Board of Directors

Chair, Shara Abrams


Shara Abrams joined the Healthy Start Coalition of Sarasota Board in 2007 and served the board as the Treasurer for two years.   She is the Sr. Vice President of Eastern Operations for Jackson Hewitt Tax Service, Inc. Shara has worked with Jackson Hewitt since 1995 in various positions including sales, operations, tax education and senior management all of which help her as a versatile member on the board.  Shara also is a volunteer with Junior Achievement of West Central Florida.  She and her husband George have a daughter Marina who attends Sarasota Christian School.

Vice-Chair, Kitty Cranor


Kitty Cranor has been a resident of Sarasota for the past eight years.  She moved here from Louisville, KY where she served on several non-profit boards including The Louisville Zoological Garden, The Kentucky Art and Craft Foundation, Actor’s Theatre, and The Kilgore Samaritan Counseling Center.  She graduated from Salem College with a B.A. and The Darden School at University of Virginia with an M.B.A. in 1980.  She is an active community volunteer in Sarasota, devoting her time to Tidewell Hospice, The Out-of-Door Academy, All Faiths Food Bank and Healthy Start.  Kitty has been on the Executive Board since 2008 and is currently serving on the Governance and Fundraising Committees.  She and her husband, John, have two sons.

Secretary, Carol Selvey


Carol Selveyis Associate Vice President of Business Development with Iatric Systems, Inc. She has over twenty-five years of experience in leadership and operational management, for both consulting and information system vendors in the health information technology (HIT) and systems industry. Carol has a BA degree in French from Vassar College and a Masters in Health Services Administration from the University of Kansas. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the Health Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) for the Central and North Florida Chapter and is on the Board for the American College of Healthcare Executives -Western Florida Chapter.

Treasurer, Mike McIntosh


Mike McIntosh is Vice President of Operations Improvement for Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI).  He has over twenty five years of experience assisting healthcare organizations improve their strategic, operational and financial performance. Mike is a leader in the application of Change Management, Lean and Six Sigma organizational improvement methodologies.  He has an MBA from the University of Chicago, a BHS in Health Services Administration from the University of Kentucky, and is a Certified Financial Planner (CFP).  Mike is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives, American Society for Quality and the Financial Planning Association.

At-Large – Public Official, Commissioner Carolyn Mason


Commissioner Carolyn Mason was born in Sarasota and has 3 children, 14 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren. She graduated of the Sarasota Community School. Elected to the Sarasota County Commission in 2008. Previously served on the Sarasota City Commission from 1999-2003, and as Mayor from 2001-2003. Was previously employed by Habitat for Humanity Sarasota and by the Salvation Army, where she was director of family support and intake manager. She continues to serve on various councils and committees furthering her commitment to the people of Sarasota County.

At-Large – Business, Bridget Mobley


Bridget Mobley is a mother to three small children, owner and marketing director for Mommy Magazine – Sarasota ‘s Family Survival Guide.  She received a bachelor’s degree in communications from the University of Tampa  where she served as president of Alpha Chi Omega sorority that focused their philanthropic efforts on eradicating domestic violence.  Bridget chairs various family-focused events and outreach programs and connects these family service organizations with the women and children they serve. With over fifteen years of marketing experience and a professional commitment to families, Bridget represents the communal voice of parents in our area.

At-Large, Kelly Kirschner


Kelly Kirschner is former Mayor of Sarasota.  He has a Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service and a Master of Art Degree in Latin American Studies, both from Georgetown University (Washington, DC).  Kelly is a life-long Sarasotan. He has served the Sarasota community as President of the Alta Vista Neighborhood Association as well as having been an active member of the Coalition of City Neighborhood Associations.  Believing strongly in public service, Kelly has worked for the White House Office of Public Liaison; served as a Peace Corps Volunteer; and led a USAID community conservation project in rural Guatemala.  Locally, he has worked as Product Manager for Bio-Pro Research and is currently the Director at UnidosNow and Senior Vice President of The Media Maquiladora.   Kelly lives with his wife, Tracy, son, Bodhi, and daughter, Selby.

At-Large, Laura Gilkey


Laura Gilkey is the wife of Michael A. Gilkey, Jr., and the mother of two boys, Banyan and Benjamin, both born at home with the help of licensed midwives. Laura is committed to improving the quality of maternity care in her community. She is Marketing Director for The Safe Motherhood Quilt Project, a national effort to raise awareness about increasing American maternal mortality. Locally, she is co-host of a program launching October 2011 on WSLR 96.5 LPFM called “Maternally Yours,” devoted to improving accessibility of information for pregnant women and new mothers in her own community. She has served on several committees within the Coalition for Improving Maternity Services and is currently Vice President of Florida Friends of Midwives. Professionally, she is the marketing director for Michael A. Gilkey, Inc., Landscape Architecture, and owner of the Sarasota creative marketing firm Kangaroo Promotions, Inc.

