WGCU Advisory Board

The Advisory Board of WGCU

The WGCU Advisory Board assists WGCU in realizing its mission and its long-range goals. The board communicates to and on behalf of listeners, viewers and subscribers; provides input concerning public broadcasting to governmental agencies and elected officials; and assists in WGCU engagement and fundraising activities.


  • Jim Hale (Chair), Bonita Springs
  • Lydia Black, Fort Myers
  • Howard Cohen, Estero
  • Mimi Chapin Gregory, Bonita Springs
  • Shavon Chester, Fort Myers
  • Ashley Coone (FGCU Board of Trustees Liaison)
  • Mike Hirsh, Punta Gorda
  • Corey Lewis (ex-officio), Naples
  • Iqbal Mamdani, Naples
  • Steve O’Brien, Naples
  • Muriel Olsen (board secretary), Bonita Springs
  • Linda Penniman (Vice Chair), Naples
  • Zulaika Quintero, Immokalee
  • Richard Solum, Bonita Springs
  • Charisse Thomas, Fort Myers Beach
  • Steve Vesce, Estero