NAPLES YMCA ADVISORY BOARD
Passionate and Civic-minded Leaders
Advisory Boards work in collaboration with YMCA staff and under the direction of the Board of Directors. The role of these Boards is to help effectively carry out the mission and the strategic plan.
The YMCA seeks individuals who have a passion for the Y’s work in the community, are experienced in resource development, understand strategic plans, and/or have sound management experience. Advisory board members further the Y’s work of enhancing the spirit, mind and body of families in the community.
The advisory boards shall include the YMCA program director and chief administrative officer of the YMCA or their designee. Advisory Boards shall communicate the committee work as it pertains to the budget goals, mission of the organization and the goals of the Naples YMCA through minutes. Occasionally, a presentation on the Advisory Board work is coordinated by the CEO for the Y’s Board of Directors. Through this sharing process the leadership of the Y is best informed on the program work as it pertains to the goals of the overall organization. Advisory Board meeting minutes and annual summary report should be prepared so that the Board and the Y membership are able to follow the progress of the committee work.
The Honorary Board of Directors is defined in the Greater Naples YMCA’s ByLaws under Article VI, Section I. Under definition the Board of Directors may, from time to time, elect by majority vote to name certain individuals as “Honorary Directors” as recognition for outstanding service over a period of years. At the invitation of the Board, Honorary Directors may attend Board meetings and participate in discussions on voting matters, but do not have voting rights. These Honorary Directors shall serve for life or until they resign or are removed from office,
Outstanding service is defined as contributing either; time, talent, or treasure to advancing the mission of the YMCA.
Confirmed Members of the Honorary Board of Directors
- Lavern Gaynor
- Juliet Sproul
- Sukie Honeycutt
The Finance Committee develops and recommends financial management guidelines, controls and policies for the Board of Directors. They take an active role in the review annual operating budgets and capital budgets developed by staff, and recommend budgets for Board approval. After the Board approves the annual budget, the Finance Committee takes and active role in monitoring the monthly the financial performance of the Association and ensures that corrective action is taken if performance varies negatively from budgeted amounts. This Committee oversees the Association’s compliance with loan agreements and bond covenants. This committee recommends to the Board of Directors costs of living increases, salary increases as part of the performance appraisal process, and reviews the administrative salaries and benefit packages to assure the Association remains in range with other YMCA’s. The Finance Committee takes on the responsibility to present the annual audit to the Board for approval. The Finance Committee assures an audit is conducted each year, as well recommendations of the auditors are complied with. The Finance Committee also makes recommendations to the Board of Directors on setting long-range financial goals for the Association that includes a funding strategy to achieve the goal.
Confirmed Members of the Finance Committee Advisory Board
- Finance Committee Chair: Chis Holter: Arthrex Senior Director of Commercial Finance/ Board Member
- George J. Mutter: Retired, Price Waterhouse, Lecturer- University of Toledo
- Wayne Nelson: Retired, Engineer General Motors
The Governance Committee deals with a range of issues around board development and performance. This committee is responsible for assessing the board’s current composition and identifying needs, developing board member and officer job descriptions, creating a recruitment plan and timeline, identifying and cultivating prospective members, and coordinating officer elections. In addition, the governance committee is responsible for broader board management issues, such as reviewing board policies, board self-assessment, and a board action plan. The governance committee is the board’s mechanism for looking after itself. As such, its work is vital to the health of the board and the entire organization.
Confirmed Members of the Governance Committee Advisory Board
- Governance Advisory Board Chair: Michael “Mick” Moore: Attorney/Owner Vanderbilt Beach Resort/Turtle Club/Member Board of Directors
- Wayne Nelson: Retired, Engineer General Motors
- William M. Burke: Attorney, Coleman, Yovanovich & Koester, PA
- John C. Brooks: John C. Brooks, CLU Personal Financial Rep. Allstate / Member Board of Directors (Vice Chair)
The Aquatic Advisory Board (AAB) was formed to support the CEO in providing advice to the Board of Directors on issues pertaining to the financial stability of the YMCA’s unique aquatics facilities. The AAB is made up of community leaders throughout the area who believe in the health, safety, recreation and competition benefits of year-round aquatic facilities and understand the need to provide diverse aquatic programming for all ages; infant to seniors. The Greater Naples YMCA Board sincerely appreciates the members of the AAB who have given their time and interest to help make programming recommendations that focus on sustaining the quality of a diverse aquatics program that fits within the mission of the YMCA.
