Board of Directors

Bill M. Dillon

Bill M. Dillon

CHAIRMAN

Dillon Chartered

A Florida native, Bill Dillon completed undergraduate and law school at the University of Florida. His practice involves all forms of business litigation, with special focuses on corporate healthcare disputes and real estate loan workout, foreclosure, receivership and related disputes.  Bill also has general commercial jury and non-jury trial practice. His representative clients include publicly traded healthcare companies, creditors on commercial secured credit facilities, churches, country clubs, franchisors and national shopping mall chains. Bill has been identified as a Florida Super Lawyer – Rising Star for the years 2010 through 2016.

Member since July 2014

John D. Clinger

John D. Clinger

VICE CHAIRMAN

Vice President, Clinger, Sizemore & Associates

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, John 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.

John has been a Little League coach for more than 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 and Abigail.

Member since June 2016

Kathleen K. Johnson, CPA

Kathleen K. Johnson, CPA

TREASURER

Shareholder, President and Managing Shareholder, Miller, Helms & Folk, PA.

Kathy Johnson is a shareholder, president and managing shareholder in the firm, Miller, Helms & Folk, PA. She is a graduate of the University of South Florida. Kathy has been with the firm since 1997, and she is a member of the AICPA, FICPA, Estate Planning Council of Lee County and the Planned Giving Council of Lee County. She currently sits on the board of Abuse Counseling and Treatment, Inc. and the Lakes Park Enrichment Foundation. She is also a licensed Certified Pool/Spa contractor in the state of Florida and a native Floridian.

Member since July 2018

Mark Levine

Mark Levine

SECRETARY

Insurance Executive

Mark Levine, is an insurance executive with over forty years of property and casualty experience, with both an insurance company and independent agency distribution background. Mark began his carrier at Liberty Mutual in Boston, in various sales and management positions. He became executive vice president at Allied American Insurance Agency and continued in an executive management role at Eastern Insurance, following the acquisition by Eastern Bank, the largest mutual bank in the country. Under Mark’s leadership, the agency grew to over $60 million in revenue and ranked among the Top 50 in the US.

Mark moved to southwest Florida in 2014, as President of Florida Operations for Starkweather & Shepley Insurance Brokerage, to build a retail and wholesale insurance presence in Florida for the Rhode Island based firm. He also is a co-founder and partner of Capital Shield, headquartered in Fort Myers.

Mark is a native of Pittsfield, MA and a graduate of Bentley College. He has been very active participating on various national and regional insurance company advisory boards throughout his career and served on the board of Advisors of the Greater Boston Food Bank. He and his wife, Sheri, raised their family in Sudbury, MA, and now reside in Miromar Lakes.

Member since July 2017

Pat Nevins

Pat Nevins

BOARD MEMBER

Retired Business Consultant & Registered Engineer

Pat Nevins has more than 37 years of experience related to general management consulting and engineering consulting. Prior to retiring, he served as principal for more than 18 years at the firm Towers Perrin (now Towers Watson), a global management consulting company. He joined Towers Perrin in 1984 and managed numerous million-dollar consulting projects to improve operations effectiveness, and developed major business processes to enhance overall performance for Fortune 500 companies in several industries.

Prior to joining Towers Perrin, he worked for 15 years in the consulting engineering and construction industry. He served as senior project engineer managing the overall electrical engineering design of several power plants.

Since retiring in 2006, he has spent several years assisting the non-profit food bank industry, including the Harry Chapin Food Bank, as a volunteer business consultant.

Pat has a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the Illinois Institute of Technology and a law degree from DePaul University. He is a Registered Professional Engineer and a retired member of the Illinois Bar.

Member since April 2016

Lois Thome

Lois Thome

BOARD MEMBER

News Anchor, WINK News

Lois Thome has been an anchor at WINK News for more than 25 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.

Lois 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 Feeds Families Hunger Walk. Her hometown is St. Anna, Wis., and she was educated at the University of Wisconsin. Lois is married and has one son and one daughter.

Member since June 2016

Kayla Richmond Miller

Kayla Richmond Miller

BOARD MEMBER

Attorney, Henderson, Franklin, Starnes & Holt, P.A.

