The Honorable Francis Rooney


The Honorable Francis Rooney

Former Florida Congressman and Ambassador to the Holy See

Friday, October 13 2023 at 11:30 AM at the Naples Hilton

Join us to find out where is the United States at home an abroad as we approach 2024?

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WHEN: Friday, September 8, 2023 11:30 AM
WHERE: Naples Hilton, 5111 Tamiami Trail N., Naples, FL 34103

Lisa Gordon Haggerty


The Honorable Lisa Gordon Haggerty

Undersecretary of Energy for Nuclear Security under President Trump

September 8 2023 at 11:30 AM at the Naples Hilton

“Does the US Have the Right Nuclear Posture: Energy and Weapons”
Hear about the status of our strategic deterrent and our growing lack of energy independence.

Lisa E. Gordon-Hagerty served as the Administrator of the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) and Under Secretary for Nuclear Security at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) from February 2018 until November 2020. Confirmed by the United States Senate on February 15, 2018, she was the first woman to hold this leadership position. With more than 30 years of national security experience, Ms. Gordon-Hagerty was responsible for the management and operations of NNSA in support of President Trump’s nuclear security agenda. NNSA is a semi-autonomous agency within DOE responsible for enhancing national security through the military application of nuclear science. NNSA maintains and enhances the safety, security, and effectiveness of the U.S. nuclear weapons stockpile; works to reduce the global danger from weapons of mass destruction; provides the U.S. Navy with safe and effective nuclear propulsion; and responds to nuclear and radiological emergencies in the U.S. and abroad. She was a member of the joint DOD-DOE Nuclear Weapons Council.

Ms. Gordon-Hagerty served as a career civil servant in several U.S. Government leadership positions, including as the Director of Combating Terrorism, National Security Council staff for more than five years. She also served at DOE as the Director, Office of Emergency Response, and as Acting Director, Office of Nuclear Weapons Surety. Ms. Gordon-Hagerty was a professional staff member on the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce. She began her professional career as a health physicist at NNSA’s Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.

Presently, Ms. Gordon-Hagerty is the CEO of Wolverine Global, Inc, (formerly LEG, Inc.) a Woman Owned Small Business in Delray Beach, FL. She serves as an Outside Director with Visible Assets, Inc., and Westinghouse Electric Corporation, WGS. She has been appointed to and currently serves as a Commissioner of the Strategic Posture Commission established by the FY22 National Defense Authorization Act. Prior to joining the Trump Administration, Ms. Gordon-Hagerty was president of Tier Tech International, Inc., a Service-Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business providing professional expertise to combating WMD terrorism worldwide. She was also president and CEO of LEG, Inc., a consulting firm focusing on national security issues. Ms. Gordon-Hagerty served as the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of USEC, Inc.

Ms. Gordon-Hagerty holds a Master of Public Health degree in Health Physics and a Bachelor of Science, both from the University of Michigan. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Health Physics Society.

WHEN: Friday, September 8, 2023 11:30 AM
WHERE: Naples Hilton, 5111 Tamiami Trail N., Naples, FL 34103

Chris Hudson


Chris Hudson

Vice President of Government Affairs, Americans for Prosperity


July 14, 2023 at 11:30 AM at the Naples Hilton

Chris Hudson is a recognized political professional with a multitude of accomplishments and extensive experience. His comprehensive background includes campaign management, grassroots organizing, nonprofit work, policy analysis and preparation of legislation while working at both state and federal legislative offices.

He currently serves as Vice President of Government Affairs for Americans for Prosperity and has been with AFP for eight years in various roles.

Prior to working for AFP, Chris spent three years directing government relations for Strategic Advocacy, a public affairs firm as well as the Foundation for Government Accountability, a non-partisan free market think tank. In 2010 Chris served as the Central Florida Field Director for the House majority's campaign effort, directing more than 20 legislative campaigns along with I-4 Corridor.

Chris was a legislative assistant for Florida State Senator Lee Constantine and prepared policy analysis and draft legislation for the senator's office on many important issues including public safety, education, energy and transportation.

Chris attended Salve Regina University in Newport, Rhode Island where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a Master of Arts degree in International Relations. He lives in Naples with his wife and two daughters. He is an avid paintball player.

Chris will discuss how the 2022 legislative victories and losses affect the 2024 elections and how the Florida Legislature is driving the conversation around the country in state capitols and in DC.

