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  Polk's 100 Most Influential American Americans

Individuals:  8

Patricia Hunter - Winter Haven

Gail Wiggs  Lakeland

Jestina Richardson - Lakeland

Mike Taylor - Lakeland

Dr. N. E. Roberts (D) - Lakeland

Ann Birdsong - Winter Haven

Sandra O. Johns - Lakeland

James Driskell - Lakeland

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County Judge Timothy Coon (Ret) - Lakeland
      County Judge Dana Moore - Winter Haven

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Attorney Shirley Pellarchy - Lakeland

Bail Bonds:  1

Glenethel Collins - Bartow

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Dr. Wendell Blake (Ret) - Lakeland

Dr. Evan Chambers (Ret) - Lakeland

Dr. Ayanna Rolette - Lakeland

Dr. Kris Michelle Guerrier - Lakeland

Dr. Dannie Earl - Lakeland

Dentists:  3

Dr. Edward Williams - Lakeland

Dr. Joe N. Pinkston - Lakeland 

Dr. William Nerestant - Lakeland

Pharmacists: 4

Dr. Edward "Chris" Quary - Lakeland

Dr. Donzell Floyd (Ret) - Winter Haven

Dr. Shalay Rhoden - Lakeland

Dr. Choretta Dickens (Ret) - Lakeland

Nurses:  2

Mildred Blake (Ret) - Lakeland

Tereather "Tee" White (Ret) -Lakeland

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      Reverend William Boss - Lakeland
      Reverend Jimmy Downing - Lakeland

      Reverend Alex Harper - Lakeland   
      Reverend Walter Laidler - Lakeland
      Reverend Eddie Lake - Lakeland

Reverend N. S. Sanders - Lakeland

Reverend Jerry Smith - Lakeland

Elder H.B. Holmes, Jr. - Lakeland

Presiding Elder Jimmy Thompson - Lakeland

Reverend E. T. Pickett III - Lakeland

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Kay Fields - Lakeland
      Mayor Eugene Fultz - Lake Wales

Vice Mayor Leo Longworth - Bartow
 McCuthen - Fort Meade
      Mayor Morris West - Haines City 

Law Enforcement:  4

Captain Mark Calhoun - Lakeland (Sheriff Dept.)

Detention Chief Bryant Grant - Winter Haven (Sheriff Dept.)

Private Child Cares Centers:  2

Hazel Perkins Gray - (Ret) Lakeland,

Carrie Laidler - (Ret) Lakeland

Private Vocational School  1

Dr. Harvey Lester - Bartow

Private Sector Directors:  1

Principals:  5

Tanya Matthews-Bell (Ret) - Lakeland  

Edith Henderson (Ret) - Auburndale
        Latha Murphy Speed (Ret) - Lakeland

Carolyn Williams (Ret) - Bartow

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Ann Tankson (Ret) - Lakeland

Jerome Corbett (Ret) - Bartow

Cheryl Joe (Ret) - Lakeland
       Charlene Richardson-Brinson (Ret) - Lakeland

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Peggy Hogan - Lakeland

Ernie Ivey - Lakeland

Sylvester Little (Ret) - Lakeland

Reginal Webb - Lakeland

Brenda Lewis - Lakeland

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Dr. Kenneth James - Winter Haven

Ethel Smith - Lakeland

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Mildred McMillon - Lakeland

Glenda Jones - Winter Haven

Larry Mitchell - Lakeland

Electronic and Print Media:  1

Doris Moore Bailey - Lakeland 
      Frankie Glover - Lakeland 

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Harlem Turner - Lakeland

Frankie Smith -Bradley

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Doris Moore Bailey - Lakeland
      LaFrancine K. Burton -

Clifton Lewis - Bartow

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Ruby Williams - Bealsville

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Charles Oldham - Lakeland
      Harry Oldham -

