THE ENGAGEMENT Team
Kelli Karen Smith
Consultant,Sandy Beckley began working with The Patterson Foundation in January 2010 as the Military Consultant. Tasked with developing a team to design a major enhancement to Sarasota National Cemetery and develop a partnership with the National Cemetery Administration (NCA), in June 2014, Patriot Plaza was designed, constructed, and donated to the NCA.
Sandy currently serves as the Patriot Plaza Team Advisor and coordinator of special projects. From 2014–2020, Sandy continued her contributions as the lead Patriot Plaza consultant and national liaison. She was responsible for managing connections with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and communities near national cemeteries interested in pursuing projects similar to Patriot Plaza. She also works with the Arts and Cultural Alliance of Sarasota County to coordinate 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 and is 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 Bachelor of Science 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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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.
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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 the largest after school/summer youth programs in Sarasota. 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 focused on project management, event management, volunteer engagement, 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 and Advancing Mission Thrivability logistics coordinator; Aspiration To Actions support team; Age-Friendly Sarasota/Community for All Ages engagement team; Age-Friendly Festival event planning team; Livable Communities Leadership Workshop & Pubic Forum logistics team; Age-Friendly Florida Sharing Symposium logistics team; 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 23-year-old son, Christopher Eisenberg.
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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 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.
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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 47 years. She was born and raised in a suburb of Philadelphia, in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, and moved to Sarasota, Florida, in 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. Subsequently, she 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, 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 and became more involved with her consulting firm: WJK Education Consulting. Initially, she consulted at private schools out of state, but for the past eight years has facilitated four leadership programs for Sarasota County Schools and continues to serve as the Initiative 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.
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. She also serves on the Sarasota County School District’s Cultural Proficiency Committee and FLDOE/Wallace Foundation Leadership Development Committee.
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 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.
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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.
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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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