Carol Conyne Rescigno joined the Brady Sarasota chapter eight years ago and is its second president. She is committed to gun reform and to raising awareness in Sarasota and the state to help in those efforts. A nomadic Army brat as a kid, she is a graduate of the University of Florida and worked at the Sarasota Herald-Tribune for five years in the 1970s. She was the metro editor there when she accepted a position at Newsday on Long Island and moved to New York. She remained there for the better part of 30 years and was Newsday’s deputy foreign editor when she left in 2008. She then taught as an adjunct professor and did special projects at Stony Brook University’s Journalism School for four years before returning to Sarasota nine years ago.
State Executive Committee Member
Dana Sanchez-Quist has been instrumental in the GVP movement since 1999. She helped organize the Million Mom March, the largest protest against gun violence until the March for Our Lives. Dana wrote the roadmap for 236 Million Mom March chapters to be formed nationwide and coordinated the 2001 merger with Brady. Dana is the national Spanish language and Florida spokesperson for Brady.
Florida State Legislative Lead
Cristina has been a dedicated advocate of gun violence prevention since the massacre at Columbine High School in her home state of Colorado. She is a member of the Brady Florida State Executive Committee and has worked with Brady Florida on both Team Enough and as a legislative lead. Cristina has worked with middle and high school students on school and community projects in support of gun violence prevention, anti-bullying, mental wellness, and suicide prevention. Her efforts have helped lead to safe storage information and gun locks being made available in pediatricians' offices throughout Orlando. Protecting schools and the public- -at-large from avoidable tragedies with safer firearm legislation and a greater understanding of the inherent dangers of guns is a motivation that continuously inspires her.