Board of Trustees
Doug Francis is retired from a 38-year career with Novartis Pharmaceuticals, where he was director of a field leadership and sales training department. He has been a member of St. Boniface for about 10 years and served three years as Senior Warden. He had the honor of being a chaperone for a mission trip to West Virginia with a group of extraordinary young people from the church, and also served as chair of the St. Boniface search committee. He and his wife, Helen, have been married for 53 years and have two great daughters and three grandchildren.
Beth Grindal married her high school sweetheart. They lived in Illinois, California, Texas, Virginia and finally Sarasota in 1978. While her three children were young, she volunteered with The Sarasota Boys Choir for 17 years and worked as the choir’s manager. She has always been a church goer and enjoyed teaching Sunday School. She followed her kids to St. Stephen’s school, where she worked with the lower school classes. Family Promise has been a big part of her life since 2011. In addition to volunteering, she was a coordinator for four years at Pine Shores Presbyterian.
Elisa Hansen is an ordained Deacon in the Southwest Diocese of the Episcopal Church and serves at St. Boniface in Sarasota. She is also the head of the art research library at The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art. A native of Sarasota, she has graduate degrees in both Art History, and Library and Information Science. She has held positions in art museums, both in the US and abroad, and has been on the faculty of several colleges.
George Lavigne rejoins our board after some time away, having previously served as a trustee and then board chair. George volunteered for Family Promise in Monmouth County, New Jersey for over a decade before he and his wife relocated to Sarasota in 2013. Originally from suburban Chicago, he retired from a career in insurance (Prudential, ISO, AXA Re, and Munich Re America) where he had management assignments in underwriting, financial planning, and communications. The father of two, he was also once a troop leader with the Boy Scouts of America and a board member of the Community YMCA in Red Bank, New Jersey, and he has always been actively involved in the work of his church.
Joy Mayer is the director of Trusting News, a program that trains journalists how to demonstrate credibility and earn community trust. She is also adjunct faculty at the University of Florida and The Poynter Institute for Media Studies. She speaks and trains professionals and students on topics like social media, web analytics, digital strategy, reaching diverse communities and storytelling. She returned to Sarasota in 2015 with her husband and two sons. Before that, she taught at the University of Missouri School of Journalism for 12 years. She attends First Congregational United Church of Christ, which she started attending because of their involvement with Family Promise.
Anne Moore is a lifelong Episcopalian and has served on the Vestry of two churches in Charleston, West Virginia. As an attorney, Anne has focused on justice for women, children, and the under-represented and marginalized. Serving on the Board of Family Promise of Sarasota offers Anne the opportunity to commit her talents to aiding homeless families. While Anne lives in Englewood, she attends church at St. Boniface on Siesta Key.
Felicia Servetz was born in New York to Holocaust survivors and then moved to New Jersey at age 4. She taught 1st grade, 3rd grade and Kindergarten for 29 years. She then worked as the liaison between the Jersey City Public Schools and a university, where she taught in the Early Childhood Education Department. Her last four years of teaching were as a literacy coach. Felicia took early retirement in 2006 and moved to Sarasota to become a caregiver for her aging father. She continued to teach, this time at USF Sarasota/Manatee. She is active with the Sarasota Retired Educators Association. She is also a member of Temple Beth Sholom, having served on the Board of Directors for six years and in other volunteer capacities. She has volunteered with Family Promise for six years. Felicia has been married to Joel Servetz for 43 years. They have two daughters, three granddaughters and one foster granddaughter.
Monika Stefanov was born and raised in New York, where she graduated from The High School of Economics and Finance. She was a junior stock broker for a large investment firm when she decided to join the Army. After her service, she married and moved to Las Vegas, where she pursued an education in health care. Monika and her family moved to Sarasota in 2013. Due to unforeseen circumstances, they became guests in Family Promise. Monika and her family graduated from the program successfully within 90 days and have been doing well ever since. Monika is currently a clinical office manager and billing specialist for a local doctor.
Toska Strong has lived in Sarasota for more than 25 years. She works alongside her husband and his son in a family-owned construction and development business. Toska has been involved with the community for many years through the Downtown Relay for Life, Florida Studio Theatre, The Sarasota Alliance for Historic Preservation and the Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe. She is active in her church, First Congregational United Church of Christ.