Leadership West Volusia Class of 2022
I was born outside of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. I grew up in a small-town of 1200 people. After high school I went to the University of Pittsburgh and then Slippery Rock University. I have a degree in Sport Management and Business. I worked for several minor league baseball stadiums before realizing working in sports was a tough place to make any money. I got a job at the Bank of New York Mellon/Pershing in 2009 in Pittsburgh and then transferred to the Lake Mary office in 2011. I became a mortgage loan originator in 2020 and then started writing commercial insurance as well in January 2022. I currently work for Page Insurance Company as well as Envoy Mortgage. I have a wife, Cherie, 12-year-old stepson, Owen and 4-year-old daughter, Elise. I enjoy going to the beach, traveling, and watching baseball.
Kimberly Cline is an author, artist, and entrepreneur who spreads her positivity wherever she goes. Known by many as “Kim Possible.” With a background in printing, graphics, and photography, Kim has spent the past several years helping business owners who really needed help connecting the dots when it came to marketing and creating a consistent brand for their business. From Business cards to websites, she has worked with these entrepreneurs to create a more professional image by enhancing what they have, addressing concerns, and providing honest feedback and solutions to encourage clients to make changes they’ve been longing for. Her humor and down-to-earth approach put even the most reluctant client at ease.
Cheyenne Dunn is a central Florida native who grew up in Sanford and graduated from Lake Mary High School. She graduated from the University of Central Florida with a Bachelor of Science degree in Legal Studies with a minor in Criminal Justice and a certificate in Victim Advocacy. She graduated from Barry University School of Law and began working her career as an attorney at Landis Graham French, P.A. where she works doing family law and general civil litigation. Upon coming to West Volusia, she realized how important community is and has quickly become involved by joining the DeLand Rotaract Club and serving on the Board of Directors of the Deland Police Athletic League.
Michael Fior is a member of Duke Energy’s Threat Intelligence and Investigations team, which protects Duke Energy’s assets, workforce, and our ability to power our communities from external physical security threats. In his role as Lead Threat Analyst, Michael is responsible for analyzing physical security threat data from a variety of sources to identify potential risks, create response plans, coordinate with adjacent organizations, brief executive leaders, and initiate and monitor risk workflows. Before joining Duke Energy in 2018, Michael served in the U.S. Marine Corps for 20 years as a Counterintelligence Agent/Human Intelligence Specialist where he planned, conducted, coordinated, and managed large teams to support force protection, risk mitigation, and information security operations in support of the Department of Defense, Department of State, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Central Intelligence Agency, and a variety of local, state, and federal law enforcement entities.
I'm Martha Freire, I'm 54 years old, I've been working at Sender Retreat Activity Center for 14 years, and I've been Supervisor for 6 years, I like my job because we share daily with our loved ones, it's a job that demands a lot of energy, we cover many areas, social, physical, emotional, spiritual, mental, in the course of my life I have had 2 professions, one as a CPA for 20 years I did it in my beautiful Ecuador and the second as a CNA giving peace of mind to relatives of our seniors. My family is very small, but the Sender Retreat family is very big and special
Janet Knauff serves as the Chief Executive Officer / Executive Director of the DeLand Area Chamber of Commerce & Orange City Alliance. Knauff has been involved in the chamber since 2018 serving first as an ambassador before joining the staff as Membership & Marketing Director, which earned her the “Game Changer” award in 2019, and then a promotion to Executive Director in March 2020. Prior to the Chamber, her experience included retail management, entrepreneurship, marketing and sales, non-profit management, purchasing and procurement for county government, and several years of chamber of commerce experience. Knauff is also a Certified Business Coach with an expert designation.
My name is Chris Lewis and although I was born in DeLand, I wasn’t raised here. I moved around as a young man, but I have always called Deland my home. I appreciate everything this town has to offer. Deland has that small-town feel with the beach and big city close by. Deland means so much to me and my family. I live here with my beautiful wife, Kendra, and my two children, Grant, and Allie. You can usually find our family at a few places around town. I am either coaching Grant on the Deland Little League Fields (GO Tom’s Pizza Slicers!), serving at Journey Church on Sundays at Deland High School, spending time with family and neighbors on the greatest street in Victoria Park, or grabbing a pint at Permission Hollow. I am a licensed Building Contractor in the State of Florida and a construction project manager for Wharton-Smith, Inc. in Sanford. I have worked in the construction industry my whole life and can’t see myself doing anything else. As a member of this community, I want to help maintain Deland’s appeal and lifestyle for years to come.
I am currently a part of a wonderful organization; SMA Healthcare. I am proud to be amongst the best in the behavioral healthcare industry. I have worked for SMA Healthcare for 7 years; I am currently the Director for the Crisis Response Team and our Access Center. I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor through the State of Florida. I am passionate about my work, being able to serve the community and provide care to those living with mental illness and addiction. I am newly established to the city of Deland, settling in almost 2 years at the moment. I have been in the Central Florida area since 2011, prior to living in Palm Beach County for many years. I received my undergraduate degree from Bethune-Cookman University, Go Wildcats!! I earned my Master’s degree at Palm Beach Atlantic University.
Being involved in Leadership West Volusia has improved my knowledge and has given me insight into the prosperity of the community. It has motivated me to look forward to continued growth within the city of Deland. I am excited about the possibilities and the evolution of West Volusia as the years go by. For me, each day inspires a dream and tomorrow as a vision of hope.
A West Volusia native, Nikki Natriello grew up in DeBary, Florida where she currently resides. She attended University High School in Orange City and went on to receive her BS in Public Administration with a Minor in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Central Florida. Beginning in 2020, she interned at the West Volusia Regional Chamber of Commerce and later became their Executive Assistant until the Fall of 2021. She is now the Assistant Director at the MainStreet DeLand Association (MSDA), headquartered in the heart of Downtown DeLand. MainStreet DeLand is a nonprofit organization and an accredited Florida MainStreet Program. At MSDA, Nikki helps build upon the economic vitality of the area by assisting in planning events, providing resources to Downtown businesses, and collaborating on local historic preservation efforts. Nikki is a member of the Rotaract Club of DeLand and sits on the board for the West Volusia Historical Society. She enjoys nature, reading, and spending time with family and friends.
JWaylan Niece has been working in social services for over 15 years. He began in the field as a volunteer working with youth in a coffee house as an extension of his church while residing in Indiana. His passion for helping others continued as he began helping those in poverty through a local soup kitchen in which he operated and coordinated three nights a week, as well as helping those with developmental disabilities through another local non-profit in Indiana. In 2010, Waylan decided to make a life change and step out of his role as a professional in the printing industry and move full-time into social services. He moved to Deland, FL, and began volunteering at the Neighborhood Center (NHC) while he continued his education at Stetson University majoring in Sociology and Psychology. Shortly after being dedicated to the mission of the NHC as a volunteer, he became employed as the Shelter Coordinator and within a year became the Housing Director. Waylan was the Interim Executive Director for the NHC over the past few months and is now the Chief Operating Officer continuing to serve the community with passion. In addition to the NHC, Waylan is a notable member of the Rotary Club of DeLand (Lunch Club) and is the 2022 President of the Mainstreet DeLand Association Board. He is an active member of the West Volusia Branch NAACP working diligently with the Community Coordination Committee. He has been a speaker and panelist throughout Volusia County on the issues of poverty and homelessness and will be presenting “The Stigmatization of Poverty and Homelessness” at the 2022 Florida Coalition for the Homeless Annual Conference. Waylan is dedicated to serving his community through a variety of platforms and is honored to be a part of the Leadership West Volusia Class of 2022.