Consultants

Our independent consultants strengthen The Patterson Foundation’s work by providing strategic expertise. This team approach enables the foundation to be flexible and work with subject-matter experts who enhance the unique goals of each initiative.


THE ENGAGEMENT Team

The engagement team includes independent contractors who support the work of The Patterson Foundation's initiatives in the community.

Linda Albert

Linda Albert

Beatriz Paniego Bejar

Beatriz Paniego Bejar

Amanda Bishop

Amanda Bishop

Mary Butler

Mary Butler

Christen Cowan

Christen Cowan

Caitlynn Crouch

Caitlynn Crouch

Josephine Eisenberg

Josephine Eisenberg

Lucero Guzman

Lucero Guzman

Jenifer Johnson

Jenifer Johnson

Heather Koester

Heather Koester

Carol Kranitz

Carol Kranitz

Amanda McNary

Amanda McNary

Michele Miller

Michele Miller

LeeAnne Moody

LeeAnne Moody

Jessica Patella

Jessica Patella

Donna Puhalovich

Donna Puhalovich

Kelli Karen Smith

Kelli Karen Smith

Lauren Valentine

Lauren Valentine

Aaron Watkins

Aaron Watkins

Shana Fitzpatrick Zamikoff

Shana Fitzpatrick Zamikoff


Networks

We strive to connect with highly regarded and effective national and global partners in philanthropy and beyond. Nearly every initiative benefits from the collective learning and sharing of national and global networks.

Dianne Nugent

Consultant,
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!

Denise Roberts

Consultant,

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).

Join Denise on Twitter: @DeniseSarasota

To contact Denise: drobertssrq@gmail.com

Laurey Stryker

Consultant,

Dr. Laurey Stryker is an education consultant and works on projects with private foundations and nonprofit organizations. She has led both K–12 and higher education projects in the areas of STEM, cultural connections between schools and the arts, and college consortiums.

She was The Patterson Foundation’s initiative consultant, along with Dr. Wendy Katz, for EdExploreSRQ. This sustainable platform has greatly enhanced access to experiential learning in Sarasota’s schools.

Dr. Stryker 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 supported by a foundation partnership consisting of the Charles & Margery Barancik Foundation, the Community Foundation of Sarasota County, the Gulf Coast Community Foundation, and the Manatee Community Foundation.

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 also 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 executive doctorate in higher education management from Florida State University.

Join Dr. Laurey Stryker on Twitter: @StrykerConsulti

To contact Dr. Laurey Stryker: lstrykertpf@gmail.com

Nancy Vafeas

Consultant, TPF Administration and Accounting
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 as Treasurer on the Board of Directors for the Junior League of Sarasota, Ashton Elementary PTO, and Sarasota Youth Sailing. She is currently serving as Secretary of the Ashton Elementary PTO, is a member of the Ashton Elementary School Advisory Council, and is a member of the Church of the Palms, Presbyterian USA.

Nancy and her husband, Dimitrios, have a son, Alexander, an 8th grader at Pine View School, and a daughter, Olivia, a 5th grader at Ashton Elementary. 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.

Join Nancy on Twitter: @NancyVafeas

To contact Nancy: nvafeas@thepattersonfoundation.org

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