Sarah oversees the creation and implementation of all programming and fiscal planning which has grown to impact more than 260,000 adults and children annually. She is also responsible for the development and implementation of all aspects of Embracing Our Differences' fundraising and community relations campaigns. Sarah oversees the organization's program growth and manages and implements the long-term sustainability goals. Sarah has spent the past eight years working in the local non-profit community. She has served as director of development at The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee, development coordinator at Children First and currently serves on the board of directors of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Southwest Florida. Sarah was born and raised in Sarasota and is extremely passionate about exposing our community to the concepts of diversity and inclusion and helping create a world where individuality is celebrated. Sarah was recently chosen to participate in Leadership Florida Connect Class VIII and was selected by SRQ Magazine as one of Sarasota's "30 Under 30."
Brenna serves as the director of operations and is responsible for overseeing all of the Embracing Our Differences Education Initiatives and financial accounting. Having been exposed to the arts from a very young age, Brenna believes in the importance of the fine arts as an integral component in the development of every child. Brenna has spent the last 10 years in Sarasota specializing in sales & marketing and working for a private family foundation. Brenna studied violin at Oberlin College and has her Bachelor of Arts in Education. As a parent and an active member in our community, she values the Embracing Our Differences vision of creating a world that embraces diversity, respects differences and actively rejects hatred and prejudice.
*This position is funded, in part, through a generous grant from The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee.
Bernadette Bennett, Ed.D. is a member of the Curriculum & Instruction Department of Sarasota County Schools. She holds a bachelor’s degree in elementary education, a master’s in curriculum and instruction and a doctorate in curriculum and instruction with an emphasis on disciplinary literacy and staff development. She taught social studies at the middle school level and then elevated her craft by becoming the District Social Studies Specialist. In this role, Bernadette’s major responsibilities include coordinating grades 9-12 curriculum initiatives, identifying and fulfilling staff development needs, supporting staff and schools as they implement standards based instruction with a focus on individualized instruction and developing curriculum resources. She also serves as liaison between EOD and the Sarasota County School Board bridging educational and community partnerships.