Board of Directors

Joe Gallagher



Joe Gallagher has been a full time Bonita Springs resident and volunteer since retirement from a civil service position in NY. The current “second act” which started in 2010 includes re-establishing the board of Iona House Corporation.  In addition, Joe serves on the Bonita Springs Lions club which has provided additional board experience through the presidency and other roles. Some of the issues faced by seniors were addressed through volunteering with the Senior Friendship Center in Ft Myers. Currently Joe serves as the President of the Bonita Senior Center Board.

Karen Gustafson

Executive Director


Karen holds a BS in Communications with a Minor in Political Science and is a graduate of SIU-C She is an experienced Community Relations manager with strong community and social services experience.  She has worked in the communications industry for 25 years. Her background includes strategic communication, public relations, public affairs, media relations and writing.

Karen has Chaired several committees including the Illinois United Way committee for Nicor Gas, the Inspire Women’s Employee Resource Group with over 400 women members, and has served as an Executive Board Member for the Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce.

Kelly Occhiuzzo

Vice President


Kelly is a co-founder and Managing Partner of Life Home Health, an accredited home health agency connecting seniors with medical and non-medical in-home services. A compassionate leader and entrepreneur with a depth of experience in both direct care and healthcare management, Kelly is an educator, consultant, board director and holistic practitioner. Her thirst for leadership began at an early age and has led her to highly responsible healthcare roles throughout her 30-year career. 

While working and raising a family, Kelly learned the business of leading and building a culture of care by studying Health Sciences at Indiana University-Purdue University in Indianapolis. Kelly’s concentration in Gerontology was inspired by grandparents who lived with Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease. Applying what she learned, and teaching others, came naturally as she navigated the journey of neuro-cognitive disease alongside her family. Her peers marvel at how she has made her executive roles in business development, operations and now ownership of a thriving agency look easy. That’s because for her it is a joy, not a job.

Mike Frino



Mike Frino Treasurer Mike has owned a home in Bonita Springs since 2000 and has been a full-time resident since 2016. He holds a BS in Accounting from Rider University, an MBA from Lehigh University and began his career as a CPA at Price Waterhouse in Morristown, NJ. Mike held a variety of Finance and Accounting positions within the Pharmaceutical industry and spent the majority of his career with Bristol Myers Squibb (BMS). After 20 years at BMS, Mike retired in 2016.

Mike enjoys giving back to the Community and using his background to help organizations such as the Bonita Senior Center thrive. He also serves on the Board of Directors for Iona House Corporation, a local non-profit organization dedicated to providing affordable housing to those in need. In his free time, he enjoys Pickleball, traveling and an occasional round of golf.

Scott Fine

Benefits Specialist


Scott Fine is a Benefits Specialist for SWFL Insurance. Scott comes to the Bonita Senior Center Board with over 20 years of experience in the Insurance Industry. His knowledge of Medicare and Medicaid insurance is beneficial to the seniors belonging to the Bonita Senior Center. Scott is a Bonita Springs resident with a desire to give back to his community

Stephanie Gomez

Board Member


Stephanie Gomez is the Co-founder, President & CEO of Stabilized Steps, a Naples, FL-based company dedicated to improving the lives of individuals with mobility and balance issues. With a strong entrepreneurial spirit, Stephanie is passionate about making a positive impact in this field.

Originally from Medellin, Colombia, Stephanie has considered SWFL her home since the age of 12. She holds dual Bachelor of Science degrees in Finance and Economics from Florida Gulf Coast University and began her professional career in the banking industry. After four years, she transitioned into consulting, specializing in crafting business plans for small businesses seeking acquisitions or SBA loans. It was during this time that Stephanie seized the opportunity to launch Stabilized Steps.

Janet Lomika

Acting Secretary


Graduate of Westmoreland Hospital School of Nursing, with a BS and Masters in Education from Indiana University.  Retired as a licensed Financial Consultant for an insurance company.  Janet is an excellent advocate for seniors in the Bonita Springs area.  She enjoys attending the programmed activities at the Center as well as leading and planning Day Trips for seniors.

Maureen Lorenz

Board Member


Maureen worked her entire career for a major retail store.  She started as a regular employee and worked her way up to Department Supervisor, Human Resources Manager and ended her career as Assistant Store Manager.  Maureen’s love for her community and the seniors in the Bonita Springs area shines through each day.  She volunteers for the center as well as attends many of the activities.  She advocates for seniors and truly believes in the mission of the Bonita Senior Center to promote lifelong learning and living independently with dignity for as long as possible.

Sheila Morales

Board Member


Sheila F. Morales, RN, BS, Faith Community Nurse

Shelia has been a Registered Nurse for 40 years.  She is originally from Upstate NY, but has lived in Florida for 20 years. Sheila has 2 children, Cecelia and Nathaniel and lives with her wonderful husband Noel.  Sheila’s contributions to the Bonita Senior Center are invaluable.  She is the face of the Center and the go to person for all programming and information and assistance for seniors.  Sheila’s work as a community faith-based nurse in the Bonita Springs area has made a difference in the lives of so many people in the area.  Her beautiful spirit shines through in all that she does.

Wendy Aguilera

Board Member


Wendy joined Wintrust Bank in 2016 and has over 23 years of experience in the financial services industry.

Wendy earned a degree in Business Marketing & Finance from Technological University in San Salvador, El Salvador, Central America.  She also earned an Intensive Management training certification from JP Morgan Chase Bank.  Prior to her current role, Wendy has been a Branch Manager at Associated Bank, JP Morgan Chase Bank and Amcore Bank.  In addition to her in branch roles, Wendy has an extensive history of interaction and involvement in the local communities where she has worked.

Wendy resides in Bonita Springs, FL with her husband Jeff.  She enjoys traveling and spending time with her family, friends and two adorable Shih Tzu’s.

Chris Corey

Board Member


Retired Partner, PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP, an international accounting firm.

Member, City Council of Bonita Springs, Florida representing District 4.

Member, Resiliency Task Force Board of Lee County.  The Task Force was appointed by the Lee County Commission to submit a plan to spend $1.5 Billion on projects in Lee County designed to recover from Hurricane Ian and lessen the impact of a future hurricane on Lee County.

  • Treasurer, Chairman of Board of Elders and member of Church Council, Hope Lutheran Church.
  • Past President of the Board of Bonita Bay Community Association
  • Member, Rotary Club of Bonita Springs Florida, Morning Club
  • Board Member, Mergestone Group, operator of home health agencies in Florida.