City Commission

Commisioner HollandMayor Michael L. Holland
Seat #: 2
Current Term of Seat: 01/2019 - 12/2022

Biography: Commissioner Michael L. Holland is a Eustis native and graduate of Eustis High School. He attended Lake Sumter State College and graduated from Gupton-Jones College with a degree in Mortuary Science. Holland is the 3rd generation of his family to call Eustis home. While in high school, he worked in his grandparent's furniture store, where he learned the importance of hard work and personal responsibility.

Holland has served grieving families as a funeral director for thirty years. He is currently a regional general manager for the Foundation Partners Group, managing funeral homes and cemeteries throught the state of Florida. Holland was elected to the Eustis City Commission in  2008 where he served for eight years as a commissioner, vice mayor, and mayor. During his time on commission, he served on the Board of Directors of Lake County EMS and was Chair of the Operations Committee. He also has served two terms as president of the Lake County League of Cities and served four years on the Board of Directors for The Florida League of Cities. Michael Holland currently serves as the chair of the Alee Academy Advisory Board and the in-coming president of the Lake Sumter State College Foundation Board. 

LeHeup Smith Vice Mayor Headshot ImageVice Mayor Karen LeHeup-Smith
Seat #: 1
Current Term of Seat: 01/2019 - 12/2022

Biography: Raised by parents active in their community, Eustis native Karen LeHeup-Smith understood from an early age that being a part of a community requires a commitment to service. A graduate of Eustis High School and National-Louis University, Karen has served two separate terms on the Eustis City Commission including as Mayor in 2010.

Karen is a Senior Registered Sales Associate with the Belton Financial Group of Raymond James.  With a “client first” directive, Karen is glad to be associated with a group that helps individuals realize their retirement dreams.  Karen’s passion is working as a Board member of LEASH,inc in supporting local animal shelters.  She adores Duke Elvis – a rescue hound and is the servant to her cats.  Karen has one adult son that continues to make her proud.

Karen is honored to serve the people of Eustis.  She commits to her community that she will serve with dignity, knowledge and humor.

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Seat #: 3
Current Term of Seat: 1/2017 - 12/2020

Biography: Marie Aliberti was a teacher at Eustis High School for 27 years as the Workforce Development (DCT) Coordinator. Currently, she is a Lake County instructor in the Digital Information Technology Program. She owned and operated two businesses and was coordinator for Education First (EF) Student Exchange Program. Aliberti received Bachelor of Science in Education from the University of Central Florida and Masters of Educational Leadership from Nova Southeastern University.

She lives on a canal to Lake Eustis which she refers to as her "happy place." She has three grown children that all attended Eustis High School. 

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Commissioner Robert Morin
Seat #: 4
Current Term of Seat: 1/2017 - 12/2020

Biography: Robert Morin received his Bachelor of Arts from University of Massachusetts, Lowell and his Masters of Public Administration from Suffolk University Boston, Massachusetts with a specialty in city and town management. As a full time instructor with the University of Central Florida he taught public administration with expertise in American public policy, strategic planning, project management, introduction and history of public administration. He is a retired executive from state and local government with over 35 years experience and has managed departments with 30 to 1800 public service employees. As a city department administrator he has worked with city councils/commissions for more than 15 years. His expertise is budgeting, strategic and business planning, performance improvement and TQM and Florida Sterling Council initiatives. 

He is an U.S. Army veteran serving with the 24th Infantry Division Military Intelligence Detachment from 1968 to 1970. He lives in the historic district with his wife Tina and his son Ceasar. Robert also has a private consulting company, Robert Morin Consulting Services LLC. specializing in public sector management.

CarlaCommissioner Carla Gnann-Thompson
Seat #: 5
Current Term of Seat: 01/2017 - 12/2020

Biography: Commissioner Carla Gnann-Thompson was born and raised in Eustis. She attended Eustis Elementary School and graduated from Eustis High School. She attended Tift College in middle Georgia and received a BS degree and two BA degrees, becoming the first member of her family to attend and graduate college.

A teacher at Eustis High School, Carla has spent her career in Lake County with 29 years…and counting in Lake County public schools and 11 years in the private sector. She is certified in several areas, including Reading, Varying Exceptionalities and Human Experience. Carla’s teaching experience includes adult education, students with profound disabilities, severely emotionally disturbed students and gifted. Carla was the recipient of the 2016 Lake Eustis Area Chamber of Commerce Community Service Award for Education. 

She also has experience as a Supported Employment Job Coach with the Florida Department of Education – Division of Vocational Rehabilitation. Carla’s prior work experience also includes the creation of “Jobs in Municipal Government,” a summer program which provided area youth with hands-on experience in all facets of local government, and engaged them in community service. This program was funded in partnership by the City of Eustis and the Volusia-Lake-Flagler Private Industry Council.

If you know Carla, you likely have first-hand knowledge that she is a firm believer in “It Takes a Village.” Carla has always been involved within the community and uses those resources to provide a well-rounded learning environment for her students.  As the Key Club Sponsor, she also seeks service opportunities for the members, to instill in them a sense of community pride.

Carla is a proud member of the Eustis City Commission. She takes a fiscally responsible approach to creating policy and providing governance that ensures public safety, economic vitality and service excellence are a priority in the City of Eustis.   

Contact the Commission: Correspondence addressed to the Eustis City Commission at will be viewed by the entire Commission. Correspondence may also be sent to to the postal address listed below:

Eustis City Commission P.O. Drawer 68 Eustis, FL 32727-0068

Government Style
The City of Eustis has a council-manager form of government. The Commission consists of five Commission seats. Commissioners are elected for four-year terms, with elections held in even-numbered years. Elections are non-partisan. Elections for Seats 3, 4, and 5 are held in presidential election years. Commission terms begin in January of the year following the election.

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Meeting Schedule
The City Commission meetings are on the first and third Thursday of each month at 6 p.m. in the City Hall Commission Room, 10 N. Grove St.