Lerman named CEO of the JFCS of the Suncoast

Venice resident had been serving in interim CEO capacity

Arthur Lerman. Image courtesy JFCS of the Suncoast

Arthur Lerman of Venice has been hired as CEO of the JFCS of the Suncoast, the organization has announced.

He had served as the interim CEO for the past six months, a news release notes.

“Arthur has done an excellent job leading the organization as our interim CEO,” said Dean Miller, chair of the JFCS Board of Directors, in the release. “We were very impressed with the work Arthur accomplished. The board went through a rigorous and comprehensive review of Arthur’s candidacy upon learning of his interest in the permanent position,” Miller added.

Lerman will be able to utilize more than 25 years of experience in nonprofit management as he continues in the leadership role for the organization, the release points out. “He has a strong history of stabilizing and growing both non-profit and for-profit organizations,” the release says. “He has extensive experience in providing senior services and support to individuals with intellectual disabilities.”

Further, the release notes, Lerman has worked for a national management consulting firm, assisting states with their long-term care and behavioral health programs. In addition, Lerman was elected to the Maine House of Representatives, serving two terms, the release adds.

After moving to the Sarasota area in 2007, the release continues, Lerman served as executive director of iTNSuncoast, an organization that provides transportation services to seniors and others who do not drive. He also worked as interim executive director of We Care Manatee, a nonprofit providing access to medical services for individuals without health insurance, the release adds, and he has served on the Sarasota County Seniors Advisory Council, the Stakeholders in Aging Task Force, the Board of Directors of the Southwest Florida Area Agency on Aging, and the Transportation Disadvantaged Committee of the Sarasota/Manatee Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO).

“I am honored to be selected by the Board of Directors to be JFCS’s permanent CEO,” Lerman said in the release. “It is an outstanding organization that will continue to make substantial contributions to the well being of our community.”

JFCS of the Suncoast provides counseling, personal supports, and financial assistance to youth, families, veterans, seniors and individuals who are homeless in Sarasota, Manatee, Charlotte, Lee, Desoto and Collier counties, the release explains.

For more than 30 years, “JFCS has provided services to people in need regardless of their religious background,” the release notes.

More information about services provided by Jewish Family & Children’s Service of the Suncoast is available at www.jfcs-cares.org.