Who We Are

Backbone Support

Champions For Learning facilitates the collective impact network. The organization is committed to this strategic community engagement and has dedicated staff time to provide support for Future Ready Collier.


The Strategic Partners for Future Ready Collier are composed of representatives from organizations making a significant and sustained organizational investment in the collective. The group provides strategic guidance and engagement, reviews budgets, and balances overall partner commitment and expectations.

Strategic Partners Chair:
Eileen Connolly-Keesler, Collier Community Foundation
Dr. Elizabeth Alves, Collier County Public Schools
Susan Block, Early Learning Coalition of SWFL
Judy Coleman, Lal Gaynor Early Education & Beyond Fund at the CFCC
Michael Dalby, Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce
Lara Fisher, Grace Place for Children & Families
Mary Beth Geier, Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation
Beth Hatch, Pathways Early Education Center of Immokalee
Maria Jimenez-Lara, Naples Children & Education Foundation
Megan McCarthy, Boys & Girls Club of Collier County
Susan McManus, Champions For Learning
Dawn Montecalvo, Guadalupe Center
Lisa Morse, Collier County Public Schools
Dr. Kamela Patton, Collier County Public Schools
Noemi Perez, The Immokalee Foundation
Tami Raznoff, Healthcare Network of Southwest Florida
Steven Sanderson, United Way of Collier County

Organization Partners

The following organizations are represented by board members, staff, and volunteers working together within Future Ready Collier.
To join us, contact info@futurereadycollier.org.

Alliance for Period Supplies of SWFL
Ave Maria University
Avow Hospice, Inc.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Sun Coast
Books for Collier Kids
Boys & Girls Club of Collier County
C1B1 Communications LLC
CareerSource Southwest Florida
Center for Child Stress & Health, Florida State University
Champions For Learning
Child’s Path
Collier County Alumnae Chapter, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
Collier County Parks & Recreation
Collier County Public Library
Collier County Public Schools (CCPS)
Collier County Sheriff’s Office
Collier Community Foundation
David Lawrence Centers For Behavioral Health
Early Learning Coalition of SouthWest Florida
Early Steps Program, Health Planning Council of Southwest Florida
Echo Ed Now
Florida College Access Network
Florida Department of Health in Collier
Florida Diagnostic and Learning Resources System
Florida Gulf Coast University
Florida SouthWestern State College
Friends of Foster Children Forever
Fun Time Early Childhood Academy
FutureMakers Coalition
Gargiulo Education Center
Girl Scouts of Gulfcoast Florida, Inc.
Golisano Children’s Museum of Naples (CMON)
Grace Place for Children & Families, Inc.
Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce
Guadalupe Center
Habitat for Humanity of Collier County
Healthcare Network
Healthy Start Coalition of Southwest Florida
Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida
Lal Gaynor Early Education & Beyond Fund
Lighthouse Pediatrics of Naples
Literacy Volunteers of Collier County
Lorenzo Walker Technical College
Moore Strategic
NAACP Collier County
NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Collier County
Naples Botanical Garden
Naples Children & Education Foundation
Naples Community Hospital Healthcare System
National Association for College Admissions Counselors
New Horizons of Southwest Florida, Inc.
Nova Southeastern University
Pace Center for Girls, Collier at Immokalee
Pathways Early Education Center of Immokalee
Quest for Success, Inc.
Redlands Christian Migrant Association (RCMA)
Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation
Room to Read
Southwest Florida Council, Boy Scouts of America
Southwest Florida Music Education Center
Taste of Immokalee
The Children’s Movement of Florida
The Immokalee Foundation
The Rotary Club of Naples
The Salvation Army of Naples
The Shelter for Abused Women and Children
United Way of Collier and the Keys
Wellfit Girls Program SWFL, Inc.
YMCA of Collier County
Youth Haven of Southwest Florida