Kathy Black, Ph.D.
Hartford Geriatric Social Work Faculty Scholar
Associate Professor College of Arts and Sciences
University of South Florida at Sarasota-Manatee
Kathy Black is an Associate Professor in the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of
South Florida at Sarasota/Manatee. Dr. Black obtained her Ph.D. from the University at Albany
in New York in 2000 and Master’s Degrees in Social Work and Gerontology from the University of
Southern California in 1988 and a Master’s Degree in Public Health from the University of
California at Los Angeles in 1990. In 2004, Dr. Black was selected as a Hartford Geriatric Social
Work Faculty Scholar. Dr. Black also obtained a nursing license in 1979 from the Ulster County
Board of Cooperative Educational Services, New York. Dr. Black has over 30 years of experience
in the capacity of geriatric case manager, medical social worker, and geriatric nurse in acute and
long term care, hospital, nursing home, and community-based settings. Dr. Black has conducted
nearly 70 presentations on the topic of aging and mental health at local, state, and national
venues over the past twenty years. In addition, Dr. Black has been the Principal Investigator
of nearly a dozen grants totaling nearly $700,000 and has authored more than 30 peer-reviewed
publications including: Educational Gerontology, Clinical Gerontologist, Journal of Social Science
Research, Geriatric Nursing, Journal of Applied Gerontology, Journal of Women & Aging, Death
Studies, and the American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Medicine.
Go to University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee for more info about the Institute for Public
Policy and Leadership.
Colleen Blumenthal, MAI
Colleen H. Blumenthal, MAI, has been appraising and consulting for going concern properties
for nearly 20 years, specializing in seniors housing and healthcare since 1992. In addition to
her duties as the managing partner of HealthTrust, LLC, she has served as the task force lead
on the American Seniors Housing Association’s State of Seniors Housing for the last six years,
coordinated research and written reports on a number of studies with the American Seniors
Housing Association, the Assisted Living Federation of America and the American Association
of Homes and Services for the Aging, and has authored several seminars on valuation and
assessment of seniors housing and healthcare properties.
For more info go to www.healthtrust.com.
Boyer & Jackson, P.A.
Elder Care Law Firm
Teresa K. Bowman is an associate attorney with the firm of Boyer & Jackson, P.A. and practices in the
areas of Estate Planning, Medicaid Planning, Long Term Care Planning, Probate, and Special Needs
Ms. Bowman is a member of NAELA, the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, the Sarasota County
Bar Association, The Manatee County Bar Association, the Real Property, Probate and Trust Law
Section of the Florida Bar, and a member of the Elder Law Section of the Florida Bar. She is active in
FAWLS, the Florida Association for Women Lawyers, and serves s a member of the Board of Directors
and acts as Treasurer of the local chapter.
Ms. Bowman attended The Florida State University in Tallahassee where she received a Bachelor of
Science degree in Education. For the next 15 years she was a teacher in the Florida and Georgia
public schools. In 2005 Ms. Bowman received her Juris Doctor Degree from Stetson College of Law
with a concentration in Elder Law. While at Stetson Ms. Bowman served as an editor for the Journal
of International Aging, Law & Policy, and competed as a member of the Stetson Advocacy
Board where she was a 2005 finalist in the National Arbitration Competition. During her time with
Stetson she also served as a Teaching Fellow in the legal writing department, was a member of the
Elder Law Society and served as President of Equal Justice Works, a campus organization dedicated
to raising awareness of equal equality under the law. At graduation Ms. Bowman was the recipient
of the Matthew Bender Elder Law Book Award and was one of two students in her graduation
class to be inducted into the Order of Barristers for Excellence in Advocacy.
Ms. Bowman enjoys speaking to local groups regarding long term care planning, preparing for
incapacity, and care-giver issues. She is a Florida native and has lived in the local area since 2003.
Go to www.boyerjackson.com for more info.
Anchor & Reporter
ABC 7 News Team
Linda Carson joined ABC 7 in 1995 as Weekend Anchor and General Assignment Reporter. She also
covers local entertainment news on "Event of the Week" every Wednesday and "Suncoast Scene"
Linda started her TV career in 1964 as a "TV Weather Girl" at Channel 11 in Atlanta. She was told
it would be a short career because a woman wouldn't be accepted on television after she was 30.
Linda went on to become one of the first female TV reporters and one of the first prime time female
anchors in the country and is still reporting and anchoring the news at age 71 here at ABC 7 in
While covering the Suncoast, Linda's job has put her at the forefront of news. She was in the
elementary classroom at Emma E. Booker Elementary School on Sept. 11th when the terrorist
attacks occurred, and walked with President George Bush to the media center at the school
where he addressed the Nation and discussed the attack. She continued to follow the story
when the next day when the world discovered the terrorists had actually taken their flying
lessons in our area.
