Members of the Foundation’s Board of Directors volunteer their time and talents to help The State College of Florida achieve its mission. Our board members are leaders in the business and civic sectors of Manatee and Sarasota counties. They believe in higher education and recognize The State College of Florida as one of the areas major resources, educating and training our workforce, future employees and the community in which we live. The Board contributes their expertise and gives generously of their time and resources. Providing external oversight of the Foundation’s operations, the Board has an active committee structure which includes an Asset Management Committee, Audit Committee, Finance Committee, Development Committee, Nominating Committee, and a Scholarship Committee.
President, Cathy Kuhlman, Turbine Weld
Vice President, Michael Fuller, Northwestern Mutual
Secretary, Cassandra Holmes, The State College of Florida Foundation, Inc.
Treasurer, Lisa Bristow, Christopher, Smith, Leonard, Bristow & Stanell, P.A.
Jodi Allen, BMO Harris Bank
Dianne Anderson, Go Team ReMax Realty
Rick Hager, Board of Trustees Liaison
Robert Klingbeil, Klingbeil & Roberts, P.A.
Dorothy Korszen,Esq., Farr Law Firm
Lois Lucek, Community Volunteer
Jennifer Michell, Community Volunteer
Mark Morin, Community Volunteer
Barbara Najmy, Michael Saunders & Company
Dr. Carol Probstfeld, State College of Florida
Chris Romine, Northern Trust
Victoria Stultz, Sotheby’s International Realty
Pamela Swain, Swain Properties
CATHY KUHLMAN (Venice)
Cathy was born and raised in Burlington, VT and attended the University of Vermont and University of Alabama. She moved to the Venice area in 1993 at the same time her family moved their business, Turbine Weld Inc. to Venice, in which she is a partner in the business. Cathy and her husband, Jim have 3 sons and a daughter.
She has served on the Big Brothers/Big Sisters board for 6 years, the Epiphany Cathedral School board and the woman’s Board for Bon Secours Hospital. Presently she also serves on the Venice High School Rotary Futures board.
MICHAEL FULLER (Bradenton)
Mike is a Wealth Management Advisor with Northwestern Mutual Wealth Management Company. He holds a Bachelor’s of Business Administration and Finance Degree from the University of Georgia. In addition, he holds his Chartered Life Underwriter and Chartered Financial Consultant Degrees from the American College and is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ Professional as certified by the CFP Board.
Mike is active and a past President of the Sarasota chapter of the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors, (NAIFA), and a past President of the Estate Planning Council of Manatee County. Currently Mike serves as a Trustee on the Palmetto Police Pension Board and on the Asset Advisory Committee for The Foundation for the State College of Florida.
Mike enjoys the outdoors with his wife Anne and their three sons boating, fishing, and snow skiing. In addition, Mike volunteers time coaching youth football and being active at Bayside Community Church.
CASSANDRA HOLMES (Bradenton)
Cassandra Holmes joined the staff of the State College of Florida Foundation as the Executive Director on April 7, 2014. She is a graduate of Santa Fe Community College, the University of Florida, and the University of Central Florida; and her experience includes over ten years in development and over nine years in finance. Cassandra is a member of the Manatee County Chamber of Commerce, Sarasota County Chamber of Commerce, Venice Chamber of Commerce, Leadership-Manatee Alumni Association, Association of Fundraising Professionals, and Junior League of Manatee County-Sustaining Member. She enjoys family time with her husband (Ted) and two daughters (Abigail and EmmaLee).
LISA BRISTOW (Bradenton)
After graduating with a Master of Accounting degree from the University of Florida in 1982, Lisa began her career with CS&L CPA’s as a staff accountant. She was admitted as an owner/principal in 1992.
Lisa has more than 25 years of accounting experience in diversified industries. As a member of the tax department, Lisa provides tax planning and compliance services to her clients. In addition, Lisa is the principal in charge of the firm’s qualified retirement plan department. The services provided by this department include plan design, installation, administration, reporting, and disclosure requirements.
