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.

Valarie Law

Valarie Law

Accounting
MagnifyGood

MagnifyGood

Strategic Communications
Bo Medred

Bo Medred

Consultant, The Bay
Nancy Vafeas

Nancy Vafeas

Consultant, TPF Administration and Accounting

THE ENGAGEMENT Team

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

Erika Alberry

Erika Alberry

Daniela Arcadia

Daniela Arcadia

Karen Arango

Karen Arango

Karen Arnold

Karen Arnold

Amy Cabral

Amy Cabral

Heidi Clouse

Heidi Clouse

Connie Cuadrado

Connie Cuadrado

Alicia Exantus

Alicia Exantus

Danielle Frey

Danielle Frey

Carolina Franco

Carolina Franco

Angela Gastfield

Angela Gastfield

Cedric Hameed

Cedric Hameed

Joni Hansen

Joni Hansen

Melissa Hirstein

Melissa Hirstein

Julia Huffman

Julia Huffman

Renée Isrel

Renée Isrel

Carol Kranitz

Carol Kranitz

Debra Maccini

Debra Maccini

Krisztina Madak

Krisztina Madak

Elsie Merrill

Elsie Merrill

Carly Miers

Carly Miers

Carrie Miley

Carrie Miley

Laurie Miller

Laurie Miller

Shalia Moore-Hayes

Shalia Moore-Hayes

Beth Mueller

Beth Mueller

Rachael Patrick

Rachael Patrick

Cinthia Pena

Cinthia Pena

Aileen Peña

Aileen Peña

Brandon Rickrode

Brandon Rickrode

Cassidy Rickrode

Cassidy Rickrode

Maria Schaedler-Luera

Maria Schaedler-Luera

Dan Schlandt

Dan Schlandt

Kelli Karen Smith

Kelli Karen Smith

Marla Smith

Marla Smith

Karen Stewart

Karen Stewart

Benjamin Tollefson

Benjamin Tollefson

Lauren Valentine

Lauren Valentine

Elias Verzini

Elias Verzini

Karen Windon

Karen Windon


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.

Larry Clark

Consultant,

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 Bachelor of Science in Community Health Education from Western Washington University in Bellingham, Washington.

Join Larry on Twitter: @Larry_JClark

To contact Larry: lclark@nomarginnomission.org

Ashley Coone

Consultant,

Ashley Coone is a passionate advocate for children of all ages, especially those from asset-limited families in her hometown of DeSoto County. She has a wealth of experience in government, education, and nonprofit management and has built a network of relationships with business and nonprofit leaders, donors, and policymakers. As Chief Executive Officer of Ashley Coone Consulting, she works with various clients providing consulting services for strategic planning, initiative/project management, community building, legislative advocacy, and more.

Ashley was appointed to the DeSoto County Board of County Commissioners by Governor Ron DeSantis in May 2021. She has previously served as DeSoto County Clerk of the Circuit Court, Executive Director of the DeSoto County Chamber of Commerce, and in the Office of Congressman Connie Mack. Ashley has also received gubernatorial appointments to the Florida Gulf Coast University Board of Trustees, the Florida Board of Ethics, and as Chair of the Early Learning Coalition of Florida's Heartland.

She is the co-founder and Executive Director of Links2Success, a nonprofit organization in DeSoto County that provides free college and career readiness programs to middle and high school students. She also serves on the Board of Directors for All Star Children's Foundation and The Smith Brown Community Foundation. Ashley spearheaded the Smith Brown Project, a capital renovation initiative that restored the historic Smith Brown Gym and established the very first Boys & Girls Club in DeSoto County. The Ashley Coone Pavilion at the Louis and Gloria Flanzer Boys & Girls Club is named in honor of her efforts to bring the project to fruition.

Ashley earned her bachelor’s degree in business management from Florida Gulf Coast University and a master’s degree in management and leadership from Webster University. Ashley is also a proud member of Leadership Florida’s Connect Class VI.

Join Ashley on Twitter: @AshleyCoone

To contact Ashley: acoonetpf@gmail.com

Michael Corley

Senior Consultant, TPF Administration; Consultant,

Michael Corley is a strategy consultant specializing in strategic planning and meeting facilitation. 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.

Prior to founding The Corley Company, Michael held leadership roles, including president & COO, CFO, vice president of marketing, and board member for various healthcare and business services organizations.

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."

