SAA GOVERNING BOARD
Rob McLain is a partner at the law firm of Metcalfe & McLain. He is a graduate of the University of Florida (B.A., major in Philosophy and minor in English), and George Mason University School of Law (J.D., magna cum laude). Prior to his legal career, Rob taught middle school English and worked in information technology. In addition to his work with SAA, Rob is a board member and Secretary of Sarasota Contemporary Dance. He is a happily married father of three extremely active children. In his spare time, Rob practices Jiu jitsu, and writes the daddy column for Mommy Magazine.
Stephanie Murphy is a partner at the Murphy Law Group, where she specializes in family and adoption law. She is a graduate of Converse College, with a B.A. in political science and history, as well as a graduate of Stetson University College of Law, where she obtained her Juris Doctor degree. In addition to her busy law practice, Stephanie is a member of the Board of Directors for Sarasota’s Chapter of the Florida Association for Women Lawyers, as well as a member of the Florida Supreme Court’s Mediator Qualifications Discipline and Review Board. She and her husband are the parents of 2 wonderful children, and spend their family time enjoying all of the amazing opportunities for fun, education, and culture that Sarasota offers.
Joe holds a B.S. in Computer and Systems Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. As a successful businessman with over 25 years’ experience he is currently a Partner and Chief Technology officer for XL Technologies. XL Technologies is a Sarasota, FL based technology firm that specializes in real estate software and marketing services. Joe and his extended family have held various active roles in music and the performing arts over the years and he is enthusiastic about assisting in the long term sustainability and success of SAA.
For the first 20 years of his career, Dan Dembicki applied his MA degree to the business world where he launched a consulting practice engaged by venture capital firms to enhancement their portfolio investments in the areas of operational expertise and sales. As a musician, Dan has played the organ and piano at churches in his home state of Michigan and now here in Sarasota where he is residing organist at Sarasota Baptist Church. Incorporating his passion for music with a business idea he Co-Founded AirWorks Media – A music software company that conducted an IPO on NASDAQ and whose music tools were used in music libraries on a worldwide basis.
Dembicki maintains his consulting practice in Sarasota and has now added musicians and artists to his client list helping them with their brand development, audience promotion, personal growth and business savvy. Dan plays a wide range of Musical Styles which include Christian, Classical, Popular, Orchestral Styles, Swing and Stride. He plays in a variety of combos in the SRQ area: Sarasota Jazz Project, Tropical Ave., Shane Chalke Trio, Ocean’s Eleven Big Band, Smokey’s Session, the Accidentalz, Shift Change, Grove To Move Band and more.
Dan grew up in Dearborn, Michigan, holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music, with a major in Organ Performance and a Minor in Choral Music Pedagogy Central Michigan University. He also writes and Arranges Orchestral Music as well as for Big Band, Gospel Music and Classical
Garrett Byrd is currently the vice president of franchise development for Storage Authority Franchise. He obtained his Associate's degree with a focus in communications at Manatee Community College with continued studies at the University of South Florida. Garrett comes from a background in real estate and management before joining the dynamic Self-Storage industry in 2009. He hopes to add value to the SAA board from a proven record of success in business management, team building, marketing, and sales.
He is happily married with two children who attend SAA and was inspired by seeing the self-confidence and growth the performing arts have brought out in his own kids. He strongly values the education in a small school community which brings a family atmosphere. Garrett looks forward to being part of the progression Sarasota Academy of the Arts within our wonderful community.