THE ENGAGEMENT Team
Kelli Karen Smith
Consultant,Sandy Beckley began working with The Patterson Foundation in January 2010 as the Military 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 50 years reside in Pace, Florida.
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Consultant,Dr. Andrea Bresnahan is the Associate Director of Programs and Services at the Florida Center for Nursing (FNC), a workforce data center and the Florida Action Coalition, a project of the FCN. She works directly with community members and statewide teams, such as the Suncoast Nursing Action Coalition (SNAC) to transform healthcare in Florida. Together with other partners and advocates and the Florida Blue Foundation's unwavering support, the coalition functions to promote purposeful interventions in our state's primary areas of need.
Andrea has successfully led grants that transform healthcare in Florida by providing leadership training for nurses and board members and creating research, educational, and collaboration opportunities for the nursing community.
Andrea previously worked in cultural and medical anthropology, both in Mexico and in the U.S., with a focus on diabetes and other diseases. The Mott Foundation Safe Energy Council's Southeast Collaborative Communications Training Initiative, media skills training, and outreach strategies inspired her to begin her career working with volunteers and coalitions.
Andrea received a doctorate at Samford University with a focus on policy and administration, a master's degree in education, a bachelor's degree in anthropology, and an associate's degree in nursing.
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Larry Clark is passionate about social change, which fueled his desire to cofound No Margin, No Mission in 2011. He recognized the need for entrepreneurial thinking and leadership in the health and human service sector through his many years of experience working with nonprofits and foundations across the country. With a career that spanned nearly 30 years at the Seattle-based Comprehensive Health Education Foundation, Larry is widely respected as a pioneer in the social enterprise movement.
Through his extensive work in philanthropy and with health and human service organizations, Larry is nationally recognized by both sectors as a cutting-edge thinker and innovative leader. He is a frequent and distinguished speaker on topics pertaining to social enterprise and entrepreneurial thinking in the nonprofit sector and has developed unique expertise in income generation, intellectual property development, and strategic partnerships.
Larry has been active on several national boards representing a combination of foundations, community-based organizations, and coalitions. He recently served on the Alliance of Nonprofits Board and Center for Social and Emotional Education Advisory, and has also served on the boards of Grantmakers in Aging, Community Anti Drug Coalitions of America, the Social Enterprise Alliance, Philanthropy Northwest, and the Local Initiative Funding Partners Advisory for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
Larry earned his BS in Community Health Education from Western Washington University in Bellingham, Washington.
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Ashley Coone has a wealth of experience in government, education, and nonprofit work. As Founder and President of Ashley Coone Consulting, she works with a variety of clients providing advice and consulting services for strategic planning, event/project management, fundraising, social media presence, legislative advocacy, and more. She routinely works as a connector and strategist for nonprofit organizations, businesses, and individuals.
Ashley is a graduate of Florida Gulf Coast University where she earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management. She holds a Master’s Degree in Management and Leadership from Webster University.
In 2016, Ashley was appointed by Governor Rick Scott to serve as DeSoto County Clerk of the Circuit Court. Prior to launching Ashley Coone Consulting, she served as Executive Director of the DeSoto County Chamber of Commerce, at Florida Gulf Coast University, on numerous political campaigns and in the office of Congressman Connie Mack. She is a graduate of Leadership Lee County and Leadership Florida.
Ashley has served on the Florida Gulf Coast University Board of Trustees, the Florida Commission on Ethics, and the Florida Early Learning Advisory Committee. In 2019, she was reappointed to the Florida Gulf Coast Board of Trustees by Governor Ron Desantis. She previously served as Chair of the Early Learning Coalition of Florida’s Heartland.
Ashley is the co-founder of Links2Success, a nonprofit in her hometown of DeSoto County that provides free college and career readiness programs to middle and high school students. She also spearheaded the Smith Brown Project, a capital renovation project that led to the opening of the first Boys & Girls Club in DeSoto County.
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Senior Consultant, TPF Administration; Consultant,
Michael Corley is a multi-disciplinary leadership consultant helping CEOs drive results through facilitation, advising, and consulting. With clients across the spectrum of private companies, governmental agencies, and nonprofit organizations, Michael believes that groups of people, properly engaged, can solve any strategic challenge. As a result, his engagements are team-based.
Prior to founding The Corley Company, Michael held leadership roles including president & COO, CFO, vice president of marketing, and board member for a variety of organizations in healthcare and business services.
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 married to Stacey, with whom he has two sons and enjoys pursuing his bucket list items titled, "I could never do that."
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Deborah Gauvreau works with people and organizations interested in identifying and realizing community aspirations. She has been working with The Patterson Foundation since 2013 with a variety of initiatives.
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.
She has gained knowledge and skills from her experiences facilitating collaborative ventures, strategic planning, board development, capacity building, marketing, and research and assessment of diverse community challenges. 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. 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.
Deborah 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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Consultant,For more than 30 years, Jake Hartvigsen has been committed to using his skills in communications, marketing, and strategic development to strengthen the communities in which he has lived and the organizations for which he has worked.
As a VISTA Volunteer in Atlanta, GA, in the late 1980s, Jake worked at both the local and national levels to develop housing and job opportunities for the homeless. During the 1990s, as the marketing director for a leading international ecotourism company, he spearheaded efforts to raise awareness about the importance of cross-cultural exchange and environmental protection. Then, as the head of marketing and communications for New College of Florida from 2003-2013, he led the branding and marketing efforts that helped New College gain national recognition as one of the country’s top public liberal arts colleges.
