Who We Are

Pam Plank, MS,CCC-SLP
Speech Language Pathologist

Pam Plank, Speech Language Pathologist

Pam Plank, Speech Language Pathologist

Pam Plank, Speech Language Pathologist – graduated from the University of New Hampshire with a Bachelor’s degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders, She went on to receive her Master’s degree from Nova Southeastern University in Speech Language Pathology. Pam has practiced as an SLP in Sarasota since 1994 in both school and clinical settings. She has presented at several workshops in the state including Weekend with the Experts in a collaborative project with USF. She has also presented at the Assistive Technology Industry Association’s (ATIA) national conference in Orlando on Core Fusion a collaboration of core vocabulary, activity specific vocabulary and light technology. She has extensive experience working with children of all ages, including those with severe and profound disabilities. In 2009 she was named “Teacher of the Year” at Oak Park School and received honorable mention for the district’s elementary schools.

Pam continues to improve her knowledge and skill level through continuing education and is passionate about providing quality therapy and educational programming to all children in need. Pam has received training in PROMPT, Picture Exchange Communication Systems, Proloquo2go, Sensory Processing, Behavioral Interventions, and Autism Spectrum disorders. She is a member of the American Speech Language and Hearing Association.

 

Anita Flores, MA, CCC-SLP, LCPC

Anita Flores, MA, CCC-SLP, LCPC

Anita Flores, MA, CCC-SLP, LCPC – brings over 30 years of experience working with children to Sertoma Kids. She has provided therapy services in a variety of settings including early intervention, preschools, clinics, and residential programs, as well as private practice for 18 years. Since moving to Sarasota from Maine in 2010, she has worked in the public schools, including preschool, elementary, and middle school levels, and autism cluster sites.

Anita began her career at the University of Michigan where she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Speech and Hearing Sciences, and then earned a Master’s degree in Communication Disorders from the University of Maine in 1983. Anita is a licensed speech-language pathologist (SLP) in both Florida and Maine, as well as a licensed clinical professional counselor (LCPC) in the State of Maine. She holds the Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.

Because of the strong impact communication disorders can have on emotional well being and behavior, Anita was inspired to further her studies at Lesley University, earning a Master’s Degree in Expressive Arts Therapies in 1989. Anita integrates the expressive arts (art, play, movement, music, drama, and writing) into speech-language therapy as much as possible, believing that children learn best through meaningful hands on experience, and that engaging the imagination and creativity enhances learning and the development of all types of intelligence. She works with children of all ages who have communication impairments in articulation, language, fluency, social thinking, and functional communication.

Anita creates a nurturing, warm atmosphere that fosters communication through connection and self-expression. She has had additional training in social thinking strategies for children on the autism spectrum, PECS (Picture Exchange Communication System), stuttering, sand tray and play therapy, storytelling, Brain Gym, and strategies for diverse learners. Anita is passionate about her work, and is continually growing and learning more about how to best meet the needs of her clients.

2017 Board Members

Tim Self

Tim Self

Tim Self (Chairperson and President) SVP Insignia Investment Service – has held the position of Senior Vice President at Insignia Investment Services since 2007. Tim has been active in the Sarasota community since 1996. His extensive community involvement includes board service for the Designing Women Boutique, the Community Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Beyond the Spectrum (school for autism), Sertoma Club of Greater Sarasota, the Suncoast University of Kentucky Alumni Club, and the Art Center Sarasota. In 2016, Mr. Self was elected to a 3 year term on the National Board of Sertoma Inc. Tim has also been active in many other community committees through the Sarasota Chamber of Commerce, the Downtown Business Association and the Sarasota Alliance. He has coached a variety of local youth sports teams. Mr. Self received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Kentucky and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Tennessee.

 

Jay Castle

Jay Castle

Jay Castle (Secretary) Castle Partners, LLC – is a certified mediator and co-founder of Level Mediation LLC. He mediates disputes throughout the Southeastern United States. He also serves on the boards of two private companies – a soft drink distributor in Northwest Louisiana and a professional services firm in metropolitan New York City. Jay is the former vice president and assistant general counsel for Winn-Dixie Stores, Inc. Prior to that, he was a partner and associate at several prominent Atlanta law firms. Jay received a Bachelor of Arts degree (with High Honors) from the University of Florida and a Doctor of Laws(with Distinction) from Emory University School of Law. Jay has a very personal interest in speech language therapy – his wife, Dedra, was the recipient of such therapy at a very young age, which gave her the skills and confidence to pursue her career as an officer and senior executive at large public companies such as Wal-Mart and Auto Zone.

 

Katherine Lamb

Katherine Lamb

Katherine Lamb – Assistant Professor in Communication Sciences & Disorders at Valdosta State University (VSU) in Valdosta, Georgia. Prior to her position at VSU, she was a Speech-Language Pathologist in an acute care hospital setting and graduate clinical supervisor. Dr. Lamb is a member of the American Speech and Hearing Association, Florida Association of Speech Language Pathologists and Audiologists, Georgia Speech Language Hearing Association, and the Academy of Neurological Communication Disorders and Sciences.