WHEN: Friday, July 14, 2023 11:30 AM
WHERE: Naples Hilton, 5111 Tamiami Trail N., Naples, FL 34103

Scott Baier and Lynda Bell

Scott Baier

CEO Community Pregnancy Clinics

Lynda Bell

President of Florida Right to Life

June 9, 2023 at 11:30 AM at the Naples Hilton

Scott Baier: Originally from upstate New York, Mr. Scott Baier (Buyer) now lives in Estero with his beautiful wife Rachel, and their five children.

In June of 2021, Mr. Scott assumed the role of CEO at Community Pregnancy Clinics. Prior to this, Scott spent 23 years in the education field – teaching, mentoring, and leading thousands of students and families to be the best version of themselves – academically, humanly, and spiritually.

Scott holds two Master’s Degrees in Human Relations and Educational Leadership. Before becoming an educator, Scott spent two years in the seminary and as a missionary, and later served as a non-commissioned officer with U.S. Army Intelligence in both Germany and Bosnia-Hercegovina.

Scott brings an extensive list of skill sets, particularly leadership in non-profit strategic management, and he believes deeply in the life-saving mission of CPCI. With his deep passion and commitment to our mission, Scott is focused on leading his team to be able to effectively respond to the ever-changing pro-life landscape as CPCI’s impact continues to grow in the state of Florida – providing men and women with life-affirming medical services and helping end abortion – one father, one mother, and one precious baby at a time.

Lynda Bell: Lynda Bell has been married to Mark for thirty-eight years and lives in Tallahassee where they co-teach adult Sunday school. She has three married daughters and twelve grandchildren from six to twenty-six years old.

Lynda is president of Florida Right to Life representing the statewide organization as a delegate to the National Right to Life Committee board of directors in which she also serves as Chairman of the NRLC Board.

In her capacity as president, she lobbies at the state Capitol to promote and support pro-life legislation.

As spokesperson, Florida Right to Life increased exposure on state and national television, radio, in print, and social media educating and debating pro-life issues such as bans on abortion and embryonic stem-cell research, euthanasia, assisted suicide, ultrasound, parental rights, parental notification, the Choose Life license plate, and partial-birth abortion just to name a few.

This year Lynda Bell ranked as twenty-fifth in a list of Florida’s 100 Most Powerful Women.

Additionally, she also held past public service positions which include six years on the Florida Communities Trust appointed by then-Gov. Rick Scott; and elected as Miami-Dade County Commissioner serving as Vice Chair; and then voted Mayor of Homestead, as the Honorable Lynda Bell, in which she had the distinction of being the first and only woman mayor in their over 100-year history.

Amy Patterson


Amy Patterson

Collier County's County Manager

Kelly Lichter

Chairperson of Collier County School Board


Collier County Celebrates 100 Years! 1923-2023

May 12, 2023 at 11:30 AM at the Naples Hilton

Amy Patterson has dedicated herself to public service in Collier County for more than two decades. She has served as Deputy County Manager since May 2021, was named Acting County Manager a year later and in June 2022, was unanimously selected as County Manager.

Born and raised in Naples, Patterson began her career in Collier County Government in 2000 as a job-bank employee in the Growth Management Department. She worked diligently, gaining valuable experience serving as Fiscal/Impact Fee Analyst, Impact Fee Coordinator and Director of Capital Project Planning, Impact Fees & Program Management.

As Deputy County Manager, Patterson was responsible for oversight of the daily operations of the County agency. As County Manager, Patterson oversees a net adopted budget of $1.8 billion and 2,164 employees. She holds a bachelor's degree in Business Management, belongs to several professional organizations and is a guest lecturer throughout the community, the state and around the country. Patterson is focused on managing county operations with maximum efficiency, transparency and accountability. She is the first woman to serve as County Manager in Collier County.

Kelly Lichter is a wife, mother of two, former teacher and the founding board president of Mason Classical Academy, Collier County's highest performing public school. US News and World Report ranked Mason Classical Academy #1 in Collier County and #351 nationally.
Kelly has been committed to improving the quality of public education and advocating for the children of Collier County since moving to Naples in 2006. She has previous experience working with special needs children and taught US History, Economics and Government at the high school level.
Kelly will update us on current Collier County education issues.

Alina Donahue and Sheriff Ken Rambosk

Alina Donahue and Sheriff Ken Rambosk

Inspirational Speaker on the topic of Human Trafficking and Collier County Sheriff

Collier County Sheriff


April 14, 2023 at 11:30 AM at the Naples Hilton

Sheriff Ken Rambosk

Sheriff Rambosk has served as Collier County's Sheriff since 2009. He embodies the philosophy of "service to others before self." His office prides itself on being true partners in the community. They also believe that their service philosophy, community partnerships and the hard work of his professional law enforcement team work together to keep Collier County one of the safest counties in Florida.

