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CCA announces selection of new executive director

By Staff | Sep 24, 2019

Executive Director Roxanne Dyer

The Captiva Civic Association will have a new executive director starting in November.

Lisa Riordan, president of the CCA Board of Governors, reported last week that Roxanne Dyer has been selected to replace former Executive Director Paul Garvey. He had served the island organization for a total of 24 years before retiring from the head position earlier this year, toward the end of May.

“We wish Paul all the best in any future endeavors and thank him for his years of dedication and service to the association and the community,” she said.

Dyer will officially begin on Nov. 1.

Riordan explained that the CCA Search Committee, which consisted of Governors Pat Boris, Jeff Morgan and Richard Sonking, along with herself, spent a good deal of time over the summer processing and reviewing over 50 applications and interviewing the finalists before picking Dyer.

“We went through an extensive search process,” she said.

Riordan noted that half of the applications were from outside of the state.

“One from as far away as London, England,” she said.

The committee whittled the pool of candidates down to two locals.

“It took us pretty much the entire summer,” Riordan said. “There were two finalists that we wanted in to interview, and a handful of finalists behind them if the first two did not work out.”

“She (Dyer) was our first choice,” she added.

Riordan explained that the committee was seeking someone with executive director experience in the non-profit industry or area, as well as who was experienced in program creation and fund raising.

“We were hoping also they would have some knowledge of Southwest Florida, specifically the Captiva-Sanibel area,” she said. “We really hit the jackpot with Roxanne.”

Dyer joins the CCA from the Guardian Ad Litem Foundation of Southwest Florida, where she has served as executive director for over four years. Prior to her employment in Southwest Florida, Dyer served as the executive director for the American Red Cross for 13 counties in Kentucky.

“She has quite a bit of experience,” Riordan said. “Basically, her whole adult experience is in the non-profit world and she has held executive director positions.”

Dyer holds a Bachelor of Science in public relations and communication studies from The State University of New York and graduated magna cum laude. She served as an adjacent communications professor in Jamestown, New York, where she taught about public speaking and public relations.

“We thought that was great,” Riordan said.

Dyer also served at the Chautauqua Institution in New York.

“It is a seasonal facility and they run all sorts of programs and training – hundreds of different events. They house people at the college,” she said. “We felt that was something that added to her resume.”

Riordan reported that the board is excited.

“We’re very happy that she agreed to come on board,” she said. “We think she’ll be a great match for the Captiva community.”

For the last four or five years, Dyer has resided in Fort Myers with her family and husband, who is employed at The Sanibel Captiva Trust Company.

“They’re both very involved in the island community,” Riordan said.

As for the upcoming season, the CCA has expanded its programs through partnerships.

“That’s been our goal for the last few years,” she said.

Riordan cited the first event of the season on Oct. 28 as one example. The CCA is partnering with F.I.S.H. of Sanibel-Captiva to offer a lecture on changes to the Medicare supplement programs.