Alice Koehler, Lakeland Volunteers in Medicine
Alice is a graduate of Florida Southern College, a returned Peace Corps Volunteer, a mother, and a life-long learner. She is a resident of Lakeland, FL, but a citizen of the world. She enjoys a challenge. She has written grants, memos, resumes, press releases, love letters, magazine articles, executive summaries, lunchbox notes, professional bios, research papers, and Facebook status updates (though, she has never tweeted anything). She has learned to speak French and dance Salsa. She has tasted termites and bushrat.
Her work experience is comprised of more than 20 years of experience in the non-profit sector, with roles in social mobilization, teaching, project origination and management, grant writing, fundraising, executive leadership, and creatively seeking ways to improve social conditions.
In her free time, Alice hangs out with her kids, Abby (15) and Jack (13) and regularly volunteers with Kiwanis Club of Lakeland, Junior League of Greater Lakeland, and a handful of other causes about which she is passionate. She loves music, travel and books.
Alice is a graduate of Leadership Lakeland Class 30, Leadership Polk Class 9, and the Public Leadership Institute. In 2017, she was awarded one of five Polk Emerging Leaders Awards, and in 2019 was named a CityMaker by Lakeland Mayor Bill Mutz and the #LoveLakeland initiative.
Alice currently serves as the President and CEO of Lakeland Volunteers in Medicine where she gets to engage the community and ensure that Polk County’s working uninsured residents have access to high-quality, compassionate and free primary health care.
In addition to her role at LVIM, Alice serves as the Executive Director of the Iron Horse Family Foundation, a private family foundation that supports organizations’ efforts to improve the lives of children.