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Collier Board of Trustees

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).

Idela Hernandez

Idela Hernandaz is the Founder of Interpreting and Application Services, LLC. She is a human services professional with 13+ years of experience providing services to individuals and families. Idela firmly believes that with the first help, many individuals are able to re-organize their lives and re-integrate into the workforce becoming productive citizens in this society. Her experience navigating systems, forms, and requirements along with empowering counseling skills will assist to access services designed to improve an individuals life.

Through experiences working with public and private educational and healthcare systems, she has developed the expert knowledge and problem solving skills needed to interview, advise, and ensure applications for services and benefits are completed accurately. To access any type of service or benefit, a person must meet eligibility criteria and submit a complete application that reflects accurate personal information—this is the first step for determining eligibility. Her passion of helping others to better themselves has become her business goal. As a result, at Interpreting and Application Services, LLC, we link as many individuals as possible to appropriate services that can result in a life changing experience which brings a sense of hope and independence.

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 (Chair)

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.