Cultivating, Inspiring & Challenging Our Region's Leaders

Leadership Bonita is a signature professional development program offering hands-on, behind-the-scenes curriculum designed to develop leadership skills and community stewardship.

The intensive nine-month program includes the following topics:

Arts & Culture



Social Issues

Crime & Justice







Economic Development

Since 1999, Leadership Bonita has been introducing participants to the inner workings of Bonita Springs and the Southwest Florida region through an intensive nine-month program.

Members participate in educational sessions, tours and candid conversations with community leaders to gain a better understanding of the community they call home.

Leadership Bonita participants are business professionals seeking to develop their leadership skills and a commitment to community leadership. Program participants develop life-long friendships and enduring professional connections. The program begins in May and concludes in early February.

Build professional relationships that last a lifetime

To learn more about partnership opportunities and about participating in the Class of 2020 contact Cindy Burgess

Welcome to the Leadership Bonita Class of 2019!

  • Teresa Araque, Hodges University
  • Maryann Batlle, Naples Daily News
  • Grant Billings, Steinway Piano Gallery
  • Carrie Bloemers, Lee Health
  • Dawn Brewer, Bonita Springs Chamber
  • Brandy Cartaino, Premier Commercial
  • Dana Eikenberg, The Terraces Bonita Springs
  • Bev Gervasi, Bonita Springs Fire Control District
  • Trisha Goff, Jacobs Engineering
  • Angela Griffith, Downing Frye - 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