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 one with 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.

Cindy Malkin, Vice Chair

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.

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 resPreviously serving as interim CFO and Treasurer for Sarasota Memorial Hospital,
William “Bill” Woeltjen was named Chief Financial Officer in November 2010. As Chief Financial Officer, Bill 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, Bill, a Certified Public Accountant, served as corporate treasurer and as corporate chief financial officer for University Community Health in Tampa. He has a bachelor’s degree in economics and management from Tulane University, and a bachelor’s degree in accounting and a Master of Business Administration from the University of South Florida.

G. Duncan Finlay, M.D., Immediate Past Chair

Dr. Duncan Finlay is President and CEO of the Florence A. Rothman Institute and Chief Medical Officer of Alive Sciences, LLC. He held several key appointments at Sarasota Memorial Hospital including Chief Medical Officer and culminated with five years as President and CEO. During his tenure, SMH was named one of America’s Best Hospitals by US News and World Report in seven medical specialties. In 2005, he was awarded the University of South Florida President’s Distinguished Citizen Award.

Dr. Finlay received his medical degree from University of Florida and is a specialist in sleep disorders and pulmonary medicine. He is a Fellow of the American College of Chest Physicians and the American Sleep Disorders Association, and co-founded the Florida Sleep Medicine Society. Dr. Finlay has served on the Boards of Directors of United Way of Sarasota, Inc., the Sarasota Chamber of Commerce, SCOPE (Sarasota County Openly Plans for Excellence), the Human Services Planning Association, Sarasota Memorial Healthcare Foundation and the Community Foundation of Sarasota County. In 2002, he received the American Jewish Committee’s Civic Achievement Award. In 2004, he was selected to be included in the Community Video Archives, and in 2005 was awarded the University of South Florida’s President’s Distinguished Citizen Award.

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 most recently chaired the Residents’ Association Gratuity Committee. Tom is the Vice President of the Residents Association.

Kathryn Angell Carr

Kathryn Angell Carr is a partner at Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP where she is Board Certified in Real Estate Law. She has been involved in the representation of both purchasers and sellers in residential and commercial real estate, including several shopping centers, hotels, apartment complexes, restaurants, and office buildings. Kathryn also has experience in the leasing and financing of both residential and commercial projects, including securitized financing and bond financing.

Kathryn has represented developers of residential projects in all stages of development, including acquisition, financing of the land, and platting of the property, and has advised clients as to the effects of the Interstate Land Sales Full Disclosure Act and the Florida Land Sales Act. Kathryn 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 and the Animal Rescue Coalition. She has three stepchildren and six grandchildren, ranging in age from three to 27. In her spare time, Kathryn enjoys cooking, having learned much from her husband who was a page boy in the Ringling Hotel in the 1940s, while his father was the manager.

John M. Cranor, III

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 Pepsi-Cola North America, Taco Bell Corporation, Wilson Sporting Goods and Frito-Lay Company.

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 currently serves as the non-executive Chair of the Board of Directors of Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen, Inc.

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.

Tom Elliott (Resident)

Tom Elliott is the former President/CEO of Applied Science Associates (ASA) – a multi-faceted organization involving behavioral science, ergonomics, personnel management, software development, printing, and training for government and industrial organizations. When Tom began at ASA, there were only three employees; upon his retirement, there were over 150.

Tom is a graduate of Alma College with a degree in biology. He served in the United States Army, and earned his master’s degree at Michigan State University. Throughout his career, Tom has remained an active member of his community, serving as president of the Butler County Library Board in Pennsylvania; a member of the Butler City Library Board; and a member of the Butler County Community College faculty. At Plymouth Harbor, he has served on the Health and Wellness Committee. Tom and his wife, Sue, are third generation residents of Plymouth Harbor, and Tom is the Immediate Past President of the Residents Association.

Ambassador James D. McGee (Retired)

mcgee_james (3)Ambassador James D. McGee spent the majority of his 30-year Foreign Service career overseas working in support of U.S. Government policy. His professional skills include political-military affairs, crisis management, and international negotiation and management. He was nominated and confirmed as Ambassador to the Kingdom of Swaziland 2002-2004, Madagascar and the Comoros Islands 2004-2007, and Zimbabwe 2007-2009. He then returned to the National War College in Washington, D.C., as the senior advisor to the Director of the Africa Center for Strategic Studies. At his last assignment, Ambassador McGee opened the first political-military office to provide diplomatic advice and guidance to the Commander of U.S. naval forces in Europe, Africa, and the 6th Fleet. Ambassador McGee served in the U.S. Air Force for five and a half years during the Vietnam War and earned three Distinguished Flying Crosses and 16 Air Medals while flying on 471 combat missions.

In addition to his military honors, Ambassador McGee was presented the Palmer Award for Diplomatic Excellence in 2011, the Diplomacy for Freedom Award in 2008, and numerous Presidential Pay and Superior Honor Awards. He is a member of the American Academy of Diplomacy and serves on the Board of Directors for the Global Alliance for Zimbabwe and the Committee for the Community of Democracies. He is a graduate of Indiana University and the Defense Language Institute, and speaks French and Vietnamese.

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 15 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. Cade currently serves as the Chair of the Plymouth Harbor Foundation Board of Trustees.

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.

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 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. Wendy and her husband, Jim, moved to Siesta Key in 2007, and have been residents of Plymouth Harbor since 2011. Wendy is the current President of the Residents Association.

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 celebrate our 50th Anniversary! 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


Harry Hobson
President, Chief Executive Officer


Gordon Okawa
Vice President of Marketing and Community Affairs

George McGonagill

George McGonagill
Vice President of Facilities


Liz Clark
Administrator of Home Care


Alyson Harris
Director of Accounting Services


Jim Myers
Director of Housekeeping

Natallia Dziatsel
Vice President / Chief Financial Officer


Joe Devore
Senior Vice President of Health Services

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


Dinah Stamp
Administrator of Design and Renovation


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


Rene Weder
Director of Dining Services/
Executive Chef


Marty Martel
Director of Maintenance


Becky Pazkowski
Senior Vice President of Philanthropy


Tena Wilson
Vice President of Resident & Employee Relations


Karen Novak
Director of Nursing, Smith Care Center


Maryanne Shorin
Director of Resident Programming


Lyall Smith
Director of Safety Services

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.


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.



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.



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.



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.



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


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.