Leadership & Staff

Marcus Braz

Marcus Braz

Chief Executive Officer

Marcus joined HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Sarasota in 2010. He is responsible for the hospital’s day-to-day operations. Prior to his time at HealthSouth Sarasota, Marcus served in leadership roles at HealthSouth Sunrise Rehabilitation Hospital and several leadership roles at St. Lucie Medical Center on the east coast of Florida for 14 years. Marcus completed his undergraduate studies at Stonehill College in Massachusetts, received his master’s degree at Arcadia University as well as a doctorate in physical therapy from Temple University.

Alexander Dejesus

Alexander DeJesus, M.D.

Medical Director

Dr. DeJesus is medical director and chief medical officer at HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Sarasota. A graduate of Harvard University, Dr. DeJesus completed his medical studies at Rutgers University Medical School. He went on to perform two internships in surgery at Staten Island Hospital in New York. Additionally, Dr. DeJesus completed his residency in physical medicine and rehabilitation at New York University’s Rusk Institute. He is certified by the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and twice has been awarded Medical Director of the Year by HealthSouth.

Alexander DeJesus, M.D. is an independent private practice physician whose office is located at the hospital.

Nancy Arnold

Nancy Arnold

Director of Marketing Operations

Nancy received a diploma in nursing from Deaconess Hospital in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Alverno College in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and a master’s degree in nursing from the University of Wisconsin. Prior to moving to Florida, she was an assistant professor at Columbia College of Nursing. Nancy also has served as vice president of clinical services for Pegasus Airwave, Inc. She has conducted and published research in the area of wound care and has presented the results both domestically and internationally.

Michael Bartell

Michael Bartell

Associate Administrator

Michael joined HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Sarasota in 2014 as the associate administrator. Prior to this, Michael served in various leadership positions in the acute care setting in California, overseeing service line operations, business development, and quality. Michael completed his undergraduate degree in health science at Fresno Pacific University and obtained his Master of Public Health degree from Loma Linda University in California. He is a fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives.

Brenda Benner

Brenda Benner

Director of Human Resources

Brenda Benner received her Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Human Resources Management from Franklin University in Columbus, Ohio, and her Masters of Human Resources Management from the University of Phoenix. She also holds the Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) certification from the Human Resources Certification Institute. Brenda has over 14 years of human resources experience, with an emphasis on employee relations, recruiting, and safety. Prior to joining HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Sarasota in 2011, she worked in human resources leadership roles in healthcare facilities in Florida and Ohio.

Barbara-Bierut

Barbara Bierut

Controller

Barb has more than 25 years of accounting leadership experience. She earned her bachelor’s degree in accounting from State University of New York at Buffalo, a master’s degree in accounting from Nova Southeastern University and holds an active Florida CPA license. Barb is a member of the Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

Jacqueline Juenger

Jackie Juenger, RN, MSN

Chief Nursing Officer

Jackie has 14 years of nursing and leadership experience with a focus on quality and patient satisfaction. She earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Illinois and then completed her bachelor’s and master’s degree in nursing from the University of Missouri. Prior to her position at HealthSouth Sarasota, Jackie served in leadership roles at Fawcett Memorial Hospital in Port Charlotte, Florida, and Boone Hospital Medical Center in Columbia, Missouri.

Irene Nobles

Irene Nobles, RN, LHRM

Quality/Risk Management Director

Irene is a nurse executive with 22 years of health care experience with a focus on facility operations, regulatory compliance, quality and patient safety. She earned an associate degree in nursing from Cypress College and master’s degree in nursing, with a specialty in leadership and management, from Walden University in Baltimore. Irene’s passion and commitment to healthcare quality and patient safety led to the expansion of her career as a licensed health care risk manager which she obtained through the University of Florida. Prior to her position at HealthSouth Sarasota, Irene served as the director of nursing at Florida Institute for Neurologic Rehabilitation in Wachula, Florida, and has held various leadership roles in California.

Karen Slade

Karen Slade

Director of Therapy Operations

Karen Slade received her bachelor’s degree in occupational therapy from McMaster University, in Ontario, Canada.   Prior to joining HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Sarasota in 2010, she worked in inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation services in the Port Charlotte area for 17 years as a care provider and in leadership roles. She is certified in neurodevelopmental therapy (NDT), and a certified hand therapist. Most recently she served as the director of therapy services in a hospital-based inpatient rehabilitation unit.  She also served on staff at Florida Gulf Coast University in the occupational therapy program.