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Friendship Centers Announces Five New Governors to its Regional Board for 2018

Welcome to new BOG members Dr. Robert Nordland, Christine Fenn, Dr. Thomas Logio and Thomas Rice. Christine Schlesinger is not pictured.

Friendship Centers, a nonprofit serving older adults in Southwest Florida, announced five new Board of Governors members at its recent Annual Board meeting. The Board of Governors brings together regional community leaders from five counties to the govern Senior Friendship Centers and Senior Friendship Centers Foundation.

“Each new year poses new challenges for nonprofits,” said BOG Chair Kevin Maisch, “but I can say with confidence that our new board members possess some of the best and brightest minds Southwest Florida has to offer. I am so thrilled we are able to attract individuals of this character to join us in our mission to promote health, dignity and quality of life throughout the journey of aging,” Maisch added.

New Board of Governors Members:Christine Fenn is a 27-year veteran in the aging field working in nutrition delivery programs, assisted living facilities and companion care.  Her educational background includes Michigan State, Delaware State, and Roosevelt University, where she earned her Bachelor’s Degree in gerontology. She currently volunteers at Friendship Centers’ Lee County location, helping with the Adult Day Service program, the Food Bag Meal Program and the Friendly Visitor training program.

Dr. Thomas Logio, a former colon and rectal surgeon in New Jersey, was on staff of several hospitals including Burlington County Memorial and Zurbrugg Memorial in New Jersey and the Community Hospital in Pennsylvania. Dr. Logio held many other medical positions throughout his career, and his work has been published in many esteemed publications including the Journal of the Medical Society and the Surgical Forum. He serves as the volunteer medical director for the Friendship Centers’ medical clinic in Lee County.

Dr. Robert Nordland is a former OB/GYN with a career that spanned more than 36 years in Minnesota, and included his own practice. He established many clinical trials during his career and taught medical students for more than 20 years. Dr. Nordland also served on the credentialing committee for Blue Cross Blue Shield of the Midwest for nearly 15 years. He is a board member and past president of the Retired Physicians Association of Collier County. Dr. Nordland currently serves on the management board of the Senior Friendship Health Center in Collier County.

Thomas Rice recently retired as CEO from Fawcett Memorial Hospital, a 238-bed acute care facility located in Charlotte County, where he served as CEO from 2002 until 2015. Rice earned a Master’s Degree in hospital administration from the Medical College of Virginia and a Master’s Degree in business administration from the College of William and Mary. He is past president of United Way of Charlotte County and the Charlotte County Chamber of Commerce and currently volunteers for the Friendship at Home program in Charlotte County.

Christine Schlesinger, ARNP, CDE has been a nurse practitioner for more than 20 years. She has served on many medical boards and committees throughout her career, and is a published author and speaker. Previously, Schlesinger worked with the Philadelphia VA Medical Center and served on the Ethics Committee, was co-chair of the Advanced Practice Nurses Group and was co-chair of the Patient Education Committee. She was a volunteer chef and nutrition expert for All Faiths Food Bank in Sarasota, and currently serves on the board of Visible Men Academy in Bradenton, Fla.

For more information about the work of the Friendship Centers, visit the website at, like our Facebook page and follow us on Twitter,  @friendshipcenters.org_fl.

About Friendship Centers
Friendship Centers serves older adults in Sarasota, Charlotte, DeSoto, Lee and Collier Counties. Its mission is to promote health, dignity and quality of life throughout the journey of aging.  For more than four decades the organization has served persons 50 and older with programs and services that include medical and dental clinics, activity centers, lifelong learning, meals at centers and delivered to the homebound, caregiver support, adult day services, and case management.  Almost 700 volunteers give their time valued at more than $3 million annually. For more information, visit or call 941.955.2122.