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Board of Directors

Board of Directors

Noelle MelansonNoelle Melanson

Board Chairperson

Attorney at Melanson Law PA

Noelle Melanson is the founder and sole shareholder of Melanson Law PA. Born in Leominister, Mass., she grew up on Prince Edward Island, Canada, and relocated to Florida in 1991.

After attending the University of Prince Edward Island, she transferred to Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, Fla., where she was awarded a bachelor's degree in social science. She received her law degree with honors from Florida State University College of Law in 2003, as well as a certificate in environmental and natural resources law.

She is a member of the Florida Bar since 2003, the Southwest Florida Bankruptcy Professionals Association, the Lee County Bar Association, the American Bar Association, the Lee County Young Professionals Chamber of Commerce, and the Florida Association of Women Lawyers.

During law school, Melanson studied abroad in Vietnam and traveled throughout Asia. The experience provided a worldwide perspective and appreciation of other legal systems, which she carries with her daily in her practice of law.

She resides in Fort Myers with her dog, Bo.

DefaultPictureRaymond Pavelka

Vice Chairperson

Mariner Properties Development

For 41 years, Ray Pavelka has been involved in the acquisition, planning, permitting, developing and marketing of several dozen resort and residential condominium projects totaling more than 2,000 units. The majority of these projects have been on the coastal islands of Captiva, Sanibel, Estero and Marco. He has volunteered with the food bank for nine years, mostly recently having rejoined the board of directors in 2012.

Craid FolkCraig Folk

Board Treasurer

Miller Helms & Folk, PA.

Craig Folk attended Vanderbilt University for his undergraduate degree and the University of Chicago for his MBA. He has over 30 years of experience as a CPA and tax accountant. He worked 18 years with the international firms of Arthur Andersen & Co. and Coopers & Lybrand LLP and is now a partner in the local firm of Miller, Helms & Folk, PA. Folk prepares tax returns and does business planning and income tax, estate tax and international tax planning for individuals and business entities. Folk is a frequent speaker throughout Southwest Florida on such topics as year end tax planning, U.S. taxation of foreign investment in U.S. real estate and charitable planned giving. Folk serves on the board of directors of the Harry Chapin Food Bank, the United Way of Lee County and the Southwest Florida Community Foundation. Folk has previously served on the boards of the Planned Giving Council of Lee County, the Southwest Florida Chapter of the Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Edison College Foundation.

Kristina RodriguezKristina Rodriguez

Board Secretary

Oversees Senior Nutrition Services & Community Service Programs

Kristina’s professional career has been devoted to overseeing Federal and State funded Nutrition and Social Services programs for seniors (that she continues to operate today). She has worked with the Mid-Carolina Area Agency on Aging in North Carolina and a move in 2004 brought her to the Area Agency on Aging in Southwest Florida. In 2006 she transitioned into the community setting providing direct oversight to the same Aging Services programs and has now been in the Aging and Nutrition field for over 12 years.

Kristina is currently the state appointed Aging Services representative on the Florida Food & Nutrition Advisory Council and was an active member of the 2010-2011 “Nutrition Subject Matter Expert Team” for the FL Dept of Elder Affairs. She is a leader in state and national advocacy to address “Senior Hunger” and is a member of the National “Feeding America” Senior Hunger Team.

Rabbi Jeremy Barras Rabbi Jeremy Barras

Board Member

Temple Beth El Rabbi

Rabbi Jeremy Barras is the rabbi of Temple Beth El of Ft. Myers. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations with a Religious Studies Minor at Connecticut College, where he also competed on the men’s tennis team. Rabbi Barras spent one semester of his junior year studying abroad at Tel Aviv University. Rabbi Barras began his studies at the Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion (JIR) in 1998. He subsequently spent one year in Jerusalem, and four years in Ohio, where he received a Masters Degree in Hebrew Letters and was ordained as a Rabbi. Rabbi Barras also earned a Masters Degree in Administrative Education and Jewish Education at Xavier University. In 2002, he was awarded the Ferdinand Isserman Prize awarded to the senior rabbinical student who, in the judgment of the faculty of the Hebrew Union College, contributed the most toward the development of community relations

