Connie Sharpe – President
Originally from Circleville, Ohio, Connie and her husband, Gary, bought a home in Naples in 2000 and have lived here fulltime since 2005. Connie has two children and seven grandchildren. After receiving her bachelor’s degree in nursing from Ohio State University in 1969, she held several nursing positions in hospitals, including the vice president of Health Care Logistics for 20 years.
Connie has been involved with NTRC since 2002 and quickly became a core member of the team. In addition to her service on the board of directors, Connie is a member of the executive committee, events committee and volunteers weekly as a sidewalker and leader during program lessons.
“NTRC is what every charitable organization should be. It exemplifies coordination, cooperation, communication and love of a program like I’ve seen nowhere else. Over the years, I’ve seen the program grow from around 25 riders to more than 100. Growing pains and changes are seen as opportunities, not obstacles.”
Anthony McClure – Vice President
A Midwest native, Tony McClure was born and raised in Columbus, Ohio. After graduating from law school in 2001, he completed a one-year clerkship for the Honorable Joan Gottschall in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, in Chicago.
Tony returned to Columbus in 2002 as an associate in the Litigation department at Porter Wright. Since joining the firm, he has represented clients in a variety of disputes in both state and federal courts. He has experience in matters including complex commercial litigation, probate litigation, real estate and mortgage disputes, and construction litigation. Tony has successfully tried cases and assisted in trials and hearings in multiple courts and has argued before several courts of appeal, the Ohio Supreme Court, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. In 2012, Tony and his family became part of the Naples community, where he maintains his legal practice (admitted to both the Florida and Ohio bar) at the Naples office of Porter Wright.
Tony has been actively involved with Special Olympics teams, as well as with the Autism Society of Ohio. He is a member of the 2015 Class of Leadership Collier. He enjoys running and spending time with his wife, Kerry, and three children, Joe, Nick, and Anna. His oldest son, Joe, enjoys riding at Naples Therapeutic Riding Center, and is the inspiration for Tony’s service to the Board.
Tiffany M. Lehman – Secretary
Tiffany Lehman, Agent and Founder of Insurance Source of Naples is a true Florida native. Born and raised in Naples, Tiffany attended school at the University of Florida where she graduated in 2002 with a degree in Gerontology. Following her heart and true passion for the elderly, Tiffany began her career in Gainesville helping to develop a fast pace, quickly growing Continuing Care Retirement Community. After the birth of her first daughter, Kiersten and her husband, Al’s graduation from Veterinarian school, they moved to Naples to be close to family and “home”. Tiffany was convinced to go to work with her father, Ralph MacNiven, a long time State Farm agent. She quickly realized she was destined to follow in the footsteps of her parents and developed a strong passion for the insurance industry. In 2009, Tiffany, with second daughter Samantha on her hip, along with her mother, Donna MacNiven and close family friend, Judy Campbell opened the doors to Insurance Source of Naples and creates history every day. “I love helping people and believe there is no better feeling than building relationships with the people in our community. I am blessed to be surrounded by such wonderful, caring people and do not take it for granted.”
Tiffany was introduced to NTRC by Bonnie Eads, who has been a long time family friend. Knowing her interest in horses Bonnie suggested Tiffany join NTRC’s Risk Management Committee. Instantly Tiffany fell in love with the organization and was eager to help NTRC any way she could. Being asked to serve on the Board of NTRC has truly been a highlight for Tiffany and she is looking forward to many great years filled with great success stories.
Joseph Basile is a vice president and senior financial advisor for Merrill Lynch. He began his career in the financial services industry in 1987 and today serves a limited number of clients by design, including multiple generations of families, business owners, professional athletes and entertainers. Joe has earned the Chartered Financial Consultant® (ChFC®) and Chartered Life Underwriter® (CLU®) designations, both awarded by The American College, as well as the Chartered Retirement Planning CounselorSM (CRPC®) designation. He is a past board member of the Naples International Film Festival and enjoys spending time with his wife and three children.
With numerous outside interests, Joe goes beyond the role of financial advisor to make a measurable impact in his community through various civic activities. He is a past board member of the Naples International Film Festival and currently serves on the board of Naples Therapeutic Riding Center, an organization that seeks to improve the lives of children and adults with special needs through therapeutic riding and other equine-related programs. Joe resides in Naples and in his time away from the office, he enjoys exercising, cooking and spending time with his wife, Meredith, and three children, Caitlin, Stella and Luca.
Originally from St. Louis, Missouri, Christy married and moved to Naples with her husband, Bob Daggett. Together, they have four children. Christy graduated from William Woods College (now University) with a double major in equestrian science and business administration.
