Richard Borel graduated from The Ohio State University in 1964 with a Bachelor of Science in Marketing. He was active in Beta Gamma Sigma and Phi Gamma Delta. Dick then completed is MBA in Finance at The Wharton School in 1966.
Throughout his career Mr. Borel has served in Sales, Marketing, and Promotion for both digital and print media. Former employers or clients when he ran his own consulting company include AOL, digital city Boston, and Metro International the world’s largest newspaper. In these positions he recruited, trained and managed sales staff and managers.
Dick relocated to Naples, FL in 2003 and served as the Director of e-commerce for Premier Properties until 2008 when he joined E.W. Scripps to lead an Innovation Team at the Naples Daily News. His employment as Advertising Director of the Naples Daily News continued for over 12 years.
a member of the Naples City Council, is publisher of “Life in Naples,” a high-end magazine covering all aspects of Naples life. A longtime civic philanthropist and leader, Buxton has served on over twenty-five charity and city/county advisory boards. He is current chair of the Collier County MPO board and serves on the Florida MPO Board of Governors. He has done contract work for foreign governments and advised U.S. federal agencies. He also started and sold companies in the U.S., Caribbean and Asia.
a retired IBM marketing executive whose career spanned 35 years, worked in 29 overseas countries and resided in seven. He has an engineering degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic. A Naples resident for 22 years, Easton has served on the boards of the Port Royal POA, Naples Council of World Affairs, Greater Naples Leadership, International Men’s Club of America, Forum Club and the Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce. He has been involved with fire district funding and operations, having served on the Naples and Collier Fire Administration Committees.
cofounder and past president of the Collier Citizens Council, is a local icon. He has chaired the Tourist Development Council, Collier County Presidents Council, Gulf Shore Condominium Association and the Holocaust Museum of Southwest Florida. His many honors include the Community Leadership Award (2010), the Collier County Community Service Award (2015) and the Florida Jewish History Award (2017). A CPA, Hendel worked for the IRS and Gelco Corp., where he served as senior vice president. He received the National Presidential Award from President Lyndon Johnson in 1964.
Secretary — Nancy Kerns
past president of the Greater Naples Better Government Committee, is a graduate of Indiana University’s school of business. An entrepreneur who started and ran a candle manufacturing business, she managed the Naples Visitor Information Center for many years and worked for the Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce and the Marco Island and Everglade City Visitors Bureaus. She currently serves on the Tourist Development Council and the Calusa Bay board of directors.
a retired neurosurgeon, practiced for over thirty years specializing in cerebrovascular surgery. He got his medical degree at the Medical College of Wisconsin and did residencies at New York University and the University of Florida. He later taught at Yale and the New York Medical College, where he is currently a Clinical Professor of Neurosurgery. A founding partner of Brain and Spine Surgeons of New York, Lansen has served on many national boards. He was recently named to the Collier County ad hoc Committee on Mental Health and Substance Abuse.
President – Mike Lyster
chair of the Collier County Productivity Committee, is a U.S. Navy veteran and national expert on nuclear power. He managed nuclear power plants in three states and served on safety review and audit boards. Lyster has been active in the Boy Scouts of America for over 50 years, having served as council president, and is current secretary of the Sons of the American Revolution and the Submarine Veterans. He is past president of the Collier County Republican Executive Committee.
Membership Chairman – Ian McKeag,
a financial restructuring executive, founded and ran a small local M&A firm, the Scottish Capital Group. A graduate of Amherst College, McKeag managed impaired corporate and real estate assets for bank holding companies in Houston, Washington DC and New York City. A founding member of the Collier Citizens Council, he also served on the Pelican Bay Foundation board.
Vice President -Linda Penniman
president-elect of Greater Naples Leadership, is a founding member of the Collier Citizens Council. She has had a remarkable career of civic and community service in the Naples area, including Naples City Councilperson and vice-mayor of Naples. Penniman was also past chair of the Coastal Advisory Committee and previous president of the Moorings POA. She is currently on the Naples Art Association and Naples Council of World Affairs boards. She was named a Woman of Initiative in 2016 by the Collier County Community Foundation.
