Introducing Our 2019 Gulf Coast Leadership Institute Class!

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Gulf Coast Community Foundation has selected 24 participants from across the region for its 2019 Gulf Coast Leadership Institute.

The class members will take part in seven training sessions from late April through late 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 2019 Gulf Coast Leadership Institute are:

Olympia Baylou, Owner/Founder, Blooming Impressions FL
Nicole Britton, Director of Development, The Twig Cares
Steven Brownlee, Associate Attorney, Williams Parker
Cathy Bryant, Director of Donor Relations, Streets of Paradise
Gregory Cruz, Field Director, GRSG Company
Michele Demperio, Director of Business Development, Sweet Sparkman Architects
Tony Dempsey, President, Sunstate Business Brokers
Joanne Fabec, Financial Advisor, RBC Wealth Management
Alyssa Goudy, Production Manager, The Players Centre for Performing Arts
Cynthia Gravino, Founder and Executive Director, Alum-Worx
Gina Jordan, Senior Vice President and Trust Officer, Caldwell Trust Company
Kathy Jordan, Director of Major Gifts, WUSF Public Media
Shay Kilby, Board Member, NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Sarasota County
Beth Kregenow, Program Administrator, Florida Department of Health in Sarasota County
Jessie Lapek, Center Director, Pregnancy Solutions
Mary Ellen Mancini, Director of Development, Safe Place and Rape Crisis Center
Angelique Medvesky, Professor and Academic Chair, State College of Florida – Lakewood Ranch
Coral Pleas, Owner/Founder, Cutting Loose Salon
Neil Rainford, Senior Project Executive, Mullet’s Aluminum Products
Eileen Rosenzweig, President, Sir Speedy
Dawnyelle Singleton, Director of Programs and Community Relations, Visible Men Academy
Mark Smith, Director of Marketing, The John & Mable Ringling Museum of Art
Bob Stone, Owner, Minuteman Press
Molly Swift, Scholarships/Special Projects Manager, William G. and Marie Selby Foundation

This is the 12th year of Gulf Coast Leadership Institute, which was preceded by two classes of the foundation’s North Port Leadership Institute. In all, more than 300 community members have completed the training provided through this leadership-development initiative.


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