Governing Legislation:  Resolution No. 2016-142
PurposeProvide a conduit for citizen input to the Board of County Commissioners to make recommendations or provide advice to the Board on issues and conditions affecting Sarasota County's older adult community.
Requirements: 11 members.
  • One member representing the local lead agency serving older adults that receives funding from the Older Americans' Act and/or Community Care for the Elderly.
  • Two members representing the Geriatric Department of a local hospital, Sarasota County medical community, or assisted living facilities serving older adults, and/or long-term care nursing facilities.
  • One member representing the arts and/or lifelong learning communities.
  • One member representing the business and/or professional community with an interest in serving older adults
  • Five at-large members 50 years of age or older.
  • One youth representative.
Members: May not hold elected office as a County Commissioner, be a Constitutional Officer or an employee of Sarasota County Government.
Term: Three years; one year for youth representative.
Meetings: Monthly - first Thursday at 3 p.m. unless moved due to special circumstances.
County Staff Contact:
Wayne Applebee -
Claire Alexander -

Current Members - 2 Vacant Positions

Nancy Buechler

Category:  Citizen-at-Large Rep. (50 years of age or older)

Term Expires:  12/31/2021



Barbara Cogswell, Chair

Category: Business/Professional Interest in Serving Elders

Term Expires: 7/31/2018 



Michelle Diven

Category: Citizen-at-Large Rep. (50 years of age or older)  

Term Expires: 7/31/2019 



Nancy Hobson

Category: Local Lead Agency Serving Older Adults Rep.

Term Expires: 12/31/2019 



Kay Nathanson

Category: Citizen-at-Large Rep. (50 years of age or older) 

Term Expires: 12/31/2020 



Janna Overstreet

Category: Arts/Life Long Learning Communities Rep. 

Term Expires: 12/31/2018 



Rebecca Perry

Category: Citizen-at-Large Rep. (50 years of age or older)

Term Expires: 12/31/2020 



Karen Reynolds, Vice Chair

Category: Geriatrics Rep. of a Local Hospital

Term Expires: 4/30/2018 



Suzanne Wernicke

Category: Assisted Living/Long-Term Nursing Facility Rep.  

Term Expires: 12/31/2018