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Community Foundation of Sarasota County Elects New Board Members, Officers
By / June 2, 2016

June 1st, 2016 - The Community Foundation of Sarasota County announces the addition of three new members to its Board of Directors. Joining the Board are Marilyn Thompson, Mary Lou Winnick, and Daniel DeLeo. The Board has also elected officers: Kathie Roberts, continuing her second year as Chair; Rick Gans, Vice Chair; Pat Dorsey, Treasurer; Nelle Miller, Secretary.

“Continuing our long tradition of attracting strong community leaders for our Board of the Community Foundation of Sarasota County, I am pleased to announce three outstanding individuals have been elected as new members,” said Community Foundation of Sarasota County President and CEO, Roxie Jerde. “We are looking forward to our new members joining our board and seeing their expertise and innovative ideas come together to further the Foundation’s community impact powered by philanthropy.”

Daniel J. DeLeo is Board Certified in Business Litigation, one of only two hundred and thirty lawyers statewide to receive this distinction, and has extensive experience in the areas of construction defect litigation and class actions. A majority of Dan’s practice is devoted to representing businesses such as manufacturers, in both State and Federal Courts. Dan has represented clients in numerous jurisdictions outside Florida, including Illinois, New York, Michigan, and Georgia. Dan is a current member of the Sarasota County Bar Association, a board member on the Economic Development Corporation of Sarasota County, and the Chair on Citizens for Better Schools, a group supporting the continuation of government support for school operations in Sarasota County. Dan received his B.A., with honors, from Albertson College of Idaho, and his J.D., from DePaul University College of Law.

Marilyn Thompson is a retired Human Resources Executive from Johnson & Johnson where she provided twenty-three years of distinguished service. Marilyn also has global human resources management experience from her career at General Electric and Glaxo Smith Kline. Since moving to Sarasota, Marilyn has become a volunteer consultant for the Community Foundation of Sarasota County, an Advisory Board member for the YMCA Achievers, the Vice Chair of Masala Giving Circle, and an active member of the Bradenton/Sarasota Chapter of Links Incorporated. Marilyn has a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Vassar College, a Master’s Degree in Social Work from University of Pennsylvania, and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Drexel University.

Since 2014 Mary Lou Winnick has been serving as Board President for the Asolo Repertory Theatre as well as being the Board President for the Harvard Club of Sarasota from 2013 to 2015. Mary Lou previously served on the Board of Trustees at Yale New Haven Hospital for ten years where she worked with other members on policy construction. The Board of Selectmen in Woodbridge, CT, The Jewish Federation of Greater New Haven, CT, and the New Haven Symphony Orchestra also have had the leadership of Mary Lou in their civic actions. Mary Lou has a Bachelor’s of Arts Degree from Wellesley College, and a Master’s of Arts Degree in Teaching from the Harvard School of Education.

“Again, we are thrilled to welcome these three exceptional community leaders onto our board,” continues Roxie. “The Community Foundation of Sarasota County continues to grow and create impressions in new places, so the addition of fresh perspectives and valuable experience are critical to the continuation and advancement of the organization.”

About the Community Foundation: The Community Foundation is a public charity founded in 1979 by the Southwest Florida Estate Planning Council as a resource for caring individuals and the causes they support, enabling them to make a charitable impact on the community. With assets of over $292 million in more than 1,300 charitable funds, the Community Foundation awarded grants and scholarships totaling more than $16 million dollars this past year in the areas of education, health and human services, the arts, animal welfare, and the environment. Since our founding, more than $160 million has been invested back into the community through grants and scholarships. For more information, visit

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