Outreach Support Team
Beatriz Paniego Bejar
Kelli Karen Smith
Shana Fitzpatrick Zamikoff
Erica Barrett has managed diverse operations and communications projects for businesses and health-related organizations, both in-house and as a consultant, for more than 20 years. Projects have frequently involved the development of new programs, websites, and educational materials or have focused on improving processes.
Since July 2013, Erica has been an initiative consultant to the Sarasota County Health Safety Net System of Care Collaboration, formed between the Florida Department of Health in Sarasota County, the Community Health Centers of Sarasota County, Sarasota Memorial Health Care System, and the Friendship Centers, with support from The Patterson Foundation.
Previously, as part of her special interest in health care and public health, Erica worked for several years with the Healthy Communities Program in the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). She supported the CDC's endeavors and related work by national partners — including the National Association of County and City Health Officials and the Society for Public Health Education — to promote community interventions that reduce health risk factors and support health equity. Her projects included developing action guides to assist funded communities in implementing policy, systems, and environmental change strategies.
In addition to her business background, Erica gained clinical healthcare experience early on as an occupational therapist in skilled nursing facilities, physicians' offices, and hospitals. She provided hands-on rehabilitation therapy and education to patients with a wide variety of medical conditions to help them meet their goals for improving functional performance during activities of daily living.
Erica earned a bachelor's degree in business administration from the University of Florida, a master's degree in business administration from Emory University, and a master's degree in occupational therapy from Texas Woman's University.
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Sandy Beckley began working with The Patterson Foundation in January 2010 as the Patriot Plaza Consultant. She was tasked with developing a team to design a major enhancement to Sarasota National Cemetery and to develop a partnership with the National Cemetery Administration (NCA). Patriot Plaza was designed, constructed, and donated to the NCA in June 2014.
Sandy continues her contributions as the lead Patriot Plaza consultant and national liaison. She is responsible for managing connections with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs as well as communities near national cemeteries interested in pursuing projects similar to Patriot Plaza. She also works with the Arts and Cultural Alliance of Sarasota in the coordination of the Patriot Plaza Guides.
Sandy founded B Team Consulting, LLC, upon her retirement from the National Cemetery Administration, Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) in December 2009. B Team Consulting is committed to providing “A” results and a continued commitment to honoring our nation's veterans. Sandy completed her 39 years with the VA as the Director of Sarasota National Cemetery. She was responsible for opening Sarasota and Georgia National Cemeteries. At both of these new national shrines, she worked directly with contractors and VA engineers to ensure that all milestones were reached and cemeteries opened on time.
Sandy began her career with the VA in 1971 as a personnel specialist in Danville, Illinois, before transferring to Danville (IL) National Cemetery as a technical assistant. In 1984, she became director of Florence National Cemetery in South Carolina. From May 1988 until her retirement, she was director of Barrancas (FL), Mobile (AL), Marietta (GA), Georgia, and Sarasota (FL) National Cemeteries. As director, she was responsible for all burial and maintenance operations.
Sandy and her husband of 48 years reside in Pensacola, Florida.
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Dr. Kathy Black is an Associate Professor of Social Work at the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee. Dr. Black's research interests are broadly in the area of health and aging. Her research agenda is focused on advance directive communication in gerontological practice. Her past experience includes 25 years of working with older people and their families as a geriatric nurse, social worker, and case manager.
Dr. Black obtained her Ph.D. from the University at Albany in New York (2000). She also holds a B.S.W. from the University at Albany (1986); master's degrees in both social work and gerontology from the University of Southern California (1988); and a master's degree in public health from the University of California at Los Angeles (1990).
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Consultant,Rudy Bruback’s professional background includes more than 35 years of experience in management engineering, quality program deployment, process improvement, organization development, change management, strategic planning, process definition, costing and improvement, process modeling and simulation, proposal development, benchmarking, activity-based costing, and communications.
In 1971, he entered the United States Air Force (USAF) as a communications specialist. After receiving a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business with an emphasis in Public Management from the State University of New York College of Technology, he became a commissioned officer. After serving in numerous assignments including two stints as a unit commander, he completed his USAF career as the Director of Reengineering and Process Improvement in 1998.
