About Us

The name of Plymouth Harbor reveals much about the values on which it rests. Like its historic counterpart far to the north in the 17th century, Sarasota’s Plymouth Harbor is a lively community located on the water and committed to an independent life in fellowship with one another. We even call our community neighborhoods “colonies!”

Opened in 1966, Plymouth Harbor was the dream of The Reverend Dr. John Whitney MacNeil, a Congregational minister. He envisioned an inclusive, progressive interfaith community based on shared values: trust, open communications, integrity, honesty, innovation, and the highest quality.

As the decades have passed and times have changed, Plymouth Harbor continues to attract vibrant residents, both nationally and internationally. It has evolved to become one of the premier continuing care retirement communities in the United States and is recognized as an employer of choice in the region.

Our residents and staff also share a love of boating, a passion for helping others, and a natural spirit of friendship. Plymouth Harbor is home to all who love gracious living and the finer points of a sunrise and a sunset over Sarasota Bay and the Gulf of Mexico.

Board of Trustees

Brian D. Hall, Chair

Brian-D--HallBrian D. Hall is Senior Vice President and Sarasota Area Executive at CenterState Bank (formerly Gateway Bank of Southwest Florida), joining CenterState after serving as President, Chief Executive Officer, and Director of Sarasota-based Sabal Palm Bank. Before that, Brian was President and Chief Executive Officer for Sarasota’s SouthTrust, following a 22-year banking career in Indiana and Ohio. He received his BS degree in Finance from Indiana University and an MBA in Management from the University of Cincinnati. Brian’s community involvement includes Director and Board Chair of Samaritan Counseling Services of the Gulf Coast, regional Board Director and past Sarasota Community Campaign Chair of United Way Suncoast, past Director and Treasurer of the Education Foundation of Sarasota, and volunteer youth basketball coach. Brian and his wife Betsy live in Lakewood Ranch and enjoy spending time with family.

John M. Cranor, III, Vice Chair

CranorFormer President and CEO for the New College Foundation, John Cranor has over 30 years of management experience in the food service and retail industries including senior executive positions with General Mills, Pepsi-Cola North America, Taco Bell Corporation, Wilson Sporting Goods and Frito-Lay Company. John served as the non-executive Chair of the Board of Directors of Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen, Inc. until 2017. John holds a Bachelor’s of Arts Degree from New College of Florida and a Master’s of Business Administration from Harvard University Graduate School of Business. He also received an honorary Doctorate from Bellarmine University. In addition to serving on the Plymouth Harbor, Inc. Board of Trustees, John serves as Chairman of the Financial Advisory Committee of the Sarasota School Board.

Nora Patterson, Secretary

PattersonNora Patterson has been serving as a Sarasota County Commissioner since 1998. Prior to that she served for eight years on the Sarasota City Commission. Nora grew up in New York City, obtained a BA in psychology from Duke University and a MEd from the University of Florida in Educational Psychology. She has been a small business owner, a teacher, and a real estate broker. She is married to a Sarasota County attorney and has lived in Sarasota County since 1970. Nora has been very active in the community and served on numerous community boards. She also represents Sarasota County on several regional boards that deal with subjects such as the regional water supply of a four county area, the transportation planning organization advisory to the Florida Department of Transportation of Manatee and Sarasota counties, the maintenance of the Intracoastal Waterway in a four county area and TBARTA, a regional transportation authority.

William Woeltjen, Treasurer

Woeltjen lo resWilliam Woeltjen is the chief financial officer for Sarasota Memorial Hospital. As CFO, William, a certified public accountant, is responsible for all financial matters related to the health care system, including financial reporting, financial planning, revenue cycle, reimbursement, debt management and managed care contracting. He has more than 25 years of experience in corporate health care finance. Before joining Sarasota Memorial’s Finance Department in 2007, he served as corporate treasurer and as corporate chief financial officer for University Community Health in Tampa. William has a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and Management from Tulane University, a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting, and a Master of Business Administration from the University of South Florida.

