Julie Townsend, Executive Director

My career has been dominated by marketing, though that was not by design. I have always been driven to be helpful, trying to make things better for the little guy. I started in non-profits, using my psychology background to run a school-based mentoring program. But non-profits have their own set of issues that, for one reason or another, left me unsatisfied. My first formal taste into the world...
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Phyllis Sharp – Administrative Assistant

Phyllis is a native Floridian, born in Miami and raised in Palm Beach County. She moved to Lakeland in 2004 with her husband Steve.  They have three grown children and two granddaughters. Phyllis has worked in customer service and sales for many years, in many different environments. She has volunteered locally at Lighthouse Ministries, served on the Board of the Learning Resource Center, and...
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Brittany Melson – Marketing Coordinator

Brittany is the Marketing Coordinator for the Lakeland Downtown Development Authority. She manages the First Friday events and other Downtown shopping events, like Girls Night Out and Downtown Date Night. She also writes the weekly email newsletters and create the social media and website content. She is a long time resident of Lakeland, an alumni of Florida Southern College, and a former middle...
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