The City of Key West, Florida

The Southernmost City in th Continental United States


Ambassadors Academy Graduation

The Key West Ambassadors Academy graduated its 32nd class during Wednesday’s City Commission meeting. Eighteen enthusiastic citizens participated in the 12-week class. They join more than 600 citizens who now have a better insight to the workings of City government. Each class of the Key West Ambassadors Academy has been a special blend of dedicated, involved citizens.

During Wednesday’s City Commission meeting, City Manager Greg Veliz congratulated Class 32. Two current city leaders -- Commissioners Clayton Lopez 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 Lois Songer, Stuart Strickland, and John Teets facilitated the class.

 class 32

In the photo: front level left to right: Facilitator Stuart Strickland, Marilyn Brew, Dave Geller, Lea Moeller, Jon Drolet and facilitators John Teets and Lois Songer. Second row: Elizabeth Chamberlain, Gary Gingras, Leslie Lesinski, Sue Harrison, and Pam Kutchey. Back row: Ann Stahl, Jonathan Jonas, Kimberley Highsmith, Ellen Caron, Dan Reynen, Scott Miller and Sonja Miller. Not shown: Derek Epperly and Lesley Thompson.