Tom Belcher (Resident)

Tom is a former Vice President of Aetna International. After four years in the Air Force, he earned a degree in business from San Francisco State College, with a concentration in insurance. He then joined Aetna Life & Casualty’s San Francisco Marketing Department and was subsequently promoted to the company’s head office in Hartford, CT, where he earned the Chartered Property-Casualty Underwriter designation. Tom’s 35-year career with the company spanned a variety of domestic and international assignments, including residencies in Canada and Spain. After Aetna, Tom joined his wife, Marie, in her executive search firm specializing in senior financial management. He finally retired in 2001. He has served on a number of Boards of Directors of international insurance companies, was Chairman of the Greater Connecticut Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society and volunteered with the American Red Cross and Sarasota Memorial Hospital. He has been a resident of Plymouth Harbor since 2013, where he has been chair of the Residents’ Association Gratuity Committee. He is the current President of the Residents Association and served as Vice President last year.

Bruce Berg

Bruce BergBruce Berg, M.D., M.B.A. has had a long and distinguished career with the FSU College of Medicine, establishing the Sarasota campus fourteen years ago as Founding Dean and helping them navigate through accreditation site visits there in 2006. Before this, he served for many years in Sarasota as a Pulmonologist and Intensivist and helped SMH implement their first Electronic Medical Records before joining the College of Medicine. His relationships with SMH were critical to their efforts to establish residency programs there, first in Internal Medicine and recently in Emergency Medicine.

Kathryn Angell Carr

Kathryn Angell Carr is a member of our corporate board, and is a partner at Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP where she is Board Certified in Real Estate Law. She has been practicing in Sarasota since 1982, with experience in virtually all aspects of the real estate transaction practice. Kathryn draws on the knowledge she has gained from developing her law practice concurrent with the development of Sarasota County for more than 30 years. Kathryn was born in Mason City Iowa, received a BS degree in Political Science from Iowa State University and earned her law degree from the University of Florida. In addition to Plymouth Harbor, Kathryn previously served on several community Boards, including, but not limited to, The Argus Foundation, Animal Rescue Coalition, Sarasota County Arts Council (of counsel) and Sarasota Ballet of Florida. She has three stepchildren and six grandchildren. When Kathryn is not busy helping clients, she enjoys arts and fishing.

Lee DeLieto, Sr.

Lee-DeLieto-Sr-Lee DeLieto, Sr. joined the Commercial Group at Michael Saunders & Company more than 15 years ago and has repeatedly received “Top Commercial Real Estate Producer” recognition. Lee is a member of The Greater Sarasota County Economic Development Council, The Sarasota Chamber of Commerce, a member and past president of The Commercial Investment Division (CID) of the Sarasota Association of Realtors, and a founder and board member of Insignia Bank. An active member of the Sarasota community, Lee is past president of the Downtown Sarasota Kiwanis Club, a former chairman of the board of the Sarasota County Boys & Girls Clubs, past board chair of the Sarasota University Club, and past president of the Sarasota Alumni Club of Phi Delta Theta. Lee can converse in Italian, and in his spare time enjoys sport fishing and reading.

Cindy Malkin

Cindy-MalkinCindy Malkin is a psychiatric nurse who has been active in the community for many years. Her involvement has mainly been with human services. She has been Board Chair of the Consortium for Children and Youth, The Human Services Planning Association, and The Florida Center for Child and Family Development. She was President of the Junior League of Sarasota and recently Board Chair of the William G. and Marie Selby Foundation. She currently serves on the Board of the Women’s Resource Center. Cindy received a BS and RN from Skidmore College and a Master’s Degree from Virginia Commonwealth University. Originally from Connecticut and a Sarasota resident since 1974, she has two sons and six grandsons. She and her husband Dr. Rick Malkin summer in Berkshire County, Massachusetts, where they enjoy tennis, golf, and the myriad of cultural activities the area offers.

Jay Price, Plymouth Harbor Foundation Chair

Jay PriceJay Price was born in Southport, Connecticut, and raised in Manchester, and Stowe, Vermont. After finishing high school in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, he moved to Wichita, Kansas, to serve six years in the 8th Air Force Strategic Air Command. After his Air Force service and education at Wichita State University, he joined Boeing Military Co. Aerospace Group and worked on National Defense projects. In 1984, Jay moved to Sarasota and spent 12 years traveling and managing worldwide, special access, international defense projects for Fairchild Weston and its successors, Loral Aerospace – Lockheed Martin. He then served as Director, Corporate Accounts, for an international telecommunications firm. His board service includes chair of the St. Thomas More Finance Committee. He and his wife, Leslie Juron, co-chaired the Girls Incorporated of Sarasota County Capital Campaign and were both awarded the Girls Inc. Visionary Award. Jay is a First Vice President – Investments and Financial Advisor with the Juron, Price & Maroney Wealth Management Group of Wells Fargo Advisors. Jay and Leslie have rescued another English Springer Spaniel and have lived in The Sanderling Club on Siesta Key for 21 years.

