Board president elected, Centerstone supervisor get Pandemic Hero Award


Teresa “Tess” A. Koncick has been elected board president and chair of the nonprofit SunCoast Blood Centers.

Koncick joined the board in 2019 and beforehand served as vice president and assistant treasurer. Koncick is a securities attorney who now serves as basic counsel to ThinkBetter, LLC, an investment advisory organization.

She was a branch chief at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Fee, wherever she worked on circumstances involving Ivan Boesky and Michael Milken.

As basic counsel at Merrill Lynch Defined Asset Money, Koncick oversaw all legal matters for a business managing around $60 billion in assets.

Koncick has been a dedicated chief in the nonprofit group due to the fact she moved to the Suncoast in 2002. As a fellow and deputy director of the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Artwork, she oversaw a $60 million making task that integrated a new customer center, schooling wing and new galleries.

Koncick was also the board president of Meals On Wheels of Sarasota.

She attained an undergraduate diploma from Georgetown College, a Grasp of Arts in nonprofit administration from Seton Corridor University, a Grasp of Laws and Protection Regulation from Georgetown College Law Heart, and a Juris Health practitioner from Antioch College of Law.


Stephanie Jones, director of world skilled talent acquisition at Duff & Phelps, has been elected to provide a a few-12 months term on the board of administrators of the Charles & Margery Barancik Foundation.

Jones is a company recruiting supervisor with specialties in the parts of tax, company finance and valuation.

She joins area board members Gerry Lublin and Hosana Fieber.


Angela Dunbar, administrative and medical hazard manager with Centerstone, has been identified by the Florida Behavioral Health Association with its Behavioral Wellbeing Pandemic Hero Award.  

A member of the Centerstone scientific workforce because 2005, Dunbar’s tenure incorporates client care, lab functions, infection handle and chance management.  When the pandemic struck, she served as neighborhood and in-house skilled on protocols, methods and communications.

Dunbar proceeds to individually tour models everyday and give fingers-on schooling and training to personnel.  In addition, she is dependable for buying and distributing personalized protecting gear, which include around 100,000 masks, face shields and gowns, to above 700 staff members customers.

When regional distilleries converted their devices to produce hand sanitizer, she traveled considerably and broad to acquire provides and redistribute to Centerstone staff members in numerous destinations. 

Centerstone is a not-for-revenue overall health method giving psychological wellness and substance use dysfunction treatment options. Providers are out there in Bradenton, Sarasota and locations in numerous other states.


The law firm of Blalock Walters, P.A. has included legal professional Michael J. Farr to its small business and corporate and estate preparing apply teams.

In Farr’s organization and company exercise, he counsels clientele regarding entity development, organization governance challenges and business enterprise transactions. He represents both of those firms and persons in the locations of entity choice and formation, company governance issues, enterprise succession preparing and transitions.

In his estate preparing practice, Farr drafts wills, revocable dwelling trusts and irrevocable trusts and other estate arranging documents required to carry out shopper targets and very long-term individual and charitable targets.

Farr acquired his Juris Medical doctor and LL.M. in banking and finance from Boston College College of Legislation and a bachelor’s in economics from Florida Condition College.

Blalock Walters has offices in Bradenton and Sarasota.


Ryntal Residence Administration, of Manatee County,  has appointed Adam Wagenhauser vice president of operations.

He will be accountable for overseeing Ryntal’s day-to-working day functions, and utilizing operation techniques, buildings and processes, together with building the company’s upcoming. 

Wagenhauser is a graduate of Ohio State University and Funds College, wherever he acquired a master’s in business.

He has about 15 a long time of experience and has spent significantly of his career at a multibillion-dollar monetary support firm, holding positions as business analyst, economical organization expert, money company manager and director of accounting.


Gianni Valenti has joined the staff at Gulfside Expense Products and services, a whole-services wealth administration group affiliated with Gulfside Bank, in Sarasota.

