Sarasota, FL – As she accepted the gavel from her predecessor, Kimberly Page Walker congratulated Cheryl Gordon for leading the Education Foundation of Sarasota County board of directors through a record-setting year. “We raised more money, and we had a greater impact on student learning than ever before,” Walker said at the group’s annual meeting held on June 4 at The Field Club. “You set a high bar, you led by example, and then you coached, cajoled and charmed us into meeting every goal.”
As the Foundation’s incoming chairwoman, Walker recognized the efforts of board members, employees, and executive director Susan Scott. The group has invested $1.2 million in classroom grants, technology, literacy, student awards, teacher recognition, and other programs for Sarasota County schools during the 2013-2014 academic year.
Walker is an attorney with the law firm of Williams Parker, where she heads the firm’s labor and employment practice. Other officers elected for 2014-2015 were Jason Swift, president of Jon F. Swift, Inc., as vice chairman; Thomas Koski, community volunteer and philanthropist, as secretary; and Tricia Fulton, CFO of Sun Hydraulics, returning as treasurer.
Three new members were elected to the board: Louis DeCongelio, a retired educator; John McIntyre, president of McIntyre, Elwell and Strammer, Inc.; and Alix Morin, community volunteer and co-chair of the Education Foundation’s 2014 Evening of Excellence student art competition.
Four retiring board members were honored for their service, including Ronald Karp, Michael Longworth, Fred Strammer, and Constance White-Davis.