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Our Team

    Staff

  • Tom Waters
    Tom Waters
    President/CEO
    Tom Waters
    President/CEO
    Tom Waters, longtime local philanthropy leader, became President and CEO of Easterseals in October 2014. Most recently, Tom also became the CEO of our partner organization, InStride Therapy, LLC. Tom brings significant experience in nonprofit management, fundraising, and community partnerships to Easterseals.

    Prior to running Easterseals and InStride, Tom was the Chief Advancement Officer at Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium. During his time at Mote Marine he was responsible for leading the laboratory and aquarium’s 2020 Vision and Strategic Plan. Tom was also responsible for heading the organization’s fundraising efforts.

    In addition, Tom has held leadership positions at nonprofits including Mile High United Way in Denver, Colorado and Community Foundation of Sarasota County.

    As President and CEO of Easterseals, Tom is leading one of Southwest Florida’s oldest and most successful nonprofits serving children, teens, and adults with developmental disabilities.
  • George Pfeiffer
    George Pfeiffer
    Vice President of Business Development
    George Pfeiffer
    Vice President of Business Development
    George Pfeiffer comes to Easterseals with a thirty-year history in the business world, with over twenty years of those in Executive Management as both a President and EVP of two companies with multiple locations and over 300 employees each. Focusing on Sales, Marketing, and Development, George is also an entrepreneur, owning various and diverse businesses inclusive of one with multiple locations.

    Raised by two social workers in the non-profit world, George was ‘engineered’ to be involved and give back. Living in both Asheville NC and Miami, Fl, he has served on numerous boards inclusive of The Boy Scouts, Meals on Wheels, Junior Achievement, AB Tech Community College, etc., and has always been involved with the community.

    After selling his business and doing some consulting work, George came to Sarasota with his family on vacation and happened to visit Easterseals. Truly moved by both the clients and the team serving alongside them, as well as the happiness that existed inside The Happiness House, the decision to move down and join the Easterseals team was an easy one for him. After commuting on a part-time basis, George and his family moved to Florida full-time in the summer of 2018.

  • Jacque Ruch, LCSW
    Jacque Ruch, LCSW
    Vice President of Programs
    Jacque Ruch, LCSW
    Vice President of Programs
    Jacque Ruch, LCSW is Vice President of Programs at Easterseals Southwest Florida and InStride Therapy. Prior to relocating to the Gulf Coast, Jacque served as School Administrator for Easterseals Academy, in Machesney Park, Illinois, for the past 10 years providing therapeutic services for children 5–22 years old with Autism Spectrum Disorder and significant behavioral needs.

    Jacque brings with her more than 20 years of senior management experience in operations, new business development, social services and education administration. Along with extensive grant writing and rating experience and facilitation of grant writing courses, Jacque specializes in program development and autism services. Jacque has developed and presented professional development coursework at local, regional, state, and national conferences, and as an adjunct professor. Jacque holds undergraduate degrees in child development and education, along with a Master’s Degree in Educational leadership and a Master of Social Work degree specializing in Clinical, Children’s and Family services. Jacque has been a Licensed Clinical Social worker since 2009 at the University of Illinois College of Medicine Psychiatric Clinic, prior to opening her own practice in 2012 serving primarily children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and their families. Jacque’s proven ability to collaborate with community partners to ensure program growth and stability is an asset to both InStride Therapy and Easterseals.

    Jacque and her husband are parents to two adult daughters and an adult son with Autism Spectrum Disorder.
  • Linda Poteat-Brown
    Linda Poteat-Brown
    Director of Human Resources
    Linda Poteat-Brown
    Director of Human Resources
    As Director of Human Resources, Linda Poteat-Brown brings to Easterseals nearly four decades of experience working in the areas of marketing, event planning and human resources. She offers a wealth of knowledge and a diverse background working for both nonprofit and for-profit companies including Philip Morris, Avon and Bloomingdales.