At-Large, Jeff Cheng


Jeff Cheng is now retired and enjoying living in Sarasota. He has an extensive background in finance, with his most recent position being Chief Financial Officer at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Washington, D.C.   He is currently an investor and is very active in downtown Sarasota activities.

At-Large, Dana Bakich


Dana Bakich is a Sarasota native and a proud University of Central Florida alumni. She spent her time at UCF focused on completing her B.A. in Advertising and Public Relations. If there was any opportunity to get involved, she did it! For three years, Dana was very involved with the Children’s Miracle Network’s Dance Marathon program. She was part of the executive board that helped to significantly increase funds and awareness for UCF’s dance marathon, Knight-Thon. Along with non-profit, sports have always been a strong passion for Dana. From interning with UCF Athletics to working with the Orlando Magic, she will talk sports all day! At the end of the day, it’s all about doing work that you love and Dana has found that with TSIC.  Dana is currently the Director of Marketing and Development at Take Stock in Children of Sarasota County, Inc.

CYD STAR Student, Megan Grennell


Megan Grennell is a senior at Venice High School, and is duel enrolled and attending State College of Florida full time, pursuing a career in chiropractic. She is originally from Michigan, and has nine brothers and sisters. She is serving on the Executive Board as a Star student in Sarasota’s Community Youth Development program to learn to become a part of the community and improve the life of pregnant women and children.

Honorary, Dr. Washington Hill


Dr. Washington Hill is past Chief of Staff, Medical Director Labor and the current Director of Maternal–Fetal Medicine at Sarasota Memorial Hospital.  He is also Clinical Professor, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of South Florida in Tampa, Florida.  Dr. Hill is board certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology and Maternal-Fetal Medicine, and served as an examiner for the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology.  He is a graduate of Temple University School of Medicine in Philadelphia and completed a residency in obstetrics and gynecology at William Beaumont Army Medical Center in El Paso, Texas, and a fellowship in Maternal-Fetal Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco.  Dr. Hill joined Sarasota Memorial Hospital’s staff in 1992, where he developed the now respected Maternal–Fetal Medicine program.  He is a member of a number of medical organizations and has received honors for his work in his community and maternal-fetal medicine.  Dr. Hill has served on the board of the National Perinatal Association and the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine and has numerous publications in his areas of interest.  Black Enterprise magazine recently named Dr. Hill as one of the “Top 100 Black Physicians in the Country.”  In his “spare time,” he likes to travel, especially to Africa on medical missions and will be happy to recruit to go also.

Honorary, Former Representative Keith Fitzgerald


Keith Fitzgerald was first elected to represent State House District 69 in 2006.  His district included the northern half of Sarasota county and a small portion of Manatee County.  He was born in Springfield, Ohio and was raised in Louisville, Kentucky.  He holds a B.A. from the University of Louisville and a PhD from Indiana University.  Keith has lived in Sarasota and taught political science at New College of Florida since 1994.

Honorary, Monica Becket


Monica Becket, a member of the North Port Community Health Action Team (CHAT), graduated from Gonzaga University in Spokane, WA, with a Bachelor Degree in Human Services.  She is very involved in Community Outreach, and serves on the Healthy Start Planning & Evaluation Committee; is Chairperson of the North Port Alcohol and Substance Abuse Prevention Committee; and is a member of the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Prescription Drug Diversion Task Force as well as North Port’s representative to the Sarasota Community Alliance.  She has work experience in Medical Billing, as a Medical Financial Counselor, Arbitrator for the Better Business Bureau, Public Relations and Marketing, and as a Mediator for the Florida 12th Circuit Court.

Ex-Officio, Shelley Rence


Shelley Rence grew up in Michigan, and lived there for 40 years before relocating to Florida.  She has a BA in Education from Michigan State and a MA in Guidance and Counseling from Wayne State University.  She worked 6 years as a Therapist/Program Coordinator and 10 years as a Clinical Director for an outpatient Mental Health/Substance Abuse near Detroit, and was a Certified Addictions Counselor for over 12 years.  In Florida, she served as a Child Protection Investigator for a year, a HS Care coordinator for 3 years and the Program Administrator for 9 years.

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