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Florida’s reef tract protects our shorelines from major storms and attracts more than 16 million visitors a year, supporting over 71,000 jobs and providing $6.3 billion to Florida’s economy alone. Over the last 40 years, Florida’s corals have declined in many areas by more than 90 percent. With support from numerous donors, including Barancik Foundation investments totaling $625,000, Mote Marine Laboratory built a new research lab in Key West to expand its coral reef and research restoration.
Mote scientists utilize a breakthrough technique called “re-skinning” to rapidly fuse and form live coral over dead coral skeleton. They also study climate change, marine life conservation, sustainable aquaculture, and other issues that impact our environment both here in Florida and around the world.
The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art offers programs designed specifically for low-income families, but the children who could benefit most from such experiences are the least likely to receive them. Aided by partnership with the Barancik Foundation and an investment of $175,000 over four years, The Ringling WEB: Where Everyone Belongs initiative will engage Sarasota’s disadvantaged families.
The museum will work with other nonprofits to identify and refer families to the program, and help close achievement gaps by empowering parents to use the museum to create language-rich environments for their children to practice critical thinking. By making the museum a place where families feel welcome, young learners from all backgrounds will develop tools they’ll use in school and in life. Some of these families will also receive free memberships to encourage return visitation to the museum.
A dire need for top engineering talent exists in the Sarasota market, and the growth of local companies and the economy depends upon the development of this talent. Through a five-year, $1 million investment, the Barancik Foundation partnered with the University of Florida Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering to create the UF Innovation Station, which focuses on opportunities in science, technology, engineering, and math. The project establishes a K-12 outreach program that creates service learning experiences and pipelines students to UF and then back into local companies after graduation, strengthening the economy and developing role models for future generations.
Today’s life and work environments require more than content knowledge alone. That’s why the Barancik Foundation, in partnership with Gulf Coast Community Foundation and Sarasota County School District, is committed to transforming the way teachers teach and students learn. The Barancik Foundation’s investment of $3.7 million in the 21st Century Learning Initiative has converted 319 Sarasota County middle school classrooms into high-tech learning environments, shifting from the traditional teacher-centered model into a student-centric one.
The transformations include Science, Math, English Language and Social Studies classes. Equipped with state-of-the-art technology and empowered by training, teachers now deliver tech-rich lessons that encourage teamwork and problem-solving among their digital native students. These tech-active classes are guided by the teacher rather than the textbook, and better prepare students for the modern working environment.
Young people, particularly those from Sarasota’s disadvantaged households, need extra guidance in order to reach their full potential. In 2015, the Foundation helped the Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota County launch their Newtown Estates Park Club, which offers summertime and school-year programming for the otherwise unsupervised youth in the neighborhood. A total investment of $827,655 from launch through 2022 continues to provide the resources necessary to serve the highly vulnerable youth population in Newtown Estates Park.
The physical, social and life skills Club members develop enable them to complete their education and become productive, caring, responsible citizens in our community. The area has seen significant improvement in members’ grades in school, fewer reports of bullying outside of school, and more parents seeking employment because their kids have a safe place to go.
The single greatest unaddressed public health threat facing the nation is childhood trauma. It’s most prevalent in the foster care system. Children in the system are seven times more likely to suffer from addiction and engage in criminal behavior, and over 80% will suffer from mental illness by age 21. The Barancik Foundation supports All Star Children’s Foundation’s Campus of Caring through a four-year, $1 million investment to create a trauma-informed medical model that focuses on both research and treatment.
A Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital Director of Pediatric Psychological Trauma and Intervention will train four trauma-certified licensed therapists to develop, implement, and evaluate trauma-based therapeutic interventions for abused children. The five guiding principles of trauma-informed care: trust, safety, choice, empowerment and collaboration, will be embedded throughout the Campus of Caring. Each child will receive an individualized treatment plan to reverse the negative effects of trauma due to the neuroplasticity of the brain. By extinguishing these trauma symptoms, the program will heal the child and change the trajectory of his or her life.
Gerry Lublin is an accomplished attorney, served in the United States Army Reserve and is a dedicated volunteer. Mr. Lublin attended Case Western Reserve University where he earned his undergraduate and law degrees. He practiced law for thirty years in Hartford, Connecticut specializing in civil trail law, arbitration, family mediation and Superior Court Special Master Work, for which he received two Certificates of Commendation from the Connecticut Judicial Department. Upon retiring to Sarasota, Mr. Lublin remained active in the legal community as a Certified Florida Family Mediator and member of the Florida Academy of Professional Mediators.
Mr. Lublin is deeply passionate about youth mentoring. In Hartford, he volunteered with Big Brothers Big Sisters and served as a juvenile court volunteer public defender. He frequently lectures in schools on the Bill of Rights and Constitution. He continues to mentor youth in Sarasota as the coach of Booker High School’s Speech & Debate Team and has coached the Moot Court & Mock Trial teams. He teaches a Street Law Course at Booker and has volunteered as a tutor at the Boys & Girls Club of Sarasota County.
