Megan Howell, MS
Executive Director, Founder
Megan Howell holds a Master’s degree in Science in Psychology. Her background experience is with serving those experiencing developmental disabilities, Alzheimer’s and Dementia, mental illness and homelessness. She has completed extensive comparative work in the way of multi-cultural issues surrounding homelessness in Japan.
In 2021, Megan was named to the Continuum of Care Leadership Council for the SunCoast Partnership to End Homelessness. Council members are tasked with guiding and coordinating the Sarasota-Manatee community’s policies, strategies and activities toward ending homelessness.
Megan takes her life cue from the Japanese philosophy of “ikigai” which means “find joy in life through purpose.”
Laura Desautels, BA
Senior Manager, Housing and Program Services
Laura graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Illinois State University. During college, she volunteered for a crisis hotline service and responded to calls through the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (NSPL). After moving to Florida, she began working with the homeless, mentally ill and underserved communities in Sarasota and Manatee counties as a case manager with the Centerstone Comprehensive Treatment Court program. Laura plays an integral role in assisting our vulnerable clients by providing the coaching and tools to work towards success and self-sufficiency.
Board of Directors
Photo by Sarasota Ballet & Matt Holler.
David Welle, MBA
Chairman of the Board
David currently operates an investment firm that invests in and manages commercial properties. Prior to this, he co-founded CSL International, a boutique management consulting firm that provides market, financial, and operating consulting services to owners and managers of sports-related developments. He also is a former partner with Coopers and Lybrand, one of the two firms that merged to form PricewaterhouseCoopers. David holds an MBA from the University of Denver and a Bachelors degree from Moorhead State University.
Kurt Bonner, MA
Kurt currently performs Financial Planning and Analysis for Roper Technologies, Inc., an S&P 500 firm that operates businesses that design and develop software and engineered products. Prior to this, Kurt worked in investor relations for FinTech companies LendingTree and Ally Financial. Kurt holds an MA in Economics and a BS in Finance (magna cum laude) from Old Dominion University.
Jim Doyle, BA
Jim has been active in finding solutions to the issue of the chronic homeless population in Sarasota since 2015. In 2021, Jim was named as business community representative to the Continuum of Care Leadership Council for the SunCoast Partnership to End Homelessness. Council members guide and coordinate the Sarasota-Manatee community’s policies, strategies and activities toward ending homelessness.
He’s the Founder and retired CEO of JDA.media, a Sarasota based company that provides sales training and revenue development services to media companies throughout the United States. He was also a partner in Gocom Media which owned TV stations in Illinois and California. Jim holds a BA in Business Administration and Management from Rutgers University. He is the author of Selling with a Servant Heart.
David Lyons, MBA
Since retiring as president of the Cola-Cola Company’s Philippines and South Africa divisions, David Lyons has been a champion of helping others achieve maximum mental well being. David is principal partner at David Lyons Coaching, a personal coaching service that helps people optimize their career and life. He also is a supporter and volunteer at the Salvation Army, First Step and the Sarasota county correctional system, helping individuals with addiction, trauma and mental health issues. David believes mental illness is the leading contributor to most societal issues, including homelessness. He is excited about working to expand Second Heart Homes’ model of developing independence through housing, clinical support and loving care.
Erika Quartermaine, JD
Sarasota County Court Judge Erika Quartermaine is a Sarasota native and serves in Florida’s 12th Judicial Circuit. She is passionate about the use of problem-solving court programs in appropriate circumstances – with the goal of increasing public safety and improving lives by treating the underlying causes of criminality. She was instrumental in creating the Comprehensive Treatment Court, a mental-health court for non-violent offenders who are seriously mentally ill and unable to meet their basic needs. She also helped establish the Turn Your Life Around Court, a diversion program for individuals charged with prostitution-related crimes and who are victims of human trafficking.
Leslie Travis, MA
Leslie is a trained recovery specialist, family court mediator and certified parenting educator. She is owner and director of the Professional Supervised Visitation and Exchange Program for the 12th Judicial Circuit in Florida. She also serves as a guardian ad litem for the 12th Judicial Circuit’s Family and Dependency courts. Leslie holds a BS in Psychology from Chapel Hill, NC and an MA in Psychology from Berry College in Rome, GA.
Thomas Tryon, BS
Journalist and Florida son Tom Tryon is a former opinion editor for the Sarasota Herald-Tribune, where he examined homelessness issues for more than 15 years. Tom also served as board chairman for the former nonprofit, Sarasota County Openly Plans for Excellence (SCOPE), where he focused on connecting Sarasota citizens to create a better community through dialogue, data and public policy. Sarasota Magazine named Tom one of “The 100 New Most Powerful People in Sarasota Today,” noting he is “one who gets things done.” Tom looks forward to putting his words into action as a Second Heart Homes board member focused on reducing homelessness while revitalizing Sarasota’s vulnerable residents and neighborhoods.