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The Board of Directors includes (l to r) Tom Wagor, Greg Tolley, Charlie O'Connor, Jim Fourqurean, Tom Marquardt, Milda Vaivada, Sandi Wilson and Dan High. Not pictured: Ray Carroll, Karyn Capozzo, Paul Tateo, Curt Witthoff. 

Tom Marquardt


Term 2017-2020

Town of Residence: Naples

Lived in Town Since: 2016

Employer: Retired CEO

Education: Bachelors Degree in Journalism, Central Michigan University, Mt. Pleasant, MI

In his free time, Tom writes a syndicated, weekly wine column and blog. He also enjoys fishing in the waters that encompass the Rookery Bay estuary and appreciating everything that he strives to protect for future generations. Tom even volunteers his time as a member of Rookery Bay Reserve's Team OCEAN program.


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Term 2018-2021

Town of Residence: Marco Island

Lived in Town Since: Birth

Employer: Horizons Real Estate

Georgetown Univ, School Foreign Service, 1976, BSFS, Washington DC

Paul also volunteers his time at Marco YMCA, Marco Historical Society, and St Marks Church

Curt Witthoff


Term: 2016-2019

Town of Residence: Marco Island

Lived in Town Since: 2001

Employed by: Discovery Education

Education: BS Zoology, Michigan State University, MS Education, Instructional Media Wilkes University

Curt is also a board member with the Marco Island Nature Preserve and Bird Sanctuary.

Karen CapozzoTerm 2016-2019

Town of Residence: Marco Island

Lived in Town Since: 2015

Employer: Minto Communities - the Isles of Collier Preserve

Education: BS Food Science & Human Nutrition; UF

Hometown: Naples

Karyn enjoys spending her free time with her husband and her furry child on their boat. "Enjoying a day on the water or at the beach is my favorite!"



Term: 2016-2019

Governance Committee

Town of Residence: East Naples

Lived in Town Since: Birth

Employed at: Carroll & Carroll, Inc., Real Estate Appraisers & Consultants

Education: Bachelor of Science, Real Estate, 1975, Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton

Ray has also volunteered his time at Naples Zoo, Friends of Fakahatchee, and Bonita Wonder Gardens

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Term 2018-2021

Town of Residence: Naples

Lived in Town Since: 2016

Employer: Retired 

Education: Juris Doctorate, St. John's University School of Law, Jamaica, NY; Bachelor of Science in Marine Science and Biology, Southampton College of Long Island University, Southampton, NY.

In his free time, Charlie serves on the Varenna Condominium Association, Fiddler's Creek, Board of Directors; and is a volunteer vessel operator at Rookery Bay for Team OCEAN and the fisheries monitoring program. He also enjoys time with family, boating, fishing, wreck diving and exploring Naples on his Triumph motorcycle.

Milda VaivadaTerm: 2017 - 2020

Town of Residence: Naples

Lived in Town Since: 1984

Employed by: Owner, Soiree Celebrations

Hometown: Washington, DC

Milda is known across Florida for turning events into extravaganzas, having planned well-known Naples events including the Naples Philharmonic's "Festival of Trees," the Conservancy of SW Florida's "Music and Magic Under the Mangroves," Collier YMCA's "Partners with Youth" and many others. 

Tom Wagor Term 2016-2019

Town of Residence: Marco Island

Lived in Town Since: Florida native

Employer: Florida First Integrity Bank

Education: Bachelors Degree in Business administration, Campbell University., N.C.

Tom has served on the Board of Directors for the Marco Island Historical Society, the Marco Island Sunrise Rotary, the United Way of Collier County, and Edison College Foundation. When not serving his community, he enjoys golf and fishing in Rookery Bay Reserve.

Sandi WilsonTerm 2017-2020

Town of Residence: Naples

Lived in Town Since: 2006

Education: Marjorie Webster College, Washington, DC

Hometown: Middletown, MD

Sandi has supported many nonprofits in Naples through her past work experience, including helping the Board of Directors open the Golisano Children’s Museum in Naples.


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