Eric R. Hoonhout – Attorney (Chairperson and President) – Eric is the founder and principal of Hoonhout Law, Chartered, a Sarasota, Florida, real estate, elder law, and estate planning law firm. He is an active member of various local organizations, and supports and volunteers with various civic and community groups. He currently serves on a number of nonprofit boards of directors, including his own condominium association, which decided it no longer wanted to pay him for his counsel! Eric earned his Juris Doctorate degree from the Florida State University College of Law in Tallahassee, Florida, and his Bachelor of Arts degree (History and Religion) from Augsburg College in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Kevin Coscia – Esq. (Treasurer) Largo Capital – Kevin is Managing Director of Largo Capital’s Florida mortgage banking platform out of its Sarasota office. At Largo, he is responsible for commercial real estate debt and equity placements throughout the US and Canada. A recent transplant to Sarasota, Kevin previously lived and worked in Miami and New York City. Kevin earned his B.S. in Finance from the Smeal College of Business at Penn State University along with a JD/MBA from University of Miami. Kevin an active member of the New York and Florida Bar Associations.
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.
Bruce B. Ficken – Financial Advisor, LPL Financial – Bruce has a long history of volunteering his time and outstanding leadership skills both in the Sarasota community and in his former home state of New Jersey. He holds two finance related master’s degrees from New York University, a bachelor’s degree from Tulane University and a Certificate in Financial Planning from Teacher’s College at Columbia University. In addition, he has three times been recognized with the Five Star Wealth Advisor Award for excellence in the profession. An active member of Sertoma Club of Greater Sarasota, Bruce enjoys spending time together with his family exploring the world through travel, as well as golfing, fishing, fine dining and playing softball.
Christina “CC” Fredericks – Christina joined Atlas Insurance in 2005. She is a graduate of the University of South Florida, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in early childhood education, and currently holds a 220 General Lines Agent License. She started off her career with Atlas as a filing clerk then worked her way up through the ranks as a receptionist, customer service rep, account manager, member of the sales and sales support team, and currently serves as the company’s personal lines department manager. Christina is involved in various community philanthropic organization, including Suncoast Community Blood Bank, Junior League of Sarasota, Sarasota Young Professionals, and the Young Agents Council. She has been named one of Sarasota’s Five Star Insurance Professional by Sarasota Magazine for 8 years running.
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 Pine View, he worked for the Sarasota City Recreational Dept., coaching all the pee-wee sport programs as well as being a summer counselor at Arlington Park.
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.
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.
Tim Self – Financial Advisor, LPL Financial – Tim has been active in the Sarasota community since 1996. His extensive community involvement includes current board service for Leadership Sarasota, Mission United, The Sertoma Club of Greater Sarasota, Sarasota Suncoast UK alumni Club and a Steelers Black N Gold at Geckos Club. Previous involvement includes the Community Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Beyond the Spectrum (school for autism), Designing Women Boutique, Women’s Resource Center and Art Center Sarasota. In 2017, Self received the “Impact In Action” award from Leadership Sarasota, and in 2016, he 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, Downtown Business Association, Lakewood Ranch Business Alliance and the Sarasota Alliance. He has coached a variety of local youth sports teams. Mr. Self holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Kentucky and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Tennessee.