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Community Relations

Community Relations provides opportunities for members to contribute to Alachua County’s nonprofit community through service projects and other charitable endeavors. The committee also organizes ACEL’s signature fundraiser, the annual Champions for Charity kickball tournament.

Chair Shareen Baptiste, [email protected]
Meetings The Community Relations Committee shifts its focus to planning the annual ACEL Champions for Charity kickball tournament as that event draws near; please refer to Kickball Subcommittee meeting details below, and check the main calendar for most current meeting times
Kickball Subcommittee Meetings Last Monday of the month, 6 p.m. at Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce Board Room (300 E University Ave, Suite 100) and more frequently during months closest to tournament day; check the main calendar for most current meeting times

Marketing and Communications

Marketing and Communications oversees ACEL’s public relations efforts, creates its marketing strategy, manages its social media platforms, develops its print and electronic collateral and provides publicity materials to media professionals.

Chair Colleen Raccioppi, [email protected]
Meetings 3rd Tuesday of the month, 6 p.m. at Sarkara Sweets (201 SE 2nd Ave#110)


Membership enhances the individual member experience through engagement, manages ACEL’s growth and shapes the perception of ACEL’s membership in the community.

Chair Stephanie Leagle, [email protected]
Director At-Large Ken Mears, [email protected]
Meetings 4th Wednesday of the month, 6 p.m. at CYM Coffee Co (5402 NW 8th Ave)

Professional Development

Professional Development educates members and helps them grow as professionals through a variety of programs and partnerships with other organizations and community leaders.

Chair Marilyn Headley, [email protected]
Meetings 2nd Tuesday of the month, 6 p.m. at Boca Fiesta (232 SE 1st street)

Public Policy

Public Policy gives members the opportunity to interact with policy makers, to learn more about the infrastructure of the city and county and to create a voice for young professionals in their community.

Chair Bryan Eastman, [email protected]
Meetings 2nd Wednesday of the month, 6 p.m. at The Bull (18 SW 1st Ave)


Social allows current and prospective members to network with their peers and other professional organizations by organizing events designed to appeal to young professionals’ diverse interests as well as monthly ACEL Happy Hours. The committee also hosts the ACEL Annual Dinner, its premier social event of the year.

Chair Christine Schluter, [email protected]
Meetings 3rd Wednesday of the month, 6 p.m. at The Jones B-Side (203 SW 2nd Ave)

For the most current meetings times and locations, please subscribe to the ACEL calendar on our homepage.

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