THE ENGAGEMENT Team
Kelli Karen Smith
Shana Fitzpatrick Zamikoff
Valarie Law attended Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida, and in 1981 received a Bachelor of Science in Accounting. After graduation, she worked as a Sales Tax Auditor with the Florida Department of Revenue. In 1988, while employed as a Supervisor and In-Charge Accountant with Thompkins and Company, PA, in Miami, Florida, she receive her certification as a Certified Public Accountant.
After moving to Sarasota, Florida, in 1990, Valarie worked as an independent contractor for Uniroyal Technology as an accountant and at Staff Leasing as a tax specialist. In 2000, she accepted a part-time accountant position with Sarasota Memorial Healthcare Foundation Inc. and has been there for more than 18 years. Since 2010, Valarie has provided her accounting services to The Patterson Foundation.
Currently, Valarie has clients in both the nonprofit and for-profit sectors. Her professional skills include accounting and tax services, payroll services, seminars, representation before the IRS, and other services as requested. Valarie's more than 28 years of experience enable her to offer a variety of services to her clients and consistently meet their expectations.
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Scott Lempe retired from the School Board of Sarasota County in June 2018. While there, he played several vital roles including that of Deputy Superintendent. In his roles, he was responsible for managing the business programs that support the success of teachers and students in the classroom, including facilities maintenance, custodial, transportation, food and nutrition services information technology, construction, long-range planning, communications, and school safety and security. Scott supervised a team of 1,300 people and oversaw the execution of a $125 million annual capital budget and a $60 million annual general fund budget. He moved to Sarasota in June 2003 and has worked for the School Board since May 2003.
Prior to his School Board assignment, Lieutenant Colonel Lempe spent 26 years in the Air Force on active duty, holding positions from aircraft mechanic to squadron commander to most recently, the chief of personnel programs for United States Central Command under the Command of General Tommy Franks. In this role, he managed personnel programs impacting people from all four services assigned in the continental United States and 25 countries in the Arabian Peninsula, the horn of Africa, and five former Soviet provinces.
Colonel Lempe has a Bachelor of Computer Science Degree — summa cum laude — from Chapman University and a Master of Science Degree in Manpower and Personnel Management from the Naval Post Graduate School. He is a graduate of Squadron Officer School, Air Command and Staff College, Joint Forces Staff College, and the Department of Defense Executive Leadership Development Program.
Colonel Lempe is the recipient of many military awards and decorations to include the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Air Force Meritorious Service Medal, the Air Force Commendation Medal, the Joint Achievement Award, and the Air Force Achievement Medal. He is married to the former Tracy Jenkins of Sentinel, Oklahoma. They have two daughters, Jennifer, 36, and Sara, 34, and five grandchildren.
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Lead Consultants, Strategy and CommunicationsMagnifyGood is a consultancy magnifying the work of organizations that are changing the world for good in the areas of:
- Communities — nonprofit, NGO, and social-good communities
- Causes — social entrepreneurs, change makers, and public causes
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Consultant,Bo Medred has 36 years of experience in the public and private sectors of land use planning in Florida. His primary expertise is in the zoning entitlement and the land development and redevelopment processes. For the past 29 years, Bo has led the land use planning and land development activities for numerous clients as President of Genesis Planning and Development, Inc., a company he founded in 1989. He has handled more than 300 different rezone and special exception applications during his planning career in Florida.
Prior to establishing Genesis Planning and Development, Inc., Bo was the planning coordinator for a large affordable home builder/developer in Sarasota and Manatee counties. While there, he coordinated the zoning entitlement and land development processes of eleven different residential communities that catered to entry-level homebuyers. Bo started his career in Sarasota in 1982 as a County Planner for Sarasota County after graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Geography and Urban and Regional Planning from West Virginia University. Bo and his wife Gina have raised four children in the Sarasota-Manatee area and are very fortunate to have all four of those children and their families living in the area.
