Bruce Rodgers
Executive Director

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Bruce Rodgers began his artistic life as a musician studying at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY; receiving his bachelor's degree in music education from SUNY Potsdam — Crane School of Music; and performing with the world famous USMA Band at West Point for three years. After receiving his Master's Degree in English / Creative Writing from Indiana University, he began his theatrical career in 1977 at the GeVa Theatre in Rochester, NY and has also affiliated with the Tony-award winning McCarter Theatre in Princeton, NJ as resident playwright, and the Asolo Theatre Company in Sarasota, FL. As a playwright, his drama Lost Electra won the prestigious Lois and Richard Rosenthal New Play Prize in Cincinnati, and a Dramalogue Award in Los Angeles. It has been produced at numerous regional theatres throughout the United States. In 1992, he was commissioned to write the very successful Centerburg Tales for the Asolo Theatre. His play The Gravity of Honey has seen numerous American productions as well as a production at the Dublin International Theatre Festival in 1996. Mr. Rodgers has performed readings of The Gravity of Honey throughout Florida, and as part of the American Library's "Evenings With Authors" program in Paris, France.

In the 1980s Mr. Rodgers worked extensively throughout the United States consulting in the fields of Creativity and Creative Problem Solving. In this capacity he worked with such Fortune 500 companies as Scott Paper Company; Bell Communications Research; Johnson and Johnson; Darcy, Macius, Benton, and Bowles; Clarion Communications; BBD&O Advertising; and many others. He co-authored the popular book on corporate creativity, Innovation Inc. — A Guide To Creativity in the Workplace with his consulting partner, Steve Grossman.

Mr. Rodgers is a MacDowell Colony Fellow, a Seaside "Escape to Create" Fellow, was named a Distinguished Artist by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, and won a Playwriting Fellowship from the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs. He has consulted for the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, and twice for the National Endowment for the Arts in Washington, DC. He sits on the national board of trustees for the Alliance of Artist Communities, the state-wide board of the Florida Alliance for Arts Education, and the governing board of the Sarasota County Arts Council. Mr. Rodgers was a member of the founding board of the Hermitage Artist Retreat and is its first Executive Director, a position he has held since 2005.

 
Patricia Caswell
Co-Founder and Program Director

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Patricia Caswell founded the Hermitage in 2001 with Syd Adler. She directs its public literary and arts programing and its residency program. She created the concept of an artist retreat at the Hermitage; negotiated the County land lease; nurtured it as a subsidiary of the Arts Council; incorporated it as an entity; oversaw renovation and redesign of its historic houses; and has raised millions of dollars for capital and programs. Patricia created several Hermitage traditions such as the artist-friendly scheduling, free public programs, popular sunset beach readings, and beloved beach dinners.

As Executive Director of the Sarasota County Arts Council, a $1.4 million non-profit agency, she developed and led a grant program awarding $15 million to arts organizations. A registered lobbyist on behalf of the arts, she led advocacy campaigns for arts funding. She is responsible for the first county-wide arts strategic plan. She started Sarasota County’s first public art ordinance and several other initiatives that broaden the scope of the arts in Sarasota. When arts in the schools were cut, she mounted a campaign resulting in the first district in the USA to return arts to classrooms after being de-funded. She initiated the John Ringling Towers Grants for Individual Artists and Historic Preservation. She started Sarasota’s Arts Leadership Award which continues to this day.

She received the Sarasota County Tourism Leader of the Year Award and the NCJW Woman of Power award. She was TV host/ interviewer of Comcast Sarasota Arts Today. She has been named one of Sarasota’s 50 most influential people by Sarasota Magazine, and is a member of Leadership Florida. She was recently honored by a gift from Gerri Aaron of $250,000 to start the Hermitage Founders Fund endowment.

Patricia’s service on Boards of Directors includes: The Florida Arts Council; The County Economic Development Corp.; Florida Association of Local Arts Agencies President; Florida Cultural Alliance; Sarasota County League of Women Voters; SRQ Airport Advisory Board; Leaders Council of the USF; Non-Profit Resource Center Advisory Board; The Hermitage Board of Trustees, founding member.

She has been a choral director, taught music in public and private schools, and sung leading roles in musical theater. She has a BA in Music from Edinboro College and continued studies in Music at FSU and USF. She is married to attorney Chris Caswell and has a son Ben and daughter Shanley.

