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1105 Tahiti Parkway
Sarasota , FL , 34236
Phone:(941) 993-3245

The American University in Paris: France – Bachelor of Arts in International Affairs, minor: International Business Administration and Marketing, June 1986

Columbia University: New York City, NY– Graduate School of International & Public Affairs. Masters of International Affairs October 1989. Area of Study: International Political Economy & Marketing

Institute d’Etudes Politique: Paris, France – Programme Benjamin Franklin Area of Study: Business, Legal, and Technical aspects of The European Community. Benjamin Franklin Diploma

Goethe Institute: Paris, France – Zertificat Deutsch als Fremdsprache, July 1994

JAK Consults, relevant marketing communication Sarasota, FL Founder & Consultant Marketing, Planning, Public Relations, Design 2001-Present

Gulf Coast Community Foundation's (GCCF) Invest in Incredible Sarasota, FL Marketing Consultant February 2016-Present

Mattison's Restaurants & Catering: chef-owned culinary group, Marketing, PR, and Design Director, Sarasota, FL 2004-2016

InterShow: The Online Investor Expo, The Money Show, The Portfolio Management Symposium; Sarasota, FL 2000-2001

Asolo Theatre Company at the FSU Center, a professional theatre company, Sarasota, FL Art Director 1996-2000

CMP Publications: Global Mobile, international business newsletter Paris, France Art Director, Marketing and Production Director 1995-1996

CMP Publications: Telecom 95, telecoms congress and exhibition organized by the United Nations Paris, France Art Director 1994 -1995

Fairchild SNC, W Fashion Europe, Fashion Business Europe, and Home International Paris, France Design/Layout/Reporter 1992-1994

Time Out Paris Passion Ltd.: Paris Passion Magazine, Paris’s monthly City magazine Paris, France Advertising & Marketing Manager 1990-1992

Fluent in French and German. Fluent with Adobe Products: Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator, etc; WordPress; and in social media platforms. Second degree black belt holder and teacher Shuri-Ryu Karate Do. City of Sarasota's first Citizen's Academy graduate. President of Tahiti Park Neighborhood Association 2009-present, VP 2005-2008. Neighborhood representative to The Coalition of City Neighborhood Associations (CCNA) and Executive Committee Member since 2007. City of Sarasota's Planning Board 2009-2015, Member, Vice-Chair, and Chair. Bayfront 20:20 Neighborhood Rep for since 2014. Board Member of GuitarSarasota, a local non-profit organization since 2006. Board Member of the Paul Morandi Scholarship Fund for Cardinal Mooney High School. Served on the Public Relations Board of Visitors Sarasota County.

After high school, I attended college, graduate school, and lived in Paris, France where I met my husband, Thomas. After 12 years in France and two years in New York City, I happily settled back in Sarasota, Florida in 1996 with my husband and young son, Tobias. We quickly moved into Tahiti Park Neighborhood where we still enjoy our quaint tropical neighborhood. We raised two boys in Sarasota; both attended our local, public schools. My oldest son is a graduate of Booker High School and is a senior at UCF, hoping to attend law school upon graduation. My youngest son, Oliver, is a freshman at Booker High School. He participates in the Visual Performing Arts Program, Digital Design and Visual Motion program, and is in the AICE (Advance International Certificate of Education) Program. My husband Thomas runs the classical guitar program at Booker High School Visual and Performing Arts Program (VPA). He is also the founding president of GuitarSarasota, a local nonprofit classical guitar concert series.

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