Mission and Leadership

The Everglades Wonder Gardens opened in 1936, the historic attraction was purchased by 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

Westley Weidenmiller
Presstige Printing

Vice President

Donna Flammang, Esq.
Brennan Manna & Diamond PL



Mary Meima
Administrative Liaison at Bonita Springs Utilities, Inc

Linda Gutshall
Best Moving and Storage

Past President

Trish Leonard
TLC Marketing & Creative Services

Russell Andersen
Northern Trust Securities

Debbie Braendle
Bonita Boarding Kennel & Pet Camp

Beth Hagan, Ph.D.

Associates in Entrepreneurship Education


Jane Liles
Retired, former banker

John  Mathes
Mathes Realty

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

Connie McIntosh


Vince Modarelli
Habitat for Humanity of Lee and Hendry Counties 

Marjorie Rubacky
Retired SVP, Goodrich and Sherwood Co.

Sabra Smith
London Bay Homes

Peg Vanourny

Retired Educator

Amy Velyvis

John R Wood Properties

Connie Vestal

Lake Michigan Credit Union

Executive Staff

Executive Director
Thomas Hecker