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The Governing Team


Gail Markham, Chair
CPA and Founding Partner, Markham Norton Mosteller Wright & CO., PA

Gary H. Griffin, Vice Chair & Secretary/Treasurer
Construction Professional, President and CEO B & I Contractors, Inc.

Aysegul Timur, Ph.D., Immediate Past Chair
President, Florida Gulf Coast University

Malike Adigun

Julie Ben-Susan
Retired Banker, JPMorgan, and General Manager, Shelter Island Heights POC and North Ferry Company

Juan D. Bendeck
Attorney, Shareholder, Dentons Cohen & Grigsby P.C.

Suzanne Boy
Employment Attorney and Founding Partner, Boy Agnew Potanovic Miller, PLLC

Lauren C. Drasites
Attorney, Patrone, Kemp, Bentley & Mace, P.A.

Rosemary Fllori
Executive Director, Glades County Economic Development Council

Chauncey Goss
Former Member, President’s Office of Management and Budget, Former Deputy Staff Director of the US House Budget Committee

Sally Jackson
Community Volunteer

Harrison S. Knight
Sr. Pastor of Thee Trinity Church, Agency Owner, Senior Life Insurance Company, and Real Estate Agent

Fred Moon
Former Assistant Treasurer, Morgan Guaranty Trust Company. Former Director, Surdna Foundation

Khandyce Mosely
Consultant and Grant Writer, City of Fort Myers Police Department

Dale Anne Reiss
Retired Ernst Young LLP, Global and Americas Head of Real Estate, Construction, Hospitality and Infrastructure

Lillie B. Rentz, C.M.
CEO – LBR Strategies, LLC

Karen Watson, MSW
Medical Social Worker, Lee Health, Co-founder of Impact Dunbar, Executive Director, After the Rain of Southwest FLORIDA Inc.

Senior Advisors

Audrea Anderson
Retired Teacher and Administrator Associate Vice President for Community Relations and Marketing, Florida Gulf Coast University

Jay Brett
Retired Attorney, The Sheppard Law Firm

Patricia K. Dobbins
Nurse, Teacher, Healthcare Professional. Administrator, Health Departments for Hendry and Glades Counties

Larry Allen Hobbs 
Emergency Physician at Gulf Coast Medical Center

Howard Leland
Pilot. Retired Northwest Airlines Captain

William T. Prather
Entertainment Industry Entrepreneur. Executive Producer, Owner, The Prather Family Theaters

Guy Whitesman
Attorney, Of Counsel and Immediate Past Chair, Business and Tax Department, Henderson, Franklin Starnes & Holt, P.A.



Marie Mallory Ackord
Susan Bennett
Joseph Catti
Dawn-Marie Driscoll
Robert da Frota

Guy S. Emerich
Kevin Erwin
M. William Frey, Ph. D
Chris A. Gair
Hon. Archie B. Hayward, Jr.
Lee Howington
Jerry Hussey 
Charles K. Idelson
Donna Kaye
D. Hugh Kinsey, Jr.

David Lucas 
Joe Mazurkiewicz, Jr., Ph. D
Jim McFadden
Melvin Morgan 
Jim Nathan
Steve Pontius 
Robbie Roepstorff
J. Tom Smoot, Jr., Co-Founder

Gene Solomon
Gay Rebel Thompson
Karson Turner

Scott White
Steven R. Whitley, CPA