Mr. Erick Carter: Chair



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Mr. Erick Carter: Chair


District 4:

Alternative Schools, Avalon Elementary, East Naples Middle, Gulfview Middle, Lake Park Elementary, Naples High, Poinciana Elementary, Sea Gate Elementary, Walker Institute of Technology, and Walker Technical High School.

Term Expires: 11/2024 

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School Board Office (239) 377-0485


Erick was raised in Summerville, South Carolina, in the Charleston area. Erick’s father served for many years in the United States Air Force and in the USAF Reserves, retiring as a Master Sergeant. Erick’s mom and dad still live in the same house in Summerville where they raised their family. In high school, Erick was very active in student government and served as the student liaison to the Dorchester County School Board and Superintendent. With great pride, Erick participated in high school athletics under the mentorship of Summerville High School Coach John McKissick, the winningest football coach in the nation.

Erick attended Trident Technical College (TTC) in North Charleston and pursued his passion for the performing arts by appearing in the renowned Spoleto Festival and the Piccolo Spoleto. After attending TTC, Erick continued to grow his performing arts expertise, winning recognition in Shakespearean theater.

With Erick's athletic skills his passion for the arts, he became a ballroom dance instructor. As an instructor for a national company, he had opportunity to teach in Naples where he met his beautiful wife Anita in 1992. A short time later, he fell in love with both the area and his future wife, Anita Ruiz. Erick and Anita have been married for 19 years and are raising their son, Blake in Collier County.

Anita, originally from Michigan studied cosmetology before moving to Naples in 1988. Her family roots that can be traced to Utuado, Puerto Rico. Erick studied cosmetology and graduated from our own local Lorenzo Walker Technical College, a division of Collier County Public Schools.

For the past 18 years, Erick and Anita have been co-owners of the successful local business, Salon Zenergy. Their son, Blake, attended Seagate Elementary and is now enrolled in Gulfview Middle School and is active in after-school sports and activities.

Professional Accomplishments
* Lorenzo Walker Technical College- Cosmetology program graduate (1996)
* Rusk Product Company- National Educator
* Babyliss Pro- National Educator
* Martin Parsons, Inc.- National Educator
* Conair- National Educator
* Lorenzo Walker Technical College-Guest Instructor
* Lorenzo Walker Technical * College- Student Intern Host
* Perry Ellis, Ed Hardy, True Religion, Tibi Clothing, Mercedes-Benz- Lead Designer in various marketing events
* Business owner in Naples for over 18 years- Salon Zenergy

Community Stewardship 
* Zonta Club of Naples
* PACE Center for Girls, Collier at Immokalee
* Bosom Buddies of Naples
* Makeover in Paradise
* Santa's Workshop
* Hats in the Garden
* Collier Literacy