Since moving to Southwest Florida in 2007 with her husband, Dr. Wilson G. Bradshaw, Jo Anna has become involved with a number of local organizations aimed at ending hunger and homelessness. Bradshaw co-chaired the Food Bank’s 2011 and 2012 Golf Classic and served as co-chair of the 2009 and 2010 WINK News Feeds Families Hunger Walk.
Jo Anna is involved with student-supported activities as First Lady of Florida Gulf Coast University and Chairs the FGCU Campus Food Pantry Steering Committee. She is a member of the committee for Charlotte County’s Ten-Year Plan to End Homelessness and past member of the Collier County Continuum of Care. Jo Anna served as a Steering Committee Member for Lee County’s Ten-Year Plan to End Homelessness and chaired the Hunger Task Force of Southwest Florida, both of which have completed their work. Ms. Bradshaw has served on several non-profit boards including the Community Foundation of Collier County, United Way for Lee, Hendry, Glades and Charlotte County, Community Cooperative Ministries, Inc., and the advisory board of Guadalupe Center of Immokalee.
Born in Columbus, Ohio, Bradshaw first moved to the east coast of Florida in 1963 and has lived across the United States, including Texas, New York, Georgia, Pennsylvania, and Minnesota. She and her husband have three sons.
Vice Chairperson and Attorney at Melanson Law PA
Noelle Melanson is the founder and sole shareholder of Melanson Law PA. Born in Leominister, Mass., she grew up on Prince Edward Island, Canada, and relocated to Florida in 1991.
After attending the University of Prince Edward Island, she transferred to Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, Fla., where she was awarded a bachelor's degree in social science. She received her law degree with honors from Florida State University College of Law in 2003, as well as a certificate in environmental and natural resources aw.
Ms. Melanson is licensed to practice law in all State Courts in Florida and the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida. She is a member of the Florida Bar since 2003, the Southwest Florida Bankruptcy Professionals Association, the Lee County Bar Association, the American Bar Association, the Lee County Young Professionals Chamber of Commerce, and the Florida Association of Women Lawyers.
During law school, Melanson studied abroad in Vietnam and traveled throughout Asia. The experience provided a worldwide perspective and appreciation of other legal systems, which she carries with her daily in her practice of law.
She resides in Fort Myers with her dog, Bo.
Board Treasurer and Miller Helms & Folk, PA.
Craig attended Vanderbilt University for his undergraduate degree and the University of Chicago for his MBA. He has over 30 years of experience as a CPA and tax accountant. He worked 18 years with the international firms of Arthur Andersen & Co. and Coopers & Lybrand LLP and is now a partner in the local firm of Miller, Helms & Folk, PA. Craig prepares tax returns and does business planning and income tax, estate tax and international tax planning for individuals and business entities. Craig is a frequent speaker throughout Southwest Florida on such topics as year end tax planning, U.S. taxation of foreign investment in U.S. real estate and charitable planned giving. Craig serves on the board of directors of the Harry Chapin Food Bank, the United Way of Lee County and the Southwest Florida Community Foundation. Craig has previously served on the boards of the Planned Giving Council of Lee County, the Southwest Florida Chapter of the Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Edison College Foundation.
Rabbi Jeremy Barras
Board Secretary and Temple Beth El Rabbi
Rabbi Jeremy Barras is the rabbi of Temple Beth El of Ft. Myers, Fl. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations with a Religious Studies Minor at Connecticut College, where he also competed on the men’s tennis team. Rabbi Barras spent one semester of his junior year studying abroad at Tel Aviv University. Rabbi Barras began his studies at the Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR) in 1998. He subsequently spent one year in Jerusalem, and four years in Cincinnati, OH, where he received a Masters Degree in Hebrew Letters and was ordained as a Rabbi. Rabbi Barras also earned a Masters Degree in Administrative Education and Jewish Education at Xavier University in conjunction with HUC-JIR. In 2002, he was awarded the Ferdinand Isserman Prize awarded to the senior rabbinical student who, in the judgment of the faculty of the Hebrew Union College, contributed the most toward the development of community relations.
Before being ordained, Rabbi Barras served as a student rabbi for congregations in Grand Forks, ND, Valparaiso, IN, and Cincinnati, OH. From 2002-2007, Rabbi Barras served as Associate Rabbi at Temple Beth El in Charlotte, NC. While in Charlotte, Rabbi Barras served as a board member of the National Conference for Community and Justice (NCCJ), the Superintendent’s Interfaith Advisory Board of Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, and a member of the Youth Committee of the Central Conference of American Rabbis (CCAR).
Rabbi Barras is married to the light of his life, Jodi Gant Barras. They live in Fort Myers with their daughter Ella Sophia and son Ethan Abraham. In Fort Myers, Rabbi Barras served for three years as a member of the Lee County Human Services Council and as member of the Advisory Board of the Dubin Alzheimer’s Resource Center. Rabbi Barras has been appointed to the national board of the Association of Reform Zionists of America (ARZA). In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his family, playing golf and tennis, and reading.
Alexander "Sandy" Robinson
Board Member and President of Northern Trust Bank
Sandy Robinson, President, for the Fort Myers office, joined Northern Trust in 2006. Sandy comes to Northern Trust from Fifth Third Bank in Naples, Florida, where he served as Vice President and team leader in the commercial real estate division. He mastered a range of disciplines within the financial arena during his twenty- six year career with NBD Bank and in 1993 was selected to fulfill a newly created position as Senior Vice President and Chief Quality Officer. Sandy received a degree in History from Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey and a Masters degree in Business Administration from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He serves on the boards of the Boy Scouts of America – Southwest Florida Council, the Harry Chapin Food Bank of Southwest Florida, Habitat for Humanity – Lee County, Hope Hospice, the Southwest Florida Community Foundation, the Uncommon Friends Foundation and the United Way of Lee County.