    A native of New York, Linda obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree in Marketing from Hampton Institute, then went on to earn her Master’s Degree in Business Administration. Before moving to Sarasota in 2015, she worked in the Human Resources Department at Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta for 14 years. Shortly after moving to the Sunshine State, Linda accepted the position of Director of Human Resources here at Easterseals Southwest Florida.
  • Brittany Bryant
    Brittany Bryant
    Director of The Lily School for Child Development
    Brittany Bryant
    Director of The Lily School for Child Development
    Brittany Bryant is the Director of The Lily School for Child Development. Brittany was born and raised in Ohio and attended the University of Toledo where she graduated from with her B.A. in Early Childhood Education. She currently is pursuing her M.A. in Education at the University of Toledo.

    Brittany has been in childcare management for the past ten years with experience in non-profit, corporate, private and home care. She currently holds a teaching license through the State of Florida for Pre-K through 3rd grade and an Advanced Level Directors Credential through the Department of Children and Families with a VPK Endorsement.

    Brittany is also a certified Child Development Associate PD Specialist for the nation.
    Brittany has always been passionate about educating the youth, as they are the leaders of tomorrow. She is dedicated to impacting future generations and empowering others to do the same.
  • NIcole Murby
    NIcole Murby
    Director of Therapy and Partnerships
    NIcole Murby
    Director of Therapy and Partnerships
    Nicole Murby is the Director of Therapy and Partnerships at Easterseals Southwest Florida, overseeing the Therapy Department at multiple locations throughout Manatee and Sarasota County. She is also the Director of Therapy for InStride Therapy. Nicole currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Early Learning Coalition and is a former Board Member for InStride Therapy.

    The Easterseals Therapy Team is comprised of Speech-Language Pathologists, Occupational Therapists, Physical Therapists, Infant-Toddler Developmental Specialists, Behavior Analysts, Registered Behavior Technicians and Music Therapists. This team provides Hippotherapy at InStride Therapy in Nokomis, and at present time the serves over 600 individuals per year in our community.



    Nicole was born in Michigan but spent most of her years in the Northeast in both Massachusetts and New Hampshire. She graduated from Salem State College in Massachusetts with a B.S. in Communication Sciences and Disorders. In 2005 received her M.S. in Communication Disorders from the University of New Hampshire to become a Speech-Language Pathologist.

    Nicole has been creating programs and working with children and adults with unique abilities for the past 17 years in Florida and New Hampshire.
  • Denise Tarbell
    Denise Tarbell
    Director of Adult & Art Services
    Denise Tarbell
    Director of Adult & Art Services
    Denise was born and raised in Rockford Illinois. When she turned 21 years old, she applied to work at a Community integrated living arrangement where she was honored to be able to work with children with disabilities. After working at the residential facility for five years, Denise felt the need to explore other opportunities where she could gain more knowledge to better support these students. She found the educational avenue was her passion.

    Prior to moving to Florida, Denise was employed at Easterseals Academy, in Machesney Park Illinois where she worked exclusively with students and adults with Autism. In February of 2019. Denise was presented with the amazing opportunity to join the Easterseals team in southwest Florida as the Director of the Adult Programs and the Arts. Denise feels that she brings experience and a wide range of evidence-based practices that will assist our adults with person-centered opportunities for all life and work-related skills. She would like to broaden our programming, integrate best practices, and seek out new and encouraging experiences for our consumers. Denise has a total of 30 years of experience in this field and would love to work for 30 more.

    Denise loves animals, especially dogs, of which she has three. Denise loves all art-related activities. On weekends she spends time painting, drawing, and creating. She is also very fond of event planning and has planned and decorated for several wedding receptions. Most of all, Denise loves spending time with her children, Amanda and Alex, and her best friend, Jeff, who happens to be her husband.
  • Don Herndon
    Don Herndon
    Director of VIP Academy & Employment Services
    Don Herndon
    Director of VIP Academy & Employment Services
    Don Herndon is the Director of the VIP Academy and Employment Services at Easterseals Southwest Florida. Don graduated from the University of South Dakota with a BS in political science. He completed his teacher certification through a program sponsored by the School Board of Manatee County called Alternative Certification for Educators (ACE). He is currently certified to teach Exceptional Student Education Grades K-12 and Elementary Education Grades K-6.

