SHA Board of Commissioners

Upcoming Board and Board Committee Meetings:

  1. Tuesday, November 9, 2021, 4:30 p.m. - Development Committee Meeting (Zoom Video Conference)
    Meeting URL: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88013489440?pwd=d21jZnhEc0RhTlBTTnRHYk9DUVl5Zz09
    Meeting ID: 880 1348 9440
    Passcode: 259157
    Dial by phone: 1-929-436-2866
  2. Wednesday, December 1, 2021, 4:30 p.m. - SHA Board Meeting, Board Room, 1300 Blvd of the Arts, Sarasota (In Person for Commissioners and Presenters)*
    Zoom log-in information is listed below for members of the public.*
    Meeting URL: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89518586239?pwd=Y1lsWndFck1jOGk1VlczaVlKcUtDUT09
    Meeting ID: 895 1858 6239
    Passcode: 599230
    Dial by phone: 1-929-436-2866
  3. Tuesday, December 7, 2021, 10:00 a.m. - Resident Interest Committee Meeting
    Meeting URL: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89261085387?pwd=OGxIZjI2N1dReTloVVhYOGpMUDRwQT09
    Meeting ID: 892 6108 5387
    Passcode: 889060
    Dial by phone: 1-929-436-2866
  4. Tuesday, December 14, 2021, 4:30 p.m. - Development Committee Meeting (Zoom Video Conference)
    Meeting URL: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86949611437?pwd=Tkx3Vnk3ZFl1L3dCQ1J2WVBPUkhYQT09
    Meeting ID: 869 4961 1437
    Passcode: 607923
    Dial by phone: 1-929-436-2866

SHA is governed by a seven-member Board of Commissioners who were nominated by various Mayors and confirmed by the Sarasota City Commission.

SHA's Board of Commissioners are:

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Chair John Colón

John A. Colón is the Managing Partner of Sanderling Partners. He has spent over 30 years managing investments for his clients and has been duly recognized by several prominent firms. Mr. Colón most recently served as a Senior Vice President-Investments at Wells Fargo Advisors in downtown Sarasota. Prior to joining Wells Fargo Advisors, Mr. Colón spent more than a decade at Morgan Stanley in New York. While there he attained the rank of First Vice President, and was tapped to open the Locust Valley, NY office of the firm which he managed for several years.

Outside of the office, Mr. Colón has been active in his community both locally and at the state level. He has served as a Gubernatorial appointee on the State Board of Education, and the Manatee County Schoolboard. Mr. Colón has also been a Commissioner of the Sarasota Housing Authority since 2005 and has served as its chairman 4 times over the years. He currently serves on the Board of Sarasota Teen Court, Manatee Tiger Bay and the Florida Council on Compulsive Gambling Board of Directors.

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Vice Chair Jack Meredith
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David L. Morgan

David is a national consultant for housing and redevelopment. His company is D L Morgan and Associates which conducts training, agency audits, operational policies, procurement and streamlining operations. He project managed disaster relief efforts across the Gulf Coast after Hurricane Katrina, agency consolidations and the disposition of REO properties for HUD. His previous experience was with SEC compliance filings and project management in New York. He currently serves on the Florida Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials board, Vice President of the Arlington Park Neighborhood Association, Sarasota Bay Front 2020 stakeholder representative, and member of Kiwanis. He is holds a B.A. in Business Administration from Bowling Green State University.

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Valerie Buchand

Resident Commissioner, Valerie Buchand is a native of Sarasota, Florida. In her 30 years as a public housing resident Commissioner Buchand has assisted on a local and national level and in the development of public housing resident policies. She is a proud and active member of the Sarasota Housing Authority Resident Council and an advocate for low-income residents in the Sarasota community. Resident Commissioner Buchand also serves on several of the City of Sarasota’s resident boards.

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G. Duane Finger

Gerald Duane Finger is retired from Richmond Redevelopment and Housing Authority where he served 31 years as Planning and Development Manager, Relocation Assistant, Director of Redevelopment and HOPE VI Coordinator. Duane was first appointed to the SHA Board of Commissioners in November 2004, and reappointed in April 2005, and served as Chairman. Duane was reappointed to the new, post-HUD receivership Commission in July 2008 and served as Chairman from 2008-2010, and also served as Chairman of Development Committee from 2010-2011. Currently, Duane serves on the Development Committee.

