Our Board

Christine Johnson, Chair
President - Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast

Nicholas Mavrikis, Vice-Chair
General Manager - Embassy Suites

Lorrie Liang, Secretary/Treasurer
Chief Operating Officer - Sarasota Memorial Hospital

Steven High, Immediate Past Chair
Executive Director - The Ringling Museum

Alan Maio
County Commissioner - Sarasota County Commission

​Gil Reyes
General Manager - Westin Sarasota

Heather Kasten
President/CEO - Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce

​Lori Ruth
Associate Publisher - Observer East

Dr. Patrick Moreo
Professor and Dean of College of Hospitality & Tourism Leadership - USF-Sarasota Manatee

Richard Russell
Executive Director - Sarasota Opera

Russell Matthes
Owner/VP of Marketing - Daiquiri Deck Raw Bar

Sondra Guffey
Marketing & Business Development Specialist - The City of North Port

Varinia Van Ness, Esq
Van Ness Law Group, P.A.