Board Members

2022 - 2023 Officers

Ken Assal | Friends of the Library of Collier County Vice President 2020 - 2021


Kenneth Assal

Ken, a Naples resident for 15 years, is a CPA who worked internationally in development finance, returned to the Board of Directors in 2020 after serving in 2013-14 as Treasurer. He enjoys the beach, international travel and visiting family in his free time.
Cindy Ruddy

Vice President

Cindy Ruddy

Cindy, a Naples resident for 10 years, continues working as CEO for the company she and her husband founded 17 years ago, always finding time to read and serve on the board of the Friends of the Library. She is a former advertising copywriter and editor and library volunteer. When not in beautiful Naples, she is usually visiting with children and grandchildren in Oregon.
Louise Franck | Friends of the Library of Collier County Secretary 2020 - 2021


Louise Franck

Louise was an educator and businesswoman before her retirement to Naples 20 years ago. She has been involved with activities at Pelican Isle Yacht Club where she was Women’s Club President as well as holding other positions. At present she heads up a Book Club of 105 members. She was chair of the Nonfiction Authors Series of the Friends of The Library and Vice President before becoming Secretary. She has traveled extensively around the world. Sailing around the Southern USA as crew to her husband on their own boat, while working on her cross stitch art and reading voraciously.
Howard Becker | Friends of the Library of Collier County Treasurer 2020 - 2021


Howard Becker

Howard is retired and splits his year between Naples and the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania. He was active as a CPA, principally serving not-for-profit clients. In addition to Friends of the Library, Howard volunteers with St Matthews House, and is chair of the Water Crest of Falling Waters finance committee.

Immediate Past President

Connie Kindsvater
Connie Kindsvater | Friends of the Library of Collier County President 2020 - 2021

Board Members

Kenneth Assal
Howard Becker
Trish Benisch
Cathy Carroll
Saul Curtis
Louise Franck
Gwyn Goodman
Connie Kindsvater
Matt Koch
Dan Kozlowski
Nita Leftwich
Nick Linn
Beth O’Brien
Lew Paper
Cynthia Ruddy
Bobbi Skaggs

Friends Advisor

Patti DeGroot

FOL Staff

Marlene Haywood, Operations and Events Manager
Cynde Decker, Finance Manager