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Unidos Now Announces New Executive Director

Plus, the Sarasota Chamber names a new vice-president and leadership changes at the Bishop Museum, Empath Health and more.

By Staff January 23, 2023

Cintia Elenstar

Cintia Elenstar

UnidosNow’s board of directors has announced the promotion of associate executive director, Cintia Elenstar, to the position of executive director following the recent retirement of Luz Corcuera. Elenstar joined the organization in 2019 and has been groomed for this leadership role over the past three years as part of a board-led succession plan.

The Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce recently announced that Ed Hill has been named vice-president.  In this role, he is responsible for overseeing the membership, events, and communication initiatives of the Sarasota Chamber. This position oversees strategy, programs, communications, funding, budget, working with community partners and special projects.

Sarasota-based artist Gale Fulton Ross will receive the John Sims Legacy Award from the Halo Arts Project at its fourth annual Angels for Artists Silent Auctions on Jan. 26.

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens recently announced that Crystal Bailey has joined its staff in the newly created position of chief administrative officer and general counsel. She comes to Selby Gardens from the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office, where she served for the past eight years, most recently as general counsel on the sheriff’s executive staff. 

Jonathan D. Fleece has been named president and CEO of Empath Health and its affiliate programs. Fleece was most recently Empath Health's president, as well as president and CEO of Tidewell Hospice, a member of Empath Health. The transition follows the retirement of previous CEO Rafael J. Sciullo.

The Bishop Museum of Science and Nature has announced that Andrew M. Sandall had been appointed the new CEO of the museum. Sandall will succeed interim CEO Charles Zajaczkowski and assume his new responsibilities on March 6, 2023. Additionally, the Bishop Museum also appointed Kamala Martinez its chief philanthropy officer.

Kelly Malloy has been named the new chief operating officer at HCA Florida Sarasota Doctors Hospital. In her new role, she will lead emergency services, rehabilitation, pharmacy and cardiovascular services at the hospital.

PGT Innovations has announced that Jeff Jackson, the organization’s president and CEO, was recently elected board chair of the Sarasota Manatee Airport Authority board.

Ian Black Real Estate has promoted Melissa Harris from sales associate to partner with the commercial real estate firm. Harris joined Ian Black Real Estate as a commercial property manager in 2011 and quickly transitioned into leasing and sales. In December, the Realtor Association of Sarasota and Manatee (RASM) named her the 2022 Commercial Real Estate Alliance Commercial Realtor of the Year.

Sarasota attorney Jennifer B. Compton will become the first woman to lead Shumaker Law Firm. The Shumaker management committee voted to promote Compton to chair and Jaime Austrich to vice-chair of the committee.  

Kathleen Sullivan, vice-president of programs at Children First, has been elected to serve on the National Head Start Association's (NHSA) Region IV Board of Directors. Sullivan will help oversee Head Start’s Region IV, the southeastern United States, which represents more than 170,000 children, 40,000 staff and 300 member programs.

The William G. and Marie Selby Foundation has announced that Tom Tryon, the former opinion editor and public engagement leader for the Sarasota Herald Tribune, has joined its board of directors. 

Rachel Sellers has been named deputy superintendent of business services for the School District of Manatee County. Her duties for the school district include supervising and directing budgeting, accounting, financial reporting, accounts payable, payroll, benefits and more.

The Bay Park Conservancy has announced new board leadership: Jennifer Compton (chair), Cathy Layton (chair emeritus) and Emily Walsh (secretary).

Two local Empath Health leaders have been named to prominent positions in the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization, which represents hospice and palliative care providers across the country. They are Stacy Groff and Melissa Moré.
Williams Parker recently named Barry Spivey as partner. His practice predominately focuses on estate and trust litigation.

Sisterhood for Good has announced that Maria MacDonald has joined its advisory board of directors as incoming board chair; Christina Sisti as ethics and accountability chair; and Kathleen Osterberg as volunteers chair. Other members of the advisory board are Pamela G. Modisett, treasurer; June Braithwaite, secretary; Angela Massaro-Fain and Laurel Corriveau, communications co-chairs; Kathy Collums, finance chair; Peggy Kronus, Roxanne Sima and Becca Towery, fundraising and events co-chairs; Lorri Kidder, grants chair; Jill Maciag, grants vice-chair; Graceann Frederico, membership and recruitment chair; Tracy Wolfe, member-at-large chair; Brenda Kleiber, nominating chair; and Carrie Lewis, governance chair.

Ethan Messier, a 12th-grade student at Pine View School, has been named to Embracing Our Differences' board of directors.

Budge Huskey, president and chief executive officer of Premier Sotheby’s International Realty, has been ranked No. 77 among the 200 most powerful leaders in residential real estate in the 2023 Swanepoel Power 200 (SP200). He was previously ranked No. 100 in 2020; No. 94 in 2021; and No. 84 in 2022.

During its January professional development event, the Central West Coast Chapter of the Florida Public Relations Association honored longtime members Joe Curley and Colleen Thayer for their many contributions to the chapter, the statewide association, and the practice of public relations. Curley has been a member of the FPRA for 50 years; Thayer for 25.

One Eight Oh PR, a Sarasota- and Denver-based public relations agency, recently promoted Kate De Michieli to director of public relations and welcomed Suzanne Bokish as social media coordinator.

Mergers and Acquisitions

Sarasota-based Purmort & Martin Insurance Agency recently acquired Lovinger Insurance in south Tampa. 

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