Who We Are

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About Us

The Buckeyes in Naples Foundation, Inc. is an IRS registered 501 (c) 3 organization located in Naples, Florida. Florida Registration Number: CH48925

The Foundation was formed in 2015 as a method for Ohioans living in Southwest Florida to give back, strengthen and enhance our local community. Since its inception, the Foundation has hosted numerous fundraising events which have provided single- or multiple-year scholarship awards to students in Florida colleges/universities and vocational/technical training programs. Buckeyes in Naples Foundation, Inc. partners with other local educational organizations including the Community Foundation of Collier County that administers the Buckeyes4SWFL Scholarship Program, Champions for Learning and the Rotary Club of Naples that administers the Learn2Earn Scholarship Program.

Mission

Buckeyes in Naples Foundation, Inc. is committed to the financial support of post-high school education for Southwest Florida students through our own scholarship programs and partnerships with other charities’ scholarship fundraising efforts in our local area.

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4 Core Values

The Buckeyes in Naples Foundation, Inc. is driven by 4 Core Values:

  1. Provide a focus to increase post-high school opportunities for the SWFL student community
  2. Lead non-partisan initiatives that promote equality and opportunity for recipients
  3. Demonstrate respect and inclusiveness in all activities, events and opportunities
  4. Create and maintain meaningful and productive relationships with foundation friends, donors, partners and recipients

“We make a living by what we get; we make a life by what we give.”
- Winston Churchill

Board of Directors

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President – Bruce Mousa
Bruce was a resident of Ohio for almost 60 years, first in his home town of New Bremen,
then in Worthington. He became a Naples, FL resident in 2008. Bruce received his B.A. degree from Asbury University and his M.A. and Ph.D. from The Ohio State University. He worked in Worthington Schools until retirement in 2000. He held positions of teacher, building administrator, Human Resources Director and the final 13 years was the district’s Business Manager.
After retirement from Worthington Schools, Bruce served as an expert witness consultant and, for 12 years, a leadership and project management consultant working in the States, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia. He was employed part-time as a “professor in residence” by the University of Florida to work with Collier County students pursuing their doctorate degrees from UF. In 2013, he became a full-time professor with UF and coordinated a new M.Ed. Online Program in Educational Leadership. In July 2018, Bruce returned to part-time status in the Educational Leadership program, teaching two classes a semester.
Bruce and his wife Sara Ann, have 4 children. Three of the families live in the Columbus OH area and one family lives in the Naples area. Bruce and Sara Ann have 8 grandchildren in both Ohio and Florida.
Bruce was President of the Ohio State Alumni Club of Naples for 10 years and has made many exceptional friendships with other Ohio people. It is a pleasure to extend the focus now to what can be done locally in our Naples home area for local area students, whether they might be attending four-year schools or vocational/technical schools. Both Bruce and Sara Ann look forward to working with the Buckeyes in Naples Foundation and its many friends.

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Vice-President – Don Frendberg
Don was a resident of Ohio for over 40 years before moving to Naples. He grew up in the Pittsburgh area and received his B.S. Ed. degree there before moving to the Columbus area in 1972. Don received his MBA from Ohio University. He held positions of project manager and mechanical system designer, director of sales and marketing and general manager at various companies before becoming President/CEO of Vorys Brothers, an HVAC wholesale distributor in Columbus, OH. He went on to become the COO/EVP of HARDI, an international trade association in the HVAC industry, a position he held for over 13 years. After retirement from HARDI, Don became Chairman of North American Technician Excellence (NATE) in Washington, D.C. and Executive Vice President of the HVACR Workforce Development Foundation in Arlington, VA. After his tenure at NATE, a scholarship was named in his honor at the Lorenzo Walker Technical School in Naples, FL. Don also sat on the board of APR Supply, an HVAC distributorship in Lebanon, PA for many years. Don’s educational background and unique business experience have made him a dedicated proponent of workforce development through post-high school trade/technical education.

