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Mission Statement: COTI seeks to ensure the continuity of good local government, to protect the
environment, and to preserve the sanctuary character of our barrier island community.
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President and Chairperson, Technology Committee Chair
Education: BS in Psychology from the University of Buffalo; MBA in Accounting from the University of Buffalo; Doctorate in Business from Cleveland State University in Accounting and Information Systems. CPA New York State (non-active). Employment: 11 years of employment in construction, banking, and CPA firms with the remaining decades in higher education, currently at
the University of South Florida (6 years). Formerly at
Florida Gulf Coast University (11 years). Sanibel Activities: Audubon of Florida (state) Treasurer and Board member; Sanibel-Captiva Audubon Society Treasurer, webmaster, conservation chair; Sanibel Captiva Conservation Foundation Education Committee member, sea turtle and brick database developer.
Vice President and Land Use Policy Chair, City Governance Co-Chair
Education: B.A. Hunter College, LL.B (J.D.) and LL.M New York University School of Law. Member of the New York Bar, retired. Employment: Career in corporate law included position as Vice President - Counsel of Clairol Incorporated; Retired as Vice President - Counsel for Bristol - Myers Squibb Co Medical Products Group. Sanibel Activities: Past board member and president of COTI; Principal author of the 2005 “Peoples Choice” Sanibel City Charter amendments; COTI Citizen of the Year 2005; Chair COTI Land Use Planning Committee; Member of the 2018 City of Sanibel Charter Review Committee; Author of numerous articles and commentaries on issues of local and regional interest; SCCF docent on Captiva Cruises past ten years; Past president Pine Tree Drive Association.
Secretary and Membership Committee Chair
Education: AB from Harvard College; JD from Case Western Reserve University; Order of the Coif. Employment: Practiced corporate law at a Boston law firm for seven years; served as Assistant General Counsel for Millipore Corporation, a high technology filtration company listed on the New York Stock Exchange, for 19 years; Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary for Mykrolis Corporation, a supplier of process solutions to the global semiconductor industry listed on the NYSE, for five years until its Merger with Entegris, Inc.; Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary for Entegris, Inc., a supplier of process materials to the global semiconductor industry listed on the NASDAQ, for 10 years until his retirement in 2016. Sanibel Activities: Island home owner since 2006. Member SCCF; Member COTI; served on COTI Membership Participation Committee.
Treasurer and City Governance Co-Chair
Education: BS from University of Colorado in Chemical Engineering and International Business. Employment: Worked in the Plastic and Rubber manufacturing business for three of the largest rubber companies in the world, Goodyear, Gates Rubber company and Standard products. Held numerous positions from technical and quality manager to plant manager and director. Also started a successful plastic recycling business in Iowa and Florida. Moved to Sanibel 23 years ago continuing by business of recruiting plastic engineers for large companies. Sanibel Activities: Past President and current Secretary of the Sanibel Captiva Rotary Club, have served as President of the Sanibel Fish Club, President & Treasurer of the Democratic Club of the Islands, and Chairman of the Sanibel Community Church Missions Committee currently Mission ambassador. Currently State House District 76 Chairman for Lee County Democratic Party and Sanibel precinct 117 Precinct Leader.
BARBARA JOY COOLEY
Director and Environment Committee Chair
Education: BS from The Ohio State University (OSU) College of Medicine in biomedical communications. Employment: Battelle Memorial Institute, science writing and public information program planning and implementation for federal environmental projects. The OSU College of Engineering, communications director. The James Cancer Hospital at OSU, medical writer. Sanibel Activities: Committee of the Islands, director, former vice president, and president; Zonta, member and former newsletter editor; Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation, life member; deacon of the Sanibel Congregational United Church of Christ; member and former vice president of the League of Women Voters – Sanibel; former president of the Gulf Pines Property Owners Association. Publicist for Island Jazz.
Director and Nominations Committee Chair, Transportation Chair
Education: BS from Indiana University in Psychology and Recreation Therapy; BSN from Marymount University in Nursing. Employment: Career and volunteer work in Social Work and Nursing in NYC and Louisville KY. Sanibel Activities: Permanent resident since 1997. BIG ARTS Board, 2002-2007, Chair-Governance and Nominating Committee; Music, Strategic Planning and Development Committees. Chapel of the Sea Board Member and Mission Committee. Singer in BIG ARTS Community Chorus and St. Michael & All Angels Episcopal Church Parish Choir. Personal interests: Contemporary Art, Ballet, Classical Music and Jazz.
Education: B.Sc.N in Nursing, McMaster University; MA English Literature, Drew University; Additional graduate hours in early education, UNC-Chapel Hill. Employment: Nursing and public health positions in New York, Namibia, and New Jersey for 5 years, early childhood educator in Syracuse and Geneva NY for 3 years, then instructor of early childhood education at Central Piedmont Community College for 30 years. Author of 4 early childhood college texts, 2 in multiple editions. Author of more than two dozen articles on parenting and child development. Currently author of Grandma Says, an online column published by Growing Child. Sanibel Activities: SCCF volunteer and trail guide; Ding Darling, monofilament retrieval; member of Zonta Club of Sanibel-Captiva, including several terms on board, 3 terms as vice president of Service and Advocacy , grants chair, sponsors chair, and volunteer in several service projects; Vice President and board member of the International Osprey Foundation; past volunteer with Children’s Education Center of the Island; past member of City of Sanibel Vegetation Committee; member of League of Women Voters and Progressive Club. Other: Board of Directors, Greater Lovell Land Trust, Maine; Leadership team, Five Kezar Ponds Watershed Association, Maine
Director and Resiliency Committee Chair
Education: BS Mathematics, BS General Science, Oregon State; MS, Economics, Portland State; Certified Business Intermediary, International Business Brokers Association; Principle Broker (Oregon); Employment: community development program manager; executive officer for communications, wood products, publishing, trucking, environmental, merger and acquisition businesses; Founding director: Oregon Film and Video Foundation, the North American Council for Freight Efficiency and Cascade Sierra Solutions. Sanibel activities: COTI, Current Events and Round Table discussion groups; team leader: Sanibel Coastal Vulnerabilities Assessment; Recent training: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Adaptation Planning for Coastal Communities and Digital Coastal Inundation Mapping; Member: Rookery Bay Preserve, Conservancy of Southwest Florida, CLEO Speakers Network, World Resources Institute; Military: Viet Nam veteran, 28 years service
Director and Community Relations Committee Chair