STAFF Leadership

Chief Executive Officer 
Linda Stone, PhD 

Chief Operating Officer  
Patricia Egan, MSN, ARNP 

Chief Financial Officer 
Dana Shultz, CPA  

Medical Director 
William C. Heymann, M.D 

Board of Directors

Board Chair - Christine Sensenig, Esq., Governance Committee Chair, has been practicing in the Employment Law arena for over 22 years. She writes handbooks and policies, conducts training to assist with educating employers and employees alike about their rights and responsibilities under various federal, state, and local laws, as well as handling litigation at the state, federal and administrative levels.  She and her husband, Jeremy, are parents of three adopted children who have received their health care for the past 10 years at the CPH pediatric center. In addition to her experience as a consumer of health care, she brings to the Board a level of understanding people, culture and organizations.

Board Vice Chair - Irene Fleshner, RN, MHSA, FACHE, received a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from The American University and a Master’s in Health Services Administration from The George Washington University School of Business. She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau International, The Honor Society of Nursing and Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives. She is a Principal with the consulting firm of Reno, Davis and Associates, Inc. where she provides consulting services to health care organizations, suppliers, and professional associations. Irene also serves in a part time capacity as the Executive Clinical Consultant for the medical supply and technology company, Direct Supply. Prior to her current roles, Irene spent 15 years, most recently, as the Senior Vice President and Chief Clinical Officer with Genesis Health Care, a publicly traded, long term, post-acute and rehab organization with more than 450 facilities in 29 states.  In addition, Irene worked as the Vice President of Operations and Professional services at Suburban Hospital-Johns Hopkins Medicine, a community teaching hospital. Irene began her career as an acute care nurse and nursing administrator at MedStar Washington Hospital Center.  Irene’s expertise is in the areas of workforce development, clinical operations, and business strategy.

Board Treasurer - Howard Berman, MBA, Finance Committee Chair - is the former president and chief executive officer of The Lifetime Healthcare Companies, Inc. (formerly Excellus, Inc.), a nonprofit company headquartered in Rochester, New York.  Prior to the formation of Lifetime, Mr. Berman served as president and CEO of BlueCross BlueShield of the Rochester Area beginning in 1985. Previously, he served as group vice president of the American Hospital Association and as president of the Hospital Research and Educational Trust. He has also held administrative positions with the national BlueCross BlueShield Association and the New York City Department of Hospitals. Since 2003 he has served on the faculty of St. John Fisher College School of Business as well as chair of the Center for Community Engagement at St. John Fisher College. He also been on faculty at the Universities of Michigan and Chicago. Mr. Berman received a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from the University of Illinois, and a Master’s degree in Hospital Administration from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Mr. Berman is also an inductee in the National Healthcare Hall of Fame. Mr. Berman’s extensive knowledge of health care, health care financing and start-ups has been and will continue to be invaluable to the governance of CenterPlace Health.

Board Secretary - Gloria DeHaven, BSN, MBA, CRC, Clinical Committee Chair, received both her Bachelors in Nursing and Masters of Business Administration from the University of South Florida. She is a long time Sarasota resident. Currently, she works for Florida Blue Cross-Guidewell Holding as their Medicare STARs Consultant working with various providers in Southwest Florida to attain a 5 STAR rating, with an impact on approximately 11 thousand covered lives. Previously she worked as a Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set (HEDIS) Practice Advisor for WellCare Insurance Corporation. In that role, she assisted practices in Southwest Florida to improve their scores, impacting approximately 120 thousand covered lives. Earlier in her career, she worked for Doctor’s Hospital as Cardiovascular Nurse Educator/Congestive Heart Failure/Stroke Coordinator in the PCU/ICU. In that role, she worked closely with director to coordinate education of patients with Congestive Heart Failure, Myocardial Infarction and Stroke to reduce readmission rates.  Gloria possesses expertise in health care quality improvement and risk, and insight into current third-party insurance payment structures.

Janet A. Carrillo, BS in Psychology, joined the City of North Port, Florida in September 2016 as the Social Services Manager. She oversees the North Port Family Services and Community Education Center, which houses 15 nonprofit and government service agencies as well as the City’s social services division. Prior to joining the City of North Port, Mrs. Carrillo was employed with the City of Fayetteville, Arkansas, as their Community Resources Administrator. In that role, she administered transitional and permanent supportive housing programs and was responsible for the oversight of their low-income transportation and redevelopment assistance. For the past 8 years, Mrs. Carrillo has been working with low to moderate income individuals experiencing homelessness. As an advocate for those in need, she is aware of the complex issues that affect families and individuals, specifically access to affordable health care, education, transportation, a proper mental health diagnosis, and affordable housing, to name a few. As a resident of North Port and as the Social Services Manager for the City of North Port, Mrs. Carrillo can identify community gaps and address those issues with a collaborative and cohesive approach. Originally from California she now resides in North Port after moving from Arkansas with her husband and teenaged son and daughter.

Maria DeCarlo, FACHE, MBA, MS, is vice president of Rehabilitation and Post-Acute Services at Sarasota Memorial Health Care System, where she oversees the organization's 44-bed Inpatient Rehabilitation Facility, 120-bed Skilled Nursing & Rehabilitation Center and an array of inpatient and outpatient therapy programs. Maria is currently responsible for the new 74,000 square foot Rehab Pavilion that was built on the hospital campus.  Previously, she held various managerial positions where she participated in the planning and development of 4 outpatient rehabilitation clinics, including a medically-based wellness center. Licensed as a speech-language pathologist, Maria holds both a Master of Science and a Master of Business Administration degree. She is board-certified in Health Care Management and a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives. Maria is an administrative surveyor for the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF International), holds a Six-Sigma Green Belt, is a member of the Medical Advisory Committee for Neuro Challenge Foundation and is a member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Maria has extensive healthcare experience, which she shares with the Board to aid in decision making.

