Following the Board of Directors’ annual report to members on key initiatives completed over the past year, Conservancy of Southwest Florida President and CEO Andrew McElwaine and Conservancy Board Chair Robert Heidrick honored outgoing board members Dawn Allyn, Ted Corbin, Sue Dalton and Andrew D.W. Hill and recognized their commitments to helping the Conservancy of Southwest Florida reach its milestone $38 million Saving Southwest Florida Capital Campaign goal and continually advocating to help meet the critical needs of Southwest Florida’s environment.
“Not only do we recognize our outgoing board members for their role in helping us reach our goal of creating a premier Nature Center, growing our endowment and strengthening our public policy work, but we thank them for helping us plan ahead,” said Heidrick. “Recognizing that our work is never done, we have initiated a new five-year strategic plan with the board and Conservancy staff to keep us focused and growing into the future.”
In addition, members present at the Annual Meeting elected six new community and business leaders to serve a four-year term as members of the Conservancy of Southwest Florida Board of Directors. The newly elected board members are Joe Catti, CEO of FineMark National Bank & Trust; Heidi Colgate-Tamblyn, a senior vice president and senior client advisor with Synovous Bank; Wayne Meland, Sr. Vice President of Morgan Stanley; Van Williams, retired vice president of development emeritus from Princeton University; Tom Gibson, an automotive executive; and Phillp M. Gresh, retired executive vice president of Tool Works.
Guest speakers included environmental videographer Elam Stoltzfus and photographer Carlton Ward, Jr., presenting details of their Florida Wildlife Corridor expedition.
About the Conservancy of Southwest Florida:
The Conservancy of Southwest Florida began in 1964 when community leaders came together to defeat a proposed “Road to Nowhere” and spearheaded the acquisition and protection of Rookery Bay. The Conservancy is a not-for-profit grassroots organization focused on the critical environmental issues of the Southwest Florida region with a mission to protect the region’s water, land and wildlife. This is accomplished through the combined efforts of environmental education, science, policy, and wildlife rehabilitation. The von Arx Wildlife Hospital treats in excess of 3,200 injured, sick and orphaned animals each year and releases about half of them back into their native habitats. Conservancy of Southwest Florida and Nature Center is located in Naples, Fla. at 1450 Merrihue Dr., off Goodlette-Frank Road at 14th Avenue North. The new Nature Center entrance, Smith Preserve Way, is now open and is located just south of Naples Zoo off Goodlette-Frank Road. For information about the Conservancy of Southwest Florida, call 239-262-0304 or visit www.conservancy.org.