Denny is a veteran of the U.S. Air Force and the retired founder and owner of Meridian Printing, a commercial art printing company based in Rhode Island. The company worked nationwide primarily in the high-end art market, working directly with artists, photographers and art museums and galleries. He is past Chairman of Milton Holdings, a Dublin, Ireland holding company, running their U.S. Division. He is past President of the Boards of Rocky Hill School, East Greenwich Public Library, Wannamoisett Country Club, Naples National Golf Club and Carnegie Abbey Golf Club. Denny is currently the Board Chair of the Naples Historical Society and Chairman and Founder of the Ron Baliciki Scholarship Foundation and is serving on the boards of The Naples Players, Terra Cotta Golf Charities, and is Vice Chair of the Rhode Island Independence Trail Foundation. Denny and his wife Tanya are full-time Naples residents and have called Naples “home” since 2004.
Otto Immel is a partner at Quarles & Brady, a national law firm of 500 attorneys with offices in Florida, Arizona, Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, and Washington, D.C. Otto heads the firm’s Florida labor & employment practice. He counsels and represents employers in a wide variety of workplace-related litigation. Otto regularly advises HR professionals and all levels of management for a diverse array of businesses throughout Florida, including leading businesses in the health care, retail and services sector, manufacturing, consumer products, construction, and financial services areas. He also represents retailers, pharmaceutical companies, medical and dental practice management companies on a national basis. Otto is a graduate of Johns Hopkins University and Temple Law School and is a member of the Florida, New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania bars. Otto is a member of the board of HR Collier, where he serves as the director of legislative affairs and is an emeritus board member of Fun Time Early Childhood Academy. Otto and his wife, Jennifer, have lived in Naples since 2005.
Ned R. Sachs
Ned is a graduate of Williams College, Columbia Law School, and New York University School of Law, Masters in Taxation. He worked for 25 years in the securities industry, initially five years with Goldman Sachs and the balance with Morgan Stanley as Managing Director, General Counsel, and Tax Counsel. He is a founding member of the Naples Winter Wine Festival, past president of Greater Naples Leadership, past board member of David Lawrence Foundation, Conservancy of Southwest Florida, the Community Foundation of Collier County and The Forum Club. He is the 2007 recipient of the Parke Wright III Distinguished Leadership Award from Greater Naples Leadership and The Education Foundation's Man of Distinction in 2011.
Juan D. Bendeck
Juan D. Bendeck focuses his practice in estate planning, estate administration and asset protection planning. He formulates and drafts tax-efficient estate plans for his clients, including more advanced and novel estate planning techniques geared toward lessening estate and gift tax liability. His practice includes the administration of complex will s and trusts. Additionally, Juan works with physicians and other professionals interested in asset protection planning. Juan also assists his clients with the creation of entities (such as corporations and limited liability companies) started for a variety of reasons, such as a new business or for liability protection.
Juan is a lifelong resident of Southwest Florida and is actively involved in the community. He is a member of the Florida Gulf Coast University Planned Giving Committee, the Conservancy of Southwest Florida Planned Giving Committee, and he also serves on the Board of Directors of Goodwill Industries of Southwest Florida and the Florida Humanities Council. He is also a member of the Council of Hispanic Business Professionals; born in Spain, Juan is fluent in Spanish.
Among his accomplishments, in 2008 Juan was chosen as one of Guffshore Business magazine's "40 Under 40." This award is given out to the most influential rising business stars in the Southwest Florida community. Juan and his wife, Enas, are one of the few couples to have ever both won the award.
Reg is the publisher of Life in Naples magazine and has a strong service commitment to various charitable organizations in the area including serving or having served on the board and in various leadership positions for the following: David Lawrence Center Foundation; Baby Basic of Collier County; CHS Healthcare; Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce Leadership Collier; Naples Von Liebig Art Center; Economic Development Council Collier County; Collier County Citizen Corps; Avow Hospice; Council for International Visitors in Collier County; Leadership Collier Foundation; Alumni Association; American Red Cross Collier/Lee; Hodges University Board; Florida Gulf Coast University Presidents Society; Fun Time Early Childhood Academy Board; United Way of Collier County; Shelter for Abused Women and Children; Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce Leadership Institute; Collier Business Community Representative at Emergency Operations Center during Disasters; Make a Wish of Collier County; 911 Memorial; Naples Town Hall; Holocaust Museum; and Drug Free Collier.
