3 Join First Step of Sarasota Board, Strategically Positioning its New Organization

SARASOTA, Fla., Nov. 10, 2020 — First Step of Sarasota continues to build on the strategic positioning of the new organization, announcing a new slate of officers and three new board members.  

The strategic unification of First Step of Sarasota and Coastal Behavioral Healthcare was initiated to create a comprehensive system of care and more effective solutions for those with mental health and addiction disorders.  The three new board members solidifies that unification and strengthens the organization. First Step of Sarasota has heightened its level of community response and increased the complexity of its services to meet the growing needs of the community.  

First Step of Sarasota's new board members are: Kathleen "Katy" Barclay, former Senior VP of Kroger Co.; David F. Lyons, former CEO with Coca-Cola Bottlers Philippines; and John Leslie, a recognized thought leader in healthcare information technology.  

Its new slate of board officers are: Chair, Deputy Chief Patrick Robinson;  Vice-Chair, Ron Turner; Secretary, Jack Cox; and Treasurer, Jay Miller.

New board member Kathleen (Katy) Barclay was chief human resources officer and senior vice president of Kroger Co., a $110 billion grocery retail company, until her retirement in 2015. Before joining The Kroger Co., Barclay spent 30 years at General Motors Corp., her last 12 years there as chief human resources officer and senior vice president of global human resources. She currently serves on the boards of Five Below and of Kontoor Brands.    

David F. Lyons had a long and successful career with The Coca-Cola Co., holding positions in business strategy, new business ventures, regional director and division president, subsequently becoming CEO and president of Coca-Cola Bottlers Philippines.  Lyons' extensive career with Coca-Cola also included serving as managing director for the 10-country Central Africa Region and vice president of the Southern Africa Division. He also is a Certified Professional Coach trained by the College of Executive Coaching.

John Leslie’s 30-plus years in healthcare information technology spans many aspects of the industry. Leslie was the founder, chief technology officer and director of Ellumen Inc. a company providing healthcare IT services supporting the Department of Defense and Veterans Administration. Prior to that, Lyons was the chief architect for healthcare solutions at Northrop Grumman.  He is a graduate of Penn State University.  

About First Step of Sarasota

First Step of Sarasota, a non-profit organization, finalized its consolidation with Coastal Behavioral Healthcare on July 1, 2020.  It is now the largest nonprofit behavioral healthcare agency in Sarasota County. The organization is dedicated to creating wellness and inspiring the first step toward a better tomorrow for those with mental health and addiction disorders. First Step of Sarasota has seven outpatient offices, four residential programs for adults and youth, the crisis stabilization unit and detox/addiction receiving facility and 15 community outreach, prevention and intervention programs for adults and youth.  First Step of Sarasota has 276 licensed beds, serves Sarasota, Manatee, Charlotte and De Soto Counties and is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities.  

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