Board of Directors


Richard C. Ackert

Former president and CEO of SouthTrust Bank, Southwest Florida, Richard C. Ackert is the past chair of the Board of Directors for Hope Hospice (2011-2017). Ackert graduated from Fort Myers Senior High School and attended Georgia Military College and the Graduate School of Bank Marketing at Northwestern University.

Ackert is chairperson emeritus of Florida Gulf Coast University’s Foundation Board of Directors and the chair of the Florida Gulf Coast University Financing Corporation. Ackert is also a past chairman of the Foundation for Lee County Public Schools.


Noreen DiPlacido

Noreen DiPlacido is a Florida licensed health care risk manager with nearly 25 years of experience in the medical field. She previously served on the board of directors for the American Cancer Society of Lee County and is a past president of the American Cancer Society Sword of Hope Guild. In 2002, DiPlacido co-founded New Faces for Honduras and coordinates maxillofacial surgery mission projects in Honduras. 

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Madlyn Dornaus

Madlyn Dornaus serves as senior vice president - compliance for Radiation Therapy Services, Inc (RTSI). The multinational company operates 200 clinic sites employing radiation, medical and surgical oncologists as well as urologists. Dornaus joined RTSI in March 2004 in the role of corporate compliance officer. During her tenure with the company, Dornaus also held the position of senior vice president of operations. 

Prior to joining RTSI, Dornaus held positions as national vice president for Per Se Technologies as well as regional vice president positions for Curative Health Services and Concentra. She is a Certified Healthcare Compliance and Privacy Officer and a member of the Medical Group Management Association.

Dornaus earned her B.S. degree from Illinois State University. She also holds an M.B.A. from the University of Illinois. 


Tom Giles

Thomas H. Giles

Thomas H. Giles is founder, president and CEO of Avalon Engineering. Prior to forming Avalon, he held the position of manager of the Metcalf and Eddy firm branch office in Cape Coral. Giles also served as a Seabee in the United States Navy.

During a 40-year career in civil engineering, Giles has been involved in a myriad of projects for the space program, military installations for all branches of the U.S. Armed Forces and numerous public and private sector projects.

Giles is a member of the Board of Directors for Hope Hospice (2009-2015) and has been involved with Rotary, four chambers of commerce, Boy Scouts of America, Salvation Army, American Society of Civil Engineers and Foundation for Lee County Public Schools.

Tim Halverson

Reverend Dr. Tim Halverson

Chairman of the board for Hope Hospice (2006-2012), Reverend Dr. Tim Halverson has served as pastor and head of staff at Faith Presbyterian Church in Cape Coral since 1997. Prior to moving to Southwest Florida, he served as pastor to churches in Watsontown, Pennsylvania; Kent, Ohio; and LaGrange, Illinois. Halverson is a graduate of Muskingum University, Yale University Divinity School and Palmer Seminary.   

In 1992, Halverson was chosen as a Merrill Fellow at Harvard University Divinity School and has continued his studies at Chicago Theological Seminary, Yale University and the Alban Institute in Washington, D.C.

Larry Hart

Larry D. Hart

Larry D. Hart serves as tax collector for the state of Florida. His recent appointment follows an 11-year tenure as assistant tax collector for Lee County, six years as chief of police for Fort Myers and 22 years as a professional law enforcement officer. Hart also served in the U.S. Armed Forces and is a graduate of Edison State College, Barry University and the 161st session of the FBI National Academy.

Hart served on the Board of Trustees for Florida Gulf Coast University, holding the position of Chairman of the board until his appointment as tax collector. He was also appointed by the Speaker of the Florida House of Representatives to the Florida Substance Abuse and Mental Health Corporation.

Hart is a member of the Board of Directors for Hope Hospice (2008-2014); Florida Gulf Coast University Foundation; Board of Directors for the Southwest Florida Addiction Services; Children’s Advocacy Center of Southwest Florida; FBI National Academy Association; International Police Chiefs Association; Florida Tax Collectors Public Information Coalition; and Legislative Committee.