Linda received the Associated Press Award for her death row interview of Serial Killer Danny Rolling.
Linda also witnessed Rolling's execution and reported live from Starke prison when he was put to
death for the murders. As a reporter in Atlanta in the 60s, Linda was assigned to cover the Civil
Rights Movement, focusing on Coretta Scott King, and spent much time with the couple before
Dr. King's death, and with Mrs. King afterwards.
She married Bud Carson, who was the Head Coach at Georgia Tech at the time. When Bud went
to the Steelers as Defensive Coordinator, Linda became Assistant Sports Director at KDKA-TV.
When he joined the L.A. Rams, Linda went to work at KTTV as nightly Weathercaster and Reporter.
From there, she worked at WMAR-TV in Baltimore as Weathercaster and Reporter, at WDAF-TV
in Kansas City as Anchor and Consumer Reporter, at WFSB-TV in Hartford, CT as a Consumer
Reporter, and at WKYC-TV in Cleveland as Medical and Consumer Reporter. In Philadelphia she
worked at Fox 29 as Weathercaster and Co-Anchor of "Eagles Game Day Live" a Pre- Game show
for the Eagles.
Linda serves on the Board of Directors of the American Cancer Society and formerly on the Board
of Directors for the Alzheimer's Association. She's also a volunteer for Tidwell Hospice. She is the
Director of the "Bud Carson Scholarship Fund", a scholarship given to an outstanding defensive
football player on the Suncoast every year. Linda is a member of the Sarasota Sailing Squadron,
and served as Secretary of the "Luffing Lassies" a group of highly competitive female pram sailors.
For more info go to MySuncoast.com.
Robert J. Carter
President and CEO
Senior Friendship Centers, Inc.
Senior Friendship Centers Foundation, Inc.
Bob Carter is President and CEO of Senior Friendship Centers, Inc. and Senior Friendship Centers
Foundation. He has served with this innovative non-profit organization since 1987, which provides
a wide range of elder services at over 30 sites throughout six counties of Southwest Florida.
Bob has more than 30 years of management and administrative experience including three years as
a U.S. Army Officer. He holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Tampa, a Master’s degree
in Public Administration from Suffolk University in Boston and has completed graduate coursework
in Gerontology at the University of South Florida.
A strong advocate for older adults, Bob has served in volunteer leadership roles at both local and
statewide levels. He is currently President of Florida Council on Aging (FCOA), served as President
of the Florida Association of Aging Services Providers (FASP), and Chairman of the Sarasota County
Senior Advisory Council, President of the Glasser/Shoenbaum Human Services Center of Sarasota,
and President of the Sarasota County Aging Network (SCAN).
For more info go to www.friendshipcenters.org.
Jeff Cordes, CPIM
Digital Safety Net, LLC
Jeff Cordes is the co-owner, along with his wife, Anita, of Digital Safety Net, a company that
provides home and small business inventory services.
The Cordes family moved from Michigan to Bradenton in 1998. Jeff has more than 30 years
experience in various manufacturing environments holding positions in Supply Chain Management,
with an emphasis in Inventory Management. Digital Safety Net, was formed to provide essential,
comprehensive and professional inventory services for residential and small business clients.
Jeff is a member of NAHIP, The National Association of Home Inventory Professionals, The Manatee
Chamber of Commerce, with an application currently under review for membership in the Chambers
Better Business Council, the Lakewood Ranch Business Alliance, the Manatee County Independent
Insurance Agents Association, as an affiliate member, and, APICS- The Florida Gulf Coast Chapter.
Jeff holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration from Ferris State University,
Big Rapids, Michigan, a Master of Management Degree, Aquinas College, Grand Rapids, Michigan
and in 2001 earned his CPIM certification becoming certified in Production and Inventory Management
through APICS, The Association for Operations Management.
Jeff and Anita have a son, Jared who lives in Clearwater and a Daughter, Alaina who is in her Senior
year at Flagler College in St Augustine.
For more information, visit their website at www.digitalsafetynetfl.com.
Senior Motivational Speaker - First Step of Sarasota
Tom Davie is a long term resident of Sarasota (1982), originally from West Virginia, a U.S.
Army Veteran, and has had a successful 30 year career in Sales, Training, and Motivation.
Tom got "off the road" from the training circuit in 2002, after remarrying, and gaining a new
spouse that wanted to see him more often than on weekends. He is the Community
Outreach Public Speaker for First Step of Sarasota. Tom's programs are made possible
through Get Connected, a federally-funded grant for seniors. Tom typically presents his
programs at area Retirement Communities, Hospital Groups, Senior Friendship Centers, and
churches. Tom's folksy, down home personal speaking style puts people at ease
immediately, and allows the audience to learn in a fun, interesting, and emotionally
comfortable setting. His personal trademark states - "If you want things to be different...
