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Collier Board of Trustees

 

Steven Banks

Steven is an active participant in ROOF’s organization and serves on the Program Committee. He is a philanthropist and created an organization called The Dolphin Love Project with the mission to build a faith based magical interactive program that is developed out of the love between wild dolphin friends, and special needs brothers and sisters.

He has worked over 5 years overseas doing mission work and is a founder of a ministry. He serves on the Planning Committee for Tim Tebow Foundation SWFL Night to Shine.

Steve is a former executive chef at the Rainbow Room and a former private chef to four former U.S. presidents.

Currently, he works as CEO of his company, Rice & Cracker Inc.

 

Nicole Coratti

Nicole is a professional in the field of social work and a self-advocate with extensive experience empowering individuals with disabilities to advocate for themselves. She has a Bachelor of Science in Social Work from the University of Central Florida. Her skills include public speaking, facilitating groups and workshops, and connecting individuals to resources. She uses a person-centered, culturally competent approach to assisting clients. In addition to serving on ROOF’s Collier Board of Trustees, Nicole currently volunteers for several organizations, including Kiwanis, Florida Developmental Disabilities Council, StarAbility Foundation, and Naples Community Hospital. These organizations are close to her heart and she enjoys using her knowledge and skills to help her community. Previously Nicole worked with Youth Haven as an in-house case manager, where she assisted the organization with implementing a therapy dog program and created individualized resource referrals for clients. Nicole is also an artist, writer, and blogger. She is an up-and-coming radio host of a show called The View from the Chair, which is broadcast on WGCU from the Florida Gulf Coast University campus, through the radio reading program.

 

Ann M Del Pero, Allied ASID, IDS, CAPS

Ann Del Pero’s multi-cultural experience includes more than 30 years in the design field as an Interior Architect and Space Planner, a Furniture and Industrial Designer, university professor and design journalist. She has served as a consultant and Design Manager for several international manufacturing companies and has lived in the USA and Europe, working with business clients all over the world.

Ann has earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Architecture at the Rhode Island School of Design and a Masters certificate in Industrial Design and Design Management at the Domus Academy in Italy. She also holds a Masters in Museum Studies from Johns Hopkins University.

Now living in Naples, Florida, and working as an interior designer at Clive Daniel Home, she is also an active member of several local organizations including the Women of 239, the Naples Newcomers Club South and the Italian Cultural Association in Naples. She is a member of the Collier Board of Trustees of ROOF (Residential Options of Florida).

 

Audra Esper

Audra Esper is a photographer, videographer, and coach and a champion for individuals in her community with intellectual disabilities.

Audra is an active member and volunteer for the Collier County Special Olympics organization. In addition to coaching Stand Up Paddle boarding, basketball, and soccer, she also serves as a member of the Special Olympics Steering Committee. Audra is a mentor for athletes on the Collier County Athlete Leader Council and regularly assists with multimedia and marketing required for Special Olympics events.

As the videographer for Collier County Special Olympics, Audra has produced multiple films featuring programs, events, and initiatives. Her work was featured on NBC’s “Today Show with Kathie Lee and Hoda” when she submitted a video for a contest nominating a fellow Special Olympics coach for their selfless work.

Audra is an avid soccer fan and player. She earned a B.A. in Communications from the University of Maryland and was a four-year starter on scholarship for their women’s soccer team. After reaching the professional level for soccer, Audra got a job working as a crew member for Norwegian Cruise Line and sailed around the world.

Transitioning from ship to shore, Audra moved to the corporate office in Miami, where she learned more about the creation of multimedia content, learning to spread awareness, achieve company alignment, and effectively communicate to a broader audience.

In 2018 Audra moved to Naples with her husband and son and decided to focus full time on using her videography skills toward community projects. Audra is so excited to be the newest member of the Board of the Directors for ROOF Collier- a cause that has quickly become near and dear to her heart.

 

Idela Hernandez

Please stay tuned for more information on this individual

 

 

 

 

 

Colette Kellerhouse Wright

Colette Kellerhouse Wright is a long-time resident of Naples, Florida with deep roots in the community. She holds a BA in International Studies from University of Miami and a Juris Doctor degree from Ave Maria School of Law. Prior to graduating from law school, Colette enjoyed a successful career as a general practice and civil litigation paralegal, which uniquely positions her to understand the legal services that her clients require. Assisting individuals and businesses with a variety of legal needs is central to her practice.

Colette is involved in the community and has a network of other professionals and businesses to assist her clients with conducting their personal and business affairs. In addition to serving on the ROOF Collier Board of Trustees, she is an active volunteer at Legal Aid Society of Collier County and is involved with the Collier County Bar Association.

 

Jesse Larsen

Jesse Larsen holds an MBA in Finance from Florida Gulf Coast University with 12 years of experience in the banking industry. He serves as Vice President, Business Banking Credit Manager at Florida Community Bank in Naples. Jesse was elected in 2018 to the Collier County Board of Trustees for Residential Options of Florida. Jesse will combine his knowledge and experience to support the financial goals for the organization. A major focus will be the development of relationships to advance the mission of ROOF in our community. His passion to serve includes mentoring at the Children’s Network of Southwest Florida, as well as coaching basketball for the YMCA and flag football at Fleischman Park.

 

Dr. Frank Nappo

Dr. Frank Nappo of Naples has a longstanding involvement in volunteering and public service. He has served as a board member of the Naples Art Association at Von Liebig Art Center since 2005 and was President of the association’s board for four years. He is the current President of Drug Free Collier, for which he has served on the board for the past six years; and is President of Immokalee Housing and Family Services, on a board he has served since 2008. He is also a member of the Immokalee CRA (Community Redevelopment Agency) and a Board Member with R.O.O.F. (Residential Options of Florida).

Dr. Nappo is retired from a distinguished career in education including his role as Dean of Liberal Arts and Associate Professor at Burlington County College. He earned his Ed. D. at Rutgers University and both his B.A. and M.A. degrees at New Jersey City University.

Following his career in teaching and administration, Dr. Nappo was an Account Executive at Retex Corporation until his retirement in 2001.

 

Dennis Slabaugh, ARM CRIS

Mr. Slabaugh, an insurance and risk management professional in Naples for the past 38 years, is a former risk manager for the NCH Healthcare System, independent business risk consultant and currently is the senior risk advisor and co-owner of Concierge Insurance Partners, LLC, a private commercial insurance agency in Naples Florida.

Outside of the numerous business professional and civic organizations he is involved with, he was a founding member of the East Naples Kiwanis Club and serves as a 20th Judicial Circuit Court small claims mediation volunteer the past 11 years. After being invited to join the board, he was drawn to the opportunity to serve based upon his personal experience with Muscular Dystrophy and is looking forward to contributing to the direction and success of their mission.

 

Michael Thakkar

Michael Thakkar is a Certified Public Accountant for HBK CPAs, along with his role as a manager for the multidisciplinary financial services firm. They offer the collective intelligence of hundreds of professionals committed to delivering exceptional client service across a wide range of tax, accounting, wealth management, and other support services from offices throughout the country. Michael is committed to giving back to the community and his volunteer service with Special Olympics as a youth paved the way for his involvement with ROOF.