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

Samantha Gholar

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




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Welcome to the Leadership Sarasota County Class of 2017. 


LSC has been instrumental in helping me get to really know my community and what it's needs are. In addition, I have had the pleasure of getting to know many of the hundreds of other LSC graduates in our community and many of them have become close friends and business alliances. It has been invaluable in every way.

Larry Face, Next Level Achievement