Naples Classical Academy announces Brunner as founding principal
Naples Classical Academy, a new tuition-free classical curriculum K-12 charter school, has selected John Brunner as the school’s founding principal. With more than 20 years of education experience, Brunner brings a broad range of experiences and insights to the position. As part of the hiring process, Brunner went through an extensive interview process with Hillsdale College’s Barney Charter School Initiative team and received their approval. Naples Classical Academy plans to use the Hillsdale College K-12 Curriculum. Brunner has previous experience launching and leading a classical school in a hybrid format, which integrated home education with in-classroom classical education experience. He holds a master’s degree in education leadership from Florida Gulf Coast University and a bachelor’s degree from Western Kentucky University. A veteran, Brunner served in the U.S. Navy and Ohio National Guard. The next available parent information meeting will be held from 6:30-7:30 p.m. on Oct. 22 at Veterans Community Park. Interested parents should RSVP online at NaplesClassical.org/RSVP
. Currently under development, Naples Classical Academy will be located at 10270 Immokalee Road, just east of Collier Boulevard in North Naples. For more information, visit Naples Classical Academy at NaplesClassical.org
Garner joins BSU board of directors
The Bonita Springs Utilities Inc.
board of directors selected Richard Garner to fill the vacant director seat left by the passing of Frank Liles Jr., who served on the board since 1986. Garner will serve as director until the 2021 annual election, the first election following the vacancy. A Bonita Springs resident for 30 years, Garner is a retired banking executive and real estate professional. He was president and CEO of First National Bank of Bonita Springs, now First National Bank of Florida; founding chairman and CEO of CNL Bank of Southwest Florida, now Valley National Bank; and founding chairman & CEO of Southern Community Bank of Southwest Florida, now Fifth Third Bank. Garner has served as chairman of the Bonita Springs Chamber of Commerce, now SWFL Inc., as well as president and treasurer of the chamber’s foundation. A dedicated community volunteer, he has held leadership positions with numerous local organizations, including The Speakers Assembly of Southwest Florida; Bonita Springs Fire Control and Rescue District Firefighter Pension Fund; The SKY Family YMCA Bonita Springs, YMCA Naples; and the Rotary Club of Bonita Springs.
Kimberly N. Rubino
Farr Law Firm hires Rubino as an associate attorney
Farr Law Firm
has added Kimberly N. Rubino as an associate attorney in the Punta Gorda office. Rubino is the newest member of the firm’s experienced litigation team. Rubino grew up in Ft. Lauderdale and moved to Charlotte County in middle school. Growing up with a disabled sister who required the use of the legal system inspired her to go into the field of law, she says. Prior to joining the Farr Law Firm, Rubino was an assistant state attorney for the 20th Judicial Circuit in Fort Myers and Port Charlotte. Rubino earned her Juris Doctor degree from the Stetson University College of Law in 2017. In 2014, she received her Bachelor of Science in criminal justice from Florida International University.
Wilderness Country Club names new head golf pro
Wilderness Country Club
has appointed Sara Dickson as its new head golf professional. In this role, Dickson is responsible for overseeing the club’s golf operations and facilities and ensuring outstanding experiences for members. Dickson is in her 11th year as a PGA Professional and 16th year in the golf business. Most recently, she was the 2015 Metropolitan PGA Women’s Player of the Year and the 2017 Metropolitan PGA Assistant Professional of the Year. Dickson is an AimPoint Green-Reading Instructor and was included in the 2018-19 Golf Digest Best Young Teachers in America and 2017-18 and 2019-20 Golf Digest Best Teacher by State lists. Originally from Providence, Rhode Island, Dickson graduated from Methodist University in Fayetteville, North Carolina, with a business administration degree and concentration in PGA golf management. While there, she was an ESPN Magazine Academic All-American on the 2nd NCAA III National Championship Women’s Golf Team. Upon graduation, Dickson pursued working as a club professional including at The Country Club in Brookline, Massachusetts and Royal Poinciana Golf Club in Naples.
Evans promoted to human resources director for Stevens Construction
Sandra Evans has been promoted to human resources director for Stevens Construction
. Evans leads human resource initiatives for all three Stevens Construction office locations in Fort Myers, Tampa and Orlando, managing the recruiting, onboarding, benefit plans, open enrollment process, training and wellness programs. A member of the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM), Evans has earned her Professional in Human Resources (PHR) certification from the HR Certification Institute, which demonstrates her proficiency of human resource management including laws and regulations. Evans is currently pursuing her Bachelor of Science in human resource management from Colorado State Global University.