*Wells Fargo Advisors is a trade name used by Wells Fargo Clearing Services, LLC, Member SIPC.

Myron Robinson

Over the last 37 years, Myron Robinson has served as President and CEO of various Urban League affiliates around the country and as a consultant to the National Urban League in New York City. Additionally, Myron served as a Marketing and Senior Sales Executive for AT&T. Before moving to the Sarasota area in 2009, he was an Executive-in-Residence at the School of Urban Affairs at Cleveland State University. Myron also has a multi-faceted volunteer career. He served on numerous boards in Cleveland including John Carroll University, Key Bank, and University Hospitals. He is past Chair of the Board of Directors for Doctors Hospital of Sarasota and is currently serving on the boards of Manatee County Library and the Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce. Myron serves on the Plymouth Harbor Board of Trustees as the designated representative of the First Congregational United Church of Christ (UCC) of Sarasota, the church that founded Plymouth Harbor. Myron has been a member of the First Congregational UCC for seven years. He has served as a Deacon, Vice Moderator, Moderator, and Past Moderator of the Church Council. He is married to Brenda K. Robinson. They have two adult children and four grandchildren.

Connie Sanders, (Resident)

Connie SandersConnie Sanders moved to the Sarasota area from Kansas City, Missouri in 2005, and moved into Plymouth Harbor in 2016 with her husband, Karl. She currently serves as Vice President of the Residents Association and has previously served on the Finance, Conservation, Grounds and Fund Shop committees. Connie enjoyed a career in education as a teacher, administrator, consultant and college professor specializing in services for children with disabilities. She has also served as an officer on numerous professional and non-profit boards: Missouri and National Council for Administrators of Special Education, Lighthouse Preschool, Spofford/Ozanam Healthy Family Services, Tri County Mental Health Center, Literacy Connection and the Greater Kansas City United Way.

Chris Sforzo

Chris SforzoChristopher (Chris) Sforzo, M.D. is an orthopedic surgeon in Sarasota, Florida and is affiliated with multiple hospitals in the area, including Doctors Hospital of Sarasota and Lakewood Ranch Medical Center. Dr. Sforzo was selected as the Director of Sports Medicine for the new Premier Sports Campus in Lakewood Ranch and is the official orthopedic surgeon and hand surgeon to the Sarasota Orchestra. He is a special consultant for the IMG Academies and the Nick Bollettieri Tennis Academy, and serves as an Assistant Clinical Professor in Orthopedic Surgery at the Florida State University College of Medicine, Sarasota Campus.

Cade Sibley

Cade-SibleyCade Sibley is a recent resident of Longboat Key, moving here in 2010 with her husband, Whit from Denver, Colorado. In Denver, she designed and implemented advanced estate, business-transfer, and investment-planning strategies. She was a longtime member of several of Lincoln Financial Group’s most prestigious honors societies, and served as Vice Chair of Rocky Mountain Multiple Sclerosis Center Board for The Denver Foundation, and on the Denver Arthritis Foundation Board. She is familiar with Plymouth Harbor, where her father (and late mother) has resided for more than 20 years. Cade and her husband are both members of the Bird Key Yacht Club, where she serves on the Board of Governors, and they are active with the club’s cruising fleet.

Jon F. Swift

Jon-SwiftAn Ohio native, Jon Swift attended Miami University at Oxford, Ohio, studying Industrial Technology. He started his own construction company in 1969 and moved his organization to Sarasota ten years later. He is currently the CEO of Jon F. Swift, Inc. Jon is past president of the Argus Foundation of Southwest Florida, the Education Foundation of Sarasota County, Inc., and the Police Athletic League of Sarasota County. He has served on the Board of Directors of the Gulf Coast Builders Exchange and is currently on the Board of Directors of Sabal Palm Bank. Jon has a passion for woodworking and enjoys spending time in the shop. He and his wife Janey have five children and seven grandchildren.

