Gulf Coast Community Foundation Announces Fall Board Graduates

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Pictured: GCBI Fall 2023 Graduating Class.

Twenty-four community leaders from across the region graduated October 27 from the 2023 Fall Gulf Coast Board Institute (GCBI). The group made up the 17th class to participate in Gulf Coast Community Foundation’s (Gulf Coast) long-running board development initiative. The initiative is part of Gulf Coast’s Invest In Incredible program which provides a variety of important services to regional nonprofits. The following individuals who completed the 2023 Fall Gulf Coast Board Institute, and their board affiliations, are: Mary Lou Belisle, Literacy Volunteers of South Sarasota County, START of Sarasota County, Sarah Clough, Manatee Habitat for Humanity, Thomas Doherty, Venice Area Historical Society, DeeAnna Dowdle, Manatee County Audubon Society, City of Sarasota Parks & Sustainability Advisory Board, Denise Dull, Florida International Airshow, Integrity Charitable Foundation, Len Frischer, The Haven, Victor Gartner, North Port Art Center, Kristofer Geddie, Venice Theatre, Friends of the Venice Public Library, Deborah Hamm, MD, Sarasota Orchestra, Bianca Harris, Education Foundation of Sarasota County, Wendy Ingram, Dragonfly Mental Health, Michael Ippolito, Selah Freedom, Peter Kretzmer, Sarasota Orchestra, Sarasota Cuban Ballet School, Wayne Luoma, The Haven, Lise Mills, START of SC, South County Food Pantry, Christina Ottman, Girl Scouts of Gulfcoast Florida, Lisa Pervin, Charlotte County Homeless Coalition, Sasha Pyatte, Gulf Coast Community Foundation’s Philanthropic Advisor, Sasha Rosin, Jewish Family and Children’s Service, Paige Soper, Streets of Paradise, Dalton Tininenko, Peace River Botanical and Sculpture Gardens, Clolita Vitale, Girls Inc. of Sarasota County, Sarasota Cuban Ballet School, Gale West, North Port Art Center, Linda Zeck, Sarasota Medical Pregnancy Center. “This institute and its participants have a significant impact on our community effecting arts and culture and all aspects of health and human services. We are so fortunate to have dedicated volunteers serving in a board capacity throughout our region. It is an honor to help these volunteers become better board members,” said Invest In Incredible Director Betsy Steiner. The institute is offered each year at Gulf Coast Community Foundation’s two office locations: the Venice Headquarters and downtown Sarasota Philanthropy Center. The institute provides high-level board governance training to new and veteran voluntary, nonprofit board members. Applications for the complimentary February session open on Monday, November 13. 

Pictured: GCBI Fall 2023 Graduating Class.

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