Uncommon Friends Foundation Elects New Officers

John Albion

The Uncommon Friends Foundation held its annual board of directors meeting June 28 at the Gale McBride Pavilion at the Burroughs Home & Gardens, 2505 First Street in Fort Myers.

Vice President and an Uncommon Friends Foundation co-founder John Albion, a director at Cushman & Wakefield/Commercial Property Southwest Florida, was elected president. After a record seven years at the helm, Gray Davis, agency executive, senior Vice-President at BB&T Oswald Trippe and Company, stepped down as president and into the role of immediate past president.

Helena Dabrowski, director of Finance at Sunshine Ace Hardware, was elevated from treasurer to vice president and City of Cape Coral Council Member Marilyn Stout was elected as treasurer. Hunter Martin, a group vehicle repair manager at Enterprise Holdings, agreed to remain as secretary.

Newly elected board members include Kerri Goldsmith, a financial advisor with HBKS Wealth Advisors, and Joanne Robertson, director of administration and community relations for the Lee County Tax Collector’s Office.

Returning board members include: City of Fort Myers Council Member Gaile Anthony; Alexandra Bremner,  an educator at Allen Park Elementary School; Tom Gunderson, stockholder, Henderson, Franklin, Starnes & Holt, P.A.; Tom Hoolihan, Jr. an owner of Tommy Hoolihan’s Resort Lifestyle Center; Lee County School Board member Pam LaRiviere; Dr. Karen Serrell, Professional Development and Leadership Specialist, School District of Lee County; Caryn Smith, CEO, Driven by Design; Brenda Stewart, retired legal assistant; and Ted Todd, principal at Ted Todd Insurance, Inc.  Executive Director Angela Melvin is an ex-officio member of the board.

Uncommon Friends Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization established in 1993. The Foundation is dedicated to lifelong character building among today’s youth and business leaders. The Foundation also manages the historic Burroughs Home and Gardens. For more information, please visit https://uncommonfriends.org/ or call 239-337-9503.