"Naples Daily NewsMakers with Jeff Lytle’’ goes from politics to mental health care to the Golisano Children’s Museum (C’mon) of Naples this Sunday morning at 10 on ABC7.
Penny Taylor, a 2014 Collier County Commission candidate, District 4, discusses how she can win even after a failed Naples City Council comeback bid in 2012; Karysia Demarest, new managing director at C’mon, is asked if the museum is stable after three new leaders in one and a half years; and David Schimmel, who is leaving The David Lawrence Center after 30 years of service, sizes up the future of local mental health care.
* Video highlights will be posted Monday at naplesnews.com/newsmakers
Lytle: Does the museum have the right mix for board-staff relationship, because you would look at this turnover you’ve had, and you think, well, maybe you have a very strong board that puts a lot of money into it, and you may have some strong-willed members who are accustomed to having their way. Is this a case of board meddling?
Demarest: Definitely not. Our board just went through a transition as well. We have six new board members in the last four months. We have a new board chair, Chris Lombardo, and he’s really excited to be leading the organization.
I have worked personally with several of our board members over the years, and it’s a wonderful group of people whose heart is in the right place to make this a better institution.
Lytle: Also should point out that your credentials include 10 years in the military.
Demarest: Yes, that is correct. I would think that 10 years running a martial arts school teaching children in town may be a little bit more applicable to what I’m doing now, because with the children I’ve always wanted to help them achieve everything that they’re possibly capable of.
Lytle: There’s already another strong candidate in your race, Lavinge Kirkpatrick, who’s been there, done that ... and she almost ... she came very close to beating Fred Coyle in the past. How will you differentiate yourself from her? The voters will have a clear choice in this race, and she’s on this program next week, by the way.
Taylor: I have 10 years of experience governing. I know what budgets are. I know the pain when you look at people and you shake their hands during awards, employees, and then you tell the city manager they need to go. Not so much they need to go, but you need to make these decisions. We can’t afford to keep this kind of budget. We can’t afford this outgo of money. The Great Recession was an extraordinary time.
Lytle: You say the David Lawrence Center is working with others to train law enforcement officers. Is it true that how you approach someone who may be bipolar makes all the difference in their response and the outcome of that incident?
Schimmel: Absolutely, absolutely. When I first started in this field back in the sixties, we were doing significant electroshock therapy. I was actually hired in college to work as an orderly on a psych unit because I was large. And today the whole emphasis is on verbal interventions, working with people.