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Kelley Lavin Named Interim Director of Arts and Cultural Alliance of Sarasota County

Plus, the Sarasota County Public Hospital Board names new officers and the Circus Ring of Fame Foundation announces four new inductees.

By Staff December 5, 2022

Kelley Lavin

Kelley Lavin

The Arts and Cultural Alliance of Sarasota County has announced the appointment of Kelley Lavin as interim executive director following the retirement of Jim Shirley. Shirely has served as executive director of the Arts Alliance since November 2009. 

The Sarasota County Public Hospital Board, which governs Sarasota Memorial Health Care System, named its new officers for 2023. They are Tramm Hudson, president; Brad Baker, first vice-chairman; Victor Rohe, second vice-chairman; Gregory Carter, treasurer; Bridgette Fiorucci, secretary; Sarah Lodge; assistant secretary; Patricia Maraia, assistant treasurer; and Britt Riner and Sharon Wetzler DePeters, members.

The Charles & Margery Barancik Foundation recently announced the hire of Kaitlyn Perez as communications and learning officer. She will begins her duties Jan. 2, 2023, implementing the foundation’s communications strategy while capturing the organization’s impact and institutional learning.

The Circus Ring of Fame Foundation recently announced four inductees to the Circus Ring of Fame Class of 2023. They are Peggy Williams, the first female graduate of Clown College to perform in Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus and the company’s first female performance director; the Alexis Brothers, hand balancers who  have performed their artistic hand balancing to millions of fans worldwide, including the late Queen Elizabeth II and in Cirque du Soleil; Jeanette Williams, who performed with liberty horses and multiple animals in Europe and in the U.S. with Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey, where she also produced her own show and became a prominent agent for circus arts talent; and Father Jerry Hogan, a priest of the Archdiocese of Boston for 46 years, who served for three decades as the national “Circus Chaplain” under the direction of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.

Williams Parker has announced that Sky Chandler is the winner of its 2022 holiday card design contest with Ringling College of Art and Design. This was the fifth year the law firm has partnered with Ringling College to seek student design submissions for its holiday card. The firm received numerous worthy submissions, and the winner was provided with a cash award to assist with school-related expenses.

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