Lisa has been a seminar leader on various tax topics including retirement plan design and administration issues. She is also a board member for the United Way of Manatee County on the Financial Committee. She has served as Treasurer of the Manatee Community Blood Center, the Junior League of Manatee County, was Chairman of the United Way’s Agency Relations/Allocations Committee and has served on various other nonprofit boards and committees in the community
JODI D. ALLEN (Bradenton)
Jodi is currently Vice President and Senior Relationship Manager, Florida West Coast, with BMO Harris Bank. She was born and raised in Bradenton, FL. She is married to husband Jim and they have one son, Grant. She attended the University of Florida and has a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration, specializing in Finance. Jodi started her career in banking in 1990, all of it in the Bradenton/Sarasota area except for 3 years in the Orlando/Kissimmee area. She attends Bayside Community Church and is also active on the Board of Directors for the Manatee YMCA.
DIANNE ANDERSON (Sarasota)
Dianne Anderson, an associate with Remax Platinum Realty, joined the board May 17. She grew up in Orlando and went to Furman University in Greenville, S.C. She began her career as a financial advisor, and has served as a volunteer, mentor and fundraiser in education throughout her career. She has coached youth sports and serves on the executive committee of the YMCA Going for the Gold. She also volunteers as a Y Angel, providing outreach, support and funding to children in need.
Rick was raised in Bradenton and served four years in the US Air Force with tours in Vietnam and Iceland. Rick returned to Bradenton and attended Manatee Junior College (MJC) and served as President of the Student Government and Chairman of the Committee of Twenty, graduating in 1969. He then went on to the University of Florida, where he graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science in Mechanical Engineering.
Rick retired from Tampa Electric (TECO Energy) in 2004, after 30 years where he held many positions including Senior Engineer Power Production, General Manager Traveling Maintenance, Manager Labor Relations, Manager Fuels Procurement and Contract Administration, Manager Environmental Labs and Environmental Compliance. He was a Senior Project Manager with TECO Peoples Gas and was responsible for their southwest expansion from Sarasota to Naples. In 2001, Rick was promoted to Vice President of Operations for a TECO subsidiary Litestream Technologies until he retired in 2004 and the company sold.
In late 2004 Rick created Goodwood and Stone Builders, a small General Contracting Construction company which still does numerous residential and commercial projects in the area today.
In 2014 Rick was appointed to the Board of Trustees of SCF by Governor Rick Scott.
ROBERT KLINGBEIL (Venice)
Robert T. (Bob) Klingbeil, Jr. is a native of Florida and has resided and practiced law in Venice since 1983. Bob attended the University of Florida in Gainesville and majored in accounting, obtaining a BSBA, with High Honors, in 1979. In the fall of 1980, Bob returned to the University of Florida and entered the College of Law from which he obtained his law degree, with honors, in 1982. Bob began practicing law in Venice in January, 1983 and, effective January, 1993, established his own law firm with Greg Roberts, known as Klingbeil & Roberts, P.A. In his law practice, Bob concentrates in the area of estate planning, wills and trusts, probate administration, and guardianship. In addition, he does general corporate work for clients and is a member agent of Attorneys’ Title Insurance Fund, Inc., preparing real estate contracts, handling real estate closings and issuing title insurance.
DOROTHY KORSZEN (Venice)
Dorothy received her degree from the University of Florida and is presently Director at Farr Law Firm since 2003 where her practice focuses on estate planning, probate and trust administration, real estate, and corporate law.
She has been a member of the Florida Bar since 1988 when she started practicing environmental law. After practicing in Miami and Milwaukee, Dorothy owned a company that manufactured and distributed reverse osmosis water treatment equipment which she sold the company in 1998. She then represented abused and neglected children as a volunteer, then an attorney with the Guardian ad Litem Program.
LOIS LUCEK (Sarasota)
Lois received her master’s degree in teaching English from Teacher’s College, Columbia University. She taught middle and high school for 33 years in Chatham, N.J., before retiring and moving to Sarasota in 2010. Her mission as a teacher was to get students to college. She worked at a college preparatory school and nearly every student transitioned into college.
