Officers and Board of Directors

President – Richard Harris

Elected President in 2022 having previously served as District 1 Representative. President of Bayou Oaks Neighborhood Association, engineer and physics background, teacher of math and electronics, Committee Chair for West Avenue Improvement Association (Richmond, Va.). Focused on community and police relationships, planned growth along the North Trail, and affordable housing.

1st Vice President – Jim Ludwig

Jim elected as CCNA 1st Vice President in 2022. He has taken on the role of Communication including being our Webmaster and our Newsletter Editor. Jim chairs the CCNA Ad Hoc Committee on “Meaningful Neighborhood Input” and served on this year’s Nominating Committee. He brings a solid background in Neighborhood leadership and displays a passion for community involvement.

2nd Vice President – Joanne Gonet

CCNA Treasurer in 2022 and 2023. President of Indian Beach Sapphire Shores Neighborhood Association. Chair of her Neighborhood Beautification Committee. Worked for the Supervisor of Elections Office since 2012. A Volunteer with the Sarasota Police Department and involved in her Neighborhood Crime Watch. Served two terms on the City Nuisance Abatement Board

Secretary – Dan Frank

Current rep for McClellan Park Neighborhood Association. Member of the City’s Citizens with Disabilities Board. Dan has a MS in Computer Science and an MBA. Early career experience in product management and product marketing. Currently working in the area of accessibility for people with disabilities, including both digital and physical world accessibility. Authored several versions of the Enterprise accessibility policy for his employer, a large bank, and consolidated and codified legal and regulatory requirements for Federal, State, and non-US accessibility laws. Certified professional in Web accessibility and as a coach/change work professional.

Treasurer – Carl Shoffstall

Filled CCNA Past President position in 2023, having served 8 years on CCNA EC, 3 years as Chair. LKRA President since 2012. Past Chair PREP Board, served on Sarasota Parking Advisory Committee, championed the restoration of Lido Beach and Pavillion. Chaired the recent Surtax IV Ad Hoc Committee (Penny Tax). Brings an extensive knowledge of City planning and zoning issues to the Board.

Director – District 1 – Kelly Brown

Appointed CCNA Director District 1in 2023. Gillespie Park Neighborhood Association board member, CCNA Delegate and Gillespie Park neighborhood free library program volunteer and donation sponsor. Former executive leader with Harbor Freight Tools, Lowe’s and Ethan Allen/Markor Furnishings focused on product development, marketing and team building in the US and Asia. Focused on City and Neighborhood open communication and zoning development.

Director – District 2 – Melinda Delpech

Melinda has been president of the Tahiti Park Neighborhood Association and its CCNA representative since 2016. She is a member of the North Trail Redevelopment Partnership and is past president of the Sarasota County Humane Society. Melinda is an attorney who has been practicing law in Sarasota County for over thirty years.

Director – District 3 – Flo Entler

Current Arlington Park Neighborhood Association President (2 years), past vice president and treasurer. Founding member of Preserve Arlington Park Neighborhood committee (a small group of neighborhood activists working to protect and preserve the neighborhood). A 35-year city resident and a 25-year Arlington Park neighbor. Personal Trainer & Fitness instructor for 25 years. Competed in many marathons (including Boston 4 times) and triathlons.

Past President – Lou Costa

Previous chair of CCNA, past Secretary, past Bird Key Treasurer. Principle Engineer with extensive experience in leading problem-solving Task Force teams. Worked on the Apollo Moon flight guidance system with MIT and the Hawk & Patriot Missile Programs at Raytheon. Focused on working with the City to solve Neighborhood issues, reaching out to new and less experienced neighborhoods, and supporting the development of an Urban Forestry Master Plan for Sarasota.

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