About Volunteer Community Connections
Volunteer Community Connections is a 501 (c) 3 charity, founded in 2011 by a voluntary board of directors representing a distinguished group of professionals in the fields of business, education and civic service. Its mission is to provide members of our community meaningful ways to connect to non-profit, civic and service organizations.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Mark Kowalski, President
Mark has lived in the Sarasota area for the past 7 years. He has been married to his wife Amanda for 9 years and they have a one daughter named Grace. Since relocating to the Sarasota area, Mark has been involved with the Sarasota Chamber of Commerce, the Economic Development Corporation of Sarasota County, the Sarasota Storm Triathlon club and the Manasota Track Club.
Mark works for Brown & Brown Insurance as a Commercial Insurance Agent. Mark has over 12 years of experience in insurance and finance. Mark holds a bachelor’s degree in Finance and a master’s degree in Business Administration.
Misha Rubinstein, Vice President
Misha is the Creative Director of Spiral Enterprises, a marketing and business networking company for artists, performers, producers, healers and other socially conscious groups and individuals. He has worked on productions at Pine View School for the Gifted, The Players Theater of Sarasota, Florida Studio Theater, and while in High School, was given the title as Executive Director of El Mundo Hispano En Florida Television Program. He has served in positions with the Florida Motion Picture and Television Association, Sarasota Film Festival, and TELEMIAMI under the guidance of Internationally-renowned talent. Misha is currently co-creating our children’s future with groups such as Commonwealth Time Bank, Volunteer Community Connections of Sarasota, Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce, and in a variety of private and public settings.
Misha has studied Martial Arts, Communications, and Theology since the age of five. Misha has Doctoral Training in Oriental Medicine, and a long history in the worlds of entertainment and service.
Aaron Mondon, Treasurer
Marlene M. Hauck, Secretary
Marlene has lived in Sarasota for 30 years, with a 10-year break to live in California. She Is the Southeastern U. S. Development Coordinator for The International Mental Health Research Organization. In addition to sitting on the board of VCC, she is also on the board of NAMI Sarasota and a member of the Circuit 12 Consortium, that deals with the needs of mental health consumers. the Behavioral Stakeholders Consortium of Sarasota County, and the Sarasota County Veterans Commission. She also volunteers at First Step of Sarasota. Previously, she was exhibition and event coordinator at The Longboat Key Center for the Arts/ Ringling College. She was also on the Board of the International Circus Parade for 2 years, and a volunteer at Children First.
Jay is a native of Sarasota. As one of the founding board members of Volunteer Community Connections, he also sits as treasurer of the Glasser/Schoenbaum Center. Other current Boards include Tiger Bay and Sarasota High Alumni Foundation. Previous interests include Easter Seals, Sarasota County Human Services, Leadership Sarasota, John Ringling Towers, and other youth-based organizations.
Jay is a financial advisor heading up the Wealth Management division of Professional Benefits. He is also an avid cyclist and runner. His son's Colton and Jonathon are students and volunteers in the community as well.
Marty has lived in Sarasota since 2008, together with her husband, Jonathan, who is the Rabbi at Temple Beth Israel on Longboat Key, and their now-eleven year old daughter Emma.
Marty is Associate Director of Community Outreach and Marketing, New College of Florida. Previously, she was the Development Director of Community Resources at Jewish Family & Children's Service. Before moving to Sarasota, Marty worked as the Director of Marketing at a Montessori school in Fort Wayne, IN. She also spent many years as a television executive at PBS, ABC and several independent production companies in Cincinnati, Chicago, and the Washington D.C. area.
Marty received her Bachelor of Arts degree with Honors from the University of Cincinnati.
In addition to being Treasurer of Volunteer Community Connections, Susan is on the Boards of Glasser-Schoenbaum Human Services Center and the Sarasota Area Sports Alliance.
Susan is a member of the American Institute of CPA’s and the Tax Division of the AICPA, the Florida Institute of CPA’s, Junior League of Sarasota, Inc., Beta Gamma Sigma honorary business fraternity, Pi Beta Phi Sorority and the Sarasota Women’s Alliance. She has also volunteered with the YWCA, United Way, Junior League, American Society of Women Accountants (ASWA), the Iowa Society of CPA’s, the Florida Institute of CPA’s, the Central Iowa Computer Users Group, the Community Foundation of Sarasota, Inc., the Gulf Coast Community Foundation of Venice, and the West Des Moines Community School District. She is currently on serving on the Not For Profit Conference committee of the Florida Institute of CPA’s.
Before her recent retirement, Susan was a partner in the Sarasota CPA firm of Cavanaugh & Co LLP. Susan has presented tax seminars on Not For Profits in conjunction with the Sarasota Community Foundation and income tax seminars for businesses and individual income tax.
Susan graduated from the University of Iowa with degrees in Finance & Accounting.
Dennis Stover, Immediate Past President
Dennis moved to Sarasota 11 years ago and has worked at the local, state and national level in non-profit and foundation executive leadership roles for the past 28 years, Dennis leads the Volunteer Community Connections as the Board Chair and serves on the Board of the Association of Fundraising Profession of the Southwest Florida.
He is the Regional Vice Chancellor for Advancement, at USF. Prior to his work at USF, he served as Vice President of Philanthropy for the New College Foundation and Senior Vice President for Development at Senior Friendship Centers in Sarasota.
Dennis is a trained teacher, facilitator and educator and has a B.S. and M.S. from Indiana University.
Cindy is a native of Toledo, Ohio and has lived in the Sarasota/Bradenton area since 2004. She has two children, Haley & Dylan and has been married to her husband Frank for 17 years.
Cindy is currently earning a B.A. in Healthcare Administration at Keiser University and is doing 1 year of public service with the AmeriCorps at the Senior Friendship Center. Since joining the AmeriCorps, Cindy became involved with Mayors Feed the Hungry Program, teaching balance movement, community outreach, volunteer recruitment, and creating social media and newsletters.
Cindy has over 10 years experience in the Healthcare industry, and she will be participating in her 1st Sprint Triathlon this coming spring.
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