Before retiring in 2006, Charlie Huisking was an award-winning journalist for 33 years with the Sarasota Herald-Tribune. Early in his career, he covered a wide range of topics, from local and state politics to environmental issues, before focusing on arts and culture. As the Herald-Tribune’s senior arts writer and columnist, he chronicled Sarasota’s evolution as an arts center.
A Sarasota native, Huisking is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame. In addition to his service on the Barancik Foundation, Huisking is a board member of the Asolo Repertory Theatre and the Library Foundation for Sarasota County. He is also a director of his family foundation, the Huisking Foundation.
Deborah K. Hanson
Director and Corporate Secretary
Early on, Deb was mostly satisfied with her employment in administrative areas of finance and education in public schools and technical colleges; in a U.S.D.A. agency’s conservation/ environmental protection program; in assistance to senior executive management of a Fortune 500 company.
Then, over 37 years ago, Deb came onboard with Charles Barancik and entered the fascinating world of the streamlined Barancik organization of privately-held companies and of entrepreneurship. She has never looked back from this welcome, diverse environment!
Deb is an essential member of the Barancik team, as controller/office manager, assistant and confidant, and has continuously been entrusted with a myriad of responsibilities, including but not limited to, administration, personnel, accounting, investment reporting.
In 2014, again rewarding work evolved with the activation of the Charles and Margery Barancik Foundation. Deb’s early years set the desire to help others whenever possible. As a Board Director, she is honored to be a part of the Foundation as it works to help those in need and to fulfill its mission to make a difference in Sarasota and beyond.
Teri A Hansen
President | CEO
Teri A Hansen manages the daily work of the Charles & Margery Barancik Foundation as it strives to make a difference in Sarasota and beyond. The Barancik Foundation was established by Chuck and Margie Barancik in 2014, and Teri was hired as its first employee in July 2015.
Teri has more than 25 years of experience in philanthropic leadership. Prior to joining the Barancik Foundation, she was president and CEO of Gulf Coast Community Foundation. During her 13-year tenure the foundation awarded nearly $200 million in grants and initiatives. She was vice president for gift planning and donor relations at The Cleveland Foundation, the oldest and one of the largest community foundations in the United States. She also worked as vice president of external relations for Central Indiana Community Foundation and was the founding president of Legacy Fund of Hamilton County (Indiana).
Teri volunteers her leadership nationally, statewide, and regionally. Currently, she serves on the Ringling College of Art and Design board and its trustee committee, the Florida Philanthropic Network board, where she is secretary/treasurer, and the Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce board. Her previous board leadership includes, Council on Foundations and its public policy committee, chairing the Council on Foundations Community Foundation Leadership Team, chairing Community Foundations of Florida’s board, and serving on Florida Chamber Foundation’s board and investment committee. She was also on the Sarasota County Economic Development Corporation board and USF Sarasota-Manatee Community Leadership Council.
Teri is honored frequently for her professional and personal contributions to the community. She received the International Women’s Forum “Women Who Make a Difference Award;” State College of Florida President’s Award of Distinction; Tampa Bay Partnership Chair’s Cup for Excellence in Regionalism; Girls Inc. of Sarasota County “She Knows Where She’s Going” Award; and AJC Civic Achievement Award. Teri was named a “Best Boss” by 941CEO magazine, one of the “50 Most Powerful People on the Gulf Coast” by Gulf Coast Business Review, and to SRQ Magazine’s Women in Business Leadership Circle.
A San Diego native, Teri earned her bachelor’s degree in journalism from San Diego State University. Upon graduating, she served as a public affairs officer in the U.S. Air Force. Teri is an alumnus of Harvard Business School, having completed its Advanced Management Program.
Vice President and Treasurer
Mike Gronli is an award winning CPA. He worked with privately-held businesses and owners for ten years at the public accounting firm of Arthur Andersen & Co., specializing in income, estate and fiduciary tax planning. He has been employed by the Barancik family since 1987, with the following areas of responsibility: income taxes; estate, trust and gift matters; liaison for the family with the management of numerous businesses; retirement plans; acquisitions and divestitures; employee benefits; insurance; investments; philanthropy; confidant and advisor. He has headed up the Barancik family office since 2000.
Patrick Dorsey is regional vice president of the Coastal Publishing Group, GateHouse Media and publisher of the Herald-Tribune Media Group, which includes the Herald-Tribune, www.heraldtribune.com and multiple other websites and niche publications. The Herald-Tribune Media Group is located in Sarasota, FL. The Coastal Publishing Group consists of ten daily newspapers and related print and digital operations in Florida and Alabama.
