Profiles of Board Members

Renee Hamad, President   Jamie AymerichFirst Vice President
Mrs. Hamad interned at the WRCSC as a student at Eckerd College. During that time, she attended the Challenge class, observed Peer Counseling and Mentor sessions as well as reviewed many WRCSC classes to evaluate their effectiveness. Upon completion of her internship, she became an active WRCSC volunteer. She was Chair of the 2010 Renaissance luncheon. She is a past board member of the Sarasota Ballet and a current board member of the New College Foundation.   Mrs. Aymerich has held senior-level management positions at Fortune 500 companies and is the former Vice President, Associate Publisher at Sarasota Magazine. She is currently with Truforte Business Group as a business broker helping people buy and sell businesses throughout the state of Florida. Originally from Buffalo, N.Y., she has a master’s degree in IT and career and HR development from the Rochester Institute of Technology.
 
Audrey ColemanSecond Vice President   Mary Miller, Secretary
Mrs. Coleman graduated with a bachelor’s degree in music and education from Youngstown University and a master’s degree in education at State College of Boston. Audrey provided leadership to charter a local chapter of The Society Incorporated, a not-for-profit organization committed to providing opportunities for the development of fine and performing arts among young people, with a special emphasis on African American youth. She has served on many boards and is currently affiliated with Asolo Repertory Theatre, Community Foundation of Sarasota County and Girls, Inc.   Mrs. Miller is a former nurse. She received her bachelor’s degree in human development from Eckerd College and a RN degree from Montreal General Hospital School of Nursing of Cardiac ICU. She first attended the Renaissance luncheon five years ago; since that time, she has supported the WRCSC scholarship program. She was the 2009 Co-Chair of the Renaissance luncheon. Mary is a current member of the Board of Trustees for Eckerd College, a board member for the Longboat Key Garden Club and a former secretary treasurer and partner of the National Cinema Supply in Tampa.
 
Kim Wheeler, Treasurer   Betty Schoenbaum, Assistant Treasurer
Ms. Kim Wheeler has a combined expertise in business/finance and mental health counseling.  Her undergraduate degree is in business administration from the University of Southern California.  After 20 years, she then received a master’s degree in mental health counseling from Florida Atlantic University.  She has been the Controller for two large travel agencies and served in management positions in the software and hospitality industries.  She also served on the staff of the Student Counseling Center at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton.  She currently volunteers with the Junior League and is a supporter of The Community Foundation of Sarasota.  In addition, she is a volunteer at the WRCSC serving as a Peer Resource Advisor and on the Renaissance Committee.   Mrs. Schoenbaum currently serves as the Assistant Treasurer for the WRCSC. She received her bachelor’s degree from The Ohio State University as well as honorary degrees from both the University of Charleston (Doctor of Humanities, May 1999) and The Ohio State University (Doctor of Business, March 2001). Betty is a 2003 recipient of Women of Power Recognition from the National Council of Jewish Women as well as a 2005 recipient of the Women of Community Impact honor from United Way of Sarasota County.  She was named the Charleston Gazette-Mail’s 2008 West Virginian of the Year in December 2008. In addition to her contributions to the WRCSC, Betty has also served on the Boards of American Jewish Committee, Jewish Family & Children’s Service of Sarasota-Manatee, Inc., The Ohio State University Foundation, The Salvation Army Advisory Board and The Shoenbaum Family Foundation. Betty is a co-founder of the Glasser/Schoenbaum Human Services Center.
 
Dr. Leslie Beth Wish   Kimberly A. Bald
Dr. Wish has presented and facilitated numerous workshops and seminars for the WRCSC. She is both a noted psychologist and social worker, who has gained national recognition for her work with women. For over 30 years, as a therapist, researcher, author and university administrator and faculty member, she has helped women with mourning, intimate relationships, family, parenting and careers. Her expert quotes and advice have most recently appeared in USA TODAY, Woman’s Day, Women’s Health, CNN.com, MORE Magazine, and Better Homes and Gardens. She is currently finishing research for her next book about women’s relationships. She is Chair of the WRCSC Development Committee.   Ms. Bald is currently the Principal and President of Harlee & Bald, P.A.  She earned her bachelor’s degree from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn., and her Juris Doctorate with Honors from Stetson University College of Law.  She is a sustaining member of the Junior League of Sarasota as well as a member of the Board of Trustees for Pines of Sarasota Foundation. She was named one of the Florida Trend Legal Elite in 2009, 2011 and 2012 as well as one of Florida’s Super Lawyers in 2011 and 2012.
 
Dr. Marguerite Barnett, MD   Robin Serbin
Dr. Barnett is a double Board Certified Harvard/MIT Trained Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeon and the Past Surgical Section Chief at Bon Secours Venice Hospital. She is the past and upcoming president of the Sarasota County Medical Society and past AMA alternate Delegate. She is the Director and Owner of Mandala MedSpa in Sarasota.  

