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Lights dim, a sun rises, and The Lion King comes to life on stage. But beyond awesome costumes, music and choreography, the musical brings a better feature to wow a young female audience member—Girl power!
With strengthened narratives and voices of women, Van Wezel’s Education Team identified a chance for students to explore self-identity when Broadway’s adaption of one of Disney’s greatest hits came to town. Barancik Foundation pounced on a once-in-a-showtime opportunity for Girls Inc. members to explore the musical’s themes, artistry and representation of female characters.
During Spring Break, a $28,120 grant enabled trained teaching artists to bring the production of The Lion King into the Girls Inc. classrooms. Through art, music and dance, students dove into the script to learn about character development, build confidence and find their voice.
To strengthen the opportunity, a generational component was added to engage the students’ families. Students performed for their parents and siblings at a special dinner to show them what they learned. The finale of the program was wrapped up with a live performance of the musical at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall and a behind-the-scenes meet and greet with the cast.
Seeing a powerful role model on stage can have a transformative effect on a young girl’s life. Now when Nala sings “always remember your pride,” no words will speak more directly to the members of Girls Inc.
Never underestimate the power of a parent to heal their child. This is at the core of Child Parent Psychotherapy, a leading trauma intervention model for infants and children. Yet with years of proven success, a bottleneck kept Sarasota clinicians from having the best skills available to empower parents to become a child’s first line of defense in protecting their mental health.
Barancik Foundation sought to make a transformative investment by turning Sarasota into the hub for trauma-informed training and care.
Specialized training is costly, time-consuming, and only offered outside our region—taking local therapists out of practice and creating a burden for employers. A $303,843 grant to the FSU Center for Prevention and Early Intervention has brought top CPP instructors directly to the 12th Judicial Circuit to train dozens of local infant mental health clinicians in the most effect practices.
While an instant win for our community, the impact of the training will create a long-lasting ripple effect. Dr. Kristie Skoglund of The Florida Center was selected to become our region’s designated CPP trainer—creating a continuum of certification for early childhood therapists right here in Sarasota.
Most teenagers revel in the idea of spending a night over at a friend’s house—but the reality is far from a slumber party for those who rely on it. For many foster children, nights are spent cycling between couches or sleeping out of cars. They just want two things: independence and a stable home.
Now imagine discovering your own mom has stolen your identity and destroyed your credit. Suddenly your dreams of adulthood are roadblocked. Denied housing, college loans, and even a cellphone plan, where do you to turn for help?
In the Florida foster care system, the only party not entitled to an attorney is the child, but Barancik Foundation believes that no child should juggle complex legal nightmares alone.
In partnership with LegalAid of Manasota, a three-year, $540,000 grant launched the Legal Lifeline for Youth program. With attorneys whose singular mission is to be the voice for the voiceless, foster children ages 14 and up in the 12th Judicial Circuit now receive annual Legal Health Check-Ups to address unmet legal needs such as accessing medical and educational benefits, obtaining official documents, and mitigating fraud. Elevated issues are addressed in court, free of charge to the teen. The legal aid is timely, individualized and effective.
The safety net aims to ultimately prevent homelessness and ensure financial stability for teenagers as they transition out of foster care. Now with success of the program growing, the pilot will expand partnerships with organizations like Guardian Ad Litem, Harvest House, JFCS, the Sarasota County Bar Association, and others to increase referrals and create greater pathways to independence.
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 trial 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.
For 16 months harmful algae bloom plagued Sarasota’s shoreline, bringing with it toxic air and sick wildlife—but Red Tide messed with the wrong community.
Armed with teams of scientists and decades of research, Mote Marine Laboratory established he Red Tide Institute to be a hub of innovative development focused exclusively on creating promising technology to mitigate algae blooms’ effects. Mote attracted widely-respected expert Dr. Cynthia Heil to lead the new Institute, however capital was required to lock in her salary and enhance the Institute’s chance for securing more funding.
With public health on the line and a historic blow to our tourism economy, Barancik Foundation recognized the time to be bold in supporting our community and ecosystem. We provided a $751,487 grant over five years to ensure that Dr. Heil and her team could make uninterrupted progress towards developing innovative ways to control red tide and its impacts.
With research and resources in hand, the Red Tide Institute will work tirelessly to lessen the impact of future algae blooms on our people, wildlife and economy.
The Barancik Foundation believes that no child should sleep in a car or live in a motel. A shift in the economy or a financial emergency can push almost any family to the brink of homelessness. With state funding for affordable housing cut, the need for a safety net for these families is greater than ever.
With the vision that all people deserve safe, stable housing, Pastors Jim and Peggy Minor founded Harvest House in 1992 with just six beds for people trying to get off the street. The couple has grown the organization to support nine separate housing campuses and 30 affordable rentals encompassing more than 400 beds. Annually, the organization now serves more than 900 homeless individuals, families, veterans, and youth ages 16 to 24,
Harvest House is one of the few, trusted nonprofit organizations in Sarasota to work towards the development and management of affordable, service-enriched housing. The Barancik Foundation set out in 2018 to strengthen Harvest House’s work with $240,000 in support for three key programs that provide services to the most vulnerable people in our community.
The Family Haven: Emergency shelter for homeless families
Harvest House’s Family Haven provides immediate shelter and emergency services to families who have no other safety net to turn to. Case managers at the facilities help connect families with child care, medical care, counseling, and other services that will stabilize families and help them find a permanent solution to housing.
New Heights: Housing and support for homeless youth
There are an estimated 400 to 600 unaccompanied youth (ages 16-24) living in Sarasota County. Most of these homeless teens have a history of insufficient support systems, domestic abuse, episodes in and out of the foster care system or parental neglect. New Heights provides homeless youth with wrap around care in an effort to get them stabilized and off the path of chronic homelessness.
Home Again Program: Affordable and supportive housing for the working poor
The Home Again program is for the most vulnerable families who have multiple barriers keeping them from sustainability. Home Again provides safe, clean, and affordable housing for families who are considered working poor—that dangerous gap between financial stability and qualifying for government support.
Hosana Fieber is the Chief Financial Officer at Tervis Tumbler and also leads the company’s sustainability mission. Prior to this position she was Chief Financial Officer at ASO, a private label bandage manufacturer in Sarasota. Hosana is from Miami, Florida, where her accounting career began. She received her Bachelor’s at the University of Miami, and later she attended Florida State University where she earned an MBA. She was in public accounting for six years, working with manufacturing companies as well as non-profit organizations, before coming into the private sector. Hosana enjoys working on community projects, as she has been involved with organizations like Rotary club, Habitat for Humanity, and Girl Scouts.
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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.
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.
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.
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.