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Southwest Florida Community Foundation Welcome New Board Trustees

FORT MYERS, Fla. (Jan. 23, 2012) – Sarah Owen, CEO of the Southwest Florida Community Foundation, announces that Deborah “Debi” Braendle, John Gamba and Charles “Charlie” Green have joined the foundation’s board of trustees.

A retired executive of the Dow Chemical Company, Braendle began her career in 1974 at Hoffmann-La Roche, Inc., a global pharmaceutical company, as an associate employment manager. During her tenure with Roche, she served on the advisory board of the Bloomfield High School Cooperative Education Program, the advisory board of Montclair University Cooperative Education Program and on the placement board of Kessler Institute Rehabilitation Center. Until moving to Florida, Braendle also served on the board of directors of Banbury Cross, a therapeutic equestrian center for handicapped children located in Metamora, Michigan. Locally she has served on The Shelter for Abused Women and Children board in Naples as well as on the board of trustees at The Guadalupe Center, Inc., a social services and educational agency in Immokalee where she served as chair of the board for three years. Braendle now co owns Bonita Boarding Kennel and Pet Camp with her daughter and son-in-law.

A serial entrepreneur, Gamba has founded, funded, managed and exited five Internet companies in his 20-year career. Trained at KPMG Peat Marwick as a management consultant, he later joined US Interactive where he created e-commerce applications for Fortune 500 companies including Citigroup, Intel and Bank One. A board member on several local foundations and charities, Gamba is most active here locally as the vice-chairman of the Board of AFCAAM—an inner city education program that provides intensive reading and mentoring services to K-12 students in the Dunbar and Harlem Heights Community of Fort Myers. He is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania.

Currently serving as the Clerk of the Circuit Court for Lee County, Green has worked for Lee County since 1984. He is responsible for managing $1.5 billion in county investments and ensures all county expenditures are made according to law and policy. Green has been reelected to public office in Lee County without opposition six times. He was previously president of both the Florida Association of Court Clerks/Comptrollers (2001-2002) and Downtown Rotary Club of Fort Myers (1993-1994). Green is a graduate of the University of Florida, with a degree in journalism.
 
"We are thrilled to welcome these committed community leaders to our board of trustees, said Sarah Owen, CEO of the SWFLCF.  They will play a pivotal role as the Foundation moves forward to create positive sustainable change in our community."

The Southwest Florida Community Foundation has been supporting the communities of Lee, Charlotte, Glades, Hendry, and Collier counties since 1976. With assets of over $60 million, the Community Foundation has provided more than $50 million in grants and scholarships to the communities it serves.

Contact: Melinda Isley, APR, m.creativepr, 239-274-7736

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