Board of Directors

 

Diana Giraldo - President, CEO, Co-founder
“ARCHITECT OF CHANGE”

Diana is a native of Colombia, South America where she grew up prior to relocating to the United States in 1999. She holds a Bachelors of Science in Architecture and Urban Design and a Master’s of Science in Management and has over 20 years of experience in the public and private sector. She is passionate about community engagement, sensible community development, and takes time to serve the community in different capacities. Diana has served as a member of the Community Sustainability Advisory Committee at the SWFL Community Foundation, as chairwoman for Run to the Arts, as operations leader for ArtFest Fort Myers, is a mentor to young professionals, and was part of the News-Press Editorial Board. Diana was awarded The Sustainability Trailblazer Award by the Urban Land Institute in 2012, and was nominated by the Cape Coral Community Foundation for the Board Member of the year award 2018.

Diana is inspired by functional community development, sensible urban design, and a healthy community for all.

She has been a Lee County resident since 2006 with her son. As a bicycle crash survivor, her journey for a better community is more intentional than ever, a life changing experience evolving into a purpose driven journey.

It is an honor for Diana to be part of Streets Alive SWFL as one of the co-founders of the organization.

 

 

Jessie Marcolini - Chair

Jessica (Jessie) Marcolini is an Instructor at Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU) who teaches courses on sustainability, environmental science and civic engagement. As an FGCU grad, Jessie has seen the Southwest Florida area grow over the past decade and enjoys exploring and engaging in the community. Outside of work, Jessie’s hobbies include biking, exploring new areas and visiting the local dog parks and beach with her pups Shelby and Remington.

 

Anne Stutz - Secretary

Anne spent the majority of her adult life in Denver Colorado. December of 2015 she and her husband jumped off a 2000 mile cliff moving to Fort Myers. As a casual bike rider in Denver, Anne enjoyed 20+ mile weekend multi use path rides and short rides for for errands near her home. She quickly learned not all areas are bike friendly. While bicycling on a four-lane road in Fort Myers traveling in the bike lane the bike lane abruptly ended about a half a block from a major intersection. With no shoulder or sidewalk and being a casual rider this was terrifying.

That incident may have scared Anne away had it not been for finding like-minded people through social media. She now rides with local bike groups. After learning the hard way that Fort Myers does not have complete streets she applied for the board to help make southwest Florida more livable and safe for all.

Anne can be found daily somewhere between Venice to Marco Island working as a Territory Manager for OneCoast. Being on the water and biking with friends are her happiest places. She volunteered with United Way of Denver, National Alliance on Mental Illness of Colorado, Denver Heart Walk, and was a founding Board member of a High school Lacrosse Booster club.


Rob Seibert - Director - Creative human

Rob is a determined cyclist who helps everyone who wants to ride a bike to feel comfortable doing so! He is the founder/leader of Southwest Florida Critical Mass, home of eight monthly group rides which are open to the public at no charge and occur at different locations throughout Lee County. They are self-supporting, slow rides focused on socialization, safety and fun!

Rob is the brain behind many of the cool graphics for the nonprofit.

Rob is a Realtor. He is a single parent of twins, currently attending college. He manages the SWFL Critical Mass Facebook and SWFL Cycling Meetup pages.

 

 

Jennifer Hagen - Vice Chair

Jenn Hagen is a Lee County native who can usually be spotted near downtown Fort Myers riding her bike, walking the neighborhood or developing her yoga practice.  Jenn is a faculty member of the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agriculture Sciences (IFAS) serving as the Family and Consumer Sciences Agent in Lee County. Prior to joining the Extension Office in Lee County, Hagen worked as a Planner and Sustainability Manager for the City of Bonita Springs. Currently she chairs the Lee County Metropolitan Planning Organization’s Bicycle Pedestrian Coordinating Committee and along with her family, participates in Southwest Florida Critical Mass rides. Jenn is a complete streets advocate who promotes the importance of linking land use and transportation planning. She encourages everyone to get outside, stay active and to engage with your community.

Hagen earned a BA in Sociology from Eckerd College, an MS in Environmental Studies from Lesley University and is a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional (LEED AP BD+C).

Carmen Monroy - Director & Transportation Innovator

Carmen Monroy joins Streets Alive of SWFL as dedicated transportation planner, Lee County resident and safety advocate. With over 30 years experience in transportation infrastructure development with multimodal experience, Carmen brings an industry perspective to the board. Carmen works as Senior Transportation Planner at Stantec Consulting, developing innovative solutions, and strategic planning initiatives in SW Florida.  Prior to joining Stantec, Carmen served as Director of Policy Planning for the Florida Department of Transportation at Central Office in Tallahassee, as Financial Business Manager for LeeTran (Lee County Transit) and as Contracts Administrator for Port Miami.  Carmen earned her master’s in public administration from Florida Gulf Coast University and is currently working on a business analytics degree from Harvard.  As a member of the Streets Alive Board, Carmen hopes to focus on safety issues, fostering collaborative relationships and bringing positive change.

