Board of Directors

Terri Alsept

Terri Alsept  is a senior trust advisor and team leader in the Bonita Springs office of Northern Trust, responsible for delivering holistic wealth management to high net worth families and charitable entities.  Prior to joining Northern Trust in 2006, Terri was an attorney with Porter, Wright, Morris and Arthur, LLP, in Naples, Florida, where she specialized in transactional work, primarily in the areas of estate planning, business entity formation/governance, and real estate.  Terri earned her Doctor of Jurisprudence and a Certificate of Specialization in Law and Business from Vanderbilt University Law School, after graduating summa cum laude from Florida Atlantic University with a degree in finance.  She lives in Estero with her husband, Aaron, and daughter, Emmalyn.  Terri is an active volunteer at her church, and she has served on advisory committees and/or boards of directors for the Shelter for Abused Women and Children and the Centers for the Arts of Bonita Springs.

Dr. Denise Carlin

Denise Carlin is the Executive Director of Elementary School Development for the School District of Lee County, providing oversight for the Departments of Special Education, Intervention Services, and Student Services. She earned her Bachelors, Masters, and Doctoral Degrees from The University of South Florida. Dr. Carlin has over 25 years of experience as a teacher, principal, and district-based administrator. She has also served as an adjunct professor, teaching Educational Leadership courses at Florida Gulf Coast University; and she is currently a member of the Educational Leadership Advisory Board. Denise grew up in Lee County and has watched our community expand and flourish. She has dedicated her life to helping children; and, she is incredibly proud to serve on the New Horizons’ Board. Denise and her husband, John, reside in Lee County with their two sons, John and Tyler.

Pastor Tim Carson

Tim Carson is the Senior Pastor at Estero United Methodist Church. Tim is a graduate of Grove City College in Grove City, PA with a degree in English and Secondary Education and got his Masters of Divinity from Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, Ky. Tim served 2 years as an Associate Pastor at Asbury UMC in Maitland, Fl, then planted Shepherd’s Community UMC in Lakeland Fl where he served for 14 years, and has been the Pastor of Estero UMC for 7 years. Estero UMC is a proud church partner with New Horizons and hosts 170 students on their campus 4 days a week throughout the school year. He has served on the Board of Directors for Renewed Hope Missions and The Bonita Chamber of Commerce.  Tim is the proud recipient of the Pat Lord Award from the Bonita Chamber.  Tim and his wife Cindy are empty nesters who live in Estero.

Sandy Chisholm

Sandy graduated with a business degree from the University of Florida, followed by an MBA from Western University in London, Ontario.  He began his career as an oil trader with Conoco in Houston, TX and transitioned to leading mergers and acquisitions and managing the venture capital portfolio for Teleflex, Inc., a Fortune 500 company.  Concurrently, he  helped form and support several entrepreneurial ventures including satellite surveillance of commercial agriculture properties.  Sandy currently owns and remotely manages a small manufacturing business located in Provo UT and serves on the Board of Governors of the trade association representing the sporting goods industry.  Sandy and his wife, Greta, are stereotypical snowbirds, having become residents of SWFL since 2017, spending summers in suburban Philadelphia, and both tutor at the Shadowlawn Super Kids Club.

Debbie Mathews Finch

After graduating from the University of Michigan with a degree in organizational psychology, Debbie spent the next 38 years working for the Hanover Insurance Group, an international Property and Casualty Company. Debbie held a number of executive level positions with them in both business and human resources. Along with her business career, Debbie has had a long nonprofit career where she served as President of the Board of Directors of the United Way of Livingston County, and a Founding Member of the Women’s Initiative at the United Way of Central Massachusetts. Additionally, Debbie has been involved with Junior Achievement as a Board Member, and a corporator of the Community Foundation of the Greater Worcester area. She has taught in her spare time at Assumption College in Worcester, Massachusetts, and was a Trustee at Cleary University in Michigan. Debbie and Her husband David relocated to Naples, Florida 4 years ago. After settling in, she looked for a meaningful way to give back to this community. The New Horizons mission and faith-based model spoke to her heart. Debbie is a tutor at New Horizons, a business mentor at SCORE, an HR Partner at the Collier County United Way, and is highly involved at Hodges University and her church, Trinity by the Cove in Naples.

