Staff and Support
Lisa Phillips, MSW, MPH (candidate) - Executive Director
Lisa Phillips was appointed Acting Executive Director in August
4, 2003, after the unexpected demise of Dr. Roland J. Liebert. On
December 2004, SCoSA Board of Directors unanimously approved Lisa’s
appointment as Executive Director. She has been employed at SCoSA
since May, 2002. As Information and Evaluation Director, she gained
knowledge of the organization’s strategic plan and operational activities
since inception. In addition to her degrees from the University
of South Florida (USF), she has a Graduate Certificate in Planning,
Evaluation and Accountability from the Louis de la Parte Florida
Mental Health Institute (FMHI). She is currently pursuing a Graduate
Certificate in Non-Profit Management from the USF, Department of
Government and International Affairs-College of Arts & Science.
While obtaining her degrees, Lisa worked for two years as a FMHI
graduate research assistant, concentrating on community based systems-of-care
evaluation processes. She worked as a clinician for those impacted
by substance abuse at First Step, Inc.’s Mothers and Infants Program
and the Child Development Center. In the 10 years Lisa has been
living in Sarasota, she has been active in community building and
helping alcohol and drug addicted persons as a face and voice for
the recovering community.
Lisa is happily married to Dave, the “mother” of six and the proud
grandmother of four. Her happiest moments are those times when she
can share the gifts she has been so freely given.
Sandra W. Figueroa, MBA - Business and Information Director
Sandra W. Figueroa has a Masters in Business Administration from
Tennessee State University. She has undergraduate studies in Science
and Industrial Engineering Technology. She has over ten years of
work experience in the corporate environment and government, including
the military. Ms. Figueroa is in charge of financial reporting,
grant writing and management, production and distribution of materials
in English and Spanish, and representation of the organization in
the Hispanic/Latino and faith-based communities.
Barbara Kochmit, MEd - Prevention Consultant
Barbara Kochmit is the parent of two drug-free young adults. With
35 years experience in education – pre-K through college - and community
resource development, Mrs. Kochmit brings an array of expertise
to our organization. She obtained her Masters in Education at University
of South Florida, and completed post-graduate courses at University
of California – Santa Clara. Currently, she is working part time
with SCoSA in partnership with Hanley Center, where she is the Prevention
Program Coordinator for Sarasota and Manatee Counties.
Jack Swanton, BS - Drug Free Specialist
Jack Swanton has an Associates degree in Business Administration
from Hubbard Business College. In addition to his degree, Mr. Swanton
has formal training in Alcohol and Drug Treatment, Ageing and Addiction,
Family Conflict Resolution, Life Skills, and several other specialties.
He works with the Business and Healthcare Committee to implement
the Coalition’s Drug Free Workplace and Drug Free Schools programs.
He recruits businesses and schools for the Programs, manages the
activities, and reports progress. In addition to the Drug Free Workplace
and Drug Free Schools programs, Mr. Swanton has an active role in
the Senior Focus Committee.
Board of Directors
The Coalition is governed by a Board of Directors elected by the
general membership. Members of the Board are all public officials,
CEOs of key agencies or businesses, and leading citizens in key
sectors of the population.
|Tom Randle, Chair
PRESIDENT AND CEO SARASOTA COASTAL CREDIT UNION
|Bill Little, Vice-Chair
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES, SARASOTA COUNTY
|Dr. Christine Cauffield, Treasurer
CEO, Coastal Behavioral Healthcare, Inc.
|Sherri Reynolds, Secretary
Supervisor, Pupil Support Services Sarasota County Public Schools
Executive Director, SAXES
Coordinator, School of Social Work University of South Florida
Sheriff Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office
Honorable Judge Sarasota County Circuit Civil Court
|Philip J. Brooks
Vice President of Outpatient Services First Step of Sarasota,
Director, Sarasota United for Responsibility and Equity (SURE)
Broker/Owner RE/MAX Premier Services
|Dr. Donald Snyder
Senior Friendship Center
President and CEO Jewish Family & Children’s Service
|Dr. Carol Todd
Sarasota County School Board
|Andrea Saputo Cox
VP Marketing & Consumer Affairs/Owner Gold Coast Eagle Distributing