2 times named a Major 40 Small business Experienced by the Venice Gondolier Solar Newspaper (2016 and 2018), Valenti has been a productive Italian restaurant basic manager considering the fact that 2005 at his relatives-owned business, working given that 1989.

Valenti attended Out-of-Doorway Academy and Stetson College, wherever he acquired a bachelor’s in company administration, with minors in business enterprise legislation and relatives business management.

He also attended the Harvard College Summer Federal government/Political Experiments Study course.

Valenti, who speaks a few languages and is fluent in Spanish and Italian, commenced his vocation as a monetary adviser in 2017.

Melissa Larkin-Skinner, regional CEO for Centerstone, was just lately appointed chair of the Florida Council for Behavioral Wellbeing Board.  FCBH is the advocacy arm of the Florida Behavioral Health and fitness Affiliation. 

Larkin-Skinner was also appointed as co-chair of FBHA.    

She has 25 years of encounter in all factors of psychological overall health and dependancy treatment. As a licensed psychological wellbeing counselor, she has worked with kids and older people of all ages in numerous treatment method packages, which include inpatient, outpatient, crisis intervention, intensive community-dependent care and baby welfare.

She has intended and operated innovative programs to meet neighborhood desires these kinds of as the Children’s Community Motion Treatment method Workforce, which was adopted as a statewide design of care for Florida’s youths and their households.

Larkin-Skinner holds a master’s in health treatment administration from Saint Leo University and a master’s in rehabilitation counseling from the University of South Florida.

Centerstone is a not-for-earnings health and fitness system furnishing psychological health and compound use ailment treatment plans in Bradenton and Sarasota and at other spots.

Imelda Hart, left, and Cecilia Contreras-Carrillo

Imelda Hart and Cecilia Contreras-Carrillo, who have considerable banking encounter in the Sarasota location, are the new retail banking officer and retail operations supervisor, respectively, of the Crews Lender & Have faith in Sarasota place of work.

Hart, who was also named a bank vice president, is accountable for the overall administration of the department business office, while Contreras-Carrillo supports the overall functions of the department.

Hart and Contreras-Carrillo are each bilingual, fluent in English and Spanish.

Hart provides additional than two decades of banking experience to Crews, starting up from the time she graduated from higher faculty. She has served as a vice president, assistant vice president, branch manager, direct teller, particular banker, accounting assistant and household financial loan officer for monetary institutions in and all around Sarasota.

Contreras-Carrillo has about eight several years of retail banking knowledge in the Sarasota region, most lately operating as a customer support consultant. She invested 15 yrs as a marketing consultant and international division assistant supervisor for Industrias Marino S.A. de C.V., a coffee and tea maker in Mazatlán, Mexico.

She acquired a bachelor’s degree in worldwide trade and enterprise administration from the Nationwide Polytechnic Institute and an English Literacy Certificate from the Manatee Complex Institute in 2010.


Kimbrell J. Hines has been promoted from law clerk to affiliate at the Williams Parker regulation firm, adhering to her admittance and swearing in to the Florida Bar.

The oath of admission was administered by longtime company husband or wife Charles (Dan) D. Bailey Jr. at a digital swearing-in ceremony hosted by the agency Dec. 8 to rejoice the situation and formally welcome Hines as an legal professional with the firm.

Hines focuses her practice on labor and employment. She supports the organization in its illustration of employers with regards to a huge assortment of matters, this kind of as employment policies, discrimination, harassment, and wage and hour.

She has working experience investigating and aiding with civil litigation issues in arbitrations, point out courtroom and federal court.

In advance of becoming a member of the Sarasota business, Hines served as an intern for the Honorable Christopher Sabella, of the 13th Judicial Circuit Court, and as a investigation assistant for College of Florida Law Professor Merritt McAlister.

Beforehand, as a human sources experienced, she investigated studies of harassment, discrimination and misconduct, and provided steerage regarding compensation and advantages, corporation procedures and the Family Clinical and Depart Act.

