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    Staff

  • Susie Bowie
    Susie Bowie
    Executive Director
    SBowie@ManateeCF.org
    941-556-5444
    Susie Bowie
    Executive Director
    SBowie@ManateeCF.org
    941-556-5444
    Susie leads Manatee Community Foundation in partnership with the board of directors. In addition to partnering with donors, community leaders, foundation leaders, and nonprofits, Susie identifies opportunities for the Foundation to grow philanthropy in Manatee County. She joined Manatee Community Foundation in April 2016 after 11 years at the Community Foundation of Sarasota County.
  • Jennifer Abbott
    Jennifer Abbott
    Director of Philanthropy
    JAbbott@ManateeCF.org
    941-556-5446
    Jennifer Abbott
    Director of Philanthropy
    JAbbott@ManateeCF.org
    941-556-5446
    Jennifer works with caring individuals and businesses to create personal and flexible philanthropic funds that support our community and beyond, while fulfilling the charitable wishes and tax advantages for the donors. She joined Manatee Community Foundation in August 2018 after 10 years as a development professional at Forty Carrots Family Center in Sarasota, FL.
  • Alicia Chalmers
    Alicia Chalmers
    Donor Engagement Manager
    AChalmers@ManateeCF.org
    941-556-5460
    Alicia Chalmers
    Donor Engagement Manager
    AChalmers@ManateeCF.org
    941-556-5460
    Alicia joined Manatee Community Foundation in February 2019 and works with donors and future donors to help them maximize the joy, impact and tax benefits of their philanthropy. She concentrates in Lakewood Ranch and east Manatee County. Her enthusiasm for our community and connections with people who care are special additions to our team.
  • Joan McCaw
    Joan McCaw
    Grants and Scholarship Manager
    Joan@ManateeCF.org
    941-556-5448
    Joan McCaw
    Grants and Scholarship Manager
    Joan@ManateeCF.org
    941-556-5448
    Joan joined Manatee Community Foundation in 2008 and manages the grant and scholarship processes including competitive applications, support of committees, due diligence, and grant recommendations by donor advisors. Her expertise, kindness and community passion are well known and valued.

    Board of Directors

  • James A. Davis
    James A. Davis
    Retired President, Shenandoah University, MCF Board Chair
    James A. Davis
    James A. Davis
    Retired President, Shenandoah University, MCF Board Chair
  • Jeanie Kirkpatrick
    Jeanie Kirkpatrick
    Community Leader, MCF Board Vice Chair
    Jeanie Kirkpatrick
    Jeanie Kirkpatrick
    Community Leader, MCF Board Vice Chair
    Jeanie Kirkpatric recently joined MCF’s board and brings a multitude of experience with her. Jeanie served as the board president of South Florida Museum from 2014 – 2015 and served as a co-vice president of the Boys and Girls Club Board from 2012 – 2015. Jeanie attended the University of Nebraska Lincoln, NE where she earned a B.S. in Education. She also has great experience in volunteer work, and organization affiliations. She is a member of the Association of Fundraising professionals, Women in Development- Boston Chapter, and Council for Advancement and Support of Education.
  • Conrad Szymanski
    Conrad Szymanski
    Retired CEO, Bealls Department Store, Board Treasurer
    Conrad Szymanski
    Conrad Szymanski
    Retired CEO, Bealls Department Store, Board Treasurer
    Conrad Szymanski joined our board in July 2017. In his professional career, Conrad served as the president of Bealls, Inc. from August 1995 – August 2007 and most recently serves on the board of directors for Bealls, Inc. Conrad attended college at the University of Kentucky where he earned a MBA in marketing and finance. A number of other organizations that Conrad is involved with are, National Association of Corporate Directors, Florida Angel Nexus, International Council of Shopping Centers, Manatee County Chamber of Commerce – board of directors, Manatee County Economic Development Council, St. Stephen’s episcopal school – board of directors, and Manatee Area Youth Soccer.
  • Dr. Howard (Sam) Seider
    Dr. Howard (Sam) Seider
    Secretary
    Dr. Howard (Sam) Seider
    Dr. Howard (Sam) Seider
    Secretary
    Howard A. Seider attended the University of Michigan for both undergrad as well as Medical school. He practiced general Surgery from 1968-1970, 1972-1974 at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami FL. He served in the US Navy 1970-1972 stationed in Key West, FL. Dr. Seider has served on many boards including, St Stephens and Sarasota Opera. He currently is Vice-Chairman of the Board of trustees at Mote Marine.
