Welcoming the Leadership Class of 2017

Leadership Sarasota County, a program of The Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce, is excited to announce the roster of leaders for the Class of 2017.

The year-long program offers an opportunity to connect with the leaders within the Sarasota County area and gives participants a unique orientation to the Sarasota community. One day a month, the class learns about topics like Health & Human Services, Government, Arts & Culture, Education and Commerce & Industry. An opening retreat and closing retreat are also an integral part of the experience and helps to build teamwork among participants. The class will also select and carry through a project geared toward the betterment of the community.

Class of 2017


Tiffany Blackden, Gulf Coast Home and Lawn Services
Kristi Bracewell, FCCI Insurance Group
Alyson Busse, Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium
Melissa DeAngelo, West Florida Insurance
Kyle Deery, U.S. Masters Swimming
Erin Duggan, Visit Sarasota County
Chris Enger, Aviance Capital Management LLC
Jessica Farrelly, Icard, Merrill, Cullis, Timm, Furen & Ginsburg, P.A.
Alice Fernandez-Krawczyk, Concept Digital Media
Kayla Frimmel, Sarasota Memorial Healthcare
Amanda Gambert, State Attorney’s Office
Samantha Gholar
Stacy Groff, Tidewell Hospice
Jake Grollman, Office of the Public Defender
Evan Guido, R.W. Baird – Private Wealth Management
Andre Hoefer, City of North Port
Jeff Hole, JSH Consulting Group, Inc.
Kat Hughes, Observer Media Group
Patrick Jackson, Florida Studio Theatre
Kathy Jordan, WUSF Public Media
Miranda Lansdale, Sarasota County Government
Anthony Manganiello, Icard, Merrill, Cullis, Timm, Furen & Ginsburg, P.A.
Andie McHugh, State Attorney’s Office
Tracy Meehan, Waste Pro
Brian Meinberg, Sarasota Sheriff’s Office
Andrea Nierenberg, Nierenberg Consulting Group
Anand Pallegar, ATLARGE, Inc.
Kari Queen, Sean McCutcheon’s Air Conditioning and Heating
Ryan Riley, Synovus Bank
Joe Rill, State College of Florida
Patrick Robinson, City of Sarasota
Renee Ryckman, Escape Countdown
Kenny Slezak, Willis Smith Construction
Liz Stamoulis, Williams, Parker, Harrison, Dietz & Getzen
Craig Steinhoff, HBK CPAs & Consultants
Lori Sutton, Northern Trust Company
Charles Thorpe, Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office
Josh Tomlinson, ME&S
Terrance Torvund, Myakka River State Park
Greg Trippel, Herald-Tribune Media Group
Eric Troyer, Kerkering, Barberio & Company
Craig Tuley, SunTrust Bank
Marco Veliz, Sun Hydraulics
At the completion of the program, these participants will join an elite group of Leadership Alumni. Most graduates of the Leadership Sarasota County adult program refer to it as one of the most rewarding and meaningful experiences of their adult careers and lives.

We are excited to welcome to the 2017 Leadership Class on another successful year of community and personal development.

For more information about the Leadership Sarasota program, contact Barbara Hines at bhines@sarasotachamber.com or (941) 556-4026.

Let’s Celebrate Leadership Sarasota County!

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Leadership Sarasota boasts over 900 graduates since 1985.  As the program celebrates its’ 31st year the graduates continue to leave their legacy within the community. The Class of 2016 has come together to work on their project, dubbed Academy Farms: Project Grow at Easter Seals of Southwest Florida. During their four-month effort, the  class has added plumbing to the three existing hoop houses, installed concrete walkways to allow for easier wheelchair access, transport garden and compost areas and provided outdoor wash stations. The project was selected after the 2016 class toured the Easter Seals of Southwest Florida campus and its organic farm last fall. A grand reveal is scheduled for Earth Day, April 22, 2016. Other class projects include Habitat For Humanity, a reading garden, Patriots Park in Venice, Michael Biehl Park renovation in Venice, playground and garden at the Boys & Girls Club, and the list goes on and on. Some graduates have made considerable life changes as a result of their Leadership Sarasota County experience.

The 2016 Leadership Sarasota County class includes:

Jaide Beverly, Danielle Brown, Carisa Campanella, Rachel Cannon, Scott Coquinco, Winola Davidson, Jennifer Elkins, Douglas Elmore, Robyn Faucy, Melissa Fernands, Van Franklin, Andrew Germann, Michele Groves, Jon Hillard, Zachary Holzworth, Alicia King, Erin Knievel, Cameron Kolesa, Michael Kulaw, Scott La Porta, Alicia Larkins, Emmalee Legler, Jonathan Lewis, Ella Lewis, Yolanda Mancha, Tiffany Mangold, Susie Marro, Linda McCollum, Melissa Niewold, Deva O’Donnell, Debi Osborne, Nick Owens, Gina Palanzi, Brittany Riner, Marissa Rossnagle, Ashley Salter, Stacey Sharples, David Sylvester, William Thompson, Katharine Vestal, Carl Watkins, Randy Whitmer, and Jennifer Wiseman.

We greatly appreciate the participants of Leadership Sarasota County for making Sarasota County a World Class Community through Inspired Leadership since 1984!

The program is volunteer driven and recent graduates as well as graduates from years past continue to pay it forward by staying involved. Whether they have a seat on the Leadership Council, Chair a committee, or volunteer to plan one of the many days, it’s the volunteers who drive the program forward. Volunteers also work heavily with the newly launched Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!) and the Youth Leadership program for high school juniors.

Each spring select graduates are honored by their peers. On April 26th, Tom Tryon, Frank Maggio and Terry Redman will be honored for their generous contributions to Leadership Sarasota County and the community. Willis Smith Construction Company will be honored as the Corporate Partner of the year and will serve as presenting sponsor of the event.

As the Classes of 2016 prepare to graduate and leave their marks, applications are available for the three programs’ Classes of 2017. Visit the Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce website for further information.

Welcoming the Leadership Class of 2016

PrintLeadership Sarasota County, a program of The Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce, is excited to announce the roster of participants for the Class of 2016.

The year-long program offers an opportunity to connect with the leaders within the Sarasota County area and gives participants a unique orientation to the Sarasota community. One day a month, the class learns about topics like Health & Human Services, Government, Arts & Culture, Education and Commerce & Industry. An opening retreat and closing retreat are also an integral part of the experience and helps to build teamwork among participants. The class will also select and carry through a project geared toward the betterment of the community.

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