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TIF Staff

  • Steven Kissinger
    Executive Director
  • Linda Avalos
    Administrative Assistant, Program Services
  • Amber Barr
    Program Specialist, After-School Tutoring
  • Laura Cadiz
    Administrator
  • George Camp
    Data Entry Specialist
  • Yeimi Casteneda
    Student Services Coordinator, Take Stock in Children
  • Victoria Grimaldo
    Program Events Coordinator
  • Daniel Hernandez
    Program Specialist, Post-Secondary & Career Success
  • Elda Hernandez
    Program Services Manager
  • Michelle Kennedy
    Mentor & Volunteer Coordinator
  • Yasmin Mohammed
    Finance Director
  • Noemi Perez
    Program Services Director
  • Savannah Perry
    Development Assistant
  • Marisol Sanders
    Program Specialist, Immokalee Readers
  • Laura Simmelink
    Stewardship and Donor Relations Director
  • Yaresly Trejo
    Program Specialist, Take Stock in Children
  • John Vinton
    Program Specialist, Career Development
  • Kelsey Wright
    Development Coordinator

Board of Directors

  • Joyce Hagen

    Joyce Hagen

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    Affiliations:

    • Foundation Trustee and Foundation Board Vice Chair, University of Louisville
    • Board of Trustees and Capital Campaign Co-Chair, Valparaiso University
    • Board of Trustees, Bellarmine University
    • Former Board of Trustees, University of Louisville
    • Former Board of Trustees, Louisville Opera
    • Former Board of Trustees, Louisville Kidney Foundation
    • Former Commerce Board, Kentucky Chamber

    Professional Experience:

    • Chief Marketing and Strategy Officer, Executive VP, AmeriHealth Mercy Family of Companies
    • President, Southeast Regional, AmeriHealth Mercy Family Health Plans
    • CEO, Passport Healthplan; Senior VP, Blue Cross of Kentucky
    • Senior Consultants, Ernst and Young; Director of Health Service, Cigna Health Plan
    Chair, Board of Directors
  • Alison Douglas

    Alison Douglas

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    Education: 

    • Rutgers University, B.A.
    • Cornell Law School, J.D.

    Affiliations:

    • Estate Planning Council of Collier County
    • Florida Bar Association
    • Connecticut Bar Association
    • Planned Parenthood of Collier County, Board of Directors
    • Foster Care Council, Board of Directors
    • Community Foundation of Collier County, Director Emeritus

    Professional Experience:

    • Cummings & Lockwood, Principal
    • Florida Private Clients’ Group, Chair
    Board Secretary
  • James Markiewicz

    James Markiewicz

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    Bio Coming Soon!

    Board Treasurer
  • Michael Benson

    Michael Benson

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    Affiliations:

    • Trustee- Naples Historical Society
    • Trustee- The Abused Women and Children
    • Genesis Trustee- Imagine Solutions
    • Past Board Chairman – David Lawrence center

    Professional Experience:

    • Insurance Management Consultants, Chairman and CEO
    Board Member
  • Charles Campbell

    Charles Campbell

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    Education: 

    • Stanford University, BA
    • University of Chicago, MBA
    • U.S. Army officer

    Affiliations:

    • Bonita Bay Club, Advisory Board Former Member
    • Bonita Bay Club, Board of Directors Treasurer
    • Bonita Bay Club, Board of Directors Finance Committee Chairman
    • Knollwood Club, Lake Forest, Ill., Former Treasurer

    Professional Experience:

    • Arthur Andersen & Co, CPA
    • Partner of a strategic management consulting firm
    Board Member
  • Luis Cartagena

    Luis Cartagena

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    Bio Coming Soon!

    Board Member
  • John Costigan

    John Costigan

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    Education: 

    • Fordham University, BA (1964)
    • Columbia University, LLB (1967)
    • University of Chicago, MBA (1978)

    Affiliations:

    • Metropolitan Family Services, Board of Directors (social service agency in Chicago)
    • Columbia University School of Law, Board of Visitors

    Professional Experience:

    • Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary, Premark International, Inc. (1986–1999)
    • Vice President and Associate General Counsel, and Vice President for Investor Relations, Kraft, Inc. (1970–1986)
    • Attorney, Bigham, Englar, Jones & Houston (1967–1970)
    Board Member
  • Curt Culver

    Curt Culver

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    Bio coming soon!

