Editor’s note: Leadership Marco, involves a three-month commitment attending sessions every other week to learn about all aspects of the island. Participants will be featured in a three-part series. This is the first installment.
Dr. Loan Lam
Foot and ankle surgeon, podiatrist, wound care specialist
Collier Foot and Ankle Specialists, P.A.
She is a board qualified foot and ankle surgeon, Surgical residency training and internship at Yale-New Haven Hospital, doctorate degree from Barry University, bachelor’s degree from Rice University.
Lam was born in Vietnam and grew up in Fort Worth, Texas. She most recently moved from East Haven, Conn., and started a foot and ankle practice three years ago on Marco Island. Lam opened a new office in Naples called the Comprehensive Foot and Ankle Center in the Medical Arts building behind Physicians Regional Collier Hospital. She also works as a wound care specialist in the Center for Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Medicine at PR Collier. Lam also recently opened a medical spa within the Naples office.
Lam’s boyfriend, Rick von der Lancken, is the Florida state manager for Underdog Wine Merchants.
Her hobbies include: Running, tennis, she’s a voracious reader, is involved in volunteer work including on the board of directors of the Marco chapter of the American Cancer Society and Marco YMCA, chairwoman of the Marco 2011 Relay for Life and secretary for the Marco Noontime Rotary Club.
Lam wanted to attend the leadership class “to gain a more cohesive picture of the community and infrastructure that make up the City of Marco Island. In order to do that, I felt that I needed to understand not only the history, but also the future plans for the city. I hope to use this knowledge to further the goals of the various charity and service organizations that I am currently involved with.
As for the future of Marco Island: “I see Marco currently as a fledgling structure with good ’bones.’ We have some exciting plans that will continue to make Marco a great place to live year round whether one is eight or 80 years old. We have a wealth of people of varied experiences, great minds and hopefully a willingness to evolve for the better. Those are the strengths that in the future will help further our plans to fill in the ’gaps’ in our community.”
Costco Wholesale, Naples
He has specialized training in sales and marketing.
Because “my mother moved us a lot — at least six states and 11 cities before I turned 18 — I learned to make friends quickly. I started working part-time when I was 13 (years old) at Red’s Market in Orlando to help Mom pay the bills. I learned the value of hard work and the importance of doing what you say you will do.
“Mom stumbled upon terrible conditions at a citrus camp outside of Orlando. She took Sen. Lawton Chiles and the local media to see it, to expose the dirty dealings. Mom had little but was always prepared to fight for others. I learned the importance of doing the right thing.
His wife Madeleine was born in Gravesend, England, and is a broker associate at Quail West in Naples and West Bay Beach and Golf Club in Estero.
They have two children: Jenn, 24, is the box office manager at The Florida Repertory Theatre in Fort Myers. Chris, 21, is a senior at University of Central Florida studying theater and music. The couple also has Tess, a rescued Terrier-mutt who is about 11 years old.
Longfield-Smith enjoys sailing, kayaking, dining out and traveling.
He wanted to attend Leadership Marco because: “I fell in love with Marco after working with the Marco Island Chamber of Commerce and meeting so many wonderful people. He expects “to better understand the needs of the community, and to work with others to make a positive impact in this special place.”
As for the future of Marco Island, Longfield-Smith sees it as “a unique and special place, a developed island in the middle of protected paradise. It will require the cooperation and understanding of all concerned to preserve its beauty while still allowing for desired growth and making needed improvements.
“Costco Wholesale in Naples is always looking to help organizations, businesses and schools save money, raise funds, and participate in community events. E-mail email@example.com.
Marketing/membership director, Eagle Creek Golf and Country Club.
“I came to Marco Island for the first time in 1977 and returned each vacation until my family moved to Naples in 1987. I remember the fun times feeding the seagulls at Residents’ Beach and searching for shells in the sand at Tigertail.”
Johnson enjoys tennis, golf and spending quality time with wonderful friends and family, she says. “I am still fond of long walks on the beach and shelling for ’treasures.’ I love working at Eagle Creek Golf and Country Club. The residents/members are magnificent people and the Club is beautiful. I believe when you surround yourself with genuine people, those same individuals help you become a better person.”
She wanted to attend Leadership Marco because: “Marco Island is a magnificent place made up of extraordinary people. Being of member of such a magical community draws me to get involved in several organizations. I am currently secretary and president-elect of the Marco Island Sunrise Rotary and sit on the board for Christmas Island Style. I feel the more I can learn about the area, the better I can give back to the community I cherish.”
