Leadership Bonita celebrates 20-year milestone and newest class of graduates

The Bonita Springs Area Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce the graduation of its 20th Leadership Bonita class. The 2019 class graduated on February 1 at a ceremony hosted by The Terraces at Bonita Springs.

Leadership Bonita is an immersive, nine-month program that gives participants an in-depth look at the operations of Bonita Springs and the surrounding region. Day-long discovery trips focus on the following topics: the arts, crime and justice, economic development, education and the workforce, environment, government, healthcare, infrastructure, media, social issues and tourism. Graduates of the program have a firm understanding of how this region operates and how local organizations are connected.

Congratulations to the Leadership Bonita Class of 2019 graduates:

Teresa Araque                                  Hodges University

Maryann Batlle                                  Naples Daily News/The Banner

Grant Billings                                      Steinway Piano Gallery

Carrie Bloemers                                Lee Health

Dawn Brewer                                    Bonita Springs Area Chamber of Commerce

Brandy Cartaino                                Premier Commercial

Dana Eikenberg                                The Terraces at Bonita Springs

Bev Gervasi                                        Bonita Springs Fire Control & Rescue District

Trisha Goff                                          Jacobs Engineering

Angela Griffith                                   Downing Frye Realty-The Griffith Group

Yvette Grondin                                 Bonita Community Health Center

Rich Leon                                            Massage Envy Coconut Point

Wendell McClurg                              NCH Healthcare System

Lisa O’Neil                                           Lee Health

Carol Osterhout                                FineMark National Bank & Trust

Martin Pahnke                                  SWFL Marketing Group

Elissa Power                                       Arthrex

Marci Seamples                                Naples Zoo

Falon Tabares                                    Modern Woodmen of America

2019 program sponsors included: Bonita Community Health Center, Jan Kantor Success Systems, The Law Offices of John D. Spear, Platinum Media Services of SW Florida, Costco and The Terraces at Bonita Springs.

Applications to join the 21st class of Leadership Bonita will be available by the end of February at BonitaSpringsChamber.com and by request from Cindy Burgess at Cindy@BonitaSpringsChamber.com.


The Five-Star Nationally Accredited Bonita Springs Area Chamber of Commerce strives to serve members, promote a region where business can grow and prosper, and enhance the quality of life of the Bonita Springs area. The Chamber is thankful for support from its annual partners: Digital Marketing Agency, Lee Health, Naples Daily News / The Banner, NCH Healthcare System, Physicians Regional Healthcare System and The News-Press Media Group. The Chamber operates a Visitor Center at 25071 Chamber of Commerce Drive in Bonita Springs, Florida Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, please call (239) 992-2943 or visit BonitaSpringsChamber.com.

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