Update: Monday, October 3, 2022 The Academy at Glengary and Academy at Bradenton will re-open tomorrow, Tuesday, October 4, 2022. Please stay tuned to our website (http://www.AcademySRQ.org), Facebook, and Instagram for any further updates. Academy members can also check updates on the Slack app.
A Shovel Full of Values

A Shovel Full of Values

In what seems like the blink of an eye, we are celebrating the three-year anniversary of our Groundbreaking Ceremony.  On April 14, 2016, twenty-three community leaders came together to break ground on what would become the Academy at Glengary. They were joined under our tent by 220 other guests.

Each honoree identified a core value which was then stenciled on their respective shovel. Together, these values continue to weave a cloak of dignity and hope for people in our community. We honor each of these individuals and organizations for their commitment to improving the quality of life for adults pursuing mental health recovery in Sarasota County:  

CARES:  Jewish Family & Children’s Services of the Suncoast, Daniel DeFrank, COO (former) 

CARING:  Sarasota Memorial Hospital, David Verinder, CEO 

CHANGE:  Centerstone Florida, Melissa Larkin-Skinner, CEO 

COLLABORATION:  Coastal Behavioral Healthcare, Jack Minge, CEO (former)  

COMMITMENT:  Academy at Glengary, Bob Geyer & Andrea Jackson 

COMMUNITY:  Community Foundation of Sarasota,  Roxie Gerde, CEO 

CONFIDENCE:  Sun Trust, Tom Beames, Senior Vice President 

DEDICATION:  Sarasota Police, Pat Robinson, Deputy Chief 

EDUCATION:  Sarasota Herald-Tribune, Patrick Dorsey, Publisher  

EMPOWERMENT:  Mental Health Community Centers, Jennifer Ernst, CEO (former)  

HOPE:  National Alliance on Mental Illness, Mark Mathisen, President (former)

HOUSING:  Community Assisted & Supported Living, Scott Eller, CEO 

IMPACT:  United Way, Mireya Eavey, Sarasota President (former)

JOBS:  Goodwill Industries – Manasota, Margie Genter, COO 

JUSTICE:  Public Defender of Sarasota County, Larry Eger, Public Defender 

PARTNERSHIP:  Central Florida Behavioral Health Network, Linda McKinnon, CEO 

PHILANTHROPY:  Gulf Coast Community Foundation, Mark Pritchett, CEO 

PROSPERITY:  Chamber of Commerce, Amy Farrington & Steve Queior 

PURPOSE:  Family members, Ralph and Judy Harding 

RECOVERY:  First Step of Sarasota, PJ Brooks, Vice President 

SERVICE:  Sarasota County Sheriff, Tom Knight, Sheriff 

TEAMWORK:  Sarasota County, Paul Caragiulo, County Commissioner (former)

WORK:  Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, George Barthalow, Area Supervisor