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Board of Directors - Profiles

Lynn Slabaugh, Chairman

Lynn Slabaugh is a native of Richmond, VA where she has been active in numerous community and state organizations. In 1990, Lynn's husband died suddenly and became an organ donor. This defining event caused Lynn to become very active in organ donation. She helped to found the Transplant Foundation and later went on the UNOS (United Network of Organ Sharers) Board where she became the first V.P. for Patient and Donor Affairs. UNOS is the national organization that oversees and administers organ donation in the USA.

Conservation has long been an interest of Lynn's. She has served on the state Conservancy Committee of the Garden Clubs of Virginia. She was appointed and served five years on the board of the Virginia Conservation Network (VCN). VCN is a consortium of all of the conservation and environmental organizations in Virginia – including the Chesapeake Bay Foundation. VCN affects legislation to serve the ecological interests of the state. Lynn and her husband, Ray, began spending in Florida in 2006. She is a mother of two and a grandmother of three.

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Kenneth Krier, Vice Chairman

Ken moved to Naples from Fairfield, Connecticut in 1984. His wife, Beth Krier, is a Circuit Judge for the Twentieth Judicial Circuit of Florida (Collier, Lee, Charlotte, Hendry and Glades Counties). They have four children between them. Ken was born in Jacksonville, Florida, and attended Phillips Academy (Andover) and Wesleyan University. He received his law degree from the University of Virginia and a Master of Laws (in Taxation) from New York University. He is a principal of the law firm of Cummings & Lockwood and concentrates his practice in the areas of estate and tax planning, charitable giving and estate and trust administration. He is certified by The Florida Bar in Wills, Trusts and Estates. He is an author and frequent speaker on estate planning topics, having served on the faculty of the University of Connecticut and the Connecticut Bar Association Continuing Legal Education Program.

In addition to his professional activities, he is a 1993 graduate of Leadership Collier, a director of the Forum Club, the Culinary and Hospitality Education Foundation of Southwest Florida, and Admiralty Point Condominium Association. He is Co-chairman of the Planned Giving Committee of the Conservancy of Southwest Florida, a member of the Endowment Committee of North Naples United Methodist Church, a past president of the Park Shore Association, The Naples Players, the Naples Better Government Committee and Admiralty Point Condominium Association. He is a past director of the Naples Community Hospital, the Operating and Endowment Boards of the YMCA of Collier County, the Collier County Arts Council, the United Arts Council of Collier County and the Cooper Institute for Advanced Studies in Medicine and the Humanities, and a past trustee and past member of the Administrative Council of North Naples United Methodist Church.

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George Gibson

George Gibson, Treasurer

Gibson retired from Proctor & Gamble in 1992 as Vice President, Treasurer. He attended the University of Notre Dame and spent three years with the United States Navy LTJG. He resides with his wife Elsa in Naples.

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Jane Pearsall, Secretary

Jane has recently rejoined the Board after a brief absence and has provided leadership to other programs at the Conservancy, including serving as one of the co-chairs of the Capital Campaign Cabinet and as a committee member for Magic Under the Mangroves™, the largest fundraiser to support the Conservancy of Southwest Florida. By serving on the Board, Jane would like to engage all community members in supporting the Conservancy of Southwest Florida.

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The late Bob Heidrick, Past Chairman

Unfortunately, our Chairman of the Board, Bob Heidrick, passed away in early 2013. We miss him terribly, but he left us a rich legacy of leadership. Bob pushed us hard to stay on track during the renovations, and his dedication showed as new buildings and facilities came on line. He was the key driver to develop a five-year strategic business plan, which will give us his guidance for the years ahead.

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