Claude Holmes - Haines City  

Deliria Holmes - Haines City

Sonji Coney-Williams - Lakeland

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Nedra Butler - Lakeland

Ish Preston - Lakeland

George  & Seratha  Tinsley - Winter Haven

Earl Moore - Lakeland

Sonny (D) and Peachie Lewis (Ret) - Lakeland

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 Mark Thomas - Lakeland

Contractors:  4

Joe Rodman - Lakeland

Frank Kendrick - Lakeland

Tim Jackson (Ret) - Lakeland

Frank Gray (D) - Lakeland

Bank/Credit Union:  3

Katrina Lunsford  - Lakeland

Claretha Conners - Lakeland

Insurance Agents:  2

Sandra G. Bennett - Lakeland

Gow Fields - Lakeland  

Realtors and Brokers:  3

Reginald Ardis - Lakeland (Broker)

Clarence Grier (Ret) - Lakeland

Twinkie Robinson - Lakeland

City and County Government Personnel: 5

Natalie Gallon (Ret) - Lakeland

Stacy Campbell-Domineck - Lakeland

Sharon Mathis - Lakeland
       Albertha Whittley-Tabron (Ret) - Lakeland

Greek Organizations: 2  (Incomplete)

(AKA) - Lakeland

(DST) - 

Alumni Associations President: 3

Doris Hicks (FAMU) - Lakeland

Freddie Austin (D) (Washington Park/Rochelle) Lakeland

Leroy Smith (Edward Waters) Lake Wales

Civil Rights Activists: 5

Wanda Howard  (D) - Lake Wales

Ernestine Davis - Winter Haven

Faye Bellamy - Winter Haven

Ruben Darby - Winter Haven

Investors:  1

Timothy Randolph - Lakeland

Authors:  2

Walter Brown - Lakeland
        Jacqueline Ivey - Lakeland 

U. J. Johnson (D) - Winter Haven
       Yvonne McShay - Lakeland

Photographers:  2

Norris Riggs - Lakeland

Pamela White (D) - Bartow

Most Notable Polk Countians:  

Clarence Childs - FL
       Ray O'Neal (D) - MD

Lawrence Cole - CA

Sports Notables:  4
      Clarence Childs - Lakeland (Football)

Ken Riley - Bartow (D) (Football)

Alan B. Mills - Lakeland  (Baseball)

Herbert "Sporty" Dixon - Bartow  (Golf)

Willie Horton - Lakeland  (Baseball)

  Brenda C. Reddout, Ph. D.
Dr. Brenda Reddout

Dr. Brenda Reddout, Ph.d 
Dr. Brenda C. Reddout is Western Region Director of Catholic Charities of Central 
Florida. In that capacity she is responsible for providing services such as My Sister's 
House transitional housing, general case management and financial literacy through the 
Family Empowerment Program, senior programming through Lake Morton Senior 
Center, mental health, pregnancy and adoption counseling, and food for the poor in 
three counties through the Agape Food Bank. Prior to joining Catholic Charities, she 
served 12 years on the Polk County School Board. Born and raised in Rome, New York, 
Reddout earned a bachelor's degree from the State University of New York at Geneseo, 
and a master's degree from the New School for Social Research (now New School 
University). She earned her doctorate in education from Capella University, where she 
focused on academic achievement of at-risk children.
Dr. Reddout has served as an adjunct instructor for Ithaca College, for the New School for 
Social Research, for Florida A & M University and for Southeastern University. She has 
also served as a community facilitator for the University of South Florida. It was in that 
role that she established a community development corporation (CDC) in Winter Haven, 
Florida. Prior to moving to Winter Haven in 1993 from Syracuse, New York, Dr. Reddout 
worked extensively in community and economic development and health care, and owned 
her own marketing communications firm. She has provided consulting services in 
marketing, health care, community development, and education to major corporations 
and nonprofit organizations.
Dr. Reddout has served as a member of the Winter Haven Chamber of Commerce 
Education Committee and was president of READ Polk for three years. She has served as 
Board representative to the Polk Education Foundation Board, and serves as a lector and 
Eucharistic minister at St. Matthew's Catholic Church in Winter Haven. She reestablished 
the mentoring program at Denison Middle School, and is on the school advisory 
committee at Harrison School of the Arts. She has been on the Learning Resource 
Center's board of directors as well as READ Polk board of directors. She serves as a 
community member on Winter Haven Hospital's Institutional Review Board and is active 
on Theater Winter Haven's board of director. She is a graduate of Leadership Polk 
(class II). She has received a number of local awards recognizing her community service. 
She and her husband, Dr. Jeff Reddout, have two daughters. Her oldest daughter, 
Jordan, is a recent graduate of Harvard University, working on her master's degree at 
the University of Southern California in television and film production. Her youngest 
daughter, Paige, is in 10th grade.