 
Linda Mansperger
Grants Manager

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Linda Mansperger got sand in her shoes at an early age and considers herself a Floridian through and through. With an undergraduate degree in History and Sociology from Lenior Rhyne University and a Master of Arts degree in American History from Florida State University, Linda’s first experience with historic preservation work was with Herschel Shepard, one of Florida’s premier restoration architects. She began her professional museum career at today’s History Miami, one of the largest history museums in the state, working as a research historian, curator, and project/exhibits manager.

In 1985 Linda moved from Miami to Sarasota to accept the position of Executive Director of Historic Spanish Point. Under her leadership, over $4 million was raised to restore and interpret the 30-acre environmental, archaeological, and historic site. In 2001 Historic Spanish Point was accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, joining the top 4% of museums in the country. In 2012, Historic Spanish Point partnered with Sarasota County in the creation of the new Osprey Public Library.

Linda is a current board member and past president of the Florida Association of Museums/Foundation, and is a recipient of the Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award. She is a museum assessment and accreditation site reviewer for the American Alliance of Museums, and a grant reviewer for the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Past board service includes the Science and Environmental Council of Sarasota County, the Junior League of Sarasota, and Visit Sarasota County.

Joining the Hermitage Artist Retreat staff is a fabulous opportunity for Linda to use her knowledge and skills in caring for Florida’s environment and history while cultivating funders of all kinds to support our mission to nurture artistic creativity.

 
Craig Badinger
Development Director

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Craig Badinger is honored to have worked with several of the great names in the world of American dance. While at Miami City Ballet, he worked with founder Edward Villella during his final years with the company, and with Lourdes Lopez during her transition into artistic leadership. At Martha Graham Dance Company in New York City, he brought together modern dance stars with historic figures and contemporary collaborators to celebrate that company's 90th anniversary. At both organizations, Craig was witness to world premieres from some of today’s most promising rising choreographers. Now Craig is proud to expand his impact onto the wider field of creative arts served by the Hermitage.

Craig is a firm believer in the transcendent power of art. As a sometime hobbyist in both performance and writing, he finds great inspiration in working with accomplished artists. Some day, one day, Craig intends to finish his first novel.

 
Holly Pisaturo
Office Manager

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Holly Pisaturo has held a love of the arts throughout her lifetime. She has worked in many visual arts forms such as painting, jewelry design, interior design, drawing, and photography, including the hand-painting of black and white photos.

Growing up in Ohio, Holly graduated Suma Cum Laude from Youngstown State University with a Bachelor of Science in Applied Science and Technology, attaining a degree which emphasized the Arts, Business, Marketing and Management.

Having gotten her toes in the Florida family vacation sand for the first time at the age of 5, Holly was finally able to make the Florida Gulf Coast area her home in 2007. She became a teacher for Sarasota County Schools, finding her favorite niche as a Reading Intervention Specialist, and also as the Site Director of the after-school tutoring and student enrichment program, 21st Century Community Learning Center.

In 2012 Holly and her husband co-founded Florida West Art and Jewel, where Holly designs and hand makes unique jewelry pieces. Upon encountering some of the challenges that an artist faces, the pair then built a vision of one day forming an organization which helps young artists by enabling them to focus on their craft, market their artistry, and by providing a vehicle through which they may get their artwork before the public eye. This vision remains as one of their future goals.

Holly became part of the Hermitage family in 2016. She feels privileged to be a part of helping the world of the arts expand, in bringing these innovative artists before the public through the Hermitage community outreach programs, to be immersed in the beauty and grandeur of Manasota Key, and to be working amongst people of such excellence.

 
Jacobina Trump
Facilities Manager

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Dutch born artist Jacobina Trump studied five years at the prestigious Royal Academy of Fine Arts in The Hague, Holland. After getting a Bachelor’s Degree she became a professor design and typography at the same institution. She earned an MFA after two years of teaching.

Her professional path later on went from stage set designer through photographer, art director (BBDO Business communications) to decorative painter. In 2006, Jacobina proudly became a U.S. citizen and moved to Indianapolis, where she served as jury at the Arts Council and organized annual Open House events at the Stutz business center.

In 2010 she finished a large scale mural (20 x 37 feet) for the University of Miami.

Today she lives in Englewood, Florida and has developed her own style of painting in three subject matters.