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Donna Desisto, Board Secretary
(941) 917-1711
Mailing address: 1700 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota FL 34239


Effective Nov. 16, 2015


Gregory Carter, Chair
Gregory Carter - SMH Board MemberAn employee of AT&T's Engineering Department for 31 years, Mr. Carter served as project manager, coordinating all aspects of construction for the corporation's network facilities for the state of Virginia and working as a liaison between the company and vendors, consultants and project personnel. Currently the owner/operator of a general home repair business, Mr. Carter also served in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Region: Southern District - Seat 2
Term Ends: 2018

Alex Miller, First Vice Chair
Alex Miller
Alex Miller is CEO of Mercedes Medical, a national, family owned medical distribution company. With more than 18 years' experience in the health care industry, Ms. Miller has been with Mercedes almost since its inception, serving in many capacities. She received a Bachelor's Degree from the University of Rhode Island and an MBA from The Carey School of Business at Johns Hopkins University. A mother of two children who both were born at Sarasota Memorial, Ms. Miller has been very active in the community, serving on various nonprofit boards including the Humane Society of Sarasota, Forty Carrots and the Red Cross. She also has won several local and statewide awards including being recognized as one of SW Florida's "Best Bosses" and named one of the top 20 women-led businesses in Florida.
Region: Central District - Seat 1
Term Ends: 2016

Marguerite G. Malone, Ed.D., Second Vice Chair
Marguerite G. Malone, Ed.D., - SMH Board MemberDr. Malone received a Bachelor’s degree from William and Mary College and Master’s and Doctorate degrees from the University of Memphis. Her academic background includes the economics and educational fields. An assistant professor of education, Dr. Malone also was an administrator at the University of Memphis. In addition, she served as a training and development manager with Federal Express. As president of MGM Consulting Co., Dr. Malone has provided consulting services to many different types of organizations including health care, on a broad range of issues such as quality improvement, leadership/management, human resources, productivity improvement, communication, and instituting change. She also has served on numerous boards of directors in leadership roles.

Region: At Large - Seat 3
Term Ends: 2016



Joseph J. DeVirgilio, Jr., Treasurer
Alex MillerJoseph DeVirgilio is president of Suncoast Management Consultants and a senior consultant with River Consulting Group. He relocated to North Venice, FL, from Poughkeepsie, NY, where for three decades he served in a series of executive positions for the CH Energy Group, Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corporation and Central Hudson Enterprises, most recently as executive vice president. 

Mr. DeVirgilio's extensive board experience includes 12 years on the Board of Trustees of St. Francis Hospital, where he served as chair of the board's Quality Council and Capital Campaign. He also served on the board of the St. Francis Healthcare Foundation. In addition, he has been a member and leader on numerous boards of community and business organizations. Mr. DeVirgilio has received several honors for his service, including the Healthcare Trustees of New York State Award, the Poughkeepsie Area Chamber of Commerce Community Service Award and the Hospice Community Service Award.  

He received his bachelor's of Engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology and his Master's in Electric Power Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Region: Central District - Seat 2
Term Ends: 2018

Robert K. Strasser, Secretary
Robert K. Strasser - SMH Board Member
Robert Strasser graduated from Gettysburg College in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. He later received an MBA from the University of Chicago. He was treasurer of Household International, a multi-national finance and banking company. Mr. Strasser served for ten years on the parent board of Lutheran General Health System which later merged with the Evangelical Health Care System to form the Advocate Health Care System, one of the premier systems in the nation. Mr. Strasser also served as Chairman of Parkside Medical Services in Chicago. Parkside was primarily involved in drug and alcohol rehabilitation and was one of the largest programs of its kind in the nation. In Chicago, he also served on the board of the Mile Square Health Plan of Illinois. He currently serves as Vice Chairman of the Community AIDS Network and President of the Rotary Club of Sarasota Bay Foundation. 
Region: Northern District - Seat 2
Term Ends: 2018

James "Jim" Meister, Assistant Secretary
James Meister - SMH Board MemberA resident of Sarasota for the past 17 years, Jim Meister is a Licensed Real Estate Associate with Coldwell Banker in Sarasota. A native of New Jersey, he served in top administrative and executive positions with Kings Super Markets in New Jersey, a $400-million dollar food retailer, including nine years as president and CEO.

