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.
Pat Mizak is the Assistant Vice President for Planning & Institutional Effectiveness and faculty member in the Business of Art & Design program at Ringling College of Art and Design. He formerly worked at Armstrong Atlantic State University (now Georgia Southern University) in Savannah, Georgia and Canisius College in Buffalo, New York. He is a graduate of Cornell University (B.A. History), Cleveland State University (M.A. Economics), Georgia Institute of Technology (M.S. International Affairs), and the State University of New York at Buffalo (Ph.D. Higher Education). He has over 20 years of experience in higher education as a teacher and administrator. Pat also participates in accrediting colleges and universities for both the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) and the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. He and his wife are the parents of five children and moved to Sarasota in 2012. In his spare time, Pat enjoys watching sports, throwing darts, and cooking.
An Oberlin Conservatory graduate with Bachelor's of Music and Master's of Music in Teaching Degrees, Denise Verheul has been teaching and helping to fulfill musical dreams for her students as they perform in festivals, competitions, college and professional auditions while pursuing excellence in their musical training. Many of her students compete in State, Regional and National competitions with the National Music Teachers Association as well as the Young Artist Competition.
Denise Verheul is a former faculty member of State College of Florida and served as Florida State Concerto Chairman. She is an active member of the National Federation of Music Clubs and specializes in College Audition Preparation and has helped many students get accepted into prestigious music schools across the country including Oberlin Conservatory, Juilliard, University of Michigan, Eastman School of Music, Florida State University, Indiana University, Cincinnati Conservatory, Berklee School of Music, Elon, NYU, etc... Her students can be seen in National
Tours, Broadway, movie scores, TV/Film, American Idol and America’s Got Talent.
In Atlanta, Ms. Verheul developed many music programs, theatre companies, and created “Atlanta Idol” where local musicians showcased their talents for casting agents and record executives. Ms. Verheul has served on committees with Broadway Dreams Foundation, Christian Youth Theatre, Atlanta Workshop Players and was involved in music directing with the
prestigious Shuler Awards.
Currently in Sarasota, she serves as pianist at First Sarasota Church and can be seen directing orchestra and choir at the annual Singing Christmas Tree along with Director, Shawn Gross.
She is Vice-President of Sarasota Music Teachers Association and Chairman of District music events. She was Music Director at Booker High VPA for 10 years and was awarded Sarasota Most Influential High School Teacher of the Year as well as College Advisor Award for helping VPA students earn over a million dollars in college scholarships. Ms. Verheul is a professional pianist, accompanist, music director and teacher and enjoys working with young people as they develop their college and career goals.
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