Terry Edwards and her husband, Bob, are committed to the Naples community and to the arts. The Edwards recently received the 2016 Community Impact Award from the Naples Art Association, and they were selected as “2015 Stars in the Arts” by the United Arts Council. Terry and Bob have underwritten events locally at Artis-Naples, The Baker Museum, The von Liebig Art Center, The Shelter for Abused Women & Children and the Naples Town Hall Distinguished Speaker Series, as well as art exhibits in several major Florida museums. They are trustees of the Naples Children & Education Foundation, and they chaired the 2013 Naples Winter Wine Festival. In recognition of their commitment to our community, Bob and Terry were chosen as Gulfshore Life magazine’s 2013 “Man and Woman of the Year.”
John W. Fisher, III
John W. Fisher, III began his professional life in the United States Air Force, serving for over four and a half years. A development and implementation specialist and business manager with entrepreneurial interests, Mr. Fisher subsequently launched several businesses and managed two restaurants. A 1996 graduate of International College, now Hodges University, Mr. Fisher is extensively involved at Hodges where he has served on the board of Hodges University Foundation and veteran affairs cabinet. The Fisher School of Technology is named after him. Mr. Fisher is a member of the Board of Directors of Artis-Naples and, a generous philanthropist, is engaged with The Naples Players, The Salvation Army, the Boys & Girls Club of America, and the American Red Cross among other organizations."
Todd E Gates
As Founder and Chairman, Mr. Gates provides executive management oversight
and support for all GATES projects. He is responsible for all financial aspects of
the company. He is involved in Owner contract negotiations and participates in
applicable Owner/Architect/Contractor meetings. He is also very involved in the
Weekly Reports and schedules for every GATES project.
A native of Virginia, Todd Gates had been visiting Southwest Florida in 1969 and moved permanently to the area in 1984. In 1993, Mr. Gates founded GATES. Today, the firm is a fully integrated construction management, general contracting and design-build firm with offices in Florida, North Carolina and the Republic of Panama. Mr. Gates’ leadership and community service includes serving as the Chairman for the Economic Development Council of Collier County (EDC), Christian Chamber of Southwest Florida and Collier Building Industry Association, Florida Chamber of Commerce, Southwest Florida Regional Chair Board, Past Vice Chair of the Naples Area Chamber of Commerce, Board Member for the Florida Chamber of Commerce Foundation, Florida Chamber of Commerce Board of Governors, Leadership Florida, Lee County Economic Development Horizon Council, Lee Memorial Health System Foundation, Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida, Junior Achievement, the President’s Council, Chamber of Southwest Florida, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Hodges University, Gulfshore Playhouse, and many others. As acknowledgement of his commitment and dedication to the community, Mr. Gates has been recognized as one of Gulfshore Life Magazine’s “Men of The Year” and as well one of the Education Foundation of Collier County’s “Men of Distinction” and “Entrepreneur of the Year” by Gulf Coast Business Review. Mr. Gates is a graduate and highly active alumni member of Leadership Florida. The members of Leadership Florida are dedicated not only to their local communities, but also to their statewide community. Gulfshore Life Magazine also listed him as one of the Top Ten Regional “Power Players”.
John retired to Naples in 2005 from Chicago after many years in international business including nearly a decade living in Tokyo and Hong Kong. He has been a managing director of Bankers Trust New York as well as managing director of Sara Lee Corporation, Asia and President of his own consulting firm, Global Reach Associates. Since moving to Naples he has been very involved in community service including serving as president of Greater Naples Leadership and is now on the Advisory Council for Champions for Learning. He was the 2016/17 Chair of the Golden Apple Selection Committee which he has served on for the last three years and is currently on the Naples Zoo’s Education Committee. He is a graduate of Brown University and holds an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Jay Hartington is the co-founder of RumbaTime, MakeupDrop and Topanga Project LLC. He is also an owner of luxury specialty store Marissa Collections in Naples, Florida , where he oversees numerous buying, online and marketing functions while managing back office administration. Prior to Marissa Collections, Mr. Hartington worked for Saks Fifth Avenue in their buying department have completing the executive development program. Directly out of college, he was an investment banking analyst with Bank of America. Mr. Hartington earned an undergraduate degree in Business Administration from Emory University.
Teri opened an Interior Design Company in Saint Charles and is a member of the ASID. Teri has a true appreciation for philanthropy contributing to many charitable organizations in the Napa Valley and in Saint Charles. Teri served on the Board of Directors for Saint Francis High School and for the Dunham Wood Riding Club Capital Campaign, and she is the past president of Wayne Women Fellowship.
