Lana Swartzwelder - Business Owner, Community Leader, Speaker

&

Larry Libertore - Retired Entreprenuer, Community Leader, Politician, Philanthropist


Lana Jean Swartzwelder, Chief Executive Officer

Lana Swartzwelder, lifetime educator and businesswoman, has been involved with educating students and working with families and children for over 40 years. She is proud to be a part of  her family foundation as CEO and excited to have this opportunity to continue being actively involved in making a change in the lives of children in need.  

Lana has participated on many boards, committees, and task forces, advocating for children. She has experience with writing grants, analyzing and evaluating programs for youth, partnering non-profit organizations with for profit businesses, and has been a part of the review and selection process for grants. Lana’s experience, expertise, and passion for helping children will ensure that donations made through The Libertore Fund for Children will be given to accountable charities.

Experience:

LJS Learning Solutions, LLC, President 2015 - Present

  • Education Consultant
  • Present Workshops for Youth, Parents, and Businesses
    • Learning Styles
      • Parent/Child Learning Styles
      • Learning Styles for the Student
      • Learning Styles for Teachers
      • Learning Styles for the Workplace
    • Communication
    • Parent/Teacher Conferences
    • Leadership for Teens and Adults
    • Telephone Etiquette for Businesses

St. Joseph Academy, Principal 2008-2015

  • Oversaw Marketing, Operations, and Budgeting
  • Developed and Maintained Parent and Community Relations
  • Responsible for Admissions 
  • Developed and Monitored Policies and Procedures of Students and Faculty
  • Hired, Trained and Evaluated Staff
  • Monitored Student Progress

YoungBiz Florida, President  2007-2016

  • Responsible for Business Development, Operations and Budgeting
  • Managed Sales, Training and, Marketing

Sylvan Learning Centers, Owner/Executive Director 1985-2007

  • Responsible for Administration, Marketing, and Operations
  • Developed Business Plans, Budgets and Financials
  • Counseled Parents and Students
  • Hired, Trained and Evaluated Staff
  • Administered and Analyzed Assessments-Wrote Individualized Programs
  • Attended Staffings as an Advocate for ESE Students
  • Met with Teachers at Students' Home Schools

University of South Florida, Adjunct Professor 2006

  • Evaluated Graduating Seniors for Undergraduate Education Internship

Teacher 1971-1984

  • Middle School Social Studies and Language Arts
  • Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, and 4th grades

Education:

  • University of South Florida, Tampa, FL, BA Elementary Education
  • Nova Southeastern University, Ft. Lauderdale, FL, MS Early Childhood Education
  • University of South Florida, Lakeland, FL, M. Ed Educational Leadership
  • St. John’s University, Center for the Study of Learning and Teaching Styles, New York

Certifications:

  • Elementary Education
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Gifted and Talented Education
  • Educational Leadership

Current Boards and Memberships:

  • St. Joseph Church ESOL for adults, Chair
  • Leadership Lakeland Alumni Board of Directors
  • Leadership Polk Member
  • Kiwanis Board of Directors

Past Boards:

  •  Roberts Academy, Florida Southern College
  • National Association of Women Business Owners Lakeland Metro Chapter, Past President
  • PACE Center for Girls
  • Vistage (Executive Coaching)
  • Sylvan Learning Centers Florida Association, Past President
  • Junior League of Greater Lakeland, Advisory Board
  • Polk Vision Task Force
  • Polk WorldClass for Education
  • Phi Delta Kappa, Florida Southern College Chapter
  • Lakeland Chamber of Commerce, Board of Directors
  • Early Learning Coalition, Board
  • Member of Gifted/Talented Task Force, Polk County School Board
  • Read Lakeland Adult Illiteracy Board
  • Polk County Children’s Services Council, Past Chair
  • Paint Your Heart Out Finance Committee
  • Central Association of Women Business Owners, Past President
  • Polk County Early Childhood Interagency Council, Past Chair
  • Polk County School Board, SW Area Quality Improvement Council
  • Lakeland Chamber of Commerce

Awards:

  • Educator of the Year
  • Women of Distinction

Presentations/Workshops:

  • Florida PTA State Conferences
  • National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA)
  • Private and Public Teachers and Parents
  • Diocese of Orlando Professional Development
  • Florida Chamber of Commerce - WorldClass Academies
  • Guidance Counselors and Psychologists - Polk County School Board
  • Sylvan Learning Center Florida Owner’s Association
  • National Association of Women Business Owners, Lakeland Metro Chapter


 Larry Libertore, Advisor

LarryLarry Libertore has a varied career history as an entrepreneur, politician, community leader, motivational speaker, mentor and coach.

He was born in Ohio and moved to Miami, Florida with his family and attended Miami Edison High School. He left Miami to attend University of Florida on an athletic scholarship. While studying at UF, he was starting quarterback, safety and punt returner for the team from 1960-62.  He was one of the smallest players in major college football and one of the fastest. As the quarterback and leader of the team, he led the Gators to one of the best seasons on record, 9-2, including a Gator Bowl victory.  He was a talented athlete and won many awards and accolades during and after his football career.   

  • Most Athletic, Greater Miami Outstanding Player (High School)
  • Recognized All City, All State, All Southern, All American (High School)
  • Three-Year Letterman, UF
  • Football SEC Sophomore of the Year
  • Honorable Mention All American
  • SEC All Scholastic Team
  • Most Valuable Player, Gator Bowl
  • Inductee of Gator Bowl Hall of Fame and UF Athletic Hall of Fame
  • Recognized as Distinguished Alumni

Larry moved to Lakeland after graduating from college in 1963 and organized Lakeland’s first professional football team, The Florida Brahmans. He then partnered in a real estate venture and was Vice-President of Loftin-Libertore, Inc. In 1974, he opened his own real estate firm, Larry Libertore, Inc. that focused on commercial, residential, development and investment counseling. He also was partner in of an exclusive residential golf community and oversaw the residential development. Larry was also president of ADLIB, Inc., builder of residential homes, townhouses, and commercial buildings. 

Larry shared his leadership qualities, many of which he attributes to his coaches and being a part of a team, to be a game changer in the citizens of Florida. He was elected to the Florida House of Representatives and served from 1970-1974. Later, in 1984, he continued his political career as a Polk County Commissioner until 1992.

Larry is retired, but before retirement, he and a partner developed two professional office parks in Lakeland. Larry enjoys spending his time between his two homes in Lakeland and Longboat Key, Florida.

Larry was active in his community and believed in using his experience and leadership skills to make a difference in the lives of others. He was past president of Lakeland South Rotary, Lakeland Chamber of Commerce, board of directors, past director of Polk County Chapter of UF Alumni Association, Division Leader of Lakeland YMCA Membership Campaign, Campaign Director for Polk County Chapter of March of Dimes, member of Lakeland Board of Realtors and Florida Board of Realtors, and Lakeland Gators Football Team of Polk County Boys League.

He continues to give to charities; such as, VISTE, American Red Cross, Habitat for Humanity, Good Shepherd Hospice, Peace River Center, Salvation Army, Talbot House Ministries, Speech and Hearing Center, Lighthouse Ministries, and American Cancer Society.

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