Dianne Nugent was destined to contribute to The Patterson Foundation’s Suncoast Campaign for Grade-Level Reading. Throughout her nursing career, she has been passionate about positively impacting the health of communities. Preventing health problems before they impact the lives of people has proven to be an effective strategy. She found that engaging community partners, building a work culture that shares common values, and being attentive to opportunities help to create a lasting impact on the health of communities.
Dianne had the privilege of working in the public health field in two countries and six health departments. She had the opportunity to develop and expand programs along with health department staff and community partners. Most recently she spearheaded the expansion of preventive dental services in a WIC clinic, initiated and oversaw a home visiting program for at-risk pregnant and post-partum women and their families, supervised and strengthened a school health program, and served as the steering committee chair for Charlotte County’s Community Health Improvement Partnership (CHIP).
No wonder she goes boating and attends to her garden to maintain a work/life balance!
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Michael Oxman believes in the power of innovation to transform the social sector, which inspired him to cofound No Margin, No Mission in 2011. A self-described entrepreneur and business leader with a strong desire to create a better world, he embraces opportunities to help organizations become stronger and more thrivable so they can achieve greater mission impact. Michael’s talents have been widely embraced by nonprofit and philanthropic leaders nationwide.
Michael’s extensive experience in both for-profit and nonprofit entrepreneurial ventures has earned him respect nationally as a subject-matter expert, consultant, and speaker on topics pertaining to earned income and social enterprise, business planning, plus brand and marketing strategy. With consulting experience that runs broad and deep, Michael’s client portfolio spans a wide range of health and human service, arts, and philanthropic organizations.
Prior to founding No Margin, No Mission, Michael was an advertising and communications senior executive at Havas (formerly Euro RSCG Worldwide) in the firm’s Chicago office. During his time there, Michael led the Agency’s Business Development and Digital Marketing teams, plus strategic brand development for Walgreens Boots Alliance. He also initiated his strategic work in the nonprofit sector for the Seattle-based Comprehensive Health Education Foundation (C.H.E.F.). Prior to joining Havas, Michael was a senior executive at Publicis (formerly D’Arcy Masius Benton & Bowles) in the firm's Detroit office, leading strategic brand development for the Cadillac Motor Car Division of General Motors. Earlier in his career, Michael held executive positions at other leading advertising agencies, advising Fortune 500 clients such as Chiquita Brands Worldwide and The Iams Pet Food Company on brand strategy.
Michael has served on several Chicago-area nonprofit boards, including Ravinia Music Festival’s Ravinia Associates and Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism.
Michael earned his BA in Journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and his MS in Advertising from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism in Chicago.
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Denise Roberts brings decades of experience as a facilitator, community assessment expert, writer, editor, researcher, fundraiser, and classroom teacher serving the needs of diverse community members. She knows both perspectives of the nonprofit management and financing process, from those who provide funding to those who seek it.
Before moving to Sarasota, Florida, in 1994, Denise was Associate Executive Director for Cleveland (Ohio) Scholarship Programs, Inc., where she managed fundraising, strategic planning, and marketing and coordinated college application and scholarship advisors for low-income public high school students.
In Sarasota, Denise directed grant-making programs at The Venice Foundation — the predecessor of today's Gulf Coast Community Foundation. Here she facilitated the work of board members and hundreds of volunteers in assessing community needs, managed grant-making activities, and coordinated public relations. She later served as Chief Development Officer for Child Development Center — the predecessor of today's Florida Center for Early Childhood — where she directed all fundraising activities and led the agency in winning accreditation by two major national agencies. She served as Executive Director of Family Law Connection where she improved all systems and processes and worked with the board to find the right partners to facilitate a merger of legal aid service providers. Denise later directed special projects for Jewish Family and Children's Service, winning more than $30 million in grants supporting services to families, seniors, children, veterans, and other groups and lead the Council on Accreditation reaccreditation process.
As the owner of her own consulting firm since 2012, she has helped many nonprofit clients in human services, education, and the arts develop successful strategies; win grants to support programs and operations; develop strategic, fundraising, and communications plans; and create systems to guide community impact measurement.
