Susan Christiano | President
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.
Elliott Lintner | Vice President
Born and raised in Ft. Myers, Elliott has seen our community evolve into what we have today. While working multiple part time jobs at the same time while he was in High School, Elliott is a natural multi-tasker. This has become a tremendous strength for himself and his husband, Sean. The couple met in 2014 and were married in 2015, not too long after the legalization of same-sex marriage.
While owning his own business, Hair By Elliott, and Serving as Vice President, he has also become a licensed Foster Parent alongside his husband Sean.
Elliott is very excited to be working with so many wonderful people in our community and he is hoping to expand the Chamber to create a more unified and diverse organization. He feels that now more than ever, we need to come together and create a better place for our future generations.
Chris Blondin | Secretary
Chris Blondin was raised in Holland, Michigan and relocated to Florida in 2012. Chris’ approach to life and work is founded on a Midwestern “work ethic” and principals of integrity. His career paths have taken him to a variety of settings, which have shaped the strong foundation of his real estate philosophy. Working in the hospitality management sector at resorts, casinos, and companies such as Radisson, Marriott, and Hilton gave Chris a deep immersion into the culture of customer service. Chris began working in the property management field with corporate commercial property management at AIMCO Property Management & Tenant Relations and PNC Mortgage Loan Processing & Assisting. With well-rounded experience, Chris had an easy transition to Real Estate excellence.
As a Relocation Specialist, Chris assists in all aspects of your relocation needs, from finding an agent to sell your current property, to acquiring your dream home in Southwest Florida.
His clients are welcomed with an outstanding balance of interpersonal skills, constant communication and collaborative negotiations. Chris is very active within the community. He enjoys giving back to Southwest Florida through participating in several Habitat for Humanity projects, involvement in his local church, Meals of Hope and other various charities.
Arlene Goldberg | Board of Directors
Arlene is quite active in the LGBTQ and Ft. Myers community:
ERIC BERGLUND | Board of Directors
Eric gets to live his passion each and every day helping to change lives through better jobs and stronger communities. He is a seasoned executive, leader and strategist. He is an expert in business communications, financial management, navigating the political process and leading transformational change.
Eric has worn many hats in my career – marketer, strategist, doer, manager, researcher and change agent. As a result, he has the unique ability to manage multi-disciplinary projects and to navigate complex challenges. But actual experience has taught him that his professional value boils down to:
- He does not care who receives the credit.
- He has Big Ideas!
- Lots of people have Big Ideas. Execution is what matters, and he does execution.
- He is right brained in a left brained world.
- He runs towards fires.
- Your message is not what you say, it is what people hear.
- Laugh every day.
- Always have people be happy you came, not glad you left.
Eric loves making new professional connections. Reach out if you want to talk business, political processes, philanthropic impact or even if you are a foodie!
Christopher Michiels | Board of Directors
Following in the footsteps of his grandfather, being an architect had been a dream as long as he could remember.
One of his favorite childhood memories was going to his grandfather’s office to help him draw house plans at his drafting table – it was fascinating to see the creativity in his designs.
Later, Christopher attended the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign in 1997 with a Bachelor in Marketing and Textile & Apparel with a concentration in Business. His world changed during an interior design internship, who invigorated and inspired him to continue his career as an interior designer.
No matter how many shows you watch, magazines you read, or books you study, design talent is innate and comes from your soul. "You either have it, or you don’t”, his mother has always said. She’s been his mentor and his inspiration both personally and professionally. Christopher grew up in a family that has always valued honesty, hard work, and transparency.
After working 10 years for top Chicagoland interior design firms, Christopher gained enough experience and confidence to launch his own design firm. Nearly more than two decades, he has the pleasure of working on some of the finest homes across the country, especially here in Naples and throughout southwest Florida.
Christopher’s passion for a diverse range of design styles, along with his dedication to customer service, and bold and adventurous vision, clients have trusted him to create stunning interiors nationwide and overseas.
His work has been featured in numerous magazines, newspapers, on episodes of HGTV’s “New Spaces”, trade publications, and seminars. I4 Design magazine named Christopher “1 of their Suite 16” favorite designers and featured him on the cover. He also designed the Green Room for the 2009 Daytime Emmy Awards
Patty Chafatelli | Board of Directors
I moved to Cape Coral from Belmar, New Jersey in 2002. After 12 years in the Cape we moved to an adorable vintage home near the river in Fort Myers. I have been a full-time Realtor since 2014 and have 14+ years of residential mortgage experience. The wonderful variety of homes and neighborhoods in Lee County has afforded me the opportunity to help many local residents/relocating families/investors, buy and/or sell their piece of paradise. I was even honored with a sales award last year! The award was a great honor, but my favorite part is working personally with my clients to help them realize their real estate goals! I take every transaction personally and work diligently to get things done! I have a BA from Alliant University/USIU in San Diego and an MA from Monmouth University, W Long Branch, NJ. I love art, travel, making pottery and just about any crafts, psychology, politics, cooking, and pets! Life is an adventure and for me, it's all about the journey...
Tom Hammond | Board of DirectorsOver the last two decades, I have focused my knowledge, expertise, lived experience and passion working as an Executive Director/CEO in health & Wellness. I’m a graduate of the Human Services program at George Brown College in Toronto Canada. I possess a history of delivering strategic vision and direction for organizations, with a special emphasis on health promotion and community outreach programs. I currently hold the position of CEO at The McGregor Clinic in Fort Myers
Wyatt Burton | Board of Directors
Wyatt Burton, known by they/them pronouns, hails from the charming town of Mt. Zion, Illinois, where they spent the early years of their life. In 2018, Wyatt embarked on a transformative journey and relocated to the vibrant city of Fort Myers, Florida. Armed with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Millikin University, Wyatt embraced their artistic side and dove headfirst into the world of drag entertainment, captivating audiences with their unique performances since their arrival in the Sunshine State.
Beyond the spotlight, Wyatt is a skilled hairstylist and educator, bringing their expertise to the beauty industry. Wyatt's passion extends beyond the salon, as they actively engage with and contribute to the LGBTQ+ community in Southwest Florida. Committed to fostering strong connections within the community, Wyatt strives to create an environment of support and empowerment for mutual success. In their personal life, Wyatt is a loving spouse to Kasey Fraize and a proud parent to four feline companions, embodying a life that balances artistry, education, and meaningful relationships.