Collier County Sports Council Officers and Board
Mary Shea | President
Current Job: Hospitality representative in Collier County.
How long have you been in Collier County: 5 Years
Favorite Sports team(s): Jets/Redskins/Capitals a) Local: all teams who play in Collier County! Ave Maria & FGCU
Favorite Sports memories: Playing Softball, Field Hockey, Basketball in Bethesda MD. Golfing in Florida, Arizona, NJ, & California.
Sports anecdote about yourself or family member: I still play golf but not as much as I like and my new sport is Pickleball. I love to watch/attend US Open for Tennis, Golf. I play golf, Pickleball and Yoga. I have been in Naples for 5 years. I enjoy reading, walking and being with my family and friends. Dad was Captain of Football team for University of South Carolina. GO GAMECOCKS!!!
Liz Sanders | Vice President
Current Job: Dual Director of Sales & Catering Manager, SpringHill Suites by Marriott Naples & Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott
How long have you been in Collier County: since 1987, you do the math
Favorite Sports team(s): Pittsburgh Steelers
Favorite Sports memories: Served at Greater Naples Little League Board Member for 6 of 12 years my two sons played in the League; if you can survive that~you can survive anything.
Sports anecdote about yourself or family member: My grandfather born in Pittsburgh, was the quarterback during the 1920’s Depression Era, for a team known as the Pittsburgh Ironmen. My soon to born father, 3rd son of 7, was the reason my grandmother ‘highly suggested’ my Grandpap, quit playing in 1930, even though he was paid $200 per game; a fortune back then. Three years later, 1933, the team became the Steelers. I have the picture of my grandfather in the Ironmen team photo in the middle holding the ball, leather helmet & all.
Asha Brooks | Secretary
Current Job: Sales Manager, DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Naples
How long in Collier County: 12 years – Born and raised in the Caribbean Island of Trinidad & Tobago
Favorite Sports Team: We’re big soccer fans in Trinidad and I always root for our Soca Warriors (Trinidad’s soccer team)
Favorite Sports Memory: When Trinidad finally made it to the World Cup in 2006!!
Sports Anecdote about yourself or family member: I’m not much of a sporting enthusiast but my other family members are. My dad was a star cyclist and represented Trinidad in many national competitions. He still cycles but just for fun most of the time. My sister is a tri-athlete & bonafide Ironwoman – I do sports vicariously through her.
Kurt Hoenig | Treasurer
Current Job: Five Star Real Estate Professional at United Real Estate Infinity
How long have you been in Collier County: Naples Resident since 1990
Favorite Sports team(s): My favorite local sports team is the Miami Dolphins. Being from Iowa, we have no professional teams, but I am a die hard Hawkeye fan.
Favorite Sports memories: My favorite Sports Memory was being on the executive committee of one “host” hotels, in Miami, welcoming the families of the San Francisco 49ers for Super Bowl.
Sports anecdote about yourself or family member: I am intrigued at the game of golf: What other sport brings adult beverages to you while you are operating a motorized vehicle?
Lori Lou Waddell | Board Member
Current Job: Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce Visitor Information Specialist.
Favorite Sport: Coming from a group of tennis enthusiasts, my parents moved to Naples over 30 years ago to play tennis in Paradise…they played at what is now the Sanchez-Casal Tennis Academy. The courts are spectacular. I am an avid tennis spectator.
Favorite Sports memory: Trying to keep up with my mother on the tennis court when I was a teenager. She was too good.
Sports anecdote about myself or family member: My parents were naturally athletic and loved being outdoors and active…it has given me an appreciation for all sports and athletes
Sherrilyn Alden | Board Member
Sherrilyn Alden is a Customer Events Manager at Naples Princess Cruises.
Prior to relocating to Naples in 2012, Sherrilyn had been self employed in the retail field.
She served for 10 years in several capacities on the Board of Directors for Great American Downtown, a non-profit located in Nashua NH.
The agency worked for the benefit of Downtown, its merchants and residents, through marketing, events, and beautification and urban development.
Robin Rosario | Board Member
Current Job: Outreach Director Pure Florida
A devoted, award winning Mother and Professional, and community activist, with a passion for people and local community events. Pure Florida, my employer, both promotes and supports sporting events in Collier County and is very involved in our local community.
I am truly blessed to be married to such a great husband and to be a part of the Sports Council of Collier County.
Jim Ludwig | Board Member
Current Job: Executive Director/Founder Pickleball For All
When I retired I played a lot of pickleball and I still enjoy it, but I soon realized that I needed a new mission in life. I decided to use my love of pickleball to help children and adults.
Jim Ludwig is engaged in pickleball locally and nationally and has been playing pickleball for about five years. I am also the District Ambassador of USAPA (USA Pickleball Association), an organization with 14,000 members currently. Pickleball is one of the fastest-growing sport in America. There are 3 million people playing pickleball now. We anticipate that within two years we will have 8 million people playing pickleball.
Sports Antidote about yourself or family member: Pickleball For All has given me a new purpose and makes me feel like I am giving back to the community I love.
Dan Sullivan | Advisor
Current Job: Director of Sales & Marketing GreenLinks Golf Villas at Lely Resort, Sam Snead’s Oak Grill & Tavern at Lely Resort
How long have you been in Collier County: 22 years; Born and raised in Worcester, MA Lived in Dallas, Winston-Salem, Louisville, Milwaukee & Denver
Favorite Sports team(s): Red Sox and the Patriots a) local FGCU teams, Barron Collier H.S. Lacrosse
Favorite Sports memories: October 27, 2004 the curse of the Bambino is vanquished by the Boston red Sox, both my first & second hole-in-one, World Series 1989 “Battle of the Bay” Game 3, Celtics vs. Bucks 1986 game 3 in Milwaukee, watching Pedro Martinez strike out 17 vs. Tampa Bay, playing in the Bryant Gumbel Celebrity Golf Classic at Disney World.
Anthony Meade | Advisor
Current Job: Advertising Sales Manager – Naples Transportation
How long have you been in Collier County: 11 Years Living in Collier County
Favorite Sports team(s): Lely High School; New York Giants, New York Mets, New York Knicks, New York Rangers
Sports anecdote about yourself or family member: I played High School baseball against Sandy Koufax