Meet The Board

George Neugent

George Neugent, founder of Florida Keys Hurricane Recovery Foundation, has extensive public-sector policy experience from being elected for five terms and 20 years as Monroe County Board of County Commissioners. He has a broad understanding of State and Federal water quality policy and a proven record of accomplishments.

After retiring from public service in 2018, he continues as director of the State of Florida Gulf Consortium. He was also a member of the Southeast Florida Regional Climate Change Compact, member of the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council, committee member of the Florida Keys Water Quality Protection Program Steering Committee, and on the South Florida Regional Planning Commission. He has a degree from Nicholls State University in Louisiana.

In the weeks following Hurricane Irma in the Florida Keys, Neugent felt it was important to put into place a foundation to help community members in financial need. With the financial backing of Ocean Reef Community Foundation, and partners like Coldwell Banker Schmitt Charitable Foundation, thousands of Florida Keys residents were helped in the wake of the hurricane’s destruction. The foundation continues to operate as a resource for those still recovering from Hurricane Irma, with the intent to be here for the community in the event of another natural disaster. 

David Rice

David Rice has been a resident of Monroe County since 1973, when he came to the Keys to pursue a love of scuba diving.  David is currently serving his third term on the Monroe County Board of Commissioners, and is a very experienced statesman locally and at the State level in Tallahassee.

He is very experienced with the administration and leadership for non-profit organizations. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Guidance/Care Center. He founded and served as the Executive Director of the Guidance Clinic (Middle and Upper Keys), for 35 years before retiring in 2006.  He also is on the Historic Florida Keys Foundation Board.  He has served on many community service boards over the years, which include:  Monroe County Housing Authority, Rural Health Network, Marathon Economic Development Council, South Florida Resource and Conservation Development Council, and a founding member of the Pigeon Key Foundation.   He has been married to his wife Mary for 56 years.  They have two children, a son and a daughter, and one grandchild. He is an avid outdoorsman, and enjoys boating, diving and fishing, hunting, target shooting, and cycling.  He enjoys collecting restoring antique firearms, and civil war items.  He enjoys reading, and doing projects in his workshop. 

Kate DeLoach

Kate DeLoach, an eight generation Floridian, grew up here in the Florida Keys. Kate attended Flagler College in St. Augustine, where she graduated with a degree in Liberal Arts in 2006. She then moved to New York City to pursue her Master’s in International Relations. In 2012, Kate moved back to the Florida Keys where she has served as District and Legislative Aide for State Representative Holly Raschein. Kate was appointed by Monroe County Commissioner Sylvia Murphy to serve on the Monroe County Historic Preservation Commission and teaches introductory political sciences courses as an adjunct instructor for Florida Keys Community College. She is also active in numerous organizations and boards including the Florida Keys Land and Sea Trust and the Florida Keys History & Discovery Center Flagler’s Folly Society. Kate and her husband John now live in Tavernier.

Nancy Hersoff

Nancy Hersoff was born and raised in Miami, but always had a home in the Keys with her family and has been a full time resident of the Keys for over 20 years. She and her husband believe in giving back to the community, the entire FL Keys. Nancy is on the Achievable Housing Advisory Board.  Since Irma, she has become a board member for the FL Keys Hurricane Recovery Fund, to help those in immediate need.

Her husband Jay is an attorney and founding member of Hershoff, Lupino, and Yagel LLP, the largest law firm in the Keys, the Chairman of the Board for Mariners Hospital in Islamorada, as well as Fishermans Community Hospital, in Marathon. He is also secretary for the board of Baptist Health So FL and a board member for 1st State Bank of the FL Keys.  As part of their charitable interests, the Hersoffs support Habitat for Humanity county wide, the Good Health Clinic, the only free clinic in the Upper Keys, and Mariners Hospital Foundation to name a few.

Nancy is a member of the Upper Keys, Islamorada, Marathon and Lower Keys Chambers of Commerce.  She works for Ocean Sotheby’s International Realty and last year participated in over $14,000,000 worth of real estate sales. Nancy has an Associate of Science Degree, an Associate of Arts, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and a Masters in Administration. 

Kristen Livengood

Kristen Livengood was born and raised in the Florida Keys and is Monroe County’s Public Information Officer.

Previously, she had worked for The Weekly Newspapers as a writer. She also does administrative assistance work for Florida Keys Land and Sea Trust.

In addition to Florida Keys Hurricane Recovery Foundation, she serves on several boards and committees. Some include Keys Federal Credit Union Board of Directors, a former Monroe County Planning Commissioner, is active with Wesley House Family Services and sits on the Lower Keys Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors.

Livengood graduated with honors from Marathon High School in 2002 and University of South Florida in Tampa in 2005. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communications, News-Editorial. 

Kimberly Matthews

Kimberly Matthews, a proud Army brat, grew up all over the world. She returned to her family roots at the University of Kansas where she received her undergraduate degree in English Literature, Theatre & Voice followed up at Emporia State University with a Masters in Library Science.  She began her career as director of a private pre-K to Middle School library in Kansas City before following her wandering soul to her next position as an Assistant Professor at Washington State University.  

Kimberly found a passion for service in public libraries and, for the next two decades, put her Masters in Business Administration to use serving as an administrator and executive director of public libraries in Utah, New Jersey and Miami-Dade, the 7th largest library system in the country. With her extensive experience in public administration and expertise in the area of strategic planning including crafting SLCPL's ground-breaking 2007-2009 Strategic Plan and co-authoring the book, Crash Course in Strategic Planning  published in August 2013 by Libraries Unlimited, Kimberly’s most recent challenge is as Sr. Director of Strategic Planning for Monroe County, Florida- the Beautiful Florida Keys.  Arriving only days before Hurricane Irma, the largest to strike the Keys in nearly 60 years, Kimberly has immediately put her decades of business, leadership and public service to work in her new role and community.  

Still a wandering soul, Kimberly consults and speaks on libraries, innovation, strategic planning, and leadership.  Most notable were her keynote speaking engagements at the “Danish Union of Librarians 2014 Annual Conference” in Copenhagen and the “TK Park Forum” in Bangkok in 2016 by invitation of Thai Minister of Education.