Robin SerbinMs. Serbin has enjoyed various professional, social and volunteer endeavors, primarily in leadership or management positions. She has over 27 years experience in Human Resources at the senior management level. She currently serves as Partner for Mail-It, LLC. She earned her bachelor’s degree in business management from Eckerd College. Her volunteer involvement includes Assistant to Producer of Community—The TV show, Sarasota Orchestra Board of Directors and volunteer facilitator for the Women’s Resource Center of Sarasota County, Inc.

 
Dr. Elinor Crawford   Patricia Johnson
Dr. Crawford received both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in physical education from University of California, Berkeley. She went on to receive her Ph.D. from University of Oregon.  Dr. Crawford has 30 years of teaching experience at University of Iowa, where she became the head of women’s athletics. She played a significant role in the deliberation of Title  IX and successfully worked with the male athletic department to implement Title  IX at University of Iowa.  Dr. Crawford is a former state president of the American Camping Association in Iowa; she has also been involved in Girl Scouts in Iowa and Florida as well as UNIFEM, AAUW and a volunteer at All Faiths Food Bank.   Mrs. Johnson graduated from the School of Nursing at State College of Florida and served as surgical nurse, supervisor, head nurse and open heart surgery nurse at Sarasota Memorial Hospital. Patricia was appointed to the State Board of Nursing by the Governor and served for seven years, including as Chair of the Credentials Committee. She is certified National nurse in the operating room. Patricia supported her husband, Bob Johnson, in his role as State Representative and Senator. She is currently president of her condominium association.
 
Cynthia Sharpe Malkin   Linda DesMarais
Mrs. Malkin is an active leader in the Sarasota community. She has served on numerous boards and currently holds the position of Board Chair of the William and Marie Selby Foundation. She is a member of the Planned Parenthood Advisory Council.   Ms. Linda DesMarais is the General Manager of SNN News 6. Formerly, Linda served as Vice President and Station Manager of WWSB-TV (now ABC 7), where she was also a minority owner. Linda has held numerous senior management positions in the television industry, including posts at WPBF-TV, the ABC affiliate in West Palm Beach, WJLA-TV, the ABC affiliate in Washington, D.C., and four major TV stations in Miami.She’s been active in the Sarasota community since 1986, and most recently has served or is serving on the Board of Directors for the Sarasota Film Festival, the Advisory Board for the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall and the Sarasota County Commission on the Status of Women.
 
Mary LeMay   Ann C. Thompson
With over 25 years of experience within the realm of human resources and organizational development, Ms. LeMay has worked as a consultant for a range of organizations. From national groups, such as Tropicana, Minute Maid, Seagram’s and Cutrale, to local groups, including Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, she has provided expertise.  With her extensive background in human capital, Mrs. LeMay now works as a business development and human resources consultant for Alltrust, one of the largest privately held employee benefits and human resources consulting firms in Florida. She received a bachelor’s degree in organizational behavior from Eckerd College and a master’s degree in management.   Ms. Thompson earned her law degree at Franklin Pierce Law Center (now the University of New Hampshire School of Law) in Concord, N.H.  After practicing law for 18 years at Sanders and McDermott in Hampton, N.H., Ms. Thompson relocated to Venice, Fla. to open her own law office, which is a family-centered estate planning practice. She has previously served as a member and President of the Board of the Women’s Support Center of South Sarasota County as well as, later, the Women’s Resource Center of Sarasota County. In 2011, she was elected to the board of Venice Main Street as well as appointed Co-chair of the Venice Yacht Club Charitable Foundation.
 
Kathy Coffey   Amy Sankes
Throughout the 30 years Ms. Coffey has resided in Sarasota, she has been extensively involved in community philanthropic organizations. Kathy began her volunteering efforts as President of the Southside School PTA, ultimately establishing the Southside Foundation, and continued her educational involvement by chairing the Pine View School for the Gifted Association. She was also a member of the PALS Board and has served on numerous advisory committees for the school board. In addition to being a local business owner, Kathy currently serves as the Board Chair for the Evelyn Sadlier Jones YMCA, as a member of the Sarasota County YMCA Metropolitian Board, on the Board of Trustees for the New College Foundation and as Director for Hispanic Point. Prior to her volunteer efforts, Kathy was a corporate human resources director. She holds a Master of Public Administration from Southern Methodist University in Dallas and a bachelor’s degree from The Lindenwood College in St. Louis.   Ms. Sankes has more than seven years of fundraising leadership experience in the nonprofit sector of Sarasota and Manatee counties. She currently serves as the Philanthropic Advisor for the Gulf Coast Community Foundation. Previosuly, she was the Major Gift Officer at Mote Marine Laboratory, and prior to that, the Senior Director for Development for The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art and Florida State University Foundation. Prior to moving to Sarasota 10 years ago, her and husband Josh lived in Europe while he played professional basketball. During her travels to remote locations in Turkey, she became interested in helping women that didn’t have access to proper education or opportunities. Amy taught conversational English to some of these women in order to help them in their own lives as it related to employment opportunities or schooling.