Studied at Colby Junior College and Mount Ida College. Entrepreneur who developed and ran her own retail business of home furnishings, accessories and interior design services. She currently serves on the Board of Directors at Calusa Bay.
Treasurer — Bob Raymond
cofounder of the Collier Citizens Council, has been a full-time Naples resident for 21 years. A graduate of the Rochester Institute of Technology, he was a marketing executive for DuPont and Enthone OMI. Locally he owned and operated “The Coffee Beanery” in downtown Naples for many years. Raymond has served on many local boards, including the Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce, Gulf Shore Association and the Collier County Presidents Council. He is a current member of the Coastal Advisory Committee and past treasurer of the Greater Naples Better Government Committee.
Charlette Roman – Advisor
an MBA and Army War College graduate, is a retired U.S. Army colonel with 26 years of military service. She commanded the U.S. Army Garrison at Ft. Gordon, Georgia. Currently a member of the Marco Island City Council, she is past commissioner of the Collier County Planning Commission and past chair of the Marco Island Planning Board. Roman was awarded the prestigious Collier County Audubon Society Fellowship in 2009. Gov. Ron DeSantis recently appointed her to the governing board of the South Florida Water Management District. That appointment includes the chairmanship of the Big Cypress Basin Board.
A licensed professional engineer, Mr. Roth previously worked in Westchester County, NY, serving as president and managing partner of JMC, PLLC, a consulting firm dealing in civil engineering, landscape architecture and environmental studies. He also served in executive capacities for numerous non-profit organizations. Now retired and a resident of Marco Island, Roth was a prior member of the Marco Island Waterways Advisory Committee and is cofounder and managing partner of Clean Marco Waters, LLC. He is also a member of the county’s Coastal Advisory Committee, serving as chair of its Water Quality sub-committee
Past President – Dave Trecker
Cofounder and past president of the Collier Citizens Council, Trecker is a PhD chemist (University of Chicago) and retired senior vice president of Pfizer. Locally, he has chaired the Pelican Bay Foundation, Pelican Bay POA, Pelican Bay Services Division, Greater Naples Better Government Committee and Collier County Presidents Council. He was named Pelican Bay “Person of the Year” in 2014. Trecker currently serves as chair of the Coastal Advisory Committee and writes a column for Florida Weekly.
current president of the Men’s Republican Club and former chairman of the Collier County Republican Party, is president of Social-Impact, a public relations firm specializing in electronic media, websites and outreach. He serves on the board of the Public Relations Society of America. In the media business since childhood, he won first prize for general excellence in the 2009 Florida Press Association Newspaper competition. He is active in Golden Gate politics and governance.
is a retired partner of PricewaterhouseCooper, specializing in investment management. He holds degrees from Boston College (BS) and the University of Massachusetts (MS). Being financially practiced, he has previously served on numerous boards, including the Cape Cod Center for the Arts, the New England Aquarium, MFS Family of Funds, and Anatolia College (Greece). Uek is currently a Trustee of the Raymond Moore Foundation (MA), Classic Chamber Concerts (Naples), The Naples Players (Naples) and the American Farm School & Perrotis College (Greece).
Van Zandt Williams
Van Zandt Williams is a 1965 graduate of Princeton University, where he majored in chemistry. He received his Ph.D. in Physical Organic Chemistry from Yale University in 1968. Following his graduate work, he joined Union Carbide, where he held successive positions in research, business planning, financial analysis, field sales, and licensing.
Dr. Williams was appointed Vice President for Development for Princeton University in March of 1980, and he retired from that position in February of 2002. Since retiring, he has devoted time to a number of non-profit and for-profit Boards.
Eugene Wordehoff has an MBA in Finance from the University of Chicago and has a PhD(ABD) in Industrial Engineering from Northwestern. His career includes 40 years of corporate management and consulting with Fortune 500 companies. He and his wife are long-time residents of Marco Island where Mr. Wordehoff serves on the Waterways Advisory Committee. He is also a member of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary and serves on the Collier County Water & Wastewater Authority. He is currently enrolled in the Florida Gulf Coast University Water School, seeking an MS in Environmental Science.