Rabbi Barras is married to the light of his life, Jodi Gant Barras. They live in Fort Myers with their daughter Ella Sophia and son Ethan Abraham. In Fort Myers, Rabbi Barras served for three years as a member of the Lee County Human Services Council and as member of the Advisory Board of the Dubin Alzheimer’s Resource Center. Rabbi Barras has been appointed to the national board of the Association of Reform Zionists of America (ARZA). In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his family, playing golf and tennis, and reading. … keep this paragraph

DefaultPictureJohn Belisle

Board Member

Vice President of BB&T-Oswald Trippe & Company

John Belisle began his insurance career in 1974 with Aetna Casualty & Surety Company in Providence, R.I., as bond representative in its surety department. After transferring to Aetna’s Tulsa, Okla., branch in late 1974, he worked with independent agents throughout Oklahoma to develop a financial institution and construction-related surety business.

He graduated from The University of Rhode Island in 1974 with a degree in business administration. In 1985, he received the certified insurance counselor designation from The National Alliance for Insurance Education and Research.

Belisle also serves on the board of Alvin A. Dubin Alzheimer’s Resource Center, Inc.

DefaultPictureWilliam M. Dillon

Board Member

Shareholder, Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney and Fowler White Boggs

Bill Dillon is a commercial litigation shareholder at Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney / Fowler White Boggs.  A Florida native, he completed undergraduate and law school at the University of Florida. His practice involves all forms of business litigation, with special focuses on corporate healthcare disputes and real estate loan workout, foreclosure, receivership, and related disputes.  Bill also has general commercial jury and non-jury trial practice. His representative clients include publicly traded healthcare companies, creditors on commercial secured credit facilities, churches, country clubs, franchisors, and national shopping mall chains. Bill has been identified as a Florida Super Lawyer – Rising Star for the years 2010 through 2014.

David FryDavid Fry

Board Member

Dwell Florida

Mr. Fry was with WCI Communities, Inc., a Florida-based land developer and homebuilder, from 1995 to 2012. During that time, he held positions of Senior Vice President of Amenities and Real Estate Services between the years 2000 and 2006, Chief Operating Officer from 2006 to 2008 and President and Chief Executive Officer from 2008 to 2012. Mr. Fry also serves on the Board of Directors of United Way of Lee, Hendry & Glades Counties. He and his wife, Monique, have four daughters.

AidaJan-Erik Hustrulid

Board Member

Business Development Coordinator for Owen-Ames-Kimball Company

Jan-Erik grew up in Colorado, Florida and Sweden. He obtained a Bachelors of Science Degree in Computer Information Systems from Florida Gulf Coast University in 2003. His real passion, however, was in the real estate and construction industry so in 2002 he obtained his real estate license. In 2004 he and his twin brother, Björn, opened a real estate office in Bonita Springs appropriately named Twin Realty, Inc. and by 2006 they were selling property throughout Florida. As the real estate market softened he had the opportunity to expand into commercial construction so in November 2011 he joined the Owen-Ames-Kimball Company as Business Development Coordinator. His twin brother continues to operate Twin Realty, Inc. He currently serves on the Boards of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Lee County, Bonita Springs-Estero Economic Development Council, The Heights Foundation, YMCA Fort Myers Advisory Board, ULI SWFL Executive Committee, Charlotte Local Education Foundation Board and is a Board of Trustee for the Charlotte County Cultural Center. He is a graduate of the Leadership Hendry and Glades Counties class of 2013. He is married to his high school sweetheart, Caitlin.

Maura MatzkoMaura Matzko

Board Member

Maura Matzko retired in 2011 from Encore National Bank. Her 36-year career in banking, specializing in business development, private banking and administration, included assignments at BankOne NA, American Bankers Association and Wachovia Bank NA. Prior to moving to Florida in 2000, Ms. Matzko lived in Ohio and Virginia. She graduated from Wright State University in Fairborn, Ohio with a Bachelor of Arts and received a Master of Arts from Central Michigan University.

She has served on the United Way of Charlotte County Board of Directors since 2008, acting as Board Treasurer and Executive Committee member since 2010. Ms. Matzko chaired strategic planning efforts to transition the St. Vincent DePaul Community Pharmacy to a not-for-profit primary care clinic now known as the Virginia B Andes Community Volunteer Clinic. She served as Board President and Board Treasurer for that organization.

She is a graduate of the Charlotte County Chamber of Commerce Leadership Charlotte Class of 2004 and a member of Business & Professional Women of Charlotte County.

Maura and her husband, Rick, reside in Punta Gorda. They have one daughter, Mary Kate, and a wonderful grandson, Carter.