Debra Haley

Debra is a retired senior executive with the U.S Air Force with over twenty-nine years’ experience in a wide range of management and leadership positions. She has nine years of senior executive experience in information technology hardware and software acquisitions and operations. In addition, she has twenty years of management experience that spans research and development, acquisition logistics, test and evaluation, information technology, and program management. Debra Haley is currently serving on the board and as the Donor Ambassador to New Horizons. She is active in her church leading strategic planning, communications and missions. Her education includes a Bachelor of Science degree in aeronautical engineering, Purdue University, Master of Science degree in logistics management, Air Force Institute of Technology and Master of Science degree in management as a Sloan Fellow, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Edith A. Hunt, Board Co-Chair

Edie spent her 32-year career at Goldman Sachs in New York, where she was a partner in the Human Capital Management division.  She has served as both the Chief Diversity Officer and the Chief Recruiting Officer.  She retired in 2013.  Edie’s nonprofit activities are focused on women’s empowerment and education for underprivileged students.  Her board work includes: Women’s Campaign International, (Chair of the Board), New Jersey Needs You, Forte Foundation, Grace Works Jersey City.  Edie received her undergraduate degrees from the University of Pennsylvania and her MBA from the University of Chicago. Along with her husband, Gregor Zore, she resides in Bonita Springs, Florida, and also spends time in Jersey City, New Jersey and Ljubljana, Slovenia.

Stephen Labelle, Board Treasurer

Steve is a retired financial manager and business consultant. He and his wife Mary moved to Bonita Springs in 2012 after careers in the Minneapolis, MN area. Steve has spent the majority of his career as a chief financial officer, including over 18 years at G&K Services, a public company in the industrial laundry industry. In addition he has had a variety of consulting experiences including his own independent financial consulting practice helping small businesses with budgeting and financial planning and as an internal audit director assisting clients with the financial control requirements of Sarbanes Oxley regulations. Steve was an active member of Westwood Lutheran Church in St. Louis Park, MN for over 30 years serving in many roles including congregational president, multiple financial leadership roles, and as a choir member. Since moving to Bonita Springs Steve and Mary have become active members of First Presbyterian Church of Bonita Springs. Steve and Mary also tutor at the Rosemary Super Teens Club. Both Steve and Mary are graduates of Luther College, Decorah, IA.

West McCann, Board Chair

West McCann is the President of the Naples Trust Company. West holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation and has over 28 years of diverse investment management experience. He earned his BBA in Finance from Georgia State University and is a member of the CFA Institute. As an avid outdoorsman promoting the conservation and charitable needs of Collier and Lee counties, West serves as a Board Member for Audubon Florida, Florida Audubon Society, and Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary. Other charitable and community support efforts include current or former service as a board/ committee member for the United Way of Collier County, United Way of Lee County, Education Foundation of Collier County, Bonita Springs Community Foundation, Speakers Assembly of Southwest Florida, Friends of the Florida Panther, and Naples Community Hospital Planned Giving Committee. Additionally West is an alumnus of Greater Naples Leadership. He and his wife Julie have resided in Naples since 1998 with their two sons, West and Will.

Ron Miller

Ron is an engineering graduate of Missouri University of Science and Technology, where he is President Emeritus of the Board of Trustees. He is a retired executive of the Procter and Gamble Co. His career was spent leading organizations, with emphasis on strategy development & execution and team development. Ron and his wife Janice have been residents of Florida since 2000 and have been involved with numerous ministries. Local involvements include Salvation Army, Habitat for Humanity, Bonita Springs Prayer Breakfast, Liberty Youth Ranch, and as tutors at New Horizons. Ron and Janice are active members of Gulf Coast Church in Fort Myers and Community Bible Church in Highlands, NC.

Bonie Montalvo

Bonie S. Montalvo is a trusts and estates attorney with Hahn Loeser & Parks. She focuses her practice in estate planning and business succession planning. Bonie is fluent in Spanish and is originally from Lima, Peru. Bonie graduated from Estero High School and completed her bachelor’s degree at Florida Gulf Coast University. Bonie received her Juris Doctorate degree and her LL.M. Taxation from the University of Florida.  Bonie identifies with the New Horizons mission and is eager to serve on the Board of Directors. Bonie met her husband, Sameer, at Florida Gulf Coast University. They are big fans of FGCU Men’s and Women’s Basketball and attend games often. Bonie and Sameer currently reside in Fort Myers, Florida.

