Jill’s first visit to Sanibel was in 1982 when her parents bought a residence, and she has returned to the island every year.
She graduated from Notre Dame with a degree in Biology and earned a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree at the University of Illinois.
Jill had a successful veterinary practice and retired when she had her fourth child. She became actively involved in leadership opportunities related to her children’s education. She served as Vice-President and President of the local PTA at the elementary, junior high, and high school levels. She served on the Advisory Council for the School District Superintendent.
Beyond these local responsibilities, Jill is currently a member of the College of Science Advisory Council at Notre Dame. She is also a trustee of the Boler Family Foundation.
Jill and her husband Dan, also a retired veterinarian, have been bringing their family to Sanibel for over 30 years. They have purchased a home and will now spend the winter season on the island. They enjoy exploring the diverse wildlife on the beaches and in Ding Darling.
Jill’s parents were active supporters of SCCF and Big Arts. Her family sponsors the Paul McCarthy lecture series. She plans to continue their legacy of engagement in the community and looks forward to working with SCCF to address the challenges of climate change and protecting our island environment.