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Prominent Naples children nonprofit promotes two officials

  • By Mark Gordon
  • | 9:00 a.m. November 27, 2023
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Lisa Juliano and Sarah Zaiser-Kelly
Lisa Juliano and Sarah Zaiser-Kelly
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The Naples Children & Education Foundation, the founding organization of the Naples Winter Wine Festival, recently promoted two long-time staff members. 

Lisa Juliano, formerly director of events and communications, has been promoted to senior vice president of event production, while Sarah Zaiser-Kelly, previously grants director, has been promoted to senior vice president, grants and community impact.

Juliano, according to a statement, has been with the organization 15 years and will be responsible for spearheading all planning, logistics, communications and production aspects of the Naples Winter Wine Festival. She also will have direct oversight of all other routine and special NCEF-related events throughout the year, the organization says. Prior to joining NCEF, she worked in event planning and management with the Naples Botanical Garden. 

Zaiser-Kelly has been with NCEF for nearly 10 years. In her new role, she will provide “focused and analytical leadership, management and guidance for the foundation’s strategic initiatives and impact efforts through grantmaking and community engagement,” the release states. Prior to joining NCEF, she worked for the Boys & Girls Club of Collier County.

“Lisa and Sarah are both talented, dedicated and tireless executives who consistently go above and beyond to fulfill NCEF’s mission,” NCEF CEO Maria Jimenez-Lara says in the release. “These promotions reflect our organization’s commitment to nurturing and recognizing talent within its ranks, as well as its dedication to fostering a culture of growth and development.” 

The Naples Children & Education Foundation, through annual grants and strategic initiatives, seeks to improve the educational, emotional and health outcomes of underprivileged and at-risk children. It had $64.5 million in assets in its most recent fiscal year, according to public tax filings. Since its inaugural event in 2001, the Naples Winter Wine Festival, the nonprofit's signature event, has raised around $269 million.



Mark Gordon

Mark Gordon is the managing editor of the Business Observer. He has worked for the Business Observer since 2005. He previously worked for newspapers and magazines in upstate New York, suburban Philadelphia and Jacksonville.

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