    Don came to Easterseals Southwest Florida as a teacher’s aide in the VIP Academy program. During his first year as teacher, Don completed all of the requirements of the ACT program including his certification in elementary education which elevates him to the status of “highly qualified” according to the School Board of Manatee County.

    Prior to coming to Easterseals, Don was the supervisor of the Sarasota County office of the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation for 11 years. His experience at the Division, which is charged with assisting persons with disabilities in obtaining employment, has proved to be invaluable in his work here at Easterseals Southwest Florida. Don enjoys giving his students an opportunity to learn real life skills in the real world which assists them in becoming successful, independent adults.
  • Carma Pulawski
    Carma Pulawski
    Assistant Director of VIP Academy
    Carma Pulawski
    Assistant Director of VIP Academy
    Carma Pulawski is the Assistant Director of Secondary Education. She has been working at Easterseals Happiness House for 9 years. Carma is from Ohio and has lived in Florida for 19 years. Carma originally started substitute teaching in Manatee County schools and realized her love for children with special needs. She then became an ESE Clerical Assistant where she traveled to numerous Manatee County Schools to make sure their files were in compliance with the Department of Education standards. She has turned this love into a career where she works tirelessly to advocate for these children and their families.
  • Jeff Tarbell
    Jeff Tarbell
    Director of Facilities & Safety
    Jeff Tarbell
    Director of Facilities & Safety
    Jeff came to Easterseals Southwest Florida after previously working for Easterseals Metropolitan Chicago managing their Northern Illinois facilities. Originally born and raised in Osceola, Arkansas, Jeff studied Business Administration at Ouachita Baptist University and Arkansas State before moving to Northern Illinois. Once in Illinois, Jeff worked for 22 years at Estwing Manufacturing. During his tenure, he managed many diverse departments in the manufacturing setting. Seeking a change, Jeff joined the Easterseals Metropolitan Chicago team and found his true calling, working with people with unique abilities. Jeff brings his expertise in facilities and project management to Easterseals Southwest Florida and looks forward to building relationships with community stakeholders to serve as many people as possible throughout the Gulf Coast Region.
  • Debbie Timpone
    Debbie Timpone
    Executive Assistant to President & CEO
    Debbie Timpone
    Executive Assistant to President & CEO
    Debbie Timpone is the Executive Assistant to Tom Waters, President & CEO of Easterseals Southwest Florida. She is a native of Sarasota and has over 40 years’ experience as an executive and administrative assistant for various local companies. Debbie joined Easterseals in 2015 and is a vital part of the organization. Her heart and passion lie in helping make a difference in the daily lives of each student, family, and co-worker here at Easterseals. In her spare time, Debbie enjoys traveling with her husband and spending time with her daughter and granddaughter.
  • Tracie Makin
    Tracie Makin
    Lead Therapist, Infant Toddler Development Specialist
    Tracie Makin
    Lead Therapist, Infant Toddler Development Specialist
    Tracie Makin is the Lead Therapist for Children’s Therapy and an Infant Toddler Developmental Specialist. Tracie was born and raised in Delaware, she attended Western Maryland College in Westminster Maryland where she graduated with a B.A. in Sociology & Early Childhood Education. Tracie then moved to North Carolina where she completed & received her AMS Montessori Certification a year after graduating from college. It was then that she began her career as a Montessori Teacher working with children 3-6 years old. After teaching for 8 years, Tracie transitioned into the world of Therapy and Early Intervention. Tracie has been with Easterseals for over 11 years and is passionate about her work with children & families. Through her Early Intervention work, Tracie is able to coach families, teaching them different strategies to help support & empower them in their home/natural environment. Tracie has experience working with Children who have Autism, Down Syndrome, Speech Delays, Sensory Processing Disorders & those that have Behavior issues, redirecting behavior.
  • Val Vance
    Val Vance
    Special Events Coordinator
    Val Vance
    Special Events Coordinator
    Valerie Vance was the first” Volunteer Ambassador” for Easterseals of SWFL starting in the Fall of 2017. She is now supporting the organization in the Event & Fund Development department. Val has had many “jobs” before in her life, including 25 years as a Corporate Account Business Manager for SC Johnson Wax. After moving to Florida “to retire” almost 10 years ago, she began volunteering for many of the wonderful nonprofits we have here in SW Florida, some of which include fundraising for Big Brothers, Big Sisters, the American Red Cross and Alzheimer’s Association to name a few. After to moving to Sarasota she became the Financial Development Coordinator for the Prader-Willi Association, and a year later the Executive Director for Florida Cancer Specialists Foundation.

