The food bank hires 1, promotes 3; JMX Brands Names Rookie of the Year


As All Faiths Food Bank continues to broaden its focus from fighting hunger to tackling the root causes of hunger, the organization has taken a number of steps to support its fundraising efforts and community engagement.

A grants specialist was hired and three members of the development team were promoted to new roles.

Lawrence Franklin joins All Faiths in the newly created role of Grants Specialist. Previously, Franklin was Grants Writer and Head of Foundation Relations for the Greater Boston Food Bank. In this role, she managed a portfolio of approximately 150 institutional funders, wrote hundreds of proposals, and helped secure a total of $3.1 million in annual grants.

Responsible for donor information of all denominations Julie Smith was promoted to director of philanthropic operations. She continues her previous responsibilities, but now also oversees the Grants Specialist and is responsible for the development of a new donor prospecting and research program. Smith has been with All Faiths since 2013.

Becky Wright, who arrived at All Faiths in the summer of 2021, was promoted from development associate to philanthropy specialist. His new duties will include running iconic special events — which the organization plans to hold in person this year, if conditions are right — and stewarding civic organizations.

Victoria Hasselbring, who was hired in the spring of 2019, has been promoted from Coordinator of Volunteers and Community Engagement to Associate of Volunteers and Community Engagement. She will now oversee the food bank’s backpack fundraising group, in addition to her previous duties.

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Associates Bianca N. Manos, Nicole M. Price and Patrick C. Seidensticker have been promoted to member of the law firm of Icard, Merrill, Cullis, Timm, Furen and Ginsburg, PA, in Sarasota. The advancement reflects a significant change based on their practices and contributions to the business.

Manos has a diverse practice in the areas of family law and civil litigation, with a particular focus on matters involving breach of contract, dissolution of marriage, disputes over child custody, alimony, paternity , prenuptial and postnuptial agreements and child support.

She graduated from the University of Florida with a bachelor’s degree in English and minors in mass communication and classical studies. She received her JD from the University of Florida Levin College of Law. In 2020, she was recognized for providing over 100 hours of pro bono work and was listed as a Florida Super Lawyers Rising Star.

Price’s law practice focuses on community association law and general civil litigation, with additional experience in construction litigation, personal injury litigation and family law matters. She received an undergraduate degree in history and psychology from Johns Hopkins University and her JD from the University of Florida Levin College of Law. Price coordinates Icard Merrill’s pro bono program and was recognized in 2020 for contributing over 100 hours of pro bono work.

Seidensticker’s legal practice is focused in the areas of commercial real estate, land use and property assessment. He earned undergraduate degrees in philosophy and finance from Tulane University, and his JD from Stetson University College of Law, graduating magna cum laude.

Gulfside Bank in Sarasota has hired Kathy Collums to fulfill the role of Senior Vice President and Director of Consumer Banking.

Collums, who was born and raised in Sarasota, began her banking career in 1979 as a teller and over the next four decades rose to the level of senior vice president. In 2006, she was one of the founders of Sabal Palm Bank and most recently served as the bank’s Senior Vice President, City Manager.

In her new role as director of consumer banking at Gulfside Bank, Collums will lead the residential mortgage portfolio and consumer lending efforts. Additional responsibilities will include leading the bank’s retail teams, both in their current state and as the bank expands its branch network in the coming years.


JMX Brands, the parent company of the leading online retailer of Amish furniture at, recently recognized interior designer nancy kirche as 2021 Rookie of the Year.

vice president Linse Miller presented the award to Kirshe at the company’s 19th anniversary awards luncheon, held at the Covenant Mennonite Church in Sarasota earlier this year.

Kirshe joined JMX Brands in December 2020 as a DutchCrafters display furniture specialist. In her first year with the Sarasota-based company, Kirshe was responsible for the most sales the DutchCrafters showroom had ever had from a single furniture specialist.

Kirshe was promoted to interior designer in January 2022 after completing an 18-month course at the New York Institute of Art & Design in just five months. In addition to interior design certification, Kirshe also received an award of merit from the institute for her work.

The Rookie of the Year award recognizes a JMX Brands employee each year for having had an immediate impact on the growth and success of the company. Kirsches received the award from Miller and received a “Rookie of the Year” mug plus a bonus paid vacation day.


The Gulf Coast Community Foundation in Venice has promoted Kelly Carlstein as Vice President of Brand Strategy. Carlstein previously served as Director of Strategic Marketing and Public Relations for over three years and launched Gulf Coast’s 25th Anniversary campaign and brand.

In his new role, Carlstein will lead public relations and communications efforts that enhance and position the Gulf Coast brand in the region.

Prior to joining Gulf Coast, Carlstein worked at Healthcare Corporation of America’s Blake Medical Center in Bradenton, where she worked on the marketing and public relations team and was involved in marketing strategy, campaign launches, community events, sponsorship and engagement.

For over 25 years, the Gulf Coast Community Foundation has been dedicated to serving the needs of our region through integrity, leadership, excellence, and collaboration. The Foundation takes innovative approaches and invests in scalable solutions that lead to regional transformation. Together with our donors, Gulf Coast is transforming our region through bold and proactive philanthropy.


Sunnyside Village has hired Chris McGeea veteran of the aging services field, as the new Executive Director.

McGee has 20 years of experience, most recently as vice president of operations with a large senior care organization where he oversaw 23 senior living communities from Vermont to Ohio to Florida.

McGee replaces J. David Yoderexecutive director of Sunnyside for 14 years, who officially retired days before McGee’s start in January, to ensure a smooth transition.

Curtis RossChair of the Search Committee, said the Sunnyside Village Board of Directors was impressed with McGee’s personal and professional values, people-centred approach, operational knowledge and previous experience in campus development and expansion.

McGee started in the field while in college, working as a certified occupational therapy assistant. He earned a bachelor’s degree in health care administration from Providence College in 2001, and since then has worked as a manager in the field in for-profit organizations.

Sunnyside Village is a nonprofit Christian seniors’ community.

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