YOU have to do things ... DIFFERENTLY ! " For more information about First Step Sarasota
go to www.fsos.org.
Dignified Transportation for Seniors
Donna most recently served as Senior Director Resource Development for the American Red Cross
Southwest Florida Chapter. Before her time with Red Cross, Dunio was Senior Vice President for Nelson
Publishing in Nokomis, FL after a move from northeastern Pennsylvania where she served as the
Executive Director for the United Churches of Northeastern Pennsylvania, one of the largest interfaith
organizations in the northeast. She also has provided executive coaching, corporate training, and
human resources and development consulting for her company, Leadership Solutions in Pennsylvania.
Dunio has advanced certifications in many leadership disciplines and has served on numerous boards
and committees; most recently serving on the board of the Association of Fundraising Professionals
Southwest Florida Chapter. The winner of over fifty community services awards, Dunio now lives in
Sarasota with her husband Phil. For more information go to www.itnsarasota.org.
Executive Director of SCOPE
SCOPE is a Community engagement initiative aimed at expanding the participation in dialogue
about community and increasing a sense of personal ownership of the outcomes and future,
creating forums for public involvement.
SCOPE's mission is to connect and inspire citizens to create a better community. SCOPE provides
opportunities where all citizens' voices are welcomed and heard. SCOPE brings together residents,
business owners, government officials and organizations to listen, learn, and discuss issues that
impact the quality of life in Sarasota County.
SCOPE is launching the Institute for the Ages, a national institute that will bring the latest research
and brightest minds together to develop products and solutions to help communities respond well to
an increasingly older population.
Some of Tim's previous assignments include: Executive Director - Human Services Planning
Association, Sarasota, Florida; Vice President - Grant Foundation, Sarasota, Florida; Administrator -
Grant Foundation/Hôpital Albert Schweitzer, Deschapelles, Haiti; President - Shelby Memorial Hospital,
Shelby, Ohio; and Executive Director - Health Planning and Development Council, Wooster, Ohio.
For more information about SCOPE, go to www.scopexcel.org.
Dr. Allesa English
Serenity Place at Doctors Hospital
Allesa Jackson English, MD, has joined the team of behavioral health specialists at Serenity Place
at Doctors Hospital, a voluntary inpatient behavioral health program dedicated to seniors. Dr. English
comes to Sarasota after serving as Assistant Professor and Psychiatry Residency Training Program
Director at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center.
Dr. English graduated a Doctor of Pharmacy from Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University and a
Doctor of Medicine from the University of Miami School of Medicine. She completed her Psychiatry
Residency at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland.
Dr. English joins a multidisciplinary team of medical professionals dedicated to serving the behavioral
health needs of seniors in the Sarasota and surrounding areas. “I am pleased that Doctors Hospital
has made the care of these unique individuals a priority,” says Dr. English. “The focus is on caring for
our patients in a warm and welcoming environment. It is important for those we care for to be as
comfortable as possible as we work together to improve their quality of life.”
Born in Tallahassee, Dr. English says she is happy to be back in Florida. She is joined by her family;
husband Donald, a post doctoral fellow in psychology working with students at New College of Florida,
and their two sons, three year old Donald and one year old Jackson.
For more info go to www.doctorsofsarasota.com.
President of the Downtown Sarasota Condominium Association (DSCA)
Board Member of the Downtown Sarasota Alliance (DSA)
Dr. Fanning has been engaged in improving communication among consumers and providers of
educational services and medical services for most of his 30-year career as an educational and
healthcare administrator by developing strategies to build partnerships. As the Executive Director of
Special Education Service for the State of Colorado, he encouraged, promoted and provided parents
of children with disabilities the opportunity to engage in direct dialogue with the educators and related
services personnel responsible for their children.
Later, as Executive Vice President of Clinical, Educational and Community Services at the Kennedy
Krieger Institute at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, and as CEO and President of the Marcus
Institute for Development and Learning at Emory University School of Medicine, Dr. Fanning again
promoted, encouraged and provided the opportunity for parents and patients to be integrally involved
as participating members of the healthcare team when considering diagnostic and treatment options.
He became an early and strong proponent for all persons receiving healthcare services to be actively
involved in making decisions as equal partners with those professional healthcare providers who were
treating or about to treat them as patients. Through easily established strategies such as ready
access to one’s medical record, healthcare quality can be improved, medical mistakes reduced,
unnecessary treatments avoided and costs reduced. Building partnerships with healthcare providers
and empowering patients to be knowledgable consumers through information sharing results in
patients taking responsibility for their own well being.
