new board members

Anderson and Giovannelli Join Board of Directors

The Uncommon Friends Foundation recently added two prominent, community business leaders to its board of directors—Ward 4 Councilman for the City of Fort Myers Kevin Anderson and Melisa Giovannelli, a member of the board of directors of The School District of Lee County.

Kevin Anderson is a senior support operations manager at Chico’s FAS, Inc., following his retirement from more than 24 years with the Fort Myers Police Department. He also currently serves as the Ward 4 councilman for the City of Fort Myers. He has a long history of involvement with the youth of our community and was one of the first officers assigned to the School Resource Officer program. Anderson also served three years in the United States Army and is a graduate of Edison Community College, Florida Gulf Coast University and the Louisville Southern Police Institute.

Melisa Giovannelli is a life-long Lee County resident, a licensed Realtor® with Riverside Realty Group, and the District 2 member of The School District of Lee County’s board of directors. She, too, has been very engaged with the youth of the community. Giovannelli is a graduate of the Ed Klopher School of Real Estate and the paralegal program at Barry University. She is a member of the Royal Palm Coast REALTOR® Association and the National Association of REALTORS®.

UFF Announces Business Ethics Award Finalists for 2018

The Uncommon Friends Foundation is pleased to announce the finalists for its 2018 Business Ethics Award. The finalists are Chris-Tel Construction, PBS Contractors and Priority Marketing.

As part of the final judging, finalists and area business leaders will jointly participate at the 13th Annual Ethical Leadership Conference on October 23 hosted by the Lutgert College of Business at Florida Gulf Coast University. The round table discussion will focus on ethical challenges Southwest Florida executives face in business. The winner of the Business Ethics Award will be announced at the Uncommon Friends Foundation’s annual Uncommon Evening Gala to be held November 8at the Burroughs Home & Gardens, 2505 First Street, Fort Myers, FL 33901.

Past winners of the Uncommon Friends Foundation Business Ethics Award include Pushing the Envelope (2017), CPR Tools, Inc. (2016), CRS Technology (2015), Sunshine Ace Hardware (2014), Ted Todd Insurance Agency (2013), Hope HealthCare Services (2012), Conditioned Air (2011), Markham Norton Mosteller Wright & Company (2010), Shell Point Retirement Community (2009), Bonita Bay Group (2008), WilsonMiller, Inc. (2007),  and HomeBanc Mortgage Corporation (2006).

For information on Uncommon Evening tickets and sponsorships, contact Executive Director Jennifer Nelson at 239-337-9503 or at Visit for full sponsorship details.