    Board Member
  • Don Gunther

    Don Gunther

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    Education: 

    • BSCE – University of Missouri Science & Technology

    Affiliations:

    • Ingage Networks, Chairman of the Board
    • Naples Children & Education Foundation, Past Chairman
    • Naples Winter Wine Festival, Past Chairman
    • Bay Colony Community Association,  Past Chairman
    • ASCE and ASME,  Retired member

    Professional Experience:

    • Bechtel Group,  Retired Vice Chairman
    • Construction Industry Institute Executive Committee, Former member f
    • Recipient of the CII Award of Excellence
    • World Economic Forum Board of Governors, Former Member
    • World Energy Council, Former Member
    • United States Energy Association, the U. S.–Russia Business, Former Member of the Boards of directors of the Council, and the British-North American Committee
    Board Member
  • Cynthia Janssen

    Cynthia Janssen

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    Education:

    • University of Kansas – Ph.D. (1982), M.S. E. (1977)
    • Emporia State University, KS – B.S.E. (1973)

    Affiliations:

    • Leadership Collier Class of 2008
    • Immokalee High School Restructuring Committee/Community Assessment Team Chair
    • Take Stock in Children, Mentor
    • Southwest Florida Workforce Development, Board Member
    • United Way Campaign, Co-Chair
    • CCPS Character Council of Collier County, Board Member

    Professional Experience:

    • CCPS, Assistant Superintendent & Chief Academic Officer (2004–08)
    • Baltimore City Public Schools, Assistant Superintendent (1997–2004)
    • New York City Public Schools, District 75 Superintendent (1992–97)
    • Philadelphia Public Schools, Director & Administrator (1982–92)
    • University of Kansas, Research Assistant & Statistics Tutor (1978–82)
    • Kansas Department of Education, Principal & Teacher (1973–78)
    Board Member
  • Kevin Johnson

    Kevin Johnson

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    Education:

    • Florida Atlantic University, Bachelor of Science in Economics

    Affiliations:

    • The Immokalee Foundation - Pro-Am Chair
    • Naples Take a Soldier Fishing - Committee member
    • National Kidney Foundation of Florida, Golf Committee Member
    • Nike Tour and Golden Bear Tour Professional Golf Tours, Former Participant
    • South West Florida Council Boy Scouts of America - Former District Chairman
    • The First Tee Naples / Collier - Board Member / Trustee
    Board Member
  • Malcolm "Mac" McDonald

    Malcolm "Mac" McDonald

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    Education:

    • B.B.A. Finance – University of Minnesota

    Professional Experience:

    • Banker
    • Signet Banking Company of Richmond, VA, Retired Chairman and CEO
    Board Member
  • Peter Negri

    Peter Negri

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    Education:

    • Boston College, BS
    • Tuck School, Dartmouth College, MBA

    Affiliations:

    • Remington Condo Board, President
    • Garden City Golf Club, Member
    • Garden City Country Club, Member
    • Bay Colony Golf Club, Member
    • Committee to Save St. Paul’s, President
    • Village of Garden City, Former Trustee

    Professional Experience:

    • Bearing Specialists Association, Former President
    Board Member
  • Don O'Neill

    Don O'Neill

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    Education: 

    • Malvern Preparatory School
    • Dartmouth College, B.A. Economics

    Affiliations:

    • PM Company, Board of Directors
    • Beneficial Mutual Savings Bank, Board of Directors
    • World Presidents Organization, Member
    • Take Stock in Children, Mentor

    Professional Experience:

    • PM Company, Chairman
    Board Member
  • Louise Penta

    Louise Penta

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    Education:

    • Formally trained as an operating room nurse

    Affiliations:

    • Beach Garden Representative of Barefoot Beach Owner’s Association, Board of Directors
    • Joslin Diabetes Center, Member
    • Joslin Diabetes Center Diamond Gala in 2006, Chairperson
    • Boston University School of Medicine,  Member
    • Take Stock in Children, Mentor
    Board Member
  • Steve Pryor

    Steve Pryor

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    Bio coming soon!

    Board Member
  • Robert Schoonmaker

    Robert Schoonmaker

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    Bio Coming Soon!

    Board Member
  • Ann Stallkamp

    Ann Stallkamp

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    Bio Coming Soon!

