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Selby Foundation Names Susie Bowie Its New CEO

Plus, Ringling College Library Association hires Lauren Kurnov as executive director and Project Pride SRQ and Sarasota Pride merge.

By Staff November 28, 2022

Susie Bowie

Susie Bowie

The William G. and Marie Selby Foundation announced that Susie Bowie will become its next CEO effective March 1, 2023. Bowie js currently executive director of the Manatee Community Foundation. Carol Butera, Selby Foundation’s current CEO, will retire in April 2023.

Ringling College Library Association announced today that Lauren Kurnov will join the organization as executive director beginning December 1, 2022. Kurnov succeeds Stephanie Grosskreutz, who will retire at the end of the year.

The Ringling Museum recently expanded its development team with the addition of three experienced philanthropy professionals: Jeannie Hendrick Perales, associate director of development/campaign planning; Blair Kirkwood, senior development officer; and Emily Joslin, development officer/Circle Program.

Fawley Bryant Architecture, an architecture and interior design firm with offices in Sarasota and Bradenton, recently hired four people: senior project manager Christy M. Woods; architect and sports project manager Mackenzie Grouse; architectural staff Level I Tuba A. Ahmed; and administrative and marketing coordinator Stacey Marks. 


Project Pride SRQ and Sarasota Pride have merged. The unification of the two nonprofit organizations will enhance connections and capacity-building efforts for local LGBTQ+ community and allied partners throughout Sarasota County. As part of the merger, Project Pride will also host the annual Sarasota Pride event beginning in 2023. 


The Lakewood Ranch Business Alliance (LWRBA) announced the 10 winners from the annual Sandies Awards. They are Julie Fanning (Volunteer of the Year); Nyda Bittman (Above & Beyond Award); Ashlyn McCarty (Best Rancher); Chris Williams (Bull by the Horns Award); Hugh Shields (Community Champion); Bruce Abrahamson (Networking King Award); Lori Abramson (Networking Queen Award); Yulia Kuzenko (Ray of Sunshine Award); Brian Garnant (Rising Star Award).

The Venice Area Chamber of Commerce presented its "Empowering Woman of the Year" award to DMSI International CEO Jeneth D’Alonzo at its Women Empowering Women event.

Resilient Retreat, which provides free and confidential support for survivors of trauma, first responders and helping professionals, recently recognized five key individuals who have helped contribute to the organization’s successful launch: Stacy Fradkin, Samantha Kingsley, Debbie and Gino LaMarca, the Love IV Lawrence Foundation and Sherri Mills.

Harriet Thompson of Venice and Carlos Bates of Sarasota have been selected as the 2022 Big Brother & Big Sister of the Year by Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Sun Coast.

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota and DeSoto Counties recently recognized Marilyn and Irving Naiditch for their two decades of philanthropy with the organization.

LifeLink of Florida, the local organ and tissue recovery organization, recognized Sarasota County Tax Collector Barbara Ford-Coates and her staff for raising more than $19,000 in voluntary contributions to support donation education efforts that encourage people to join Florida’s organ, eye and tissue donor registry. 

Dr. Rishi Patel, CEO of CAN Community Health, has been selected for membership in the Florida Council of 100.


Gulf Coast Community Foundation is now accepting applications for its 2023 Winter Gulf Coast Board Institute (GCBI). The online application and overview for the program are available here. This program is delivered through Gulf Coast’s Invest in Incredible consultants to active and prospective nonprofit board members in the Gulf Coast region. The deadline to apply for this governance training series is Sunday, Dec. 11.

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