Gov. DeSantis names Erika Donalds to FGCU Board of Trustees
Erika Donalds.

Erika Donalds
He also named Michael Wynn, Peter Sulick and Luis Rivera to the board.

A prominent school choice advocate is among four individuals Gov. Ron DeSantis appointed on Friday to the Florida Gulf Coast University board of trustees.

DeSantis appointed Optima Ed CEO Erika Donalds, Sunshine Ace Hardware President Michael Wynn, Dynasil Corporation of America President Peter Sulick and GrayRobinson shareholder Luis Rivera to FGCU’s Board of Trustees.

Donalds is the most notable political appointment. A former Collier County School Board member and wife to U.S. Rep. Byron Donalds, the Naples Republican has been among the most vocal advocates of school choice in the state. She also previously served on the Constitution Revision Commission, an appointee of then-House Speaker Richard Corcoran. She serves on the board of academic advisors for the Classical Learning Test, and co-founded the Florida Coalition of School Board Members.

Donalds wrote on Facebook that she was “honored” to be appointed.

“Higher education is critical to our thriving SWFL community and I look forward to contributing to FGCU’s continued success and growth,” wrote Donalds.

Wynn is a prominent business leader in Southwest Florida who recently organized a family business conference featuring former presidential candidate Steve Forbes. He was already serving as a director on the FGCU Foundation Board and on the Moorings Park Institute, and he’s second vice chair on the Naples Community Hospital Board of Directors. He previously chaired the Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce, Leadership Collier Foundation and Federal Reserve Bank of Miami. He also holds a master’s degree in business administration from FGCU.

Sulick serves as president and CEO of both Dynasil and Amerisite, and is president of the Kane Lodge Foundation. He serves with Wynn on the FGCU Foundation board and on the business advisory council for the Citadel Baker School and the executive committee for The Citadel Foundation.

Finally, Rivera is a Business Bankruptcy Law and Consumer Bankruptcy attorney at GrayRobinson and is based in Fort Myers. Rivera since 2010 served as a United States Bankruptcy Trustee for the Middle District of Florida. He chairs the Florida Bar’s Grievance Committee for the 20th Judicial Circuit and he previously chaired the Lee County Hispanic Affairs Advisory Board and the Hispanic Institute Advisory Board at Hodges University.

The 13-member trustee board for FGCU includes six appointees of the Governor.

Jacob Ogles

Jacob Ogles has covered politics in Florida since 2000 for regional outlets including SRQ Magazine in Sarasota, The News-Press in Fort Myers and The Daily Commercial in Leesburg. His work has appeared nationally in The Advocate, Wired and other publications. Events like SRQ’s Where The Votes Are workshops made Ogles one of Southwest Florida’s most respected political analysts, and outlets like WWSB ABC 7 and WSRQ Sarasota have featured his insights. He can be reached at [email protected].


  • Deborah minso

    March 26, 2022 at 8:03 pm

    DeSuckit can suck it!!!! He’s never going to be anybody. Little Man…. With no soul.

    • just sayin

      March 28, 2022 at 7:52 am

      He’s the Governor of the third-largest state in the country, the seventeenth largest economy in the world. You can disagree with his policies, and make all the ad hominem attacks you want, but he’s already “somebody”.

      • Deborah Minso

        April 6, 2022 at 9:44 pm

        A short, fat, greedy, SOB.

  • Mark Signorelli

    April 6, 2022 at 9:07 pm

    Erika Donalds’ Optima foundation collects a 12% to 14% management fee on ALL tuitions and other funds flowing through her Optima charter school management company. Using their Optima Foudation, the Donalds’ appeal to our desire to do better than the government schools by our kids, but rather than fix the government schools, they cash in. The Donald‘s are just another political crime family that’s figured out how to game the system using “non-profits.”. Don’t fall for it!

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