VENICE, Fla. — The Loveland Village, a nonprofit that provides educational, vocational and residential programs for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, recently welcomed Mary Dougherty-Slapp, A. Gary Johnson and Wayne Luoma as new board members.
The newly installed board members will serve a three-year term on the nonprofit’s board. They join Loveland Village’s current 11-person board, which includes James Ball, Johnny Britton, Sarasota County Commissioner Nancy Detert, Secretary Cathleen Kenney, President and CEO Daniela Koci, Chair Debbie LaPinska, Robert Lewandowski, Alison Liska and Treasurer William L. Mehserle Jr., David Williams and Vice Chair Dr. Jim Woods.
Dougherty-Slapp is the executive director of the Gulf Coast Builders Exchange. Previously, she owned MDS Government Consulting and worked with clients throughout Florida on state legislative and local issues. She also served as Deputy County Administrator for State and Federal Relations in DeSoto County.
Originally from N.Y., she holds a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree from the University of South Florida. Dougherty-Slapp also participated in the Program for Senior Executives in State and Local Government at Harvard University.
"My first and favorite job was as a lifeguard at a camp for children with developmental disabilities,” said Dougherty-Slapp. “I will never forget that experience. Being a part of Loveland Village and supporting their mission and great work is like coming full circle for me."
Johnson retired after serving in operations executive roles, in manufacturing and quality and regulatory, primarily with automotive and medical device companies. He also spent 25 years in the Navy and Naval Reserve. Johnson’s son, Kyle, has been a day student at the Loveland Village for the past year and a half and is enjoying all aspects of the program.
After interacting with a number of the students and staff at Loveland Village, Johnson was impressed with the energy and spirit. Believing every individual with disabilities deserves every opportunity to enjoy life to the fullest, he applied to become a member of the nonprofit.
Luoma possesses over 30 years of energy industry experience in the areas of financial management, business development, project evaluation, transaction structuring, fuel procurement, ratemaking and regulatory affairs. He recently retired from Exelon’s Renewables and Distributed Generation group in Baltimore, Md.
He holds a Master of Business Administration in finance from the Sellinger School of Business at Loyola University Maryland and a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Delaware. He is a Certified Public Accountant in Maryland and a Certified Energy Manager.
“My passion is to work with like-minded individuals that are interested in building communities of dignity and respect where opportunity is not limited by disability,” said Luoma.
The Loveland Village’s board of directors is responsible for supporting Loveland Village’s mission, vision, goals, policies and programs as well as being an advocate for the nonprofit throughout the community, exercising fiduciary oversight and actively participating in the long-range and strategic planning.
About Loveland Village
Established in 1962, the Loveland Village strives to help individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities live their lives to the fullest. The nonprofit was founded by a group of parents who sought to provide a productive and safe place for adults with developmental disabilities. Loveland Village provides educational programs and vocational training for individuals with developmental disabilities. For more information, visit www.LovelandVillage.org or call 941-493-0016.