In its 50th year as a leader in positive youth development, Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota and DeSoto Counties has celebrated this milestone by changing its name to better reflect its area of impact, launching major initiatives and, now, welcoming four prominent community leaders to its 2020-2021 Corporate Board of Directors. The new appointees include David Arch, Chairman and CEO of Blistex Inc.; Michael Martella, President of Boar’s Head; Carolyn Mason, former Sarasota County Commissioner; and Kelly Wade, CEO of Crown Roofing.
“These four dynamic individuals bring decades of professional experience in strategic planning and governance that will help ensure we make an even greater impact on local youth and families as we kick off our next 50 years,” said Bill Sadlo, President/CEO at Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota and DeSoto Counties.
The new appointees join Chair Lee DeLieto, Michael Saunders & Co.; Chair-Elect Meghan O. Serrano, Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP; Secretary Ric Saba, Law Office of Richard D. Saba, P.A.; Treasurer Ken Freeman, Gartner Executive Programs; Past-Chair Jonna Keller, First Security Investments, LLC of Southwest Florida; Hank Battie, Cravats’ Custom Clothiers & Haberdashery; Michael Beaumier, Osprey Consulting LLC; Jaime DiDomenico, Cool Today; David Glorius, DA Glorius and Associates; Eric Kaplan, Louis and Gloria Flanzer Philanthropic Trust; Karen Madden, Karen Madden Consulting; Megan Mohrmann, STAR Leadership Training Student Representative; Michael Moulton, Michael Saunders & Co.; Brian Palmer, Palmer Accounting Group, PA; Richard Perlman, Exam Works; Dr. Richard Rehmeyer, Sarasota Memorial Health Care System; Ric Smalley, Merrill Lynch; Lee Thacker, Caldwell Trust Company; Lee Wetherington, Lee Wetherington Companies; community volunteers Dr. Robert Gussin, Nancy Mina, Mark Morrison and Tom Shapiro; and Former Sarasota County Commissioner Gene Matthews.
Currently, the nonprofit’s board is leading three bold initiatives, including capital projects and enhanced programming and safety efforts in Arcadia, Newtown and North Port. In Arcadia, the Louis and Gloria Flanzer Boys & Girls Club is being transformed into a full-service facility, which includes the addition of a 8800 sq. ft. building that will have a commercial kitchen, food pantry, 21st century classrooms, office space and more. In Newtown, the nonprofit will renovate The Irving and Marilyn Naidtich Campus, home of the Roy McBean Boys & Girls Club to include areas for enhanced workforce development training and increased safety measures. In North Port, a task force will examine the area’s rapid growth and strategize ways in which the organization’s programs and reach can be expanded.
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