Marie E. Underwood (Resident)

Marie “Wendy” Underwood is a graduate of Rosemont College in Pennsylvania, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and did graduate work in statistics and finance. She previously worked for C&P Telephone, which later became Bell Atlantic and now Verizon. While there, she worked in various capacities, including finance, accounting, auditing, and marketing. Upon retirement, Wendy served as member and chair of the St. Mary’s County Board of Zoning Appeals in Maryland. Wendy and her husband, Jim, moved to Siesta Key in 2007, and have been residents of Plymouth Harbor since 2011. Wendy is the past President of the Residents Association. Wendy has remained an active member of the community, managing local art exhibits, serving as secretary of the resident Finance Committee, and as Associate Director of the North Garden Colony.

Dale N. Woodling, Colonel, U.S. Army (Retired)

Dale-N--WoodlingDale N. Woodling, is a native of northeast Ohio and received his Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. After receiving his law degree from the University of Akron School of Law, Dale entered the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps, where he served for nearly 28 years in various legal positions around the country and overseas, including as Staff Judge Advocate (senior legal officer) for U.S. Forces in Somalia during the U.N.-led operation to restore order in that country, Staff Judge Advocate of the 25th Infantry Division (Light) in Hawaii, and Staff Judge Advocate of I Corps in Tacoma, Washington. Dale’s career culminated with his assignments as the Executive Officer to the Judge Advocate General in the Pentagon and then as the Commander of the U.S. Army Claims Service. He also holds a Master’s Degree in National Resource Strategy from the National Defense University. Since retiring from the Army in 2006 and moving to Sarasota, Dale has served on a number of volunteer boards, including the Advisory Board for the Salvation Army of Sarasota; the board of Orchard Place, a 40-unit apartment complex for physically disabled adults; and the Alumni Board of the University of Akron School of Law. He has also worked with Family Promise of Sarasota, Inc., an inter-faith program for homeless families. Dale is married to Colonel Cynthia Woodling, U.S. Army (Retired), who served with the Army Nurse Corps. The Woodlings have two sons: Dr. Nathaniel Woodling who is doing his post-doctorate research in neuroscience at University College London, and Matthew Woodling, a vaccine researcher and developer for Merck Pharmaceutical in Philadelphia.

A Spectacular 50 Years

Plymouth Harbor is proud to have celebrated our 50th Anniversary in 2017! Plymouth Harbor opened its doors on January 15, 1966 to the first residents of our community, and on May 26, 1967, an official dedication ceremony was held. Over the years, Plymouth Harbor has grown, welcoming residents from all over the world, enhancing programs, activities, and amenities, and our expanding services. There is no doubt that Plymouth Harbor has endured the test of time due to the willingness of the entire organization to adapt and evolve to meet growing needs and changes in the industry.

As a part of our 50-year celebration, Plymouth Harbor published The Story of Plymouth Harbor — a publication that serves as a compilation of the past, present, and future of Plymouth Harbor. To view an electronic copy of the book, please click here, or you may download the PDF here.


 

Management Team

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Harry Hobson
President, Chief Executive Officer

George McGonagill

George McGonagill
Vice President of Facilities

Tena-Wilson

Tena Wilson
Vice President of Resident & Employee Relations

April Gillespie
Director of Nursing for Assisted Living, Memory Care, and Home Care

Karen-Novak

Karen Novak
Director of Nursing, Smith Care Center

Lyall-Smith

Lyall Smith
Director of Safety Services

Joe-Devore

Joe Devore
Senior Vice President of Health Services

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Gordon Okawa
Vice President of Marketing and Community Affairs

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Brandi Burgess
Administrator of Assisted Living, The Seaside & Starr Residences

Alyson-Harris

Alyson Harris
Director of Accounting Services

Summer Rentsch

Summer Rentsch
Director of Wellness

Natallia Dziatsel
Vice President / Chief Financial Officer

Beth Watson

Beth Watson
Vice President of Philanthropy

Liz-Clark

Liz Clark
Administrator of Home Care

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Marty Martel
Director of Maintenance

Maryanne-Shorin

Maryanne Shorin
Director of Resident Programming

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Rene Weder
Director of Dining Services/
Executive Chef

Mission & Vision

Mission Statement

Plymouth Harbor is a church-sponsored, not-for-profit community of distinction for older adults, committed to providing the most positive aging experience possible for its residents.

Vision

Our vision is to become the regional continuing care retirement community (CCRC) of choice.

Core Values

  • We build inclusive relationships and a sense of community through trust and open communications.
  • We encourage cooperation through collaboration and the respectful sharing of ideas and beliefs.
  • We exhibit integrity and honesty in all dealings.
  • We encourage innovation and ensure excellence through high quality standards.
  • We emphasize a holistic approach; supporting resident independence by celebrating individuality and treating people with dignity.
  • We recognize the importance of preparedness and are committed to providing a safe and secure environment for all constituents.