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Secretary – Sue Goldsberry
Sue was born, raised and educated in the Buckeye State. Being a graduate of the University of Akron with a B.S. Ed. and M.S. Ed., helped her to appreciate and understand the importance of education. Raising a family and teaching were two of Sue’s greatest passions. Her two adult children both have degrees from The Ohio State University. Following 35 years of teaching, Sue and her husband, John, relocated to Bonita Springs over nine years ago. John and Sue have been very active with the Ohio State Alumni Club of Naples and are very fortunate to have made many wonderful friendships. Sue looks forward to continuing to support the educational endeavors of students in SWFL with an Ohio connection through the Buckeyes in Naples Foundation.

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Treasurer – John Goldsberry
John was born and raised in northeastern Ohio. John and his wife, Sue, have two children and five grandchildren. Both their son and daughter have degrees from The Ohio State University. John has a B.A. degree in Biology from the College of Wooster and a M.A. degree in Educational Administration from the University of Akron. Thirty-five years were spent working in the Green Local School District in the positions of teacher, principal and superintendent. After retirement, John and Sue moved to Bonita Springs in 2009. John served as Treasurer of the Ohio State Alumni Club of Naples for several years and now looks forward to serving as Treasurer of the Buckeyes in Naples Foundation.

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Director – Dick Richie

Dick grew up in the western Cleveland suburb of Rocky River. He is a 1959 graduate of Ohio State’s College of Arts and Sciences. He majored in Radio and Television Broadcasting and was commissioned upon graduation as a Second Lieutenant in the US Army Reserve Signal Corp. Following his active military service, Dick had a diversified career in broadcasting, real estate marketing and management, advertising and public relations. Dick was employed as Planning Manager for the city of Columbus and served as a member of Dublin, Ohio’s Planning and Zoning Commission. In addition, he devoted 28 years to the Army Reserve Program and retired as Lieutenant Colonel. Dick retired in October 2003 and moved to Naples. Dick is a former member of The Rotary Club of Naples and former volunteer for Habitat for Humanity. His hobbies include golf, model ship building, and reading. Currently, Dick works part time as a locker room attendant at Old Collier Golf Club. Dick served as Treasurer and Vice President of the Ohio State Alumni Club of Naples for a number of years. He looks forward to his involvement with the Buckeyes in Naples Foundation.

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Scholarship Chairperson – Sue Robinson
Sue was born in Toledo, Ohio, and lived there until the fourth grade, when she moved across the Maumee River to Perrysburg. In the seventh grade, unbeknownst to her, she met her future husband, Doug, in a science class. After graduation Sue attended The Ohio State University, where she majored in elementary education. Sue and Doug were married and then moved to northern Michigan (Cadillac and then Harbor Springs), and Sue began her teaching career. After living in the cold for eight years, they decided that Florida was calling them. They moved to Naples in 1979, and Sue resumed her teaching career. Sue taught at Naples Park Elementary for 28 years, and continues to substitute teach there occasionally. Sue and Doug have a daughter who was two when they moved, and a son who was born here. Their daughter was lucky enough to receive a scholarship to attend Ohio State, and now lives in North Olmsted, OH with her family. Sue and Doug visit them for two months every summer so they can really get to know their two Ohio granddaughters. Their son lives here with his wife and three little children, so Sue and Doug feel very fortunate. Sue and Doug enjoy the connections they have made here in Naples with so many Ohio friends that they have met through various Ohio events. They believe it is always fun to find people with whom they have so much in common.

History

History of the “Buckeyes” Name
If you’ve ever lived in the state of Ohio, you are a Buckeye! Ever wonder where this endearing nickname for Ohioans came from? Of course, the buckeye tree has been Ohio’s official state tree since 1953 but the term Buckeyes to describe Ohioans came into being over a century before that. We have to go back to the early 1800’s to discover the real rationale! According to the Ohio History Central web site, “Ohioans have referred to themselves as Buckeyes since at least the presidential election of 1840, when Ohio resident William Henry Harrison won the presidency.” Buckeye tree log cabins and buckeye tree walking sticks became symbols of Harrison’s exciting grassroots presidential campaign, linking forever the nickname “Buckeyes” with the citizens of Ohio.

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