By assuring that patients have simple but strategic information in a timely manner, Dr. Fanning shows
patients how they can become partners with their healthcare providers and shows them how to be a
wise consumer of the services that they are purchasing. He believes his advocacy for both provider
and patient is the most practical way to improve the standing of healthcare for each individual in the
For more info about the DSCA go to www.downtownsarasotacondoassoc.com.
Cancer Support Community
Andrea has recently assumed the position of Program Director for the Cancer Support Community
(formerly The Wellness Community), a nonprofit organization that offers hope, education and support
to people affected by cancer. CSC serves the region from its new facility in Lakewood Ranch. She has
recently moved from Chicago where she has been active in many areas of the oncology field since
Andrea served as Director of Patient Services doing crisis counseling for the Leukemia Research
Foundation for 10 years. She was subsequently instrumental in developing innovative programs to
address specific unmet needs for cancer patients, survivors, and caregivers. Additionally she
served on the Board of Directors for the National Marrow Donor Program for six years and was also a
committee co-chair for the Consumer Advocacy Committee for the Center for International Blood and
Marrow Transplant Research.
Most recently, Andrea had a private counseling practice focusing on patients dealing with life
threatening and life altering medical conditions. Andrea holds an undergraduate degree from Indiana
University, a graduate degree from Adler School of Professional Psychology and is a licensed clinical
For more info about the Cancer Support Community go to www.cancersupportsuncoast.org.
Dr. Dan Fouts
International Author & Lecturer
Dr. Dan Fouts completed his undergraduate training at Kent State University in Kent, Ohio followed
by professional training at National College of Chiropractic in Lombard, Illinois. He holds two degrees,
Doctor of Chiropractic and Bachelor of Science in Human Biology. His professional career has included
clinical practice and extensive post graduate education in orthopedics, radiology and nutrition.
Dr. Fouts' ongoing interest in nutrition, especially in the emerging field of glycobiology and
glyconutritional technologies, prompted him to extensively study the medical and scientific literature in
these areas. Dr. Fouts' ability to make complex information exciting and easy to understand, as well
as his passion in presenting that information, has made him a sought-after speaker, having lectured in
eight countries and more than 240 cities.
Dr. Fouts has also authored and co-authored five continuing medical education courses and five
certification courses in nutritional technologies. He has taught those courses to health care
professionals in over forty seminars as a faculty member of Proevity Continuing Education Group.
Dr Fouts retired from his chiropractic practice in 1999 to pursue his desire to work full-time educating
both health care professionals and the general public about some of the latest advances in nutritional
technologies that provide additional options for improved health, wellness and quality of life.
As CEO and President of Destiny Health International, LLC. Dr. Fouts shares valuable and potentially
life-changing nutrition information about dietary supplements with thousands of people both in the
U.S. and abroad through the use of online courses, webinars, e-newsletters, self-paced home study
courses and live seminars.
For more info go to www.mymannapages.com/drdanfouts.
Dr. Joseph A. Gaeta Jr., D.D.S.
Celebrity Smiles, Mobile Denture Care, PAAID, and Siesta Smiles
Dr. Gaeta has an outstanding reputation for professionalism and superior clinical skills. He is trained
in all aspects of general dentistry and each year takes numerous hours of post-graduate education.
He is one of the few dentists that can not only place dental implants but restore them. His passion
for changing peoples’ lives through dentistry allows him to serve as the “architect” of a dental
treatment plan by collaborating with general dentists, specialists, and other health professionals.
“Before I became a dentist, I had observed my grandparents in their twilight years and specifically
the impact of failing teeth. In each case, the quality of life had been diminished. Failing dental health
affected their self image; it limited their diet and the basic ability to chew. Also, there was a constant
complaint of discomfort. In the case of my crabby grandma, her upper denture mysteriously disappeared
from the nursing home. And it was difficult for my parents to find a dentist to help her. As a result,
I became very motivated to become a dentist because I felt that I could make a difference in changing
peoples' lives for the better!”
Through a combination of state-of-the art technology, sensible treatment plans and genuine devotion to
the unique needs of each patient, Dr. Gaeta preserves healthy teeth and gums, alleviates oral discomfort
and improves the appearance of smiles on a daily basis. He has applied his unique blend of artistic and
technical skills to produce durable and aesthetic results in thousands of patients.
Go to www.siestasmilesdental.com for more info.
