Making Sarasota County a World Class Community through Inspired Leadership since 1984
Leadership Sarasota County is a series of county-wide programs designed to enhance participants awareness of our community and its needs by examining how leadership in the historical, geographical, educational, economic, governmental and cultural segments work together to perpetuate and advance the Sarasota County community and its citizens.
The program is also designed to nurture and engage the leadership skills of potential and current leaders by providing an atmosphere that stimulates and fosters diverse viewpoints, resulting in innovative answers to the critical questions facing our community. The program strives to create awareness and to connect leaders with issues; it is not an academic leadership training program. Further, the program is not political and does not recommend and advocate policy positions on public matters.
The objectives of the program are:
- To identify and inspire future and current community leaders
- To develop leadership skills and qualities of participants through in-depth views of the county
- To stimulate communication among present and future leaders
- To assist those already in leadership roles to increase their access to additional positions of community leadership in an informed and responsible manner
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. Though the program is designed as a community training and leadership program, alumni regularly attest to the fact that the Leadership experience has a significant positive impact on their careers and personal lives as well.
The Leadership program was initiated in 1984 and has over 900 graduates.
Leadership Class of 2017
Tiffany Blackden, Gulf Coast Home and Lawn Services
Kristi Hoskinson, FCCI
Alyson Busse, Mote Marine
Melissa De Angelo, 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 & Ginsberg, P.A.
Alice Fernandez-Krawczyk, Concept Digital Media
Kayla Frimmel, Sarasota Memorial Healthcare
Amanda Gambert, State Attorney’s Office
Stacy Groff, Tidewell Hospice
Jake Grollman, Glenn & Hilbert P.A.
Evan Guido, 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 & Ginsberg, 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
Pat Robinson, City of Sarasota
Renee Ryckman, Escape Countdown
Kenny Slezak, Willis Smith Construction Company
Liz Stamoulis, Williams Parker Harrison Dietz & Getzen
Craig Steinhoff, HBK APAs & Consultants
Lori Sutton, Northern Trust Company
Charles Thorpe, Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office
Joshua Tomlinson, McIntyre Elwell and Strammer General Contractors, Inc.
Terrance Torvund, Myakka River State Park
Greg Trippel, Herald-Tribune Media Group
Eric Troyer, Kerkering Berberio & Company
Craig Tuley, SunTrust Bank
Marco Veliz, Sun Hydraulics