She has worked with horses most of her life. Involved with NTRC since 2011 along with her father, Dick Proctor, and daughter by marriage, Hellen Daggett, NTRC has become family in more than one way.
Jim Dati is a member of the Naples law firm of Bond, Schoeneck and King, PLLC, where he is a valued partner and trusted advisor to owner-executives, decision-makers, high net-worth individuals and others needing help with business and real estate legal matters. A Florida “Super Lawyer”, he is the “outside, in-house counsel” for many firm clients. Jim is a Rotarian (multiple Paul Harris Fellow and a Sustaining Member and Benefactor of the International Rotary Foundation). In addition to the NTRC, he serves on the Board of Directors for Children’s Advocacy Center of Collier County, and is President of The Foundation of the Rotary Club of Bonita Springs. Jim is a past Chairman of the Bonita Springs Area Chamber of Commerce, a past President of the Rotary Club of Bonita Springs, and has served in numerous nonprofit leadership roles. He graduated from Leadership Collier (’16) and Leadership Bonita (’03). Jim is an alumnus of the Creighton University School of Law and Marquette University. Annette and he are the proud parents of four and the grandparents of two. Luke 12:48.
Dr. Bonny Eads-Dery
Bonny is a Florida native originally from Melbourne, Florida. She met her husband, Norman, in Optometry school. They married in October of 1971 and moved to Naples in November where they opened their practice. Bonny has two daughters, Stevy and Amy, and one granddaughter, Ava.
As an active member of the community, Bonny has been involved in the American Academy of Optometry, American Optometric Association, Southwest Florida Optometric Association, Shepherd of the Glades Lutheran Church Sunday School, Board of Directors of Girl Scouts of Gulf Coast Florida, Board of Directors of Sunrise Tech of Collier, and Marco Island Lions Club.
She has also received numerous awards including, Collier County Public Schools Outstanding Partner in Education; Lion’s Club Melvin Jones Award; Naples Daily News People’s Choice Doctor for 5 years, Migrant Health Care Professional of the year for Florida, and the Pace Center of Immokalee Pacesetter of the year.
Anne Ross approached Bonny 8 years ago and encouraged her to become active at NTRC. Anne knew that she had a love for horses and enjoyed helping children. After volunteering, she says she became “roped in”. Seeing the riders become independent, empowered, and bring out the best within them became one of her biggest joys.
In her own words, “Seeing a never-ever rider go from the first tentative pat on the horse’s neck to an enthusiastic equestrian is wonderful; and to that, the therapeutic advances in coordination, confidence and courage make me proud to be a part of NTRC.”
In addition to serving on the Board of Directors, Bonny is also part of the Governance Committee.
Mary Fellenz is a pediatric occupational therapist, and the founder/owner of MF Therapy Group in Naples, Florida. Mary has been working in the field for the past 20 years, after earning her Bachelor of Science degree in occupational therapy from Mount Mary University in Milwaukee Wisconsin. Mary is a member of AOTA, the national organization for occupational therapists, and an active member in her communicty. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for Naples Therapeutic Riding Center (NTRC) and has previously served on the Board of Directors at the Children Museum of Naples (CMON).
Mary incorporates many types of therapy in her practice. She holds certifications in Sensory Integration Praxis Testing (SIPT), Myofascial Release, Interactive Metronome, Lift Listening Fitness. She also has received specialized training in positioning, visual motor/tracking, Handwriting/Keyboarding without Tears, Craniosacral Therapy, and NeuroNet. This diverse range of knowledge and skills enable Mary to provide her clients with specialized one-on-one occupational therapy services tailored to their individual needs.
Mary is considered a leader in the field of occupational therapy and has extensive experience working with children with varying degrees of challenges ranging from mild to severe in both school and clinic settings. Her passion for working with children coupled with her extensive background and experience help to foster academic/life skills that will lead to future success and improved quality of life.
After visiting family in Naples during the late 1970’s, Michele fell passionately in love with every aspect of this gulf front community. From the boating, to the dining and unique shopping in downtown Naples, she couldn’t get enough of the sunny days and balmy summer nights.
Michele is a Broker Associate at John R. Wood Realtors in downtown Naples. She is involved in residential sales as well as business development, marketing, investor relations, and consulting for the residential and commercial real estate/development industry. The Naples Area Board of Realtors chose Michele as the 2009 Realtor of the Year.