Sheriiff Rambosk's education is vast including an AA degree in political science, Bergen Community College, Paramus, NJ; BS degree, public safety administration, William Peterson University; MBA, Nova University; FBI National Academy graduate 172nd Session, 1993.

Alina Donahue

Alina Donahue is a Human Trafficking Subject Matter Expert. She Co-created the Shelly Stayer Shelter's 18-month Human Trafficking Residential Program for female survivors of sexual Human Trafficking. She has been certified by the Florida Crime Prevention Training Institute through the Office of the Florida General Attorney.

Alina was a mentor for Project Recovery, a program that helps inmates in Collier County overcome addiction. In 2021 she made the Naples Illustrated Top 100 to Watch For List for her continuous achievements.

In January 2023, Alina was appointed as a Senior Advisor to the National Trauma Education Policy Board.

Jamie French, Kelley Lichter, Crystal Kinzel

Celebrating the 100th Year Anniversary of Collier County!

Kelly Lichter, President Collier County School Board

Jamie French, Deputy Department Head of Collier County Growth Management

Crystal Kinzel, Clerk of the Circuit Court and Comptroller

March 10, 2023 at 11:30 AM at the Naples Hilton

Kelly Lichter

Kelly Lichter is a wife, mother of two children, former teacher, and the founding board president of Mason Classical Academy. Kelly has volunteered her time for over ten years at the Academy, and her efforts have been recognized by the Florida Department of Education, US News and World Report, and Eagle Forum.

Kelly has been committed to improving the quality of public education and advocating for the children of Collier County since moving to Naples in 2006. She has previous experience working with special needs children and taught US History, Economics, and Government at the high school level. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in History from Baldwin Wallace College and a Master’s Degree in Social Studies Education from Nova Southeastern University.

In her spare time, she enjoys competing in local 5K races, triathlons, and tent-camping with her family. She also volunteers her time with a local animal rescue by fostering homeless dogs until they find their forever homes.

Kelly is honored to represent the people of Collier County while serving as a member of the School Board

Jamie French

Jamie joined Collier County Government in 2003 and currently serves as the Department Head of the Growth Management Community Development Department. Jamie is responsible for the oversight and direction of the County’s current and future land use planning, regulatory functions, economic development, environmental monitoring, code compliance, resiliency, and housing policy, while providing a multitude of short and long-term recovery missions post-disaster. Jamie is responsible for the department's seven divisions, which comprise nearly 400 full-time and contract staff members with an annual budget of over $140 million.

As a Native South Floridian, Jamie and his family have resided in Collier County for over 40 years. Professionally, Jamie has a Master’s Degree in Business Administration, more than 30 years of leadership experience in local government and the private industry, and holds certifications in Six Sigma and Regulatory Policy. He is a Certified Public Manager, Certified Floodplain Manager, and FEMA Incident Command Systems Instructor. Since 2004 Jamie and his team have provided recovery support to every tropical weather event that has impacted Collier County. Under the Emergency Management Assistance Compact, in 2018, Jamie was deployed to the Florida Panhandle to work with Federal and State partners during the assessment and recovery of Hurricane Michael.

Jamie is an alum of the Growing Associates in Naples (GAIN 2009), Leadership Collier (LC 2012), the First Vice Chairman of the Leadership Collier Class of 2018, and the Chairman of the Leadership Collier Class of 2019. He has received the 2014 Excellence in Public Service Award, the 2015 Distinguished Leadership Collier Alumni Award, Paul Harris Award, and he currently serves on the Leadership Collier Foundation Board.

Crystal Kinzel

In June 2018, Gov. Rick Scott appointed Crystal as the interim Collier County Clerk of the Circuit Court and Comptroller upon the untimely death of Clerk Dwight Brock. Two months later, voters elected her to the position and re-elected her in August 2020.

Crystal has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from George Washington University and she is a Certified Government Financial Manager. She began her career in accounting and finance working for the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP), followed by a position with NASDAQ in Washington D.C. At the age of 29, Crystal was the youngest person ever to be appointed as Finance Director for the City of Key West.

In 1988, Sheriff Don Hunter appointed Crystal as Finance Director for the Collier County Sheriff’s Office; a position that she held for 16 years. In 2005 she joined the Office of the Collier County Clerk of Courts, serving as the Director of Finance and later as Chief Deputy.

