Our Board 2018-08-13T12:22:29-04:00

Our Board

Tony is a brain cancer survivor,  who works at Village Bikes in Sarasota, FL. Tony has been in the cycling industry for over fifteen years and has extensive knowledge in the many facets of biking from the recreational rider to the diehard tri-athlete. An active adventure racer, cyclist, and sporting event organizer, Tony brings a wealth of information to assist our community with finding the right bike to fit their needs. After conquering his battle with brain cancer, Tony felt compelled to use his experiences with cancer to raise awareness for the critical need for programs focused on providing support to those diagnosed with cancer. He believes more needs to be done to help cancer fighters stay engaged in active and goal-oriented living and have the support they need to thrive, not just survive cancer. It is this passionate belief that led Tony to create Team Tony Foundation in September of 2010..

John  has practiced in the areas of Real Estate Development and General Business/Corporate law in Florida since 1978. A Sarasota- area resident since 1958, John graduated from Manatee High School in 1969, received a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from the University of Florida in 1973 and earned his law degree from Stetson University College of Law in 1978. John and his family are active in the Sarasota community; he also serves as Chairman of the Girls, Inc. Foundation Board and is a past member of the Board and Executive Committee of the West Coast Symphony. He is a founding board member of the Florida Winefest and Auction and New Gate School. John is a member of the Sarasota County Bar Association and The Florida Bar.

  John J Shea,  Attorney & Counselor at Law

James founded the J Dawes group in 2014

James D. Dawes Founder and President of the J Dawes Group. James has over thirty years of experience in the healthcare industry, James provides strategic, operational and management guidance to help ambitious physicians and medical groups develop practices of distinction and excellence. Prior to opening his consulting firm, James was the Chief Administrative Officer of Center For Sight one of nation’s leading eye, cosmetic and skin care and surgery groups. James holds a bachelor’s degree in economics and a bachelor’s degree in physiology from Oklahoma State University and earned a master’s degree in health care administration from the University of Missouri-Columbia.
James resides in Sarasota with his three sons, Jake, Greyson and Chase along with their dog Cowboy. James is an avid bicyclist and adventure motorcyclist.

J Dawes Group LLC, President


Scott is an Information Technologies Computer Support Specialist for the City of Sarasota.  Scott graduated from Newnan High School in 1989, then received a BS degree in Management of Information Systems from Goshen College and holds certificates in Microsoft, ITIL, CompTIA, Dell, CJIS, and FEMA.   He has been involved in endurance training and racing for over 30 years and has been riding with Tony since 1999.  Scott is a past Director and Secretary for the Excelsior Education and Training Foundation, serving that board for seven years.  In May of 2013, Scott joined the Team Tony Foundation’s Board of Directors.

Information Technologies Computer Support Specialist- City of Sarasota.


Dr. Carlos Borge received his medical degree from Universidad de Guadalajara Faculty of Medicine and has been in practice for 37 years. Carlos is a Key member of the Team Tony’s medical outreach and development program.
Board certified psychiatry, Sarasota, Florida.

Dr. Kyle Ruffing is a neurologist in Sarasota with Intercoastal Medical Group. He received his medical degree from University of Florida College of Medicine and completed his residency at the University of Michigan. He has been practicing neurology since 1998. Kyle met Tony in 2003 and has been his neurologist ever since. Kyle joined the Team Tony board in 2015.
Since her breast cancer diagnosis in 2004, Angela Long has been helping others by sharing the lessons she learned along the way.  Angela manages an online comprehensive breast cancer resource network designed to help others find the information, care, and support resources they need.

In September of 2014, Angela joined Team Tony Foundation as Program Manager. Her mission is to get the word out to the healthcare and cancer community about Team Tony Foundation’s programs and services and the benefits of one-to -one support..

Founder Breast investigators

Shawn is a recently retired Division Chief with Tampa Fire Rescue. He spent 30 years in the fire service as a firefighter paramedic while progressing through the ranks. He has a BA in Business Administration from Northwood University and numerous certifications from the National Fire Academy. He has been a longtime friend of Tony and is honored to be part of the foundation. Shawn joined the Team Tony board in 2017.
Bill works at the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office where he is currently the Director of Research and Planning. He has been involved in law enforcement in Sarasota since 1980. During this time, Bill received the Young Officer of The Year and a Medal of Valor. He became involved in Team Tony as a rider in the Cycle of Life. This involvement has evolved from a rider to a support volunteer to currently a board member. He is also a board member at First Step which is a nonprofit whose mission is to assist those fighting substance abuse.
David is the co-chair of Men to Men, a local prostate cancer support group that runs out of Sarasota Memorial Hospital. He is a former Member of the MA Governors Committee on Fitness and Sport, and was Director of the National United States Youth Games. David was President of Sports Management Associates, an Inductee to Vermont Academy and to Hingham, MA Halls of Fame, and a founder of DARE, Inc. in Boston. He was co-founder of Development Alternatives, Inc. in Washington, DC, and is currently a Sarasota Elections Clerk. David joined the Team Tony board in 2017.
Lori is co-founder of Team Tony Cancer Foundation, a Leadership Coach, Cancer Coach, and C.O.O. at Xperience, LLC. Lori graduated from Georgetown University’s Leadership Coaching Program, she has a Certification in Applied Positive Psychology (Based on the University of Pennsylvania’s Applied Positive Psychology Master’s Program), is certified in Foundations in PACT, and has a degree in Finance from the University of South Florida. She is dedicated to a life of learning and providing a platform for others to learn and grow.

Bryan is committed to helping individuals and companies alike improve their performance through increased fitness. His background in business development coupled with his coaching experience enables him to show individuals how easy it can be to integrate fitness into their lives. Since the early 90’s, Bryan has been instrumental in the development of technologies to improve individual’s performance both on and off the job. In business ventures, his first objective is to improve clients’ experience of life, in addition to the profitability of their business. In endurance sports, he specializes in helping time-challenged athletes enjoy the overall experience of the lifestyle, including a place at the top of the podium.

Over the years, Bryan has dedicated his time towards supporting charitable causes through business planning and event coordination. He is a founding member and served as chairman of the board of directors of Team Tony Foundation for the first three years . Bryan supports survivors who are supporting those in treatment, as well as implementing a business structure that minimizes expenses to provide more services to those in the battle.

Bryan, in cooperation with the rest of the Team Tony Foundation, believe it is one thing to tell someone to reach a goal it is another thing entirely to possess the experience of what they are going through, and the ability to walk those fighting cancer through every step of the process.

Personal Coach, Training Bible Coaching

 A 25-year banking veteran, Shaun previously served as Southwest Florida’s Area Executive for AmSouth Bank in Sarasota, and over two-thirds of Shaun’s career was spent with SouthTrust Corporation. He is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin system with a major in Finance and a minor in Accounting. Currently, Shaun is active in the Sarasota community serving as Chair-Elect for the Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce, board member and Treasurer for the Van Wezel Performing Arts Foundation, and board trustee member for Doctors Hospital. He is a past Board Chairman and Campaign Chair for the United Way of Sarasota County, serving on the board for eight years. Shaun has been a resident in this community since 2000.
President and CEO, Gateway Bank of Southwest Florida

Sam is a partner and , a strategic communications firm serving the health and Foundation/Non Profit sectors. Sam is a cancer survivor and passionate cyclist who lives with his wife in Sarasota. He currently serves on the  Communications and Program development committee  for the Team Tony Foundation..

Chief Strategist and Partner, CAP Brand Marketing