    Her passion and love of nonprofits and the fact that she has two Autistic grandchildren brought her to the Easterseals of SWFL organization. She is truly inspired and supports the work that they are doing every day to make a difference in the lives of disabled children and adults which is why she now supports the Easterseals Family in SWFL.
    Originally from Michigan
  • Viktoria Bridgeford
    Viktoria Bridgeford
    Lead Art Instructor
    Viktoria Bridgeford
    Lead Art Instructor
    Viktoria Bridgeford is the Lead Art Instructor for our Art Initiative Program here at Easterseals Southwest Florida. Originally from Russia, Viktoria has been teaching art to children and adults with disabilities for over 15 years. She received her degree from Russia back in 1996, which is the US equivalent to a Master of Arts in Elementary Education. She also has a degree in decorative painting.

    Viktoria's skills far surpass her education. She has the innate ability to help individuals learn new skills, build their self-confidence, and achieve success with their artistic endeavors no matter what ability level they are on. Her patience and ability to help individuals take each project step-by-step is one of the keys to our program's success. Viktoria can easily evaluate each individual's unique ability level and then adapts her technique and lesson plans to best support their abilities. It's like she's running multiple classes within each class so that everyone can work on their projects at their own pace and achieve their own success. "I believe that all of my students are like a beautiful musical instrument," she says, "My job is to teach them to play their instrument to the best of their abilities."

    Viktoria's skills are helping our adult artists to reach a level where they can sell their artwork and receive much-needed income from the proceeds. Thanks to our artists' increased abilities, we have been able to showcase our artwork at The State of The Arts Gallery since 2017 in an annual art show. The artists receive 70% of the proceeds of their art sales from the art show while 30% goes to purchase more art supplies for our program. Although the earned income is exciting, the smiles of accomplishment and pride on the faces of the artists are truly rewarding for Viktoria.

    Viktoria is a talented artist in her own right and sells her artwork at local art shows and festivals when she has time. She specializes in detailed clay sculptures of fairies, gnomes, and other whimsical, mystical creatures. She often teaches ceramics classes at local art studios within our community for the pure joy she gets from sharing her craft with others. Viktoria has run several art programs in the past, including her own teaching studio and at "Confident Day Care," an assisted living facility in Cherry Hills, New Jersey. Viktoria also had an art studio in the Village of the Arts in Bradenton, Florida for several years. She worked for Manatee Technical College at UCP as their lead art instructor before transitioning to her current position here at Easterseals in 2015.
  • Maureen Bradley
    Maureen Bradley
    Development Officer
    Maureen Bradley
    Development Officer
  • Missy Wilson
    Missy Wilson
    Business Operations Analyst
    Missy Wilson
    Business Operations Analyst
    Missy Wilson was born and raised in Rockford, Illinois and joins us with over twenty years of experience focusing on business solutions. Missy graduated from Northern Illinois University with a B.S. in Business Administration and has worked in HR, Training, IT, and Management roles in her career.

    Prior to coming to Florida, Missy worked with another Easterseals affiliate for 14 years and brings a vast knowledge on the inner workings of our business. She is excited to begin reviewing and learning our processes to create streamlined, efficient data collection systems for our organization.

    Missy loves working at Easterseals where she gets a chance to interact with the children and adults on a daily basis and considers herself very fortunate to have a career servicing children and adults with developmental disabilities in a fun-loving, educational environment.

