MEET THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS

JEAN TRAMMELL - PRESIDENT

Jean has been a Venice resident since 1967 and has been involved in a number of community organizations. She is also a founding member of Venice Heritage, as well as a past President. Jean’s local affiliations include; Vice President: The Venice Company, Secretary: DKE Inc., President: Ehrhart Family Foundation, Blogger, Venice Magazine, 35 years of volunteer experience with Venice Theatre, Venice MainStreet, Venice Art Center, Triangle Inn Association, Venice Area Historical Society, Venice Area Beautification Inc., Friends of the Venice Library, Arts Council of Sarasota County, TEDB, EDC, City of Venice Advisory Boards for Historic Preservation and Public Art.

SUSAN HANKS – TREASURER

A Certified Public Accountant, Susan began her work with Robinson, Hanks, Young & Roberts, P.A. in 1986. She grew up in Venice and, after graduating from Venice High School, attended Georgia Southern College where she received a bachelor’s degree in business administration. Susan has lived in the Venice area for more than 50 years and has seen lots of changes and growth during that time. She has been married to Jim for 36 years and they have two children: Beth, 27, and Tommy, 22. “Venice’s heritage is important to me and to my family,” she said. “As John Henrik Clarke said, ‘A people’s relationship to their heritage is the same as the relationship of a child to its mother.’ It is certainly a relationship vital to our well-being as a society and as individuals.

 

SUE VEDDER – SECRETARY

A graduate of DePauw University with a degree in bacteriology, Vedder earned her master’s degree in education from American University. She taught elementary school in Maryland, Connecticut, and Illinois while her husband, Bob, served in the Navy. The couple moved to Venice in 1979 when Bob became publisher of the Venice Gondolier newspaper. In addition to serving on the board of Venice Heritage, Vedder has remained active in a number of community organizations, including stints as president of the Nokomis PTA and Venice MainStreet, as well as on the fundraising board of Manatee Community College. Vedder currently serves as Manager of Personnel-Accounting for the Sun Coast Media Group, parent company of the Venice Gondolier, and is the mother of two sons, five grandchildren and four grand dogs.

 

DOROTHY KORWEK – EX OFFICIO

A resident of Venice since 1983, Korwek is a former member of the Venice City Council and former Director of Historical Resources for the City of Venice. She is the author and editor of several books on Venice area history.

 

DIRECTORS

TOMMYE WHITTAKER

Tommye was born and raised in coastal Maine. Her educational graduate background is from UMO. She has had a love of  architectural history and preservation from a young age. Tommye says, “Living where everything is 200 years old gives you an appreciation of the past.”  She is happily married to Curtis Whittaker. They have three children, Zachary, age 27, and twins Julia and Olivia who are ten years old. Her family settled in New Hampshire, where she helped set up Concord’s first Historical Society.  She spent many years on the Board of Directors for local hospitals, children’s nonprofits, and historic preservation societies. She was Director of PR and resources for HEAR in NH, an Obekotter Foundation for deaf and hard of hearing children. Her forte, that she hopes will help VHI, is fundraising and education. She says, ” We came to Venice because of its history. It must preserve its past before it can move forward.”

LINDA BRADWAY

Linda is originally from Waterbury, Connecticut, and has been a Venice resident since 1954. Her real estate career started in Venice in 1976. Later she was associated with Cushman and Wakefield and Tishman-Speyer in Atlanta, Georgia. Returning to Venice, Linda started a property management firm which grew to be the largest independent property management group in Sarasota County. After selling this business, Linda joined her husband in their real estate firm, Bradway, Moore & Associates which, in 1996, was sold to a national company. Eight years later, she and her husband again ventured out on their own with Richard Bradway & Associates until in 2009 their firm joined Signature Sotheby's, now known as Premier Sotheby's International Realty.

JIM BENNETT

Jim is a graduate of Princeton University and Stanford Law School and was a judicial clerk with the Supreme Court of New Jersey. After several years of large law firm legal practice, he spent twenty years as in-house corporate counsel for Fortune 100 companies. He then developed a private solo practice in Connecticut as an outside general counsel to small business. Moving to Florida in 2006, he served a term on the Venice Planning Commission and was elected to the Venice City Council in the Fall of 2009, where he served for six years.

GAIL CONWAY

Gail has a Master’s Degree in Education from Ashland University in Ashland, Ohio, as well as undergraduate degrees from Becker College in Worcester, Massachusetts and Salem University in Salem Massachusetts. She has taught adult evening classes and full time high school in Massachusetts and Ohio. Her business experience includes work for General Electric, Mead Paper, and W.R. Grace companies.