Congratulations to the 2009-2010 Leadership Bonita Class!
Leadership Bonita is a nine-month educational program that covers the many different aspects of the community. It is designed to hone leadership skills, create the opportunity for personal growth, and help participants learn more about the Bonita Springs area. The monthly sessions are both fun, informative, and provide one-on-one networking with community leaders.
Participants are selected based upon their leadership roles within their organization and represent a cross-section of the community, including business, education, government, non-for-profit and also citizens at-large. The Leadership Bonita class is proud to boast more than 200 graduates of the program since its inception in 1998.
2009-2010 Leadership Bonita Class:
Laura Ambrose, Insurance Producer, Brown & Brown Insurance
Joseph Ariola, Senior Vice President, Key Bank
William “Bill” Banfield, Financial Advisor, Wells Fargo Advisors
Jasen Berube, Realtor, Downing-Frye Realty, Inc. dba Encompass Realty Group
Lissa Craig-Ford, Sales Manager, The News-Press
Claudie Delgado-Feeney, D.M.D., Partner, Bonita Estero Dental Group
Bob DiPesa, Sales Manager, Wholesale Screen Printing & Embroidery
Gail Dolan, Ed. D., R.N., M.A., CNAA, Chief Operating Officer, NCH – North Naples Hospital
Chad Gillis, Editor – The Banner, Naples News Media Group
Nicole Giuliano, Asst. Public Education & Information Officer, Bonita Springs Fire Control & Rescue District
Steven Kissinger, Chief Financial Officer,
Children’s Advocacy Center of Collier County
John Kozak, Senior Vice President, FineMark Bank
Joseph Murgalo, General Manager, Hyatt Regency Resort & Spa
Sean Murphy, Senior Account Manager, RBC Bank
Meredith Pooler, Account/Marketing Executive, Carter-Pritchett Outdoor Advertising, Inc.
Adam Sedwick, Lieutenant, Lee County Sheriff’s Office
William Shikany, Owner/Director, Shikany’s Bonita Funeral Home
Maribel Slabaugh, Executive Director, Bonita Springs Assistance Office
James Underwood, Executive Director, YMCA of the Palms – Bonita Springs
We would like to acknowledge our Leadership Steward, Downing-Frye Realty, Inc. – The Saunders Group for their support of the program. Their generosity, coupled with the efforts of the Leadership Bonita Alumni Association and Coconut Point’s Taste of Coconut event, will enable us to grant scholarships to some of those who qualify for the 2009-2010 class.