Fishermen’s Hospital Foundation Names Seven Board Members

MARATHON, Florida — Fishermen’s Hospital Foundation is pleased to announce seven new board members to assist with efforts to advance the mission of the Foundation through philanthropic initiatives and programs that support Fishermen’s Community Hospital.

Marv Schindler (President), Teresa Condas (Vice President), JoAnn Brown (Treasurer), Dianne Weitz (Secretary), Sherry Popham, Barbara Wright, and Mary Rice round out the seven-member Fishermen’s Hospital Foundation Board.

 Marv Schindler, President of Fishermen’s Hospital Foundation Board

“It is with great expectations that this foundation helps Fishermen’s Community Hospital to continue to move forward in serving this community with the very best medical service possible.”

Marv is a retired Army pilot with a BS degree from Emery-Riddle Aeronautical University and has lived & worked as a business owner in Marathon for thirty years. Marv has served on many boards in the community including: President of the Marathon Chamber, the PTA and the Hospital Advisory Board for over 20 years and with the hospital returning as a non-for-profit community it was natural step to form a hospital foundation and serve on their board.

 Teresa Condas, Vice President of Fishermen’s Hospital Foundation Board

“We need to have a financially sustainable local hospital here in Marathon.  It’s important for all of us. I want to assist where I can.” Teresa J Condas, President, Centennial Bank, South Florida

Born in England, Teresa spent most of her adult life in New Jersey and moved to the Florida Keys in 1998.  She graduated with honors from the University of Wisconsin, Graduate School of Banking. Teresa began her banking career in 1978 and has held senior leadership roles in banks and credit unions since 1985. A life-long student of motivational theory and leadership, Teresa believes in building strong teams with positive thinking, bringing out the best in people and therein eliciting high commitment and exceptional performance.  A prior member of the Fishermen’s Hospital Advisory Board, Teresa is the current chair of the Leadership Class XXI executive committee, a member of the Advisory Board for the Monroe County Education Foundation (Take Stock in Children) and an active Take Stock in Children student mentor.  A private pilot, Teresa is also an active member of the Experimental Aircraft Association Chapter 1241 here in Marathon, where she and Lou have called home for 15 years.

JoAnn Brown, Treasurer of Fishermen’s Hospital Foundation Board

“Having lived full-time in Marathon for more than 20 years, it’s my belief that our hospital is this community’s most important asset. Before retiring in 2010 I was a CPA here in Marathon. With my background in accounting and as a former treasurer of the Hospital Board of Trustees I look forward to making a contribution to the success of the foundation.”

Dianne Weitz, Secretary of Fishermen’s Hospital Foundation Board

“I would like to be a part of the growth of the hospital and community.  The importance of maintaining our Middle Keys hospital is paramount in the wellbeing of our great community.  Having a personal interest as an employee and also a community member along with my desire to volunteer or give back to the community is my focus and goal in participating in the Fishermen’s Community Hospital Foundation Board.”

Dianne moved to Keys in 1999, worked at Fishermen’s Hospital 1999-2002 staff nurse; 2003-present Infection Control, Employee Health. Dianne has three children, ages 37, 35 and 32 as well as three grandchildren, ages 15, 12 and 6

Oakland Community College graduate with an Associates Degree in Science – Nursing (Registered Nurse)

Community Activities Include:

Leadership Monroe County graduate from Class XVI and Board Member since 2008

Zonta Club of Marathon member from 2003-2011.  President 2009-2010

San Pablo Catholic Church member 2000 to present.  Eucharistic Minister 2002-present & Board member Women’s Club 2005-2008

Grace Jones board member 2007-2009

Barbara Wright

“I am pleased to join the Foundation Board of Fishermen’s Community Hospital to serve as liaison to the Fishermen’s Hospital Board of Directors. Both boards share the important task of meeting the health care needs of our community.”

Educator in Monroe County Schools for 35 years prior to retirement in 2010. Served most recently in the position of principal for  Stanley Switlik School, Marathon High School and Sigsbee School.  Named as Monroe County Principal Of the Year and honored by the University of Florida as a Florida Distinguished Educator in 2008.  Served as Chairman of the Board of the Florida Keys Children’s Shelter. Currently on the board of Fishermen’s Hospital, Friends of the Marathon Library and is active in the Marathon Garden Club. Earned Bachelor of Arts degree at University of Toledo, Masters of Arts Degree at Ohio State University, Educational Leadership from Florida International University. Marathon resident since 1979. Married to Marathon attorney Tom Wright. Three children.

Sherry Popham

“My reasons for agreeing to serve on the FHF Board are twofold: First, as a business and property owner I believe that a local hospital plays an integral role in the value of both. Secondly, as a past employee of the Hospital and member of the Trustee Board I was a strong proponent of the hospital reverting to its original Community owned and managed status (versus leasing it to a For Profit) therefore I feel a responsibility to help support it in that endeavor.”

In the Keys since 1992, Sherry spent 26 years in the healthcare field prior to joining the Marathon Boat Yard Marine Center (MBYMC) team.  Starting as an RN, she moved from managing an inner city Emergency Department into Hospital Administration gaining experience in HR, Strategic Planning, Marketing, Business Development, IT and Physician Practice Management. In 1998 she started her own consulting firm. In 2000 she was engaged by MBYMC in a temporary capacity to assist in resolving some staffing issues and she never left.  Having worked in the roles of Service Manager and Materials Management she now serves as the COO for MBYMC.  She is the broker of record for Marathon Boats & Yachts, the Brokerage division of MBYMC.  Civically active over the years, Sherry has served several terms on the Board of the Chamber of Commerce, as President of the Marathon Economic Development Council and secretary of the FL Keys Airport Initiative.  In addition she was a County Planning Commissioner and Commodore of the Marathon Sailing Club. Currently she serves as a member of the County Duck Key Security Advisory Board and the Board of SHARK (Safe Harbor Animal Rescue of the Keys).

Mary Rice

“I have been looking for something to get involved in and this seemed like a good idea.”

Mary moved to Marathon in 1973.  She worked in banking since 1985 and retired in 2012 from Iberiabank.  She has attended leadership Monroe, Served 12 years on FKAA board. In 1995 Florida Governor Layton Chiles made history when he appointed Mary to the Florida Keys Aquaduct Authority Board as the first female member and later as the first female chair of the board.

**Fishermen’s Hospital Foundation’s Core Purpose is to cultivate broad community support for the good health and well-being of the community **