Governing Board

Jeff Birnbach

Jeff Birnbach
President

Jeff Birnbach is a partner and the managing director of the Sylint Group. A licensed investigator, he’s nationally recognized as an expert in cyber security, incident response and investigations. He’s also active in non-profit activities, and is a member of the board of directors of the Pines of Sarasota, a 240-bed assisted living facility. Previously he served as a director and president of Sarasota Bay Watch, and as a director and Commodore of the Sarasota Yacht Club.

Steve Long

Stephen Long
Vice President, Acting Secretary

Born and raised in Sarasota County, Stephen has always had a passion for his hometown and its fellow residents.  As a past member and president of the Board of Directors for Habitat for Humanity, South Sarasota County, he proudly spent ten years working to promote the need for decent and affordable workforce housing for the people that live and serve in our local area.  Stephen is currently the President for Men’s Ministry at Church of the Redeemer, where he, his wife, and his two sons are members.  He is an avid supporter of law enforcement and hopes to bring attention to the service-driven, selfless actions of the men and women in blue.

Areaka Jewell

Areaka Jewell
Treasurer

Areaka Jewell is currently the accreditation manager at the Sarasota Police Department. She began her career in law enforcement with the Key West Police Department in 2002, where she served in uniformed patrol, special operations, the training unit, accreditation and information services. Areaka retired as a lieutenant in 2018 and then moved her family to Sarasota to start a second career. Additionally, Areaka has over 20 years of volunteer service and community support, including nine years as the President of the Key West Police Department Love Fund.

Libby Soderberg

Libby Soderberg
Director

Libby Soderberg is an Electrical Engineer and former defense contractor whose work focused on artificial intelligence and facial identification. She has extensive international experience living and traveling in multicultural milieus, particularly in Latin America, Europe, Middle East and Africa. In addition, Libby has more than 25 years of experience leading and serving non-profit organizations. Having been raised in a military family, she has a particular appreciation for the professionalism, dedication and commitment of the men and women who serve our country and our local communities.

Sean Murphy

Sean Murphy
Director

Sean is retired from the Sarasota County Fire Department where he worked as a Firefighter/Paramedic for 20 years. During his career with the FD, Sean was a member of the Special Operations Team assigned to a FEMA Disaster Medical Response Team and a Field Training Officer in addition to being an elected board member for the Sarasota Fire Benevolent Fund. Also during his career, he was a sworn Law Enforcement Officer embedded with the Sarasota Police Department Special Weapons and Tactics Team as an Operator/ Tactical Medic. Sean brings firsthand knowledge and experience to the Sarasota Police Foundation and is committed to assisting the officers of the Sarasota Police Department.