Girls inc of sarasota county



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Address:  201 South Tuttle Avenue, Sarasota, FL 34237

Telephone: (941) 366-6646

Fax: (941) 366-4617




Tricia attended Chamberlayne Junior College in Boston, Massachusetts and was in the fashion design and merchandising curriculum before moving to Germany for three years. While in Germany, she worked for the American Youth Activities on an American army base as Program Director and a Girl Scout leader. She then moved to Fort Knox, Kentucky where she worked as a legal secretary and a Girl Scout leader for two years. She returned to her home town in upstate New York and started a career with IBM. She held many positions as marketing and sales manager during her twenty-five years with IBM, and was a Worldwide Executive Marketing Director prior to leaving IBM. Tricia started her new career in the culinary arts by attending the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York, the Art Institute of Atlanta, Ewald Notter School of Pastry Arts in Orlando, and the Culinary Business Academy. She worked for The Cook's Warehouse in Atlanta, Georgia as the Cooking School Director managing over 600 classes with local and celebrity chefs each year, and teaching cooking and chocolate classes. She hosted many celebrity chefs including Giada De Laurentiis, Anthony Bourdain, Roy Yamaguchi, Emeril Lagasse, Natalie Dupree, Helen Chen, and Ina Garten with book tours and cooking demonstrations. Tricia is a skilled cooking school consultant and owns a personal chef and catering business. Tricia joined Girls Incorporated of Sarasota County over six years ago as their resident chef and cooking instructor. She is the facilitator of the Mini Chefs' Cafe, a catering business in the town of Dream Harbor, teaches gardening, and is the computer lab instructor. She has appeared on local ABC doing a cooking demonstration representing Girls Incorporated. She is a member of the United States Personal Chef Association and Women Chefs & Restaurateurs Association. Tricia has won three scholarships over the last six years from the WCR, including a food styling class in California, wine & food class at the CIA in Napa, and a culinary class at the CIA in NY. She continues her culinary studies at the CIA in NY working towards her ProChef I Certification. Tricia has one son, Michael, and a lovely daughter-in-law, Missy, living in Atlanta, Georgia. ·         Julie Sullivan Born and raised in Lafayette, Indiana, and a graduate of Purdue University, Julie comes to us with over 12 years of Marriott Hospitality Management experience, although, her true passions are children and nature. She is the youngest of six kids (all boys) and began Purdue in Elementary Education before changing her major to Hotel Management. "I wouldn't trade my experiences and travels with Marriott but I've always known that one day, I would go back to working with children in some way." Julie started Girls Inc. September, 2008 as Program Assistant and has been promoted to Asst. Director of Program Operations and, most recently, Business Operations Manager. "I'm excited about my recent promotion and look forward to further opportunities with Girls, Inc." Julie and her husband of nearly 12 years, Bill, who is a State of FL Senior Fraud Investigator, reside in Venice with two strong, smart, and bold girls of their own - Riley (8) and Molly (6).

·        Dawn Wiley started with Girls Inc. in 2005 as the Director of Program Operations. Today, she is the Outreach Coordinator responsible for overseeing the components of our off-site programming including many of the activities profiled in this grant application. Dawn also works with girls in our center, serving as the content advisor for WSSB Girl TV.  Before coming to Girls Inc., Ms. Wiley was the Community Youth Development Specialist with Sarasota County’s Community Youth Development Project serving over 9,000 middle and high school students over 4 years through a nine-agency collaboration.  She has developed and conducted trainings with over 100 middle and high school students, agency staff and adult volunteers on topics that included leadership skills, assessing community needs, service learning, business protocols and youth-adult partnerships.  Ms. Wiley also serves as a trainer for the Girls Inc. National Resource Center in Indianapolis. Ms. Wiley holds a Bachelors degree in Business Administration with an accounting major and a Master of Arts degree in Religious Education.  Dawn has over 10 years experience working with youth in non-profit organizations and community settings.  In 2008, Dawn was awarded “National Program Staff of the Year” honors by National Girls Inc. Ms. Wiley’s behavior and attitude, in both her personal and professional life, strongly represent Girls Inc. mission and values. 


·         Donna Kmetz started withGirls Inc. in 2007. She holds a Bachelors degree in Elementary and Early Childhood Education with a teaching certificate for preschool-8th grade and over 25 years experience. For 7 years, Ms. Kmetz worked for the Sarasota Family YMCA as the Vice President of Educational Outreach and Early Childhood Services overseeing afterschool child care, the    subsidized child care program, Child Care Resource & Referral and the Gold Seal Quality Improvement Project. Ms. Kmetz also writes and manages the grants for Girls Inc.
·         Instructional Staff: All instructional staff hold a degree in education or a related field that is specific to their teaching assignment such as those staff working in math/science who have obtained a biology degree.

Dawnyelle Singleton

Girls Inc. Alumna

Dawnyelle Singleton Dawnyelle is a Graphic Designer and Girls Inc. staff member. Her motto is "Every day in every way, my life is getting better!"

Nancy Cason

Girls Inc. Alumna

Nancy Cason Nancy is an attorney in Sarasota, Fl. Her motto is "work hard, play hard, be honest and be true to yourself."

Alicia Chalmers

Girls Inc. Alumna

Alicia Chalmers Alicia owns her own business, Horizon Title Services. The most exciting thing in her life is her son, Colt and her life motto is "Live Well, Laugh Often, Laugh Much".

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