Kayla Richmond Miller is an attorney with Henderson, Franklin, Starnes & Holt, P.A., where she practices divorce, marital and family law. Kayla is a Fort Myers native, graduating from Fort Myers High School in 2006. She graduated from the University of South Florida, and received both her law degree and an MBA from Stetson University.

Kayla serves as a Governor for the 20th Judicial Circuit on the Florida Bar’s Young Lawyers Division (YLD) Board of Governors, is Chair for the Health & Wellness Committee for the YLD, and is immediate past president for the Lee County Association for Women Lawyers.

Kayla has been recognized by Florida Super Lawyers® magazine as a “Rising Star” in the field of family law for the years 2016-2019, and named an “Up & Comer” by Florida Trend Magazine’s Legal Elite in 2017.

Member since July 2017

Veronica Larriva, CPA

Veronica Larriva, CPA

BOARD MEMBER

Partner at McHale, P.A.

Before Veronica was named a partner at McHale, P.A., she accumulated ten years of experience in specialized forensic accounting, litigation support and bankruptcy analysis, focusing on damages analysis, fraud investigation and detection, embezzlement analysis and Ponzi schemes.

In 2014, Veronica earned her Certified Public Accountant (CPA) license in the state of Florida. She has a Master of Science in Accounting and Taxation with a minor in Business Management from Florida Gulf Coast University’s Lutgert College of Business, where she graduated with honors.

In January 2017, Veronica received the Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants’ (FICPA) “Horizon Award,” which recognizes the brightest young CPAs in the state of Florida. Veronica is a frequent guest speaker at her alma mater’s Forensic Accounting class, where she teaches and provides guidance to accounting students. She also speaks fluent English and Spanish and has an advanced level of Portuguese.

Veronica is an active leader in several local organizations. She is a current officer and past chair (2016-2017) of the FICPA Southwest Florida Chapter, a chair of the FICPA Florida Gulf Coast University Accounting and Tax Conference (2017-2018), and a past committee member of the Young CPAs. Veronica’s professional affiliations also include the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners.

Member since July 2018

Marianne R. Piccirilli Lentini

Marianne R. Piccirilli Lentini

BOARD MEMBER

General Counsel, Fifth Avenue Family Office

Marianne R. Piccirilli Lentini is general counsel for Fifth Avenue Family Office, a multi-family office that manages high-net worth entrepreneurs and their families. Marianne has nearly two decades of expertise advising families with multi-generational wealth. She has served as general counsel and senior executive for the family offices of prominent Collier County families and continues to be involved in charitable efforts in Southwest Florida. She previously served on the Harry Chapin Food Bank Board from 2014 to 2015. She was admitted to the New York State Bar in 1990 and is a member of the Trusts and Estates Law Section of the New York State Bar Association as well as the business law section of the Florida Bar Association.

Member since February 2019

Precious Gunter

Precious Gunter

BOARD MEMBER

Precious holds a B.S. in Human Resource Management from the University of South Carolina and a Juris Doctor (J.D.) from North Carolina Central University School of Law where she served as a Senior Editor of the Law Review. After obtaining her law license, she was an Adjunct Ethics Instructor for Virginia College and worked as a Staff Attorney for Legal Aid of North Carolina for almost five years. She is currently the Director of Equity, Ethics, and Compliance and Title IX Coordinator for Florida Gulf Coast University.  She is the designated Chief Compliance Officer for the University overseeing the University’s compliance and ethics program as well as adherence to state and federal discrimination laws based on protected categories including sex, race, age, disability, religion, etc. She also coordinates trainings to promote education and awareness throughout the university community and chairs the following three committees: Title IX Committee, Diversity and Inclusion Committee, and Compliance Liaison Committee.

Member since July 2019

Linda Stuart

Linda Stuart

BOARD MEMBER

Linda Stuart is a retired Director of Compliance for a medium sized employee welfare benefits consulting firm in Indianapolis, Indiana.  She graduated from Indiana University with a degree in marketing and completed the Employee Benefits program from the Institute for Paralegal Training in Philadelphia. She, and her husband, Russ, established one of the first COBRA compliance administration firms after that legislation was passed.

