Board of Directors
Region 1: Roy Wilkinson
Region 2: Karen Horne
Region 3: Vacant
Region 4: Rick Caravona/Dan Santana
Region 5: Darrel Tongate
                 Chris Thobois/ Secretary
Region 6: Jamie Cunningham/ President
                 Leo Rodgers/ Treasurer
Region 7: Carol Sjursen Vice President
                 Ernestine McFarlane
At Large:  Karen Twigg
​                 Penni Saginario

Carol Sjursen : V.P. Region 7 Board Member 


I have a strong belief in giving back to the community, whether it is rescuing a stray cat, helping at a community event, volunteering with the fire department or helping out after a disaster. As a Realtor, with 25 years of professional experience in the Southeast Florida real estate market, I have a passion for serving others in their quest for homeownership. RE/MAX Park Creek Realty; Serving the Southeast Florida Real Estate Market EDUCATION ,The College of New Jersey, Ewing, New Jersey, Nova Southeastern University, MBA Business Administration · Fort Lauderdale, Florida,Scotch Plains - Fanwood High School,Scotch Plains, New Jersey.

Shirley Chisholm once said, “Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth.”

                    Karen Twigg:Region 5 At Large
 Disney, Retired Security Manager · May 1989 to September 2011 · Orlando, Florida 22 years + Walt Disney World Resort Community Emergency Response Team EDUCATION Southwest Missouri
 

                   Penni  Saginario: Region 7 At Large

Penni  Saginario is an At-Large Member of the Florida Cert Association Board of Directors.  Penni is an Emergency Management Specialist with the Broward County Emergency Management Division and the County Liaison to the Broward County CERT Teams.
 She earned her Florida Professional Emergency Manager’s certification in 2012. 

Chris Thobois- Secretary Region 5 Board Member


Chris has been active with the CERT program since 2000.  In 2002, our program became nonprofit and was elected to the Board of Directors as secretary.  Elected in 2013 as  president of Seminole County CERT Association.  The program has been, in the past, active with Emergency Management and our local fire department.  As president, Chris has worked on seeing that the members receive as much FEMA and state SERT training as possible.  In 2002, Chris attended the first Florida CERT Association Conference in Davenport.  The next year, Seminole County sponsored the conference Chris acted as secretary.  Currently secretary for the FCA. she has received training in various areas, among many others, Incident Command, Medical First Responder, pandemic distribution of medications, special needs, needs assessment class, fire rehab training, train the trainer course completion, as well as participated in numerous drill within and outside the county.

 Leo F. Rodgers III-Treasurer Region 6 Board Member

Leo Rodgers started his Fire Service career in 1976.  He has moved up through the ranks of the Fire Service to Chief, as Acting Chief for the Immokalee Fire District for a short period. Honored with awards of Fire Fighter of the Year, Fire Inspector of the Year. He currently holds the position of Division Chief/Fire Marshal at the Immokalee Fire Control District.
Leo Has participated in many civic organizations, Rotary Club, Harvest Festival, and Immokalee civic Assoc. to name a few. He is currently the District 26 Representative for Florida Bermuda Moose Association Moose Riders, A Moose Legionnaire, Chapter Past President, and  Governor of the Lehigh Acres Moose Lodge 2266. Leo started his CERT experience in 2006 as the CERT Coordinator and was certified in 2008 for Basic Cert, Train the Trainer; he teaches basic CERT, for the Towns of Immokalee and Ave Maria. He serves on the board of The Florida CERT Association Inc. as Treasurer.  

     Philosophy, Experience and Education are the Keys to Success.


        ​  James Cunningham –  President Region 6 Board Member 

James has been a member of the Florida CERT Association for 6 years and on the Board of Directors for 4 years. He is the Fire Chief of the North Collier Fire Control and Rescue District and  a Career Firefighter with the North Naples Fire Control and Rescue District with 20 years of experience.  His duties have include shift commander, communications liaison and instructing.  He is a State Certified Firefighter, Paramedic, Fire Instructor II, Fire Officer II and Law Enforcement Officer.  He works in a part-time capacity as a road patrol deputy with the Collier County Sheriff’s Office and owns a business where firefighters and paramedics teach CPR and First Aid.  James is one of the lead instructors for the Fire District where he has taught the CERT program to nearly 900 residents over the last 12 years.    

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