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Ernestine Taylor

Ernestine Taylor is an Air Force Veteran who became homeless and received a Section 8 Voucher. Once stably housed, she and her daughter enrolled in and completed the Family Self Sufficient program. This program helped them both complete degree programs and increase earned income, which propelled them toward economic independence and housing self-sufficiency, culminating in her graduating off of voucher assistance. Now another family in need is being housed with Ms. Taylor’s former voucher. Ms. Taylor has served as volunteer for AmeriCorps Vista with Legal Aid of Manasota and Senior Friendship Center. She was also a Guardian ad Litem for the Twelfth Circuit. Ms. Taylor has over 14 years employment experience with various non-profit organizations in Sarasota County dedicated to serving family, children and seniors. Ms. Taylor is honored for the opportunity to serve on a Board that seeks to help families flourish and live affordably in our community. She supports and encourages residents of public housing and Section 8 to increase their earned income and progress toward economic independence and housing self-sufficiency.

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Deborah Sargent

Advocate for: Homeless, Elderly, Low Income, Veterans, Domestic Abused Victims. Involved with Sarasota Housing Board of Commissioners. Term ends Jul 31, 2024. Bicycle/Pedestrian/Trail Advisory Committee. Category: At Large-Term Expires: 2/28/2024. Citizens Advisory Committee for Public Transportation-Term Expires: 10/31/2023. SHAARC Resident Council: Elected Secretary 2020 to present. Faces of Hud groups: Newtown Farmers Market, Newtown Health Chat, CCNA (Coalition of City Neighborhood Associations) representation at the table for SHA Residents, Newtown Community Update. Works with Sarasota County Election Board as a Poll Worker (in Deputy, Inspector, Assistant Clerk) Election cycles 2016, 2020.

Board Meeting Information and Minutes:

The Sarasota Housing Authority (SHA) typically holds regular board meetings on the fourth Wednesday of the month at 4:30 PM in our board room located on the ground floor at 1300 Blvd. of the Arts (Sixth Street). The public is welcome to attend SHA Board Meetings.

Board Meeting Packets Board Meeting Minutes
SHA Board Packet-03.11.20 For help downloading, please call 941-361-6210 x221 Board Minutes-03.11.20 For help downloading, please call 941-361-6210 x221
SHA Board Packet-05.06.20 For help downloading, please call 941-361-6210 x221 Board Minutes-05.06.20 For help downloading, please call 941-361-6210 x221
SHA Board Packet-06.10.20 For help downloading, please call 941-361-6210 x221 Board Minutes-06.10.20 For help downloading, please call 941-361-6210 x221
SHA Board Packet-07.29.20-Annual Mtg For help downloading, please call 941-361-6210 x221 Board Minutes-07.29.20-Annual Mtg For help downloading, please call 941-361-6210 x221
SHA Board Packet-08.19.20-Special Mtg For help downloading, please call 941-361-6210 x221 Board Minutes-08.19.20-Special Mtg For help downloading, please call 941-361-6210 x221
SHA Board Packet-09.23.20 For help downloading, please call 941-361-6210 x221 Board Minutes-09.23.20 For help downloading, please call 941-361-6210 x221
SHA Board Packet-10.28.20 For help downloading, please call 941-361-6210 x221 Board Minutes-10.28.20 For help downloading, please call 941-361-6210 x221
SHA Board Packet-01.27.21 For help downloading, please call 941-361-6210 x221 Board Minutes-01.27.21 For help downloading, please call 941-361-6210 x221
SHA Board Packet-03.24.21 For help downloading, please call 941-361-6210 x221 Board Minutes-03.24.21 For help downloading, please call 941-361-6210 x221
SHA Board Packet-04.28.21 For help downloading, please call 941-361-6210 x221 Board Minutes-04.28.21 For help downloading, please call 941-361-6210 x221
SHA Board Packet-05.26.21 For help downloading, please call 941-361-6210 x221 *
SHA Board Packet-06.23.21 For help downloading, please call 941-361-6210 x221 *

* Minutes will be uploaded once they are approved by the board.