Even though I’ve called Naples home for more than 30 years, like so many of our residents, I grew up under Midwestern values in Ohio. I made the decision to head East and graduated from George Washington University in Washington, D.C., with a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting. Shortly after, I began my Accounting career with the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) and worked for NASDAQ, Inc., in Washington, D.C. At the age of 29, I served as the youngest Finance Director appointed for the City of Key West. I was recognized as an honorary “Conch” by the Key West City Council for my service to the city. Subsequently, I served as Finance Director for a hospital in Florida’s panhandle.
In 1988, I moved to Naples where I was appointed as Finance Director for the Collier County Sheriff’s Office, under the leadership of Sheriff Don Hunter, serving from 1989 until 2005. I then had the privilege to become the Finance Director for Clerk of Court Brock until 2016, when he appointed me as his Chief Deputy. My tenure with the Sheriff and the Clerk, as well as prior experience, has prepared me well for the very important role as your Collier County Clerk of Court and Comptroller.
Leadership in Collier County has been a top priority for me, both personally and professionally for over 30 years. I have been an active member of the Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce and graduated from both Leadership Collier (Class of 2000) and the Chamber’s Leadership Institute (2005). As one of the five women founders of Youth Leadership Collier, I am very proud of our 14-year successes with young leaders of Collier County. In 2006, we were recognized as the Chamber’s Volunteers of the Year. I am also a founding member of the Naples Paradise Chapter of AGA, the Association of Government Accountants.
On a personal note, I am happily married to Mike Kinzel. Together, we have four adult children and seven grandchildren with one more on the way in July. My parents followed me to Naples soon after I moved here, so many of our family memories and celebrations have occurred in Collier County. I am also very active in my church community, in which I have served on the board and have previously been a youth teacher for 20 years.
My decision to run for the Office of Clerk of the Courts and Comptroller was not made lightly. After 14 years working side-by-side with Dwight Brock, I understand how difficult his shoes will be to fill.
I was honored when Dwight demonstrated his confidence in my ability to perform the duties and responsibilities of this position when he appointed me as his Chief Deputy. Now, I am humbled that Governor Rick Scott appointed me to fill the position as Interim Clerk of the Courts until November 13, 2018. I hope Dwight’s and Governor Scott’s confidence in my ability to continue the legacy of the Clerk’s Office will be further validated by the voters of Collier County on August 28, 2018.
I am ready, willing, and able to continue to protect the taxpayers’ dollars and provide the best services possible, for both the Court and the Board roles of the Clerk. Your support is sincerely needed and greatly appreciated. Your vote in the August 28th Primary will ensure that I will continue as Clerk of the Courts. Respectfully, I ask for your vote.