    Therapy Staff

  • Sarah Gardner
    Sarah Gardner
    Physical Therapy Assistant
    Sarah Gardner
    Physical Therapy Assistant
  • Shannon Crespo
    Shannon Crespo
    Speech Language Pathologist
    Shannon Crespo
    Speech Language Pathologist
    Shannon Crespo is a Pediatric- Language Pathologist and has been with Easterseals for over six years. She studied at UNC -Chapel Hill and enjoys working with kids five years and younger. Her professional interests include early intervention and feeding disorders. Shannon says, “Easterseals has allowed me the experience of working with young children in their natural environments while participating in a fun and rewarding environment.”
  • Lisa DeMilio
    Lisa DeMilio
    Speech Language Pathologist Assistant
    Lisa DeMilio
    Speech Language Pathologist Assistant
    Lisa is a registered Speech Language Pathologist Assistant (SLPA) by the Board of Speech Language Pathology and Audiology in Florida. Lisa is a member of the Speech-Language-Hearing-Association (ASHA) and (FLASHA) Florida Speech-Language-Hearing-Association.

    Lisa was born and raised in New Jersey where she attended Rider University. She has a daughter and a granddaughter that currently live in New Jersey. Lisa and her husband relocated to Florida in 2010 where she completed her B.A. in Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of South Florida, Tampa. Lisa has worked for the public school system, private sector, and non-profit organizations. Lisa has been with Easter Seals since 2018 and is very passionate about her work.

    Lisa has a lifelong experience with autism as her son is on the autism spectrum. Through early intervention and resources, Lisa’s son is now a success story as he is employed by Manatee County Government and assists with mentoring employees with disabilities. She has experience working with individuals with developmental disabilities including ASD, Down Syndrome and Apraxia. She provides intervention to individuals with a variety of disorders including ASD, ADHD, developmental delays, expressive/receptive language disorders, learning disabilities, phonological disorders, articulation impairment, and social pragmatic language disorders.

    Lisa enjoys being a part of the reading program with the Easterseal’s after school program. She teaches a variety of different leveled groups that she rotates four days a week. Her speech background allows her to better meet the reading needs of the students she works with. She plays an important role within the reading program on identification, intervention, monitoring, and remediation of her current students from Easterseal’s or those from nearby elementary schools.

    Lisa maintains a positive, professional relationships and rapport with family members, clients and coworkers. She is very excited to be part of the Easterseal’s family and strongly values communication and collaboration between specialists and families. She looks forward to working together in the many years to come.
  • Carly Draper
    Carly Draper
    Speech Language Pathologist
    Carly Draper
    Speech Language Pathologist
    Carly grew up in a small town (population 400) in Southern Illinois on a farm with her three brothers and parents. She graduated from Southern Illinois University with her Bachelor of Science in Communication Disorders and Sciences as well as a Masters in Speech and Language Pathology. After graduation, she packed up everything she could fit in her car and moved to Florida with her dog (Roxanne). It was hard leaving her big family, but she wanted to continue checking items off her bucket list (move somewhere near water). Roxanne and Carly have fallen in love with Florida! They spend most of their time outside exploring. They enjoy fishing, paddle boarding, and running through Robinson preserve. Carly first began working in the school district and then joined the Easterseals Therapy team. Carly loves working as a Speech Therapist, and she finds so much joy in the happiness she creates for others.
  • Liliana Galeano
    Liliana Galeano
    Speech Language Pathologist
    Liliana Galeano
    Speech Language Pathologist
    For twenty years, Liliana has been working as a Trilingual Speech-Language Therapist (Spanish, English and French). She has a master’s degree in Speech Language Pathology /Audiology in Colombia (South America) and Bordeaux (France). She has local working experience in New York as a Bilingual Speech Language Pathologist/CF, in Texas as Bilingual Speech Language Pathologist-Assistant, and in Arkansas as a Speech Language Pathologist. Liliana has Licensure as Speech Language Pathologist by the State of Florida and an ASHA -Certificate of Clinical Competence. During her professional career, she’s had the opportunity to work with a variety of populations and disorders. Her high sensitivity to cultural linguistic and socioeconomic diversity interaction allows her to make clinical decisions as a SPL/CCC. Liliana also has gained experience working as a Speech Language Pathologist in a variety of settings including Elementary schools, pediatric clinic settings, and home health with special needs children. She has had the opportunity to work professionally with children with Developmental Delays, Feeding/Oral Motor Disorders, Down Syndrome, Autism, Apraxia, Fluency Disorders, and Articulation/Phological Disorders and Hearing Impairments.

