Margaret Deitsch, Administrative Assistant - Margaret Deitsch joined Forty Carrots in 2004 as receptionist/administrative assistant at the Front Desk. Lovingly known as “Miss Margaret”, the children and families look forward to her warm welcome and caring words each day. When not at Forty Carrots, she loves reading, exercising and spending time with her family.

Contact:  941.365.7716 ext. 301

Jean Lolli, Business & Facilities Manager - Jean has a B.A. from the College of New Rochelle, NY and has been with Forty Carrots since the doors opened in 1993. Throughout the years she has performed an array of jobs from accounts payable/receivable, greeting students, and running fundraisers. She loves the children, parents and relationships she makes, and her belief in our mission and values makes her call Forty Carrots her second home. In her spare time she loves reading, exercising, boating, and playing with her grandson.

Contact:  941.365.7716 ext. 302

Geri Jo Manson, Donor Relations Manager - Geri Jo joined Forty Carrots staff in 2007 after many years as a Forty Carrots parent. She credits Forty Carrots parenting classes with giving her the skills, support and education she needed when raising her own children and is passionate about ensuring everyone has those same opportunities. Geri Jo combines a background in social work with a unique perspective gained from serving on numerous boards as a volunteer for many organizations in Sarasota and Manatee Counties. In her work with donors and volunteers, Geri Jo strives to honor each one for their commitment to Forty Carrots’ mission and respect for their individual philanthropic goals. 

Contact:  941.365.7716 ext. 318

Autumn McLeod, Administrative and Database Assistant – Autumn was first introduced to her Forty Carrots family in 2015 when she attended a Partners In Play® group with her new baby girl and immediately fell in love with the staff and overall vision and mission. It was an easy decision to enroll her children in the preschool and even better to become a member of the staff in May of 2018. Autumn attended Daytona State College & has experience as an executive personal assistant, copywriter, ghostwriter and artist. Autumn’s passion in life is to follow the Golden Rule and give back as a humanitarian. Autumn continues to advocate for those living with exceptional abilities & significantly supports efforts for therapeutics and awareness of Angelman Syndrome.

Contact:   941-365-7716 ext. 303

Caroline Starnes, Executive Assistant — Caroline  holds a Master of Public Affairs in Nonprofit Management from Indiana University, and a dual BA in English and Communication Studies from Saint Mary’s College. Her passion for education began as middle school science teacher and led her to Forty Carrots in 2018. She works closely with the administrative team on a variety of projects with a particular focus on grant administration and management. As a Midwest native, Caroline loves living and working in the Sarasota area and can often be found outside exploring Florida’s nature with her husband.

Contact:    941-365-7716 ext. 329
Jesssica Warr, Finance & Operations Assistant - Jessica joined Forty Carrots in June 2015 to support the Finance Director and manage the donor database system. Originally from Indiana, Jessica moved to Sarasota to attend New College of Florida. Upon graduation in 2010, she continued working with the Sarasota Partnership for Children’s Mental Health collecting and analyzing data until the grant ended. After a few years in the hospitality business, Jessica happily found herself back in database management and finance at Forty Carrots. She resides in downtown Sarasota with her husband Gordon and two dogs, Buddy & Chubbs.
Contact:  941.365.7716 ext 313