Committee of the Islands elects Barbara Joy Cooley as First Woman President since 1992 March 31 , 2010 The Committee of the Islands has elected Barbara Joy Cooley as president , marking the first time a woman has led the Committee since 1992 . Cooley was elected by the Committee''s Board of Directors immediately following the group''s annual membership meeting today . The board also elected Mike Gillespie as Vice President , Bud Reinhold as Treasurer and Susie Marks as Secretary . Barbara has served two prior terms on the Committee of the Islands board and was vice president for two years . She has also chaired the organization''s Environment Committee , where she became actively involved in area water quality issues , especially after devastating releases of polluted water from Lake Okeechobee in 2004 and 2005 . Independently , Cooley established an e - mail news service for area leaders to keep them informed of water quality media coverage throughout the state and beyond . She was also a founding director of People United to Restore our Rivers and Estuaries ( PURRE ) . Recipient of Community Leadership Award Barbara began coming to Sanibel in 1977 . In 1990 she and her husband Tom bought a home here and in 1999 officially became Sanibel residents . Professionally she has pursued a career as a science writer and communications manager , in addition to strategic planning and work on behalf of environmental and community organizations both here and in her native state of Ohio . Efforts of this kind led to her being awarded the Distinguished Leadership Award of the National Association of Community Leadership Organizations . Barbara has also served as chairperson of the Sanibel Shared Vision public information committee and is a member of the Zonta Club of Sanibel - Captiva , the Sanibel Congregational United Church of Christ , and the Sanibel League of Women Voters . She assisted the Sanibel - Captiva Conservation Foundation and the Committee of the Islands in establishing their first web sites , and she was webmaster for the Zonta Club of Sanibel - Captiva . She has served as president of the Gulf Pines Property Owners Association and currently assists in managing its web site . Board Members Elected The general membership also elected new members of the Committee of the Islands board . Elected for their first two - year terms were : Barbara Joy Cooley , Mike Gillespie , Mickie Kaplan , Claire Mallon , Susie Marks , Bud Reinhold and Larry Schopp . Allan Silberman was elected to a second two - year term .The Committee of the Islands was founded in 1975 by those who helped incorporate Sanibel as an independently governed city within Lee County . Today the Committee of the Island''s mission still reflects the group''s purpose as reflected in its founding documents : To ensure a continuity of good local government ; to help promote and maintain an enduring standard of living consistent with the environmental quality of the island ; and to assure harmonious and integrated planning to preserve Sanibel''s unique and natural characteristics .