Jennifer Abbott, Grants & Impact Manager - Jennifer brings 20+ years of development, marketing and management experience to Forty Carrots, leading a wide variety of projects from Super Bowl television ads to United Way campaigns. Jennifer joined Forty Carrots staff in 2008 after her experience as a client inspired to make the same services possible for all families, regardless of their ability to pay. Jennifer also serves as Treasurer of the local chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, working to ensure ethical and effective fundraising in our community. A third-generation Sarasota native, Jennifer graduated from American University and worked in Washington, DC and Austin, TX before returning home with her Sarasota-native husband Mark to raise their two children close to family.

Contact:  941.365.7716 ext. 312

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

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