Mission and Leadership

The Piper family, which opened the Everglades Wonder Gardens in 1936, sold the historic attraction to Bonita Wonder Gardens, Inc., in April 2015. Bonita Wonder Gardens was established as a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization in September 2014 with the mission to purchase, operate and enhance the Everglades Wonder Gardens.

The Everglades Wonder Gardens is dedicated to offering our community and its visitors an educational, recreational, environmental and historical resource.

The following community members volunteer their time to provide stewardship for the organization.

Board of Directors

Trish Leonard
TLC Marketing & Creative Services

Donna Flammang, Esq.
Brennan Manna & Diamond PL

Westley Weidenmiller
Presstige Printing

Russell Andersen
Northern Trust Securities

Debbie Braendle
Bonita Boarding Kennel & Pet Camp

Mike Gibson
Councilman, City of Bonita Springs *

Linda Gutshall
Best Moving and Storage

Ike Lichtenstein
Accounting for Profitability

Jane Liles
Retired, former banker

John  Mathes
Mathes Realty

Jacke McCurdy
Retired VP, Jos. E. Seagrams and Sons

Connie McIntosh

Mary Meima
Administrative Liaison at Bonita Springs Utilities, Inc

Vince Modarelli
Habitat for Humanity of Lee and Hendry Counties 

Marjorie Rubacky
Retired SVP, Goodrich and Sherwood Co.

Sabra Smith
London Bay Homes

Anne Wright
City of Bonita Springs*

* City representative on the Board

Executive Staff

Executive Director
Thomas Hecker