Peace River Wildlife Center

3400 Ponce de Leon Parkway | Punta Gorda, Florida 33950 | 941-637-3830

A Non Profit Wildlife Rehabilitation and Education Center


Board of Directors

Pat Campagna, President, Fundraising Committee Chair 

Pat Campagna has volunteered at PRWC since 2007. Prior to her move, she was a director at several large HIV/AIDS organizations on Long Island. These agencies provided services to both those infected with HIV and their family members. She has been with her wife for over 33 years and was married in New Hampshire in 2010. She has spent most of her adult life promoting LGBT equality in New York and Florida.

Fun Fact: I enjoy cycling and working out and in my early years (very early years) I used to compete in body building contests.

Steve Widmeyer, Vice President; Legal Chair & Nomination Committee Co-Chair 

Lifelong musician, poet, and student of history.  B.S. in zoology; M.A. English literature; honorably discharged from US Navy; discontinued doctoral program in English literature at dissertation level to attend law school. J.D. (law).  Proud husband of my outstanding wife and proud father of my outstanding daughter.  Active Florida Supreme Court certified mediator (circuit civil, family law, appellate); retired trial attorney.  Supreme Court approved mediator trainer.  Clearly loves animals or wouldn’t be on this Board.

Fun Fact: He’s the one without hair.

John Benande

Paul Clark

A retired military veteran, Paul served in a total of thirty years in three branches of the armed forces. He also served six years in law enforcement as a New Jersey Park Ranger and Maine State Forest Ranger, and was instrumental in the development of the Maine Emergency Services Paramedic and EMT training. As a nurse, he worked in a variety of hospitals throughout Maine and supervised an Emergency Room. Since 1976, Paul has been affiliated with the Red Cross in Maine and as a disaster volunteer deployed on many national disaster assignments. Most recently he was the Disaster Director at the Southern Maine Red Cross Chapter. Paul and his wife, Jane, with their cat Hidalgo moved to Florida from Portland, Maine.

Fun Fact: Hobbies range from leather work to beaded jewelry. Paul has always loved being around animals and was volunteering at the Maine Wildlife Park in Gray, Maine before moving to Florida.

Eileen Glassman

Eileen Glassman, comes to Punta Gorda via Brooklyn and the Hudson Valley in New York. Eileen is a CPA and was a partner in a regional accounting firm in upstate New York. She has worked for over thirty years with not-for-profit organizations but has always had her eye on becoming a volunteer with PRWC since coming to PGI in 2004. She now is a tour guide and a member of the Board of Directors. She loves to send pictures of herself with the residents to her 5-year old granddaughter.

Fun Fact: When Eileen, 15, met Alan, 17, during high school he knew immediately that they were going to be married and told her mother. Forty-five years later it’s still true.


Jay Glynn

After graduating with a master degree in psychology from the University of Illinois, Jay, and his artist wife Vicki, moved to Charlotte County in 1980 for Jay to work as a counselor at Charlotte Behavioral Health Care. His career in mental health required many hats including treatment, program development, fiscal management, and a great deal of lobby work at the state level. Jay retired in 2016 after serving his last ten years as the C.E.O. of Charlotte Behavioral Health care.

Jay has always loved animals and nature. Since 1980 he and his wife have enjoyed many hours of boating on Charlotte Harbor. Most of their vacations have been to our National Parks hiking and enjoying nature and wildlife.

Fun Fact: After working all his career with people Jay wanted to work with animals and the environment. So, just a few months after retirement, he was pleased to be asked to join the Peace River Wildlife Center board.

Jerry Jones, Secretary 

Jerry Jones spent most of his professional life as director of two state agencies, the Kansas Film Commission and the Missouri Film Office, recruiting motion picture and television production. He currently is the Director of Film & Digital Media for the Charlotte County Visitors Bureau.

A proud Jayhawk, he holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism from the University of Kansas. He and his wife moved to the area from mid-Missouri in 2012 and discovered the Peace River Wildlife Center, where Pam became a volunteer guide. Jerry also is an officer on the board of the Charlotte Players.

Fun Fact: Animals in his life have included numerous cats and dogs, three cows, two Appaloosa geldings and a pygmy goat named William


Jerry Platt

A graduate of Purdue University, Jerry is a retired executive from PPG Industries where he was employed for 35 years. He and wife, Lynda, moved to Punta Gorda in 2015. One of their first stopping points was the Peace River Wildlife Center where they enthusiastically embraced the mission of the center and fell in love with the animals and birds in residence.

Fun fact: The Platts love shooting animals and birds in Africa, Costa Rica, Galapagos Islands and Australia … with their cameras.

Bob Prier, Treasurer, Finance Committee Chair

Bob Prier lived in Maryland all my life until moving to Florida in 2006. Bob has a BS in Marine Biology UMD and a MS in Environmental Engineering. Bob has work experience in sales and sales management in medical, computer and real estate markets.

Bob has worked on a variety of environmental projects including a four-year oyster restoration project in Chesapeake Bay. Bob joined the Board of Directors (BOD) of PRWC in January 2013. He was BOD President of PRWC from 2013-2015. He currently is the Treasurer.

Fun Fact: Although not considered a good cook, Bob makes the best Bunny pancakes ever.

Russ Weston