Melody Cook, Association Manager
Melody is from Wisconsin, and lived in the southern West Virginia/Virginia area for 20 years before moving to Pensacola Beach area, where she met her husband Tim. They moved to the Atlantic side of Florida in 2004, working together on ocean front properties. Melody managed an ocean front high rise on Singer Island for six years before moving back to the gulf coast to work for Lighthouse Property Management. She came to manage here in 2015 with over 15 years of on-site experience as an Association Manager, an Associate’s Degree in Accounting and over 25 years’ experience in customer service, budgeting and project management.
Peggy Messmer, Rental Agent
Peggy brings over 15 years of hospitality industry experience in operations and sales. Prior to that, she worked 20 years managing customer service operations for a chemical company. A native of Cincinnati, OH, she spent over 38 years in the St. Louis, MO area. She holds a BS in Retail Management from Miami University in Ohio. Now permanently relocated to Venice, FL she enjoys nature, walking and discovering the Sarasota area.
Marcia Robbins, Seasonal Office Assistant
Marcia has been with Sarasota Lakes since January, 2014 as our seasonal office assistant. She loves distributing the mail. Her previous work experience includes 6 years as a 911 police dispatcher, and 20 years as litigation paralegal. She holds an AA degree in paralegal studies from MacCormac College and a BA degree in English from Loyola University Chicago. We are very fortunate to have such a versatile employee.
Denise Hysmith, Office Assistant
Denise moved to Sarasota in December of 2019 from the Chicagoland area to be closer to her father and escape the cold, harsh winters. Married with 2 sons in the Navy and another son planning on moving here too, she also enjoys 2 step children. Denise is hopelessly devoted to her 3-year-old granddaughter Vivian, born on Christmas Day in Japan, while her oldest son was stationed in Atsugi. She loved her previous 17 years in police administration. Her job duties varied greatly, from customer service, creating newsletters, all the way to processing female arrestees. She holds an Associates Degree in Arts from Rock Valley College. We hope this new chapter in Denise’s life includes many years
at Sarasota Lakes.
Jacob "Jake" Bruns, Skilled Maintenance
Jake is our skilled maintenance man. Originally from Ohio, Jake moved to Sarasota over six years ago with his wife, Beth and thirteen-year-old son, Donald. Prior to working here they lived and worked at Sun-N-Fun. Jake has a large amount of experience in RV parks and with RVs, especially since he lived in an RV himself for a long time. He handles electrical, plumbing and maintenance issues in the co-op.
Curtis Williams, Grounds Maintenance
Curtis was born right here in Sarasota, Florida. He has worked at Sarasota Lakes for 13 years. You can see his wave and a smile all over the property as he is responsible for maintaining the grounds, mowing the common area and picking up landscaping debris