Denise earned a Bachelor of Arts in English — Phi Beta Kappa and magna cum laude — from Kenyon College in Ohio and advanced continuing education credits in asset-based community development, fundraising, and nonprofit management. She completed coursework at John Carroll University to hold Ohio teaching certification in English (grades 7–12) and in Reading (K–12).
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Dr. Joni S. Steinberg’s academic career has centered around graduate management education. Through most of that career, she was a professor, program manager, and student advisor in the Department of Health Policy and Management at Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine.
A significant focus for her health administration and public health masters and doctoral graduate students was preparation for management or research careers with non-profit organizations and NGOs in the U.S. and globally. Each year, Dr. Steinberg worked actively with graduating students pursuing fellowship positions in the health sector. When she retired in 2018, Tulane University awarded Dr. Steinberg Professor Emerita status.
Dr. Steinberg is the recipient of numerous teaching awards. She has taught in a traditional on-campus format, an executive format, and with asynchronous online course offerings. Her teaching, consulting, and publications focused on the application of quantitative methods to health care and health administration processes and decision making, health systems, management and policy, and nurse staffing and productivity.
Dr. Steinberg earned her doctorate in management science (finance minor) and MPH from Tulane University, her MS in industrial engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology, and her BS in mathematics (computer science minor) from the University of Miami.
Since moving to Sarasota in 1990, Dr. Steinberg has been an active community volunteer serving on several non-profit boards of directors. She appreciates having one son and family living in Sarasota, along with frequent visits by her other son, who lives in Seattle. Both sons grew up in Sarasota and graduated from Pine View School.
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ConsultantDr. Laurey Stryker is a consultant who works with private foundations and nonprofit organizations to facilitate, develop, and implement innovative education strategies.
She manages The Patterson Foundation's (TPF) Digital Access for All initiative, which explores the efforts of multiple sectors working to enhance access to technology and connects people in ways that foster inclusion and well-being. This initiative aspires to discover how individuals, businesses, nonprofits, government, and the media are moving the needle on access to digital technology. This knowledge will inform opportunities to collaboratively strengthen these efforts.
Dr. Stryker was TPF's initiative manager for EdExploreSRQ, a sustainable platform that has greatly enhanced access to experiential learning in Sarasota's schools. Most recently, she managed the development of TPF's Advancing Philanthropic Leadership initiative. Collaborations with IU Lilly Family School of Philanthropy led to a vibrant TPF Fellows Program and opportunities for TPF to share its work as a "living laboratory."
She most recently conducted the developmental work to establish the West Coast of Florida’s Cross College Alliance, which is made up of New College of Florida, Ringling College of Art and Design, The Ringling/Florida State University, State College of Florida, and the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee. The Alliance is dedicated to "Rethinking Education. Together." for the benefit of students and the community.
Prior to her consulting practice, Dr. Stryker held leadership positions in higher education at the University of South Florida and completed her career there as President of the USF Sarasota-Manatee campus.
She was Florida’s Deputy Commissioner of Education for eight years where she worked extensively on higher education policy and programs, and is also the former Deputy Secretary of Florida’s Department of Labor.
Dr. Stryker earned her bachelor and master of arts degrees in political science and her Ed.D in higher education management from Florida State University.
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A native of Tennessee, Nancy Vafeas earned her Bachelor of Science in Public Relations and Advertising from Middle Tennessee State University. She began her career in the marketing department with SunTrust Bank and transitioned to serving high net worth clients as a Private Banker while earning her Certified Financial Planner designation.
Nancy is an avid community volunteer helping many local non-profits and has served on the Board of Directors for the Junior League of Sarasota, Ashton Elementary PTO, and Sarasota Youth Sailing. She is currently serving as a member of the Sarasota Middle School School Advisory Council and is a member of the Church of the Palms, Presbyterian USA.
Nancy and her husband, Dimitrios, have a son, Alexander, a 9th grader at Sarasota Military Academy, and a daughter, Olivia, a 6th grader at Sarasota Middle School. They also have the cutest dog in the world, Palmer, a Goldendoodle. Nancy loves to travel and is always planning the next vacation extravaganza for her family.
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