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UPLIFT Florida Network operates with highly experienced team members that have expertise across various functions. Until May 2023, our team included consultants from The Patterson Foundation. With its history of supporting aging initiatives, The Patterson Foundation recognized the potential of UPLIFT Florida Network and generously supported our incubation.

As we grow and develop sustainable funding sources, UPLIFT will employ professional staff to build a network of strategic partnerships and form a network of villages throughout Florida.

Board of Directors

Cynthia Kemp 

Board President

Favorite quote: “Keep your eyes on the stars, but your feet on the ground.” Theodore Roosevelt


Diana Shoemaker

Board Vice President 

Favorite quote: Change will not come if we wait for some other person, or if we wait for some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.” Barack Obama


Roger Blanken 

Board Secretary/Treasurer

Favorite quote: “Ever tried. ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.” Samuel Beckett


Bill Little

Board Member

Favorite quote: “You can’t always get what you want, but if you try, try, try, you may get what you need.”
Mick Jagger

Pamela Baron Mahoney

Board Member

Favorite quote: “Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.” Arthur Ashe


Cathy Lieblich

Board Member

Favorite quote: Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world, it is the only thing that ever has.”
Margaret Mead

David Feffer

Board Member

Favorite quote: “You do not achieve excellence by doing one thing 100% better; you achieve it by doing 100 things 1% better.” Tom Peters






Sue Berger

Aging System Policy Coordinator, Sarasota County Government


Community Volunteers





Brenda MacKay 

Founding Volunteer






Maribel Martinez