THE ENGAGEMENT Team
Beatriz Paniego Bejar
Kelli Karen Smith
Shana Fitzpatrick Zamikoff
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.
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 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. Laurey Stryker is an education consultant and works on projects with private foundations and nonprofit organizations. She manages The Patterson Foundation’s (TPF) Fellows initiative. TPF believes that creating a network of next-generation philanthropic leaders who have the willingness, capacity, and foresight to incorporate innovative strategies for long-term change is both an opportunity and a responsibility with considerable impact. TPF is in the process of building connective tissue with partners aligned with this goal.
Dr. Stryker was TPF’s initiative consultant, along with Dr. Wendy Katz, for EdExploreSRQ. This sustainable platform has greatly enhanced access to experiential learning in Sarasota’s schools.
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 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 Ed.D in higher education management from Florida State University.
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Consultant, TPF Administration and AccountingA 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.
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