The AAB responsibilities include developing and monitoring a comprehensive budget. THE AAB makes recommendations for aquatic center policies, setting swim team competition schedule, setting swim team fees, developing a long-term comprehensive compensation plan that attracts and retains high quality coaches and swim team operators. Equally important is the ABB role in developing a comprehensive plan that addresses the aquatic facility depreciation needs. Fundraising for the team and the facility as well as advocating for all aquatic programs should be included in the planning process. The collective work product of the AAB is submitted to the CEO for consideration in the YMCA’s overall planning and budget process. Once Board approved the ABB, CEO, Finance Committee and the Board of Directors receive full viability of the Aquatics budget, including expenses and revenues.
Confirmed Members of the AAB Board
- Greg Spier: Spier Splash Program
- Kevin Erndl: Founder and President of T2 Aquatics
- Paula DiGrigoli: Executive Director, NCH Safe & Healthy Children's Coalition
The Early Education Advisory Board (EEAB) was formed to support the CEO in advising the Board of Directors on the academic integrity, child development and financial stability issues in early education. All appointees shall have a special expertise or interest in high quality early childhood education and care and child development. The EEAB committee should represent a mix of representatives of the early childhood community, the civic, labor, and business communities, academics, parents, teachers, social service providers, and health care providers.
Confirmed Member of the EEAB Board
- C. Todd Vedder, MD, FAAP: Clinical Site Director, Nichols Pediatric Center at the YMCA Healthy Living Campus
- Karen A. Collins, OTR/L, MBA, STAR/c: Director of Pediatric Rehabilitation Services Fort Myers & Naples
- Susan Feld, ED.S.: Consultant/Specialist in Early Education
The Tennis Advisory Board (TAB) was formed to support the CEO in providing advice to the Board of Directors on issues pertaining to the financial stability of the YMCA’s unique tennis facilities. The TAB is made up of community leaders throughout the area who believe in the health, safety, recreation and competition benefits of year-round tennis facilities and understand the need to provide diverse tennis programming for all ages; infant to seniors. The Greater Naples YMCA Board sincerely appreciates the members of the TAB who have given their time and interest to help make programming recommendations that focus on sustaining the quality of a diverse tennis program that fits within the mission of the YMCA. The TAB responsibilities include developing and monitoring a comprehensive budget.
The TAB makes recommendations for tennis center policies, setting tennis team competition schedule, setting fees, developing a long-term comprehensive compensation plan that attracts and retains high quality coaches and tennis operators. Equally important is the TAB role in developing a comprehensive plan that addresses the facility depreciation needs. Fundraising for the facility as well as advocating for all aspects of the tennis program should be included in the planning process. The collective work product of the TAB is submitted to the CEO for consideration in the YMCA’s overall planning and budget process. Once Board approved the TAB, CEO, Finance Committee and the Board of Directors receive full viability of the budget, including expenses and revenues.
Confirmed Members of the Tennis Advisory Board
- Committee Chair Dr. Amy Chappell, M.D.: Independent Consultant in Neurology/ Member Board of Directors (Chair)
- Arthur Allen: Tennis Philanthropist
- Joe Balavage: Tennis Official
- J Webb Horton: Former Men's and Women's Tennis Coach, FGCU
- John Preeg: Director of Tennis, The Dunes
The Greater Naples YMCA’s WENY Diabetes Self-management Education (DSME) program will establish and maintain a DSME Advisory Group that is intended to provide external input for the purpose of program improvement. This group will meet at a minimum of once per calendar, or as needed to review and discuss the program and consider improvements. Advisory Group Members would include those positions shown below or others as necessary.
Confirmed Members of the Diabetes / Wellness Advisory Board
- Committee Chair: Joe Balavage, Help a Diabetic Child Inc
- Roger Ludwig: Weny Charitable Trust
- Dr. Amy Chappell, M.D.: Member Board of Directors
The YMCA is always concerned that our members and their visiting guests have the absolute best experience possible. Listening to our members and evaluating potential risks and liabilities allows the YMCA programs to flourish. Provide ongoing, objective assessment of services and strive to ensure that the facilities equipment and supplies are safe, appropriate and meet service guidelines.
Confirmed Members of the Membership and Safety Advisory Board
- Tom Ellis: Senior Vice President, Brown & Brown Insurance
- Lieutenant Rich Hampton: CCSO Patrol Commander North Naples
- Judge Robert L. Crown: 20th Judicial Circuit
The Evolutionary Lifestyle Advisory Board (ELAB) was formed to support the CEO in advising the Board of Directors on the needs of our adult population as they age into their senior years. All appointees shall have a special expertise or interest in high quality adult programming, education and care. The ELAB committee should represent a mix of representatives of the senior community, individuals that have passion for assuring ageing adults are cared for, as well as community and social service providers, and health care providers.
Confirmed Members of the Evolutionary Lifestyle Advisory Board
- Jennifer Stark: Evolving Lifestyles Ambassador
- Amanda Barton: Associate Senior Blue Book
- David Boerkoel, MHA, OTR/L: President Solaris Health and Wellness