Patrick received his bachelor’s degree in accounting from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA, and went on to become a certified public accountant in Virginia. He began his career as an auditor with The Auditor of Public Accounts for the Commonwealth of Virginia.
He started in publishing with Gannett in 1993 as an internal auditor at their corporate offices in Virginia. He then served as a controller for Tucson Newspapers, Inc., in Tucson, AZ; director of finance for Army Times Publishing Company in Springfield, VA; group controller for Gannett Offset, also in Springfield, VA; director of finance of FLORIDA TODAY and group controller of the Gannett South newspaper group headquartered in Melbourne, FL. He came to the Gulf Coast from Tallahassee where he served as president and publisher of the Tallahassee Democrat from 2005 until 2012.
Patrick was named publisher of the Herald-Tribune Media Group in October, 2012. He was named the 2014 Publisher of the Year by then current owners, Halifax Media Group. Under his leadership the newspaper has won numerous state, regional and national awards, including a 2016 Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting and being named a 2015 Editor & Publisher 10 Newspapers That Do It Right.
Patrick sits on the boards of the Charles and Margery Barancik Foundation, Community Foundation of Sarasota County, The Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce, the Sarasota County Economic Development Corporation (current Chairman), and the Southern Newspaper Publishers Association. He is a former Chairman of the Florida Press Association and former trustee of the First Amendment Foundation.
He and his wife Kecia have two sons and a daughter: Connor, Griffin and Makenna.
Margery L. Barancik
Founder and Vice President
Margie Barancik is a founder and vice president of the Charles & Margery Barancik Foundation, established in 2014. She has a passion for helping the underserved, particularly children and families and has served on numerous boards that support her passion.
Margie attended Smith College where she earned a B.A. in Elementary Education and went on to earn a M.A. in Deaf Education from Columbia University. Her schooling led to a career teaching children who were deaf and young adults with multiple handicaps. After becoming a mother of three, she focused on helping her community.
Margie served on the board of the Glencoe Junior Kindergarten and was a member of the Glencoe PTA. She was a board member of the Mary Lawrence Chapter of Jewish Children’s Bureau, the Greater Illinois Chapter of the National MS Society and currently serves on the board of the Jewish Family & Children’s Service of Sarasota-Manatee. Her other volunteer work included chairing and co-chairing the Highland Park Hospital benefit galas and co-chairing the Jewish Family & Children’s Service gala.
Margie has been married to Chuck Barancik since 1960 and enjoys spending time with her two sons, one daughter and three granddaughters.
Charles L. Barancik
Founder and Vice Chair
Chuck Barancik is a founder and vice chair of the Charles & Margery Barancik Foundation, established in 2014. He has a diverse background in accounting, private industry, and entrepreneurship and brings vast experience to his philanthropic endeavors.
Chuck earned a B.S. in Business Administration from Northwestern University and began his career as a Certified Public Account with Miller Copper & Co. In 1956, he entered private industry, and for over 30 years, he purchased and operated 10 manufacturing companies. There were three major companies his family’s portfolio: Justrite Manufacturing Company, Mayline Company, and Hamilton Industries.
Justrite was the first company the Barancik family acquired in 1965. Half of the company’s sales were carbide lamps and lanterns, while the rest was in a limited line of fire prevention equipment. Chuck’s vision was to become the foremost force in fire prevention and he credits the company’s dedicated management team for achieving dominance in this niche market. Federal Signal purchased Justrite in 1994. Next came Mayline, an office furniture manufacturer, which was acquired in 1975, and sold in 2007, to Robert Baird Venture Capital. The third major company owned by the Barancik family was a laboratory solutions company and office furniture manufacturer called Hamilton Industries. They owned it from 1982 to 1992, at which time it was purchased by Fisher Scientific.
These companies grew substantially over the years and great recognition is given to the contributions of their outstanding management teams. Chuck instituted a program of paying out at least 25 percent of each year’s earnings in the form of bonuses and defined benefit plans—often times reaching the maximum allowed by statute in profit sharing fund contributions. He is particularly proud of the fact that officers’ compensation was more than prevailing wages, resulting in tremendous loyalty and tenure among the members of the leadership teams.
Starting in the early 1990’s, all of the companies were sold in order to embark on a new career path. His focus transitioned to philanthropy where he gives generously of his time and resources. Chuck serves on the Asolo Repertory Theatre board and previously served on the boards of National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Ravinia Festival, and Sarasota Orchestra.
He and his wife, Margie, married since 1960, have many philanthropic passions. Of greatest interests, are the health and welfare of children and families, education, appreciation for the arts, and supporting medical research. Chuck and Margie established the Charles & Margery Barancik Foundation to carry out their philanthropic vision in Sarasota, Florida, and beyond. They are keenly aware of the permanence of the Barancik Foundation and have entrusted its future care to their family and professional managers. It is Chuck’s sincere hope that they will carry out its mission to make a meaningful difference.