Meet The Board
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.
Karen Davis, Nomination Committee Co-Chair
Karen Davis was graduated from Ohio University with a Bachelor’s degree in Geology. She worked as the camp cook at an archaeological dig at the University of Texas Tech before joining IBM for a career in service management; living in TX, CA, NJ, NY, IL, MD and finally, moving to Punta Gorda in 2001. Upon retirement in 2006, she escaped the office environment and began volunteering at PRWC, cleaning habitats 3 mornings a week. Over the years, Karen migrated into the hospital and now volunteers 2 half days in the hospital and one morning a week cleaning habitats.
Fun Fact: Karen met her first condor, up close and personal in Peru, while on a trip to Machu Picchu.
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.
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 Willie.
Jim Knoy is a Florida Master Naturalist graduate and certified instructor. He is also President of the Peace River Audubon Society, Vice President of the Peace River Wildlife Center, a guide for the Sierra Club and a volunteer for the Charlotte Harbor Environmental Center.
Mr. Knoy lives in Port Charlotte, Fl. Jim Knoy is retired from a career with the US Environmental Protection Agency. His last assignment with EPA was as a Senior Planning and Policy Advisor in the Office of the Administrator, Office of Homeland Security, Environmental Protection Agency Headquarters, Washington, D.C. Mr. Knoy advised the Associate Administrator for Homeland Security and represented EPA in various White House Homeland Security Council Policy Committees. Mr. Knoy was a Federal On Scene Coordinator and Emergency Planning/Response Manager for EPA Region VIII, Denver, for 20 years. He led EPA responses to numerous natural disasters, chemical fires, train derailments and abandoned chemical sites.
Mr. Knoy worked for the State of Indiana for seven years on confined feeding operations, land application of sewage sludge, emergency response and the beginning years of the Superfund program. Mr. Knoy holds a MPA from Indiana University and a BS in Environmental Science from Purdue University.
Fun Fact: Jim is the only Board Member vaccinated against rabies (it’s a long story), so he is often recruited to clean the Raccoon cages.
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.
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.