            Polk County School Board, Bartow, Florida                                                    1996 - present

            School Board Member

One of seven member board responsible for budgeting the district's $850 million budget.  and policy-making.  Served as board liaison to personnel, curriculum and instruction, transportation departments.  Served as chairman of the school board.  Serve as board representative to Winter Haven Chamber of Commerce Education Committee, School Readiness Coalition, Desegregation Oversight Committee. 


Florida A&M University                                                                                  August 2005-

Adjunct Instructor

Teach undergraduate elementary education courses.


Polk County School District, Bartow, Florida                                                  1994-1996

Substitute Teacher

Substitute taught in a variety of classrooms across the county.  Focused on substituting in special education classrooms, as well as middle school classrooms.


            Ithaca College, Ithaca, New York                                                                    1992

            Adjunct Instructor

Taught semester course in marketing and planning for health care organizations to undergraduate students.  Course covered planning concepts and students used these concepts to develop a marketing plan for a nonprofit organization of their choice.


New School University, Utica New York                                                        1991-1992

Adjunct Instructor

Taught semester course in health care marketing and public relations to graduate students in health administration program.  Course covered planning concepts and students used these concepts to develop a marketing plan for their organization.





            Catholic Campaign for Human Development 

Proposal to provide board recruitment and development to Florence Villa Community Development Corporation Board of Directors.  Funded:  $50,000


Department of Health and Human Services

Proposal to provide funding for a business incubator center at the Florence Villa Community Development Corporation (co-wrote).  Funded:  $100,000.


Publix Charities

Proposal to provide start up funds for Florence Villa Community Development Corporation.  Funded:  $13,000.

Proposal to provide funds for READ Polk public awareness campaign.

Funded:  $1,000.


Winter Haven Hospital

Proposal to provide Florence Villa Community Development Corporation start up funding.

Funded for three years:  $75,000, plus other assistance.


Polk County Board of County Commissioners

Proposal to start job development program at Florence Villa Community Development Corporation.

Funded:  $25,000

Proposal for housing assistance program for Florence Villa Community Development Corporation.

Funded:  $25,000

Proposal to provide architectural services and to renovate Florence Villa Community Development Corporation offices (co-wrote).

Funded:  $125,000


Polk County School Board

Continuation grant for Brothers and Sisters United program.

Funded:  $125,000


Verizon Foundation

Proposal for a computer pilot program for Lake Wales Literacy Council (co-wrote).

Funded:  $10,000


Winter Haven City Government

Grant proposal to fund job placement program.

Funded:  $20,000

Grant proposal to fund housing assistance program.

Funded:  $15,000


Community Foundation of Greater Lakeland

Proposal to fund READ Polk tutor recruitment billboard campaign.

Funding pending.



            Consultant                                                                                                       1995-present

Winter Haven, Florida

Provide consulting and services to a number of community-based organizations.  Currently assisting a Lakeland faith based organization in board development, goal-setting, and implementation of services.


Florence Villa Community Development Corporation                                    1999-2000

Winter Haven, Florida

Interim Executive Director

Responsible for day to day operations of community development center, including grant-writing, board training, public relations, budgeting, and administration.


            University of South Florida                                                                            1995 - 1996 

Community Outreach Partnership Center

Tampa, Florida

            Community Facilitator

Served as community facilitator for USF in the Florence Villa section of Winter Haven, under federal neighborhood revitalization/technical assistance grant awarded to USF.  Identified and coordinated technical assistance needs of neighborhood organizations, residents, city and county government, and others working to improve conditions within Florence Villa neighborhood.  Provided empowerment training to emerging groups and associations. Served as local spokesperson for this project.  Identified goals and objectives, as well as resources to achieve goals. Established community development corporation.


Reddout-Gray Communications                                                                                  1989-1997

Syracuse, New York


Implemented a variety of public relations programs for health care; food and beverage; nonprofit; environmental and governmental clients.  Clients included Anheuser-Busch/Baldwinsville, Syracuse

Area Chamber of Commerce, Syracuse Community Health Center, and Onondaga Lake Management Conference.  Offices in Syracuse, New York and Winter Haven, Florida.  Certified by New York State Department of Economic Development as minority/women owned business.