Nick Gladding – Environmental Attorney for Adams and Reese LLP and a Commissioner
on the Florida Energy & Climate Commission
In addition to membership in numerous legal organizations and associations, Nick is a member of the
Board of Directors for the Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce, as well as Chair of the
Government Issues Council and founding member and former Chair of the Green Business Leadership
Committee for the Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce. In addition, he serves as Chair and
member of the Board of Directors for The Florida House Foundation of Sarasota, Inc.; founding
member, member of Board of Directors, and Chair of Sarasota County Openly Plans for Excellence
(SCOPE); member of the Government Relations and Research Committee of the Mote Marine
Laboratory Advisory Council; member of the steering committee of the Florida Energy Systems
Consortium; and Chair of the Sarasota Bay Estuary Program Citizen Advisory Committee. For more
info go to Florida Energy & Climate Commission Bio (pdf)
Public Affairs Specialist for the Social Security Administration
Paul oversees public information activities for Social Security in Southwest Florida. He gives
numerous speeches and presentations and appears frequently on radio and TV.
For 13 years, Paul provided a weekly Social Security update on SNN TV. He writes a weekly Social
Security column for the Palm Beach Post. He started with Social Security in Orlando in 1973 and has
lived in Sarasota since 1975. Paul is married to musician Cynthia Roberts-Greene. They have two
children, ages 21 and 18 and three cats.
He holds a BA and MA in history from the University of South Florida in Tampa.
For more info go to Social Security Administration.
Waine P. Hicks
W. P. Hicks Builders
Waine P. Hicks, a rural Virginia native brings his craftsmanship to the Florida lifestyle. Having been a
resident of Sarasota over the past twenty years has given him the opportunity to apply his knowledge
of construction to the Gulf Coast Waine is a graduate of Frostburg State University with his Masters in
Business from Purdue. He holds a State of Florida Class A General Contractors License, Class A roofing
license, State Certified Home Inspector, State Certified Insurance License and is a licensed captain
competing in the Southern Kingfish Association. He resides in Sarasota with his lovely wife, Sharon.
For more info go to www.wphicks.com.
Pastor Bill Hild
First Sarasota Church, The Downtown Baptist Church
Pastor Bill Hild has been the lead pastor of FirstSarasota, the Downtown Baptist Church, for the past
Fourteen years, presiding over a time of significant growth, health and development for this
ongregation of three thousand members. A self described military "brat," Bill grew up traveling to
many parts of the United States, as well as a three year experience in Okinawa, Japan.
A native of Savannah, Georgia, Bill's educational background began at Carson-Newman College
where he received a Bachelor of Arts in Religion and later at Southeastern Baptist Theology Seminary
in Wake Forest, North Carolina where he received his Master's of Divinity. Additional studies have
been undertaken at Hebrew University in Jerusalem, Israel. Bill has also served as Lead Pastor of the
Ball Camp Baptist Church in Knoxville, Tennessee and the First Baptist Church of Dade City, Florida.
Bill has developed a serious interest in Middle Eastern Archaeology participating in archaeological
excavations at Tel Migne (Old Testament Ekron), Kursi (New Testament Gergesa) and Bethsaida,
the ancestral home to three of Jesus' disciples John, Philip & Andrew. He has traveled and studied
throughout the Middle East extensively including Israel, Egypt, and Jordan. He is an adjunct instructor
for the Jerusalem Center for Biblical Studies.
For more info go to www.firstsarasota.org.
Dr. Andrew Keegan
Dr. Keegan is a Board Certified Neurologist and has an interest in neuroinflammation in Alzheimer’s
disease and Multiple Sclerosis. He is the principal investigator on multiple clinical trials and
collaborates with the scientists at Roskamp to better understand the mechanisms behind these
diseases in an effort to develop new therapies.
For more info about the Roskamp Institute go to www.rfdn.org.
Brian Kimbrell, M.D., F.A.C.S.
Trauma Medical Director
Blake Medical Center
Dr. Kimbrell joined Blake in September of 2010 as the Trauma Medical Director for the emerging
trauma program there. He is a Board Certified Trauma Surgeon/Surgical Intensivist. He has worked
in multiple Level I Adult and Pediatric Trauma Centers over the past 8 years and brings a wealth
of knowledge to our community. His most recent was at St. John's Regional Medical Center in
Oxnard, California where he served as the Trauma Medical Director and Surgical Critical Care
For more information visit http://blakemedicalcenter.com/our-services/trauma-care.dot.
Mayor of the City of Sarasota
Commissioner - District Three
Kelly is a life-long Sarasotan. He has served the Sarasota community as President of the Alta Vista
Neighborhood Association as well as having been an active member of the Coalition of City
Neighborhood Associations. Believing strongly in public service, Kelly has worked for the White House
Office of Public Liaison; served as a Peace Corps Volunteer; and led a USAID community conservation
project in rural Guatemala. Locally, he has worked as Product Manager for Bio-Pro Research and is
currently the Senior Vice President of The Media Maquiladora. Kelly's education includes: B. S. Foreign
Service, Georgetown University (Washington, DC); M. A. Latin American Studies, Georgetown University
(Washington, DC). Kelly lives with his wife, Tracy, son, Bodhi, and daughter, Selby in District 3.