    Board Member
  • Pablo Veintimilla

    Pablo Veintimilla

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    Education:

    • University of South Florida, B.A. in Business Administration
    • University of South Florida, Master of Business  Administration
    • ABA Stonier Graduate School of Banking

    Affiliations:

    • Lee Memorial Health System Foundation, Board of Directors and Finance Committee
    • Holocaust Museum of Southwest Florida,  Advisory Council Member
    • St. Francis Xavier School, Finance Committee
    • David Lawrence Center, Board of Directors
    • David Lawrence Center, Former  Executive committee and Prior Chairman of Finance Committee

    Professional Experience:

    • Southwest Florida for Stonegate Bank, Market President
    • Hillcrest Bank Florida, Past CFO, Interim President, and CEO
    • Philharmonic Center for the Arts, Past CFO& Treasurer
    • DSI Laboratories, Past CFO & Controller
    • First National Bank of Florida, Past  Assistant Vice President
    • Nations Bank, Assistant Vice President
    • Barnett Bank, Relationship Banking Officer
    Board Member
  • Joseph Zednik

    Joseph Zednik

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    Education:

    • Illinois Institute of Technology Economics, English, and Liberal Arts; Bachelor of Arts in 1964

    Affiliations:

    • Prescient Ridge Management, LLC, Chairman
    • Chicago Board of Trade, Former Member
    • Chicago Board of Options, Former Member
    • Chicago Mercantile Exchange, Former Member
    • Eurex National Futures Association, Former Member
    • Take Stock in Children, Mentor

    Professional Experience:

    • Montgomery Ward, Manager of Data Processing
    • Independent Trader in Chicago
    • LakeShore Trading, LLC, CEO
    • Prescient Ridge Fund, LLC, CEO
    Board Member
  • George Franks

    George Franks

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    Education: 

    • Christian Brothers University, B.S. Mechanical Engineering

    Affiliations:

    • Commons “R” Assoc.  President, Board of Directors
    • Commons “A” Assoc.  President, Board of Directors
    • LeCiel Park Tower Assoc. V. P., Board of Directors
    • Bay Colony Golf Club, Membership Committee
    • Christian Brothers University, Distinguished Alumnus of the Year (1998)

    Professional Experience:

    • Teletype Corp., Research and Development
    • Senior Industries, Inc., Founder/Sole Owner
    • Granted over 50 U.S. Patents
    Board Emeritus
  • Blake Gable

    Blake Gable

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    Education:

    • Tulane University, B.A. History
    • Florida Gulf Coast University, M.B.A.

    Affiliations:

    • United Way, Board of Directors
    • Randy Roberts Foundation, Board of Directors
    • Leadership Florida program, Leadership Council of Advisors
    • YMCA, Trustee

    Professional Experience:

    • Legislative Director for U.S. Representative Ed Pastor (AZ)
    • Barron Collier Companies, Project Manager for the Town of Ave Maria
    • Barron Collier Companies, President of Real Estate Development and Mineral Management
    Board Emeritus
  • John Henry

    John Henry

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    Education: 

    • Amherst College, BA
    • Harvard Business School, MBA

    Affiliations:

    • David Lawrence Foundation, Board of Directors
    • Chester County Community Foundation, Secretary/Treasurer
    • Chester County Futures, Chairman
    • Waynesborough Country Club, President  & Treasurer
    • Take Stock in Children, Mentor

    Professional Experience:

    • Rex Medical, LLP, COO/Partner
    • Keystone Natural Water, CEO
    • Abar Ipsen International, CEO
    • King Fifth Wheel, Group Vice President
    • Arthur Young & Co., Principal
    Board Emeritus
  • W.R. "Skip" Hildebrand

    W.R. "Skip" Hildebrand

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    Affiliations:

    • Savanah United Way, Past Board Member

    Professional Experience:

    • Fiatallis Inc., CEO
    • Great Dane Trailers, CEO
    • Bucyrus International, CEO
    • Schwitzer Inc., Director
    • Carolina Steel Corporation, Director
    • Qualitor Inc., Director
    • LeeBoy Inc., Director
    • Bucyrus International, Director
    Board Emeritus
  • Will Larson

    Will Larson

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    Education: 

    • University of Pennsylvania, B.S. in Economics

    Affiliations:

    • M & T Bank, Board of Directors
    • Pratt & Lambert, Board of Directors
    • Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, Chairman
    • Children’s Hospital of Buffalo, Vice Chairman
    • Greater Buffalo Development Foundation, Vice Chairman

    Professional Experience:

    • Westwood Squibb Pharmaceuticals, President & CEO
    • Bristol Myers Squibb, Senior Vice President
    Board Emeritus
  • Lisa Merritt

    Lisa Merritt

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    Education: 

    • Arizona State University, B.A. in Business Administration & P.R. Communications
    • Nova Southeastern University, Certificate of Financial Planning