Dr. Lamb received her MS in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Governors State University, and her Ph.D from the University of South Florida. Her research interests include lexical access, semantic relationships and the clinical impact of neurogenic disorders on lexical access. Dr. Lamb’s teaching focus at VSU includes undergraduate and graduate courses in Traumatic Brain Injury, Aphasia, Dysphagia, Neuromotor Communication Disorders, Clinical Processes, Adult Communication Disorders, Clinical Methods, Neuroanatomy, Organic Communication Disorders, Diagnostics and Practicum in Voice, Fluency & Neurogenics.

 

Susan Folton

Susan Folton

Dr. Susan Fulton  Assistant Professor of Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee. Dr. Fulton graduated with her Ph.D in Communication Sciences and Disorders, with a concentration in Hearing Science, from the University of South Florida in 2010. She holds both a Florida Audiology license and a Certificate of Clinical Competence in Audiology from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). Dr. Fulton has worked as a clinical audiologist in the Tampa Bay area for 26 years. Her research focuses on auditory processing, perception and rehabilitation. She has presented her work at local, national and international research conferences.

Dr. Fulton’s community work includes serving on the boards for the Hearing Loss Association of Sarasota and the Community Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. Dr. Fulton has a personal interest in speech-language pathology, as two of her sons received speech therapy in pre-school and in early elementary school.

 

Steve Grantham

Steve Grantham

Steve Grantham  Steve is a semi-retired former business operator and president of multiple wholesale and retail corporations in Sarasota and Orlando.

Steve has been active in Sertoma Club of Greater Sarasota, for over 25 years, and has held various positions on the board.

Upon completion of his military service, Steve earned his BA at Humbolt State College in northern California, and completed his MBA at Golden Gate University in San Francisco, while working for Ford Motor Company.

 

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Bill Connell

Bill Connell Bill was born in Washington, DC and moved to Florida in the 9th grade. He played football at Boone HS and was later inducted into the Boone High School Sports Hall of Fame. Bill went on to play football at Texas A&M and is still an ardent Aggie fan. Bill graduated with a degree in Business Management.

After college, Bill worked for the Ohio Casualty Company in management training. He eventually came to Bradenton and went to work for DesChamps and Gregory selling commercial insurance. In 1979, he bought Knight Insurance Agency, one of the oldest agencies in Sarasota. Knight Agency became Connell & Associates specializing in commercial and personal lines. Later he merged with Steve Herrig to form Connell & Herrig, a full lines agency. In 2002, the agency was sold to FNB Financial Corp. (later Fifth Third Bank) and became part of the Bouchard Insurance Group. Retirement came a few years later.

Now, Bill and wife, Joanie, enjoy their summer home in the mountains of NC and taking a cruise or two every year. Bill is active in his church, First Baptist of Sarasota, and has been an active member of Sertoma since 1972.

 

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Ron Haynes

Ron Haynes A Sarasota native, Ron recently retired from a 23-year career with Compass Group N.A., most recently as Director of Dining Services at The Ringling College of Art & Design from 1999 – 2016.

Ron received his Bachelors of Science degree from The University of Florida in Public Relations through the School of Journalism and Mass Communications with a minor in Marketing from the Business College.

He has been an active member of the Sertoma Club of Greater Sarasota since 2005 and served as both President and Chairman for the organization.

While in high school at Pineview, he worked for the Sarasota City Recreational Dept., coaching all the pee-wee sport programs as well as a summer counselor at Arlington Park.

 

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Mark Johnson

Mark Johnson Recently retired from a lengthy career in higher education, including stints as Dean of Students at both New College of Florida and Ringling College of Art & Design, Mark and his family have been Sarasota residents since 1985. An active member of the Sertoma Club of Greater Sarasota for the past 13 years (8 of them on the board), Mark has also served on youth sports boards, as well as coaching and umpiring women’s softball at both the high school and college level.

He is now committed to a life of leisure, which promises him the opportunity to regularly instigate his four grandkids, reading and napping without guilt, lowering his golf handicap, traveling, and providing assistance to great causes like Sertoma Kids.

 

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Mary Lemay

Mary LeMay The Law Place – has held the position of Director at The Law Place since 2014. Mary has been active in the Sarasota community since 1985. Her involvement extends from Founder and Past President of Sarasota High School Foundation, Founder of Eckerd College Alumnae – Sarasota, Board of Directors – Women’s Resource Center, Board of Directors – Greater Sarasota SERTOMA, Nominated as one of “Woman to Know” Scene Magazine, Founder of Business Women’s Alliance Group, Goodwill Ambassador and Ambassador of the Year, Founding member of Families Against Addictive Drug Abuse. Prior to The Law Place Mary spent more than 25 years as a Human Resources Consultant, Nationally and statewide. Mary has a Bachelors in Organizational Behavior from Eckerd College and Masters in Management and Leadership from Webster University.