Board Members

Brian Chapman

Brian Chapman, Jr., B.A.

Chair

Lee County

Brian G. Chapman Jr., of Cape Coral, has been an insurance agent and owner of Chapman Insurance Group since 2009.
He received a bachelor’s degree from Florida Gulf Coast University.

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Tristan “Tris” Chapman, MBA

Vice-Chair

Hendry County

Mr. Chapman, of LaBelle, is Vice President and General Manager of Southern Gardens Citrus. Prior to that, he was an executive with Tropicana for over 20 years.  He earned his bachelor’s degree and MBA from the University of South Florida. He was appointed February 22, 2013.

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Bruce Laishley

Charlotte County

Bruce Laishley, of Punta Gorda, is the co-owner of Smuggler’s Enterprises, Inc, and is the CEO of Florida Premier Contractors, LLC, and the co-owner of Southwest Land Developers, Inc. He was appointed August 21, 2017 for a term that ends May 31, 2018.

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Eric Loche, B.A.

Charlotte County

Eric Loche is a financial advisor who serves on the board of directors for AMIkids Crossroads, a residential program and school for troubled foster boys. Mr. Loche received two bachelor’s degrees from California State University.

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Julia Perry

Julia G. Perry, B.A.E

Glades County

Mrs. Perry, of Moore Haven, is a retired school librarian.
She has served as a Trustee since 2002.

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Braxton Rhone

Braxton C. Rhone, B.S.

Lee County

Mr. Rhone, of Fort Myers, is an investment representative at Fidelity Investments. Active in the community, his service includes being an inaugural member of the G.A.I.N. (Growing Associates in Naples) Program, and as a past board member of Youth Leadership Collier. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Florida Gulf Coast University, where he also served as student body treasurer and vice president. He was appointed February 21, 2012.

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Starnes Bilotti

Marjorie Starnes-Bilotti, J.D.

Lee County

Marjorie Starnes-Bilotti, of Fort Myers, is a retired attorney. From 1994 to 1999, she was a member of the Florida State Board of Community Colleges. Starnes- Bilotti received bachelor’s and law degrees from Florida State University.

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Chris Vernon

Christopher T. Vernon, J.D.

Collier County

Mr. Vernon, of Naples, is a founding partner of the business and investment litigation firm Vernon Healy in Naples. He was appointed to the Board in 2005.

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