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

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Betsy Pennewill, JD

Corporate Counsel


Responsible for developing the Foundation’s strategic position and leading the team responsible for executing marketing and communications.

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Mischa Kirby, APR

Vice President, Strategic Communications and Marketing


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

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Shaun Rogers

Executive Assistant


Responsible for administrative support.

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Barbie Gonzalez

Coordinator, Administrative Services


Responsible for planning and delivering external communications, including public relations and marketing.

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Hunter Carpenter

Manager, Communications & Marketing


Develops Foundation events and meetings, and also provides marketing services.

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Kim Adams

Coordinator, Marketing and Events


Responsible for being the welcoming face and voice for the Foundation, including administrative support.

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Lori Schaub



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 leading the Foundation’s education initiatives, focusing on our two-generation approach to Sarasota County efforts for Campaign for Grade-Level Reading.

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Nicole Light

Education Officer


Responsible for the Foundation’s online directory of local nonprofits (The Giving Partner) to promote nonprofit impact and transparency.

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Susan Geurin

Nonprofit Data Manager


Responsible for nonprofit education programming and capacity building opportunities, as well as supporting major foundation initiatives.

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Madeline Hansen

Manager, Nonprofit Services


Responsible for managing the operations and delivery of the Foundation’s scholarships program and also supports other Foundation grants, initiatives and programs.

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Lindsey Masterson

Manager, Scholarships and Grants


Supports the Community Impact team in their work with grants, scholarships, and nonprofit services.

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Angelica Hull

Grants, Manager



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

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Laura Spencer, CPA

Chief Financial and Administrative Officer


Oversees the day-to-day accounting functions, leads internal process improvements and is responsible for the annual audit and tax returns.

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Erin Jones

Vice President, Finance and Operations


Responsible for preparing multiple investment account reconciliations, quarterly and annual investment performance reporting, and preparing/analyzing monthly financial statements.

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Julie Avins

Senior Accountant


Responsible for accounts payable, general ledger reconciliations and grant/accounts payable check preparation. Assists with the annual audit and tax return preparation.

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Shelby Manson

Staff Accountant


Oversees the day-to-day operations of grants administration. Trains new staff on Foundation software and leads new software implementation.

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Trish McNamee

Manager, Grant Administration and Analytics


Responsible for processing grants, including performing due diligence.

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Schelanda Morciglio

Coordinator, Grants


Responsible for providing human resources support to the Foundation and overseeing office related areas.

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Amy Helms, SHRM-SCP

Manager, Human Resources and Office


Responsible for processing daily donations and drafting gift acknowledgement letters and monthly investment account reconciliations.

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Casey Grisanti

Staff Accountant



Serves as a resource for donors and donor prospects and their advisors.

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Katie Schwabach

Philanthropic Advisor


Serves as the internal resource for donors and donor prospects.

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Heidi Kellman

Director, Philanthropy Administration


Responsible for providing administrative functions supporting the Philanthropy team.

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Elise Buck

Coordinator, Philanthropy


Responsible for administrative and analysis functions to support Philanthropy Administration.

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Michelle Gingrich

Data Coordinator, Philanthropy


Special Projects

Responsible for developing the strategic plan for The Ira and Patricia Strauss Fund for Children’s Literacy.

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Chavonna Sheffield

Strauss Initiative Consultant


Responsible for coordinating with community stakeholders and partners to organize Foundation efforts on a variety of knowledge and equity projects.

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Erika Kelly

Community Project Manager, Knowledge and Equity


Works as an initiative consultant focused on parent support systems as part of the Community Foundation’s two-generation approach to educational success.

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Deborah Chapman

Initiative Consultant, Special Projects