Awards

 
 

2018

Sarasota Magazine’s “Best Of” Reader’s Choice Awards

Plymouth Harbor was selected as a finalist in the Retirement Community category for Sarasota Magazine’s 2018 “Best Of” reader’s choice awards.

 
 

2017

Sarasota Magazine’s “Best Of” Reader’s Choice Awards

Plymouth Harbor was selected as a finalist in the Retirement Community category for Sarasota Magazine’s 2017 “Best Of” reader’s choice awards.

 
 

Sarasota Herald-Tribune Best Places to Work

Plymouth Harbor was recognized by the Sarasota Herald-Tribune as one of the top 25 Best Places to Work in the Sarasota/Manatee area.

 
 
 

2016

Gold-Seal-Logo-2014 (4)Governor’s Gold Seal for Excellence 

In January 2016, Plymouth Harbor’s Smith Care Center was awarded the Governor’s Gold Seal for Excellence. This award recognizes nursing facilities that demonstrate excellence in long-term care over a sustained period, promote stability of the industry and facilitate the physical, social, and emotional well-being of nursing facility residents. The Gold Seal is awarded to only three to four percent of nursing facilities in the state of Florida.

 
 

Sarasota Magazine’s “Best Of” Reader’s Choice Awards

Plymouth Harbor was selected as a finalist in the Retirement Community category and in the Best Place to Meet Singles category for Sarasota Magazine’s 2016 “Best Of” reader’s choice awards.

 
 

Sarasota Herald-Tribune Reader’s Choice Awards

The Plymouth Harbor Foundation was selected as a finalist in the Best Non-Profit Organization category for Sarasota Herald-Tribune’s 2016 Reader’s Choice Awards.

 
 
 
 
 

2015

LeadingAge Florida Best Practice Award

Plymouth Harbor was awarded LeadingAge Florida’s Best Practice Award for our new Employee Wellness Program, OnBoard. This award recognizes LeadingAge Florida member communities who develop programs and services that are models of excellence, innovation, and best practices at work.

 
 

2015+Gold+HonoreeSarasota Chamber of Commerce Salute to Business Awards

Plymouth Harbor was awarded the Investing in Our Future Award at the 2015 Salute to Business Awards, hosted by the Sarasota Chamber of Commerce. This award recognizes major investments being made in the Sarasota community, and Plymouth Harbor was recognized for this award because of past and future capital investments.

 
 

Sarasota Garden Club Civic Beautification Award

Plymouth Harbor received the Civic Beautification Award from the Sarasota Garden Club for continually maintaining landscaping excellence. Each year, the Sarasota Garden Club’s Civic Beautification Committee reviews various properties in the Sarasota area that previously won this award, searching for properties that continue to produce outstanding landscaping and curb appeal.

 
 

Sarasota Herald-Tribune Reader’s Choice Awards

Plymouth Harbor was selected as a finalist in the Retirement Community category, and The Plymouth Harbor Foundation was selected as the first place winner in the Non-Profit Organization category for Sarasota Herald-Tribune’s 2015 Reader’s Choice Awards.

 
 

CaptureSarasota Magazine’s “Best Of” Reader’s Choice Awards

Plymouth Harbor was selected as a finalist the Retirement category for Sarasota Magazine’s 2015 “Best Of” reader’s choice awards.

Community Involvement

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Plymouth Harbor residents are valued contributors to the surrounding Sarasota community.

Our residents serve on boards and assume key leadership positions at charities and service organizations, working with the community on efforts as varied as conservation, preserving historic landmarks, advancing world-class healthcare, and supporting arts and culture.

In fact, Plymouth Harbor residents played pivotal roles in starting two important local nonprofits: the Sarasota Institute of Lifetime Learning and the Glasser-Schoenbaum Human Services Center. The Sarasota Institute of Lifetime Learning provides lectures on a wide array of topics, including discussions of the arts and contemporary global issues. The speaker series features former ambassadors and think tank experts in efforts to promote lifelong learning. The Glasser-Schoenbaum Human Services Center works with 17 local nonprofit health and human services agencies to support low income or at risk adults.

In 2016 alone, Plymouth Harbor residents, employees, and trustees collectively volunteered over 11,500 hours of service to 89 area organizations.