SCAS Leadership

Sister Cities Association of Sarasota is managed by Officers and Directors of the Board who are elected at the annual general meeting for a one-year term.

Board of Directors : 2023 – 2024

The Board comprises the President, Secretary, Treasurer, Vice Presidents, City Directors, Assistant City Directors, and Youth Ambassador.

  • The Director of Events comes under the umbrella responsibility of the Vice President for Membership.
  • The Director of Public Relations and the Editor of the Bridges Newsletter comes under the umbrella responsibility of the Vice President for Communications.
  • Committees under the umbrella of the Vice President for Youth and Education include Primary & Secondary Education, Higher Education, and Youth Development.
  • The Protocol Chair serves as an advisor to the President, the Executive Board and the City Directors.
  • Assistant City Directors are appointed by the President on the recommendation of the City Director.

Sarasota Mayor, Liz Alpert

Honorary Chair

Diana Forman-Friedman

President

Miriam Kramer

Past President

Isabelle Eidet

Board Advisor

Dennis Ciborowski

Treasurer

Xochitl Napoles

Secretary

Vice Presidents : 2023-2024

Vice Presidents serve in the following areas: Arts & Culture, Business & Economic Development, Cities and Candidate Cities, Communications, Membership, Programs and Planning, Sports, and Youth and Education. The Youth Ambassador is an appointed position and is filled by a Sarasota STAR Leadership High School Student.

Wendy Lerner

Arts & Culture 

Peter Anderson

Business & Economic Development

Pauline Mitchell

Cities & Candidate Cities

Shea Davis

Programs & Planning

Ayanna Coleman

PR & Communications

E Ramey

Sports 

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Open

Membership

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Open

Director of Events

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Open

Youth & Education

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Open

Fundraising

City Directors : 2023 – 2024

City Directors work to facilitate relationships with our Sister Cities and come under the umbrella responsibility of the Vice President for Cities & Candidate Cities. Assistant City Directors may be delegated to represent the City Director on a case-by-case basis, as determined by the City Director.

Dunfermline, Scotland

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Pauline Mitchell (CD)

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Karen Malesky (ACD)

Merida, Mexico

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Grisell Aleman (CD)

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Michael Fehily (ACD

Perpignan, France

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Ivonne Almanza Henry (CD)

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Open (ACD)

Rapperswil-Jona, Switzerland

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Open (CD)

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Open (ACD)

Tel Mond, Israel

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Dr. Fred Bloom (CD)

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Alice Cotman (ACD)

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Kim Sheintal (ACD)

Vladimir, Russia

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Miriam Kramer (CD)

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Open (ADC)

Xiamen, China

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Kun Shi (CD)

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Douglas Sparks (ACD)

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Larry Bennison (ACD)

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Duane Finger (ACD)

Busseto, Italy

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Jeanne Murphy (CD)

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Dennis Ciborowski (ACD)

Appointed Positions : 2023-2024

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Young Professionals Group Ambassador

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Open

Youth Ambassador

Wynona Dean

Marketing & Strategic Communications Intern

Past SCAS Board Presidents

City Directors work to facilitate relationships with our Sister Cities and come under the umbrella responsibility of the Vice President for Cities & Candidate Cities. Assistant City Directors may be delegated to represent the City Director on a case-by-case basis, as determined by the City Director.

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Dallas Dort 1963–1967

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Donald Spivey 1968–1975

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Wells Purmort 1976–1987

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Julio Claret 1989–1991

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Asim Mohammed 1992–1994

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Hope Byrnes 1995–2000

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Linda Rosenbluth 2001–2005

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William Wallace 2006–2007

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Carla Rayman 2008–April 2011

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John T. (Tom) Halbert 2011–2013

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Beth Ruyle-Hullinger 2013–2016

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Marianna Janz-Wecke 2016-October 2018

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Beth Ruyle-Hullinger October 2018 – May 2019

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Toni Duval 2019–2021

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Miriam R. Kramer 2021 – September 2023