  • Lisa Johnson, CPA
    Lisa Johnson, CPA
    Principal, CS&L CPAs, MCF Immediate Past Chair
    Lisa Johnson, CPA
    Lisa Johnson, CPA
    Principal, CS&L CPAs, MCF Immediate Past Chair
    Lisa Johnson, CPA is a principal at CS&L, CPAs and has over 20 years of experience in a wide range of tax services. She is a graduate of the University of Florida with a Masters in Accounting. Lisa is experienced in working with families that have complex structures, small businesses, family limited partnerships, trusts and foundations. She is a past president of the Junior League of Manatee County, a past president of the Estate Planning Council of Manatee County, and is current chair for the Manatee Community Foundation.
  • Nicholas Drizos
    Nicholas Drizos
    Horizon Wealth Management
    Nicholas Drizos
    Nicholas Drizos
    Horizon Wealth Management
    Nick Drizos formed Horizon Wealth Advisors in 2008, and has over 16 years of trust and financial management experience. Currently, he is responsible for management of portfolios, and wealth accumulation and preservation for high-net worth individuals and families. Nick began his career on Wall Street in the early nineties, working as a Municipal Bond market maker. His primary responsibilities were helping clients market and trade their positions in a trillion dollar market. Prior to forming Horizon Wealth Advisors, Nick served as Portfolio Manager and Team Leader for M&I Wealth Management and Comerica Bank. Nick is a graduate of Bentley College, earning a Bachelor of Science degree. Active in the community, he serves on the board of directors for the Sarasota Manatee Association for Riding Therapy (SMART), and is a founding member of Lakewood Ranch Elks Club #2855. He also supports the American Cancer Society and Boys and Girls Club of Sarasota.
  • James Bruen
    James Bruen
    Community Leader
    James Bruen
    James Bruen
    Community Leader
    Jim Bruen is a retired businessman and community volunteer. He attended Syracuse University where he earned a Bachelor’s of Science. He then spent 2 years at the University of Rochester where he earned an Executive MBA. Jim is active in many organizations in our community. These organizations include, Veterans for Common Sense, Florida Studio Theatre, Gary A. Scott Memorial Fund, Metropolitan Planning Organization, Take Stock in Children, Code enforcement for the city of Bradenton, Manatee Matches, Golden Herald award judge, and Turning Points – one stop center.
  • Lillian Elliott
    Lillian Elliott
    Women’s Resource Center
    Lillian Elliott
    Lillian Elliott
    Women’s Resource Center
    Lillian is currently the Director of Operations for the Women’s Resource Center. She is the owner of Lillian Elliott Consulting, Inc., leveraging over 35 years of experience in Quality Systems, Food Safety Systems, High Performance Work Systems, Change Management, Leadership Development, Executive Coaching, Diversity and Inclusion to enable companies, teams and individuals to reach their highest potential. Formerly, Lillian led Tropicana’s development & adherence to food safety programs, quality systems, Lean Six Sigma, Natural Work Team (NWT) deployment, TPM, training and Community Affairs. Since joining Frito-Lay, as a college recruit, Lillian held a variety of operations and quality roles; ranging from first line production supervisor to HQ QA. She is a certified master trainer for a variety of technical and leadership skills courses.
  • Michael Hamrick
    Michael Hamrick
    Principal, Greene Hamrick Quinlan & Schermer, P.A
    Michael Hamrick
    Michael Hamrick
    Principal, Greene Hamrick Quinlan & Schermer, P.A
    Michael M. Hamrick is a shareholder at Greene Hamrick Quinlan & Schermer, P.A. in Bradenton, Florida and practices primarily in estate planning, probate and trust administration. He received his bachelor's degree in Accounting from Florida State University in 1976 and his Juris Doctor Degree from the Florida State University College of Law in 1979.
    Working with Arthur Anderson & Co. in Tampa, Florida, Mr. Hamrick became a Certified Public Accountant in 1980. He began practicing law in Bradenton in 1982, and became board certified by the Florida Bar in Wills, Trusts and Estates in 1995.
    Although primarily practicing in the estate planning area, he also advises clients in the areas of not-for-profit corporations, taxation and business law.
  • Tim Henning
    Tim Henning
    District Manager, Publix Super Markets
    Tim Henning
    Tim Henning
    District Manager, Publix Super Markets
    Tim Henning is District Manager of Publix Super Markets, overseeing Publix stores located in Manatee County. Tim’s career was launched at Publix where he continued advancing in leadership throughout the years. He exhibits personal pride in his stores and the Publix culture of giving back to the community. He also takes a deep personal interest in the welfare of his employees, many of whom are ALICE—Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed. Tim long-served on the board of directors of United Way of Manatee before the organization merged with United Way Suncoast, where he now serves as a trustee representing Manatee County. Tim’s business acumen; knowledge of our community, local nonprofits and marketing; and experience as a board leader make Tim an excellent candidate for Manatee Community Foundation.