Lois’ passion is the theater and you may meet her at SCF productions, as well as other productions across the region. She and her husband, who plays classical and flamenco guitar, can also be seen at various music venues. Lois is impressed with the music program at SCF and has pledged to support the music and arts programs at the College, as well as student academic achievement through education and scholarships.
JENNIFER MICHELL (Sarasota)
Jennifer has a Bachelor’s of Science degree from the University of Illinois, and is also a Certified Financial Planner, College for Financial Planning, 1987. She was a Certified Financial Planner in private practice, affiliated with Financial Planning Associates of Hyde Park and Dreher and Associates, Inc., a broker-dealer located in Oakbrook Terrace, IL. Her work included developing financial plans for individuals and small companies with emphasis in the areas of investments, taxes, and retirement planning.
Previously, Jennifer was a partner in a video rental store in Riverside Video, Chicago, IL, which she sold to a national chain. She was also the owner/manager of a 65,000 square foot fitness club Chalet Sports Core in Willow Springs, and a partner in a designer fabric store Scissors Edge in Hinsdale, IL.
Throughout her career, Jennifer has been an active volunteer with many organizations, including Chicagoland Racquetball and Fitness Association, International Health, Racquet and Sports Club Association, and a member of the SCF Board of Trustees. She also volunteers with Safe Place and Rape Crisis Center, Girls, Inc., Florida Studio Theatre, and several others.
MARK MORIN (Sarasota)
Mark F. Morin is a retired IBM Executive who earned a BA in Math from University of Rhode Island. Mark now devotes much of his time, resources and skills to educate and motivate underprivileged youth and young adults so they can realize their potential, gain self-esteem, enjoy meaningful employment and become productive citizens who give back to their communities. Besides teaching, coaching and mentoring young adults, Mark enjoys Music, Golf and Travel. He and wife Alix have a daughter, two sons and three grandchildren and live in Sarasota and summer in Maine.
BARBARA NAJMY (Lakwood Ranch)
Barbara Najmy, a lifelong resident of the Sarasota area, joined the board May 17. She has a diverse professional background, including real estate, marketing, high-end retail, sales and management, and new home construction. She joined Michael Saunders & Company in 2003 and has brokered some of the area’s top luxury sales, including closing the highest single sale in the company’s Lakewood Ranch office. She and her husband, Joe, have a strong sense of community. They are both longtime board members of the Lakewood Ranch Community Fund, and Najmy supports and chairs fundraisers for Easter Seals of Southwest Florida and Jewish Family & Children’s Services.
Dr. Carol Probstfeld is the president of State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota. She assumed her position January 22, 2013, as the sixth president of the area’s oldest and largest public institution of higher education. With three campuses in Bradenton, Venice and Lakewood Ranch, SCF proudly serves residents of Manatee and Sarasota counties with 27,000 credit students annually and more than 40,000 graduates. Another 14,000 participants annually take classes and workshops in the noncredit division.
Dr. Probstfeld previously served as interim president of SCF while continuing her role as vice president of business and administrative services, a position she held since 2003. As vice president, she oversaw the $50 million annual operating budget for SCF, a $100 million enterprise and major economic driver in the region.
During her 16-year career in higher education, she has had a proven track record of fostering strong relationships with the community through collaboration and partnerships. Her experience as a student, an adjunct faculty member and an administrator in higher education ranges from small private institutions to large public colleges and allows her to benefit from many perspectives in different educational settings.
Before coming to SCF, Probstfeld served as vice president for finance and administration, chief financial officer and treasurer for Notre Dame de Namur University in Belmont, Calif., and Notre Dame College of Ohio in South Euclid, Ohio.
In her previous positions at SCF, she served as a member of the senior management team and leader of the critical incident management team, facilitated the development and implementation of the College’s strategic plan and led the College’s expansion of online learning opportunities for students.
Dr. Probstfeld is a member of the Council of Presidents of the Florida College System and serves on the board of the Florida College System Risk Management Consortium.
