Board of Directors
Co-Founder – Learning Independence For Tomorrow, Inc. (Board Member 2013 to present)
LiFT co-founder Keli received her degree in Speech Language Pathology and Audiology from Florida State University, concentrating on language development, pragmatics and social skills development. She serves as the Chair of the Advisory Committee for the Florida Center for Inclusive Communities, is a Council member for the Pinellas County Commission for Persons with Disabilities, was appointed by Governor Scott to the Florida Independent Living Council, and served on Governor DeSantis’ Transition Advisory Committee for Education. Keli and her husband Mark’s daughter Morgan inspired Keli to co-found LiFT with her friend Kim Kuruzovich; where Morgan attended LiFT Academy and the LiFT University Transition Program, graduated from the fully-inclusive 4-year REACH Program at College of Charleston, and works at Freedom Square (an assisted living facility in Seminole).
Board Vice Chair
Co-Founder – Learning Independence For Tomorrow, Inc. (Board Member 2020 to present)
Kim Kuruzovich is co-founder of Learning Independence for Tomorrow. She has over thirty years of passion and experience providing academic services for neurodivergent individuals. Kim currently sits on the LiFT Board of Directors, as well as serving on several of LiFT’s committees.
Shawn Naugle has been the LiFT Executive Director since May 2020. Having superseded the Co-Founder, Kim Kuruzovich, Shawn was brought on to steer LiFT’s strategic vision, maximize performance, drive innovation, streamline business operations, and spearhead school re-opening efforts amidst COVID-19.
Over the past 3+ years, Shawn successfully revamped business, generating 30% growth in revenue and assets while growing grant funding and diversifying fundraising revenue by 140%. In his first year, Shawn played a key role in LiFT reaching its highest ever student enrollment and profitability, achieved a 93% teacher/employee retention rate for two consecutive years, and increased community partnerships by 30%.
Shawn holds a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Certification from the Sterling Council and the Inclusive and Ethical Leadership Certificate and the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the Workplace Certificate from the University of South Florida.
Shawn earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from the University of Denver and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Strayer University.
Prior to joining LiFT, Shawn worked in a variety of nonprofit leadership roles including serving as the Regional Executive Director for the Suncoast and Miami-Dade Regions for Children’s Home Society of Florida which served more than 3,000 children per year.
Senior Vice President of Wealth Management – UBS Financial Services (Board Member 2015 to present)
Matt’s career spans over 24 years in the financial industry, specializing in designing financial plans for individuals focused on capital preservation, retirement and college planning, and estate planning. Matt utilizes Asset Allocation to analyze existing portfolios and determine asset correlation and risk assessment. Since joining LiFT’s Board of Directors in 2015 and while serving as LiFT’s Treasurer, Matt has ensured that LiFT has the adequate resources to not only advance LiFT’s mission, but also to help prepare LiFT for its future growth and sustainability as an organization. Matt also serves on LiFT’s Capital Campaign Leadership Committee.
Principal – Shumaker Advisors (Board Member 2020 to present)
With a deep dedication to the Tampa Bay community and economic development, Amy’s diverse experience spans across for-profit and not-for-profit groups. She has served on numerous boards including United Way Suncoast, Boys and Girls Club, Pinellas Community Foundation and Feeding Tampa Bay. Amy managed marketing and communications for Orlando Health; and oversaw over 30 team members and secured millions of dollars in funding and grants as Vice President of Corporate, Community, and Government Relations for Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital. Amy led a successful lobbying and communications practice with a focus on corporate philanthropy and sustainability; and specializes in advocacy at the local, state, and federal levels, as well as community engagement, corporate philanthropy, and corporate communications.
Global Business Unit Manager – Jabil, Inc. (Board Member 2014 to present)
Elliad Granger serves as a Global Business Unit Manager for Jabil, Inc. Jabil is committed to diversity and inclusion; and like the company he works for, Elliad sees the immense value in hiring employees that are diverse thinkers to offer unique perspectives and innovative solutions. Elliad is a native of St. Petersburg, graduated from the Center for Advanced Technologies at Lakewood High School, received his Bachelor’s degree in Computer Engineering at New York’s Columbia University, and received a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Liberty University in Virginia. He also serves as the Strategic Task Force Chairman for the Board.
Corporate Counsel – Progressive Insurance (Board Member 2017 to present)
Kyle serves as Corporate Counsel for Progressive Insurance, and has spent the majority of his legal practice focused on civil litigation and insurance defense. In 2014 he became one of the youngest attorneys in the state of Florida to achieve the distinction of Board Certified in Civil Trial Law by the Florida Bar. Kyle is a two-time graduate of Florida State University, earning a Bachelor’s degree in Finance in 2003 and Juris Doctor in 2006.
Owner and Partner – Frey Masterson Investment Advisors (Board Member 2023 to present)
Colby is a Certified Financial Planner and one of less than 1% of financial advisors with a CFP designation and Juris Doctor. He is a two-time graduate of Florida State University where he received both his Bachelor’s degree and Juris Doctor. Colby is an active participant in non-profit community organizations, having served on the Board of Directors for various organizations including Suncoast Estate Planning Council, Give Hope Foundation, Menorah Manor, and LiFT. He has also volunteered with LiFT, Gulfcoast Legal Services, Police Athletic League (PAL) of St. Petersburg, Northeast High School Academy of Finance, Boy Scouts Pack 209, American Heart Association, Great American Teach-In and Habitat for Humanity of Pinellas County. Colby is also an alumni of the 2014 Class of Leadership St. Pete.