AGENT OF CHANGE The Fifth Avenue South Business Improvement District (BID)’s first executive director, Lise Sundrla, knows more than a thing or two when it comes to revitalizing the heart and soul of communities. After arriving in 2011, she gave the BID the jumpstart it needed. In just over a year, the avenue has seen myriad develop-
ARTFUL APPOINTMENT Sundrla worked with Fifth Avenue South businesses, residents and leaders to launch a campaign dedicated to promoting and further refining downtown Naples.
Elaine Reed, executive director of the Naples Historical Society, is now the chair for the 20122013 Collier County Arts Forum. She believes supporting the arts is an aesthetic pursuit and a financially smart one. She points out that the United Arts Council (which coordinates the group), has found cultural tourists spend 38 percent more than other visitors and stay longer. The forum
Avenue South magazine, an enhanced market-
brings together local arts and cultural nonprofits,
ing program and plans for ongoing beautification
and Reed has big goals. “It is essential that these
of the area. Sundrla is grateful for citizens’ help
leaders understand each other’s collective talent
in the BID efforts. “It is a heartwarming feel-
and product offerings,” she says. “Support for
ing seeing how many people are willing to get
each other through the notion of civic responsibil-
involved,” she says. —Ashley Huntsberry-Lett
ity is my theme for the forthcoming year.” —C.W.
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ments, including 38 new events, an annual 5th
RIDING HIGH Lea Haven is all about horses—and helping others. A teacher at Naples Equestrian Challenge (NEC), Haven is a certified therapeutic riding instructor. Over the past 10 years, she has worked with hundreds of equine enthusiasts with special needs. In addition to weekly lessons for NEC’s youth participants, Haven has assisted in programs with children and adults including Eden Haven says Every day she leaves her job inspired by the progress the children have made through the NEC's programs. 50 NAPLES ILLUSTRATED
Autism Services and Lighthouse of Collier Inc. She has worked at NEC’s summer camps as well. Next up: earning advanced and master therapeutic riding instructor certifications. “At first I just wanted to work with the horses, but I fell in love with the kids,” Haven says. —Christina Wells
as chair for the Collier County Arts Forum, Reed says, “I am honored to be a part of the engine that influences greater economic vitality and appreciation for the arts."