UnidosNow CEO Luz Corcuera is retiring

Luz CorcueraManaging Director of UnidosNowShe will step down in late 2022 to fully devote herself to her family. During her seven-year tenure at UnidosNow, Corcuera has strengthened and expanded her educational programs designed to cater to first-generation, mostly low-income Latinx students on the path to post-secondary education. These programs have resulted in more than $14 million in scholarships and grants for more than 3,000 high school graduates. Corcuera also expanded the organization’s reach and launched new multigenerational programs, including the Future Leaders Academy for Girls (FLAG) for elementary school students, the Future Leaders Academy for Middle Schoolers (FLAM), and the Parenting Leadership program. During the pandemic, Corcuera led the organization into uncharted territory, building critical partnerships to provide urgent emergency relief, health education/vaccines and access to treatments to hundreds of Hispanic families in the region.

JFCS of the Sun Coast announced the appointment dr Helene Lotmann as President and CEO effective January 1, 2023. Lotman brings to JFCS strong financial acumen, exceptional fundraising results through building meaningful donor relationships and support, and a long track record of building and developing strong teams and supportive work cultures. She is currently CEO and President of the Jewish Federation of Greater Kansas City, a position she has held since 2016. Previously she was executive vice president of the Jewish Federation of Palm Beach, Florida.

Manatee County School District Superintendent Cynthia Saunders has announced its intention to retire upon contract signing, which will occur at the end of the 2022-2023 school year. Saunders has served in Florida public education for 34 years, including the last five years as superintendent in Manatee County. Her last day as Superintendent is Friday June 30, 2023.

The office of Icard, Merrill, Cullis, Timm, Furen and Ginsburg, PAShe is happy to announce that N. Macaire King and Meghan E O’Connell have joined the firm as associates in their Sarasota office. King’s practice focuses primarily on the areas of land use, land use disputes and commercial real estate. O’Connell is a litigator specializing in personal injury and general civil litigation.

The medical staff of Sarasota Memorial Hospital‘s Sarasota campus honored two physicians for outstanding service and established its new list of physician leaders for 2022-2023. dr Herbert Silverstein was honored with the 2022 Lifetime Achievement Award and dr Wilhelmine Wiese-Rometsch was named Doctor of the Year 2022. dr Silverstein and Dr. Wiese-Rometsch were selected by a committee of senior physicians from the Sarasota campus and recognized at the October 18 medical staff annual meeting.


PGT Innovations, Inc. has announced that it has acquired it Martin Door Holdings, Inc. for a purchase price of approximately $185 million. Headquartered in Salt Lake City, UT, Martin is a leading custom manufacturer of high quality overhead garage doors and hardware for the residential and commercial markets in the Western United States.


That Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce officially announced the US Chamber of Commerce 4-Star Accreditation designation for its policies, organizational procedures and positive community impact.

CenterPlace Healtha federally qualified health center, is pleased to announce this Tiona settles down was recently certified by the State of Florida as a Community Health Worker. Tiona joined CenterPlace Health in May 2022 and works on a health equity initiative funded by the Charles & Margery Barancik Foundation. The Certified Community Health Worker (CCHW) qualification is intended for frontline health workers who, because of their trusted status in the community, serve as the liaison, liaison and facilitator between health services and the community to facilitate access to services and improve quality and provide cultural competence of the service.

That Sarasota Manatee Airport Authority announced that Kent D BontragerVice President of Engineering at Sarasota Bradenton International Airport, has been awarded the Accredited Airport Executive (AAE) designation by the American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE).


That Bradenton Area Economic Development Corp. (EDC) will be relocating its office from Lakewood Ranch to 26 West Center at State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota, Bradenton in January 2023. EDC President and CEO Sharon Hillstrom announced the news during the organization’s 2022 annual update event Friday, October 28, at the Bradenton Area Convention Center.

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