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Board/Executive Team

Board of Directors

Bob Trisolini-Chairman

Chairman, Bob Trisolini, resides on Longboat Key and has worked with CAN for the past 16 years. He was the founder and CEO of The West Bank Creative, a Business Theater Agency in the NYC area, with his husband Bob Nosal. Bob has had the privilege of working with Sammy Davis Jr., Howie Mandell, Rita Rudner, David Brenner, Beth Fowler, and the cast of many Broadway shows, while directing and producing corporate events. He was Associate Pr... read more

Leona M. Collesano-Vice-Chairman

Leona Collesano is a performance driven IT Executive with over 25 years of domestic and international experience in Technology spanning leadership, project management, implementations, team building, major initiatives, and business process re-engineering. She is a professional dedicated to producing high quality products with a sincere passion for improving the quality of services for the workforce.... read more

Robert D. Nosal-Secretary

Bob Nosal of Longboat Key is thrilled to be on the board for CAN. He has been involved with their fundraising campaigns especially CANDance for the past fourteen years. He has worked on numerous shows over the years with his husband Bob Trisolini. Their work consisted of creating The West Bank Creative, a Business Theater Agency in the NYC area. Bob worked on major projects for Walt Disney Entertainment, Celebrity Cruise Lines and Busch... read more

Jackie Rogers-Assistant Secretary

Jackie Rogers has been a Co-Chair of CAN’s gala CANDance for eight years and is actively involved in the Sarasota community, working professionally as a producer and marketing consultant nationwide.... read more

Anthony J. Becich-Treasurer

Anthony J. Becich has been an accounting and management professional for over 25 years. He is currently the Finance and General Manager for the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall and has been employed there since 2008. Anthony is originally from Chicago and has lived in the Sarasota area since 1998.... read more

Dr. Stephen Covert-Assistant Treasurer

Dr. Stephen Covert proudly serves as the principal at Pine View School, as is an adjunct faculty member at the University of South Florida.  He and his wife, Cara, a teacher with Sarasota County Schools, are parents to four wonderful Pine View students.  As an educator for over 24 years, Dr. Covert is committed to making a positive difference in the lives of his students, and in the community he serves.... read more

Reinaldo Arroyo, M.D.

Dr. Reinaldo Arroyo is an internist in Sarasota, Florida and is affiliated with multiple hospitals in the area, including Doctors Hospital of Sarasota and Sarasota Memorial Healthcare System. He received his medical degree from Ponce School of Medicine and has been in practice for more than 25 years.... read more

Thomas A. D’Eletto, MD

Thomas A. D’Eletto is a medical and business professional with experience in clinical medicine, pharmaceutical drug development and medical affairs. Dr. D’Eletto is board certified in internal medicine and pulmonary diseases; he has also maintained a hospital-based inpatient and outpatient practice in internal medicine, pulmonary diseases and critical medicine. He has held the position of assistant professor of medicine and was asso... read more

Rev. Demetrius Jifunza

Reverend Demetrius Jifunza serves as N.A.A.C.P. Vice President of the Sarasota branch, and Sr. Pastor at Mt. Olive CME Church in Arcadia, FL. As a member of Sarasota United for Responsibility and Equity (S.U.R.E.), Rev. Jifunza works with community leaders and public officials to correct inequities in the Sarasota community that affect the poor, under-served and disadvantaged. This faith based, social justice organization, combines a... read more

Robin Moch

Robin Moch is a community-minded insurance and risk-management professional with nearly 30 years in the insurance industry. She is a partner at Tampa’s original insurance agency, M.E. Wilson Company, and has been with the firm since 2005. She assists a variety of large organizations in focusing on their core business while her team ensures that their risk-management needs are met. One of her priorities is connecting people and organiz... read more

Nati Shabat

Nati Shabat is a native of Israel, the 10th of 11 children. After serving in the IDF, he came to the United States. The contrast of the freedom in this country compared to his orthodox upbringing made quite an impact on Nati. He feels the need to give back to his community by helping Community AIDS Network achieve its mission. Nati is married to Roland Moser and is owner/partner of McCarver & Moser Jewelers, a St. Armand’s Circ... read more

