2023 Gulf Coast Leadership Institute Class announced

29 to participate in Gulf Coast Community Foundation program

The Gulf Coast Community Foundation has selected 29 participants from across the region for its 2023 Gulf Coast Leadership Institute, the nonprofit has announced.

Through this annual initiative, the Foundation “provides intensive, high-quality leadership training designed to identify, develop, and connect a diverse and growing group of aspiring community leaders,” a news release points out. The result is the building of “a network of skilled, action-oriented leaders who are committed to using their new skills to help transform their communities through service,” the release adds.

Class members will take part in six training sessions from May through June, conducted by the nationally recognized Leadership Development Institute at Eckerd College, the release notes. “Gulf Coast provides all training and resources at no cost to participants in exchange for their commitment to use their new skills to benefit the community.”

The 29 participants are as follows:

  • Jasmine Akins, CAN Community Health.
  • Charlene Altenhain, The Glasser/Schoenbaum Human Services Center.
  • Uzi Baram, New College of Florida.
  • Emilie Campos, Harvest House.
  • Kecia Carroll, KC Roberg.
  • Chris Collins, Ability to Include Inc.
  • Misty Daniels, community volunteer.
  • Grier Ferguson, Church of the Redeemer in Sarasota.
  • Marlene Hauck, Lee & Bob Peterson Foundation/Sunshine from Darkness.
  • Megan Howell, Second Heart Homes Inc.
  • Ashley Jimenez, Marie Selby Botanical Gardens.
  • Jessica Johnston, SPARCC.
  • Cynthia Keaton, Prescott HR.
  • Amber Lamerson, The Bay Park Conservancy.
  • Will Luera, Florida Studio Theatre.
  • Cole McHargue, Merrill Lynch.
  • Michael Meerman, CareerSource Suncoast.
  • Anne Miller, Operation ECO Vets.
  • Sarah Miller, NAMI Sarasota and Manatee counties.
  • Nan Morgan, Planned Parenthood of Southwest and Central Florida.
  • Steven Pajevic, Crystal Clean Green Cleaning.
  • Karen Pharo, Children First.
  • Mark Royce, Bayside Sod Inc.
  • Evan Samson, DMSI International.
  • Tiona Settles, Centerplace Health.
  • Lauren Stroman, The Sarasota Ballet.
  • Kiarra Womack, William G. and Marie Selby Foundation.
  • Earl Young, Take Stock in Children/Booker Promise.
  • Lisa Zachary, SunCoast Blood Centers.

 This is the 17th year that the Gulf Coast Community Foundation has offered the Gulf Coast Leadership Institute, the release notes. “In all, about 400 community members have completed the training provided through this leadership-development initiative. Many continue to work together on civic initiatives and community-improvement projects, as well as participate in periodic learning and reunion opportunities offered to Gulf Coast Leadership Institute alumni,” the release adds.

For more information about the program, visit www.GulfCoastCF.org/GCLI.