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


April 18, 2018 Meeting Agenda Package

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