She has been elected to numerous boards and committees, including serving as a steering committee member and chair of the Florida College System Council of Business Affairs. In recognition for her outstanding professionalism, expertise and service to the Florida College System, she was selected as the Ken Jarrett Award recipient in 2009.
Dr. Probstfeld is from Whittier, Calif. She received an Ed.D. in Organizational Leadership from Argosy University, a Master of Business Administration from John Carroll University, and a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and Marketing from California State Polytechnic University. She lives with her husband, William A. Murphy, and their “fur children,” Harpo, a smooth-coated red Brussels Griffon, and Nixie, a Portuguese Water Dog.
CHRIS ROMINE (Lakewood Ranch)
Chris, a resident of Manatee County, joined Northern Trust on October 7, 2002. Chris was previously with M&I Bank, as a Senior Vice President for 8 years, with responsibilities in Commercial Lending.
Chris attended the University of South Florida, graduating in 1984 with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management. He is also a graduate of The Graduate School of Banking at LSU.
Chris and his wife, Lynn, live in Bradenton, Florida.
Chris has been or is presently active in The Humane Society of Manatee County, Chairman; South Manatee Sertoma, Past President; American Red Cross, Past Chairman – Manatee Chapter; Executive Committee Member and Co-Sponsorship Chairman of the Ringling Museum’s UnGala Gala. He is a graduate of the Leadership Manatee Program.
VICTORIA STULTZ (Venice)
Originally from Boston, Victoria Stultz has been working in the real estate industry for 15 years and is a Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist (CLHMS). She received her Bachelor of Science degree in marketing from Northern Kentucky University in Alexandria, Kentucky.
Victoria obtained her business experience in Cincinnati, where she worked in sales for a Fortune 500 company for several years before transitioning into real estate with a prominent brokerage. In 2001, she and her husband purchased a national real estate franchise in which they bought and sold over 150 houses.
After selling her business five years later, Victoria relocated to Florida and continued her real estate career in the Sarasota area. Her effective negotiating skills, extensive business experience and vibrant personality have resulted in a proven track record, which includes over $21 million in closed sales in 2015 and seven consecutive years winning the Five Star Professional Real Estate award.
As a member of the National Association of Realtors®, the Florida Association of Realtors® and the Realtor® Association of Sarasota and Manatee, Victoria possesses an intimate knowledge of the real estate industry, but it is her intuitive understanding of her customers’ needs and the manner in which she services those needs that truly makes her unique.
Victoria’s passion and dedication for the community extends beyond selling real estate. She serves on many non-profit boards and committees including the board of directors for the Venice Area Chamber of Commerce, South County Tiger Bay Club and is a former board member of the Venice-Nokomis Rotary Club. She is currently a member of the Venice High School Advisory Council and Boosters, Cotillion Club of Sarasota and Junior Achievement. In her leisure time, Victoria enjoys tennis, golf, cooking and traveling with her husband, daughter and dog, Lily.
PAMELA SWAIN (Sarasota)
Born in Georgetown and raised in the Virginia suburbs of Washington DC, Pamela Swain retired to Siesta Key in 2007 with her husband, Bibb. They have 6 married children and 9 grandchildren in addition to many siblings. Pam graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science in Education and taught school in Virginia Beach, Va. She competed as a collegiate gymnast at Virginia Tech after which she was a gymnastics judge and commissioner on the state and national level for 26 years. Pam was a teacher in the City of Virginia Beach at a National Exemplary School in an extensive range of interdisciplinary areas and coaching. She served on numerous committees and boards in various sectors of leadership, guidance, and education.
While Pam continues associations with and a residence in Williamsburg, Virginia, her permanent home is in Sarasota where she has been involved in many community organizations. Pam and Bibb coordinate with Out of Door Academy in a life cycle program with chickens from their Myakka farm culminating in a school field trip for farm fun. Pam’s hobbies including writing, music, photography, decorating, travel, sports, and learning something new each day. Her involvement with SCF brings together her dedication to education and desire to help Manatee-Sarasota residents improve their lives. She is grateful for her position to serve on the Foundation Board of State College of Florida.