Linda and Russ began supporting Gleaners Food Bank in Indianapolis.  They transferred that passion to HCFB as they became full time Fort Myers residents.

Member since July 2019

Daniel Frate

Daniel Frate

BOARD MEMBER

Former financial services and technology executive

Daniel Frate, a former financial services and technology executive, served for 35 years as a leader of large and complex business units in both financial services and technology. Most recently he was ACI Worldwide’s Group President for its cloud business. ACI Worldwide is headquartered in Naples and creates payment software for the world’s largest banks and merchants. Prior to ACI, Dan managed retail banking and payment business units for several leading banks in the United States.

Throughout his career, Dan has served on several nonprofit boards, including the United Way in Delaware. He also was a Board Member at his alma mater – John Carroll University. Currently he is a member of the Dean’s Council at Purdue University, where he earned his graduate degree.

Dan is co-manager of a family real estate business and acts as a business advisor. He enjoys biking, exercising, sports and traveling. Dan and his wife Laura are originally from Cleveland, Ohio and have lived in Collier County for the past eight years

Member since July 2020

David L. Fry

David L. Fry

BOARD MEMBER

Dwell Florida

David L. Fry is the owner of Dwell Florida, co-owner of Babcock Farms and owner and developer of The Place on First, which will be developed as an eight-story, 125-room hotel in downtown Fort Myers. David has lived in Southwest Florida his entire life and spent over 25 years in real estate-related services, including 17 years with a Florida-based land developer and homebuilder, WCI Communities, during which time he held positions of Senior Vice President, Chief Operating Officer and served as President and Chief Executive Officer from 2008- 2012.

David is a licensed Florida Realtor© and is experienced in land development and community planning, real estate sales, title and mortgage brokerage and amenity/hospitality planning, development and operations.

David serves on the Board of Directors of The Children’s Advocacy Center, Harry Chapin Food Bank and the United Way of Lee, Hendry, Glades and Okeechobee Counties. He chaired the 2015-2016 Campaign and served as the Board Chairman in 2018 and 2019. He and his wife, Monique, have four daughters; Mackenzie, Malorie, Madison and Margaux.

Member since July 2020

Raymond A. Schmitt

Raymond A. Schmitt

BOARD MEMBER

Retired, JPMorgan Chase

Raymond A. Schmitt recently retired after a 33-year career at JPMorgan Chase. Earlier in his career, he worked in a variety of product roles within the Investment Banking Division, including corporate finance, bankruptcy and restructuring, interest rate and currency derivatives, debt capital markets and private placements.  Ray finished his career within the Commercial Banking Division, serving on its operating committee and overseeing several global product areas, including asset-based lending, equipment and lease finance, trade finance, ESOP advisory, syndicated finance, treasury sales, and treasury product management.

Ray received an undergraduate degree in civil engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and his master’s degree in business administration from Columbia University.

Member since July 2020

Carolyn Tieger

Carolyn Tieger

BOARD MEMBER

Tieger Public Affairs

Carolyn Tieger, a Washington D.C. communications veteran, is considered one of the top public affairs strategists in the country when it comes to tough legislative issues, corporate and industry crises, litigation, and issues management. She spent four decades in the nation’s capital, serving Congress, the White House, international public relations firms (Burson-Marsteller and Porter Novelli), and as an owner of her own business. Carolyn moved to Naples in 2009 and after finding retirement boring she founded Tieger Public Affairs.

She currently serves on the national Alzheimer’s Association Board of Directors, the University of Georgia’s Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication and Sigma Kappa Foundation’s Boards of Trustees. She has established a Public Affairs Communications chair at Grady and led major fundraising efforts for Alzheimer’s research and a major capital campaign for the Sigma Kappa Foundation.

Locally, she is a Trustee and Chairman of the Communications Committee for the Shelter for Abused Women and Children. She has also served on the boards of Greater Naples Leadership and Collier Child Care Resources and as a member of the Harry Chapin Food Bank Collier County Action Group. Additionally, she has held senior positions in a number of local political campaigns.

Carolyn is a journalism graduate of the University of Georgia. She lives with her husband Elliott Brown and their Welsh terrier, Miss Kirbie.

Member since July 2020