    Liliana married Nelson Galeano in 2012, who stays busy working as a Transportation System Engineer in Public Works Department in Manatee County. Moving to Bradenton has been a positive experience in every way for the couple. Together they enjoy traveling, cooking Colombian dishes and of course dancing salsa!
  • Kristy Geimer
    Kristy Geimer
    Occupational Therapist
    Kristy Geimer
    Occupational Therapist
    Kristie Geimer is a pediatric occupational therapist that has been with Easter Seals for over 8 years. She received her B.S. in Exercise Science from Florida State in 2007 and then proceeded to earn an M.S. in Occupational Therapy from Florida Gulf Coast University in 2009. She has completed additional training in pediatric feeding, sensory processing, and equine assisted therapy. In her time here at Easter Seals, she has had the opportunity to deliver school-based, clinic-based, and natural environment therapy. She is passionate about working with children and families to develop the necessary fine motor, visual motor, self-help, and sensory processing skills that will improve the overall quality of life. In addition to directly working with families, Kristie also enjoys spreading awareness within the community about occupational therapy and related topics.
  • Cynthia Kirchberg
    Cynthia Kirchberg
    Occupational Therapist
    Cynthia Kirchberg
    Occupational Therapist
  • Amy Kohlman
    Amy Kohlman
    Speech Language Pathologist Assistant
    Amy Kohlman
    Speech Language Pathologist Assistant
  • Beverly Landers
    Beverly Landers
    Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant
    Beverly Landers
    Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant
    Beverly Landers is a Certified Therapy Assistant who joined the Easterseals team over two years ago. She has a son, Joshua, daughter, Kristen, who is married to Matthew, and grandson Archer. She earned her degree at State College of Florida and enjoys working with children of all ages as well as adults. Beverly has a strong interest in Pet Therapy and is currently raising Braden, Easterseals first therapy dog, with the hope of helping many children for years to come.
  • Tracie Makin
    Tracie Makin
    Lead Therapist, Infant Toddler Development Specialist
    Tracie Makin
    Lead Therapist, Infant Toddler Development Specialist
    Tracie Makin is the Lead Therapist for Children’s Therapy and an Infant Toddler Developmental Specialist. Tracie was born and raised in Delaware, she attended Western Maryland College in Westminster Maryland where she graduated with a B.A. in Sociology & Early Childhood Education. Tracie then moved to North Carolina where she completed & received her AMS Montessori Certification a year after graduating from college. It was then that she began her career as a Montessori Teacher working with children 3-6 years old. After teaching for 8 years, Tracie transitioned into the world of Therapy and Early Intervention. Tracie has been with Easterseals for over 11 years and is passionate about her work with children & families. Through her Early Intervention work, Tracie is able to coach families, teaching them different strategies to help support & empower them in their home/natural environment. Tracie has experience working with Children who have Autism, Down Syndrome, Speech Delays, Sensory Processing Disorders & those that have Behavior issues, redirecting behavior.

  • Caroline Muolo
    Caroline Muolo
    Infant Toddler Development Specialist
    Caroline Muolo
    Infant Toddler Development Specialist
  • Kathy Smith
    Kathy Smith
    Speech Language Pathologist
    Kathy Smith
    Speech Language Pathologist
  • Hannah Warne
    Hannah Warne
    Physical Therapist
    Hannah Warne
    Physical Therapist
    Hannah Warne is a Physical Therapist and has been with Easter Seals for almost 3 years. She studied at The Citadel Military College of South Carolina where she earned her Bachelors degree in Health Exercise and Sports Science. Then went onto the University of South Florida to receive her Doctorate of Physical Therapy (DPT).

    “Easter Seals has provided me with a great opportunity to work with kids and adults with a wide spectrum of abilities and ages in various settings including the classroom, clinic, and on a horse!”

