Gulf Coast Community Foundation has selected 24 participants from across the region for its 2022 Gulf Coast Leadership Institute. Through this annual initiative, the foundation provides intensive, high-quality leadership training designed to identify, develop, and connect a diverse and growing group of aspiring community leaders.
Class members will take part in seven training sessions from May through June conducted by the acclaimed Leadership Development Institute of Eckerd College. Gulf Coast provides all training and resources at no cost to participants in exchange for their commitment to use their new skills to benefit the community.
The 24 participants selected for the 2022 Gulf Coast Leadership Institute are:
Sara Brunow, Muriel O’Neil Education & Engagement Director, Asolo Repertory Theatre
Jennifer Bushinger-Ortiz, Chief Philanthropy Officer, Loveland Center, Inc.
Shelley Cairo, Financial Advisor-Private Client Group, Truist Investment Services, Inc.
Robyn Citrin, Board Trustee/President, Hermitage Artist Retreat
Kelly M. Defebo, CMP, Director of Sales, Visit Sarasota County
Esther Dickmann, Client and Clinical Services Manager, Samaritan Counseling Services of the Gulf Coast
Kelly Duyn, Assistant Director of Education & Community Engagement, Venice Theatre
Cintia Elenstar, Associate Executive Director, UnidosNow
Jonathan Evans, Executive Director, Healthy Teens Coalition of Manatee Co., Inc.
Debbie Frank, Program Director, Friends of Boca Grande Community Center
Michelle Frau, Events and Membership Administrator, Ringling College Library Association
Jill Gomes, Director of Quality, Risk & Compliance, CenterPlace Health
Amy Helms, Human Resources Manager, Senior Friendship Centers
Scott Hinckley, CFRE, Account Director, Allegiance Group
Ben Jewell-Plocher, Education Director, Embracing Our Differences
Ashley Klearman, VP of Development, Hunters Point Pearl Homes and Marina
Heather Koester, President/Business Consulting Strategist, Koester Consulting Group
Michael (Mike) McLaughlin, Senior Vice President for Horticulture, Marie Selby Botanical Gardens
Laura Randall, CFRE, Senior Director of Development, Visible Men Academy
Travis Ray, Associate Managing Director, Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe
Clara Reynardus de Villanueva, Director of Development Sarasota-Manatee Campus and Latino Scholarship Program, University of South Florida
Mary Smedley, Managing Broker, Michael Saunders & Co. Englewood/Boca Grande offices
Amanda Sweet, Event Coordinator, Nathan Benderson Park Conservancy
Kayden Jeanne Stephen Taylor, HOPWA Housing Coordinator, CAN Community Health
This is the 14th year that Gulf Coast Community Foundation has offered the Gulf Coast Leadership Institute. In all, over 300 community members have completed the training provided through this leadership-development initiative. Many continue to work together on civic initiatives and community-improvement projects, as well as participate in periodic learning and reunion opportunities offered to Gulf Coast Leadership Institute alumni.
For more information on the program, visit https://www.gulfcoastcf.org/gcli.