About Us

Meet our Board of Directors and Founder


Our Board of Directors
Alex Lerner- President
Alex is a physician and was in clinical practice for more than 25 years before retiring from active clinical practice. Alex has been the President of Achieve Plant City since it was founded. He believes strongly in this organization as a vehicle to help promote real change in this community through the promotion of literacy and education. He believes that education and literacy are the great equalizers of society.
Sophia Hyde- Treasurer
Sophia is a local business owner who is passionate about investing in her community. She is an Area Manager with Arbonne International, as well as the owner and photographer of RisingSky Productions. She lives in Plant City with her husband Brandon and their daughter, Eleanora. Sophia is a member of the Noon Rotary Club, Rise (Plant City’s young professionals group) and a Guardian Ad Litem volunteer. In her free time Sophia can be found at Koa Yoga Studio practicing yoga, cuddled up on her couch reading, or jogging down Cherry Street. 

Kayla Drawdy

Born and raised in Plant City, Kayla graduated from the University of South Florida as well as the Connecticut School of Broadcasting with her focus in Communications. She began her career in Marketing in 2008, and in  2015  joined the Hillsborough Title family. Kayla is an Ambassador with the Plant City Chamber of Commerce, and a member of Plant City Noon Rotary Club. She mentors with the Hillsborough Education Foundation's 'Take Stock in Children' program and is an active member of her church. She enjoys spending time with family, participating in outdoor activities, music, and dancing.

Greg Buckner, Vice-President
Greg is the vice-president/general manager of PLAYCORE
Shane Karlson, Your Green Team president
Angelica Ibarra, Executive Director
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