Crystal is an active member of the Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce and she represents the District 7 Caucus on the statewide Florida Court Clerk and Comptroller Legislative Committee (District 7 encompasses the ten counties of south Florida).
She earned the designation of a Certified Clerk of Court after completing the 240-hour certification program which is designed to promote a mastery of the skills that are necessary to successfully fulfill the constitutional and statutory responsibilities of the office.

Known as a tenacious protector of taxpayer dollars, Crystal is committed to safeguarding public funds and providing first-class customer service to the citizens and taxpayers. Crystal and her husband Mike have four adult children and enjoy being grandparents to several grandchildren.

WHEN: Friday, March 10, 2023 11:30 AM
WHERE: Naples Hilton, 5111 Tamiami Trail N., Naples, FL 34103

Vice-President Mike Pence

Vice-President Mike Pence


March 4, 2023 3:30 PM to 5:30 PM at Kalea Bay Driftwood Cafe, 13910 Old Coast Road, Naples FL 34110

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Meet Vice President Pence, author of "So Help Me God".
The Vice President will speak for about 20 minutes and autograph copies of his book.
Light bites and a beverage are included.
The event is NOT at the Hilton. It is at Kalea Bay. You will need to reserve in advance and show ID to enter the community.

WHEN: Saturday, March 4th, 2023 3:30 PM to 5:30 PM
WHERE: Kalea Bay Driftwood Cafe, 13910 Old Coast Road, Naples FL 34110

John R. Bolton

John R. Bolton

Former National Security Advisor to President Trump, United Nations Ambassador under
President George W. Bush, Author and News Commentator  to  FOX, CBS, ABC, and BBC

February 10, 2023 at 11:30 AM at the Naples Hilton

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John R. Bolton served as Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs from April 8, 2018 until his resignation on September 10, 2019. From January 2007 until April 2018, he served as a Senior Fellow at American Enterprise Institute in Washington.

John R. Bolton was appointed as United States Permanent Representative to the United Nations on August 1, 2005 and served until his resignation in December 2006. Prior to his appointment, Ambassador Bolton served as Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security from May 2001 to May 2005.

Ambassador Bolton began his public service career in the Reagan administration, continuing into the Bush presidency

He appears daily on U S news stations as well as media outlets around the world. His op ed articles appear in the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, National Review, NY Post, Daily Telegraph and others.

Ambassador Bolton was born in Baltimore, Maryland. He is married and has one daughter.

WHEN: Friday, February 10, 2023 11:30 AM
WHERE: Naples Hilton, 5111 Tamiami Trail N., Naples, FL 34103

Kathleen Passidomo

Florida Senate President Kathleen Passidomo

January 13, 2023 at 11:30 AM

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Senator Kathleen C. Passidomo was elected to the Florida Senate in November 2016 after having served in the Florida House of Representatives since 2010. Senator Passidomo was elected by her peers to serve as President of the Florida Senate for the 2022-2024 legislative term.

During the 2018-2020 legislative session, Senator Passidomo served as Senate Majority Leader. She also previously served as the Senate President’s appointee on the Statewide Council on Human Trafficking from 2017-2019. Senator Passidomo served as the Chair for the Senate Committee on Rules for the 2020-2022 legislative session.

Senator Passidomo graduated in 1975 from Trinity College (now University) in Washington, D.C., after which she spent eight months backpacking in Southeast Asia. In December 1978, she received her law degree from Stetson University’s College of Law and built her practice around Real Estate and Business Law in Naples. She was in the first group of attorneys in the state to obtain Board Certification in Real Estate Law, and her peers elected her to serve as President of both the Collier County Bar Association and the Collier County Women’s Bar Association.

As Senator Passidomo’s career progressed, she used her background and legal skills to help almost 100 civic, charitable, and business organizations with their corporate documents and governance structure.

From creating the Collier County Juvenile Justice Council to serving as Co-Chair of the Community Engagement Initiative of the Education Foundation of Collier County- Champions for Learning (“Connect Now”), and as President of the Southwest Florida Land Preservation Trust to chairing the Board of The United Way of Collier County, she had the opportunity to work with citizens from all over Southwest Florida with a common goal of making the community a better place to live, work, raise a family and retire.

Senator Passidomo and her husband John have lived in Naples for 43 years. Together, they have three children, Catarina, Francesca and Gabriella, and two grandsons, William and Emilio.

WHEN: Friday, January 13, 2023 11:30 AM
WHERE: Naples Hilton, 5111 Tamiami Trail N., Naples, FL 34103