She retains a J.D. from the University of Florida University of Regulation, master’s in human resources administration from the University of Tennessee, and bachelor’s from the College of Florida.

Epilepsy Products and services of Southwest Florida has two new members on its board of directors: Patrick Smith and Cassidy Marino, both equally of Fort Myers.

Smith owns Cornerstone Termite and Pest Handle.

Marino, a senior at Bishop Verot High College, is the board’s very first university student member.

Epilepsy Services of Southwest Florida supplies low or no-expense situation management and clinical expert services for uninsured older people with epilepsy in Manatee, Sarasota, Charlotte, Lee, Collier, DeSoto, Glades and Hendry counties.


The All Star Children’s Foundation, in Sarasota, has two new users on its board of administrators: Ashley Coone and Noah Riner.

Coone has a wealth of encounter in authorities, party management, nonprofit do the job and much more. Prior to launching Ashley Coone Consulting, she served as executive director of the DeSoto County Chamber of Commerce, at Florida Gulf Coast College and as constituent expert services agent in the business office of Congressman Connie Mack.

In 2016, Coone was appointed as the Clerk of the Circuit Courtroom of DeSoto County by Gov. Rick Scott. She is currently a member of the Florida Gulf Coastline University’s board of trustees.

Coone co-founded Links2Achievement, a nonprofit in her hometown of DeSoto County that supplies free of charge faculty and occupation readiness systems to middle and large school learners.

She also spearheads the Smith Brown Task, a cash renovation task that led to the opening of the 1st Boys & Girls Club in DeSoto County.

Riner is an entrepreneur, trader and knowledgeable main govt. He at the moment invests in privately held businesses throughout the U.S.

He is the former CEO of NeuroInternational Healthcare, which operated specialised remedy services in multiple states for persons with brain accidents and developmental disabilities. Below Riner’s leadership, the company grew from 90 to 550 workforce.

He started Ironclad Money, a personal expenditure fund that acquired NeuroInternational.

Riner was a lengthy-phrase leader and volunteer for a nonprofit delivering residential compound abuse remedy services. He also serves as an officer in the U.S. Navy Reserve.

All Star Kid’s Foundation is a nonprofit corporation committed to healing the effects of trauma experienced by small children who have been abused and reworking foster treatment as a result of innovation, science and compassion.


Sarasota financial investment adviser Michael E. DeMassa was not too long ago recognized with the 2020 5 Star Wealth Supervisor award. This is the fourth consecutive calendar year DeMassa has been chosen.

DeMassa is founder and principal of Forza Wealth Management, an SEC registered investment adviser based mostly in Sarasota.

He attained a bachelor’s from Massachusetts Institute of Engineering and retains the two the Certified Fiscal Planner and Chartered Financial Analyst designations.

He specializes in locally managed tailor made stock, bond and trade-traded fund portfolios to assist his clientele realize their retirement and money aims.

The Five Star Prosperity Manager award is based mostly on goal study conditions. 5 Star Professional’s investigation staff evaluates candidates from throughout key marketplaces on a yearly basis on 10 standards linked with exceptional assistance.

Daniel Tullidge has joined Fergeson Skipper, P.A., in Sarasota, as an affiliate attorney.

Tullidge is admitted to apply ahead of all community and condition courts. His emphasis on estate arranging and administration, as effectively as his expertise in have faith in administration, tax and business enterprise succession organizing, will serve as a valuable addition to the firm’s practice in genuine estate regulation, trusts and estates.

Tullidge been given a bachelor’s in philosophy, cum laude, and Juris Health practitioner, cum laude, from the College of Florida. He attained a Master of Legislation in Taxation (LL.M.), also from the University of Florida.

Tullidge at this time serves on the scholarship committee at Ringling College or university of Artwork & Design. He was a graduate of the Gulf Coast Management Institute’s Class of 2018 and editor of the Sarasota County Bar Association’s Docket publication.