2017-01-11 / Top News

‘Ding’ Darling Wildlife Society board announces new members, elects officers

Three new board members have joined the “Ding” Darling Wildlife Society Friends of the Refuge. They are Brett Gooch, Phyllis Gresham and Bill Valerian. The board re-elected incumbent director and vice president Mike Baldwin for another term.

Mr. Gooch, general manager of the West Wind Inn at ’Tween Waters Inn Island Resort & Spa on Captiva Island, has worked for the outfit since 2007.

Ms. Gresham, a retired nurse, has volunteered at J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge for 14 years. She also serves as chairwoman of the city of Sanibel’s Vegetation Committee and serves on the board of Sanibel-Captiva Audubon.

Chairman, president, and CEO of Liberty Bank NA, Mr. Valerian has held leadership positions with several organizations. He served as chairman of the convention and visitors bureau of Greater Cleveland, Ohio; and national chair of the Institute of Financial Education.

GOOCH GOOCH Two retiring board members were voted in as emeritus board members: Jim Scott, who has served on the board for nine years in many positions including president; and Don Wildman, who, during his six years on the board, took leadership of the annual “Ding” Darling & Doc Ford’s Tarpon Tournament.

The board also elected officers for 2017: Doris Hardy, president; Mike Baldwin, vice president; Wendy Kindig, secretary; and Sarah Ashton, treasurer. ¦



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