He and his wife, Patty, reside in Bonita Springs.
P. Keith Scoggins, Jr.
Keith Scoggins has been an attorney with the federal Farm Credit System for more than 35 years. He is the retired Senior Vice President and General Counsel of 1st Farm Credit Services, Normal, IL. He continues to work as an attorney for Farm Credit on a part-time basis. Keith is a full-time resident of Estero, FL.
Keith is a member of the Illinois Bar Association. In the past Keith has also served on other Boards of Directors, including a captive insurance company, federal credit union, and several homeowners associations.
Board Member and Director of Housing for Hendry County
Aida Barnhart has a passion for fighting hunger and homelessness. She has been housing director for Hendry County since 2007, and previously worked for Bank of America.
Barnhart serves on numerous boards and is deeply involved in the Southwest Florida community. She is the mother of one daughter and resides in LaBelle.
Board Member and Vice President of BB&T-Oswald Trippe & Company
John Belisle began his insurance career in 1974 with Aetna Casualty & Surety Company in Providence, R.I., as bond representative in its surety department. After transferring to Aetna’s Tulsa, Okla., branch in late 1974, he worked with independent agents throughout Oklahoma to develop a financial institution and construction-related surety business.
Belisle joined Oswald Trippe and Company, Inc., in 1985 and served as senior vice president and director prior to the company’s acquisition by BB&T. His expertise in specialized risk management supports many of the company’s large commercial accounts.
He graduated from The University of Rhode Island in 1974 with a degree in business administration. In 1985, he received the certified insurance counselor designation from The National Alliance for Insurance Education and Research
Belisle also serves on the board of Alvin A. Dubin Alzheimer’s Resource Center, Inc.
Board Member and Category Dev. Manager-Chiquita Brands
Karen Pati is a Category Development Manager for Chiquita Brands, where she recently celebrated 14 years on the Fresh Express line, the world's largest packaged salad brand. Additionally, Pati serves on Chiquita's Corporate Responsibility Steering Committee, with both international oversight and a focus on sustainability efforts in North America.
With more than 15 years of prior supermarket experience at Jewel Food Stores, she brings a food industry perspective to the Harry Chapin Food Bank team.
An active volunteer, Pati also serves on the Marketing & Development committee for the food bank; is a board member for Human Trafficking Awareness Partnerships and the Zonta Club of Sanibel-Captiva; and serves as Lieutenant Governor for Zonta District 11, a geographic and administrative arm of Zonta International, a worldwide service and advocacy organization dedicated to improving the lives of women globally and locally.
She earned her BS and MBA degrees from Indiana University.
Pati and her husband, Dr. Gopal "Indy" Pati, enjoy their life together on Sanibel. When the tide, the water quality and the weather align, you're likely to find them boating, fishing, and enjoying the glory of the local wildlife.
Brian N. Schwartz, M.D., Board Member and Director of Medical Affairs at 21st Century Oncology and Managing Partner of Florida Urology Physicians in Fort Myers
Brian N. Schwartz, M.D., is director of medical affairs at 21st Century Oncology, and managing partner of Florida Urology Physicians in Fort Myers. He earned his doctor of medicine from the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, and has board certification from the American Board of Urology. He is a diplomat of the National Board of Medical Examiners and a member of the American Urological Association.
Dr. Schwartz is on staff of HealthPark Medical Center, Cape Coral Hospital, Gulf Coast Hospital, and Gladiolus Surgery Center. He also is a member of the Lee County Medical Society.
In 2011, he will served his third year as trustee of the Southwest Florida WineFest.
Board Member, Oversees Senior Nutrition Services & Community Service Programs
Kristina’s professional career has been devoted to overseeing Federal and State funded Nutrition and Social Services programs for seniors (that she continues to operate today). She has worked with the Mid-Carolina Area Agency on Aging in North Carolina and a move in 2004 brought her to the Area Agency on Aging in Southwest Florida. In 2006 she transitioned into the community setting providing direct oversight to the same Aging Services programs and has now been in the Aging and Nutrition field for over 12 years.
Kristina is currently the state appointed Aging Services representative on the Florida Food & Nutrition Advisory Council and was an active member of the 2010-2011 “Nutrition Subject Matter Expert Team” for the FL Dept of Elder Affairs. She is a leader in state and national advocacy to address “Senior Hunger” and is a member of the National “Feeding America” Senior Hunger Team.
Board Member and Mariner Properties Development
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Rev. Stephanie Munz Campbell
Board Member and Executive Director Grace Place for Children and Families
The Rev. Stephanie Munz Campbell recently joined the Harry Chapin Food Bank Board of Directors. Rev. Campbell is the executive director of Grace Place for Children and Families in Collier County. Grace Place is one of the food bank’s partner agencies.
A Naples resident since 1970, Rev. Campbell has a B.S. in Business from the University of Florida and a Graduate Deacon Course of Study from Asbury Theological Seminary. She has served for more than 20 years in Christian education and children/family ministry in local churches. In 2004 she completed her graduate education, began ordination in the United Methodist Church, and founded Grace Place as a new non-profit neighborhood center teaching literacy, language, and life skills to at-risk children and impoverished families in Golden Gate city.
Stephanie graduated from Leadership Collier 2009, served as a Vice-Chair of Leadership Collier 2012, was honored as a Woman of Initiative 2009 by the Community Foundation of Collier County, was honored in 2007 as a Paul Harris Fellow by the Naples Rotary Club, is a member of the Rotary Club Gulf Shore, and served on the Connect Now Steering Committee of the Education Foundation of Collier County.