Our Leadership Team

2016-2017 Board of Trustees

The Community Foundation of Collier County is governed by a Board of Trustees and committees comprised of local community leaders and philanthropy enthusiasts.  The Community Foundation is administered by a full-time professional staff. Operating expenses are paid from management fees, through grants and partnerships with local and national foundations and organizations, and from gifts designated by donors to cover Foundation operating costs. Click here to read about our new members who came on board in July 2017.

Front Row: Mario M. Valle, Mary Beth Johns,  Mary Lynn Myers,  Jennifer Walker (Chair), Kathleen L. Kircher, Laird Grant Groody,  Brian V. McAvoy,

Back Row:  Jerry Tostrud, David Watson, Patricia Aiken-O’Neill, Kathleen Kapnick, Eileen Connolly-Keesler, Patricia A. Jilk, Suzanne Lount, George Abounader, John K. Paul, T. Robert Bulloch,

Not Pictured: Dennis C. Brown, Blake Gable, Kim Ciccarelli Kantor, James F. Morey, Marsha Murphy,  Deborah L. Russell

Our Mission:  

To improve the quality of life in Collier County by connecting donors to community needs and providing leadership on critical community issues. For good. Forever.

Community Foundation of Collier County By-Laws


 2017-2018 Board of Trustees

Mary Lynn Myers, Chair Jerry Tostrud, Chair-Elect Marsha Murphy, Secretary George Abounader, Treasurer Jennifer B. Walker, Immediate Past Chair
Patricia Aiken-O’Neill T. Robert Bulloch Kathleen Kapnick James F. Morey David Watson
Erika Aron Bradley Havemeier Lynn Martin John K. Paul Myra Williams
Todd Bradley Mary Beth Johns Brian V. McAvoy Mario Valle  Eileen Connolly-Keesler


Trustees Emeriti

Ann E. Berlam Christine Flynn Patricia Jilk Ramiro Manalich Michael J. Schroeder
Jane Billings Marion T. Forte Kim Ciccarelli Kantor Thomas D. McCann Beverly A. Smith
Dolly Bodick Dottie A. Gerrity Kathleen L. Kircher John J. Morgan, Jr. John F. Sorey, III
Christopher P. Bray J. Dudley Goodlette Frank L. Klapperich, Jr. J. Richard Munro Duane Stranahan, Jr.
Dennis C. Brown Laird Grant Groody William Laimbeer, Sr. John M. Passidomo William E. Thomas
Cornelius P. Cacho Kevin C. Hale James B. Lancaster, Jr. Alan D. Reynolds Gordon R. Watson
Joe B. Cox Brad Havemeier William D. Lange James T. Rideoutte Joanne S. Wyss
Alison K. Douglas Mana A. Holtz L. Bates Lea Deborah Russell  Harold L. Zink
Jeffrey R. Erickson Alan M. Horton Suzanne Lount Ned R. Sachs
 Linda C. Flewelling Thomas E. Ingram Linda R. Malone Thomas G. Schneider


Community Foundation Staff

 President/CEO  Eileen Connolly-Keesler
 Education/Scholarship Director  Sharon Bayata
 Vice President of Community Grantmaking  Mary George
 Administrative Assistant  Dawn Grundeman
 Chief Financial Officer  Lisette Holmes
 Director of Donor Services  Ann Hughes
 Accounting Manager  Eric Kingsley
 Events Coordinator  Carri Kreisman
 Donor Information Specialist  Marsha Lewis
Vice President of Development Lindsey Touchette
 Marketing Director  Cindi Withorn