Join Michael on Twitter: @michaelpcorley

LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/michaelpcorley/ or thecorleycompany.com

To contact Michael: mcorley@thepattersonfoundation.org or michael@thecorleyco.com

Cheri Coryea

Consultant,
Cheri's public sector experience spans over 30 years, and while the majority of it has been in Manatee County, Florida, the nature of the work has allowed her to build bonds regionally and nationally with thought and management leader networks. The last 14 years of Cheri's public sector work included roles as county administrator, deputy county administrator, and first department director of the Neighborhood Services Department for Manatee County Government.

Highly regarded as a trusted and effective relationship builder among all aspects of the community, Cheri spent the bulk of her public sector work in the human services and community services field. Cheri served as the first Children's Services Coordinator for the county, bringing to life the Children's Services dedicated millage programs in 1990. Today, the Children's Services programs target children ages 0-17 and their families who live in Manatee County through the grant work of over 100 different nonprofit agencies. These programs serve at-risk and economically disadvantaged children subject to abuse, neglect, and abandonment. In 2016, Cheri led the charge to change the county grant funding process from funder to investor. To date, more than $150 million has been provided to local nonprofit agencies that yield significant results to improve children and family outcomes.

In 2007, Cheri was tapped to create the Neighborhood Services Department. In 2014, she facilitated the merger of two departments— Neighborhood Services and Community Services—focusing on programs from infants, neighborhood planning, behavioral health, and low-income medical services to County Indigent Burial. Over 2,400 different neighborhoods are now engaged with their local government through various virtual tools, neighborhood action plans, newsletters, and libraries. Citizens now feel they are making a difference.

Her strategic planning expertise led to the first Economic Development Division in the County, focusing on job creation, retention, and incentives for all business types. With the motto of "At Your Service," Cheri helped cut through the red tape and developed an expedited environment of business-friendly government that has added over 4,600 high-wage and high-skilled jobs in Manatee County since 2009. She continues to strive to positively impact ALICE through her involvement with the United Way Suncoast.

While county administrator, Cheri recognized the large portion of potential retirees in the upcoming years and emphasized the development of young professionals to enhance the county's workforce. With a few talented county-employed young professionals, Cheri built the Manatee Millennial Movement (M3) into a nationally recognized force to be reckoned with, increasing Manatee County's millennial workforce from 17% to 27% in four years. Adding a project-driven county internship program in three seasons has allowed the county to advance the use of technology, GIS planning, energy efficiency, parks, preserves, and citizen engagement while attracting and retaining highly motivated students to the area.

Cheri and her husband raised their two girls along with their four-legged furry and equine family members locally. Their daughters have grown up to become successful professionals.


Join Cheri on Twitter: @ccoryeatpf

To contact Cheri: ccoryeatpf@gmail.com

Josephine Eisenberg

Consultant,

Josephine Eisenberg has 25+ years of experience assisting nonprofit organizations on their growth path through mission-driven strategies.

In her early career, Josephine's passion for working with teens led her to New York City, where she spent four years working closely with at-risk teens. After moving to Sarasota, Josephine was instrumental in creating a youth civic engagement leadership program for local high school students. She also made a significant impact as the program director for one of Sarasota's largest after-school/summer youth programs. Josephine continues to be a strong advocate for youth empowerment.

Redirecting her focus from youth programs to nonprofit development and fundraising, Josephine worked as development coordinator, associate development director, and development director for several local nonprofit organizations.

In 2015 Josephine began working as a nonprofit consultant focusing on project management, event management, program development, donor stewardship, and community outreach. Over the years, her clients have included local, regional, and national nonprofit organizations as well as a college consortium and private foundation.

Josephine has worked with several of The Patterson Foundation’s initiatives in a variety of roles, including Margin & Mission Ignition, Advancing Mission Thrivability, and Fueling Dynamic Fundraising logistics coordinator; Aspirations to Actions support team; Age-Friendly Sarasota/Community for All Ages engagement team; Age-Friendly Festival event planning team; Livable Communities Leadership Workshop & Public Forum logistics team; Age-Friendly Florida Sharing Symposium logistics team; and the Suncoast Campaign for Grade-Level Reading engagement team.

Josephine is a graduate of Jacksonville University, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology and sociology. She is the proud mother and biggest fan of her 24-year-old son, Christopher Eisenberg.

Join Josephine on Twitter: @JoEisenberg

To contact Josephine: JosephineTPF@gmail.com

Deborah Gauvreau

Consultant,

 

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.

