Board of Directors

Carlo F. Zampogna

Chairman

A native of Naples, Florida, Carlo Zampogna has served as an elected representative for the Florida Bar Board of Governors’ Young Lawyers Division since 2008 and has been a Board member of the Collier County Bar Association since 2010. 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” .

In 2008, Carlo focused his practice 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.


Kathleen L. Leavesley

Vice-Chair

Kathy serves as vice president, marketing director for the Fifth Third Bank’s South Florida affiliate. She is responsible for leading and developing marketing strategy for the bank's South Florida markets. In addition, she manages marketing activities for the affiliate's commercial and investment advisor lines of business. Leavesley has more than 17 years of financial services marketing experience. Prior to joining Fifth Third Bank, she worked as a senior marketing manager for Vanguard in Valley Forge, Pa., where she was responsible for the marketing and business development of Vanguard's Asset Management Services division. She is a summa cum laude graduate of Chestnut Hill College, Philadelphia, Pa., with a bachelor of science degree in marketing. She currently serves on the board of directors of The Glades Country Club.


Otto Immel

Secretary

Otto Immel is a partner at Quarles & Brady, a national law firm of over 450 attorneys with offices in Florida, Arizona, Illinois, 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 wide variety of businesses throughout Florida, including leading businesses in the health care, retail and services sector, manufacturing, consumer products, construction, and financial services areas. He has also represented 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 Fun Time Early Childhood Academy, where he chairs the governance committee. Otto and his wife, Jennifer, have lived in Naples since 2005.


Ned R. Sachs

BOARD TREASURER

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 blance 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, and the Community Foundation of Collier County. He is also presently a board member of 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 liabi lity. 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.


Paula B. Brothers

Following her career in Human Resources at Ernst & Young in Cleveland, Ohio, Paula has served on many high profile boards in Columbus, Ohio including the Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus Symphony Orchestra, and American Cancer Society. Her efforts have garnered numerous community service awards. She also served on the board of Inniswood Metro Gardens in Columbus as well as The Wilds, a large zoological facility in Ohio implementing education and research programs that emphasize protection and management. She enjoys photography, travel, sports, and nature.


Reg Buxton

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.


Todd E Gates

Originally from Virginia, Todd has been coming to the area since 1969 and moved here in 1984 and was involved in many key projects including The Ritz-Carlton Hotel, The Registry Resort, and The Naples Philharmonic Center of the Arts. Today, Todd is the Chairman of GATES, Florida’s premier fully integrated construction, development, and real estate company. Todd serves on many other prestigious boards including the President’s Forum, The Florida Chamber of Commerce Foundation, The Children’s Hospital of SW Florida, Junior Achievement, and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes to name a few. He is also a Trustee for the YMCA and Hodges University and serves as an Elder for Moorings Presbyterian Church. He is the past chairman of the Economic Development Council of Collier County, Christian Chamber of SW Florida, and past president of Collier Building Industry Association. Todd has been named Entrepreneur of the Year by the Gulf Coast Business Review and has been recognized as one of Gulfshore Life magazine’s Men of The Year.


John Hannsz

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

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.


Stephen J. Hruby

Stephen is a founding principal of Architects Unlimited, a 30 year old architectural, urban design and town planning firm, and President of that firm’s affiliate, AU Consulting which specializes in housing and development consulting. He is nationally recognized for his emphasis on affordable housing, mixed income communities and community revitalization.  He has extensive experience with the public administration of large community revitalization programs and funding grants which he has gained through more than 30 years of experience in master planning, mixed finance funding, program management, strategic capital planning and administration, zoning, and land use.He served as Director of Capital Improvements and Development for the housing agencies of Memphis, TN and Camden, NJ.  He was a member of a U. S. Housing and Urban Redevelopment (HUD) Target Team established to improve the troubled housing agency in New Orleans, LA.  Stephen developed the overall capital investment, community revitalization and affordable housing development strategies for the city’s housing agency to achieve HUD’s goal of improve housing conditions in the city.


