Sarasota family, criminal and appellate law attorney Elisabeth G. Whitmire, a senior associate with the law firm of Syprett Meshad, has been awarded an AV Preeminent rating by the Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings.
The AV Preeminent rating is the highest Martindale-Hubbell ranking that an attorney can give to another attorney, and reflects the opinions of members of the Florida Bar and members of the judiciary in terms of Whitmire’s ethics and abilities in the areas of legal knowledge, analytical capability, judgment, communication and legal experience.
Whitmire joined Syprett Meshad as an associate attorney in 2018. Previously, she was an assistant public defender in Florida’s 10th Judicial Circuit, where she defended cases in the felony, misdemeanor and violation of probation divisions, completing about 120 trials.
She also wrote appellate briefs for criminal appeals throughout the Second District Court of Appeals.
She earned her Juris Doctorate, with honors, in 2013 from Florida Coastal School of Law, where she also earned a Certification in Advance Legal Research, Writing and Drafting.
Attorney Eric Christiansen has been made a partner of the Law Firm of Lancaster & Eure, P.A. As partner, Christiansen will continue to further the firm’s longstanding commitment to serve and protect the legal rights of clients.
The Lemur Conservation Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to the conservation of Madagascar’s primates, has selected Deborah Robbins Millman as its new executive director.
Millman, who was chosen after a two-month search in consultation with Relevant Strategies and Solutions, LLC, follows previous executive director Dr. Alison Grand, who left the organization in July, and LCF Trustee Charlene Wolff, who served as interim director.
Under Grand’s dedicated leadership, the organization built on its strengths and began a significant reserve expansion in Myakka City, including the creation of a third natural lemur habitat and plans to construct a much-needed third lemur shelter. Additionally, LCF’s programs in Madagascar have realized significant growth and impact in protecting endangered lemurs in their natural habitats.
LCF anticipates that Millman will leverage these achievements to advance the organization to its next phase of development for a sustainable future.
Millman joins LCF with more than 20 years of for-profit and nonprofit management, strategic development and animal advocacy, including more than a decade in Sarasota County.
Millman worked for the Humane Society of the United States since 2012, serving as director of operations at HSUS’ South Florida Wildlife Center in Fort Lauderdale and as director of Cape Wildlife Center on Cape Cod, Massachusetts.
The Venice resident has a master’s in political management from George Washington University and is accredited in public relations. She is an award-winning journalist and has served on multiple Sarasota County boards.
Kathryn Whalen has joined Career Edge Funders Collaborative, the Sarasota Chamber of Commerce’s workforce initiative, as program coordinator.
Whalen will assist with workforce development initiatives, lead fast-track training programs, work with business and community partners, and coordinate special projects for CareerEdge Funders Collaborative.
Whalen has a bachelor’s from the University of Central Florida in hospitality management and communications, and started her career at the Seminole County Chamber of Commerce, as a development and special events manager.
She gained vast experience working with nonprofits throughout her career in many different capacities. For the past 10 years she has worked in the private sector as the director of operations for a local, family owned and operated, home inspection company, Second Opinion Home Inspection, LLC.
CareerEdge Funders Collaborative is an innovative partnership of business, government and philanthropic organizations that leverages public and private dollars to provide opportunities for better jobs and wages in Manatee and Sarasota counties.