Bob Nichols

Bob comes from a nautical background and in 2002 he and his wife Ellen founded New Horizons of Southwest Florida as both a children’s church and youth sailing ministry. As New Horizons grew into an after school educational outreach with multiple locations, he left his career to provide his leadership and fundraising skills as the executive director from 2002-2012. “Captain Bob,” as he is called by the kids and teens, continues to serve the ministry today and works closely with the teen programs. As well as an acoustical analyst background with the U.S. Navy, he holds a 200 ton USCG Masters license in motor and sail.

Ellen Nichols

Ellen graduated from Southeastern University, Lakeland, FL in 1980 with a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education. In 1995, Ellen completed her Master’s degree in Specific Learning Disabilities and began teaching in an inclusion program for learning disabled students at Pinewoods Elementary School. Ellen’s interest in working with the Hispanic community began as a young child. In the late 1960’s, her father began visiting the migrant camps in Lee and Collier County. He organized weekly meetings and brought in Spanish speaking ministers. Ellen grew up visiting the migrant camps frequently with her family and having a constant stream of Hispanic families in her own home. Seeing the problems in the neighborhoods, and recognizing the tremendous need to help the children from non-English speaking homes with their school work, Bob and Ellen decided to find a place to provide free after school tutoring. In January 2003, they opened the first Super Kids Club in Rosemary Park and also founded New Horizons of Southwest Florida.

Evelyn Pacheco

Evelyn Pacheco is a senior at Florida Gulf Coast University majoring in criminal justice with a minor in Spanish. She holds a position at FGCU as a Service Learning Ambassador for Youth Empowerment and works with Wellfit Girls, a program she participated in as a Super Teen at New Horizons. At that time, she had the chance to go to Peru with other girls who were in the Teen Club and it changed her persecutive on life. Upon high school graduation, she received the Take Stock in Children Scholarship and has since made the Dean’s List at FGCU. she enjoys serving the community to make an impact and help individuals to succeed. She hopes to work in law enforcement when she graduates from college. She says, "I have come a long way with the help of New Horizons, they prepared me once I started college."

Terri Pilla

Terri spent most of her career at Citibank in New York in strategic planning and finance.  She was chief financial officer of the commercial collaterized lending business.  After retiring early to raise her three children, Terri lunched a women's investment organization whose goal was to educate women on financial investing through seminars, research and actual trading.  Simultaneously, Terri started Cosgrave Jefferson Realty, a southwest Florida focused mortgage and real estate investing business. Additional businesses include Pihoco, a tax lien investment business and Vuoto Properties, a real estate development business.  Terri's charitable efforts have been focused on children and women.  Involvement has included Whippoorwill Foundation Scholarship Board member, school board member, Women's Diversity Focus Group and Westchester Women's Shelter.  Terri and her husband Rich have lived seasonably in Bonita Springs since 2012 and became full time residents in 2018.

John Rowe

John W. Rowe was the chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the energy corporation Exelon Corporation, a utility holding company headquartered in Chicago. He holds undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Wisconsin, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa Society and the Order of the Coif. He has also received that university’s Distinguished Alumni Award. Rowe holds honorary doctorates from the University of Wisconsin, DePaul University, Illinois Institute of Technology, Drexel University, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, Bryant College and Thomas College. Rowe is committed to a wide variety of civic and charitable activities, with a focus on education, science, history and diversity. Along with his wife, Jeanne, and son, William, he established the Rowe Family Charitable Trust.

David Shellenbarger, Board Secretary

Dave graduated from Michigan State University with a degree in Marketing in 1968, and worked for two international corporations in various sales and marketing positions before starting his own company in 1981. The company evolved from hardware sales to software and services, with 26 offices and two international subsidiaries, before the company was sold and he retired in 1999. He purchased a home in Bonita Springs and has lived seasonally in Florida since 2000.His community involvement has been extensive, including serving as a trustee of the Southwest Florida Community Foundation, as an advisory board member of The Salvation Army, and as a board member of the Speaker’s Assembly of Southwest Florida. In 2006 he published a Needs Assessment Report for south Lee County for the Southwest Florida Community Foundation, as well as a Health Care Needs Assessment Report for the South Lee County Hospital Committee in 2010. He is also active in committees at the Bonita Bay Club, and is a contributing writer to the Bay Watch News, a community newspaper in Bonita Bay.

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