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By Staff | Nov 3, 2020

SCCF Annual Report arriving island-wide

The Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation recently announced that its fiscal year 2019-2020 Annual Report will be delivered island-wide on or about Nov. 9.

Chief Executive Officer Ryan Orgera explained that the report is a representation of the scope and breadth of SCCF’s work. He added that it is work all island neighbors, not just SCCF members, should be aware of.

Bank of the Islands/Edison National Bank provided the underwriting support for the distribution.

For more information, visit www.sccf.org.

PHOTO PROVIDED Laurie Rutherford

SCBR announces hiring, promotion

Sanibel Captiva Beach Resorts announced the addition and promotion of two key members.

Human Resources Director Laurie Rutherford brings almost 25 years of experience in human resources within the hospitality industry. Most recently, she served 14 years as vice president and human resources director at staySky Hotels, Resort & Vacation Clubs. At SCBR, Rutherford will bring her expertise to a variety of responsibilities including payroll, benefits, recruitment, workplace compliance, employee relations, performance and talent management, training and development, and other areas.

In addition, Aleksandra (Ola) Smolnicka-Dos Santos has been promoted to the position of director of finance. Across 16 years with the corporation, she has served in a variety of areas from guest relations to finance to human resources. Smolnicka-Dos Santos is a graduate of the University of Administration and Business, and the Academy of Finance, both in Poland.

VIP Realty Group welcomes new agent

PHOTO PROVIDED Aleksandra (Ola) Smolnicka-Dos Santos

Realtor Kenneth King, and his wife and assistant, Karen, have joined VIP Realty Group.

King is a licensed realtor from the Hudson Valley of New York. After retiring from law enforcement, he returned to the construction industry, where he managed an excavation and rock crushing company.

In 1996, King and his wife closed on their first Sanibel home. For the next 20 years, he spent as much time as possible on-island. King began volunteering for the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge and CROW. He is now a CDL driver for the refuge’s Wildlife on Wheels mobile classroom.

LeJeune, von Keyserlingk join Pfeifer Realty

Pfeifer Realty Group announced that Amy von Keyserlingk has joined its team as director of first impressions, and Bill LeJeune has joined its team as a Realtor.


Von Keyserlingk and her husband moved to Sanibel several years ago to be closer to her parents and to enjoy the quiet natural beauty of the island. She is enthusiastic about real estate and providing excellent customer service.

When not at work, von Keyserlingk trains her horse in Fort Myers, cycles the island with her husband, paddleboards, gardens, and searches for rare and unusual shells. She and her husband try to give back to the island’s conservation by cleaning up fishing line and trash and rescuing wildlife.

Having family ties to the island going back 40-plus years, LeJeune took advantage of the opportunity in 2009 to relocate to Sanibel with his wife and two sons, making it four generations living a stone’s throw away on-island. He has background in sales and negotiating and has exceptional work ethic and local knowledge.

LeJeune has enjoyed coaching his sons’ sports teams, boating, and avidly fishing local and offshore waters. He looks forward to the opportunity to serving his clients and sharing his experiences.

Chamber to host virtual business meeting

The Sanibel & Captiva Islands Chamber of Commerce will host its next virtual business meeting for members on Nov. 18 starting at 11:30 a.m. via Zoom.

The featured speakers are Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation Chief Executive Officer Ryan Orgera and Environmental Policy Director James Evans. They will provide an update on the record-breaking loggerhead nesting season, policy and advocacy initiatives, program adaptation at the Sanibel Sea School, and water quality issues.

The chamber will send a Zoom invitation to its members to register for the event. When members RSVP, they will receive a link to the Zoom meeting. Participants can send questions in advance to Ashley Pignato at ashley@sanibel-captiva.org or submit them at the meeting using the chat feature.

Sponsorships are still available for the presentation. For information on becoming a sponsor or registering for the meeting, contact Pignato at ashley@sanibel-captiva.org.