Go to The City of Sarasota Government for more info.
| Nicci Kobritz R.N., N.P.
Owner and President of Youthful Aging Home Health
Nicci Kobritz, RN. and Nurse Practitioner who founded and owns Youthful Aging Home Health, has
more than three decades of experience in developing and managing health care service. She has
served clients in Sarasota County for more than 15 years. Youthful Aging is Sarasota’s only boutique
home health care practice. Limiting the number of clients served enables professionals to provide a
more personalized level of care while focusing on memory and mobility supporting greater
independence. In Maine, Nicci founded the Expanded Child Health services, a rural pediatric clinic for
low income families. The American Academy of Pediatrics selected it as a national model. Nicci
served in Maine Gov. John R. McKernan’s cabinet directing and regulating services in the health care
industry for low income families.
Active in community affairs: recognized as a role model for young women when honored in 2001 with
the “She Knows Where She’s Going” award by Girls’s Inc. Youthful Aging Home Health selected by
the Gulf Coast Business Review in 2010 as one of the top fastest growing companies in Southwest
Florida. Nicci writes periodically for the Home Health Care management & Practice, an industry
journal. For more info go to www.youtfulaging.net.
Asolo Repertory Theatre
Judith Lambert currently serves as the Marketing Director for Asolo Repertory Theatre, a professional
regional theatre located in Sarasota, Florida. Her career includes more than 22 years of professional
marketing experience in theatre and the performing arts. Prior to her position at Asolo Rep, she served
as Marketing Director for the Division of Performing Arts at the University of Iowa, overseeing all marketing
and publications for the Department of Theatre Arts, the Department of Dance and the School of Music,
producing more than 40 major performances annually in four theatres. She also served as Marketing Director
and Group Sales Coordinator for The Old Creamery Theatre Company, Iowa’s oldest Equity theatre. As a
professional dancer, choreographer and actress, Ms. Lambert has performed extensively in the Midwest
and New York City and is the co-founder of the Iowa-based dance-theatre company Travelers. A newcomer
to Sarasota, Judith moved to the area with her husband Roger in July, 2010.
For more info go to www.asolorep.org.
Tri County Air Conditioning & Heating, Inc.
Troy is the Community Liaison for Tri County Air Conditioning & Heating, Inc. In addition to fostering
and developing community relations he also sits on Green Councils for the Greater Sarasota Chamber
of Commerce and the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce.
Troy has a background in new construction, sales, marketing, and TV broadcasting where he has
served as a News and Sports anchor and reporter, hosted local television shows and was the
spokesperson for the Florida House. He is very active in the community working with non-profits
including church groups, youth athletics, prison ministries, and senior citizen programs. He also will
emcee the Susan G. Komen Lunch for the Cure.
For more information on Tri County Air Conditioning & Heating, Inc. visit www.tricountyair.com.
Toale Brothers Funeral Homes Crematory & Pre-Arrangement Center
As the Pre-Arrangement Manager for Toale Brothers Funeral Home & Crematory, Linda McCollum
brings with her over fourteen years as a liturgical planner for funeral masses and 20 years of assisting
people transition in life through real estate sales.
After the loss of both of her parents at an early age and several years of teaching CCD for Epiphany
Cathedral, Linda has been called to assist families in planning the last funeral mass for their loved ones
and follow up with those who are left behind. After 14 years serving the cathedral as a liturgical
planner for funeral masses, she was appointed and currently serves as the trainer and coordinator for
all liturgical planners for funeral masses at Epiphany Cathedral. This is a passion she brings to her work
as a pre-arrangement manager for the three locations of Toale Brothers Funeral Home and Crematory.
She is also an active member of Sarasota Sertoma for the speech and hearing impaired as well as a
fellow Toastmaster at Tidewell Hospice Toastmasters Club.
For more info about Toale Brothers go to www.toalebrothers.com
Robert Miller, CPA, CFF, CFP, PFS
Robert Miller is a graduate of the University of South Florida with a BA in accounting.
Upon completion of a national examination the Florida State Board of Accountancy
awarded Bob the designation of Certified Public Accountant (CPA) in 1978. He has
practiced public accounting for approximately thirty years in the areas of taxation,
accounting, business and individual planning and litigation support. Bob’s experience
has been with international, regional and local firms.
Bob completed a series of six courses in individual financial planning sponsored by the
College of Financial Planning, Denver, Colorado. Upon completion of examinations
administered by the International Board of Standards and Practices of Certified Financial
Planners, Robert was awarded the designation of Certified Financial Planner (CFP).
