Vice President of Philanthropy

Kathy Rabon, CFRE, CFRM is the Vice President of Philanthropy of Suncoast Hospice Foundation, a member of Empath Health. As a member of the Empath Health senior leadership team, Rabon oversees all areas of the Foundation, leads its strategic direction and growth and connects with our community to help build essential funding that supports Empath Health’s life-changing care for those in need.

Rabon is a Certified Fund Raising Executive. She holds her Certification in Fund Raising Management from Indiana University School of Philanthropy and Certification in Organizational Development from University of Georgia.

As a longtime fundraising professional, Rabon has held positions as Executive Director of Performing Arts Center Foundation at Ruth Eckerd Hall; Deputy Director of Development for Salvador Dali Museum; Vice President of Development and Communications for Tampa Metropolitan Area YMCA; Chief Development Officer for Girl Scouts of West Central Florida and President/CEO of Clearwater Regional Chamber of Commerce. 

Rabon is active in our community. She has served on various boards and contributed her talents to many organizations, including Association of Junior Leagues, International; Junior League of Clearwater-Dunedin; Leadership Pinellas; Leadership Tampa Bay; Clearwater Marine Aquarium; and Clearwater Jazz Holiday.

Brooke Boccacino
Corporate Philanthropy Director
Brooke oversees Corporate Partnerships through Philanthropy and Suncoast Hospice Foundation and EPIC Special Events.

Carla Mattern
Director of Philanthropy
Carla is responsible for individual annual, major and special targeted giving programs.

Christy Flees, bCRE
Operations Director
Christy is the database administrator and oversees the Donor Services team.

Karen Van De Putte
Planned Giving Director
Karen directs the planned giving program and estate and trust administration.

Megan McGee, Grant Administrator   
Megan is responsible for locating grant opportunities that align with Empath Health’s mission, crafting proposals and managing deliverables of grant awards.

Board of Trustees

Michael Cohen, Chair – Raymond James
Theresa Crane, Vice Chair – Duke Energy
Herbert Eng – Crown Point, Inc.
Michael J. Faehner – Attorney
Ford N. Kyes – Action Coach Tampa Bay
Larry Feinman, D.O., FACOS – HCA-West Florida Division
Deborah Nicklaus – Nicklaus of Florida
Rafael J. Sciullo – Empath Health
Jim Shatz – The Edwards Group
Joseph J. Sorota, Jr. – Incorporator, Attorney
David Syraski
Thomas G. Walker – Teknatool
Kathy Wilder