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District 5 Commissioner

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Michelle Stone
District 5 Commissioner

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Mail: Commissioner Stone
601 SE 25th Ave.
Ocala, FL34471

Commissioner Michelle Stone has 35 years of financial services experience, including 27 years within the Ocala market. Nearly 20 years of her focus on Ocala was with SunTrust Bank where she held the offices of senior vice president/area manager and Ocala city president.

Michelle’s career has allowed her to serve Ocala/Marion County in various capacities, overseeing all aspects of banking services, to help personal clients, small business owners, and local corporation leadership meet their financial aspirations. Her dedication to helping our community grow has earned recognition through multiple achievements and awards.

Michelle graduated from the Florida School of Banking at the University of Florida and achieved her American Institute of Banking diploma. She remains up to date in best practices through banking-related classes and seminars as well as voluntary education programs designed for public sector leadership.

Michelle recently completed specialized training through a voluntary education program for Florida’s county commissioners and obtained the designation of certified county commissioner through The Florida Association of Counties in partnership with the University of Florida’s IFAS Extension Program. Michelle continues her studies and aims to obtain the accreditation of advanced county commissioner during the spring of 2020.

With nearly 30 years of service to Ocala/Marion County, Michelle has also built an impressive resume of community service. She is a graduate and past member of the board of regents for Leadership Ocala/Marion and past board member of the Junior League of Ocala. Michelle is also a past board member of Marion Senior Services, a former March of Dimes Walk-A-Thon coordinator and an ALS walk team captain. Michelle chaired the 2014 American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk in Marion County.

Among others, she is a current board member of Transitions Learning Center, Hospice of Marion County and the United Way of Marion County. Michelle is also the chair-elect for 2021 Leadership Ocala/Marion’s alumni class as well as chair for the 2020 Census complete count committee and the College of Central Florida Board of Trustees.

Michelle is a member of the Ocala/Marion Sunset Rotary Club and represents the county commission as liaison to the Marion County Continuum of Care, Marion County Public Schools, the Early Learning Coalition, The Centers, Marion County Hospital District Trustees and the Marion County Steering Committee for Health. Michelle also chairs the Transportation Disadvantaged Local Coordination Board and the Withlacoochee Regional Water Supply Authority.

Michelle enjoys spending time with her family and friends, long-distance running, as well as serving her church and our community.