Tim Self (Chairperson and President) SVP Investments, Centennial Bank Sarasota – Tim has been active in the Sarasota community since 1996. His extensive community involvement includes board service for the Community Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Beyond the Spectrum (school for autism), Sertoma Club of Greater Sarasota, Designing Women Boutique, Women’s Resource Center, Art Center Sarasota and he is a founding member of the Suncoast University of Kentucky Alumni Club and Steeler Black N Gold club. 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, 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.
Jay Frank Castle, Esq. (Secretary and Treasurer) Castle Partners LLC – is an experienced corporate legal counsel focused on governance/risk/compliance & ethics and alternative dispute resolution, and a Florida Supreme Court certified mediator. In addition to his service on the Sertoma Kids board, Jay serves on the boards of several private companies. Jay also serves as a mentor in the Capstone Entrepreneurship Training Program at the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education. Jay received a Bachelor of Arts degree (with High Honors) from the University of Florida and a Juris Doctor degree (with Distinction) from Emory University School of Law. Jay has a very personal interest in speech language therapy – his beloved 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 Rite-Aid Drug Stores, Wal-Mart and Auto Zone.
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.
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 Humboldt State College in northern California, and completed his MBA at Golden Gate University in San Francisco, while working for Ford Motor Company.
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.
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.
Tony Armocida – Tony Armocida is a former school superintendent from Yellow Springs, Ohio, and has been a member of Sertoma Club of Greater Sarasota for more than five years. He and his wife, Joyce, live in south Sarasota and enjoy the beaches, culture and social life of our community. As a teacher and grandparent, he recognizes the critical importance of helping kids be prepared for success in school and in daily life. Serving on the Sertoma Kids Board is an important extension of his life’s work.
Carrie Ford Coates – Carrie received a Bachelor of Science degree from Florida State University in Social Work in 1996. In 2005, she furthered her education with State College of Florida’s paralegal course and has worked over the years for various law firms in civil litigation. Since 2012, she has been a family law paralegal for The Law Office of Philip J. Schipani. Carrie has a personal interest in Sertoma Kids, as her 3-year-old daughter benefits from their speech therapy services. Carrie and her husband David, enjoy being involved with the community, spending time with their friends and family and being active with their church, St. Boniface Episcopal.
Rick Hughes – Rick Hughes has been a professional Realtor since 1985 and has extensive experience in every aspect of the industry. A second generation Realtor, Rick was the broker-owner of a firm in Maryland before moving to Sarasota in 1997, when he became the manager of a Michael Saunders & Company branch sales office. He has served on local and state Realtor association boards and served several terms as the chair of the Professional Standards Committee and as a real estate sales, contracts and ethics instructor. A graduate of both Leadership Sarasota and Leadership Manatee, Rick is very active in the greater community through the Rotary Club of Sarasota, and has volunteered over the years with Visible Men Academy, Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota County, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Take Stock in Children and more. He has hosted two long-running radio shows, been a newspaper contributor with a weekly column, performed in plays and improv stages, penned a play that has been staged in FL and Michigan and has produced more than 30 plays, 80 videos and many local special events. Always active, Rick believes in giving until it feels GOOD.