 

Barry Bratton - Advisor to the Board

Barry grew up in a rural midwestern community where he spent as much time outdoors as possible, usually on his bicycle. As a career Naval Aviator, he often packed a bicycle aboard his aircraft or ship; and had the opportunity to experience bicycling on several continents.

A resident of Lee County since 2009, Barry is excited to see the energy supporting a new vision of making Southwest Florida a healthier and safer community for all residents across all modes of transportation, including pedestrians and bicyclists. He is a member of the Caloosa Riders Bicycle Club and participates in Southwest Florida Critical Mass rides and civic events.

Barry is a recently retired airport executive and is now working as an associate with an aviation executive search firm. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in transportation as well as a Master of Business Administration degree.

Ambassadors to the Board


Soloane Jackson

Soloane loves cycling, children and her community! Her first bike was a used boy’s Schwinn. She was excited to finally be able to ride the neighborhood with the kids. Through her years of riding, Soloane fell in love with cycling. Women's cycling choices were limited in every way back then. She purchased boy’s small or x small cycling clothing in pale blue colors or any color that might look like something a girl would wear until one day she decided, "ENOUGH IS ENOUGH"! Soloane created a women’s line of clothing that shares the PRIDE of CYCLING!

Soloane is a member of Caloosa Riders Bicycle Club, where she helps cyclists with skills and drills, and the Peace River Riders’s Club. Soloane is not only an avid road cyclist but also a mountain biker and gravel rider too. She is passionate about giving back to the community. In 2019, Soloane joined Streets Alive of SWFL as an ambassador. Because she enjoys working with kids, she has been able to put this passion to work at some of the Streets Alive events such as the Cape Coral Police Department Summer Camp, where children were given valuable safe riding instruction as well as skills and tips that will go a long way to creating a safe and fun cycling community for the future.

 

Gina Giambalvo

Although Gina became a resident of Lee County in 2016, she has been visiting the area for many years with family. Being an active person, she quickly got into cycling, running, kayaking and paddle boarding groups after moving to the area. Once she started road biking locally, it didn't take her long to figure out there is a need for cycling awareness and safety in the area.

Gina is a member of several cycling groups in the area including SWFL Critical Mass, Caloosa Riders Bicycle Club and her own group, Cape Christian Cycling. All three groups promote bicycle awareness and safety.

Gina has a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from Pennsylvania College of Art and Design and has been a graphic designer and web designer for more than 20 years. As a Creative Specialist, she hopes to use her years of experience to help Streets Alive accomplish their vision of fostering a livable community through activities, advocacy, education and service.

 

Shellie Watts

Over 18 years of GIS experience working in both the public and private sectors, a 20 year Florida resident and FGCU Alumni. Currently the GIS Coordinator with Lee County Bocc, as the GIS support liaison for County Lands and Parks and Recreation, including the Conservation 2020 Program. Shellie has a deep love for the environment, holds a BS in Environmental Science and is proud to serve her community in a position that helps make Lee County a better place to live and play.


Linda Anders

Linda is a new Lee County resident.  She recently moved to the Gateway area from LaBelle to have better access to doing the things she enjoys such as cycling, kayaking, running, and almost anything outdoors.

Linda lived in LaBelle over 35 years and understands the challenge of cycling on the local roadways.  She has had many challenges trying to find safe bike routes and has chosen to do rides in Lee County where it seems to be more cyclist/running friendly and has many miles of shared paths.

Linda works in Immokalee as a Food Safety and Compliance Manager and on a daily basis sees bikes used for daily commutes by many, and in a not so safe manner due to lack of knowledge and unsafe infrastructure. This daily exposure has driven Linda to become an ambassador for Streets Alive and to help make it safer for everyone.

Linda is a member of SWFL Critical Mass and Caloosa Riders Bicycle Club.  She earned a BA Degree in Business Management and Leadership and has many years working in occupational safety and areas of compliance and leadership.

Past Board Members, Advisors & Ambassadors

Many outstanding community individuals have been part of Streets Alive of SWFL in different capacities.

Their dedication,work, creativity and vision are forever appreciated. We are grateful for previous Board of Directors, advisors to the Board and Ambassadors.

  • Ann Pierce
  • Megan Fasig
  • Isobel Hitchcock
  • Dana Foglesong
  • Barry Bratton
  • Lee Waller
  • John Lavalla
  • Diane Holm
  • Michelle Umbenhauer
  • Oscar Rattenborg
  • Dan Moser
  • Ken Gooderham
  • Kate Gooderham