FISH board expands, names new members
An island nonprofit serving seniors and families has expanded its board of directors by two seats. Joining the board are new treasurer Jack Alexander, new director Bill Griffin, new director Holly Smith and new director John Talmage. Long-serving board members Sharon Thomas and Chip Specht have retired from their board seats.
The new board members represent a cross-section of islanders that will help in developing goals and helping islanders served by FISH, president Maggi Feiner said. The agency provides a food pantry, home visitation and meal delivery, non-emergency transport and cash assistance, programs for kids and medical equipment loans, among many services.
Thomas and Specht “are fabulous people, extremely passionate and we’re going to miss them,” Feiner said.
Feiner added that the four new members each offer an expertise in serving FISH, an agency serving working families, seniors and islanders in need.
FISH is also gearing up for a move up Periwinkle from its current offices, Feiner said. Expansion into larger quarters should be complete by early summer.
New board members:
Jack Alexander, Treasurer
Jack is an audit manager with Stroemer & Co. Stroemer & Co. served as FISH’s independent auditor for five years prior to Jack accepting the treasurer’s position. Jack and his family moved to Fort Myers in 2010. Jack is a member of the Sanibel-Captiva Rotary Club, the FICPA, and has served on state FICPA committees.
Bill Griffin, Director
Bill and his wife Diane relocated to Sanibel from Michigan, where Bill served on many boards including a presidency position with Pretty Lake Vacation Camp, a nonprofit providing cost-free summer camp experiences for at-risk youth. Bill and Diane are members of Saint Isabel Church and Beachview Tennis Club.
Holly Smith, Director
Holly has been a FISH volunteer for the past four years in the food pantry and has assisted FISH with special events. She and her husband moved to Sanibel in 2002 with their two sons, Zane and Peyton, and their dog Dixie. Holly is also a member of the Sanibel Planning Commission, a position she has held since 2008.
John Talmage, Director
John, his wife and children reside on Sanibel and are very active in the community. He is co-owner of Sweet Melissa’s Caf and Island Pizza Co., a member of the Sanibel Planning Commission, and on the board of directors for the Sanibel Community Association.
FISH relies on community support to fund all programs and accepts unopened, unexpired food items which are delivered directly to island families in need. All contributions are used by F.I.S.H. of Sanibel-Captiva, Inc. to support its mission. F.I.S.H. of Sanibel-Captiva, Inc. is a United Way house and an equal opportunity provider. For more information, visit fishofsanibel.com.