Leslie Edwards, President – Englewood, FL
Edwards was born and raised in Englewood and worked as a dental hygienist for 25 years. She became a realtor in 2004 and, in 2009, a broker with Key Realty, Inc. She is currently President of Key Realty, Inc. which was founded by her grandfather in 1952. Edwards serves on the board of Kids Needs of Greater Englewood and is an honorary board member of the Suncoast Humane Society, where she has been a key player in implementing a $10 million capital campaign.
David Green, Vice President – Manasota Key, FL / Bigfork, MT
David Green has a 45-year career of marketing and branding leadership with emphasis on strategic planning, passionate execution, motivating consumer communication and team building based on quality relationships and mentoring. As a marketing and branding consultant, he has worked with corporations including Boston Market, Redbox Video, Snap-On Tools and Chipotle Mexican Grill. For 30 years he worked for the McDonald’s Corporation, directing and supervising marketing and advertising, climbing to the position of senior global marketing officer. At McDonald’s he brought the Ronald McDonald House concept from a local market activity to an international charity, introduced the “Happy Meal” on both a national and international level and developed long-term partnerships with the Olympics and World Cup Soccer. From 2007 to 2013, he served on the board of Tuesday Morning Inc. He currently serves on the board of the Sarasota Orchestra and is the Vice-Chair of the Gulf Coast Community Foundation. He is a graduate of Northwestern University and attended the Boston University Graduate School of Public Communications. David and his wife Linda live on Manasota Key and in Bigfork, Montana.
Steven Adler, Treasurer – Fort Myers, FL
Steven P. Adler is the president and owner of Murex Properties, LLC. Murex currently operates 18 lifestyle communities in four states. The Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Co and The Carlyle Group are two of Murex’s primary clients working together to acquire new assets around the country. Prior to his current position at Murex Properties, Steven held the position of senior vice-president with Sun Communities (12/02–3/04) and oversaw the development, marketing, and management of most of the developing properties in the Sun portfolio. Prior to accepting the position at Sun, Steven served as president and CEO of Forest Communities (6/99-12/02),
a wholly owned subsidiary of Champion Enterprises. Forest was the development arm of Champion whose mission was to acquire, entitle, build, market and manage new land/lease communities, subdivisions and other housing opportunities. From 1986-1999, Steven was the director of operations and, eventually, president of Uniprop, a private owner and operator of over 15,000 home-sites in 12 states. As COO of Uniprop, he received the first “Community Operator of the Year” award from MHI. Currently serving on MHI’s National Communities Council, Steven has also played an active lobbying role in Florida and has served on the Michigan Manufactured Housing Commission, and several other industry committees. He is the recipient of the MHI Chairman’s Award, the FMHA Williams Olsen Award and has been nominated for induction into the Manufactured Housing Hall of Fame. Steven holds an M.S. in resource management and an M.A. in sociology. He is a licensed Florida real estate broker.
Robyn Citrin, Secretary – Osprey, FL
Robyn Citrin is a retired nurse practitioner who has lived in the Sarasota area for the past ten years. She began her career as a psychiatric nurse in New York City. In 1983, Robyn moved to Denver and worked in obstetrics and gynecology. In 2007, she was awarded her Masters Degree in Nursing Leadership. While residing in Denver her volunteer work included The Children’s Diabetes Foundation, The Junior Symphony Guild, and school nurse at Regis High School. She and her husband raised one son who still resides in Denver. Since moving to Osprey in 2009, Robyn has worked with the Literacy Council of Sarasota, Make-A-Wish Foundation, and the Oaks Women’s Club (OWC). She served on the OWC Board of Directors from 2013-2017 and as President 2014-2015. The OWC Scholarship program has been a passion. She served on the Committee from 2015-2019 and as Chair from 2017-2018. Robyn and her husband are involved with the Ringling Museum of Art’s Asian collection, where they have found a home for their collection of Japanese woodblock prints.
Ellen Berman – Sarasota, FL / Washington D.C.
Ellen Berman’s 40-year career has spanned the intersection of science, technology, and the arts. Ms. Berman served as president of the Consumer Energy Council of America, the nation’s premier public interest energy
policy organization, from its founding in 1973 until her retirement and the organization’s closing in 2006. She has been actively involved in important arts organizations for several decades. Ms. Berman has produced plays on
and off Broadway. She is a trustee of the John and Mabel Ringling Museum of Art, a director of the Suncoast Black Arts Collaborative, and a member of the Cosmos Club of Washington, DC, having served on the board of directors, the admissions committee, the reciprocity committee, and the house committee. She is an active member of the Council for Arts at MIT, an organization which supports non-curricular projects in the arts at MIT and is designed to heighten awareness of the arts among scientists and engineers.
