Board of Directors

A Message from our Board Chair

Our schools are keys to a vibrant and thriving community -- and the Foundation for Lee County Public Schools is proud to have supported our educators and students for over 37 years. As the 9th largest school district in the State of Florida with over 103,000 students, our Foundation recognizes the challenges of educating a large, diverse student body in today’s highly competitive, complex and fast- changing environment.

We’re a business- and community-led foundation, providing financial support for outstanding student programs, scholarships, classroom grants, educator recognition, mentoring programs, career discovery and much more. As a collection of small business owners, large employers, growing companies, higher education, and community leaders – we’re dedicated to ensuring that every one of our students has access to a quality education regardless of circumstances. We know that a community supportive of its education system is self-sustaining and leads to positive citizenship, a robust productive workforce, and builds future community leaders.

We are passionate about our community, the schools, educators, and students, and we’re privileged to serve on the Board of Directors of the Foundation for Lee County Public Schools in partnership with our Superintendent and the School Board. We greatly appreciate your continued support of the Foundation, whether through financial contributions, donations of supplies and materials, or your valuable time in showing support for our educators and students.

Sincerely, 

Michael Wukitsch                         
Chief People Officer 
Lee Health

OFFICERS

Marshall T. Bower, Esq

President and CEO
THE FOUNDATION FOR LEE COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS, INC.

Michael Wukitsch

Chair
LEE HEALTH

R. Noelle Branning, Esq.

Vice Chair
LEE COUNTY TAX COLLECTOR

Darrel Lieze-Adams

Secretary
HEARST TELEVISION

Kyle DeCicco

Treasurer
SANIBEL CAPTIVA COMMUNITY BANK

Michèle Laboda, DMD

Immediate Past Chair
GULF COAST ORTHODONTICS

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

Christopher Bernier, Ed.D

Superintendent
THE SCHOOL DISTRICT OF LEE COUNTY

Harlan Parrish*

FINEMARK NATIONAL BANK & TRUST

Gary Griffin*

B & I CONTRACTORS

Robbie B. Roepstorff*

EDISON NATIONAL BANK/BANK OF THE ISLANDS

Richard G. Lewis II, Ph. D

COMMUNITY LEADER

Aseygul Timur, Ph.D

FLORIDA GULF COAST UNIVERSITY

BOARD MEMBERS

Kevin B. Anderson
MAYOR OF FORT MYERS
Keith Banasiak
WASTE PRO OF FLORIDA, INC.
Scot Burris
STORM SMART
Lawrence Cremia
FIBER SOLUTIONS
Kevin Daly
TEACHERS ASSOCIATION - LEE COUNTY
Samuel Fisher
SCHOOL BOARD CHAIRMAN - LEE COUNTY
Lee Ford
BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT, INC
Amira Fox
STATE ATTORNEY - 20TH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
Thomas H. Giles
AVALON ENGINEERING, INC.
Brian Hamman
BOARD OF COMMISSIONER - DISTRICT 4
Thomas J. Huether
GULFPOINT CONSTRUCTION
Jeffrey L. Kunberger
SUNCOAST CREDIT UNION
Mark Loren
MARK LOREN DESIGNS, INC.
Carmine Marceno
LEE COUNTY SHERIFF
Cindy McCurry-Ross
NEWS-PRESS MEDIA
John Miller, Esq.
BOY AGNEW POTANOVIC
Joe Mitchell
POOL PROS
Thomas A. Mueller
COVANTA
Jeff Ospina
WELLS FARGO
Cole Peacock
RC PEACOCK CONSULTING, LLC
Rob Pellicer
HERTZ GLOBAL
Mike Perino
ONEDIGITAL
Andrew S. Reddish
BANK OF AMERICA
Kevin Shimp
THOMAS MARINE CONSTRUCTION
Shawn H.P. Smith
BOSTON RED SOX
John Talmage
LEE COUNTY ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT OFFICE
Jill Urraro
CHICO'S FAS, INC
Denise Vidal
LEE COUNTY ELECTRIC COOPERATIVE
Mark Weber
MINNESOTA TWINS
Matthew Zwack
OWEN-AMES-KIMBALL COMPANY
Constance White-Davis
COMMUNITY VOLUNTEER
Ben Wilson
SUFFOLK CONSTRUCTION
Michele Yovanovich, Ed.D
FLORIDA SOUTHWESTERN STATE COLLEGE

EMERITUS

Richard Ackert*

RETIRED - CEO - SOUTHTRUST BANK

Chris Bundschu*

PRESIDENT - BUNDSCHU KRAFT, INC.

Jon Cecil *

RETIRED - LEE HEALTH

Eva Freeman*

DESIGN CONSULTANT

Charles K. Idelson*

PRESIDENT & CEO - INVESTORS SECURITY TRUST

Gerald Laboda, DMD*

RETIRED - SOUTHWEST FLORIDA ORAL & FACIAL SURGERY

Mike Martin, Ph.D*

RETIRED - FLORIDA GULF COAST UNIVERSITY

Kenneth A. O'Donnell*

RETIRED - BANKER

Steve Pontius

RETIRED - WATERMAN BROADCASTING/NBC2

Gary V. Trippe*

CHAIRMAN AND CO-FOUNDER - DISABLED VETERANS INSURANCE CAREERS, INC.

Steven C. Shimp*

COMMUNITY LEADER - RETIRED, PRESIDENT, OWEN-AMES KIMBALL CO.

E. Bruce Strayhorn*

PARTNER - STRAYHORN & PERSONS, P.L

Linda K. Taylor*

FLORIDA STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION - PAST MEMBER

* Past Board Chairman