New members join the Harry Chapin Food Bank of Southwest Florida Board of Directors

The Harry Chapin Food Bank welcomes four new members to its Board of Directors. Lois Thome, Gary Gardner, Jeffrey Maddox and John D. Clinger were elected at Tuesday’s meeting marking the end of the food bank’s fiscal year.

In addition, the food bank thanks Dr. Brian Schwartz of Florida Urology Physicians and Noelle Melanson, attorney and founder of Melanson Law, PA, for their years of service. Their terms on the board of directors ended on Tuesday. The new members bring a wide range of expertise to the board, which guides the direction of the nonprofit Harry Chapin Food Bank as it strives to fulfill its mission to fight and overcome hunger in Southwest Florida.


Lois Thome
has been an anchor at WINK News for 24 years. She has earned numerous awards and accolades during that time, including “Best News Anchor” in Southwest Florida, the Quill Pen Award from the Florida Association of School Administrators and being voted one of the top Women of the Year by Gulfshore Life Magazine.

Thome is well-known for her community service and advocacy. They include volunteering as a committee member of the Southwest Florida Reading Festival for more than 15 years, and helping raise millions of dollars in food for the Harry Chapin Food Bank, particularly through her involvement in the WINK News Feeds Families Hunger Walk. Her hometown is St. Anna, Wis., and she was educated at the University of Wisconsin. Ms. Thome is married and has one son and one daughter.

Gary Gardner is a management consultant and the founding partner of The Leadership Culture, with 30 years of experience helping organizations develop their leadership teams, company culture, customer experience and overall organizational health. He is co-creator of an empowering program for “The CEO of the Future.” Gardner has worked with business leaders and organizations in several industries including broadcasting, multimedia, health care, education, automotive, business services, financial services and retail. Gardner is former vice president/general manager of WINK-TV. Previously, Gardner was vice president/general manager of WTTO-TV in Birmingham, Ala. He has served on the boards of several nonprofit organizations and been named one of Gulfshore Life’s Men & Women of the Year for business leadership.

Gardner graduated from St. John’s University, N.Y., with a bachelor’s degree in management and a master’s degree in finance. He and his wife reside in Bonita Springs.

John D. Clinger is senior vice president of Clinger, Sizemore & Associates, focusing on wealth management, financial advising and portfolio management.

He joined Merrill Lynch as a financial advisor in 2000 after serving as a branch manager and commercial loan officer in the banking industry. Today, Clinger is resident director of the Fort Myers office, providing day-to-day leadership for his team and the local office. He has served as a past president and member of the board of directors for the Edison Festival of Light. He is a past campaign chair and current allocation team leader for the United Way of Lee, Hendry, Glades & Okeechobee counties. He will also be the 2016-2017 board chairman for the United Way.

Clinger has been a Little League coach for 25 years, and was inducted into the Fort Myers Little League Hall of Fame in 2012. He and his wife, Rusti, have four daughters; Katie, Emma-Lee, Madison & Abigail.

Jeffrey Maddox is president of Maddox Construction Company. He has 30 years’ experience and is a third-generation builder, following his father and grandfather into the business. His company specializes in interior and exterior work for the retail, office, restaurant, educational, hospitality, clubhouses and industrial industries, as well as historical restoration.

Maddox has won several prestigious awards, including a 2010 Florida Historical Preservation Award for Seven Seas at Newton Park on Fort Myers Beach and a 2011 Sand Dollar award from the Collier Building Industry Association for the Florida Gulf Coast University Softball Stadium and Naples Dog Park.

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