Responsible for leading and managing all aspects of the Foundation under the direction of the Board of Directors.

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Roxie Jerde

President and CEO


Responsible for supporting the President and CEO and communications to the Board of Directors.

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Shaun Rogers

Executive Assistant


Responsible for providing legal guidance to CFSC staff and maintaining relationships with Professional Advisors.

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Betsy Pennewill, JD

General Counsel


Responsible for administrative support.

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Barbie Gonzalez

Coordinator, Administrative Services


Responsible for talent acquisition, onboarding, total rewards and employee development, as well as oversight of IT and facilities.

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Nicole Coudal

Vice President, Human Resources


Responsible for supporting the recruitment process, providing day-to-day human resources guidance to the team, and supporting compensation and benefits.

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Kim Wolz

Generalist, Human Resources


Community Impact

Leads the team responsible for Community Impact strategy, including grants, scholarships, and nonprofit services.

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Kirsten Russell

Vice President, Community Impact


Responsible for overseeing the foundation's grantmaking and scholarship areas, working closely with grantees and nonprofits.

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Michelle Croft

Director, Community Impact


Leads and directs day-to-day operations and administration of the Community Foundation's grant and scholarship programs.

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Stephanie Miller

Manager, Scholarships and Grants


Responsible for supporting operations of the Foundation’s scholarship programs, including 2Gen scholarships and initiatives

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Laura Dykstra

Coordinator, Community Impact


Stephanie Borkowski

Coordinator, Community Impact


Responsible for leading the Foundation’s financial reporting, risk management, budget, technology roadmap, and investment oversight.

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Erin Jones

Chief Financial Officer


Responsible for leading and overseeing day-to-day accounting functions.

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Julie Avins



Responsible for providing accounting services for the Community Foundation of Sarasota County and its supporting organization, Manatee Community Foundation.

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Casey Grisanti

Accounting Manager


Responsible for providing accounting services for the Community Foundation of Sarasota County.

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Tia Cruz

Staff Accountant

Responsible for accounting services, including accounts payable processing, detailed general ledger work, reconciliations and reporting.

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Derek Oberly

Staff Accountant


Responsible for processing grants, including performing due diligence.

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Kellie Gearon

Coordinator, Grant Administration



Leads the team responsible for cultivating relationships with donors and prospects, as well as providing donor services.

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Jay Young

Vice President, Philanthropy


Serves as the internal resource for donors and donor prospects.

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Heidi Kellman

Director, Philanthropy Administration


Responsible for engaging donors and financial advisors to advance philanthropy across diverse communities and causes in our region.

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Rina Alvarez

Director, Donor & Advisor Engagement

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Responsible for working with individual donors to help them achieve their philanthropic goals through social impact investments in the community.

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Laurie Scott

Philanthropic Advisor


Responsible for administrative and analysis functions to support Philanthropy Administration.

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Michelle Gingrich

Data Coordinator, Philanthropy


Responsible for providing administrative support to the Vice President of Philanthropy and members of the Philanthropy Team.

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Heather Strasser

Coordinator, Philanthropy


 Strategy & Communications

Responsible for developing the Foundation’s strategic position and leading the teams responsible for data-supported understanding of our region, and for executing marketing and communications.

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Mischa Kirby, APR

Vice President, Strategy and Communications


Responsible for developing and implementing approaches to share big data trends and analysis to inform grantmaking and giving strategies.

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Scott Henderson

Director, Insights


Leads and develops the foundation's storytelling, public relations, and other communications.

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Rebecca Abrahamson

Senior Manager, Communications


Responsible for the production and management of the Foundation's in-person and virtual events.

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Sarah Firstenberger

Manager, Events


Responsible for planning and implementing nonprofit trainings, educational opportunities, and other services to help nonprofit organizations assess needs and build capacity.

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Aude-Eureka Mondé

Manager, Nonprofit Services


Responsible for contributing to event coordination, optimizing email campaigns, and managing social media to share the foundation's stories.

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Amanda Suits

Coordinator, Marketing and Events


Responsible for developing systems and processes to enhance data collection and perform data analysis.

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Sumitra Sankarasubramanian

Data Analyst