Christine M. Boone – Englewood, FL
Christine Boone is delighted to be joining the Hermitage Board of Trustees, following a long affiliation with the organization. She has lived on Manasota Key for the past twenty-three years, and has spent her time on the Key
building, remodeling, and gardening — one of her greatest passions, as she enjoys learning about native Florida agriculture. Following college, Chris traveled to Madrid, Spain, where she met her husband, and they married in 1970. There, she spent most of her afternoons teaching English to Spanish children all while raising her son and daughter. Chris and her husband subsequently moved to Delevan, Wisconsin where they celebrated the birth of their second daughter. Christine has made a living by following another one of her passions: interior design. Following the passing of her husband in 2005, Chris now spends her summers with her children and grandchildren in Northern Michigan, where she has a house on Crystal Lake near Frankfort. She enjoys bridge, tennis, golf and
travel. Chris is deeply committed to supporting the Hermitage artists and their causes. She is honored to be serving on the Board and working with the other trustees to further the mission of the Hermitage.
Dr. Susan Brainerd – Sarasota, FL
For the past 25 years, Dr. Susan Brainerd has supported arts institutions in Sarasota both professionally and as a volunteer, patron, and subscriber. Susan graduated from Smith College as a music major and earned her doctorate in Creative Arts Education from the University of Massachusetts in 1971. After working for eight years as Director of Arts Education for the State Department of Education in New Jersey, she moved from education to fundraising for arts organizations. In New York City she worked for the New York Philharmonic, American Ballet Theater, and the Big Apple Circus. In 1993, she was recruited to become deputy director for the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art. Susan led eight years of generating support through an enhanced membership program; a series of successful fundraising events including two Governor’s Balls; a year-long celebration of the Museum’s 50th Anniversary as the State Art Museum of Art; and the $15 million restoration of Ca’ d’Zan. During this time, Susan participated on arts and professional boards and became a strong supporter of the major musical performing organizations in Sarasota. She served as Development Co-Chair of the Sarasota Arts Council and also served on the Arts Committee at Harvard University and as a board member for Harris Bank (now Bank of Montreal) in Sarasota. After many years of neglecting her love of singing, Susan joined Key Chorale and in 2004, then joined its board and became its Development Chair, where she identified more music-loving donors to more than double their budget In recent years, Susan has continued her support of Sarasota’s arts in all its varied forms, supported the “Off Key Chorale” initiative for Parkinson patients, and participated on planning boards for a variety of fundraising events. Susan is delighted to be participating on the Board of the Hermitage Artist Retreat and its exciting mission.
Maryann Casey – Englewood, FL
Maryann Casey is originally from Philadelphia and one of seven children. As a flight attendant with Delta Airlines, Maryann was based in New York and Miami and ultimately decided to make South Florida her home in 1975. For the last twenty years, she has been an active real estate broker with Michael Saunders & Company. Manasota Key has been her home for over two decades, and having the Hermitage as the heart of the island allows her the opportunity to be of service to a wonderful organization that gives back to the community in so many ways.
Carole Crosby – Sarasota, FL
Prior to her law career, Carole was the principal harpist with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. A graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, she has always had a passion for the study of law, which she pursued while playing in the Orchestra. Upon graduating as valedictorian, Carole joined a major Detroit law firm. After a lifetime in the Detroit area, she and her husband Larry Wickless moved to Chicago in 2008 for his professional pursuits. There, she became actively involved in the Alliance Francaise de Chicago, serving on its Board of Directors and Executive Committee and as Co-Chair of its Cultural Committee, organizing the yearly French Decorative Arts Symposium. She is also a Life Antiquarian at the Art Institute of Chicago. Carole and Larry purchased a home in the Museum District of Sarasota, having spent part of the third grade here with her mother and twin sister. Her parents, aunt, and uncle later retired to Sarasota. Loving the life and culture here, Carole and her family decided to permanently relocate. In Sarasota, Carole currently serves as President of the Asolo Repertory Theatre, and has previously served as President of The Fine Arts Society of Sarasota and President of the Alliance Francaise de Sarasota. She is honored to be a member of the Hermitage Artist Retreat’s Board of Directors.
