Who We Are

Our Mission

Keep Manatee Beautiful is dedicated to promoting community awareness and involvement in litter prevention, recycling and beautification throughout Manatee County.

We Are Volunteers

More than 10,000 volunteers help Keep Manatee Beautiful achieve its mission by engaging in litter cleanups, outdoor beautification projects and tree plantings.  Consider lending a hand with our many volunteer programs and events.

A Successful Plan for Community Change

Keep Manatee Beautiful is a nonprofit organization that inspires community involvement through its commitment to making Manatee County a cleaner and more beautiful environment. Established in Spring 1991 as an affiliate of Keep America Beautiful and Keep Florida Beautiful, Keep Manatee Beautiful has developed networks of volunteers who help provide grassroots solutions to:

  • Littering
  • Recycling
  • Illegal dumping
  • Beautification
  • Solid waste disposal

View our KMB Introduction slideshow and our Who We Are public service announcement.

Board of Directors

Whitney Knepp – Chairperson, The Artec Group, Inc.
Robert Longworth – Vice & Nominating Chairperson, Herons Watch HOA
Marty Gainous – Treasurer, Peace River Electric Cooperative
Marjorie Drake – Secretary , Tropicana

Lt. Robert Andrews, Manatee Co. Sheriff’s Office
Rina Avellaneda, Manatee Chamber of Commerce & Stantec Consulting Services
Dan Callaghan, Callaghan Tire
Willie Cooper, Boys & Girls Clubs of Manatee Co.
Sgt. Leo Donnelly, Bradenton Police Department
Zan Fuller, City of Holmes Beach
Uganda Harris, Hope Family Services
Susan Hochuli, City of Bradenton
Brittany Howard, Tropicana
Laura McAdams, The UPS Store Manatee Avenue
Jim LoPiccolo, Citizen
Elizabeth Paskvan, Bradenton Herald
Billy Malfese, 941Love
Mitzi Petty, Florida Dept. of Juvenile Justice
Wells Rawls, Horticultural Alliance, Inc.
Mary Runnells, Village Green of Bradenton
Geoff Seger, City of Palmetto
Stanley Sharek, Florida Power & Light Company
Cris Singer, Jeff Gilchrist Landscaping, Inc.
Jason White, Waste Management of Manatee Co.
Kyle Vickery, School District of Manatee Co.

Technical Advisory Committee

Michelle Atkinson, Manatee Co. UF/IFAS Extension Serv.
Ian Boyle, Waste Connections
Heather Ferrara, Florida Dept. of Juvenile Justice
Terence Matthews, KMB Legal Advisor
Dep. Christopher Ralston, Manatee Co. Sheriff’s Office
JoAnn Spencer, Citizen
Eric Strickland, Florida Forest Service
Scott Wood, Manatee Co. Gov.

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Jennifer Hoffman, Executive Director
Ingrid McClellan, Executive Director Emeritus
Keith Banasiak, Chairman Emeritus, Waste Pro
Tom Hovanec, Chairman Emeritus, Tropicana
Michelle Davis, Administrative Coordinator from AARP