In 1998, Rudy started Trace Consulting Services, Inc., and has provided his services to a multitude of city, county, state, and federal government agencies as well as non-profit organizations.
Rudy is an active member of St. Armands Key Lutheran Church in Sarasota, Florida, and serves as the President of the Congregation Council.
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Liz Bumpus has more than 25 years of senior-level public health administration experience at the Department of Health in Sarasota, Florida, serving as Director of Health Promotion and Planning and directing its community relations.
Liz’s expertise is in facilitating community engagement programs and working with populations in all demographics. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Planned Approach to Community Health (PATCH) — a distinguished community health promotion program in Sarasota County — was initiated under her guidance and tutelage and was recognized by the CDC as a model program in the State of Florida. Liz also received the Secretary’s Award for Excellence from the US Department of Health and Human Services for her work in developing this program. Under her leadership, PATCH transitioned into the current Sarasota County Community Health Improvement Partnership (CHIP) and, with Liz’s continuing oversight, it provided health guidance to the community. Vibrant and successful after more than two decades, CHIP is ongoing and continues to positively impact the community’s health.
Liz has a degree in education from West Virginia University and a master’s degree in health education from the University of Georgia. Throughout her career at the Sarasota Health Department and through her ability to connect with a variety of people on multiple levels, Liz has held leadership positions in multiple state and regional organizations and seats on numerous state and local boards.
Currently, Liz is a consultant with The Patterson Foundation working on its Age-Friendly Sarasota initiative, while also taking time to enjoy her family and friends.
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Bob Carter's professional background includes more than 40 years of organizational leadership experience. He retired as President and CEO of the regional multi-service nonprofit Senior Friendship Centers after serving in that capacity for more than two decades.
A strong advocate for older adults as well as a community leader, Bob has led numerous regional and statewide organizations as their Board President. These include the Florida Council on Aging, Florida Association of Aging Services Providers, Sarasota County Aging Network, and Glasser/Schoenbaum Human Services Center. He was the initial chairman of Sarasota County Appointed Seniors Advisory Council and also served as delegate to the White House Conference on Aging.
Bob holds a Master of Public Administration degree and served as an officer in the United States Army. He was honored by the Friendship Centers with its first-ever Senior Advocacy Award, which will bear his name in future years.
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Alicia Chalmers is a proud graduate of the University of Florida. She began her career in administration and marketing for assisted living and skilled nursing facilities. From 2003–2009, she owned and operated a title insurance company specializing in real estate closings.
Alicia is a lifelong community volunteer and is currently on the board of directors for Visible Men Academy, an all-boys charter school where she serves on both strategic planning and governance committees.
Since 2002, Alicia has been an active member of Junior League of Sarasota. She has served on its board and chaired several Junior League committees: the Nominating Committee, Membership Council, and Done-in-a-Day; the latter involves working with multiple organizations on community projects that are completed in one day. Alicia is currently co-chairing the 60th Anniversary Celebration.
An alumna of Girls Inc., Alicia is a volunteer with the organization and has been a member of the Celebration Luncheon and Stewardship committees.
Alicia is a member of the Harvest United Methodist Church and is currently serving on the Staff Parish Relations Team. Additionally, she coordinates the Harvest Hustle 5k, which benefits All Faiths Food Bank. Her previous roles include assisting the children's ministry, events and outreach, and worship design teams.
Alicia spends time volunteering at her children's elementary school, both in the classroom and on the School Advisory Council and Parent-Teacher Organization committees.
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Senior Consultant, TPF Administration and Consultant,
As an independent consultant, Michael Corley works with organizational leaders in a consulting and/or advising role for the purpose of improving operational effectiveness and expanding leadership. Michael began working with The Patterson Foundation in 2009, and he continues to lead various initiatives and provide operational oversight at TPF.
Previously, Michael served for six years as President/Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer for a $47 million professional employer organization (PEO) based in Sarasota, Florida. Earlier experiences in Nashville, Tennessee, include positions as the Vice President of Marketing for a healthcare IT company, Executive Director of a physician-hospital organization, and administrator for a 26-member physician practice.
Michael graduated from the University of Tennessee with a Bachelor of Science in Marketing, and he received his Master of Business Administration from the University of South Florida. He is Chairman of the Board for Take Stock in Children Manatee and is active at Harvest United Methodist Church. Michael is married to Stacey, with whom he has two sons. He enjoys reading and training for endurance events.
