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Hospital system nabs top university fundraiser

Chris Simoneau leaves FGCU join Lee Health as chief foundation and development officer.

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FORT MYERS — Chris Simoneau, formerly vice president of university advancement and executive director of the FGCU Foundation for the past six years, has joined Lee Health as chief foundation and development officer. He will be responsible for Lee Health’s strategic direction and oversight of the Lee Health Foundation, brand development, marketing, internal and external communications and community relationships.

Simoneau has more than 25 years of experience in institutional development and fundraising. 

“Chris is well-known throughout Southwest Florida and will help continue the health system’s strong track record of community involvement and philanthropy,” says Lee Health Vice President and CEO Larry Antonucci in a statement. “His expertise will allow Lee Health to continue to foster a close relationship with our community and pursue innovative health care services for our patients,”

While at FGCU, Simoneau’s expertise and network of relationships allowed him to successfully implement a three-year, $100 million comprehensive campaign in conjunction with the university’s 20th anniversary. The campaign goal was surpassed by more than $27 million.

 Simoneau has served in a variety of professional and community service roles, including the Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce, Moorings Park Foundation, Southwest Florida Regional Economic Development Alliance and the Association for Fundraising Professionals. He recently joined the Independent Sales Surtax Oversight Committee for Lee County Schools.


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