Marletta Darnall – Englewood, FL / Chicago, IL
After a brief career
as a junior high school teacher, Marletta Farrier Darnall became a full-time
homemaker and mother. She took community leadership roles in Infant Welfare,
community service, and parents’ associations; founded an anti-drug and
anti-alcohol support network; and served twelve years as a docent for the
Chicago Architectural Foundation. During her Chicago suburb years, Marletta
served as president, vice-president, and gala chair for multiple high-profile
institutions. She is a member of the Guild of Chicago Historical Society,
governing member of Brookfield Zoo and Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and
Sustaining Fellow of the Art Institute of Chicago. Marletta has been a trustee
of Children’s Home and Aid of Illinois since 1987, and in 2007 was the
recipient of its Woman’s Board’s highest honor, the Pauline Palmer Award. In
2010, the Schaumberg Child and Family Center was named for her.
Peggy Hunt – Englewood, FL / Virginia
Peggy Hunt is a proud Manasota Key resident, and she is honored to serve as a member of the Hermitage Board of Trustees, having joined in 2019. She looks forward to playing a role in the Hermitage’s future as a key organization in our community and our region.
Laura Kaminsky – New York NY
Cited in The Washington Post as “One of the Top 35 female Composers in Classical Music,” Laura Kaminsky’s works are “masterful” (San Francisco Classical Voice) and “full of fire as well as ice, contrasting dissonance and violence with tonal beauty and meditative reflection – it is strong stuff.” (American Record Guide). Her opera As One (2014; co-librettists Mark Campbell & Kimberly Reed; American Opera Projects/BAM) is the most produced contemporary opera in the U.S. since the 2016-17 season and has been mounted in Canada, Europe, and Australia. Hometown to the World (libretto by Reed; Santa Fe Opera) premieres in 2021, as does Finding Wright (libretto by Andrea Fellows Fineberg; Dayton Opera). A recording of pianist Ursula Oppens performing Kaminsky’s Piano Concerto (Koussevitzky Award), Piano Quintet (with the Cassatt String Quartet), the solo Fantasy and Reckoning:Five Miniatures for America for Piano Four Hands (with Jerome Lowenthal) will be released on the Cedille label in 2021. The 2019-2020 Composer Mentor for Washington National Opera’s American Opera Initiative, Kaminsky is head of composition at the Conservatory of Music Purchase College/SUNY. Scores: Bill Holab Music. Recordings: Albany, Bridge, BSS, CRI, Capstone, Mode, and MSR labels. She is a BMI composer. LauraKaminsky.com
Andy Maass – Longboat Key, FL
Andrew “Andy” Maass led an illustrious career as an art museum director for thirty years. This included eleven years at the Tampa Museum of Art, five years at the Mississippi Museum of Art in Jackson, MS, as well as the Tucson Museum of Art and Fresno Arts Center. He retired in 2001 from full-time directing to consulting as an Interim Museum Director (including the Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale and the Florida Holocaust Museum in St. Petersberg) and human rights organizations, including AJC – the American Jewish Committee and the Florida Humanities Council. Andy has been a Hermitage Board member since 2006. Andy and his wife Ruth have lived fulltime in Longboat Key since 2001. The couple met as freshmen at the University of Wisconsin, Madison and have two children and four grandchildren.
Tina Shao Napoli – Sarasota, FL
Tina Shao Napoli came to the United States in 1993 from her home country of PR China, where she studied Journalism and the Performing Arts at Nanjing Political College. She served as a professional singer and broadcaster for Chinese People’s Liberation Army for eight years. After coming to America, she performed at many notable establishments such as Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall in New York City. She also performed concerts for Chinese Communities in NYC, cultural exchange events, and charitable events. Expanding upon her cultural diversity, Tina lent her vocal talents to New York City landmarks, including voice-overs for the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the United Nations. Tina and her family moved to Sarasota in 2015, and she quickly became involved in local organizations and cultural exchange events with Chinese artists. Through her travels and introductions, Tina has made connections with many famous artists throughout China. After joining the board of directors at the Ringling Museum of Art, Tina has focused her attention on producing numerous concerts and events at the Ringling Museum. Tina’s passion is bringing more Chinese artists to the Sarasota community, and she is delighted to join the Hermitage Board of Trustees.
