Our Leadership

The First Step of Sarasota Board of Directors consists of business leaders, philanthropic donors and mental health experts.

Board members

Patrick Robinson
Chair

Ron Turner 

Vice-Chair

Jack Cox
Secretary

Jay Miller

Treasurer

Katy Barclay

Eric Hoonhout

John Leslie

David Lyons

Wade McVay 

Dr. Kevin O'Neil 

Brena Slater

Sheriff's Representative
Bill Spitler

Dr. John Wesley Walker Jr.

Executive officers

Tom Knight, President and CEO
Mournira Ragsdale, Chief Administrative Officer
Tracy Weeden Chief In-patient and Residential Services Officer
Vickie Tiutyama, Chief
Financial Officer

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2021 Caring Hearts Luncheon resched...
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