Dan Lavender

Dan serves as Chief Executive Officer of The Moorings Park Institute, Inc. He holds an MBA from Ohio University, an Ohio Certified Public Accountant license, and a BA in Accounting and Economics from Bluffton Colleg. 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 nonprofit senior living organizations in the country. Dan is a graduate of the Leadership Collier Class of 2010. He currently serves on the Florida Gulf Coast University Foundation Board, the Leadership Collier Foundation Board of Directors; The Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce Board; The Partnership for Collier’s Future Economy; and the Champions for Learning Leadership Council. Dan 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 the daughter of William and Barbara Meek, owners of Harmon-Meek Gallery.         Kristine studied at Drake University graduating with a Bachelors of Science in Business Administration and Bachelors 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. Back in Naples, Kristine is the Director/Owner of the Harmon-Meek Gallery. A member of The League Club and the Shelter Guild, she also serves on the development committee of the Golisano Children’s Museum of Naples, the membership and marketing committee of the Conservancy of Southwest Florida and the Next Generation committee for the Shelter for Abused Women & Children.


Jutta Parsons

After retiring as a senior management consultant and executive coach in Milwaukee with The Executive Committee, Jutta Parsons and her husband David made Naples their permanent home in 2002. In the Milwaukee area, Ms. Parsons served on the executive committees of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee, the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts, and the Milwaukee Ballet Foundation. She was President of Wisconsin Citizens for the Arts, belonged to Professional Dimensions, a Milwaukee professional women’s organization, and assisted other civic and business projects.In Naples, Ms. Parsons is a member of Class XI of the Naples Greater Leadership Master Program and the Naples World Affairs Council, and she has served as a treasurer of the Naples Wellesley Club. The Parsons’ family has long promoted children’s health through medical research in Washington, D.C. This is also a personal commitment for Jutta Parsons in her capacity as past Secretary-Treasurer of the Board of The Children’s Research Institute of The Children’s National Medical Center in DC. Ms. Parsons enjoys travel, tennis, oil painting, reading and being a grandmother.


Sandy Stoner

As a Financial Advisor, Sandy is dedicated to helping clients meet their financial needs. Whether you are planning your retirement, saving for children’s or grandchildren’s education, or looking to preserve your wealth, Sandy can help.

Before entering the financial services industry, Sandy graduated Summa Cum Laude from University of Missouri with an MBA in Finance and Marketing and from St. Louis University with an MBA in Finance.  She most recently was with 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, Senior Vice President - Investments with the Naples office of Wells Fargo Advisors, she takes pride in working for a firm that puts you first.

Her mission is to help each one of her clients plan for a financial future in a way that best meets his or her goals. And her commitment doesn’t end there. She has been an active member of the local community since moving here two years ago.  She is a 2016 Leadership Collier graduate and truly values all she learned about the community through that program.

Away from the office Sandy is on the board of the Naples Zoo and is the Chair of the ZOObilee, the Zoo’s major, annual fundraiser.  She and her husband, Adrian McBride, enjoy golfing, diving and all the outdoor activities that paradise has to offer.  Her oldest daughter is a graduate of the University of Miami serving in the Peace Corp in South Africa.  Her youngest daughter is about to embark on her college career also attending the University of Miami. She looks forward to extending her services to you and your family and discussing financial strategies designed to fit your unique situation.


Terry Edwards 

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.”

Terry is the founder and owner of Posh Petals, a Naples' based floral design and styling company. She has served on committees and boards of numerous organizations.  She is an emeritus trustee of The Shelter for Abused Women & Children and served on the boards of the United Arts Council and the Friends of Art of the Baker Museum of Art.

With its collection of modern and contemporary art, the Edwards’ home is a regular stop for visiting museum groups and often hosts patron events for non-profit organizations.  The Edwards are the parents of three children and two Great Danes.


Denny Glass 

Denny is the retired owner of Meridian Printing, a commercial art printing company based in Rhone 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 serving on the boards of the Naples Historical Society, The Naples Players, Terra Cotta Golf Charities and Rhode Island Independence Trail Foundation. Denny and his wife Tanya are full-time Naples residents and have called Naples “home” since 2004.


Jack Mulvena

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: Lee Pinto, Nancy Hamill, Jeanne Guglielmi, Jennifer McCurry, Jamie Dockweiler, John Fisher, Charlie Mueller.