Teri and her husband, Ron, currently own their own vineyard in Napa Valley called Pillar Rock Winery. They both enjoy the wine industry and have participated in donating wine dinners, trips, and wine to many different charitable organizations. Teri and Ron are also Principal Benefactors at Mayo Phoenix.
Both Teri and Ron Kuhn, friends since high school and married for 25 years, believe that it is important to give back when one has the means to do so. The Kuhns' continued philanthropy to St. Francis High School has enabled the school to build the cultural arts center, music room, biology lab, athletic stadium, and parking lot among other projects to support the needs of the students and families.
Teri is an Honorary Trustee for the Naples Winter Wine Festival and was the 2010 Honorary Vintner for the V Foundation Fundraiser in Napa Valley, California. Teri was recently published in a cookbook called “Wine Country Women”.
Dan Lavender is Chief Executive Officer of The Moorings Park Institute, Inc. The recipient of a Master’s in Business Administration degree from Ohio University, an Ohio Certified Public Accountant license, and a Bachelor of Arts in Accounting and Economics from Bluffton College, he has spent the majority of his career serving seniors. Prior to joining Moorings Park in 2006, Dan was Chief Financial Officer for Methodist ElderCare Services in Columbus, Ohio, helping to guide it through a period of strategic growth and improving financial performance. Previous assignments included regional and division leadership roles at Ohio Presbyterian Retirement Services, one of the 15 largest multi-site non-profit senior living organizations in the country.
Dan currently serves as the Chair of The Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce Board, and also serves on the Florida Gulf Coast University Foundation Board; the Naples Zoo Board; and the Champions for Learning Leadership Council. Dan is a graduate of the Leadership Collier Class of 2010, and was recognized as a 2013 Man of Distinction by Collier County Champions for Learning.
Kristine M. Meek
Kristine Meek was born and raised in Naples and is co-owner and director of Harmon-Meek Gallery. Awarded “Emerging Art Leader” by Naples Art Association in 2016 and selected for Gulfshore Business Magazine’s “40 under 40” and Leadership Collier, Kristine moved back to Naples in 2012. Kristine studied at Drake University graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Bachelor of Arts in Biology and receiving a Masters of Business Administration from DePaul University. Kristine has lived in Arlington, Virginia, working in major donor development for the African Wildlife Foundation and The Conservation Fund. She also lived in Chicago where she was as an aquarist/animal keeper at the John G. Shedd Aquarium and worked in corporate sponsorship/marketing for Lincoln Park Zoo. Kristine is a past board member of The League Club and a founding member of the Naples-on-the-Gulf chapter Daughters of the American Revolution. She has served on the Shelter Guild, the development committee of the Golisano Children’s Museum of Naples, the membership, development and Magic Under the Mangroves committees of the Conservancy of Southwest Florida and a founding member of the Next Generation committee for the Shelter for Abused Women & Children. In her spare time Kristine writes “Ask the Artsperts” monthly article in Life in Naples magazine and “Naples Newest Natives” monthly article for eBella magazine. Kristine was profiled by Gulfshore Life Magazine as a “next generation philanthropist” in 2016.
As the President of the West Florida Region for Northern Trust, Charlie is responsible for leading the delivery of holistic advice and client service through investment, fiduciary, banking and wealth planning professionals.
He has over 30 years of experience in serving business owning families, corporate executives, professionals, not-for profits and other wealth owners in a variety of wealth management and commercial banking roles.
Most recently Charlie led the Advisory Services Practice at Northern which are capabilities that help clients fulfill their intent through Trust, Estate Settlement, Guardianship, Wealth Planning, Philanthropy, Family Education and Governance, Real Estate, Family Business and Oil, Gas and Minerals services.
Charlie graduated with honors from the University of Illinois College of Commerce and Business Administration in Urbana-Champaign in 1982 with a B.S. degree in Finance. He holds the certifications of Certified Trust and Financial Advisor, CTFA and the Certified Private Wealth Advisor, CPWA.
