Although technically I was just under 2 years old when my family moved to Lakeland, I consider myself a proud Lakeland native since I’ve lived here for 30 years. Even during the few years I spent living in other cities, my family and my heart (and many weekends) were still here in Lakeland.
I went to college at Furman University in Greenville, S.C and spent six years right after college in Tallahassee working in politics as Chief Legislative Aide to a State Senator. While living in Tallahassee I got a Master’s in Political Science from Florida State (GO NOLES). Somewhere in there I met a boy, got married (here in Lakeland of course) and started a family.
We moved back to Polk County in 2008 just before our oldest son was born because this is where we wanted to raise our children. I couldn’t help but jump back into the Lakeland community once we were settled here, and my most recent job was at Polk Vision as Program Coordinator for Leadership Polk, where I got to travel across Polk County and really see the gems that our community has to offer. You’ll see many of those great places listed here!
I met my husband Matt in Tallahassee, and we have two boys, ages 8 and 6. We love calling Lakeland home, and hope that through this website you’ll find even more to love about the Lakeland area as well!