Board of Directors

Stephen Hruby, Chair

Stephen J. Hruby is a founding partner of Architects Unlimited, a 41-year old architectural, urban design and town-planning firm. He is nationally recognized for his work with affordable housing, mixed income communities and community revitalization. His work has received awards and acknowledgement for contributions to the community.

Mr. Hruby is active in community and professional affairs in Naples Florida, where he has resided for the past 26 years. He is Chairman of the Collier County Affordable Housing Advisory Committee and The Housing Alliance he also serves on the board of directors of the Collier County Community Land Trust. He is the chairman of the Design Review Board of the City of Naples. He served on the board of directors of the Naples Zoo. He presently serves on the board of directors for AIA Florida Southwest and has served on the board of directors of AIA Florida. He is currently the Chairman Elect of the Florida Foundation for Architecture. Both AIA Florida and AIA Florida Southwest have awarded him the designation of Citizen Architect in recognition of his community service. He is the recipient of the W.R. Frissell Medal of Honor, AIA Florida Southwest’s highest honor. He is also the recipient of the 2022 Sam Noe Award for his community service to the City of Naples.

Mr. Hruby holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Pennsylvania State University and a Master of Architecture and Urban Design from Washington University. He is a member of AIA, ULI and USGBC. He is a registered architect in numerous states and is a LEED AP BD+C

Mary Jo DiegelMary Jo Diegel, Vice Chair

Mary Jo Diegel, a retired attorney from Michigan, has been a seasonal resident in Naples since 2015. She obtained a B.A. in English, Phi Beta Kappa, from Michigan State University, and a law degree from Wayne State University in Detroit. She practiced civil litigation in Michigan state and federal courts for 20 years, and then served as an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney for 9 years in Macomb County until her retirement in 2014, after which she earned Attorney Emeritus status with the State Bar of Michigan. After she and her husband David came to Naples, she was elected to the Board of Directors for the Heritage Bay Golf & Country Club for three 2-year terms, and served as an officer of the Board alternately as President, Vice President, and Secretary. She has been certified as an arbitrator for FINRA (Financial Industry Regulatory Authority), volunteered as a literacy tutor for the Literacy Volunteers of Collier County teaching English as a second language to adults, and helped build affordable homes as a volunteer for Habitat for Humanity in Collier County.

David EllisDavid Ellis, Treasurer

David Ellis is a graduate of Furman University where he was recognized with the Bradshaw-Feaster Medal for General Excellence (most outstanding graduate) in 1986. In his career, he served in leadership roles in several of the largest building industry associations in the country. Among his many accolades, he was recognized as the Best New Executive Officer and the Best Executive Officer in the Nation by the National Association of Home Builders. David is a graduate of Leadership Jacksonville, Leadership Collier and Leadership Florida. He has worked as an advocate for workforce housing throughout his career.

CynthiaCynthia Valenti Smith, Secretary

Cynthia Valenti Smith is a Production Manager at Regions Bank for SW Florida.  She works with a team of Loan Officers and Processors to assist clients throughout Collier, Lee, and Charlotte County. Personally, she has assisted clients with their residential loans for over 28 years and over $900M in volume.  She is well versed in Conventional Loans and specializes in Portfolio Lending for those clients with more complex transactions. These programs include Jumbo Loans, Construction Loans, Condominium Financing, Physicians Loans and Affordable Housing Products.  Cynthia works closely with retail, commercial and wealth management areas of the bank to ensure that her clients’ are obtaining the appropriate program to fit their financial goals.

Cynthia and her Team work closely with local non-profits in educating on Financial Wellness and Budgeting for home ownership.   They work with Developers that will fulfill Affordable homeownership needs for First Time Homebuyers throughout our communities.

Cynthia’s previous banking experience included working with the Local Land Trust in Rhode Island to assist with financing of the homes that were being built in the community.    Funds to the Land Trust were provided by Donations of Money and of Land. These funds allowed them to purchase the land and construct the homes. They built single family homes, condominiums and townhomes.

Todd SabinTodd Sabin, Director

Todd Sabin is a commercial real estate broker and investor in Naples for nearly 20 years where he has earned over 8 Power Broker awards in SWFL. He has closed over 1,000 transactions worth over $350 million giving him an in-depth knowledge of the industry. A Naples resident since 2005, Mr. Sabin is originally from Michigan with a degree from Western Michigan University. He is involved in many business associations in Collier county including Leadership Collier (class of 2008) and involved in the local soccer community as a past club coach and Boys varsity coach at Community School of Naples.

Jenna Bizzacco-FoersterJenna Buzzacco-Foerster, Director

Jenna Buzzacco-Foerster is the public affairs director at Gravina, Smith, Matte & Arnold Marketing and Public Relations. An experienced public affairs and communications professional, Jenna has an extensive background in issue management, coalition building, community outreach and strategic communications.

She began her career in Southwest Florida as a reporter for the Naples Daily News, spending a decade covering municipal, county and state government. As an award-winning journalist, she distilled complex concepts into clear, concise and compelling stories for readers of the Naples Daily News and, later, Florida Politics.

Jenna left journalism in 2017 to join the Greater Naples Chamber, where she worked to advance the Chamber’s governmental and legislative priorities at the city, county and state levels. In this role, she successfully lobbied the State of Florida to secure $3 million from the Florida Job Growth Grant Fund for Collier County Public Schools to expand its manufacturing program. She also managed the successful One Collier campaign, which in 2018, supported the passage of a one-cent infrastructure sales surtax in Collier County.

In 2020, Jenna was named a 40 Under 40 honoree by Gulfshore Business in recognition of her professional accomplishments and community involvement. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Women’s Foundation of Collier County, and previously served as a member of the Collier County Community Land Trust.

Michelle McCleodMichelle Lopez McLeod, Director

Michelle is a third generation Floridian, of Spanish immigrants, raised in Fort Myers. Upon graduating from Fort Myers High School, Michelle attended St. Mary’s College in Notre Dame, Indiana and then later earned an MBA from Florida Gulf Coast University.

For over 25 years, Michelle has lived and worked in the City of Naples where she has stayed very involved in community service. With so much vested in this community, one thing led to another and Michelle ran for Naples City Council in 2016 and successfully won a seat on the council where she served with great honor for four years.

Today, Michelle serves on various boards and committees such as the Women’s Foundation of Collier County and the Collier Coalition for Healthy Minds.

Michelle is a proud graduate of Leadership Collier, Class of 2014 and Leadership Florida, Class of XXXVI. In her pass time, Michelle enjoys running, cycling, swimming and competing in athletic events. She also enjoys cooking and visiting with her friends at her home.

Tara FodorkoTara Fedorko, Director

With a career spanning over two decades, Tara Fedorko is known for spearheading strategic market expansions, achieving remarkable deposit growth, and enhancing client relationships across diverse industries. Currently serving as the Regional Head of Retail and Senior Vice President at Wintrust Financial Corp. in Naples since 2018, Tara has been instrumental in launching a new banking market in Florida for Wintrust. These achievements underscore Tara’s proficiency in cultivating high-net-worth relationships and fostering a community-centric brand.

An active participant in community development, Tara has contributed to Naples HELP as an active board member and the newly formed Housing Alliance, and presided over the River North Business Association and Clean Streets initiative in Chicago, demonstrating a passionate commitment to economic development and community engagement.

Tara works passionately towards what visionary leadership coupled with a commitment to community engagement can achieve in the banking industry.