Our Leadership Team
Meet our C.E.O.
CASL Inc. C.E.O.
Scott Eller dreamed about Renaissance Manor until its inception 24 years ago, a permanent home for individuals with behavioral and co-occurring disorders, many who came from being homeless. In its humble beginnings, the Eller’s were the administrators, the cooks, housekeeping, and facility maintenance. To this day, Scott is acting President/CEO and an avid advocate of the severe and persistently mentally ill in our community. Early on Scott recognized the need for different levels of residential options for vulnerable populations who thrive when given stable housing and the quality of life they deserve.
A few years later, a long-time friend of the Ellers, Charley Richards, founder of Community Affordable & Supported Living, reached out to Scott about partnering to leverage the economy of scale so the two organizations could grow together to reach more people. Charley’s focus was on the intellectual and developmental disabled (I/DD) population, offering affordable scattered-site housing for persons with med-waiver support partners to live independently. So in 2009, Renaissance Manor and Community Affordable merged to become: CASL (Community Assisted and Supported Living).
In 2017, Scott Eller and Shawn Wilson, President of Blue Sky Communities, created a partnership to develop permanent supportive housing throughout the state of Florida. Since then, Blue Sky and CASL have been awarded over $120 million in Federal and State Funding and 8 separate projects. CASL’s success is focused on permanent supportive housing, not just housing individuals but surrounding them with the support services to make them an integral member of the community.
By the end of 2022 CASL will serve over 1,000 clients with very low incomes Alachua, Manatee, Sarasota, Orange, Polk, Charlotte, Lee, Pinellas, and Collier counties. Through multiple collaborations and joint ventures, and partnerships CASL continues to grow throughout the State of Florida to provide supportive, affordable housing.
Scott has a BS in Psychology with a minor in Biology from the University of Central Florida. Scott is a Community Advocate for the Developmentally Disabled, Homeless, Mentally Ill, Disabled Veterans and works tirelessly to better meet their needs in the community.
Meet Our Dedicated Team of Professionals
Helping accomplish CASL’s mission to Transform Lives.
CASL Inc. C.O.O.
Accomplished behavioral health executive and forward looking strategist with over 33 years of providing leadership and development of programs that assist people in need of intervention across a broad continuum of care and multiple environments. Highly respected subject matter expert in the field of behavioral health. Proven communicator, from the board room, to the front desk and in the community. A “roll up your sleeves” leader whose coaching style develops employee loyalty to the organizational mission and vision. The one who is turned to “to get things done.”
CASL Inc. C.I.O.
Tanya Hart, CIO, provides oversight of CASL’s information systems to enable the delivery of high-quality programs, services, and management processes. She brings over 15 years of experience in electronic health record and data administration in the nonprofit sector serving persons experiencing homelessness, severe mental illness, and addiction disorders. Tanya resides in Sarasota and enjoys serving as the Music Director at Beneva Christian Church and travelling with her husband, Jon.
Human Resources Director
April Donaldson started with CASL in 2015 as a Case Manager. After two years April transitioned to become the Human Resources Director. April has a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh and has resided in Florida since 2005.
Nicole Peterson is a Manager on Kerkering, Barberio’s Outsourced Accounting team; her area of practice is outsourced CFO services for various not-for-profit organizations. She joined Kerkering Barberio & Co. in 2019. For the first six years of her career, Nicole worked in investment banking at BB&T Capital Markets in Richmond, VA, and then Macquarie Capital in New York City as an Equity Research Analyst. Her coverage area was financial institutions including community, regional and trust banks. For the next 10 years, she held various financial analysis and accounting roles at SunTrust Mortgage, Capital One, and locally, at TriNet. She holds a B.A. in Finance from the University of Central Florida and a Master’s in Accounting from University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, Kenan-Flagler Business School. Nicole is also a Florida Certified Public Accountant and a member of the following organizations: American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), Not-For-Profit Section, Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants (FICPA), Leading Edge Alliance- Special Interest Group, Young Professionals, The Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce Young Professionals Group; Engage, Junior League of Sarasota.
Director of Quality Improvement & Client Safety
As the Director of Quality Improvement Shad provides operational and strategic leadership to the organization by working collaboratively with leadership, and team members throughout the organization to develop, implement and lead the organization’s quality, staff training and safety program including clinical quality and client and team member safety. Shad has over 20 years of experience leading juvenile justice and juvenile social service programs. Shad grew up in Sarasota and has an intimate knowledge of the programs and services in the community as well as a wide range of contacts in the community.
Director of Building Development
Brian graduated from Florida Southern College with a BS in Finance. For most of his professional career, he has worked in business development/construction and operations including feasibility, zoning, commercial loan management, financing support, information systems and operations. He also has partnered in land development and house remodeling projects. Currently, Brian is the Dir of Building Development at CASL responsible for new construction, property maintenance and building capital needs of the organization.
Director of Business Alliances
Alex graduated summa cum laude from the University of Massachusetts with a degree in Community Studies. Until joining CASL, Alex’s career was in the private sector as a business development executive in the information technology and telecom sector. Alex lived in Hong Kong, London, and Dubai, travelling extensively with her work. Having met the Ellers after moving to Sarasota, she was excited about the Eller’s vision for addressing homelessness in our community and joined CASL. Alex is responsible for fostering partnerships with organizations to extend our services and reach, donor development and driving awareness about the positive impact to the communities served. Alex resides in Sarasota with her daughter.
Case Management Team Lead for Sarasota
Jurisa is the Case Management Team Lead for Sarasota, responsible for oversight and support of the case management team of ten, who provide assistance to CASL clients by connecting them to medical and behavioral healthcare, and other services essential to meeting basic human needs. A graduate of the University of Central Florida with a B.S. in Psychology. Jurisa started in the substance abuse treatment world through Operation Par and then joined CASL as a case manager. Jurisa resides in Sarasota with her family.
Gulf Coast Regional Manager
Jenna is the Gulf Coast Regional Manager for CASL, Inc. and started with the company in 2016. She oversees the Case Management and Property Management Teams in Charlotte, Lee, and Collier Counties. Bringing a variety of expertise and leadership skills, Jenna has over 18 years of experience in the behavioral health field including mental health, substance abuse, and the criminal justice system.
Jenna grew up in Pennsylvania and graduated with honors from Indiana University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Arts degree. In her free time, she loves being outdoors, running 5ks, and spending time with her husband and two children.