For the past seven years, as an independent consultant and small business owner, Jake has utilized his experience to assist nonprofits and private businesses in their communication efforts to help them better and more effectively tell their stories to constituents and clients.
As a consultant for The Patterson Foundation’s Census 2020 Education program, Jake is leading The Patterson Foundation’s outreach efforts with colleges and universities, faith-based communities, and business leaders throughout Sarasota, Manatee, Charlotte, and DeSoto counties.
Jake holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, a master’s degree in English from Colorado State University, and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of South Florida. He is actively involved as a volunteer in the local community and is the current president of Sertoma Club of Greater Sarasota, a nonprofit service organization that assists children and adults with speech, language, and hearing disabilities. Jake is also an avid runner who has completed both the New York City and Marine Corps marathons, a loving husband, and a proud dad to two teenage sons.
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Dr. Wendy Katz has been an educator for 45 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, a curriculum coordinator of 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 for new administrators, created a retired administrator mentoring program for new administrators, and developed 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 2010, after a principal retired mid-year, Dr. Katz returned to a principal position where she was once again involved in the heart of education. “The school level is where there is daily contact with teachers, staff, children, and parents. The principalship was my favorite job as every day I had the opportunity to make a positive difference in the life of a child!”
In November 2012, she officially retired from the Sarasota County School system, but since then has become more involved with her consulting firm: WJK Education Consulting. Initially, she consulted at private schools out of state, but for the past seven years has facilitated four leadership programs for Sarasota County Schools and continues to serve as the Initiative Co-Manager of 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 at the Sarasota-Manatee campus. She volunteers on the Community/Schools Partnership for the Arts Steering Committee (C/SPA), and she serves on the Board of Trustees at Hershorin-Schiff Community Day School. This year, Dr. Katz has replicated the successful volunteer Starfish Literacy Model for Fruitville Elementary School, recruiting over 80 volunteers who read weekly to kindergarten students.
Dr. Katz is a graduate of Leadership Florida Education Class III. She 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, most recently in 2017 at the Learning Forward national conference – A Decade of Excellence: Growing Our Own Leaders. In 2018, Dr. Katz served on the Wallace Foundation’s University Principal Preparation Initiative – (SELECT) Florida School Educational Leadership Enhancement Committee. She serves as a facilitator at the Harvard Graduate School of Education in the summer and has been published in Education Week (2012) relative to the successful results of a leadership development program she developed.
Dr. Katz received her bachelor’s degree in Special Education from Indiana University, a master’s degree in Reading, certification in Gifted Education, her Specialist’s Degree in Educational Leadership from Nova University, and a doctorate 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 grandmother to seven inquisitive grandchildren.
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Pierrette Kelly is an independent, experienced, nonprofit executive and development professional based in Bradenton, Florida. Pierrette provided leadership as CEO of Anna Maria Island Community Center (AMICC) for over two decades and is a recipient of the H. Bunnel Humanitarian award in 1991.
Collaborating with the Board of Directors, donors, community, and staff, Pierrette established quality community programs with a particular focus on out-of-school educational enrichment programs — working to identify at-risk children and their families and connect them with volunteers, service organizations, and support, including innovative summer learning programs and scholarships for children from families with limited assets. In 1993, AMICC established a family therapy program with licensed clinical social workers and licensed marriage and family therapists to provide family therapy and parenting education. During that time, Pierrette established AMICC's Endowment Trust Fund and built a new community center.
Pierrette’s passion and role as an advocate are reflected by her varied educational interests: How to Change the World (Wesleyan University), Inspiring Leadership through Emotional Intelligence (Case Western Reserve University), Critical Thinking on Global Issues (University of Edinburgh), and Social Work (West Virginia University). She also studied international business management at Limerick University in Ireland, where she was President of the International Women's Organization and Vice President of the Professional Women's Network. While living in Ireland for eight years, she met her Irish husband, Paul.
Pierrette is a Eucharistic Minister for her parish, St. Mary Star of the Sea, and Vice President of the Pastoral Council. She also serves as a Board Member for Manatee County Children’s Services Advisory Board and the Sarasota Student Health Advisory Committee.
As a consultant for the Suncoast Campaign for Grade-Level Reading (SCGLR), Pierrette’s role is to connect community, donors, and foundations, thereby weaving a tapestry of community support for all children — especially those from low-income families. SCGLR focuses on giving every child opportunities to succeed in school and life by ensuring they read at grade level by the end of third grade.
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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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Consultant,Kiarra Louis contributes to The Patterson Foundation's Digital Access for All (DA4A) initiative. Her initial interest stems from her own understandings of digital access as a student. Her academic success has been supported by having access to various technology such as a home computer, a personal laptop, and stable internet connection. Given her personal reliance on technology in academic settings, she understands the importance of creating opportunities for students
to acquire digital access and develop skills to use it effectively. She plans to use her previous experience as a teen health educator and her current involvement as an intern at the Florida Department of Health-Manatee County to impact the development of the initiative.
In the fall of 2018, Kiarra began attending the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee campus, and she is majoring in Professional and Technical Communication (PTC). The PTC major encompasses two of her passions: educating others and writing professionally and creatively.
Within her major, she has taken coursework providing her with advantageous skills to the initiative, including technical, professional, and creative writing. These courses have shaped her as an individual capable of communicating technical information using visual and written communication, creating specialized documents, and thinking critically. Her coursework is supplemented by her writing hobby, which led to publication opportunities in Defiant Scribe, an online literary magazine, and 805 Lit + Art, a local literary magazine.
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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.