  • Stewart Moon
    Stewart Moon
    Owner, Air & Energy
    Stewart Moon
    Stewart Moon
    Owner, Air & Energy
    Stewart Moon, a local businessman, is owner/operator with his wife Trudy, of Manatee Small Business of the Year, Air and Energy. Air and Energy provides Air Conditioning, Plumbing and Electrical services throughout Manatee County. Stewart is active in the Manatee Chamber and was previously awarded Business Man of the Year. Active in the community; Stewart is a previous MCF Board member and would be returning to the Board after a year away from Board membership. Stewart and his wife Trudy, live in Northwest Bradenton, and have one son, Stewart Jr., who is a graduate of the University of Tampa and serves as Vice-President in the family’s company.
  • Chris Romine
    Chris Romine
    Senior Vice President, Northern Trust
    Chris Romine
    Chris Romine
    Senior Vice President, Northern Trust
    Chris is a Senior Vice President and Managing Director for Northern Trust’s Manatee and Lakewood Ranch markets. His office is in Lakewood Ranch. Chris joined Northern Trust in October of 2002 as a relationship banking manager. Previous to Northern Trust, Chris held the position of Senior Vice President, commercial banker at BMO Harris Bank and Vice President and office manager at Barnett Bank. Chris is a graduate of the University of South Florida with a bachelor’s degree in business administration. He is a graduate of the Graduate School of Banking at Louisiana State University and he holds an MBA in international business from Florida Atlantic University. Presently, Chris serves on the board of directors of the State College of Florida Foundation where he chairs the audit committee. He serves on the Lakewood Ranch Community Fund board of advisors as its past president and is a board member of the Manatee Community Foundation as well as the Manatee County Library Foundation.
  • Bob Turner
    Bob Turner
    Retired Publisher, Bradenton Herald
    Bob Turner
    Bob Turner
    Retired Publisher, Bradenton Herald
    Bob is the retired President and Publisher of the Bradenton Herald & Bradenton.com. He is a graduate of the University of South Florida and a lifetime member of the Alumni Association. He attended college prep school at Woodward Academy in College Park, GA. Bob has been a resident of Manatee County and an employee of the Herald since September 1979. He began his newspaper career as a proof runner for the Columbus (Georgia) Ledger-Enquirer in 1968 working part time as an intern. He spent the first 15 years of his newspaper career in the advertising division. Starting as an outside salesperson at the Columbus (Georgia) Ledger-Enquirer, he was promoted to Retail Advertising Manager at The Bradenton Herald in 1979 and to Director of Advertising in 1983. In 1988, Bob was promoted to General Manager of The Bradenton Herald, a position he held until 1996. At that time Bob was promoted to Vice President and Director of Operations and in 2008, he was promoted to the position of President and Publisher until his retirement in June of 2017.
  • Denise Williams
    Denise Williams
    Retired Bank Executive
    Denise Williams
    Denise Williams
    Retired Bank Executive
    Denise Williams, retired regional trust manager, Hancock Whitney Bank. Denise has experience serving with the Estate Planning Council, Chamber, and serving as a member and volunteer of EDC. Her special skills include: Financial skills, registered investment advisor, trust specialist, certification in various non- profit leadership and operational skills.
  • Jenifer Schembri
    Jenifer Schembri
    Principal, Blalock Walters
    Jenifer Schembri
    Jenifer Schembri
    Principal, Blalock Walters
    Schembri is a principal at the law firm Blalock Walters, P.A. and practices in the firm’s Bradenton and Sarasota offices. She represents both companies and individuals in the areas of individual and business tax planning, corporate governance matters, mergers and acquisitions, business succession planning and transitions, charitable planning, and all aspects of estate planning, including trust and estate taxation and wealth preservation. Schembri is a former member of Manatee Community Foundation’s Lakewood Ranch Community Fund board of advisors.
  • Dannie Sherrill
    Dannie Sherrill
    Project Manager, Sherrill Wealth Management
    Dannie Sherrill
    Dannie Sherrill
    Project Manager, Sherrill Wealth Management
    Sherrill has a deep history of community involvement and asset development work in Manatee and Sarasota counties, including philanthropic roles at The Bishop, Manatee Education Foundation, Saint Stephen’s Episcopal School, and the Community Foundation of Sarasota County. She is the project manager for Sherrill Wealth Management, coordinating the firm’s business strategy and marketing efforts.