Meadow Walker

Meadow Walker has worked with community agencies and faith communities with the purpose to educate and help meet the needs of the community since a young adult. Meadow has fourteen years of counseling experience working with co-occurring clients to help them explore and process their disease of addiction and mental health issues holistically.   She is currently an intern for mental health at Centerstone of Florida working toward comp... read more

Executive Team

Richard E. Carlisle, Chief Executive Officer

A devoted friend of CAN, Richard E. Carlisle became the not-for-profit’s third President and Chief Executive Officer in April 2015. Rick was born in Columbus, Georgia and graduated with a degree in Building Science from Auburn University, where he was awarded “Most Outstanding Senior” in the School of Building Science. Rick came to Sarasota more than 35 years ago and quickly established a successful decade-long career as a mode... read more

David Abernethy, Chief Information Officer

Dave’s IT career spans over 19 years.  Prior to beginning his career in IT, Dave served and retired as a United States Air Force (USAF) officer. While in the Air Force, Dave was recognized as the most junior United States Air Force Academy Commander, and was selected for promotion 2 years early, being recognized as the top 1% of the USAF. Dave has had many key healthcare IT roles such as serving as the VP of Data Operations and T... read more

John T. Acevedo, Chief of Program Services

Mr. Acevedo’s responsibilities are to manage the implementation of HIV/AIDS science-based prevention programs in four counties (Desoto, Charlotte, Manatee and Sarasota), and to enhance community relationships for the purpose of disseminating accurate and up-to-date HIV information. Prior to his current position, John was with the Florida Department of Health as a Disease Intervention Specialist where his duties included education and... read more

Roger Capote, Chief Advancement Officer

Roger Capote brings to CAN 15 years of experience of award-winning philanthropic event management and community development, as well as operational oversight and business development. He most recently served as Senior Director of Special Projects at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, overseeing the organization’s daily operations and earned revenue. He holds a degree from the University of Florida and is currently enrolled at the Universi... read more

Alexander Kramer, Chief Financial Officer

Alex joined CAN/CCC as CFO and brings over 20 years of financial and executive business experience to the team from both the corporate and non-profit sectors.   At CAN/CCC, Alex is responsible for all financial and accounting services including reporting, funding, taxes, and financial compliance of CAN/CCC and our affiliate organizations.  Additionally, he contributes to the strategic decision making of the organization and supports... read more

Leslie A. Lind, Chief Compliance Officer

Leslie comes by way of the Midwest, born and raised in Indiana. Soon after graduation she moved to Chicago and started her career in Audit/Accounting where she traveled opening/auditing new Hotels across the Country. That’s where the love of travel started and eventually landed her permanently in Sarasota at a local CPA firm auditing Non Profit Organizations. That’s where she first was introduced to former C.E.O, Michael Cuffage and... read more

Stephen P. Nicholas, MD, Chief Medical Officer

Dr. Nicholas is a patient-focused physician leader with 30 years of experience in direct patient care, teaching, and healthcare management. A persuasive change-agent, he excels in developing and leading a diverse physician population for team-based care. Dr. Nicholas is recognized by top hospital management for his proven ability to drive organizational transformation and development while maintaining exceptional patient satisfaction. A... read more

Rishi Patel, PharmD, Chief Pharmacy Officer

Dr. Rishi Patel is a highly academically prepared pharmaceutical professional holding a Doctorate of Pharmacy from Nova Southeastern University, a Masters Degree in Business Administration from Florida Gulf Coast University, and a Bachelors Degree in Microbiology from University of Florida. Dr. Patel has over 14 years of experience and expertise in pharmacy services management. Dr. Patel is accomplished and experienced in cultivating a ... read more

Katy Wendel, Chief of Clinical Services

Katy Wendel is a Registered Nurse with 15 years of clinical, leadership, and project management experience. Much of this practice has been working with non-profit organizations in the areas of emergency medicine and behavioral health prior to joining CAN Community Health in November of 2014 when she and her family relocated to from Kansas City, MO to Sarasota. Since that time, she has worked with the clinical services team to direct qua... read more