Michael R. Pender, Jr. – Bradenton, FL
Michael R. Pender, Jr. has been with Cavanaugh & Co, LLP for more than 40 years, and a partner since 1979. He has experience in all phases of public accounting, including auditing, tax, financial planning, business advisory services, as well as fraud and forensic accounting. Michael has served as both tax advisor and estate planning advisor to high-net-worth individuals throughout his career. His experience includes work with entertainment
professionals, executives, corporate business founders and a member of the PGA. He has also been an organizing director of three community banks: Sarasota Bank (which was sold to Colonial Bank), Insignia Bank (which was sold to Centennial Bank), and Gulfside Community Bank. He has also held audit committee positions for several privately held companies. Michael is a past president of the Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants (2010-11) and a past member of the AICPA council the governing body of the AICPA (2004-2011). He was a NAC
commissioner on the AICPA National Accreditation committee, which is the body that oversees specialization credentials. He holds the following designations in addition to being a CPA: Personal Financial Specialist (PFS), Certified in Financial Forensics (CFF) and a Certified Global Management Accountant (CGMA) all issued by the AICPA and a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) issued by the ACFE. A strong believer in the values set forth by Cavanaugh & Co, Michael also has a history of significant volunteer work on the boards of local, state and national nonprofit organizations for the last 40 years. He has served on the boards of the Sarasota County Community Foundation, Tree Foundation, and Rotary Club of Sarasota Bay Foundation, and as a member of Leadership Florida, Sarasota and Manatee chambers, Argus Foundation, Gulf Coast CEO Forum, Florida Tax Watch, Glasser/Schoenbaum Human Services Center, Van Wezel Foundation, Boys and Girls Clubs of Sarasota County Foundation, Pines of Sarasota, Sarasota YMCA Foundation, Library Foundation for Sarasota County, Circus Ring of Fame Foundation, and many more.
Charlotte Perret – Sarasota, FL
After graduating from the University of Chicago in Russian studies, Charlotte traveled to Europe and stayed in Paris for sixteen years where she worked with the Quakers against the U.S. entry into Vietnam and founded an organization that raised money to buy milk for children in Saigon. She remained a peace activist in France, and then in Washington, DC, where she founded and ran Military Families Support Network and worked with the ACLU on the rights of enlistees to refuse obligatory medications after the first Gulf War. Charlotte also served as a conduit between the military and those who became sick during their service. She has worked in the media department of the Center for Defense Information. She received her master’s degree in museum education and worked at several Smithsonian museums in Washington, DC before retiring.
Nelda Thompson – Manasota Key, FL
Nelda Thompson is a native Floridian who made Englewood her home in 1969. In 1978, she and her husband moved the family to Manasota Key, and she has called the island home ever since. Nelda Thompson and Associates, LLC, was formed in 1990 with a focus on selling Manasota Key property. Over the years, Nelda has established a reputation as the most knowledgeable and trusted agent in the area. She is referred to by many as the “Queen of Manasota Key.” In 2019, Nelda semi-retired from real estate. Some of her volunteer work includes: President of the ElsieQuirk Library, Chair of the Women’s Board of Venice Hospital Foundation, Chair of the Venice Hospital Foundation, and serving on the boards of the Venice Hospital, the State College Of Florida Foundation, and the Gulf Coast Community Foundation. She was a member of the original committee selected to form the Hermitage and presently serves on the Hermitage Board of Trustees.
Mary Lou Winnick – Sarasota, FL / New Haven, CT
Mary Lou Winnick is a native of New England. She graduated from Wellesley College and received an MA in Education from Harvard. Mary Lou taught high school until her three children were born with husband Ed. Eight grandchildren are her lucky result. Wellesley’s college motto is “non ministrari sed ministrarum,” loosely spelled and translated: “Do not expect to be taken care of but give to others.” Mary Lou has followed this path in her career and volunteerism, serving as an officer on many boards and commissions during the New Haven years, including her twenty year service on the Board of Selectman of Woodbridge, CT; her presidency, first woman, of both the New Haven Jewish Federation and the State Federation; and her time as a trustee of Yale New Haven Hospital. In Sarasota, Mary Lou joined the Asolo Board the same year that Michael Edwards became Producing Artistic Director. At Asolo Rep, she has served as co-chair with Ed of the Endowment Campaign, President of the Board, and now a Trustee of the Endowment. During that period, she also served as President of the Harvard Club of Sarasota. And finally, returning to the Wellesley motto, four years ago, she was elected to the Sarasota County Community Foundation which, with “Season Of Sharing” and other avenues, has eased the effects of the pandemic for many who have suddenly found themselves bereft in a storm. The best friends are luckily still the best friends.