Christine Johnson

Visit Sarasota County (VSC) has announced its board of directors for the 2020 fiscal year. Board members will serve from Oct. 1, 2019 through Sept. 30, 2020. The Executive Committee of the board of directors is comprised of chair Christine Johnson, president, Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast; vice chair Nicholas Mavrikis, general manager, Embassy Suites; and secretary/treasurer, Lorrie Liang, chief operating officer, Sarasota Memorial Hospital. Steven High, executive director of The Ringling is the immediate past chair. Returning general members of the board are Heather Kasten, executive director, Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce; Dr. Patrick Moreo, professor and dean of the College of Hospitality and Tourism Leadership, USF Sarasota-Manatee; Russell Matthes, owner and vice president of marketing, Daiquiri Deck Raw Bar; Sondra Guffey, marketing and business development specialist, City of North Port; and Varinia Van Ness, esquire, Van Ness Law Group, P.A. New appointments to the board are Alan Maio, Sarasota County commissioner; Gil Reyes, general manager, Westin Sarasota; Lori Ruth, associate publisher, Observer East; and Richard Russell, executive director, Sarasota Opera.

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