Cean Cerny is part of our Advisory Counsel. Cean has been involved with children in various ways throughout her career. She currently is a substitute teacher, a Guardian ad Litem volunteer, serves on the Hope Kids Community board, volunteers with the Kids Live after school program through Youth for Christ and volunteers at her church. She is also an avid Apple fan and tutors adults on all Apple products. Cean teaches computer classes for the Sarasota Technology Users Group (STUG) as a volunteer and is involved in a Philanthropic Educational Organization (PEO) serving as a volunteer in both the local and state level. Cean has worked as a Children’s Director and also in schools teaching Exceptional Students. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Education at Northeastern Illinois University and her Master’s Degree at National Louis University in Chicago. She is married to her husband, Jim and has 1 daughter, Caitlyn, a teacher in the Chicago area. In her spare time she loves to read and travel.
Gary Crawford is part of our advisory council. Since early 2010 Gary has been the Managing Partner for BI-IT Consulting Services, LLC and is the President of Galatians 6:2, Inc. (www.g62.info). Before that he served with the executive management team of Hide-Away Storage Services for 16 years. He has an MBA from Florida State University, Bachelors from Purdue University and is a CPA (retired status) in the State of Florida and has served on the Board of Trustees for LeTourneau University in Longview, Texas. He has been an Elder in his church for 20 years and married for 39 years with three daughters and two granddaughters.
Bob Rosinsky is part of our Advisory Council. Bob has been with Goodwill for 43 years. He began his career at the Milwaukee Goodwill after receiving a bachelor’s degree from Carroll College in Waukesha, Wisconsin and doing graduate work in psychology at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Bob has published articles in professional journals and presented papers at national and international conferences. He has worked at Goodwill Industries of Southeastern, Wisconsin as Associate Director, The Zanesville Ohio Welfare Organization and Goodwill Industries as CEO, Goodwill Heart of Florida as CEO and Goodwill Manasota as President and COO. He owned his own consulting business from 1991-1996 working with Goodwill’s around North America along with several private sector clients. He has received several national and local awards including the Watkins Award for Mission Advancement from Goodwill International and the Humanitarian of the Year from the Lakewood Ranch Community Foundation. Bob is an avid scuba diver, hiker, runner, tennis player and fisherman. He lives with his wife Ruth in Bradenton, Florida.
Dean Dancer is part of our Advisory Council. Dean has worked in the financial services industry since 1990. After graduating from Eastern Michigan with a bachelor’s degree in business administration, he went to work for Barnett Bank in Naples, Florida. Ten years later in 1999, he became a financial advisor at Smith Barney, where he joined his friend and colleague T.J. Goelz to form the Palm Avenue Wealth Advisory Group. He is a member of the UBS Director’s Council, which is comprised of the top Financial Advisors of the firm. Dean has deep roots in his community where he serves as the Board Chair for Hope 4 Communities, a local non-profit providing annual Day4Hope to homeless and needy children to begin the first day of school on an even playing field. Dean also serves as a trustee at The Shore Church assisting with membership growth and leading connect groups. Dean is passionate about sports, playing tennis, hiking, biking, and enjoys active vacations with his wife, Kelly and their two sons, Mack and Mason.
TJ is currently a Christian photographer of many years, who works as the Computer/ IT person for Grace Community Church. She loves her community and has served as a photographer and liaison for Day of Hope events and Hope 4 Communities for years.
Francisca Lezama is our hair liaison. She serves not only as our liaison but as the hair leader for her home church. We were also blessed to have her serve as an intern while she finished her degree at USF. She has four beautiful children and an amazing husband. She’s been doing hair for 12 years and still loves it!
Pam Kelly is our Medical Liaison. She is a proud mom and nana of 4 amazing children and 5 beautiful grandchildren. Loves spending her free time with family and friends. She loves to travel. A believer for as long as she can remember and has a passion to serve. She is a long time member at Church of the Palms. This is where she met Pam Hawn and learned about and fell in love with the Day of Hope. A Family Nurse Practitioner at Intercoastal Medical Group. She Loves Sarasota and always look for ways to help our community.
Dr. Ashley Wagler is serving are our Dental Liaison! She recently graduated from LECOM Dental School and is practicing General Dentistry in Venice, FL. She was born and raised in Sarasota and follows her belief in giving back to the community. She has a passion for volunteering and providing pro bono dental care for those in need. In her free time, she enjoys boating and hanging out with her husband and 2 miniature Australian Shepherds, Dexter and Cooper.
Karen Calyer serves as our County Liaison. Karen is a Florida Registered Paralegal. Karen previously volunteered with Gifts-From-God Ministries from 2004 to 2011 and served on their board of directors the later two years. During her time with that ministry she served the homeless, as well as co-lead a youth group from the Sarasota Newtown neighborhood. Her passion for the homeless and youth carried over to her volunteering with Hope 4 Communities. She has been a Hope 4 Communities volunteer since 2013, having previously served as a Board member. She is the mother of three adult children. She resides in Sarasota, but her roots are from the hills of upstate New York. Her home church is Church of Motion in Sarasota County, Florida.
Jane Weichmann is our warehouse liaison. Jane has been a resident of Sarasota since 1988. After earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Education from Buena Vista College in Iowa, Jane and her husband, Arlyn, moved to Cape Coral, Florida in 1979, and then to Sarasota when Arlyn was transferred in 1988. Jane retired after teaching for 36 years however currently she is teaching intervention math and reading part time. Jane and her husband have three sons, two daughter in laws, and three grandchildren. She has served in numerous capacities at church for many years and is currently attending Sarasota Baptist Church
Jennifer Hancock is our Christmas Liaison and serves on our continuing hope committee. Jennifer has been involved in missions and outreach for the past 30 years. Her love of outreach and missions started when she took her first trip to Honduras, where she was a part of a team that helped build a home for a family with a deaf child. In 2008 she took her first trip to Haiti to visit an orphanage that she was going to be working for stateside. In 2010 she moved to Haiti with her family to serve on the mission field. While there they provided a home for 7 boys from the mountains to live during the school year so they were able to attend school. They also hosted and led teams in VBS, installing rain catching systems, worked with local pastors helping provide the basic needs of their congregations and working with orphanages, doing repairs or just playing with and loving on the children. Jennifer and her husband Jon have 3 daughters and 7 grandchildren that all share their love of outreach. They have been event coordinators for Day4Hope at Crosspointe church since 2016 and Hope 4 Christmas for the past 2 years.
Valentina Gomez is our bilingual liaison. Valentina has been working in the community for over ten years. Her passion for helping people began at an early age. When she was in Middle school, she held multiple events to collect clothes and blankets for the farmworker families in Myakka. While in Gainesville for college, she became a teaching assistant for a special education class and a mentor under the organization Take Stock In Children. Volunteering, spending time with family, traveling, and learning new things sums her up. She holds a bachelor’s in business and is currently the Outreach & Eligibility Coordinator at MCR Health, where she has been able to help hundreds of people to receive the health care they need. She was a paralegal before starting her working career in the not-for-profit world. Valentina was born in Bogota, Colombia, and speaks both Spanish & English fluently. If anyone needs help with anything, as long as there isn’t a scheduling conflict, she will be there to help. The cause that Hope4Communities stands for is one that she is proud to represent and be a part of for many more years to come!