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Roth to retire from Uncommon Friends Foundation

May 5, 2014
Special to the Reporter ( , Island Reporter, Captiva Current, Sanibel-Captiva Islander

Arlene Roth-Schmidt has announced her retirement as executive director of the Uncommon Friends Foundation. She has been the executive director of the Uncommon Friends Foundation, a non-profit foundation focused on business ethics, character education and historic preservation, for the past ten years.

During her tenure, the organization added a more robust character education curriculum and business ethics program. The organization also entered into a public/private partnership with the City of Fort Myers allowing the foundation to operate and manage the historic Burroughs Home in Fort Myers, providing a showcase for the foundation's archives.

Roth-Schmidt has over thirty years of senior management experience in non-profits, including twenty as CEO in both Florida and New Mexico, in the fields of healthcare, public policy, character and business ethics education, theatre, and museums. Prior to New Mexico and Florida, Roth-Schmidt spent a decade in marketing and public relations in the professional fields of fashion and broadcasting in New York City, including Westinghouse Broadcasting and the American Broadcasting Company.

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"The Board of Directors just completed a strategic plan for the next three years. I am transitioning into a new life in Port Charlotte. It seems to be the perfect time to step down and allow new leadership to plot the course for the future of the foundation, while allowing me to explore the non-profit world of Charlotte and Sarasota counties," she said.

She recently moved to Port Charlotte with her husband Bruce Schmidt.

Gray Davis, president of the Uncommon Friends Foundation, noted that Roth-Schmidt has provided good leadership for the foundation over the past ten years. The foundation will be seeking a replacement for the executive director position. Applications, including a resume and cover letter, are being accepted for the position from qualified candidates. They may be sent to

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