a member of, or has volunteered with the National Urea Cycle Disorders Foundation, the National Association of Foreign Student Advisors, the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators, the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), the U.S. Soccer Federation, the Winter Haven Youth Soccer Association, Adopt-A-Highway, the American Cancer Society, the Central Florida BASS Anglers and Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Polk County. Warner currently serves as Head Coach for the Winter Haven Youth Soccer KICKS U-15 girl’s competitive soccer team. Dr. Warner earned his Doctor of Education degree in Educational Leadership from Argosy University in 2012, a Master of Business Administration from WIU in 2004, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Business with a concentration in Management from Webber International University in 1994. He and his wife of 18 years Tresa, have two children Lexi, 15 years old and Carson, 12 years old. In his spare time, Warner can be found in the woods hunting for deer and turkey or on the water fishing for Snook and Bass. He is a member of BASS and FLW and is an avid tournament fisherman.



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