The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants began recognizing qualified
CPAs as specialists in the area of financial planning in 1988. This designation has now
become the Personal Financial Specialist (PFS). CPAs could attend a series of courses
and sit for examination to obtain the PFS designation. Under certain conditions a CPA
could “challenge” the examination without completion of the required courses. Bob
challenged the examination in 1989 and was awarded the designation.
In February 2000, Bob was certified by the Supreme Court of Florida as a family
mediator. He has also served on the Unlicensed Practice of Law Committee for the
Twelve Judicial Circuit as a public member.
In 2008 the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants began recognizing
qualified CPAs as Certified in Financial Forensics (CFF). Previous experience and
education qualified Bob and he was among the first CPAs to be granted the credentials.
While continuing his career in public accounting, Bob was encouraged by a former
professor to teach evening classes at Manatee Community College in entry level
accounting and taxation. This experience became the basis for numerous public speaking
engagements for his firm, estate planning councils, brokerage houses and others. Bob
also has taught continuing education classes for the Florida Institute of CPAs and was
awarded the FICPA’s Outstanding Seminar Leader Award for two years. He continues to
teach for several other State Societies of CPAs through Surgent McCoy CPE, LLC a
national provider of continuing education for professionals.
For more info about CPA Associates go to www.cpa-associates.com.
Stephen M. Queior, CCE
President/CEO, The Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce
Steve Queior is President/CEO of the 1,600 member employer Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce,
the largest and oldest business organization based in Sarasota County. Prior to this position, Steve
was the Chief Executive of the Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber.
Steve grew up in upstate New York, received a Bachelor’s Degree from Colgate University, taught at
the high school level, and coached wrestling at the collegiate level before getting into Chamber work.
His educational and professional development includes completing a Master’s Degree in Business
Administration and a Master’s in Public Affairs at Indiana University. Steve also graduated from the
Institute of Organizational Management and the Academy for Organizational Leadership.
Since his 2003 arrival in the greater Sarasota area, Steve has been tapped to serve on the Suncoast
Workforce Development Board, the Workforce Housing Coalition, is Vice Chair of the Community Alliance,
and serves as Chair of the Community Housing Trust. He is a Certified Chamber Executive (CCE) and
has won the Florida Chamber Professional of the Year Award.
For more info go to www.sarasotachamber.org.
Dr. Geraldo A. Ramos
Bradenton Cardiology Center
Dr. Ramos is a fellowship-trained Cardiologist with special interest in the prevention,
early diagnosis and treatment of Cardiovascular diseases. Dr. Ramos attended
medical school in Brazil at Santa Catarina Federal University and later moved to Miami
for his training in Internal Medicine and Cardiology at the University of Miami/Jackson
Memorial Hospital. Dr. Ramos? practice involves invasive and noninvasive diagnostic
procedures including Cardiac Catheterization, Nuclear Cardiology and and Cardiovascular
For more info go to www.bradentonheart.com.
| Dr. Miguel Rivera
Psychiatrist, Memory Care Speaker, Medical Director of Retirement Communities
Dr. Rivera is Medical Director of Mental Health and Well-Being at 9 assisted living and long term care
facilities in Sarasota, FL. For the last 7 years he has been dedicated full time to the care of
residents in these unique settings where the patient population ranges from the early twenties
to the early one hundreds.
Dr. Rivera has initiated the use of “Calming Rooms” in several of his facilities, where modalities like
music, aromatherapy, color, and massage are used to improve mood and anxiety symptoms and to
reduce agitation, resulting in less prescription drug use. Dr. Rivera offers lectures and workshops
regarding medication awareness, in particular medications that can affect memory, cognition, and
behavior. He also shares on the importance of lifestyle choices and how these affect the way that
we think, feel, behave, and remember.
Dr. Rivera is a native of Puerto Rico, where he lived until moving to the US in 1985. In 1997 he
graduated from the University of Missouri School of Medicine in Columbia, and in 2001 graduated from
Psychiatric Residency Training at the University of South Florida in Tampa.
Last year Dr. Rivera spoke at over 50 venues including Symphony of Yoga – An International Yoga
and Health Conference, held in Dallas, Texas, and delivered a sold out keynote address at the
Sarasota Annual Caregiver Forum sponsored by the Alzheimer’s Association and Sarasota Memorial
Hospital. In March 2010 Dr. Rivera was the keynote speaker at the Alzheimer’s Association “Meeting
of the Minds” Caregiver Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana. He also was a featured presenter at
the 2010 Florida Health Care Association Conference held at the Orlando World Center Marriott in July.
For more information go to www.cognicity.org.
