Board Members

2020 - 2021 Officers

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


Connie Kindsvater

Connie’s love of books, reading and libraries started as a child at her small town library, and that love still exists. After relocating to Naples 20 years ago, she became involved with other local nonprofit organizations as a board member/officer and joined the FOL board in 2015. Her career background includes being an advertising copywriter, high school teacher, college journalism professor and a freelance writer. A former boater, tennis player and bridge enthusiast, she now spends her free time gourmet cooking, traveling, reading and discussing books with her two book clubs.
Ken Assal | Friends of the Library of Collier County Vice President 2020 - 2021

Vice President

Kenneth Assal

Ken, a Naples resident for 13 years, is a CPA and returned to the Board of Directors this year after serving in 2013-14 as Treasurer. He also volunteers with the AARP/TaxAide program and sits on the board of his condominium association. He enjoys the beach, international travel and family in his free time.
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

Cathi Johnson

Board Members

Kenneth Assal
Howard Becker
Trish Benisch
Cathy Carroll
Louise Franck
Gwyn Goodman
Cathi Johnson
Dick Jordan
Connie Kindsvater
Matt Koch
Dan Kozlowski
Christine Kurtz
Nita Leftwich
Nick Linn
Sandy Linneman
Pat Marmen
Joan Norris
Beth O’Brien
Lew Paper
Cynthia Ruddy
Lorna Scharlacken
Bobbi Skaggs

Friends Advisor

Patti DeGroot

FOL Staff

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