PEAC Board of Directors
David Beaton: David worked as an adjunct Professor in Film at Manatee Community College. He is the founder of Media Process Group, a Chicago video production company, a former member of IBEW Local 1220, and has been a college and NPR board operator at Michigan State University, Western Michigan University and the College of William and Mary. He was the one of the founders of WSLR-LP, Sarasota's community radio station.
Sharon Fitzpatrick: A resident of Sarasota area since 2001, Sharon Fitzpatrick has developed interest in environmental and agricultural issues by managing an organic nursery, working with UF/IFAS on several projects and recently initiating an edible/native landscape business. As clerk of Peace and Social Concerns Committee within the local Quaker community, she has provided speakers, concerts, and other events, while establishing connections with peacemakers in the area. Accepting the position of vice-chair for the Southwest Florida Coalition for Peace and Justice and maintaining membership in other peace groups, Sharon Fitzpatrick has transformed her lifestyle to focus entirely on environmental and peace issues. Her intention with PEAC is to provide opportunities for environmental work within the schools at all levels while offering an Earth-friendly agenda for some of the activities at the center itself.
Frace: Ms. Frace, an NVC
Practitioner/facilitator and mediator, is a CNVC-registered trainer candidate
with 4 years of Open Space Technology and methods of Sociocracy. Mercedes is
chair of Suncoast NVC, a member of the Coalition for Inclusion &
Diversity in Sarasota
and co-founded Banyan Learning Guild (an alternative educational 501c3 in
2002). Mercedes is a mother who volunteers as a programmer at WSLR community
radio, is a MLS and has worked in medical administration for over 20
years, is a Certified Herbalist, and owner of Compassionflower
. She is on CNVC’s English-speaking Western Circle , and familiar with
Arlene Sweeting: Ms. Sweeting is the Station Manager at WSLR 96.5 ’s . Arlene taught public school for 7 years in Manatee County and was a Candidate for the in 2000 and 2002, receiving the endorsement of the Sierra Club, the local Green Party, the Florida League of Conservation Voters, the Manatee Education Association, and the . She served as Chair of the Environmental Lands Management and Acquisition Committee in Manatee County , and was appointed to serve on the Steering Committee of the Manatee County ’s Visioning Process. She founded and operated Fogartyville Café, a progressive community coffeehouse in from 2002-2007. In addition to the , Arlene serves on the Board of the Jefferson Center , a non-profit that provides to low-income seniors.
Billy Wetherington: Billy Wetherington is an accountant, auditor and business, financial and tax advisor in . He attended the from 1969 to 1973 and the from 1974 to 1978 where he received two B.A. degrees, one from the College of Business Administration with an accounting major and the other from the College of Arts & Letters with a philosophy major. He passed the CPA exam in 1978 and has practiced accounting with both local and international accounting firms and has had his own practice since 1989. His hobbies include reading, history, bird watching, blues & folk music and occasionally aggravating public officials with letters and radio programs.