Charles Idelson

A native of Southwest Florida, Charles Idelson is a principal founder of Investors' Security Trust Company. A 35-year veteran of the financial services industry, he previously served as president and CEO of a Fortune 500 financial institution where he managed a $1.5 billion bank with 450 employees and 29 branches. Idelson graduated from the University of Georgia and completed the Louisiana State University Graduate School of Banking.

He has received numerous community service honors including the 2001 Clara Barton Humanitarian Award, the 1998 Gulfshore Life Magazine Man of the Year Award and the 1996 Distinguished Leadership Award for Lee County.

Idelson serves on the Board of Directors for Hope Hospice (2009-2015); is chairman of the board for the Jewish Federation of Lee County; treasurer/director for Lee Memorial Health Foundation; board member for Canterbury School and Children’s Advocacy Center; director of Finance Committee for Florida Gulf Coast University Foundation; and director for Southwest Florida Community Foundation.

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Luis E. Insignares

Luis E. Insignares is a board certified marital and family lawyer as well as a certified family law mediator for The Law Office of Luis E. Insignares, P.A. The firm practices exclusively in the area of marital family and family appellate law. 

Insignares has been recognized by Florida Trend as a Legal Elite, is rated AV by Martindale Hubbell and was chosen for inclusion on the “Florida Super Lawyers” list. He serves on the Executive Council of the Family Law Section of the Florida Bar and is a former member of the Family Law Rules Committee of the Florida Bar. 

Insignares has authored numerous articles on marital and family law including  Evolution of the Law of Visitation Rights of Same-Sex Partners: Selected Jurisdictions, The Florida Bar Commentator, Fall 2007; Disproving the Gift Presumption Regarding Personal Property Cases, Florida Bar Commentator, December 2008; Pleading Tort Claims Between Spouses in Family Law Cases, Florida Bar Commentator, June 2009; Winning the Race to the Courthouse: The Principle of Priority, Florida Bar Journal, December 2009; and Sequestration and Receivers in Florida Divorces, Florida Bar Commentator, Summer 2010.  

Insignares was a presenter at the Family Law Certification Review in January 2012. He is current editor of FAMSEG, the monthly eNewsletter of the Family Law Section, and is the author of the 10th and 11th editions of the pleadings chapters in Florida Dissolution of Marriage, The Florida Bar Continuing Legal Education series. Insignares also co-authored the Family Law Section’s Amicus Brief In Re: Matter of Adoption of: X.X.G and N.R.G the case that ultimately led to adoption equality in the state of Florida. Insignares is also past chair of the 20th Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission.

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Jerry F. Nichols

Jerry F. Nichols is a specialist for Employee Benefits Planning with Brown & Brown Benefits and a Northwestern Mutual Financial Representative.

Nichols has served as elder, First Presbyterian Church of Naples; Chair & Trustee, Boys & Girls Club of Collier County; director, Hodges University Foundation; president, Kiwanis Club; director, Estaet Planning Council of Naples; director & chair, Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida; director, Economic Development Council; and chair, Greater Area Naples Chamber of Commerce.

Nichols is a graduate of the Leadership Collier Program.  He has been honored with the Man of the Year Award, Boys & Girls Club of Collier County; the Northwestern Mutual Community Service Award; the 2000 Business Leadership Hall of Fame Laureate for Collier County; the 2005 American Red Cross Legacy Award; and the 2008 Humanitarian of the Year Award, Hodges University.

Nichols earned a B.S. in Business Administration from The Ohio State University. He is Certified Public Accountant, Chartered Financial Consultant and a Chartered Life Underwriter.


Steve Personette

Former manager of public affairs for Embarq, Steve Personette, has more than 30 years experience working in the telephone industry. Personette attended Indiana State University and Edison Community College.

Personette is a member of the Board of Directors for Hope Hospice (2011-2017).  He also served on the Board of Directors of the Cape Coral Community Foundation, Alvin A. Dubin Alzheimer’s Resource Center Board of Trustees as well as advisory boards of Habitat for Humanity and Salvation Army. He is active in the Rotary Club of Cape Coral, North Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce, Golden Apple Awards and Junior Achievement of Lee County.

