Board of directors

2017 - 2019 Term

Susan Christiano | President
(Founding and Inaugural Member)

Originally from Kingston, Jamaica, Susan owes her business ethic and passion for community service to her dad who was an entrepreneur and career Rotarian.  She worked in his Kingston office, during the summers from the age 14, after graduating high school and until she moved to the States. Her first board appointment was at 17 where she served as the Vice President of the Rotaract Club of Kingston, the young adult club affiliated with the Rotary Club. Involvement with this organization included fundraising and events to help under privileged and handicapped children.

She worked as a paralegal specializing in real estate for 14 years in New Jersey before settling down to raise her family.  Later, a part-time position with AT&T evolved into full-time and Sue ventured into the world of Power Generation managing the Power Generation Group for AT&T, the group handled the back-up/emergency power sources for AT&T’s 200 critical sites. 

Her love of the arts and recognizing the need for an arts program for kids and for afterschool activity, not sports related, she started, Bravo Center for Performing Arts in Westfield, New Jersey.  Bravo was performing arts, after school and weekend program that offered singing, acting, creative writing and more for children age 5 through high school. Her passion for the arts continued and when she moved to Florida she was one of the founding members of Opera Naples, serving on their board and as their Director of Development from 2005-2006. Other organizations that she was actively involved in are, The Bach Ensemble, The Gay and Lesbian Chorus and Bayshore, CAPA.

With real estate partner, Arlene Goldberg, Sue worked with Equality Florida to Co-Chair the first ever LGBTQ Gala in Lee County in 2014 at the Sidney & Berne Davis Arts Center.  The event was to raise funds for Equality Florida especially in their quest for marriage equality. The following year, by popular demand, they again co-chaired a Gala, this was to raise community awareness for the LGBT Fund through the Southwest Florida Community Foundation.

As a Florida Realtor for the past 11 years, Sue is a certified Short Sale/Foreclosure Specialist, Certified International Specialist and an Accredited Commercial Property Specialist.

Sue is honored to serve as the first President of the Southwest Florida Harmony Chamber of Commerce this ground-breaking organization and the quest to embrace diversity and equality. 

2017 - 2019 Term

Arlene Goldberg | Vice President
(Founder and Inaugural Member)

As vice president, Arlene is excited to work with the business community while working tirelessly for the LGBTQ community.  She is an Activist, liaison to the press, public speaker representing the SW Florida LGBTQ community.  In a Landmark case, was a Plaintiff in an ACLU federal same sex marriage law suit that legalized marriage for Florida in 2015 and was issued the first legal document (death Certificate) for a same sex married couple in Florida/first same sex marriage recognized in Florida.

Arlene is quite active in the LGBTQ and Ft. Myers community:

  • Past member Board of Directors of United Way of Lee County
  • Past Chairperson UUCFM’s Welcoming Congregation
  • ACT’s Community Action team
  • Initiated Hope Hospice LGBT Bereavement group
  • Steering Committee for the start-up of Kaleidoscope (CARES) suicide prevention for LGBTQ
  • Steering committee for development of LGBTQ fund in collaboration with the SW Florida Community Foundation
  • Re-activated PFLAG Fort Myers
  • Board of Directors PRIDE SW FLORIDA, Inc.
  • Co-Founder and past member of the Exec. Board for Visuality, Inc.
  • Co-Founder and Vice President of SW Florida Harmony Chamber of Commerce, Inc. Board of Directors.
  • LGBTQ member of WGCU Diversity Advisory Group
  • Member of Lee County Homeless Coalition
  • Recipient of Equality Florida’s 2014 “Voice for Equality” award
  • Recipient of  2016 newly developed PRIDE SW Florida, Inc. Goldberg Award for outstanding leadership in LGBTQ community
  • Initiated and participates in LGBTQ panels requested by local organizations, i.e. Guardian Ad Litem Lee and Charlotte County’s, Area Agency on Aging of SW Florida, Lutheran Services, and Children’s Network of SW Florida, FGCU;
  • Previously Facilities/Safety Manager in various organizations/companies
  • Previously REALTOR at RE/MAX Trend
  • Recipient of The Rotary Club of Fort Myers South's 2017 “4-Way Test” award
  • Real Estate Advisor for Engel & Voelker - Fort Myers Downtown

2018 - 2020 Term

Jeffrey Testerman | Secretary

Jeffrey is a Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer with the National Cremation and Burial Society in North Fort Myers.  Originally from Maryland he moved to Florida in 2014. He enjoys being an active member of the community. He is honored to serve the members of the Southwest Florida community. Jeffrey serves as the secretary on the Southwest Florida Harmony Chamber of Commerce, promote and drive LGBTQ+ and ally business forward while developing meaningful relationships in the community. . He also serves on the CAMEO (Cooperative Associates Marketing Elderly Options) board as Public Relations Director. He is always here to help and promote you and your business.


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Fort Myers, FL, 33902



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