ON THE MOVE
Leaders of the Greater Naples Fire Rescue District received Excellence in Leadership awards from Tenzinga, the web-based active employee performance management system. The awards were presented to Battalion Chief Andy Krajewski, Battalion Chief Matt Trent, Battalion Chief Matt Trent and Deputy Chief Shawn Hanson. The awards were determined based on factors including an online survey from all employees who nominated the top leader, a Tenzinga audit of all leaders using the Tenzinga employee performance management system and input from Fire Chief Kingman Schuldt. The Greater Naples Fire Rescue District was also recognized as the Organization of the Year for the Tenzinga Excellence in Leadership Award.
Five new members have been elected to serve on the board of directors for Valerie’s House, a nonprofit organization helping children and families work through grief following the death of a loved one. The new board members are: Victoria Loyola, CPA, Markham Norton Mosteller Wright & Company, P.A.; Michael McCullough, COO, LeeSar; Shannon Mullins, CEO, Mullins Memorial Funeral Home; Christina Mehta Prendiville, CEO, Mehta Communications; and Bjorn Rosinus, CEO, Endeavor Innovative Workspaces. They join existing board members Donna Caruso, New York Life; Joy Gugliuzza, Royal Shell Real Estate; Kristalyn Loson, Fort Myers assistant city attorney; Scott Sherman, Arthrex Inc.; Mary Silverstein, RMG, LLC; Melodie Turish; and Michelle Whitlock, CEO, Siesta Pebble, Inc.
Mary Meima has joined the board of directors for the Everglades Wonder Gardens. A resident of Bonita Springs since 1977, Ms. Meima is the administrative liaison at Bonita Springs Utilities, where she has worked for 32 years She is also active as a volunteer with multiple local organizations and is a 2012 graduate of Leadership Bonita.
Ron Rucker has been promoted to senior executive vice president–senior loan executive at First Florida Integrity
Bank. Mr. Rucker has 47 years of experience in the banking industry. He has led the commercial, residential and consumer lending teams since he joined First Florida Integrity Bank in January 2009 as executive vice president–senior loan officer in January of 2009.
David Kovalik has been promoted to vice president-project management at DeAngelis Diamond to oversee all project management throughout the company’s regional offices in Naples and Sarasota as well as Birmingham, Ala., and Nashville, Tenn. He will continue to work out of the Naples headquarters and take the leadership role in managing client relationships, project operations, scheduling and financial reviews. Mr. Kovalik has 14 years of experience in the industry. He joined DeAngelis Diamond in 2005 and previously was executive project manager.
MaryAnn Szlachetka has joined Moorings Park at Grey Oaks as general manager of dining services. Her responsibilities include overseeing dining operations at the SandWedge Bistro, the 105 Restaurant and the Vynes Restaurant and Bar, as well as at Oakstone, which has assisted living and memory care residences. Ms. Szlachetka has almost 20 years of experience in the restaurant industry. She began her career in Southwest Florida as club dining manager at Mediterra and several years later opened the Mediterra Beach Club as its general manager. She also worked for 14 years at The Ritz-Carlton Beach Resort. Prior to joining Moorings Park at Grey Oaks, she was general manager of dining services at Moorings Park’s main campus on Goodlette-Frank Road.
A native of Philadelphia, she has lived in Naples since 1990.
Kate DeJong has been named education coordinator for the Everglades Wonder Gardens. Ms. DeJong holds a bachelor’s degree in biology with an emphasis on coastal environmental science and a minor in mathematical science from the University of North Florida. She has volunteer experience at the Jacksonville Zoo and Botanical Garden and has worked at Naples Botanical Garden. ¦