Her vision of Marco Island in the next 10 years is: “I would like to see Marco Island develop into one of the nation’s premier vacation destinations and desired relocation sites. I would like to see subtle changes to the community which provide opportunity for growth and economic development while still having the small-town neighborly feel. Like my family did for me, I would like young families to experience the magic of Marco Island so they too can pass their memories onto the next generation.”
Realtor with Keller Williams Realty, Marco Island.
She serves on the board of directors with the Marco Island Area Association of Realtors (MIAAOR). She holds the designation of GRI (Graduate Realtor Institute) and “Green” Realtor through the National Association of Realtors and CDPE.
McGilvray is “married to a wonderful man, Steve Josselyn who supports me in all I do.”
Her business background includes: management and national sales management in desktop computer companies, hardware and software industries and an Internet start-up company. She is the person always looked upon as a “team player and the person to get the job done.” She demonstrates this now in her role as a real estate agent and volunteer.
McGilvray is a member of the Sunrise Rotary Club of Marco and on the board of directors for Christmas Island Style. She supports many other clubs and organizations on Marco Island and she and her husband are members of the Art League, as well as the Historical Society and have found the island rich with culture.
She has a “long standing love for the outdoors. I participated as a crew member delivering large sailboats to the Caribbean and Europe.” She also has been a team/crew member “blue water” racing sailboats in the Caribbean, Florida, Bermuda and the Boston area. “I love to ski when I am able and read avidly,” she says.” Golfing has become my favorite past time since moving to Marco. These sports have helped to round out my personality with a zest for life.
As a breast cancer survivor, McGilvray says she understands “how valuable and fragile life is and how important it is to be a part of a community. I vacationed on Marco Island 10 years ago and found a vibrant community which drew me to move and plant my roots here. Working, participating and giving back is what it’s all about.”
By attending Leadership Marco, she says she “will get a deeper understanding of Marco’s history and evolution as a community. It will help me develop and implement new ideas to promote our treasured island in my business. Marco will continue to grow as one of the most sought after destinations in the country as more and more people begin to recognize how special our Island is.”
Geographic Information Systems (GIS) manager
City of Marco Island
Baldus has a bachelor’s degree is GIS/Cartography from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Baldus is the GIS manager for the City of Marco Island, and recently has undertaken additional Information Technology duties including management of the city’s website and audio-visual operations. Baldus has worked in the GIS industry for 20 years, most recently with the City of Naples and Collier County. Prior to her re-location to Florida, she was employed by a research center at Montana State University, as well as local governments in Montana and Wisconsin.
She and her husband Bill have two cats: Spot and Spike, both female and two years old. Married, husband’s name: Bill When not working, Baldus enjoys fly-fishing, boating, camping and traveling.
She joined Leadership Marco because: “During my employment with the City of Marco Island I have had the opportunity to meet previous participants in the Leadership Marco program and through them have learned the extensive value of participation and the breadth of knowledge about our city that can be gained. I’m also excited about the opportunity for greater exposure to the business community and gaining better perspective on how my responsibilities at the city can better complement the direction of our community.”
In the Marco of the future I envision a community that continues to retain its small-town character, preserves and protects its natural beauty, and enjoys a strong, diverse local economic base that has evolved beyond a tourist destination.
Realtor, Premier Properties of Southwest Florida Inc.
Meade has a bachelor’s degree in business from Salem State College, is a graduate of the Real Estate Institute, Accredited Buyers Representative and Senior Real Estate Representative.
While living in Boston, Meade worked for a real estate attorney, was a real estate appraiser and owned a property and casualty insurance agency.
She and her husband, Warren, have three daughters and sons-in-law: Meghan and Steve, Heather and Nic, Caitlin and Phillip and four grandchildren: Tyler, 4 ½, Emma, 2, Finley, 1 ½ and Stephen 1.
During her time off from work, she enjoys cycling and has ridden across the United States and Europe; she has hiked Kilimanjaro, ran in the New York Marathon, Naples Half-Marathon, Disney Half-Marathon, and Naples Triathlon and also likes to play tennis and golf and go boating.
Meade wanted to attend Leadership Marco because: “I wanted to learn more about Marco to apply to my profession to better inform clients of the benefits of living, working and retiring on Marco Island.
For the future of the island she sees “growth as Marco Island becomes better known throughout the nation. Our island has something for everyone — history, art, wildlife, beautiful beaches, boating, sporting activities, fine dining and the best weather in the continental U.S.”