Lutheran Services Florida Announces Peter Howard will Lead Sarasota Guardianship Program

Sarasota, Fla. – 11/26/18 –Lutheran Services Florida (LSF) has hired a familiar face to be the new Executive Director of their Guardianship program in Sarasota. Peter Howard has deep ties in the Sarasota community with 35 years of experience in social services.

“Having been a CEO for 16 years for three different agencies in Sarasota, Peter understands both the business and human side of the important work we do to protect Florida’s most vulnerable,” Mike Carroll, Executive Vice President of Programs said. “Peter’s roots grew from a counselor in a runaway shelter for youth and it’s fitting that he will finish his career serving senior citizens.”

In his new role, Peter will oversee the Sarasota Guardianship program with a $1 million-dollar budget and ten employees. The program provides protection, coordination, financial oversight and advocacy for individuals who are unable to care for themselves, regardless of their ability to pay. The LSF team strives to help individuals live safely and with dignity, in the least restrictive setting possible.

The departure of Chris Card as the Chief Operating Office has led to these most recent changes bringing on former DCF secretary Mike Carroll as the Executive Vice President of Programs and moving Peter Howard from an interim leadership position to now a full time executive director role in Sarasota.

Since 1982, LSF has served millions of Floridians as a leading, life changing human services organization with a wide range of programming including early education, refugee and immigration, mental health, foster care case management, and crisis care for youth and elderly.

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Terri Durdaller, Associate Vice President of Communications

(813) 676-9465

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