Join Deborah on Twitter: @DeborahGauvreau

To contact Deborah: dgauvreau@thepattersonfoundation.org

Linda Gould

Consultant,

Linda Gould serves as a Community Connection Consultant for The Patterson Foundation. In this role, she shares The Patterson Foundation's story with the community as part of its Speakers Bureau. She also consults on the Patriot Plaza initiative sharing its story, purpose, and impact with individuals and the many ways organizations can use Patriot Plaza at Sarasota National Cemetery. Linda works closely with the Arts and Cultural Alliance of Sarasota County, assisting with training and recruiting volunteers as Patriot Plaza Guides who ensure that visitors to Patriot Plaza receive a memorable experience.

Linda retired as a Colonel from the U.S. Army in 2011, with more than 29 years of active duty service. A fluent Spanish speaker, she served first as a Military Intelligence Officer and then as a fully accredited Latin American Foreign Area Officer. Her career highlight is being the first female Army officer to command a U.S. Military Group in Latin America, serving as the Commander of U.S. Military Group Guatemala from 2006– 2009. She completed her final tour of duty as the Deputy Chief of Studies at the InterAmerican Defense College at Ft. McNair, Washington, D.C., 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 U.S. Army War College. She received her undergraduate degree in International Studies/Latin America from the University of South Florida.

Join Linda on Twitter: @llgouldsrq

To contact Linda: llgouldsrq@gmail.com

Pierrette Kelly

Consultant,

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.

Join Pierrette on Twitter: @PierretteGKelly

To contact Pierrette: pkelly@tampabay.rr.com

Mike Kennedy

Mike Kennedy is a project manager, facilitator, public innovator, and climate solutions advocate.

He directed the Pittsburgh Pirates’ Florida operations in Bradenton for five years before leading the Bradenton Downtown Development Authority (DDA) from 2006-10. During Mike’s leadership, the DDA funded, designed, and began construction of downtown Bradenton’s award-winning Riverwalk and created the award-winning economic development nonprofit, Realize Bradenton. Mike then served 2.5 years as the first executive director of Suncoast Community Capital, a nonprofit that equipped people with low income to achieve greater financial stability. He also directed spiritual formation, global and local service, facility operations, and communications at Harvest United Methodist Church in Lakewood Ranch for five years.

Mike has served on several local and state nonprofit board of directors, including serving as board chair of Manatee County Habitat for Humanity and chair of the Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church’s missions committee.

The Harwood Institute for Public Innovation trained and recognized Mike as a “Public Innovator” in 2019. Mike earned his bachelor’s degree in political science and journalism from Duquesne University and his master’s of business administration from the University of Florida.

Join Mike on Twitter: @KennedyMike

To contact Mike: mikekennedytpf@gmail.com

Valarie Law

Accounting

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 received 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. She also worked with Sarasota Memorial Healthcare Foundation Inc. for 20 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 32 years of experience enables her to offer various services to her clients and consistently meet their expectations.

Join Valarie on Twitter: @LawValarie

To contact Valarie: vlaw@thepattersonfoundation.org

Scott Lempe

Consultant,
Lt. Col. Lempe is a consultant for The Patterson Foundation's Patriot Plaza initiative. In this role, he has primary responsibility for the short- and long-term capital maintenance needs of Patriot Plaza. Working hand-in-hand with Sarasota National Cemetery's administration, his objective is to ensure Patriot Plaza remains a shrine in our community—Honoring Veterans, Embracing Freedom, and Inspiring Patriotism.

Lt. Col. Lempe retired from the School Board of Sarasota County in June 2018. From May 2003–June 2018, he played several key roles, including that of Deputy Superintendent. His responsibilities for managing the business programs that support teachers' and students' success in the classroom included Facilities Maintenance, Custodial; Transportation; Food & Nutrition Services; Information Technology; Construction; Long-Range Planning; Communications; and School Safety and Security. Lt. Col. Lempe also supervised a team of 1,300 people and oversaw a $125 million annual capital budget and a $60 million annual general fund budget.

Prior to his school board assignment, Lt. Col. Lempe spent 26 years in the active-duty Air Force, 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.

Lt. Col. 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. He is the recipient of many military awards and decorations, including the Defense Superior Service Medal, Air Force Meritorious Service Medal, Air Force Commendation Medal, Joint Achievement Award, and the Air Force Achievement Medal.

