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 aw.
Ms. Melanson is licensed to practice law in all State Courts in Florida and the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida. 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.
Mariner Properties Development
Bio coming soon
Miller Helms & Folk, PA.
Craig 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. Craig prepares tax returns and does business planning and income tax, estate tax and international tax planning for individuals and business entities. Craig 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. Craig serves on the board of directors of the Harry Chapin Food Bank, the United Way of Lee County and the Southwest Florida Community Foundation. Craig 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.
Brian 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.
Director of Housing for Hendry County
Aida Barnhart has a passion for fighting hunger and homelessness. She has been housing director for Hendry County since 2007, and previously worked for Bank of America.
Barnhart serves on numerous boards and is deeply involved in the Southwest Florida community. She is the mother of one daughter and resides in LaBelle.
Rabbi Jeremy Barras
Temple Beth El Rabbi
Rabbi Jeremy Barras is the rabbi of Temple Beth El of Ft. Myers, Fl. 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 (HUC-JIR) in 1998. He subsequently spent one year in Jerusalem, and four years in Cincinnati, OH, 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 conjunction with HUC-JIR. 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.
Before being ordained, Rabbi Barras served as a student rabbi for congregations in Grand Forks, ND, Valparaiso, IN, and Cincinnati, OH. From 2002-2007, Rabbi Barras served as Associate Rabbi at Temple Beth El in Charlotte, NC. While in Charlotte, Rabbi Barras served as a board member of the National Conference for Community and Justice (NCCJ), the Superintendent’s Interfaith Advisory Board of Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, and a member of the Youth Committee of the Central Conference of American Rabbis (CCAR).
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.
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.
Belisle joined Oswald Trippe and Company, Inc., in 1985 and served as senior vice president and director prior to the company’s acquisition by BB&T. His expertise in specialized risk management supports many of the company’s large commercial accounts.
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.
Jo Anna Bradshaw
Since moving to Southwest Florida in 2007 with her husband, Dr. Wilson G. Bradshaw, Jo Anna has become involved with a number of local organizations aimed at ending hunger and homelessness. Bradshaw co-chaired the Food Bank’s 2011 and 2012 Golf Classic and served as co-chair of the 2009 and 2010 WINK News Feeds Families Hunger Walk.
Jo Anna is involved with student-supported activities as First Lady of Florida Gulf Coast University and Chairs the FGCU Campus Food Pantry Steering Committee. She is a member of the committee for Charlotte County’s Ten-Year Plan to End Homelessness and past member of the Collier County Continuum of Care. Jo Anna served as a Steering Committee Member for Lee County’s Ten-Year Plan to End Homelessness and chaired the Hunger Task Force of Southwest Florida, both of which have completed their work. Ms. Bradshaw has served on several non-profit boards including the Community Foundation of Collier County, United Way for Lee, Hendry, Glades and Charlotte County, Community Cooperative Ministries, Inc., and the advisory board of Guadalupe Center of Immokalee.
Born in Columbus, Ohio, Bradshaw first moved to the east coast of Florida in 1963 and has lived across the United States, including Texas, New York, Georgia, Pennsylvania, and Minnesota. She and her husband have three sons.
Rev. Stephanie Munz Campbell
Executive Director Grace Place for Children and Families
The Rev. Stephanie Munz Campbell recently joined the Harry Chapin Food Bank Board of Directors. Rev. Campbell is the executive director of Grace Place for Children and Families in Collier County. Grace Place is one of the food bank’s partner agencies.
A Naples resident since 1970, Rev. Campbell has a B.S. in Business from the University of Florida and a Graduate Deacon Course of Study from Asbury Theological Seminary. She has served for more than 20 years in Christian education and children/family ministry in local churches. In 2004 she completed her graduate education, began ordination in the United Methodist Church, and founded Grace Place as a new non-profit neighborhood center teaching literacy, language, and life skills to at-risk children and impoverished families in Golden Gate city.
Stephanie graduated from Leadership Collier 2009, served as a Vice-Chair of Leadership Collier 2012, was honored as a Woman of Initiative 2009 by the Community Foundation of Collier County, was honored in 2007 as a Paul Harris Fellow by the Naples Rotary Club, is a member of the Rotary Club Gulf Shore, and served on the Connect Now Steering Committee of the Education Foundation of Collier County.
Mr. Fry was with WCI Communities, Inc., a Florida based land developer and homebuilder, from 1995-2012. 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 2006-2008 and President and Chief Executive Officer from 2008-2012. 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.
Maura Matzko retired in 2011 from Encore National Bank. Her thirty six 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. Sheserved 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'Donnell
Executive Vice President of Busey Bank
Ken and his family relocated from Buffalo, New York in 1989, and have resided in SW 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 38 years.He has been involved in multiple leadership roles in banking, and has actively volunteeredthroughout SW Florida.He is the Immediate Past Chairman for The Foundation For Lee County Public Schools,Board Member ofThe Horizon Council Lee County Office Of Economic Development,Chairman of the Fort Myers/ Lee County Enterprise Zone,Chairman of the SW Florida Enterprise Center Foundation, Member of the Board of Directors for Susan G. Komen For The CureSouthwest Florida, Board Member Harry Chapin Food Bank, and Junior Achievement volunteer.
Ken and his wife, Nadine, have been married for 38 years and reside in Bonita Springs.Nadine recently retired early as a school counselor in the Collier School District.The O’Donnell’s have two daughters, Carolyn and Diana, and a granddaughter, Natalya, who also reside in SW Florida.
Board Member 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.
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.
Gulf South Community Bank President Wells Fargo
Laura Wrenn Worzella serves as the Gulf South Community Bank President for Wells Fargo where she manages 55 stores, 64 ATMs, 520 community bank team members, $4 billion in deposits and $2 billion in loans. Her market includes 3 counties from Charlotte to Collier County.
A 13 year veteran of the company, Worzella has spent the majority of her career in leadership positions coast to coast. Prior to assuming her current role in May of 2009, she served as Retail Bank Director for the Greater East Bay Desert team in California and Nevada, District Manager of the Greenville, Rocky Mount, and Eastern North Carolina teams.
She is involved in the Guadalupe Center of Immokalee, Harry Chapin Food Bank, United Way, March of Dimes and Habit for Humanity of Collier and Lee Counties. She has served on the board of St. Petersburg Neighborhood Housing Services, Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Pinellas County, and Pinellas Education Foundation. She also volunteers for PARC, St. Pete PRIDE, Junior Achievement and is the Senior Advisor of our local Volunteer Chapter and PRIDE Sponsor.
A graduate of Western Carolina University where she earned her bachelor’s degree in Business and Winthrop University where she earned her Master’s in Business Administration, she is based in Naples FL.
General Counsel for Collier Family Office
Marianne Zuk is General Counsel for Collier Family Office, Inc., a position she has held since 2008. She also served as President and CEO of Revere America, a multi-million dollar national advocacy organization.