    Board of Directors

  • Scott Rockwell
    Scott Rockwell
    Chair
    Scott Rockwell
    Chair
  • Lisa M. Mead
    Lisa M. Mead
    Vice Chair
    Lisa M. Mead
    Vice Chair
  • John P. Berkey
    John P. Berkey
    Treasurer
    John P. Berkey
    Treasurer
  • LaVerne Green
    LaVerne Green
    Secretary
    LaVerne Green
    Secretary
  • Dave Herbert
    Dave Herbert
    Past Chair
    Dave Herbert
    Past Chair
  • David Otterness
    David Otterness
    David Otterness
  • Doug Elmore
    Doug Elmore
    Doug Elmore
  • Dr. Anthony Ferretti
    Dr. Anthony Ferretti
    Dr. Anthony Ferretti
  • Joseph Najmy
    Joseph Najmy
    Joseph Najmy
  • Kathy Paulsen
    Kathy Paulsen
    Kathy Paulsen
  • Paul Klick
    Paul Klick
    Paul Klick
  • Shirley Garneski
    Shirley Garneski
    Shirley Garneski
  • Stuart Moon Jr.
    Stuart Moon Jr.
    Stuart Moon Jr.
  • William Sutton
    William Sutton
    William Sutton
  • Stan Muessle
    Stan Muessle
    Stan Muessle
    Stan Muessle is a retired IBM marketing and product development executive who then spent several years as a Management Consultant in the field of teamwork and effective persuasion skills in internal corporate relationships. In 1997 he founded Global Outreach to introduce computer literacy into the Tanzanian secondary school curriculum as a way of improving student skills and increasing educational opportunities. He is a leading advocate of the power of computer and internet technology to change the quality of education in developing nations. In 2015, he received the Thomas J Oddo Award from the University of Portland (Oregon) as its Alumnus of the Year for Public Service.
    He is an active member and former President of the Sarasota Sunrise Rotary club. He sits on the Board of Directors of the Woman’s Exchange. He is a member of St. Thomas More church, where he is an active member of the Social Justice Committee.
    Mr. Muessle and his wife Betty live year-round in University Park. Betty is a licensed MSW who was the first Director of Community Resources, an organization which reached out to local community members with developmental disabilities and their caregivers in Potomac, MD. She participates in several volunteer counseling activities in the Sarasota community.
  • Gunner Davis
    Gunner Davis
    Gunner Davis
  • Van Franklin
    Van Franklin
    Van Franklin
  • Bob Huff
    Bob Huff
    Bob Huff
  • Farrah Cavus
    Farrah Cavus
    Farrah Cavus

    Foundation Board of Directors

  • Lisa Mead
    Lisa Mead
    Chair
    Lisa Mead
    Chair
  • John Berkey
    John Berkey
    Vice Chair & Treasurer
    John Berkey
    Vice Chair & Treasurer
  • Shirley M. Garneski
    Shirley M. Garneski
    Secretary
    Shirley M. Garneski
    Secretary
  • Scott Rockwell
    Scott Rockwell
    Past Chair
    Scott Rockwell
    Past Chair
  • Barbara A. Jones
    Barbara A. Jones
    Barbara A. Jones
    As a shareholder, Ms Jones’ areas of practice include individual taxation, financial and estate planning and estate and trust taxation. Her focus includes estate and trust planning and taxation, 529 college savings plans, financial planning, Roth IRA’s and retirement plan distributions. In addition to her tax practice, she heads the firm's Estate and Trust Planning segment.

    Ms Jones joined Kerkering, Barberio & Co. in 1997 and was admitted as a shareholder in 2003. She has 20 years’ experience in the banking industry as a member of senior management and as a consultant.
  • Doug Elmore
    Doug Elmore
    Doug Elmore
  • Gerret Copeland, Jr.
    Gerret Copeland, Jr.
    Gerret Copeland, Jr.
  • Mary Gratehouse
    Mary Gratehouse
    Mary Gratehouse
  • Anthony Bartirome
    Anthony Bartirome
    Anthony Bartirome
  • Jeff Paulsen
    Jeff Paulsen
    Jeff Paulsen