Since getting his Master of Architecture degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Design in 1967, Dave Parsons has been an architect, professor of architecture, construction manager, industrial engineer, and co-founder of Simulation Dynamics, a firm that builds computer models of manufacturing and logistic systems. He grew up in Washington DC, spent eight years in Boston, married Jutta, and settled in DC for a full three years. Then off to San Francisco where Jennifer was born, then to Milwaukee to raise a family in the heartland. He served on the Shorewood, Wisconsin Architectural Design Review Board for nine years and was chairman for three. He and Jutta migrated from Wisconsin to Naples in 1999, where he served on the Conservancy’s Environmental Advisory Committee for nine years. Having been a life-long lover of zoos, Dave is excited to bring his experience to the chairmanship of the Naples Zoo Facilities Committee. The next five years will be amazing.
Lee Pinto attended Milford Memorial Hospital School of Nursing and University of Delaware to obtain her license as a Registered Nurse and Certified Forensic Nurse. She began her professional career at Georgetown Hospital and Columbia Hospital for Women. Lee also professionally raised and raced thoroughbred horses for 22 years, before retiring to Naples in 1997.
Lee has been very involved in the Chicago and Naples communities. She has previously served on the Board of Directors of Special Olympics in Chicago; has been a Trustee of the Chicago Zoological Society and is a lifetime member of its Women’s Board. Lee also co-founded Racing Industries Drug Rehabilitation Association at Arlington Park Racetrack in Chicago. In Naples, Lee has served on the Board of Directors at Kensington Country Club and Avow Hospice. Lee has volunteered at Avow Hospice, was the chair of the Inaugural Avow Butterfly Ball and chaired the event again in 2008. Lee also volunteered as a nurse at the Neighborhood Health Clinic in Naples for 9 years. Lee also enjoyed volunteering at Sunlight Home in Naples teaching childbirth classes.
Lee is married to Dr. Frank G. Pinto, has a daughter and a son, and 3 grandchildren.
Before entering the financial services industry, Sandy graduated Summa Cum Laude from University of Missouri with a BSBA in Finance and Marketing and from St. Louis University with an MBA in Finance. She was with Wells Fargo Advisors and JP Morgan in their Private Bank in St. Louis, Missouri and Naples, Florida. Prior to that, she led teams in Chicago and St. Louis for Regions Bank and prior to that led St. Louis, Kansas City and Dallas teams for LaSalle Bank. Now a Financial Advisor with LPL Financial, she takes pride in working for a firm that puts you first. Sandy holds her Series 7, 63 and 66 securities registrations through LPL as well as her Life, Health and Variable Annuity license.
Sandy has been an active member of the local community since moving here in 2014. She is a 2016 Leadership Collier graduate and truly values all she learned about the community through that program. She and her husband founded the NFL Alumni Southwest Florida Chapter where Sandy served as secretary. Sandy enjoys golfing, diving (Certified Lionfish Hunter) and all the outdoor activities that paradise has to offer. Her oldest daughter is a graduate of the University of Miami and served in the Peace Corp in South Africa. Her youngest daughter is also attending the University of Miami and intends to work on Wall Street.
Carlo F. Zampogna
A native of Naples, Florida, Carlo Zampogna has served the Naples Zoo as a Member of the Board of Directors since 2012, and was the Chairman of the Board from 2014 to October of 2017.
Carlo enjoys to serve his community and currently also sits on the Judicial Nominating Committee for the 20th Judicial Circuit. Carlo has previously served as an elected representative for the Florida Bar Board of Governors’ Young Lawyers Division 2008- 2016 and has been a Board member of the Collier County Bar Association from 2010 to 2016. His community involvement includes: Leadership Collier Class of 2011, Take Stock in Children Education Foundation, Mentor, Legal Aid Attorney of the Year, 2011, Gulfshore Business’ “40 Under 40” .
Carlo focuses his practice of law on real estate matters and represents and counsels both buyers and sellers of commercial and residential real estate, landlords, tenants, developers and lenders in all aspects of real estate matters.
President and CEO
In 2013, Jack Mulvena joined Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens as President and CEO. Mulvena served for 20 years as the Executive Director of the Rhode Island Zoological Society and Roger Williams Park Zoo in Providence, Rhode Island. Jack is a national conservation leader with a special focus on education and motivating young people to get involved in wildlife conservation. Jack is also a leader in the effort to persuade the United States Congress to pass legislation to address critical environmental challenges by strengthening and expanding environmental education in America’s classrooms. Most importantly, Jack knows from experience how to sustain the highest standards of animal care, offer compelling experiences to zoo guests, and create a professional working environment that attracts the top talent in the zoo profession.
Additional Naples Zoo Board Members: Nancy Hamill, Jeanne Guglielmi, Jennifer McCurry, Jamie Dockweiler, Kathleen L. Leavesley (secretary).