Our Board & Staff
ALSO YOUTH STAFF & BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Staff & Board of Directors
Becky McDonough (she/her/hers)
Fallon Markwell (she/her/hers)
Administration & Operations Coordinator
Veronica Graveline (she/her/hers)
Christine Grossman (she/her/hers)
Board of Directors
Mary Tavarozzi (she/her/hers)-Mary Tavarozzi is the Founder and Principal of MLT Advisors LLC. She is a former Managing Director at Willis Towers Watson where she created and led multiple group benefit practices representing $100M in annual revenue. She has worked with a variety of Fortune 500 companies throughout the US and Canada in the design and implementation of comprehensive workforce health and productivity programs. Ms. Tavarozzi is a national expert on workforce productivity including disability, FMLA, ADAA and other paid leave of absence programs. She has been cited in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg Financial, and Business Insurance on workforce well-being and productivity topics. Mary is the past Chairperson of the Integrated Benefits Institute (IBI) Board of Directors. The IBI is a non-profit research organization that focuses on employee health and productivity issues. Mary has a B.A. degree from Michigan State University.
Sheila Weiss (she/her/hers)- Sheila Weiss worked in sales for more than 40 years for consumer health companies as well as a large international drug wholesaler. She graduated from Marietta College with a B.A. in Management and Economics and has a master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix. She serves on the Board of ALSO Youth and is currently the Vice President. In addition, she co-founded the PFLAG Chapter of Sarasota and serves as the Secretary of the Board. She is the mother of two daughters and has three stepchildren. She enjoys golf, gardening, reading, and sewing. Her most recent projects are centered on sewing for her granddaughter.
Craig Kaplan (he/him/his)-Craig Kaplan graduated from Rowan University with a B.A. in Marketing and Communications. He serves on the Board of ALSO Youth as Secretary. In addition, he is also involved in the Sarasota community with a passion for environmental causes. Prior to moving to Sarasota, FL 3 years ago, Craig was also very involved in LGBTQ+ causes in NYC & helped HRC in Washington DC raise media awareness via his position at USA Today. Craig Kaplan worked in national media sales for almost 30 years for and most recently works for an advertising technology company. Craig has been involved with multiple technology start-up companies over the past few years.
Doug Berger (he/him/his)- Doug grew up in Baltimore, Maryland, attended University of Maryland, and graduated in 1976 with a B. A. degree in Economics. He began his career in the financial services industry where he served as a Branch Manager, Director of Operations, and eventually VP of Human Resources. Prior to retiring in 2017, Doug spent most of his career as an HR professional in banking, senior care, public education, and retail sales in both for-profit and not-for-profit companies/ organizations. Since retiring, he does volunteer work for ALSO Youth and Church of the Trinity while maintaining an HR consulting business specializing in team development and diversity/ inclusion.
Lana Bruce (she/her/hers)-Lana Bruce has called the Sarasota-Manatee community her “hometown” since moving here in 1976 from central Indiana. She graduated from Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Florida, with a degree in organizational studies. For several years Ms. Bruce worked in the behavioral-health field, where she became an advocate for mental-health and social-justice issues. Later in her career, Ms. Bruce worked in the professional services industry and finished her career managing workforce planning for Sarasota County Government. Ms. Bruce earned national certifications in both human resources management and compensation planning. Before retiring in 2019, she was active in SHRA, the local human-resources association, the Economic Development Corporation of Sarasota County, and the Sarasota Chamber of Commerce. She also served on business advisory boards at both Suncoast Technical College and State College Florida. For the past five years, Ms. Bruce has served on the Board of Directors for ALSO Youth. Prior to her Board service, she volunteered on event committees and fund raisers. Although ALSO Youth is the primary focus of her volunteer time, Ms. Bruce is also a member of Selby Gardens, Sierra Club, and a patron of several area theaters. She is delighted to give back to the community that has given so much to her life over the years.
Scott Swan (he/him his)- Scott and his husband, Michael, moved to Sarasota from Cincinnati, OH in 2018, for his role as Vice President and Senior Fiduciary Advisor with PNC Private Bank. He is responsible for the execution of the terms of client financial and estate guidance. He works with clients and advisors to develop and carry out the terms of their estate and financial plans. Prior to joining the PNC Private Bank Sarasota team, he worked for both PNC Wealth Management and Private Client Reserve of US Bank in Cincinnati, working closely with high net worth, multi-generational families, and their trusted advisors. Scott has over 30years of banking, trust, and investment experience, having started his career with PNC Bank in 1988. Scott graduated with a bachelor’s in economics from DePauw University. Scott is a member of the Southwest Florida Estate Planning Council. He serves as a board member for ALSO Youth and on the steering committee of Equality Florida Suncoast chapter. He has served on the Planned Giving Committee for the Public Broadcasting System network in Cincinnati, CET, and Trustee of the Episcopal Community Services Foundation. Scott has volunteered extensively throughout his career with several not-for profit organizations, including Junior Achievement, People Working Cooperatively, Interfaith Hospitality Network and Freestore Foodbank. Scott is the father of three adult children and stepfather to his husband’s adult daughter.
Berry Ayers (she/her/hers)- Berry Ayers is a transgender musical theatre artist, musical director, director, choreographer and model. After finishing school at Cincinnati Conservatory of Music in musical theatre, she has traveled the world performing on stages from LA to New York and every continent that has a stage. She is also the creative force behind Beneva Fruitville who has been featured on television and film recently hosted and performed for the 2020 American Theatre Critics Association annual conference where Frank Rizzo, theatre critic for Variety said “…thank you for your participation in our first national on-line convention, which was one of our best attended gatherings in years. The feedback has been outstanding. You were such great fun.”
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