Mr. Meister has held several leadership roles in health care governance, including terms as vice chairman of the board of Atlantic Health Systems, a large nonprofit health system with locations in northern and central New Jersey, and chairman of the board of Mountainside Hospital, a community-based hospital in Montclair, N.J.

Before his appointment to the Sarasota County Public Hospital Board's Northern District, Seat 1, Mr. Meister served as a community member on the Board's Audit and Mission and Planning Committees. He also is a member of the Finance/Audit Committee of the Senior Friendship Centers, and has served on the boards of numerous nonprofit organizations, trade associations and publicly traded companies over the years. 

Region: Northern District – Seat 1
Term Ends: 2016

Darryl W. Henry, Assistant Treasurer
Darryl W. Henry, MemberDarryl Henry served as CEO for International Interoperability Initiatives, Inc. before retiring in 2006. From 1979 to 2002, he was a program director at the U.S. Department of Defense, serving as Director of the Coalition Warrior Interoperability Program, Director of the Joint Warrior Interoperability Program and Chief Hardware Engineer of Milnet (forerunner of Internet). Mr. Henry received a bachelor’s degree in computer science from the University of Maryland. He serves on the Executive Board and Bylaws Committee of the Republican Club of South Sarasota County and participates in the Keep Sarasota Beautiful road cleanup crew. Mr. Henry also serves as a greeter and nursery attendant for the Living Waters Lutheran Church. 

Region: Southern District - Seat 1
Term Ends: 2018

Thomas H. Towler, Member
Thomas H. Towler - SMH Board Member
Thomas Towler retired to Sarasota in 1984 after serving for seven years as CEO for Top Value Enterprises, Inc, a trading stamp, incentive, general merchandise and travel company in Dayton, Ohio. Concurrently he was an officer of the Baldwin United Co. in Cincinnati, Ohio. Prior to that, he served eight years as chief executive for Peyton's, Inc. a general merchandise/health and beauty aids distributor to the Kroger company and other food and drug store retailers located in Louisville, Ky. Earlier in his career, he worked for Standard Oil Co, New Jersey (Esso) and then with Mobil Oil Co. in marketing. In Sarasota, he became a commercial appraiser with Goodnow Associates, retiring in 1997. He received his Bachelor’s Degree from Dartmouth College and served on active duty for three years as Ist Lt. in the U.S. Army Infantry as a Rifle Company Commander. He has been a trustee of the New College Foundation, Sarasota Memorial Healthcare Foundation, Siesta Key Utility Authority, The Field Club and other for-profit and nonprofit boards around the United States. Mr. Towler also has served as a volunteer at Sarasota Memorial Hospital.
Region: At Large - Seat 1
Term Ends: 2016

Tramm Hudson, Member
Tramm Hudson - SMH Board MemberTramm Hudson is a retired Sarasota banker, U.S. Army officer and community leader who has spent almost 30 years sharing his executive expertise in finance, economic development and strategic planning with a number of organizations in the Sarasota-Manatee region. 

Mr. Hudson has served as chairman of the Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce, trustee of Manatee Community College, chairman of the Out-of-Door Academy, chairman of Committee of 100, chairman of The Glenridge at Palmer Ranch retirement community, and member of the boards of United Way and Sarasota Family YMCA. He also was chairman of the Republican Party of Sarasota County. In 2005, he served as chairman of Workforce Florida. 

Mr. Hudson graduated from Vanderbilt University as a distinguished military graduate. He served as a Cavalry officer in Germany and continued in the Army Reserves, retiring as a Lt. Colonel. He earned his MBA from Emory University. 

Region: At Large - Seat 2
Term Ends: 2016

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