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Sarasota County Public Hospital Board

Videos of the monthly Sarasota County Public Hospital Board meetings are posted on our YouTube channel. The board meetings also are aired on a space-available basis on the local access TV station. Check the Access Sarasota Television Schedule for air times. 

Karen Marshall, Assistant to the Board
Sarasota County Public Hospital Board
Mailing address: 1700 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota FL 34239   


Sharon Wetzler DePetersSharon Wetzler DePeters, APRN, Chair 
Region: At Large - Seat 1
Term Ends: 2024

Sharon Wetzler DePeters is an advanced practice registered nurse (APRN) and a longtime nursing educator and leader. She recently retired after 12 years as an Associate Professor at the State College of Florida Manatee - Sarasota in the Associate Science in Nursing Program. Currently working as a research coordinator at the Cardiovascular Center of Sarasota, she also has been a long-time volunteer with the Medical Reserve Corps of Sarasota. She spent 21 years as a commissioned officer in the U.S. Air Force Reserve, retiring as Major, and was stationed at Andrews Air Force Base, where she served in the OR, Post Anesthesia Recovery Unit and ICU.  She also served in the Surgical ICU at the VA Medical Center in Buffalo, N.Y. She received her Bachelor of Nursing and Master of Nursing degrees at the State University of New York at Buffalo.


Hospital Board Member Britt RinerBritt Riner, First Vice Chair
Region: At Large - Seat 3
Term Ends: 2024

Sarasota business and civic leader Britt Riner is president of Liber Consulting, providing strategic planning, marketing and organization design consulting services for non-profit and for-profit entities. Her previous work experiences include process improvement consulting for K12 Inc.; consulting for the U.S. Army and U.S. Air Force while working at Booz Allen Hamilton; and healthcare best-practices research for the Advisory Board Company.

Ms. Riner, a Pine View School graduate, earned a master's degree in policy, organization and leadership studies from Stanford University, as well as bachelor's degrees in history and Spanish with a certificate in health policy from Duke University. She also serves as board chair of the Education Foundation of Sarasota County and is past-president of the Junior League of Sarasota.


Sarah Lodge, Hospital Board memberSarah Lodge, Second Vice Chair
Region: Central District - Seat 1
Term Ends: November 2024

A certified financial planner and first vice president for RBC Wealth Management in Sarasota, Sarah Lodge has extensive experience in long-term strategic planning and financial problem-solving. She holds a bachelor's degree in health science from the University of Florida and is well-known in our community for her volunteer and civic contributions. She is the current president of the Rotary Club of Sarasota Foundation, has served in leadership roles for other local civic organizations and was named the 2019 Rotarian of the Year by the Rotary Club of Sarasota. She has worked closely with the Sarasota Memorial Healthcare Foundation in its efforts to support critical hospital services and programs.


Gregory CarterGregory Carter, Secretary
Region: Southern District - Seat 2
Term Ends: 2022

An employee of AT&T's Engineering Department for 31 years, Mr. Carter served as project manager, coordinating all aspects of construction for the corporation's network facilities for the state of Virginia and working as a liaison between the company and vendors, consultants and project personnel. Currently the owner/operator of a general home repair business, Mr. Carter also served in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.


James Meister, Assistant SecretaryJames Meister, Assistant Secretary
Region: Northern District - Seat 1
Term Ends: 2022

A resident of Sarasota for the past 17 years, Jim Meister is a Licensed Real Estate Associate with Coldwell Banker in Sarasota. A native of New Jersey, he served in top administrative and executive positions with Kings Super Markets in New Jersey, a $400 million dollar food retailer, including nine years as president and CEO.

Mr. Meister has held several leadership roles in health care governance, including terms as vice chairman of the board of Atlantic Health Systems, a large nonprofit health system with locations in northern and central New Jersey, and chairman of the board of Mountainside Hospital, a community-based hospital in Montclair, New Jersey.

Before his appointment to the Sarasota County Public Hospital Board's Northern District, Seat 1, Mr. Meister served as a community member on the board's Audit and Mission and Planning Committees. He also is a member of the Finance/Audit Committee of the Senior Friendship Centers, and has served on the boards of numerous nonprofit organizations, trade associations and publicly traded companies over the years.


Joseph J. DeVirgilio, Jr., TreasurerJoseph J. DeVirgilio Jr., Treasurer
Region: Central District - Seat 2
Term Ends: 2022

Joseph DeVirgilio is president of Suncoast Management Consultants and a senior consultant with River Consulting Group. Previously, he held a series of executive positions with the Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corporation in Poughkeepsie, NY. He also served for 12 years on a hospital board and foundation in Poughkeepsie before retiring in 2010 and relocating to Venice, FL. He is currently a volunteer for the AARP, helping seniors in Venice with their taxes.

In addition, he has been a member and leader on numerous boards of community and business organizations. Mr. DeVirgilio has received several honors for his service, including the Healthcare Trustees of New York State Award, the Poughkeepsie Area Chamber of Commerce Community Service Award and the Hospice Community Service Award. He received his Bachelor's of Engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology and his Master's in Electric Power Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.


Tramm Hudson, MemberTramm Hudson, Member
Region: At Large - Seat 2
Term Ends: 2024

Tramm Hudson is a retired Sarasota banker, U.S. Army officer and community leader who has spent almost 30 years sharing his executive expertise in finance, economic development and strategic planning with a number of organizations in the Sarasota-Manatee region. 

Mr. Hudson has served as chairman of the Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce, trustee of Manatee Community College, chairman of the Out-of-Door Academy, chairman of Committee of 100, chairman of The Glenridge at Palmer Ranch retirement community, and member of the boards of United Way and Sarasota Family YMCA. He also was chairman of the Republican Party of Sarasota County. In 2005, he served as chairman of Workforce Florida.

Mr. Hudson graduated from Vanderbilt University as a distinguished military graduate. He served as a Cavalry officer in Germany and continued in the Army Reserves, retiring as a Lt. Colonel. He earned his MBA from Emory University.


Richard Rehmeyer, MDRichard Rehmeyer, MD, Member
Region: Northern District - Seat 2
Term Ends: 2022

Dr. Rehmeyer is a board-certified ENT-otolaryngologist who has been practicing in Sarasota for over 40 years. He has held many leadership roles in the medical community, including serving as Sarasota Memorial's chief of staff, president of the Sarasota County Medical Society and delegate to the Florida Medical Association. He has served on the local boards of the American Red Cross, Boys and Girls Clubs, Police Athletic League, United Way and Salvation Army. He also was president of the Sarasota Rotary Club, governor of Rotary's regional district and named Rotarian of the Year. In 2008, he earned President George W. Bush's "Call to Service" Award. 

Dr. Rehmeyer received his medical degree from George Washington University in Washington, DC. He completed his internship at Lankenau Hospital and his residency in general surgery at Thomas Jefferson University, both in Philadelphia, Pa., and his residency in otolaryngology (ENT) at the University of Illinois. He served as a flight surgeon for the U.S. Air Force from 1963 to 1965.