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ReneeRenee McFarland, Executive Director, The Kleist Health Education Center,
Florida Gulf Coast University, Fort Meyers, FL.

Renee has come from The Weller Health Education Center; in Easton, Pa. to The Kleist Health Education Center, on Florida Gulf Coast University’s campus in Fort Myers, Florida. Renee has taught health and physical education in the public school setting for 13 years before moving to the health education center environment. Renee holds a Masters of Education Degree in Health Education and an Educational Specialist Degree in Curriculum and Instruction.  Renée has worked in the health education center environment for 14 years.

She is currently enrolled in FGCU’s Doctoral program and is completing her dissertation in education. As Executive Director, her job responsibilities at The Kleist Health Education Center include: center administrative duties, teaching, health education program development, grant writing, program evaluation, supervision of health education health educators and student teachers, and marketing and center development. Her university duties include developing and teaching undergraduates courses in the area of health and community health education. 

NancyNancy M. Solliday, Sr. Director of Sales Excellence Gannett Co., Inc. US Community Publishing
Nancy Solliday is a 26 year veteran of Gannett Co, Inc. currently serving as the company’s Sr. Director of Sales Excellence. Prior to joining Gannett’s corporate team, Nancy was most recently Sr. Vice-President of Sales and Marketing at The News-Press Media Group in Fort Myers, FL.  Prior to Fort Myers, Nancy served as Sr. Vice-President of Advertising for the Detroit Media Partnership, including the Detroit News and the Detroit Free Press. 
Nancy started her career at the Democrat & Chronicle and Times-Union in Rochester, NY moving through the management ranks before moving on as Director of Advertising in Utica, NY, Binghamton, NY and Melbourne, FL.  She is a six-time Gannett Presidents Ring winner, awarded to the top 10 executives nationwide annually.
Along with the Kleist Health Education Center, Nancy has sat on several local boards, including The Foundation for Lee County Public Schools and the Fort Myers-area Chamber of Commerce as well as the statewide Florida Press Service.
The Long Island, NY native is a graduate of Saint John Fisher College in Rochester, NY and currently resides in South Fort Myers, FL.


MitchDr. Mitchell L. Cordova, Professor and Dean of the College of Health Professions
Dr. Mitchell L. Cordova joined Florida Gulf Coast University as Professor & Dean of the College of Health Professions in July 2011. Prior to his arrival at FGCU, Dr. Cordova served as Professor and Chairperson of the Department of Kinesiology at The University of North Carolina at Charlotte for 6 years. Additionally, he also served as Director of the Biodynamics Research Laboratory and was a research faculty member within the Center for Biomedical Engineering Systems at UNC Charlotte. Before joining the faculty at UNC Charlotte in Fall 2005, Dr. Cordova was on faculty at Indiana State University for 8 years in which he served in many capacities including: Department Chair, Director of the Masters and PhD programs in Athletic Training and Sports Medicine, and Director of the Sports Injury Research Laboratory.
Dr. Cordova’s  research endeavors have culminated into publishing over 60 peer-reviewed scientific journal articles, and he has delivered over 115 professional research presentations, symposia, and invited lectures at the national level. In 2000, Dr. Cordova was recipient of the NATA Research & Education Foundation’s New Investigator Research Award, and in 2003 he was honored by Indiana State University in receiving the Theodore Dreiser Distinguished Research Award.


JohnJohn Ammons II, Vice President and Office Manager of Edison National Bank
John serves as Vice President and Office Manager of Edison National Bank’s Cleveland Avenue office located in Fort Myers, Florida.  John’s responsibilities include but are not limited to the effective and efficient management of the office in accordance with all federal and state laws, regulations, and policies of the Bank. With 29+ years of banking experience in Lee County, John began his banking career in his hometown of Fort Myers at the original Lee County Bank in 1983.  He continued to gain valuable experience which he brought with him to Edison National Bank in 2003.

In addition to his career accomplishments, John has served on the Edison Park Elementary SAC Committee as a member and business partner since 2006 and joined the Villas Elementary School SAC Committee in 2011.  His volunteerism and community involvement includes Literacy Buddy Program, The Foundation for Lee County Public Schools, Dress for Success, The Children’s Advocacy Center, March of Dimes, Muscular Dystrophy Association and CCMI.



MarshallMarshall T. Bower, Esq.

Marshall joined the Foundation for Lee County Public Schools, Inc. in 2006 as President & CEO.  In that role he directs the Foundation staff in the mission to enhance and enrich the quality of public education in Lee County through programs, resources and experiences made possible through corporate, individual and educational partnerships.

From 1985 -2003, Marshall was in the State Attorney’s Office rising to the level of Deputy State Attorney.  In that capacity, he received numerous awards and recognition for his work including: 2001 State of FL Prosecutor of the Year Gene Berry Award and the Governor’s Peace at Home Award for his work on ending Family Violence.  He has served on numerous community boards including Children’s Home Society, Big Brothers Big Sisters of SWFL, FL Gulf Coast Criminal Justice Advisory Board, Coalition for A Drug-Free SWFL, and Abuse Counseling & Treatment.

He is currently chairman of the Lee Mental Health board, chairman of the Children’s Hospital of SWFL, and he serves on the PACE Center for Girls. 


JackieJackie Greene, Ed. S.
Ms. Greene has been involved in education for over 40 years as a classroom teacher, program coordinator and grant writer.  She is currently coordinator of the Level II Student Teaching Program at FGCU where she works placing student teachers in area schools to complete their student teaching. Jackie is completing her advanced degree in Education and is involved in research concerning the impact of short term study abroad student teaching experiences.