As 2023 came to a close, the Sarasota County Public Hospital Board, which governs Sarasota Memorial Health Care System, named new officers for 2024.
The new chair is Sarah Lodge, who has represented the board’s Central District Seat 1 since 2020.
Lodge has extensive experience in long-term strategic planning and financial problem-solving. A certified financial planner, she is first vice president with the Gress Lodge Group at RBC Wealth Management in Sarasota.
Lodge has served in leadership roles for a number of local civic organizations. During her term as president of the Rotary Club Foundation, she helped start Rotary food pantries throughout Sarasota County, led the Rotary Reading Project and was subsequently named the 2019 Rotarian of the Year by the Rotary Club of Sarasota.
She has worked closely with the Sarasota Memorial Healthcare Foundation in its efforts to support critical hospital services and programs.
Lodge succeeds Tramm Hudson, who served as 2023 chair of the Hospital Board.
Other Hospital Board officers for 2024:
First Vice Chairman: Brad Baker.
Second Vice Chairman: Patricia Maraia.
Treasurer: Bridgette Fiorucci.
Secretary: Sharon Wetzler DePeters.
Assistant Secretary: Britt Riner.
Assistant Treasurer: Gregory Carter.
Hudson remains on the nine-member board, which also includes Victor Rohe.
Sunset Realty names top producers for 2023
The top producers for 2023 at Sunset Realty, in Sarasota, are Jennifer Bennett, Carolyn Allen and Thu Nguyen.
Carolyn Allen, Cathy Lee Neubauer and R. Joseph Flowers have joined the Sunset Realty “Million Dollar Club.”
Agent Jodi Fleming has been awarded a Florida broker’s license.
Safe Children hires VP of programs
Child welfare organization Safe Children Coalition has recently hired Sarah Hawk, Esq. as its vice president of programs.
Hawk will be responsible for providing leadership, supervision and management of the community-based care foster care programs in Florida’s 12th Judicial Circuit (Sarasota, Manatee and DeSoto counties) and oversight of all contracted entities.
She will also be responsible for ensuring that programs achieve established outcomes, comply with related federal, state and local laws and rules, and meet all contractual requirements.Hawk has spent her entire career as an attorney in the child welfare realm. She comes to Safe Children Coalition after a decade with Children’s Legal Services, Department of Children & Families, where the bulk of her work was within the 12th Circuit, but her final role was serving as managing attorney for one of the largest Children’s Legal Services offices for the state: Florida’s 13th Circuit (Hillsborough County).
Prior to that, she was an attorney with the Guardian ad Litem Program for the 12th Circuit.Hawk interned with Children’s Legal Services and the Guardian Ad Litem Program when she was 18 years old and also volunteered for SCC’s Angels program – which provides holiday gifts for children in foster care and other vulnerable children in Circuit 12 – for many years through college and law school.Hawk earned her law degree from the Stetson University College of Law and a bachelor’s from the University of Florida.
Job covers bank’s Florida region
Alicia Somers has joined First Horizon Corp. as the Florida Region Community Relations Director. In this role, Somers is responsible for developing and executing the community investment strategy for the Florida region.
She will lead efforts that help create and maintain a positive reputation with the company’s stakeholders and position the company as a regional banking leader within the industry and the markets it serves.
Somers lives in Jacksonville.