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.
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.
Terry Edwards and her husband, Bob, are committed to the Naples community. They are trustees of the Naples Children & Education Foundation and former chairs of the Naples Winter Wine Festival. They co-chaired the 2017 and 2018 Naples Zoo galas. The Edwards have received Gulfshore Life magazine’s Man & Woman of the Year award, the Community Impact Award from the Naples Art Association, and Stars in the Arts recognition from the United Arts Council. Terry is a former board member of The Shelter for Abused Women & Children. A native of St. Louis, she moved to Naples in 2004. She is committed to education and wildlife conservation. The Edwards are proud parents of three children, one granddaughter, and one Great Dane.
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.
Nikkie Dvorchak joined the Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce in November 2017 as the Vice President of Events & Development where she is managing all annual and member events including Naples Chamber Classic Golf Tournament, Annual Meeting, Distinguished Public Service Awards, Business After 5, Wake Up Naples, Accelerated Lunch and Professional Education Series. She has also launched a development committee in effort to expand their investor & philanthropic support. She also works closely with the Chamber’s Leadership Collier Foundation on fundraising for scholarships, talent development, work-based learning and spearheading the Naples Children’s Business Fair for young entrepreneurs.
She is a member of the Events & Outings Committee for Leadership Collier Foundation, on the committee for National Philanthropy Day with the Association of Fundraising Professionals, supports the Naples Therapeutic Riding Center Bootstrap Barn Dance as well as Lighthouse of Collier’s Dining in the Dark event and the All-Star Panel event for Children’s National Foundation. She is a 2017 GAIN (Growing Associates in Naples) Graduate, recognized as 40 Under 40 Young Professional of Southwest Florida in 2018 for Gulfshore Business and in her second year as Co-Chair of Zoobilee, Feast with the Beasts, event for the Naples Zoo.
She was previously the Director of Events & Corporate Relations at the Conservancy of Southwest Florida for 6 years. She started with the Conservancy in 2011 when she and her husband Mike relocated to Naples and have since expanded their family having two sons, Talon & Dax. Nikkie managed all the organizations fundraising events such as Magic Under the Mangroves, Redsnook Catch & Release Charity Tournament, Water Works Luncheon and Earth Day Festival. She was also responsible for the corporate sponsorships, rental events, internal events, beneficiary events and assisted with ambassador events. Prior to her move, she had resided in her home town of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania where she received her Bachelors of Performing Arts from Point Park University.
Directly after college graduation she secured a job with John Robert Powers International Acting & Modeling Company, as the Director of Placement. During her time at JRP she was able to place over 20 clients into the entertainment industry in New York, Los Angles and internationally. In her pursuit to advance her career in the events industry, she started with the Crowne Plaza Pittsburgh South as the Executive Meeting Manager, where she would coordinate all social and corporate rental events.
After two years at the Crowne Plaza, Nikkie was offered the position as Club Marketing Manager with the Pittsburgh Steelers Organization. There she managed the club level during Steelers and Pitt Panthers games overseeing a staff of 80 employees. She also organized and managed over 300 special events a year including weddings, galas, proms, corporate functions, conventions, and much more. In addition, she was selected as a member of the advanced team, to prepare and manage all aspects for both Super Bowl XLIII and Super Bowl XLV for the organization.
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”.
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.
Mike Neal was Vice Chairman of General Electric Company, a global industrial and financial services company, until his retirement in 2013. He was also Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of GE Capital from 2007 until 2013. During his 34 year career at General Electric, Mr. Neal held many different operating positions.
Mr. Neal is also a trustee of the Georgia Institute of Technology’s GT Foundation and serves on the real estate committee. Mr. Neal graduated from the Georgia Institute of Technology.
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.
David A. Ruben is a Shareholder at Roetzel & Andress LPA. He has authored or co-authored more than a dozen articles on a variety of estate planning topics as well as a book on intentionally defective grantor trusts. David is a frequent speaker on change of domicile, asset protection and estate planning. He is admitted to practice in Delaware, Pennsylvania and Florida.
David earned his B.A. from Vanderbilt University (cum laude), his J.D. from Penn State Dickinson School of Law and his LL.M. in taxation from Villanova University School of Law. David is an active member of the Naples community, and serves on both the Planned Giving and Zoobilee Committees for the Naples Zoo. Born and raised in Wheeling, W.V., David lives in Naples with his wife, Mary, and three children, Teddy, Amelia and Margot. In his spare time, David enjoys spending time with his family and running.
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.
Ann and her husband, Rick, served as First Lady and Governor of Florida, respectively, from 2011-2019. They were both truly honored and humbled to serve and represent the people of Florida. As First Lady, she focused her efforts on reading and literacy, foster children and military families.
Throughout their lives, Ann and Rick have been committed to their community locally and around the world. In addition to the Naples Zoo, they also support the United Way, Salvation Army, St. Matthews House, Children’s Museum of Naples, and World Vision, where the Scott family worked to create a primary health care system in Bunyala, Kenya. Together, they funded an entrepreneurship competition (now known as the GW New Venture Competition) at George Washington University, where their daughter, Allison, received her business degree. Ann has also donated her time to Liberty Youth Ranch, a home for abandoned, abused, neglected and orphaned children in Collier County. Ann was honored to be a recipient of Gulfshore Life’s 2015 Woman of the Year.
Ann grew up in Dallas, TX and met Rick when she moved to Kansas City, MO in the middle of her senior year of high school. She is a graduate of SMU Cox School of Business. Ann and Rick have been married 48 years, have two wonderful daughters and six amazing (!) grandsons and another grandchild on the way.
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: Carol Dinardo, Jamie Dockweiler, Jeanne Guglielmi, Nancy Hamill, David Hoffmann, Jennifer McCurry