Kenneth (Ken) O'DonnellKenneth (Ken) O'Donnell

Board Member

Retired Florida Market President Busey Bank

Ken and his family relocated from Buffalo, New York, in 1989, and have resided in Southwest Florida since 2002. Ken graduated from Canisius College of Buffalo with a Bachelor of Arts Degree and a Masters in Business Administration. Ken is also an honors graduate from the graduate banking program at the National School of Finance and Management, Center of Financial Studies at Fairfield University, as well as a graduate of the Executive Development Program at Fairfield University.

Ken’s professional banking career spans 41 years. He held multiple leadership roles in banking, and actively volunteers throughout Southwest Florida. He is the President of Susan G. Komen of Southwest Florida, Board Member of Harry Chapin Food Bank of Southwest Florida; Executive Committee Member, Board Member, and former Chairman for The Foundation For Lee County Public Schools, former Board Member of The Horizon Council Lee County Office Of Economic Development, former Chairman of the Fort Myers/ Lee County Enterprise Zone, and former Junior Achievement volunteer instructor. Ken was a founding Board Member for the Hernando County Affiliate of Habitat for Humanity, and is a parishioner of Our Lady of Light Catholic Community.

Ken and his wife, Nadine, have been married for 39 years and reside in Bonita Springs. Nadine retired early as a school counselor in the Collier School District. The O’Donnells have two daughters, Carolyn and Diana, and a granddaughter, Natalya, who also reside in Southwest Florida.

Anne RoseAnne Rose

Board Member

Vice President Revenue Cycle Lee Memorial Health System

Ms. Rose is a member of the Rotary Club of Fort Myers and has served on various board positions. She was a founding member of the Southwest Florida Wine Fest. She served five years on the Board of Directors for PACE of Lee County, dating back to its inception in 2006. She is also a member of the Florida Hospital Association of Managed Care Professionals (FAMCP) since its inception in 1995, serving in a variety of capacities.

DefaultPictureBianca Ross

Board Member

Program Coordinator, Drug Free Hendry County

Bianca is a native Floridian who grew up in Hendry County. As the program coordinator for Drug Free Hendry County she oversees and implements the activities of The Community Coalition to prevent underage substance abuse. Additionally, as the Public Affairs Director for WAFC Classic Hits, Bianca keeps listeners abreast of current events and local issues. Her show Big Lake Now airs at 8:05 on Tuesday and Thursday mornings on WAFC Classic Hits 100.5 fm and 590 am, it also streams live through their website. Bianca is a very active and committed member of her community. She is a member of LaBelle Rotary Club, President of the Leadership Hendry / Glades Class of 2012, and serves on the boards of the LaBelle Chamber of Commerce and the LaBelle High School Advisory Committee. In her free time she likes to read, and spend time with her family. Bianca has acted in 2 plays at the Firehouse Community Theatre. Bianca and her husband Vince have two girls (ages 5 and 2) and own Vince Ross’s Prestige Paint and Finish, a faux finishing company. She is currently enrolled as a philosophy major at Florida Gulf Coast University.

Brian N. SchwartzBrian N. Schwartz, M.D.,

Director of Medical Affairs at 21st Century Oncology

Managing Partner of Florida Urology Physicians in Fort Myers

Brian N. Schwartz, M.D., is director of medical affairs at 21st Century Oncology, and managing partner of Florida Urology Physicians in Fort Myers. He earned his doctor of medicine from the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, and has board certification from the American Board of Urology. He is a diplomat of the National Board of Medical Examiners and a member of the American Urological Association.

Dr. Schwartz is on staff of HealthPark Medical Center, Cape Coral Hospital, Gulf Coast Hospital and Gladiolus Surgery Center. He also is a member of the Lee County Medical Society.

DefaultPictureP. Keith Scoggins, Jr.

Board Member

Attorney, Retired General Counsel Farm Credit System

Keith Scoggins has been an attorney with the federal Farm Credit System for more than 35 years. He is the retired Senior Vice President and General Counsel of 1st Farm Credit Services, Normal, IL. He continues to work as an attorney for Farm Credit on a part-time basis. Keith is a full-time resident of Estero, FL.
Keith is a member of the Illinois Bar Association. In the past Keith has also served on other Boards of Directors, including a captive insurance company, federal credit union, and several homeowners associations.

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