Director, Neighborhood Based Initiative Program

Coordinated the planning and implementation activities, on a consultative basis, of one of six state sponsored pilot programs to empower residents in two of the poorest neighborhoods in Syracuse, New York. Worked with neighborhood groups, local government (city and county), the Syracuse City School District, chamber of commerce, police department and health agencies to improve health conditions, optimize economic development opportunities, prepare residents to become employed, ensure adequate housing, and promote the general well being of all families in the area. 


            Syracuse Community Health Center                                                                1985-1992

Syracuse, New York

            Director of Marketing and Public Relations


Brenda C. Reddout

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Directed the marketing and public relations efforts of one of the first Medicaid managed care programs in New York State.  Responsible for all fee-for-service and Medicaid managed care marketing and public relations activities including:  plan development; interface between local and state decision makers; production of all print materials; script-writing and video production; press relations; employee communications; crisis communications; speech writing; community relations; development of provider and volunteer recruitment strategies and materials; advertising; staff development and training; grant writing; fund-raising; and special projects.  Frequent statewide speaker for the New York State Department of Social Services on Medicaid managed care marketing.  Supervised staff of six.


            WCNY-TV/FM                                                                                                1984-1985

            Underwriting Representative

            Assisted in restructuring of underwriting department and in development of underwriting      policies.  Responsible for securing business support for TV and FM programming. Exceeded underwriting goals set by general manager.  Assisted in development of promotional and merchandising materials for station and clients.  Served as on-air talent during membership campaigns.


            Silverman-Mower Advertising Agency                                                                        1983-1984

            Syracuse, New York

            Assistant Account Executive

Public relations and account services departments.  Prepared news releases, articles, photo captions, correspondence, conference reports and briefing documents.  Assisted in development of marketing plans.


            Central New York Health Systems Agency                                                      1980-1983

Syracuse, New York

            Associate Planner for Community Affairs

Provided staff support to local health agencies in an eleven county area.  Formulated community health plans.  Provided education and training opportunities for 31 staff and 400 volunteers.  Prepared monthly newsletter and other materials for use by agency, volunteers and the public.



            State Senator James H. Donovan                                                                     1979-1980

New York State Senate


Coordinated activities of the "Parents as Reading Partners" program, a statewide effort initiated by the New York State Senate to encourage parents to read at home with their children.  Responsible for promoting the program  across New York State.




            Member, Winter Haven Hospital Institutional Review Board (2003-present)

President, READ Polk! (2003-present)

Board of Directors, School Readiness Coalition, Polk County, Florida (1998-1999)

Board of Directors, Florence Villa Community Development Corporation (1998-2003)

Member, Coalition of 100 Black Women, Polk County, Florida (2002-present)

Member, Winter Haven Chamber of Commerce Education Committee (1995-present)

Brenda C. Reddout

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Tutor, Brigham Academy, Jewett School of the Arts (1995-2004)

Board of Directors, East Polk County Habitat for Humanity, Winter Haven, Florida (1996-1998)

Member, Respect Life Committee, St. Matthew Catholic Church (2000-present)

Board of Directors, A Better Chance School, Syracuse, New York (1987-1989)

            Board of Directors, Syracuse Area YWCA, Syracuse, New York (1988-1991)

            President's Cabinet, Syracuse Chamber of Commerce (1991-1993)

            Board of Directors, Syracuse Interreligious Council, Syracuse, New York (1989-1993)

            Member, Public Relations Society of America (1989-present)

            President, Public Relations Society of America, Syracuse, New York chapter (1992-1993)

            Treasurer, Public Relations Society of America, Syracuse, New York chapter (1991-1992)

            Program Chairman, Public Relations Society of America, Syracuse, New York chapter (1990-1991)

            Member, Success by 6 Public Relations Committee, Syracuse, New York (1992-1993)




Recipient, Virgil Hawkins Bar Association Community Service Award (2004)

Recipient, National Coalition of 100 Black Women Outstanding Leadership award (2003)

Recipient, New School University Outstanding Student Award (1991)






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