    Affiliations:

    • Conservancy of SW Florida, Director (2007–Present)
    • David Lawrence Foundation, Chairman (2001–2003)
    • Boys & Girls Club of Collier County, Chairman (2002)
    • Boys & Girls Club of Collier County, Board Member (1996–2002)

    Professional Experience:

    • JP Morgan Private Bank, S.W. Florida Market Manager (Present)
    • Chase Manhattan Personal Financial Services, District Manager (Former)
    • Integrated Living Communities, a NASDAQ listed assisted living company, Prior Director
    Board Emeritus
  • Peggy Redlinger

    Peggy Redlinger

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    Affiliations:

    • Christ Child Society of Naples, Member
    • First Books of Naples, Member
    • Take Stock in Children, Mentor
    Board Emeritus
  • Jay "Dick" Stonesifer

    Jay "Dick" Stonesifer

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    Education: 

    • Teterboro School of Aeronautics
    • Harvard AMP

    Affiliations:

    • Bay Colony Golf Club, Member
    • Old Collier Golf Club, Member
    • Covenant Presbyterian Church, Member

    Professional Experience:

    • GE Appliances, Retired CEO
    Board Emeritus

Partner Agencies & Corporate Sponsors

  • Arthrex, Inc.
  • Ave Maria University
  • BNY Mellon Wealth Management
  • Barron Collier Companies
  • Bay Colony Golf Club
  • Bessemer Trust
  • Bigham Jewelers
  • Bleu Provence
  • Boston Red Sox
  • Camp Deerwood
  • Camp Joslin
  • Captiva Cruises
  • Cason Photography
  • Caterpillar Foundation
  • Central Bank
  • Charlie McDonald Photography
  • Collier County Courthouse
  • Collier County Public Schools
  • Collier County Sheriff's Office
  • Collier Enterprises
  • Corn Products Intl.
  • Corporate Dimensions, Inc.
  • Cummings & Lockwood LLC
  • FMC Technologies
  • Facial Plastic Surgery Center
  • Fifth Third Bank
  • Fites Family Charitable Trust
  • Fleming’s Steakhouse
  • Florida Community Bank
  • Florida Gulf Coast University
  • Florida SouthWestern State College
  • Florida State University College of Medicine
  • Florida Weekly
  • GE Foundation
  • Galaxy Golf
  • Gantrade Corporation
  • Golfsmith
  • Guidance Program for Success
  • Gulfshore Playhouse
  • HSBC - North America
  • Hamilton Harbor Yacht Club
  • Haynes Corporation
  • Healthcare Network of Southwest Florida
  • Hilton Naples
  • Hodges University
  • Huntington Bank
  • IBERIABANK
  • Immokalee Chamber of Commerce
  • Immokalee Fire Control District
  • Immokalee Technical Center
  • Inn on FIfth
  • Insurance Management Consultants, LLC
  • JBT Corporation
  • JPMorgan Chase
  • Jaguar Naples
  • Kelly Tractor / Kelly Foundation, Inc.
  • Kingsley Pines
  • Lipman Produce
  • Little Palm Island Resort & Spa
  • MCreative PR LLC
  • Marilyn's on Fifth
  • McKenney Home Care
  • McQuaid & Company
  • Montecalvo & Associates
  • Morgan Stanley Private Wealth Management
  • NCH Healthcare Systems, Inc.
  • Naples Children & Education Foundation
  • Naples Daily News
  • Naples Illustrated
  • Norman Love Confections
  • Pelican Isle Yacht Club
  • Pelican Marsh Nine Holers
  • Pelican Marsh Tennis Club
  • Porsche of Naples
  • Preferred Travel of Naples, Inc.
  • Publix Supermarkets, Inc.
  • Purely You Spa, LLC
  • Quail Creek Country Club
  • Rush Foundation, Inc.
  • Salazar Machine & Steel
  • Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation
  • Seasons 52
  • Shula’s Steakhouse
  • Southwest Florida Workforce Development Board, Inc.
  • Sunshine Ace / A Wynn Family Company
  • Take Stock in Children
  • The Arlington of Naples
  • The Hertz Corporation
  • The Jackson Center
  • The News-Press
  • The Old Collier Golf Club
  • The Ritz-Carlon Golf Resort, Naples
  • The Ritz-Carlton, Naples
  • Thomas Riley Artisans Guild
  • Tory’s Total Hair Care
  • Vergina
  • WPX Energy