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Wilma Hamilton Delp
Wilma Hamilton Delp is an eclectic educator, having served in both public and private schools and at the university level. She has been a teacher and a principal for students of all levels and abilities.
Wilma has served as a coordinator of gifted education, a director of special education, a secondary school director, and an associate superintendent for instruction (K–12). She retired as the Superintendent of Schools in Sarasota County, Florida. By the close of her tenure, student achievement was consistently among the highest in the state.
Wilma has also worked throughout the country as a consultant with private foundations and their partner schools/districts. All of this work has focused on improving student achievement and providing equity and opportunity.
Wilma's emphasis is — as it has always been — to ensure the quality of the school or system by developing the internal capacity of all staff members. She believes that systemic, sustainable, and mission-driven professional development, combined with ongoing coaching and staff support, is key. Leadership development remains a hallmark of her work.
She is currently working as an initiative consultant with The Patterson Foundation in Sarasota, Florida, a community that is coming together around the importance of early learning with particular emphasis on reading. She is committed to focusing the community's talent and resources on this opportunity to help improve the reading comprehension of children from all backgrounds.
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Lynette Hayes Edwards
Lynette Hayes Edwards was employed with the School Board of Manatee County for 36 years. She has served as a teacher, dean of students, assistant principal, principal, director of personnel management, and assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction, where she had oversight responsibility for school management and educational programs.
She is a product of the public schools of Manatee County, having graduated from Lincoln Memorial High School in 1967. After completing her B.S. degree from Tuskegee University, she returned to Lincoln Middle School where she spent 16 years as a teacher, dean of students, and assistant principal. She received M.S. degrees in both curriculum & instruction and educational administration and supervision from the University of South Florida.
The School Board of Manatee County has recognized Lynette as Minority Educator of the Year — twice. She has received the Marjorie Kinnan Education Award from the American Association of University Women and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the NAACP of Manatee County, in addition to several other community service awards.
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Deborah Gauvreau has successfully worked with people and organizations interested in the social sector for over 30 years. She gained expertise from her experiences with facilitating collaborative ventures, strategic planning, board development, capacity building, marketing, and research and assessment of diverse community challenges.
Deborah is deeply committed to bringing ideas into reality, supporting the development of synergistic systems, and contributing positive pathways to creating a world that works for everyone. Her work is consistently attuned to moving from vision to action through group process involving learning more, assessing needs and assets, identifying what is important, and implementing meaningful change.
Since relocating to Southwest Florida in 2007, Deborah has facilitated collaborative projects with the Southwest Florida Community Foundation, Collier Community Foundation, Cape Coral Community Foundation, and the Charlotte Community Foundation. Here in Florida and in California where she lived and worked for many years, Deborah has worked in leadership capacities with organizations as a consultant, chief executive, board member, officer, and volunteer. She has enjoyed the opportunity to be a part of The Patterson Foundation team working on initiatives and projects focusing on the acceleration of success for people, organizations, and communities.
Deborah is a BoardSource Certified Governance Trainer. She also has a master's degree in public health in human ecology and a master's degree in clinical psychology. She lives with her husband, Emile, and their dog Marco who defines the word Happy.
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Linda Gould serves as the Community Connection Consultant for The Patterson Foundation's Patriot Plaza initiative. In this role, Linda shares Patriot Plaza's story, purpose, and impact throughout our local region and community outreach. She also shares the many ways organizations can use Patriot Plaza at Sarasota National Cemetery. Linda is also a team leader in the Suncoast Campaign for Grade-Level Reading (SCGLR). SCGLR is an initiative for Manatee and Sarasota counties that is designed to explore new ways to deliver the support and resources children need to achieve reading proficiency early in life and build a strong foundation for future success.
Linda retired as a Colonel from the U.S. Army in 2011, with more than 29 years of active duty service. She served first as a Military Intelligence Officer and then as a fully accredited Latin American Foreign Area Officer. Her career highlight was serving as the Commander of US Military Group Guatemala from 2006–2009, the first female Army officer to command a US Military Group in Latin America. She completed her final tour of duty as the Deputy Chief of Studies at the Inter-American Defense College at Ft. McNair, Washington, DC, in July 2011.
