We are a 501(c)3 non-profit Foundation that is 100% volunteer based and tax deductible for donations.


The mission of The Road To Independence Foundation is to help young people as they transition from Foster care to the real world. We want to provide funds to these individuals to cover the cost of necessities that may be road blocks to their success. Without any family support or funds, a car repair bill or needed books for college or trade school could be the end of the road for some young people. We want to be there to help, and that is what we are going to do.


Nancy Detert, President

Maia Morrision, Vice President

Carol Binette, Secretary/Treasurer

Kathy Lehner, Director

Linda Long, Director


     Sarasota County Commissioner 2016 to current

     Florida Senate 2008 to 2016

     Florida House of Representatives 1998 to 2006

     Sarasota County School Board 1988 to 1992


     Re/Max Platinum Realty- Associate

     Venice Area Board of Realtors – 1975 to current

     Realtor Emeritus status – 2015

     Realtor of the Year – 1987 and 2015

     Lifetime Achievement Award – 2014


     A Better Solution – Founder – 1998 to current

     United Way of South Sarasota County


     Venice Sertoma Member

     Venice Chamber of Commerce




Nancy C. Detert – President

Maia Morrison – Vice President

Carol Binette – Secretary/Treasurer

Kathy Lehner – Director

– 2005 to 2006

CEO – 2018 to current

  Venice Chamber of Commerce Board President

Past Board Member

Past Board Member

     Venice Chamber of Commerce – President &

Linda Long – Director


     Sarasota Military Academy – Board Member

     Sarasota Tiger Bay – program committee

     Gulf Coast Italian Scholarship – past chair

     Westcoast Facilitators – past Vice President