Board of Trustees

SON is a non-profit, tax-exempt, 501c3 corporation. Like nearly every non-profit on the planet, it is governed by a Board of Trustees. Unlike all the rest of those non-profits, our Board consists of the following highly intelligent, creative, daring, visionary, accomplished and flat-out cool people…

Rebeca Seitz – President

Rebeca serves as President of the Board and CEO of the non-profit SON: Spirit of Naples and Southwest Florida, Inc., the home of SON Studios.

In 2005, Seitz founded Glass Road Public Relations. Later growing to become Glass Road Media, GR secured coverage for authors on a variety of media outlets including The Today Show, USA Today, The Blaze, CNN, FOX, Southern Living, The 700 Club, National Public Radio, and numerous newspapers and radio shows. GR managed the publicity of the fiction lines of several publishing houses and worked with hundreds of writers from debut novelists to NYT bestsellers. Seitz began her career by serving as the first dedicated publicist for the fiction division of Thomas Nelson Publishers, one of the Top Ten Publishers in the World and now a division of HarperCollins Publishers.

Seitz is an award-winning writer and co-author whose works include Lights Out: Living In a Sightless World (the story that inspired the major motion picture 23 Blast); First Blush (indie-pubbed), Prints Charming (Thomas Nelson),Sisters, Ink; Coming Unglued, Scrapping Plans, and Perfect Piece (all B&H Publishing Group/LifeWay). She also served as co-host of “Deeper Living”, an interview-style television show featuring writers, artists, and artisans filmed in Atlanta and aired nationwide via SkyAngel and other networks.

She has appeared on a variety of outlets including CNN, NPR, The Huffington Post, FOX News, The Laura Ingraham Show, The Glenn Beck Show, The Blaze, The Washington Times, and more. In addition to her work at SON, Seitz serves on the Board of Trustees for Young Audiences of Southwest Florida, a chapter of Young Audiences, and on the Regional Advisory Council for the James Madison Institute. The former FRC Witherspoon Fellow for Media and University of Tennessee University Scholar holds a Master’s in Mass Communication and a Bachelor of Arts in Communications and Political Science.


GraceNiceGrace Seitz – Vice President

A native Floridian, Grace Seitz enjoyed a long, fruitful career as an obstetrical nurse in the Chicago area, then taught nursing for six years in Naples and helped bring many Neopolitans into the world at a freestanding birthing center before retiring in 1992. Together with her husband James Seitz (former Vice President, Northern Trust Bank, and member of the Philharmonic Center for the Arts Board for 16 years), she is a long-time Naples resident and patron of the arts. She was President of the Naples Philharmonic League from 2002-04, the organization which raises funds for the Naples Philharmonic Orchestra. Her time at the Phil included serving as Co-Chairman of the Festival of Trees for two years, Chairman of the Festival of Trees Holiday Boutique for five years, Nutcracker Boutique Buyer and Chairman, and overseeing programs for Dream Homes and golf events. She is a lifelong member of the Lutheran Church/Missouri Synod and is currently the first female Vice Chairman of the Church Council at Faith Lutheran Church, Naples.  She served on the Volunteer Council of the League of American Orchestras 2004-10 and as Conference Chairman for the Volunteer Section of the League’s annual conference in Chicago in 2009. She remains a sustaining member.


Mark English – Member

Now in his 43rd year, Mark E. English began his Security Industry career in Indianapolis, Indiana following 7 years with Indiana Bell Telephone Company. Mark earned his Economics degree at DePauw University. He has additional credit, including graduate credit, from Indiana University and Butler University. Also Mark completed the Securities Industry Association Institute at Wharton Business School. He has lived and worked in Naples since 1983.


John C. Goede, Esq. – Member

Mr. Goede is co-founder and shareholder at Goede, Adamczyk, DeBoest, and Cross. Mr. Goede represents GADC’s developer clients with the
development of office buildings, mixed-use projects,
residential developments, retail projects, multi–family
residential projects and industrial and warehouse properties. Mr. Goede has vast experience with contract and lease drafting, title examination and title insurance,
which paved the way for his current representation of a number of major financial institutions. Mr. Goede also regularly advises landlords and tenants on leases that involve office buildings, shopping malls and other commercial properties.

An expert on all aspects of estate planning, including generational planning, asset protection and charitable giving to preserve assets and transmit wealth while
minimizing transfer taxes, Mr. Goede counsels private clients as well as fiduciaries and financial institutions in the administration of trusts and estates including disputes. Mr. Goede regularly consults on the formation of entities to provide the best strategy for the protection of assets (both corporate and personal) and tax liability. He is also involved in business mergers and acquisitions, buy/sell agreements, corporate transitions and a wide
range of general corporate matters.

Mr. Goede considers his greatest professional accomplishment to be his unique ability to parlay his resources and legal expertise to orchestrate the Firm’s
significant growth during one of the greatest recessions in U.S. history.

EDUCATION
– University of Florida, Levin College of Law, J.D., 1998
– University of Florida, B.S., 1993


Jeffrey Haut, Esq. – Member

Jeffrey S. Haut was born in Connecticut, but he was raised in Naples, Florida, which has been his home since 1998.  Jeffrey is presently an attorney at Vernon Litigation Group, where he focuses his practice on data breach and cyberattack litigation and other financial litigation matters.  Jeffrey received his B.A. in Political Science, magna cum laude, from Florida Gulf Coast University and his J.D. from Indiana University Maurer School of Law in Bloomington, Indiana.  Jeffrey has been avidly involved in performing arts for most of his life, including the Barron Collier Jazz Band and Wind Ensemble, the International Thespian Society, the FGCU Symphonic Band and FGCU Improv Club, and the Law & Drama Society at Indiana University Maurer School of Law.  Jeffrey has worked in a variety of volunteer positions in the Southwest Florida community, including in the Circuit Court of the 20th Judicial Circuit, the Collier County Supervisor of Elections Office, the Office of Senator Marco Rubio, and a number of local, state, and federal political campaigns.

 

Previous Board Members

Rev. Dr. Robert J. Scudieri

Rev. Gregory Seltz

Mason Ayres

Mark Greul

Richard Iott