Lakeland, FL – On June 15, 2015, SPCA Florida held its 2015 Annual Meeting for all members and installed a new Board. After the new Board was installed, outgoing President, Liz Piotrowski, proposed the new slate of officers for the 2015-2016 year. This was unanimously approved by all Board Members. The SPCA Florida officers are as follows:
Board President: Julie A. Davis, CPA of Baylis & Company PA
Vice-President: Liz Piotrowski
Vice-President: Laura Lear, AAMS of Edward Jones, Office of Laura Lear
Treasurer: Dave Thompson, CPA
Secretary: Ralph H. Schofield, Jr., Esq., MPH of Clark, Campbell, Lancaster & Munson, PA
About SPCA Florida’s New Board President:
Julie Davis, CPA is the Audit Manager at Baylis & Company PA, located at 53 Lake Morton Drive, Lakeland. In her role as Audit Manager, Davis is responsible for the coordination, supervision, and completion of all audit clients. She is delighted to serve the nonprofit and government sectors of Polk County both through her career and philanthropic efforts. Davis has been with Baylis & Company PA for approximately two years and has eight years of proven accounting and auditing experience.
Born in Texas, Davis grew up in St. Cloud, Florida. She enrolled in Valencia Community College of Orlando while in high school. Once she completed her associate degree, Davis transferred to the University of South Florida in Tampa. She graduated in 2008 with a bachelor’s degree in accounting. In 2011, Davis successfully obtained her CPA license in the State of Florida.
Davis moved to Lakeland when she met her husband, Chris Davis, a Lakeland native. He attended Florida Southern College where he received his Bachelor of Science and MBA in Accounting. He is also a CPA. After moving to Lakeland, Julie Davis joined the SPCA Florida Board to pursue her interest of animal welfare and advancing animal rights.
As SPCA Florida President, Davis seeks to extend the organization’s reach to those in need by further developing relationships with community partners. Specifically, her interest is to expand programs to the elderly and underserved through Ani-meals and other safety net programs, as well as advance outreach initiatives like Paws to Read for elementary school children. Davis’ interest is for SPCA Florida to become known as the “go-to place” for pet adoptions, community programs, and first-class veterinarian care to everyone in the community.
“I would love nothing more than for SPCA Florida to be known as the organization there to help those in need. We want to place as many pets as possible in loving, forever homes, give all owners and their animals access to affordable, outstanding health care, and for SPCA Florida to be the premier charity for donors,” said Davis.
“Julie is exactly what SPCA Florida needs in the coming years, said SPCA Florida Executive Director Adam Stanfield. “Her business mind, audit skills, and attention to detail will help the organization realize its potential as we move to a new operating model and motivation. She focuses on the big picture and understands the role SPCA Florida is ultimately destined to play.”
“We will be successful in accomplishing our goals when people recognize our name, understand what we stand for, and know about our wonderful products and services without explanation. Our Adoption Center has been successful for many years, but we also have a dynamic and comprehensive medical facility with skilled individuals delivering exceptional care to pets living throughout Polk County and beyond.”
About SPCA Florida
Founded in 1979, SPCA Florida exists to eliminate animal suffering and engage the entire community in the welfare and well-being of animals. SPCA Florida will help and heal 70,000 dogs and cats through its McClurg Animal Medical Center and provide direct care for 6,500 animals through its Adoption Center this year. Ani-Meals, which provides food and medical care for animals of homebound families, helps thousands more dogs and cats each year.
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