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Legacy of Leadership

Leadership Maclay provides a foundation for future potential leadership and service to the School while providing Alumni with a meaningful experience to connect with other alums and engage in the long-term vision for Maclay. 

October 1-2, 2023

Honorary Chair for LMIII Melissa Nelson

Melissa Nelson took office as the State Attorney for Florida’s Fourth Judicial Circuit in January 2017 and was re-elected in 2021 without opposition. In this role, she leads more than 300 attorneys, staff, and investigators in their pursuit of justice.

Since taking office, she has implemented policies to strengthen public safety and  incapacitate  dangerous  individuals  while establishing needed smart justice reforms and initiatives that have saved taxpayers dollars, increased transparency, and kept the community protected.

Nelson sits on several local and national boards, including ATF’s National Crime Gun Intelligence Governing Board and Florida’s Cold Case Advisory Commission. She earned her undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Florida and is a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers.

The Maclay School Alumni Association once again offers the opportunity for alumni to participate in an engaging two-day event. The annual Leadership Maclay Program will be held Homecoming Weekend 2023 beginning October 1-2 on the Maclay campus.  

About Leadership Maclay: Leadership Maclay is a program of the Maclay School Alumni Association that provides a foundation for future potential leadership and service to the School while providing Alumni with a meaningful experience to connect with other alums and engage in the long-term vision for Maclay. 

The Leadership Maclay Program spans one and a half days beginning Sunday at 11:30 am and concluding Monday at 5:00 pm.  During the retreat, selected participants will obtain a behind-the-scenes view of the School, participate in discussions on the internal and external forces that affect the School's direction, and hear about the opportunities that lie ahead for Maclay.  Attendees will also participate in discussions with senior school administrators and take part in generative discussions about the future of Maclay. There are no fees or tuition associated with participation in Leadership Maclay.  Participants are asked to provide for their own travel arrangements and lodging during the retreat if necessary. 

Application deadline is August 2023.

  • Maclay Retreat, participants will have the opportunity to engage in discussions around various aspects of the Maclay School experience.  The retreat will also include:
  • Keynote address and moderated Question and Answer Session with Leadership Maclay Honorary Chair Melissa Williamson Nelson
  • Campus tour
  • Classroom visits
  • Book discussion guided by a member of the Upper School English Department

Apply for LMIII

Leadership Maclay is a great way for alumni to reconnect with their alma mater, the school's mission, and vision for the future.Leadership Maclay is made possible through the generous support and partnership of the Maclay School Alumni Association.  The purpose of the Association is to help Maclay School improve and grow through the development, maintenance, and expansion of relationships among the 3,000 plus alumni and our school.

Leadership Maclay I

The 2018 Leadership Maclay Class members: Leslie Frye Allen (1977), Elizabeth Barron (2000), William "Bill" Black (1972), Sherrie Cartee (1979), Charlie Dailey (1985), Blake Dowling (1992), Rosemary Farrell (2000), Jay Foster (1992), Kira Rushing Harper (1985), Scott Jennings (1984), Deryk Jones (1982), Jane Aurell Menton (1982), Blake Miles (1987), Amy Osteryoung (1993), Laura Boyd Pearce (1980), Frances "Fran" Visconti Sandon (1985), Tia Hunt Smith (1994), Katherine Baggett Thornburgh (1997), Julie Miller Torres (1998), and Mayo Woodward (1988). 

Leadership Maclay II

The 2019 Leadership Maclay Class includes Beth Rowe Lewis (1993), Bonnie Johnson Davenport (1998), Brian Pargman (1992), Cecilia Cola McMullian (1988), Charles “Stuart” Haworth (1983), Cory Guzzo (2005), Danya Wilson (1995),  Halley Stephens Van Asten (1990), Jason D. Gassett (1997), Joe Kupiszewski (1987), Katie Copeland Smith (1998), Kimberly Austin Crowell (1999), Mary Byrd Lewis Sims (1986), Mary Jordan Coleman (1990), Mary Katharine Croley Lawler (1998), Jonathan Romero (2010), Michael Jablon (1991), Michael Sheedy (1986), Michelle Fountain (1983), Nat Higdon (1992), Nick Fowler (1985), Niki Cotton Bishop (1984), Patrick E. Hurley (1999), Stefanie Kurgatt (2013), William Fixel (1998), and Wyman Duggan (1987). 

For more information on applying for the next Leadership Maclay, please contact Debbie Hurley in the Alumni Office at