Board Members


Braxton Rhone

Braxton C. Rhone, B.S.

Chair

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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Mike Boose

Mike Boose, B.S.

Collier County

Mr. Boose, of Naples, is the director of human relations and organization development for Arthrex. He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. He was appointed January 26, 2018 for a term that ends May 31, 2021.






Christian Cunningham

Christian Cunningham, M.A.

Collier County

Mr. Cunningham, of Naples, is the chief human resources officer for Herc Rentals. He received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Pennsylvania. He was appointed January 30, 2018 for a term that ends May 31, 2021.




Julia du Plooy

Julia du Plooy, B.S.

Hendry County

Ms. Du Plooy, of Clewiston, is an independent contractor and owner of Julia du Plooy, LLC, and serves as the president of the Lake Okeechobee Business Alliance. She received her bachelor’s degree from Florida State University and is appointed for a term beginning February 28, 2018 and ending May 31, 2020.






Bruce Laishley

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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Jonathan A. Martin

Jonathan A. Martin, J.D.

Lee County

Mr. Martin, of Fort Myers, is an attorney with Parvey & Frankel Attorneys, P.A. He received his bachelor’s degree from Stetson University and his juris doctorate degree from Liberty University School of Law. He is appointed for a term beginning February 28, 2018 and ending May 31, 2018.






Danny Nix

Danny Nix, B.S.

Charlotte County

Danny Nix, of Punta Gorda, is the owner of Nix & Associates Real Estate, LLC. He received his bachelor’s degree from Western Governor’s University. He is appointed for a term beginning November 20, 2017, and ending May 31, 2018.

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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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