Fred Pezeshkan

F. Fred Pezeshkan

F. Fred Pezeshkan is a 30-year veteran of the Florida real estate development and construction industry. He is chairman of Manhattan Construction Florida, formerly Kraft Construction Company, Inc.

Pezeshkan currently serves on the boards of Hope Hospice (2008-2014), Sanibel Captiva Trust Company, Healthcare Network of Southwest Florida and chairs the Community School of Naples Advisory Board. He previously served for the Village Banc Board, Northern Trust Southeast Region Advisory Board, NCH Healthcare Foundation as well as Ave Maria University Board of Regents. He was chairman of the Economic Development Council of Collier County and is a member of The Florida Council of 100.

An active community leader, Pezeshkan co-chaired the American Heart Association Southwest Florida Heart Ball in 2010 and the Community School of Naples Angel Ball in 2011. For the past five years, Pezeshkan has co-chaired the annual Celebration of Reading, which benefits the Barbara Foundation for Family Literacy. He is past chair of the Florida Gulf Coast University Foundation Board and was instrumental in the establishment of the FGCU Real Estate Development MBA program.

Pezeshkan was awarded the Ellis Island Medal of Honor for his support of education in Florida, the “Leadership in Fostering Education” award from Edison College and is a member of the Junior Achievement Business Leadership Hall of Fame.

Sandy Robinson

Sandy Robinson

Chairman of the Board since 2014. With more than 30 years of experience in the financial industry, Sandy Robinson serves as president for Northern Trust’s Fort Myers office. He previously serviced as vice president and team leader in the commercial real estate division for Fifth Third Bank in Naples. He was also employed as NBD Bank’s senior vice president and chief quality officer. Robinson holds degrees from Princeton University and University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.  

Robinson serves as vice-chairman of the board for Hope Hospice (2008-2014) as well as board member for the Boy Scouts of America – Southwest Florida Council, Harry Chapin Food Bank of Southwest Florida, Habitat for Humanity – Lee County, Southwest Florida Community Foundation, Uncommon Friends Foundation and United Way of Lee, Hendry and Glades.


Ron Smalley

Former managing partner for Henderson, Franklin, Starnes & Holt and a top-rated attorney by Martindale-Hubbell, Ron Smalley has more than 40 years experience in the legal industry, previously working for the Florida Attorney General.  A native Floridian and graduate of the University of Florida law school, Smalley served in the U.S. Army for three years and was a helicopter pilot in the Republic of Vietnam.

Smalley is a past chairman of the Board of Directors for Hope Hospice (2009 to 2014) and has been involved with the Lee County Bar Association, serving as past president, as well as a number of charitable and civic organizations.

Bo Turbeville

Vice president of Accent Business Products, Bo Turbeville is a fourth generation Floridian, and graduate of Edison State College.

Turbeville currently serves as board member and treasurer for Hope Hospice (2008-2014). He is a member of the board for Lehigh Regional Hospital, Lehigh Community Services and the Fort Myers South Rotary Club, and serves as chairperson for the Lehigh Acres Community Initiative. Turbeville is past president of the Lehigh Acres Chamber of Commerce and former chairperson of the Lehigh Acres Community Planning Corporation. He also served as past chamber liaison for the Smart Growth Committee, past chamber liaison for the Horizon Council and is a founding member and graduate of Leadership Lehigh.

Linda Uhler

Linda Uhler

A former elementary school teacher and district deputy for Congressman Porter Goss, Linda Uhler is a 35-year resident of Sanibel Island. Her community involvement includes chairing major fundraisers such as the United Way of Lee, Hendry and Glades campaign, American Heart Association Heart Ball and BRAVO!Ballet for Gulfshore Ballet.

Uhler currently serves on the Sanibel Public Library Commission and the Board of Directors for Hope Hospice (2008-2014). She is also a past president of the Junior League of Fort Myers and the Zonta Club of Sanibel-Captiva. Linda and her husband, Tom, are permittees for the sea turtle program, life members of the Legacy Society and created and coordinate the Wines in the Wild fundraiser.