Lt. Col. Lempe is married to the former Tracy Jenkins of Sentinel, Oklahoma. They have two daughters, Jennifer and Sara, and five grandchildren.

Join Scott on Twitter: @LempeScott

To contact Scott: slempetpf@gmail.com

Sara Leonard, MBA, CFRE

Sara Leonard is a solutions-oriented advancement professional with experience in fundraising and nonprofit management for healthcare, educational, and cultural organizations. A 30-year fundraising veteran, she founded the Sara Leonard Group to provide consulting, coaching, and training to fundraisers, CEOs, and nonprofit board members.

Sara believes that fundraising fuels the life-saving and life-changing work being done throughout the nonprofit sector. Her work with organizations allows them to raise money through capital and annual campaigns, board fundraising efforts, and social enterprise initiatives to support their missions. She strives to provide an ethical, team-based approach to raising money that funds social change.

Sara shares her expertise as a frequent instructor for the Nonprofit Leadership Center of Tampa Bay, where she created the Fund Development Academy. Her strong belief in supporting the profession of fundraising has led her to serve on the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Global Marketing Awards and Communications Committee. She is a past president of the AFP Tampa Bay Chapter.

Sara is a Certified Fundraising Executive, has been named a Master Trainer by AFP, and completed the BoardSource Certificate of Nonprofit Board Education and the USF Muma College of Business Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the Workplace Certificate. She received her BSBA from the University of Tampa and an MBA from the University of South Florida.

Join Sara on Twitter: @SaraTampa

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/saraleonard

To contact Sara: sara@saraleonardgroup.com

Kiarra Louis

Consultant,
Kiarra Louis began working with The Patterson Foundation in fall 2020 while she was a senior at the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee campus. In May 2021, she earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Professional and Technical Communication. Her educational background and passion for reading and writing have shaped her into an individual capable of creatively expressing ideas to diverse audiences using digital media and evolving applications to solve real-world problems critically.

As a first-generation college graduate, she is thankful for the support of her family, local foundations, organizations, and individuals throughout her academic journey. Thriving from the kindness and generosity of others, she is inspired to take a similar path of benevolence using her gifts, skills, and education.

She looks forward to learning, evolving, and strengthening herself and others through her work professionally and personally.

Join Kiarra on Twitter: @KlouisTPF

To contact Kiarra: klouistpf@gmail.com

MagnifyGood

Strategic Communications
MagnifyGood is a consultancy magnifying the work of organizations that are changing the world for good in the areas of:
  • Philanthropy
  • Communities — nonprofit, NGO, and social-good communities
  • Causes — social entrepreneurs, change makers, and public causes

Join MagnifyGood on Twitter: @MagnifyGood

To contact MagnifyGood: www.MagnifyGood.com

Maribel Martinez

Consultant,
Maribel Martinez is a social sector leader with over 25 years of experience in education and nonprofit management. She began her teaching career in Miami-Dade County, Florida, the fourth largest school district in the country, teaching students with disabilities and second-language students before transitioning to becoming a reading specialist. Later, she led professional development for new teachers.

In New York City, Maribel had the privilege of leading the launch of the first all-digital teaching platform. She worked closely with the board of education to manage change and integrate technology nationally to increase student achievement. It was there that Maribel took notice of the homework gap and began collaborating with nonprofit groups in New York City on digital inclusion, distributing computers to K-8 students in asset-limited neighborhoods.

Maribel is considered a national digital inclusion expert and has first-hand experience collaborating with HUD-assisted housers to implement multi-year digital equity plans. She's also worked with industry partners on targeted outreach campaigns aimed at income-constrained people, created and led public-private partnerships across multiple sectors to close the digital divide, developed computer and tablet training curricula and train-the-trainer programs, worked with stakeholders to build capacity and create talent pipelines into college and tech for asset-limited communities, and developed innovative processes to accelerate tech adoption for hundreds of thousands of end-beneficiaries. Maribel’s blended and virtual digital skills training curricula for secondary students, working-age individuals, and older adults have been adopted in 30 U.S. cities and counting.

Maribel holds a B.S., M.S., and an Ed.S. in education and was recognized in 2006 by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. She studied mentoring and teacher induction through her doctoral work, and in 2018, Maribel completed a nonprofit management certificate with a concentration in financial success from Cornell University.

Maribel lives in Miami, Florida, where she was born and raised.

Join Maribel on Twitter: @MMartTPF

To contact Maribel: mmartineztpf@gmail.com

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