Arnold Dennard, has served as a consumer CPH Board member for the past 2 years. While attending the University of Massachusetts in the early 1970’s, he assisted with the deinstitutionalization of mental hospitals in the state of Massachusetts. For 32 years, he was employed as an emergency room technician, primarily in the trauma bay, at various institutions. Additionally, he is a certified massage therapist, who worked in private practice for 13 years. He brings to the Board the perspective of a patient who receives various services at the CPH’s William L. Little Health and Human Services Center and recommends areas of improvement from a consumer’s point of view.

Kari Ellingstad, MPH, Marketing Committee Chair, has served as a Vice President at I-Net Consulting since 2014.  I-Net provides managed IT services to small and mid-sized businesses in Sarasota and Manatee Counties. Prior to joining I-Net, Kari was the Director of the Community Health Improvement Partnership (CHIP), where she oversaw citizen-led initiatives to improve community health. Kari has a Master’s in Public Health from the University of South Florida, and earned a Bachelor’s degree from New College of Florida. Ms. Ellingstad brings to the Board an understanding of technology, a grasp of community health and experience in marketing.

Russ Elmy is a retired veteran having honorably served with the U.S. Army for 20 years. After leaving the Army, Russ embarked on a 16-year banking career where he served as a Vice President in retail banking with BMO Harris Bank until 2016. Following his desire to use his management and leadership skills along with a passion for helping others, Mr. Elmy transitioned to work with Career Source Suncoast as a Career Coach. In his current role, He provides career development strategies for job seekers, welfare transition and food stamp recipients. Russ is a graduate of Central Texas College with an Associates in Liberal Arts and has also served with Big Brothers Big Sisters, Junior Achievement and is a 2005 graduate of Leadership Manatee. A relatively new member of the CPH Board, Mr. Elmy provides the perspective of individuals who lack a job and are seeking to better themselves.

Frank Fleischer, Esq. retired August 31, 2016. as Chair of the Public Finance Department at Gray Robinson, P.A., the seventh largest law firm in Florida. Mr. Fleischer was a member of the Hillsborough County Hospital Authority, a public authority that operated Tampa General Hospital. In this capacity, he served for three years as Chairman of the Finance Committee and two years as Chairman of the Board. Mr. Fleischer graduated from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, received his J.D. from Boston University and earned an L.L.M. in Taxation from the Georgetown University Law Center. Frank is a member of the Finance Committee for the Sarasota County Public Hospital (Sarasota Memorial Hospital). In addition to serving on the CPH Board and chairing its Finance Committee, he is also the Chair of the Friendship Centers Board of Directors.

William L. Little, MBA and MPH, retired in 2013 after a 44-year career in public service working as the Administrator of Florida Department of Health and Sarasota County Government Health and Human Services. Similarly, he was fortunate to work as Deputy County Administrator with Sarasota County Government in leading their health and human services. Additionally, he spent 28 years in the US Army in both active duty and reserve capacities. In his work years in Sarasota County, he was privileged to be a part of a dynamic community that is very collaborative and forward thinking in its approach to health and human services and learned much from his experiences being a participant in many community organizations and initiatives.

 Following retirement, he continued to work with community non-profit agencies, local government, state government, and local foundations with a focus on leadership, strategic planning, community engagement, and project management.  

 The goal of Bill’s work with organizations is improving leadership and planning, aligning their work to community values and expectations, facilitating connections and collaborations with a broader community network that shares their vision of the future and developing strategies and plans to achieve community focused outcomes.

His formal  education included an MBA and MPH, which enabled him to apply business principles within the multi-faceted discipline of public health with the goal of helping foster a healthy and prosperous community.

Michael E. Sweeting, Esq. Born at Sarasota Memorial Hospital and raised in Sarasota, Michael graduated from Riverview High School. He attended the University of Florida and Stetson College of Law. A retired attorney, he has been a member of Florida Bar since 1976.  His areas of legal practice included Family law, Personal Injury, Workers Compensation and Criminal defense. Mr. Sweeting serves as a consumer Board member and has been a long-term FQHC patient. He brings to the Board an understanding of the community, legal expertise, and an understanding of the importance of access to health care.

 Ex Officio Board Member - Linda L. Stone, Ph.D., Chief Operating Officer, has been in public health and related public service since 1979. Beginning May 2, 2016, she assumed the role of Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for Community Health Centers of Sarasota County, Inc., renamed CenterPlace Health, Inc.(CPH). She was responsible for overseeing the timely and efficient transition of Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) services from a public entity co-applicant arrangement with the Florida Department of Health in Sarasota County (DOH-S) to a community-based not-for-profit 501c (3). Currently, she works on the processes necessary to assure a seamless transition of operations and business functions across all health center service delivery sites. Formerly she was Program Director for the New York City Early Intervention Program under the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, where she was in charge of the five NYC Borough Offices and the Child Find and Training units. Dr. Stone graduated with a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Florida, a Master’s Degree from Stetson University and a Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Florida.