The new members are Christine Boone, Maryann Casey, Tina Shao Napoli, Michael R. Pender, Jr., and Mary Lou Winnick.
(Sarasota County, FL) The Hermitage Artist Retreat recently welcomed five new members to its board of trustees: Maryann Casey, Christine Boone, Tina Shao Napoli, Michael R. Pender, Jr., and Mary Lou Winnick.
“Each brings a diversity of experiences and viewpoints to the Hermitage,” says Leslie Edwards, president of the Hermitage board. “We’re excited to welcome these forward-thinking individuals to our team. We are confident they will make an important and positive impact to our ongoing mission to support artists and the creative process, and to preserve this extraordinary and inspiring place.”
Christine Boone joins the Hermitage’s board of trustees following a long affiliation with the organization. She has lived on Manasota Key for the past 23 years, spending her time remodeling, gardening, and learning about native Florida agriculture.
Maryann Casey is a real estate broker with Michael Saunders & Company.
She has made Manasota Key her home for more than two decades. “I’m thrilled to be of service to a wonderful organization that gives back to the community in so many ways,” says Casey.
Tina Shao Napoli immigrated to the United States in 1993 from her home in mainland China, where she studied journalism and the performing arts at Nanjing Political College. She served as a professional singer and broadcaster for Chinese People’s Liberation Army for eight years. After coming to this country, Shao Napoli performed at Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, and many other celebrated venues. As a champion of cultural diversity, she lent her vocal talents to New York City landmarks, including voiceover work for the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the United Nations. After moving to Sarasota in 2015, Shao Napoli quickly became involved in a host of local organizations and cultural exchange events with Chinese artists. She is a member of The Ringling’s board of directors and has helped produce numerous concerts and events for the museum.
Michael R. Pender, Jr. has been with Cavanaugh & Co, LLP for more than 40 years, and a partner since 1979. His clients include a wide range of entertainment professionals, executives, corporate business founders, and a member of the PGA. Pender has also been an organizing director of three community banks: Sarasota Bank (which was sold to Colonial Bank); Insignia Bank (which was sold to Centennial Bank); and Gulfside Community Bank. Pender also has a 40-year history of significant volunteer work on the boards of local, state, and national nonprofit organizations. He has served on the boards of the Sarasota County Community Foundation, Tree Foundation, and Rotary Club of Sarasota Bay Foundation, and as a member of Leadership Florida, Sarasota and Manatee chambers, Argus Foundation, Gulf Coast CEO Forum, Florida Tax Watch, Glasser/Schoenbaum Human Services Center, Van Wezel Foundation, Boys and Girls Clubs of Sarasota County Foundation, Pines of Sarasota, Sarasota YMCA Foundation, Library Foundation for Sarasota County, Circus Ring of Fame Foundation, and many more.
Mary Lou Winnick is a graduate of Wellesley College, where the college motto is “non ministrari sed ministrarum,” loosely translated as: “Do not expect to be taken care of but give to others.” Winnick has diligently taken that advice throughout her distinguished career. At the Asolo Rep, she has served as co-chair of the endowment campaign, president of the board, and now as a trustee of the endowment. Winnick has also served as president of the Harvard Club of Sarasota and was elected to the Sarasota County Community Foundation’s board.
The Hermitage Artist Retreat’s complete board of trustees includes Leslie Edwards, president; David B. Green, vice-president; Steve Adler, treasurer; Robyn Citrin, secretary; and Ellen Berman, Christine Boone, Susan Brainerd, Maryann Casey, Carole Crosby, Marletta Darnall, Peggy Hunt, Laura Kaminsky, Andy Maass, Tina Shao Napoli, Michael R. Pender, Jr., Charlotte Perret, Nelda Thompson, and Mary Lou Winnick, with Artistic Director and CEO Andy Sandberg serving ex-officio.
To see full trustee bios, please visit HermitageArtistRetreat.org/Trustees.
About the Hermitage Artist Retreat:
The Hermitage is a nonprofit artist retreat located in Manasota Key, Florida, inviting accomplished artists across multiple disciplines for residencies on its beachfront campus, which is on the National Register of Historic Places. Hermitage artists are invited to interact with the local community, reaching thousands of Gulf Coast residents and visitors each year with unique and inspiring programs. Hermitage Fellows have included nine Pulitzer Prize winners, along with multiple Tony, Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and MacArthur Fellowship award winners. Works created at this beachside retreat by a diverse group of Hermitage alumni have gone on to renowned theatres, concert halls, and galleries throughout the world. Each year, the Hermitage awards the $30,000 Hermitage Greenfield Prize for a new work of art, and the Aspen Music Festival awards the annual Hermitage Prize in Composition. For more information about The Hermitage Artist Retreat, visit HermitageArtistRetreat.org.
The Hermitage is supported by:
Hermitage programs are supported, in part, by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts; by Sarasota County Tourist Development Tax Revenues; and by the Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, the Florida Council of Arts and Culture and the State of Florida (Section 286.25 Florida Statutes), as well as the Gulf Coast Community Foundation and the Community Foundation of Sarasota County.