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By Staff | Aug 20, 2019

Donald McDonald

SWFL Children’s Charities names new board

SWFL Children’s Charities recently introduced its 2019-2020 board of directors, led by Sandy Stilwell-Youngquist as president and Jason Stephens as vice president, in addition to Ray Higdon as vice president of marketing and public relations, Brooke Denson as secretary and Jeff Lagarce as treasurer.

The board members are responsible for supporting the operations and mission of the nonprofit and administering funds that support local organizations committed to pediatric health care and education.

Officers are also responsible for overseeing the planning and execution of the 2020 Southwest Florida Wine & Food Fest, a signature fundraising event set for Feb. 21-22. The majority of the auction proceeds will be allocated to support pediatric health care services at the Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida, as well as pediatric health care educational programs at Florida Gulf Coast University and Florida SouthWestern State College.

Rotary Club inducts new member

Marlene Squires-Swanson

The Sanibel-Captiva Rotary Club recently welcomed its newest member, Donald McDonald, with the classification of financial consulting.

McDonald’s background in his field started right after college on Wall Street, followed by an asset management position at Corning Asset Management and rising to be president in 1999. This followed by joining Jefferson Pilot Insurance Co./Lincoln National in Greensboro, North Carolina, as EVP and chief investment officer. In 2008, McDonald moved to Prime Advisors in Seattle, Washington, as president, chief executive officer and chairman and recently retired from Prime.

He and his wife, Joan, had visited Sanibel many times on vacation and decided to move to the island permanently, where McDonald wanted to get involved in his new community by joining Rotary.

He was introduced to the club by Board Member Roger Grogman and officially inducted by Membership Chair Annie Campbell, who was assisted by visiting Rotary District 6960 Assistant Gov. Richard Hall.

Squires-Swanson joins NOISE

NOISE Inc. recently announced the addition of Marlene Squires-Swanson as senior vice president and chief brand officer. Most recently, she served almost six years as director of advertising for global media and paid media at VISIT FLORIDA.

The addition of Squires-Swanson is particularly valuable for hospitality, travel, tourism, destination, attraction and development brands in Florida, the United States and Caribbean. In her position, she will lead travel and tourism brands by driving the research, development, creation and execution of multi-media, integrated brand plans and media plans. Squires-Swanson’s network of media partnerships will in addition provide clients value-added impressions.

Previously, she has held directorship positions at Ashley Furniture Homestores, Sears Automotive, Pep Boys and Shopko Stores – as well as major bluechip companies such as AT&T, Amazon, Interpublic Group (IPG) Initiative Media and Gannett.

Call for LCEC award applications

Sept. 1 is the deadline to apply for LCEC’s 2019 Environmental Funding Awards.

Interested organizations must meet certain criteria to be considered for the award, including being located within LCEC service territory, funding utilized for projects/programs related to the environment and the utility industry, and having a demonstrated need for funds.

Funding is awarded twice a year with deadlines happening in March and September.

Nearly $100,000 has been award since the program’s inception in 2013. LCEC’s Environmental Funding Award Program is just one of the many ways that LCEC positively impacts and supports wildlife and the environment.

To apply, organizations can email “mailto:pr@lcec.net”>pr@lcec.net to receive an application.