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 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 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.
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