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Lake County, FL Office of Elevate Lake


Katheen Dial

Director, Elevate Lake

Kathleen Dial
Phone: 352-742-3925
Cell: 352-460-7602

Kathleen has lived in Lake County for over 20 years, where she has served as a educator and school leader. Her care for her students and their future quality of life in Lake County propelled her to pursue a career in Economic Development. Kathleen is focused on developing strong partnerships in the community with business and industry partners, education partners, municipalities, and all stakeholders with a common goal of working together to have a positive and collective impact on Lake County now, and in the future.

Mary Ellen Stern

Executive Director, Economic Growth

Mary Ellen Stern
Phone: 352-742-3927
Cell: 352-973-1474

20+ years’ experience in real estate development, property management, small business ownership, relationship building, project management, and business development. Mary Ellen is experienced in development, acquisitions, planning, and permitting; not only as a business partner, but also as a government reviewer, inspector, and liaison for land development, new construction, and expansion/renovation projects. She strives to identify innovative programs and proactive solutions to produce effective economic development results. She believes it is all about collaborations and relationship building!

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