The City of Key West, Florida

The Southernmost City in th Continental United States


Ambassadors Class 29 Graduates

The Key West Ambassadors Academy graduated its 29th class during Tuesday’s City Commission meeting. Twenty-four enthusiastic citizens participated in the 12-week class. They join the more than 500 citizens who now have a better insight to the workings of City government. Each class of the Key West Ambassadors Program has been a special blend of dedicated, involved citizens.

During Tuesday’s City Commission meeting, City Manager Jim Scholl congratulated Class 29. Four current city leaders -- Mayor Craig Cates, Commissioners Clayton Lopez, Margaret Romero and Sam Kauffman – were elected after finishing this program. Other alumni have served as commissioners as well as sitting on other City boards.

The Key West Ambassadors Academy was established in 2003 and is facilitated by volunteers, all of whom graduated the program. Volunteers LeeAnne Holland, Stuart Strickland, John Teets, and Lois Songer facilitated the class.

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In the photo: front level left to right: Beth Ann Parker Joan Shea, Monika Rydzak, Brad Gottschalk, Cathie Gottschalk, Eugenia Brotherton, Bob Wood and facilitator LeeAnne Holland. Middle level: Facilitator John Teets, Kathleen Shackle, Fred Slack, Gerry Ginsberg, Cindy McCausland, Nancy Funt, Brenda Bodner. Rear level: Facilitator Stuart Strickland, Steve McDaniel, Beth Doyle, Nancy Seidel, Jill Keeler, Ron Bailey, Jr., Martin Jenkins, Michael LaMacchia, Mark Funt, Eric Hench and Rick Bodner. Graduate not pictured: Phil Amsterdam.