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Philanthropy in Action – Terry & Bob Lewandowski

Terry and Bob Lewandowski are originally from Chicago, Illinois where together they hold a combined four degrees in Psychology, Medical Technology, and Industrial Relations from Loyola University. Terry enjoyed a career as a medical technologist in Chicago-area hospitals until the birth of their first child, upon which time she considers herself blessed to be able [...]
September 22, 2020

Sarasota Chamber of Commerce: 2020 Outstanding Leadership Awards

September 22, 2020 Sarasota has a legacy of strong leaders and innovators. Leadership Sarasota County, a program of the Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce, is continuing that legacy by building a community of leaders for Sarasota today and tomorrow. This year, CEO Philip Tavill, Leadership Class of 1993, was honored alongside Pam Beitlich, of Sarasota [...]
September 1, 2020

SRQ Magazine: In Conversation With – Nonprofit Leaders

September 01, 2020 | Sarasota CEO Philip Tavill took part in a conversation with other community thought leaders on building opportunities to pivot, survive and thrive during the pandemic.
September 1, 2020

Sarasota Magazine: Women of Influence

September 01, 2020 | Sarasota Children First’s female leadership is a driving force behind the agency’s success as a four-time designated Head Start Program of Excellence. Their broad expertise helps the agency deliver excellence in program management and service performance, and guides the achievement of robust outcomes for pregnant women, at-risk children birth to 5 years [...]
August 26, 2020

Business Observer: Organization lowers operating costs through sustainability program

August 26, 2020 | Business Observer A recent Sarasota-based virtual event focused on how organizations can save money by implementing sustainability-related changes, from reducing water use to installing more efficient air conditioning units. The event was part of the Partners for Green Places program, a collaboration between Sarasota County Sustainability, City of Sarasota Sustainability, the Charles [...]
August 10, 2020

ABC7 WWSB: Census 2020 Roundtable Discussion with CEO Philip Tavill

August 10, 2020 | Jacqueline Matter CEO Philip Tavill was invited to join ABC7 WWSB Evening Reporter Jacqueline Matter on August 10 for a virtual round table discussion regarding the 2020 Census and the potential impact on our community and communities around the country. Watch the video here!
January 13, 2021

Announcing Our 2021 Board of Directors

Children First, Inc., the exclusive provider of Head Start and Early Head Start services in Sarasota County, is excited to welcome the new slate of board leadership for 2021. Liz Stamoulis, partner at Williams Parker Harrison Dietz & Getzen, Linda Monda, community philanthropist with a special focus on education, children, and families, and Joe Stephan, former Vice President for the National Cash [...]
January 12, 2021

Sarasota Magazine: Philip Tavill is Dedicated to Helping Infants, Toddlers and Their Families Through Children First

January 12, 2021 | Kay Kipling Philip Tavill, the longtime president and CEO of Children First, Sarasota County’s exclusive Head Start provider, has vivid memories of spending time beside his father, a physician working in public health, in locations from Morocco to Milwaukee. His South African mother’s passionate anti-apartheid stance also helped shape [...]
December 3, 2020

Tampa Bay Newswire: Brigette Davis Appointed to Florida Head Start Association Board of Directors

December 3, 2020 Brigette Davis, Associate Head Start and Early Head Start Director at Children First in Sarasota, has been elected to the Florida Head Start Association (FHSA) Board of Directors. As a FHSA board member, she plays a key role in representing Sarasota County and fulfilling FHSA’s work across the state to deliver high-quality [...]
December 1, 2020

Scene Magazine: Ethna & Ted Wishnie Double Their Legacy Commitment

December 1, 2020 When Ted and Ethna Wishnie of Sarasota walk through the halls of Children First in Sarasota, they are touched by the success stories, the gratitude and the children’s songs. That zest for life reminds them of Eric Wishnie, Ted’s son and Ethna’s stepson, whose death at age 45 came amidst a successful broadcast [...]