PEOPLE HELPING PEOPLE

(Sarasota, FL) – Oct. 25, 2018 –  Friendship Centers, a nonprofit serving adults over 50 in Southwest Florida, announced six new board of governors members at a recent board meeting. The board of governors brings together regional community leaders from five counties to the govern Senior Friendship Centers and Senior Friendship Centers Foundation.

“While we are always sad when a board member’s term ends, we look forward to working with our newest members as they join the team,” said BOG Chair Kevin Maisch. “The six new BOG members represent a wide range of business and community leaders who have an affinity for the work we do helping seniors live with health, dignity and quality of life throughout the journey of aging,” Maisch added.

New Board of Governors Members:

Paul Caragiulo is a former Sarasota County commissioner and partner in several family restaurant businesses. Paul is extremely active in local city and county activities and was named Best City Commissioner from 2012 to 2014, Best County Commissioner in 2015 and Best Elected Official in 2016. After graduating from Cardinal Mooney Catholic High School, he attended college in New Jersey, then returned to Sarasota to join the family restaurant business. In addition to his experience running several businesses, Caragiulo is a former opera singer and a licensed pilot.

Vicki Dworski had a very active career in management consulting and wealth management in the Philadelphia area after graduating from college. During her professional career, she obtained a real estate license and a Series 6 Securities license and eventually worked with the managing partner of BDO, an internationally recognized wealth management and financial planning firm. After retirement, Dworski served on the Parents Committee at Abington Friends School, was vice president of the Sisterhood at Beth Sholom Congregation in Elkins Park, Pa., and was a board member of Friends of Moss Hospital. Following her move to Sarasota full-time, Dworski has volunteered at Friendship Centers.

Wendy Fishman is the executive vice president and senior trust officer with Caldwell Trust Company and is recognized by the American Bankers Association as a certified trust and financial advisor. She is an honors graduate of the ABA National Graduate Trust School at Northwestern University. Her most recent pro bono activities have included serving as a member and past board chair of SCOPE (Sarasota County Openly Plans For Excellence), co-chair of the Domestic Violence Study Group for SCOPE; mentor, Take Stock in Children of Sarasota County, Inc.; and board member and past chair of Sky YMCA. She participates in fundraising activities for Children First, Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota County and All Faiths Food Bank.

Marilyn Gregory has worked as a staff member and volunteer for 18 years with SHINE (Serving Health Insurance Needs of Elders). In addition, she worked for the ACA Marketplace Navigator as a Health Planning Counselor for Southwest Florida, as well as with the Area Agency on Aging for SW Florida. She obtained a degree in business from Lake Erie College, Ohio. She is certified as a Senior Exercise Instructor. She looks forward to joining the Friendship Centers BOG, continuing to help a population she has served for so many years in different capacities.

Michael Juceam, Esq., is the CEO and owner of Right at Home, Sarasota, a home care franchise. Juceam serves on the executive committee of the national board of directors of the Home Care Association of America, as well as the state board of the Florida chapter of the Home Care Association of America. He also serves on committees supporting the activities of several associations, including the Alzheimer’s Association. He served for three terms as president and member of the board of directors of the Sarasota County Aging Network (SCAN) and is a past president and member of the board of directors of the Manatee Aging Network (MAN). Juceam is a graduate of Brown University in R.I., and received his law degree from Rutgers University, Camden in N.J.

Michael Karp. Esq., received his undergraduate degree from New York University, School of Commerce and his law degree from Cornell University. After 17 years of practice in the New York area, he joined the Sarasota law firm of Wood, Scheb & Whitesell P.A., where he established a civil litigation department. After retiring, he has volunteered his legal services for the past five years with Friendship Centers, meeting once a week at the center in Sarasota to provide older adults with free legal counsel. In addition, he moderates a discussion group called “What’s Happening Now.” The 20-30 men and women in the group have become a “family” for one another and the group is looking to expand this program to the Venice facility. Karp is a retired member of the Florida Bar and lives in Sarasota all year ‘round.

For more information about the work of the Friendship Centers, visit the website at friendshipcenters.org, like our Facebook page and follow us on Twitter,  @sfc_fl.

About Friendship Centers

Friendship Centers serves older adults in Sarasota, Charlotte, DeSoto, Lee and Collier Counties. Its mission is to promote health, dignity and quality of life throughout the journey of aging. For more than four decades the organization has served persons 50 and older with programs and services that include medical and dental clinics, activity centers, lifelong learning, meals at centers and delivered to the homebound, caregiver support, adult day services, and case management. Almost 700 volunteers give their time valued at more than $3 million annually. For more information, visit friendshipcenters.org or call 941.955.2122.