Board of Directors

Robert V. Carlson
has been very active over the past several years in supporting and administering lifelong learning programs as an instructor and administrator.   He is presently Executive Director Emeritus for Pierian Spring Academy. He is a professor emeritus from the University of Vermont where he directed and taught courses in the doctoral program in educational leadership. His career has been committed to increasing educational opportunities for adults of all ages.

Sam Samelson is a retired business executive who was engaged in the home furnishings textile industry for over 35 years. Since moving to Sarasota, Sam has been involved in Lifelong learning and for the past 5 years he has been Chairman of the Board of the Lifelong Learning Academy.


Tom Dietrich
worked at Caterpillar for 43 years in management positions.  He received a BSIE from Millikin and an MBA from Case Western Reserve.  Tom taught Management Training programs in the Caterpillar Training Institute, and is a past President of the Central Illinois chapter of the American Society for Training & Development.  Tom served on the Organization Development Committee of National ASTD and has been a presenter at National ASTD Conventions.

Lynne Anast
a former business owner, entered the non-profit community in 1996 at the Flanzer Jewish Community Center, as the Director of Elderhostel. She continued in the same position when the Center reopened as the YMCA/JCC. She has been at the Friendship Centers since 2007, currently as Director of Lifelong Learning. This includes; Road Scholar programs formerly known as (Elderhostel) and the Friendship Center for Aging Studies, offering CE courses to licensed professionals; social worker, master social worker, family and marriage therapists and mental health counselors. Lynne has been a member of Visit Sarasota for the past nine years and became a member of Women in Tourism last year. She currently serves on the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee’s Duvall Conference Advisory Committee

Galina JordanDIRECTOR
Galina Jordan
is the Volunteer Coordinator at Adult & Community Enrichment (ACE). She brings to her position a well-established background in education, social science research and community relations. Prior to joining ACE, Galina worked for a non-profit organization focused on accelerating solutions to enhance the quality of life for older adults and is a strong advocate for lifelong learning. Galina holds a Master of Arts in Linguistics from Sofia University, Bulgaria.

Gene Kusekoski
is a retired systems engineering manager with a 31 year career at Hewlett-Packard. Gene has been a speaker at major industry conferences and has helped to develop and deliver numerous corporate training events. He has a BSEE from Northeastern University and has completed numerous professional development programs. Gene currently serves on the boards of several local non-profit organizations.


Stacy Prouty
is a marketing communications, customer service and senior living professional with experience in education, healthcare, and consumer research.  She currently serves on the senior management team with Kobernick-Anchin-Benderson. Stacy is passionate about working with older adults to address what they want and need at every stage of life.  She earned her MBA from Argosy University and a Bachelor’s in Marketing from the University of South Florida.