Home' Island Sun : ISN 010816 Contents SCCF Board Of Trustees Welcomes
New Members And Officers
The Sanibel-Captiva Conservation
Foundation (SCCF) appointed three
new members to its board of trustees
this year. At the December 15 annual
meeting, SCCF members voted Diane
Neitzel and returning trustees, Claude
Crawford, PhD, and Paul Roth onto the
board. At the December 16 board meet-
ing, the new board elected officers Ron
Gibson as president, Gwenda Hiett-Clem-
ents as vice president, Doug Ryckman as
treasurer, and Ran Niehoff as secretary.
Retiring from the board this year were
Linda Uhler, Don Rice and Dr. Ed Wheel-
er; and continuing their terms as trustees
are Chauncey Goss, Sandy Gross, Debo-
rah La Gorce, John R. Morse, Mary Ellen
Pfeifer, Tom Price and Richard Shipley.
Claude Crawford received his PhD from
North Carolina State University in 1971,
having studied marine and estaurine biol-
ogy in the department of zoology. During
his graduate studies and subsequent post-
doctoral posts at The University of Georgia
and Johns Hopkins University, he was involved with the startup of two small marine
For many years Crawford worked in the medical device field, managing research
and development of many innovative and successful diagnostic and therapeutic devices.
Among them were immuno-diagnostics, neonatal intensive care devices, cryosurgical
units and cardiac resuscitation devices. In 2000, Crawford joined his wife Marsha to
form a successful real estate team in Annapolis, Maryland.
They were looking for a place in the sun to escape the Maryland winter and visited
Sanibel in the fall of 2001. Both biologists and conservationists, they fell in love with
the island and bought their first condo in 2002 and the second in 2003. They retired
from real estate in Annapolis, sold their home on the Chesapeake Bay, and moved to
a home on Sanibel full time in 2007.
The Crawfords have been members of SCCF for several years. Claude is returning
for his second term as trustee and he has been a volunteer member of the Marine Lab
committee for several years.
Diane Neitzel was born and raised in the Chicago area, and she and husband
LeRoy have two sons and six grandchildren. They moved to central Illinois where she
worked as a head teller in a local bank while he completed training for his DVM. They
opened a small animal veterinary clinic and hospital, which they ran together for 30
years. They began visiting Sanibel more than 20 years ago and purchased a home
in the late ‘90s, finally retiring to be full time residents seven years ago. Diane began
volunteering as a sea turtle walker (Zone 6) and recently became a permittee. She has
been active on the events committee, the member development committee and she
also volunteers in the Nature Center.
Returning to the SCCF board, Paul Roth is looking forward to continuing his long
association with the foundation and resuming responsibility as a trustee.
Paul and Lucy Roth first experienced Sanibel with their children in 1972 and, like
many visitors, kept returning until one day they retired here full time. They have lived
on Sanibel a total of 17 years.
Paul has served as foundation treasurer and president as well as member of various
committees. He is a graduate of the University of Missouri, attaining a BS in civil engi-
neering with a minor in forestry, and attended graduate school at Washington Univer-
sity in St. Louis. His 35-year career was with Southwestern Bell Telephone Company
(now AT&T), retiring in 1991 in Dallas as president of the company’s Texas division.
He has served on a variety of corporate and nonprofit boards, including the Sanibel
Public Library, the Charitable Foundation of the Islands, and remains active in the
Sanibel Congregational United Church of Christ.
Erick Lindblad with outgoing board President Linda Uhler and outgoing Treasurer Don Rice
Officers for SCCF’s 2016 Board of Trustees Secretary Ran Niehoff, President Ron Gibson,
Vice President Gwenda Hiett-Clements and Treasurer Doug Ryckman
SCCF Tennis Tournament
Twenty four years ago Lucas
Century and SCCF Executive
Director Erick Lindblad had a
brainstorm and the Sanibel-Capti-
va Conservation Fundation annual
tennis tournament was born.
This year’s tournament will be
held at The Dunes on January 30
Century’s new “hot out of the
kiln” colored, etched glass bowls
are featured as a major donor gift
and tournament raffle prize.
To sign up for play call Jean
at The Dunes Blackwood Tennis
Academy. For sponsorship oppor-
tunities, call Dee Serage at SCCF
All are welcome at the tourna-
ment. Bidding on silent auction
items and the sale of raffle tickets
will continue throughout the week-
Lucas Century with one of his colored, etched glass
ISLAND SUN - JANUARY 8, 2016
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