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Mrs. Erika Donalds: Board Member
Calusa Park Elementary, Golden Gate Elementary, Golden Gate Middle, Golden Gate High, Golden Terrace Elementary, Gulf Coast High, Laurel Oak Elementary, Mike Davis Elementary, Oakridge Middle, and Vineyards Elementary.
Term Expires: 11/2018
School Board Office (239) 377-0485
Erika Donalds graduated Magna Cum Laude with a BS in Accounting from Florida State University and holds a Masters in Accountancy from Florida Atlantic University. She is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and a Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA).
Elected to the Collier County School Board in 2014, Erika currently serves as the board’s Vice Chair. During her tenure on the school board, she co-founded the Florida Coalition of School Board Members (FCSBM), and served as the group’s President from 2015-2016. She remains on the board of FCSBM and is the currently the Chair of the FCSBM Legislative Task Force. In 2017, Erika was appointed to Florida’s 2017-2018 Constitution Revision Commission (CRC) and serves as the Chair of its Local Government Article VIII Committee. She is also a member of the CRC’s Rules, Education, and Declaration of Rights Committees.
Erika is Chief Financial Officer/Chief Compliance Officer, Senior Vice President, and Partner at Dalton, Greiner, Hartman, Maher & Co., LLC (DGHM), an investment management firm. She has been with DGHM since 2002 and is responsible for the finance, compliance, and operations areas of the company, and also serves on the firm’s Management Committee. In 2014, Erika was named one of Gulfshore Business magazine’s 40-Under-40.
Erika’s passion for education is exhibited by her extensive community involvement. She was a founding member and Past President of Parents R.O.C.K., “Parents’ Rights Of Choice for Kids”, a non-profit focused on uniting parents and providing representation for parent and student interests on state and local education issues. She also served as a founding Advisory Board Member for Mason Classical Academy, a Hillsdale College public charter school in Collier County, and was the weekly Education Correspondent for Daybreak on 92.5FM Fox News Radio. Erika shares her experience and expertise with the community speaking at various groups and events on education issues.
Since moving to Naples in 2002, Erika and her husband Byron have counseled countless families in the areas of budgeting, financial planning and credit restoration. They have also served in the youth ministry of their church, Living Word Family Church, since 2002.
Erika and Byron have three school-age sons – Damon, Darin, & Mason.