Executive Team

Richard E. Carlisle, Chief Executive Officer

A devoted friend of CAN’s, Richard E. Carlisle became its third President and CEO in April, 2015. Born in Columbus, Georgia and a graduate of Auburn University, Rick came to Sarasota 35 years ago. He was with Sarasota Memorial Hospital for fifteen years as Vice President responsible for much of the satellite growth of Sarasota Memorial Hospital, from the initial development of five outpatient centers, the critical care center and several child... read more

Stephen P. Nicholas, MD, Chief Medical Officer

Dr. Nicholas is a patient-focused physician leader with 30 years of experience in direct patient care, teaching, and healthcare management. A persuasive change-agent, he excels in developing and leading a diverse physician population for team-based care. Dr. Nicholas is recognized by top hospital management for his proven ability to drive organizational transformation and development while maintaining exceptional patient satisfaction. As a physic... read more

Leslie A. Lind, Chief Compliance Officer

Leslie comes by way of the Midwest, born and raised in Indiana. Soon after graduation she moved to Chicago and started her career in Audit/Accounting where she traveled opening/auditing new Hotels across the Country. That’s where the love of travel started and eventually landed her permanently in Sarasota at a local CPA firm auditing Non Profit Organizations. That’s where she first was introduced to former C.E.O, Michael Cuffage and started f... read more

Rishi Patel, PharmD, Chief Pharmacy Officer

Dr. Rishi Patel is a highly academically prepared pharmaceutical professional holding a Doctorate of Pharmacy from Nova Southeastern University, a Masters Degree in Business Administration from Florida Gulf Coast University, and a Bachelors Degree in Microbiology from University of Florida. Dr. Patel has over 14 years of experience and expertise in pharmacy services management. Dr. Patel is accomplished and experienced in cultivating a flourishin... read more

Alexander Kramer, Chief Financial Officer

Alex joined CAN/CCC as CFO and brings over 20 years of financial and executive business experience to the team from both the corporate and non-profit sectors.   At CAN/CCC, Alex is responsible for all financial and accounting services including reporting, funding, taxes, and financial compliance of CAN/CCC and our affiliate organizations.  Additionally, he contributes to the strategic decision making of the organization and supports a diverse... read more

John T. Acevedo, Chief of Program Services

Mr. Acevedo’s responsibilities are to manage the implementation of HIV/AIDS science-based prevention programs in four counties (Desoto, Charlotte, Manatee and Sarasota), and to enhance community relationships for the purpose of disseminating accurate and up-to-date HIV information. Prior to his current position, John was with the Florida Department of Health as a Disease Intervention Specialist where his duties included education and partner e... read more

Peggy Calhoun – Chief Advancement Officer

Peggy Calhoun, an Advanced Certified Fundraising Executive, enjoys over 35 years as a full time fundraising professional. Upon graduating college at age 19, Peggy Calhoun began her career of helping others as an Executive Director of a 24-hour suicide prevention line serving the Ark-La-Miss area. She quickly learned how to raise the necessary resources to advance the mission. Previously, she served as President of Miller, Calhoun and Compa... read more