She is a volunteer for Relay for Life and walks in support of both family and friends who are thankfully living in remission. She has joined the board of directors for Naples Therapeutic Riding Center, where she hopes to share her love of horses and help children living with special needs one stride at a time.
Annette Pakula moved fulltime to Naples, Florida in 2010 after living many years in New York, City and Asia. Having had a successful career in worldwide product development and manufacturing of jewelry and watches, she moved full-time to Naples with her late husband to enjoy a quality of life in the Gulf Shore community they both loved.
Blessed with the luxury of time and desire to give back to the community she followed her heart and became active in causes that focused on women’s and children’s needs with an emphasis on medical research, healthcare and education.
I was honored and thrilled when I was approached by NTRC with the possibility of joining their board. After visiting the facility, the Naples Therapeutic Riding Center was a perfect fit and would offer me the opportunity to honor my mother’s love of horses and years of riding and my father’s use of equine therapy throughout his years as a pediatrician in Baltimore, Maryland.
I am a believer in the power of animals and their innate ability to reach the hearts, minds and soles of individuals who are locked in physical and mental situations that are often unreachable by traditional medicine. Equine therapy has greatly impacted the lives of many, and when used in conjunction with traditional medicine, individuals are able to reach goals far greater than expected.
I look forward to the opportunity to assist the NTRC in achieving their goals and expanding their programs.
Grandsons Bradley Swartz [15 years], William Swartz [10 years] and Anthony Peer [6.5 years] with Grandfather Bill Swartz
Dr. Bill Swartz
Born in Ashland, Ohio, and graduated from The Ohio State University as a veterinarian in 1966, Swartz has been a full-time Naples resident since 2008. He has been married to his wife, Mary Lou, for 50 years and they have two children and 3 grandsons.
Bill has owned small animal hospitals in Virginia, in McLean for 23 years and Herndon/Reston for 18 years. He currently enjoys working as a relief doctor in the Naples area and serving as an officer of the Collier County Veterinary Society.
Involved with Naples Therapeutic Riding Center since 2009, he passionately supports the NTRC family! He volunteers as a leader and sidewalker. His hobbies include travel, kayaking, hiking and horseback riding in the Picayune Strand on Scamp, a quarter horse.
Bill Villafranco is the founder and CEO of Villafranco Wealth Management, a boutique wealth management firm with offices in New York City and Naples, Florida. Bill has over 25 years of experience in finance and has held positions at Chase Manhattan Bank, Bessemer Trust Company, Credit Suisse and Alpha Investment Management, Inc. before founding his own firm.
Bill received his Bachelor’s Degree from St. Bonaventure University in 1986 and his M.B.A. in Finance from Fordham University in 1989.
In 2003 Bill founded the Footprints in the Sand Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that is dedicated to better the lives of children and their families by locating and supporting programs that directly benefit their health and well-being. With no administrative costs, the Foundation is an entirely volunteer-based organization.
He is also a Trustee of the Virginia B. Toulmin Charitable Foundation, a private foundation that provides grants to organizations across the globe. His love for children drives his philanthropic vision. In the last decade he has supported multiple worthy causes, including job training and career placement for orphaned young women in Thailand, arts and education programs in schools, and summer camps for sick and disabled children, among others.
Bill loves spending time with his family at the beach, biking, and traveling.
Hillary Raines Wilson
Hillary Raines Wilson is a native of San Antonio, Texas and graduated from Texas Christian University with a B.A. in Speech Communications. She then went on to pursue her Master of Arts degree in Marriage and Family Therapy at St. Mary’s University. Hillary moved to Naples in 2003 and worked at David Lawrence Center and Hope Hospice serving as a social services counselor to patients and their families. Her husband, Trey Wilson, is a seasoned real estate agent working at Gulf Coast International Properties. She has been involved in the community as a guild member for Golisano Children’s Museum of Naples and as a committee member for the Sneaker Ball to benefit the YMCA of Naples. Hillary and Trey have two children, Jack and Talley, who both enjoy riding at NTRC.
Originally from Hanover, PA, Dave and his wife moved to Naples full-time in 2011 from Darien, CT. Dave has been volunteering at NTRC as a sidewalker since 2016, and appreciates the positive benefits that autistic children receive from riding.
Dave worked as an Insurance agent in Fairfield County, CT with the J. M. Layton Co. and Allstate Insurance. He served as President of the Darien Chamber of Commerce, the Darien Kiwanis Club and the Yale Club of Darien-Norwalk.
In Naples, Dave is a busy member of the Risk and Insurance committee at the Hole in the Wall golf club. He also enjoys biking and kayaking, and visits from his three children and nine grandchildren.