Ten candidates, including three incumbents, are running for three seats on the Bonita Springs Utilities Inc. board of directors.
The candidates are:
• Robert Bachman, BSU board member since 2000 and current president, who currently owns WBG SW Florida
• Richard Ferreira, a retired Rhode Island police captain, who served on the Bonita Springs City Council as deputy mayor and councilman
• Edward FitzGerald, a current Bonita Springs Fire Control & Rescue District commissioner and retired New York City Fire Department fire chief, who was a licensed building inspector
• Pamela Kossian, a retired vice president and investment manager from T. Rowe Price Company, who previously served on San Francisco’s Citizens Advisory Board for wastewater issues
• Vincent Marchesani, BSU board member since 2017 and retired vice president of global chemical company Basell, who is an active member of the Bonita Springs Technical Advisory Board and a VillageWalk resident
• Bob Moore, a truck and heavy equipment mechanic, who previously serviced BSU’s vehicle fleet
• Betsy Morrison, a sales professional with Trinity Commercial Group in Estero and Bonita Bay Club strategic planning committee member
• Fred Partin, the former BSU executive director for 34 years, who was recognized as Bonita Springs Citizen of the Year and Bonita Springs Chamber Director of the Year
• Jude Richvale, a vice president with GIS DBA Inc., a geographic information systems consultancy, who previously served as a senior GIS consultant at other major utilities
• Robert Sharkey, BSU board member since 2009 and retired State of Florida Department of Corrections lieutenant
BSU members elect three fellow members each year for a three-year term on the utility’s nine-member board of directors. The utility will mail ballots and candidate profiles to members in late February. Local attorney David Owen will serve as election monitor for 2019. Completed ballots must be received no later than Thursday, March 14. Completed ballots are not accepted at BSU. Owen will announce the results during the utility’s annual meeting Tuesday, March 19, at the BSU office.
Other board members are Paul Attwood, Brian Farrar, Frank Liles Jr., Mike Malloy, Ben Nelson and James Strecansky. The board of directors holds public meetings at 5 p.m. on the first and third Tuesdays of each month. In addition, each board member serves on various subcommittees and task groups, working with the utility’s management and staff.
Bonita Springs Utilities Inc. is a not-for-profit water and wastewater utility cooperative founded by local citizens in 1970. The member-owned utility provides service in the City of Bonita Springs, the Village of Estero and unincorporated South Lee County. The utility is recognized as an industry leader with awards from the American Water Works Association, Florida Department of Environmental Protection and Florida Water and Pollution Control Operators Association. For more information, visit www.BSU.us.
2019 Candidates for Board of Directors
Robert Bachman has been a Bonita Springs resident for 32 years. Bob received a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Iowa State University. Former president of Weitz Properties, he currently owns WBG SW Florida. A BSU board member since 2000 and current board president, Bob has served previous terms as president, vice president and treasurer. He has served as director and treasurer of the Bonita Springs Area Chamber, director of the Bonita Springs Rotary, and a member of the Bonita Springs Board of Realtors.
Richard Ferreira, a Bonita Springs resident since 2004, graduated cum laude with a bachelor’s degree from Northeastern University. He then attended the Suffolk University School of Law. Richard served in the United States Army before becoming captain of the East Province Police Department in Rhode Island. Richard served on the Bonita Springs City Council from 2006 to 2010, spending two of those years as deputy mayor.
Edward FitzGerald, a resident of Worthington Country Club in Bonita Springs since 1992, has a bachelor of business administration from Pace University. He is a retired NYC deputy fire chief. Edward is a Bonita Springs Fire Control & Rescue District commissioner. Edward also was a licensed building inspector and president of Hallmark Home Inspections.
Pamela Kossian, a Bonita Springs resident since 2013, earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from San Francisco State University and an MBA in finance from University of San Francisco. She is a retired vice president and investment manager from T. Rowe Price Company. She served as vice president and senior portfolio manager at Northern Trust Bank and Chase Manhattan Bank. Pamela serves as a Center for Lifelong Learning Lecturer and Advisory Board member at Hodges University in Naples. She was appointed by the mayor of San Francisco to the Citizens Advisory Board on wastewater issues.
Vincent Marchesani, a Bonita Springs resident since 2006, is a retired vice president of global chemical company Basell. He has a Ph.D. in environmental, health and safety management with a concentration in water supply and wastewater management from Rutgers University, and a master’s degree in environmental engineering and science and bachelor’s degree in biological sciences/biochemistry, both from Drexel University. Vince has served on the BSU Board of Directors since 2017. An active member of the Bonita Springs Technical Advisory Board, he has also served as chairman of the VillageWalk of Bonita Springs Safety Committee.
Bob Moore, a Bonita Springs resident since 1971, attended Roxbury High School in New Jersey and vo-tech and fire tech schools in Orlando. He served as a truck and heavy equipment mechanic for N.J. Power and Light and Kelly Tractor before becoming owner of B&L Auto in 1972, where he maintained BSU trucks, trailers and tractors. Bob served on the board of directors of Community Congregational Church.
Betsy Morrison, a Bonita Springs resident for five years, graduated with a bachelor’s degree in finance from Miami University of Oxford, Ohio. She currently works in sales with Trinity Commercial Group in Estero. Previously, she was a principal of Morrison Capital Advisors and prior to that, a development consultant for West Elmwood Housing Development Corporation. Betsy serves on Bonita Bay Club’s strategic planning committee. She serves on the finance committee of the Rhode Island Country Club and was previously treasurer of the club. She also worked in facilities and capital planning for Bayside YMCA and was a financial coach for the Capital Good Fund. In addition, Betsy served as a Guardian of Elder for the Rhode Island Volunteer Guardianship Program.
Fred Partin, a Bonita Springs resident since 1981, served as executive director of Bonita Springs Utilities, Inc. for 34 years. He earned a bachelor’s degree in public administration from Barry University. He was recognized as Bonita Springs Citizen of the Year and as Bonita Springs Chamber Director of the Year. Fred served as trustee of Florida American Water Works and as vice president of the Bonita Springs Area Chamber of Commerce. He also served as commissioner of the Estero Fire District and as president of the Rotary Club of Bonita and its foundation, as well as a trustee of the CREW Land and Water Trust.
Jude Richvale moved to Old Bonita in 1998. Jude graduated from SUNY New Paltz in 1979 with a bachelor’s degree in communications. He has taken various software classes, including Esri, Oracle, Sun, GIS (Geographic Information Systems) and Unix. He is a vice president/senior consultant with GIS DBA. He has served as a GIS architect for Pacific Gas and Electric Company and New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP Upstate Reservoirs). Since 2013, Jude has served as a director of Citizens for a Better Bonita. He is a senior member of the Bonita Tropical Fruit Growers Club, since 1998.
Robert Sharkey, a Southwest Florida resident for 33 years, graduated from the Southwest Criminal Justice Academy and studied ethics and hostage negotiation at St. Petersburg and Osceola community colleges. He retired as a lieutenant after more than two decades with the State of Florida Department of Corrections and is a state-certified hostage negotiator. Robert has been a BSU board member since 2009, and has served as secretary. Robert was appointed to the Lee County Coastal Advisory Board and is a member of the Bonita Beach Improvement Association and Lee County Republican Club. Robert is a past member of the Bonita Springs and Estero chambers of commerce, Bonita Elks and Eagles, Florida Police Benevolent Association and Florida Hostage Negotiators.