2017-08-17 / On the Move


FERACO FERACO Awards & Recognition

Ralph Feraco, executive chef at Kensington Golf & Country Club, has been named the 2017 national winner of the Dr. L.J. Minor Chef Professionalism Award by the American Culinary Federation. The award is presented to a chef who exemplifies the highest standard of professionalism through certification, continuing education and training, culinary competitions and community involvement. A member of ACF for more than 25 years, Chef Feraco served as president of the Caxambas Chapter of Naples and Marco Island from 2005- 09. In 2006, he was inducted into the American Academy of Chefs. He also is involved in the Naples Chaine de Rotisseurs. He serves as an advisory board member of the Greater Naples YMCA, Culinary & Hospitality Education Foundation and Lorenzo Walker Technical College. He also provides guidance to students preparing for competitions and presents at the Golden Gate High School Academy of Culinary Arts.


Lake Michigan Credit Union has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Naples-based Encore Bank, creating a combined entity with approximately $5.6 billion in assets and more than $9 billion in serviced mortgages, with 10 branches in Florida and more than 40 in Michigan. Tom Ray, CEO of Encore Bank, will stay on as regional president of LMCU of Florida. Completion of the acquisition is expected in the first quarter of 2018.

Board Appointments

Four new members have joined the board of trustees for the Community Foundation of Collier County. Erika Aron, Todd Bradley, Lynn Martin and Myra Williams began their three-year terms on July 1. At the same time, former board members Pat Jilk, Kim Ciccarelli Cantor, Laird Grant Goody, Kathleen Kircher, Suzie Lount and Deborah Russell became trustees emeriti. Brad Havemeier continues as a trustee emeriti for a one-year period.

MAMBUCA MAMBUCA Dr. Reisha Brown, a pediatrician with Pediatric Associates of SWFL, P.A., has joined the board of directors of the David Lawrence Center, Collier County’s not-for-profit mental health and addiction recovery treatment center serving children, adults and families. Dr. Brown earned a bachelor’s degree in biology at Bryn Mawr College and her medical degree at St. George’s University School of Medicine.


Michelle Mambuca has joined at C2 Communications as a communications specialist to work with the agency’s clients on media relations, community education and outreach, social media campaigns and marketing projects. Ms. Mambuca previously worked at RGD Marketing, managing projects and working on rebranding when the company moved from New York to Southwest Florida. She holds a bachelor’s degree in communication with a concentration in public relations from Florida Gulf Coast University.


Mike Hamburg has joined Sunshine Ace Hardware as commercial paint manager at the Golden Gate store. Mr. Hamburg holds a bachelor’s degree in business management from Spring Garden College in Philadelphia. Prior to joining Sunshine Ace Hardware, he worked for more than 30 years for Sherwin-Williams, where he earned nine President’s Club awards and two Master’s Club awards for excellence in sales.


The Alzheimer’s Association has moved to new offices at 9240 Bonita Beach Road. The office serves Collier, Hendry and Lee counties, providing care, support groups and a 24/7 hotline for individuals and families dealing with Alzheimer’s and related diseases.

The Sweet Art Gallery is preparing to move to new space at 2100-A Trade Center Way. Original artwork in the gallery’s soon-to-be-vacated space at 2054 Trade Center Way is on sale now.

Nonprofit Organizations

Deanna Deppen has been named fulltime executive director of Shy Wolf Sanctuary, Education and Experience Center. Ms. Deppen stepped down as president of the organization’s board of directors to assume her new responsibilities. She has been volunteering in the nonprofit world at all levels of operation for 20 years and has been involved with Shy Wolf Sanctuary since its incorporation in 2001. Among her priorities is working with the board to find and obtain a piece of property for a larger sanctuary.

Bill Truog has been named interim executive director of Humane Society Naples. Mr. Truog most recently was the regional advancement officer for major gifts at Kent State University. Prior to that he was president and CEO of The Waterford Group Inc. He earned a doctorate in philosophy and an MBA from Ohio University, a master’s in organizational communication from Case Western Reserve University and a bachelor’s in business from Hillsdale College. ¦

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