Partner in Roskamp and Patterson Management Company
Roskamp and Patterson is a provider of Independent Retirement Living in Sarasota County
including Sarasota Bay Club in Sarasota and Jacaranda Trace in Venice.
Steve has a Bachelor’s degree in Finance from Stetson University and has been developing and
managing senior living centers for over 25 years. Beginning in the 1980’s as a partner of Freedom
Group, Steve served many roles in the successful design, construction, marketing and managing of
senior living centers nationally. This success continued through a merger with American Retirement
Corporation in 1998 when he served as Director of Development, and in 2000 with Roskamp
Management Company as partner and managing member.
In 2004, he became a partner of Roskamp and Patterson Management Company to focus on senior
living communities in Sarasota. Steve and his wife Carolyn have two children. He is actively involved
in the community, having served on the board of Manatee County Habit for Humanity and currently
serving as Secretary of the North Trail Redevelopment Partnership, as well Chair of the City of
Sarasota Scenic Highway. He is also active in his church and local youth soccer.
For more information, please visit www.roskamppatterson.com.
Dr. Nancy K. Schlossberg
Author, Speaker, Motivator & Transitions Through Life Expert
Nancy K Schlossberg spent most of her career as a professor of counseling psychology. She taught
at Howard University, Wayne State, and 26 years at the University of Maryland, College Park.
Nancy K. Schlossberg is the author of nine books. She is copresident of TransitionWorks, a
consulting firm; professor emerita at the College of Education, University of Maryland, College Park;
and served as president of the National Career Development Association. She has been honored for
her work by the American Psychological Association and the American Counseling Association. A
frequent guest on radio and TV, Dr. Schlossberg’s work was showcased on page one of USA Today,
and quoted in the New York Times, the St. Petersburg Times, The Wall Street Journal, and
Cleveland’s The Plain Dealer. She and her book, Retire Smart, Retire Happy, were the focus of a
90-minute PBS special, “Retire Smart, Retire Happy.” Her new book, Revitalizing Retirement
develops more fully the importance of paying attention to one’s psychological portfolio. Her second
edition of Overwhemed: Coping with Life’s Ups and Downs has been translated in Japanese and
is used widely in training. For more information go to TransitionsThroughLife.com.
Arts and Cultural Alliance of Sarasota County
Jim is a long-time Sarasota resident with extensive ties to the arts and cultural community. Prior
to joining the Arts Council, he served as Director of Development for PAL Sailor Circus.
Jim holds a Bachelors degree from the University of Central Arkansas and has more than 30 years
experience in sales, marketing and management. Prior to entering the non profit world, he owned
and managed a highly successful executive search firm for over 20 years.
The Sarasota County Arts Council is a member-powered arts and cultural alliance passionate about
building appreciation, participation and support for arts and culture. Founded in 1986 by a group of
committed citizens, the council has administered over $10 million in grants to area artists and arts
organizations. The council enhances the connection between the community and regional arts and
culture by strengthening cooperation among business, community and elected leaders, audiences
and the public. This is achieved through arts advocacy, education and arts appreciation events.
For more info go to www.sarasotaarts.org.
John Simon - Developer of Pineapple Square Properties (Downtown Sarasota)
Over 35 years of experience in every aspect of real estate development. Initially was involved as a
transportation planner and expert witness while employed at Barton Aschman Associates, a nationally
recognized city planning and transportation planning firm. Joined the Taubman Company in 1977, a
REIT listed on the NY Stock Exchange, and was employed there for 27 years. The last 10 years was
Senior Vice President and Managing Director in charge of all of the Company’s development activities.
In 2005 formed a real estate development and consulting company. In all, have participated in
numerous development projects of every description, as small as a single suburban bank location to
$300M+ mixed use projects. Worked in over 100 communities across the country and internationally.
Have also participated in or directed election campaigns ranging from initiatives for referenda to city
council, mayoral, and state wide campaigns.
Provided strategic and project planning services to various organizations and entities. Disneyworld
Orlando, FL., Commerce Township, MI., and the Downtown Denver Partnership are a few examples.
An equity partner and CEO of Pineapple Square Properties, LLC. Pineapple Square Properties is
developing a $200 million mixed use project in downtown Sarasota, FL which will include 150K square
feet of retail, 1000 parking spaces in structure, 200 condominium residential units and 100k square
feet of office. The first of three phases of the project has opened with Brooks Brothers, Sur la Table,
Hyde Park Steak House, and seven local retailers including a coffee and pastry shop, and an art
gallery. Eileen Fisher has recently signed a lease and will open in the fall of 2010 to be followed by
three new tenants to be announced.
For more info about Pineapple Square go to Pineapple Square Deveopment.