20 Aug Southwest Florida Community Foundation elects board members
FORT MYERS, Fla. (Aug. 18, 2016) – The Southwest Florida Community Foundation recently elected four new members to its board of trustees.
Mike Jung, Gail Markham, Dale Reiss and Jonathan Romine have each joined the nonprofit’s board for a three-year term.
Jung was named president of the News-Press Media Group in August 2015. Prior to joining the News-Press, he held the same position with the Idaho Statesman, a McClatchy newspaper. Before joining the Statesman, Jung was the publisher at the Santa Cruz Sentinel. His newspaper career includes stints in the Bay Area, Akron, southern California and Florida with notable companies like Knight Ridder, McClatchy, Gannett and Media News. He is a graduate of San Jose State University and was awarded with a McCormick Fellowship. He is active in the community serving as the immediate past board chair for United Way and previously served on the board of directors for the Boise Metro Chamber, Idaho Business for Education, Idaho Shakespeare Festival and the Idaho Food Bank.
Markham is the founding partner of Markham Norton Mosteller Wright & Company, a public accounting and consulting firm. Among her many designations, she is a Florida Supreme Court Certified Family Civil Mediator, Certified Financial Planner™, Certified Fraud Examiner and is certified in financial forensics. She is the founder of the Lee County PACE Center for Girls, and was named a WGCU Maker for her contributions in Southwest Florida by WGCU and PBS in 2013, the 2011 Woman of the Year and 2010 Philanthropist of the Year by Gulfshore Life Magazine, and she was the recipient of the Fort Myers Chamber APEX Award in 2008.
Reiss brings insights gained in her more than 40 years of experience in organizational, financial, planning and management strategies and has advised public and private companies, corporations and financial institutions in all aspects of development, investment and finance. She has experience serving on public, private and nonprofit boards and in a wide variety of industry leadership roles. Reiss has expertise in global strategic, financial, investment and governance issues. Her industry exposure includes real estate, construction, retail, hospitality, restaurant, gaming, banking and financial services, professional services, transportation and infrastructure. She was Ernst & Young’s global and Americas director of real estate, hospitality and construction until her retirement in 2008 and continued to consult to the firm until 2011. She managed the firm’s real estate, REIT, homebuilding, construction, engineering, hospitality, gaming and restaurant practices with global revenues of more than $2 billion and more than 5000 personnel, and developed an integrated global practice with emphasis on India, Asia and the Middle East. She’s currently the managing director of Artemis Advisors, LLC, a real estate restructuring and consulting firm, and also serves clients in the position of senior managing director of Brock Capital Group, LLC, a boutique investment bank. Reiss serves as a director, chair of the audit committee and member of the investment committee of iStar Financial, Inc. (NYSE: STAR), a real estate finance and investment firm, as a director of Tutor Perini Corporation (NYSE: TPC) where she is chair of the audit committee, as a director of Care Capital Properties, Inc. where she is chair of the compensation committee, and as a director of CYS Investment, Inc. (NYSE: CYS) where she is a member of the audit, nominating and governance committees. She is a governor of the Urban Land Institute and its foundation, where she has been a past trustee, treasurer and chair of the audit committee, and is a board member of The Guttmacher Institute and of Planned Parenthood Federation of America. She also serves on the board of Educational Housing Services, Inc., a nonprofit student housing organization, and contributes to her local community as a trustee of the Police Pension Board on Sanibel Island. Reiss has a bachelor’s degree in economics and accounting from the Illinois Institute of Technology, an MBA in finance and statistics from the University of Chicago and is a Certified Public Accountant.
Romine is co-owner of EnSite, Inc., a leading Florida-based design firm specializing in planning, landscape architecture, civil engineering, urban design, sustainability and graphic design. His passion is making a positive impact on the community in which he lives, works, learns and plays, and he has spent more than a decade serving the Southwest Florida community. He has served as a board member and various other capacities for The Foundation for Lee County Public Schools, the Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce, Rotary Club of Fort Myers South, FutureMakers Coalition, HealthyLee Steering Committee and currently serves as president of the board of directors of the Imaginarium Science Center.
The Southwest Florida Community Foundation is celebrating its 40th Anniversary in 2016. As leaders, conveners, grant makers and concierges of philanthropy, the Community Foundation is a foundation built on community leadership with an inspired history of fostering regional change for the common good in Lee, Collier, Charlotte, Hendry and Glades counties. Founded in 1976, it connects donors and their philanthropic aspirations with evolving community needs. With assets of more than $93 million, it has provided more than $63 million in grants and scholarships to the communities it serves. Last year, it granted more than $3.2 million to nonprofit organizations supporting education, animal welfare, arts, healthcare and human services, as well as provided regional community impact grants and scholarship grants.
For more information about the Southwest Florida Community Foundation, call 239-274-5900 or visit www.floridacommunity.com.