Linda holds a Master of Arts in Latin American Studies from the University of New Mexico and a Master of Strategic Studies from the US Army War College. She received her undergraduate degree in International Studies/Latin America from the University of South Florida and is fluent in Spanish.
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Richard Hays is president of Hays Consulting and has worked with both for-profit and nonprofit organizations to enhance their organizational effectiveness. He was formerly a Professor of Management at the Graduate School of Business at Tulane University and also taught at the School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine at Tulane.
Richard obtained a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue University and a M.S. in Industrial Management from the Krannert School, also at Purdue; his Doctorate in Business Administration is from Indiana University. He has published two books and several dozen articles on management subjects.
Richard’s consulting centers around helping organizations analyze their current functioning and plan and execute changes that will facilitate higher levels of performance and results.
He is working to facilitate the process surrounding the planning for and the development of the city-owned Sarasota Bayfront site.
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Lead Consultant, Strategy and Communications
As Founder and CEO of her own strategic communications firm in Sarasota, Florida, Roxanne Joffe helps organizations solve complex communications issues using today’s strategies and technology.
Roxanne is uniquely qualified to help organizations connect and do good in a resource-challenged world. She combines the insight of a founder of three very different companies with the skill of a master communicator. She leads The Patterson Foundation’s communications team. In that role, she continues to introduce innovative methods and techniques to the social sector.
Her experience in the nonprofit world includes many leadership positions from board chair of SCOPE (Sarasota County Openly Plans for Excellence) to chair of the Komen Vermont Race for the Cure. Roxanne is a graduate of Leadership Florida. She is a member of the International Women’s Forum, a prestigious consortium advancing women’s leadership around the world. She is also a recipient of the Athena Award and was named Woman Entrepreneur of the Year by the Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce.
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Dr. Wendy Katz has been an educator for 42 years. She was born and raised in a suburb of Philadelphia in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. She moved to Sarasota, Florida, in the summer of 1977. Her expansive career began as a special education teacher, and she served as a Curriculum Coordinator for Brentwood and Gocio elementary schools and the Admissions and Curriculum Coordinator for Pine View School. She then served as an Assistant Principal of Sarasota Middle School and subsequently became the Principal of Laurel Nokomis School for eight years, currently the only K–8 school in Sarasota County.
In 2003, Dr. Katz was promoted to Director of Leadership Development for the Sarasota County Public Schools. During the next eight years, she created a distinct career pathway for aspiring administrators. She was responsible for all leadership training for aspiring administrators and for school-based and district administrators. She developed an Induction Program and a Retired Administrator Mentoring Program for new administrators and established a Leadership Academy for aspiring administrators. Dr. Katz also facilitated the State Principal Certification Program. She actively coached new principals and established transition support teams to set them up for success in their leadership roles. In addition, she has developed programs that focus on customer satisfaction and gifted special needs populations.
In November 2012, Dr. Katz officially retired from the Sarasota County Schools system and became more involved with her own consulting firm: WJK Education Consulting. Initially, she consulted at private schools out of state, but she is currently contracted to facilitate most of the leadership programs for Sarasota County Schools as well as to promote and expand EdExploreSRQ for The Patterson Foundation. In June 2014, she served as the Interim Director at Hershorin-Schiff Community Day School, formerly Goldie Feldman Academy.
Additionally, Dr. Katz teaches as an Adjunct Professor in Education Leadership at the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee campus. She volunteers on the TEAM UP Volunteer and Partnership Council and Community/Schools Partnership for the Arts Steering Committee. She also serves on the Board of Trustees at Hershorin-Schiff Community Day School.
Dr. Katz graduated from the National Staff Development Council Academy Program and served for three years as a member of the National Association for Secondary School Principals’ Principal Preparation Task Force. She has presented at national educational conferences and has been published in Education Week (2012), relative to the successful results of the leadership development program she developed.
Dr. Katz received her bachelor’s degree in special education from Indiana University; master’s degree in reading; certification in gifted education; specialist’s degree in educational leadership from Nova University; and a doctorate degree in educational leadership from Seton Hall University.
In addition to her professional career accomplishments, Dr. Katz is the proud mother of four highly successful children and six inquisitive grandchildren.
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