Serving DeSoto, Hardee, Highlands, Okeechobee and Polk Counties

    For the Transportation Disadvantaged Program in Hardee, Highlands, and Okeechobee Counties

    Meeting Schedule

    The Hardee, Highlands, and Okeechobee LCB meets quarterly (January, April, July, and October) on the third Wednesday of the month at 1:30 p.m. All meetings are open to the public and include an opportunity for public comment. The meetings are held in Hardee, Highlands, and Okeechobee counties on a rotating basis. View our Event Calendar for meeting details and locations.

    If any person needs special accommodations due to disability or language to participate in a CFRPC meeting or event, he or she should contact the organization at 863-534-7130 no later than three (3) business days prior to the event.

    Meeting Documents


    Local Coordinating Board Members

    Okeechobee County
    Commissioner Bryant Culpepper, Chair

    Highlands County
    Commissioner Don Elwell, Vice-Chair

    Hardee County
    Commissioner Russell Melendy

    Citizen Members

    Elderly Representative
    Marilyn Hadley, Okeechobee

    Disabled Representative
    Robert Long, Lake Placid

    Citizen Advocate
    Cameron Barnard, Avon Park

    The LCB is currently seeking the following citizen members: Citizen Advocate who uses the coordinated system, Alternate members to represent elderly, disabled persons, or citizen advocates.

    Agency Representatives

    Veteran Representative
    Betsey Grinslade, Okeechobee County
    Larry Pelton, Hardee County (Alternate)

    Dept. of Education Vocational Rehabilitation or Blind Services Representative
    Cathy Viggiano, Vocational Rehabilitation (Alternate)

    Department of Elder Affairs Representative
    Joan Cecil, Senior Connections
    Zeka Barbosa, Senior Connections, Alternate
    Dalia Dillion, Area Agency on Aging/Aging Resources, Alternate

    Private Transportation Industry Representative
    Dwain Hayes, Hayes Medical Transport
    Robert Layne, Positive Medical Transport, Alternate

    Workforce Development Board Representative
    Ann Martin, CareerSource Heartland

    Medical Community Representative
    Cathie Beasley, Fresenius Kidney Care
    Audra Wheatley, Big Lake Kidney Center, Alternate
    Robert Vaughn, Big Lake Kidney Center, Alternate

    Florida Department of Transportation Representative
    Michelle Peronto

    Community Transportation Coordinator (Non-Voting)
    Kelly Kirk-Brooks, MV Transportation

    The LCB is currently seeking the following agency representatives: Community Action Agency (economically disadvantaged) Representative, Public Education Representative, Department of Children and Families Representative, Agency for Health Care Administration – Medicaid Office Representative, Early Childhood Representative.

    For information on becoming a board member, grievance procedures, long-range planning, meeting dates, and other program areas, please contact Kenneth Harley, Program Manager, at (863) 534-7130 ext. 103