Gil Levy believes in paying it forward by focusing on improving the quality of life in Greater Gainesville. A 2015 Impact Award recipient, Gil has been involved with various organizations such as the Newberry-Jonesville Chamber of Commerce, the North Central Florida YMCA, 352 for the Arts, the Sebastian Ferrero Foundation, Leadership Gainesville 40 and the American Heart Association. Gil recently served as a mentor for the Startup Quest program and guided a team of potential entrepreneurs; he has provided guidance to various teams of UF students who had to organize charitable events as part of their curriculum; and he has made Tioga Town Center a community resource for charitable events throughout the year.
Although Kevin Monroe has only lived in Gainesville for three and a half years, he has already made an impact on the community and was a 2015 Impact Award recipient. Through Cox Communications, Monroe has involved himself in local issues, specifically youth education. He has devoted his time to joining organizations with a heavy focus on this particular area. After being selected for the 40th class of Leadership Gainesville, Monroe has also gained insight into the local community, enlightening him on how he can serve a purpose in Greater Gainesville.
Through his involvement with the Greater Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce, Monroe has been able to support local initiatives. For example, as the co-chair for the Transforming Greater Gainesville Economic Outreach Campaign, Monroe has worked to fun local economic development projects.
Susan Crowley is the very proud mother of three wonderful children and the grandmother of three even more amazing grandchildren. In addition, she is the University of Florida assistance vice president for community relations. In this role, she serves as a link between the university and the North Central Florida government and business communities.
As the daughter of an Air Force colonel and fighter pilot, Susan spent her life on the move. She was born in New Mexico, moved every few years and attended high school in Alaska and the Philippines. She finally put down roots when she arrived at the University of Florida, met her late husband, Tom, and they decided to stay in Gainesville until after graduation. Gainesville became the hometown Susan never had.
Deborah Bowie is the president and CEO of the United Way of North Central Florida, which serves six counties in the region including Alachua. Prior to joining the United Way, Deborah served as vice president of chamber development for the Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce, where she headed up membership and business development, events and directed the Leadership Gainesville program. She was the recipient of a 2014 Impact Award.
Deborah began her career in nonprofit management as vice president for community development at the Birmingham Regional Chamber of Commerce. Later, she served as a registered lobbyist in southwest Georgia, where she led a delegation to Washington annually to advocate for continued funding for the Marine Corps Logistics Base and Logistics Command in Albany Georgia, during a time of unprecedented cuts to the military.
Deborah is the proud mother of four, including a set of triplets
A 2014 Impact Award winner, Eric serves as the vice president of organizational advancement for Haven Hospice. Godet is an active community member serving on many local area boards including the Community Foundation of North Central Florida and the Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce, where he served as 2010 chair. Godet is currently the president and CEO of Godet Industries International. Previously, Godet was with RTI Biologics for 15 years and was a change agent within the operations, marketing, distribution, donor services and communications department.
Magette, a 2015 Fierce List Recipient is in her third year as the executive director of Girls Place, Inc. Girls Place is a grassroots nonprofit organization that focuses on introducing girls to their passions and preparing them to pursue those passions.
Magette believes leadership is about bringing all of yourself to everything you do. Last fall, Girls Place launched its First Place Leadership Academy for girls in grades four through eight. The Academy emphasizes authenticity and self-leadership.
Magette received her doctorate for leadership development from the University of Florida’s Department of Agricultural Education and Communication in 2015.
A 2015 Impact Award winner, Fagler’s work with Weyerhaeuser and Envision Alachua is all about connections and building community; she enjoys meeting people and understanding their passions, inspirations and challenges. Through this understanding, she is able to connect people who can mutually benefit each other. Currently, Fagler is involved with many organizations including the Cade Museum for Creativity and Invention, the 2016 March of Dimes Committee and the Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce’s Agriculture and Technology Council. She has been involved with more than 15 other organizations over the years. Fagler feels her most recent impact achievement was her participation in the Alachua County Education Compact. She was instrumental in encouraging dialogue between the individuals and organizations involved in the final product.