Dr. Mary Ellen Dorsett

Dr. Mary Ellen Dorsett

Secretary/Treasurer

Dr. Dorsett holds the office of Secretary/Treasure for the Fire District and is actively involved in the strategic formation and succession planning processes of the Fire District.

 Mary Ellen is the CEO of Organizational Dimensions, Inc. A company she founded in 1984.  She earned a BA in Experimental Psychology from Florida Atlantic University, an MS in Psychometry and Counseling from Nova University, and her doctorate at The George Washington University in Organizational and Human Resource Development. Her research interests are organizational knowledge creation and strategic planning.

Mary Ellen provides consulting services and educational programs to emergency services organizations throughout the United States in the subject areas of leadership, organizational strategy formation, succession planning, and managing and leading change. She serves as an adjunct faculty member, course content expert and Executive Fire Officer Research Evaluator at the National Fire Academy/Homeland Security in Emittsburg, Maryland. Mary Ellen has held these positions for the past 12 years. She has been a keynote speaker for the Florida Fire Chief’s Association, International Association of Fire Chiefs, and the Managerial Association of Emergency Services. Locally, she has served on the Golden Apple Committee, Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Foundation, Congressional Military Academy Selection Committee, and is a graduate of Leadership Lee County.

Todd Taylor

Todd Taylor

Commission Chairperson

Todd Taylor has served as the Vice-Chairman for the Iona-McGregor Fire Protection and Rescue Service District for the past three years.  He has seventeen years experience in the fire and rescue industry. Todd retired from Bonita Springs Fire Control and Rescue District at the rank of Battalion Chief, and  holds a Bachelor’s degree In Business Management, National Fire Academy Chief Fire Officer Curriculum, Associate degrees in Fire Science Technology and Management, Florida Fire Service Instructor, Florida Fire Officer Certification and Emergency Medical Technician.  Commissioner Taylor was recognized as the 2004 Firefighter of the year by the Bonita Springs Optimist Club.

In 2003, Todd Taylor was elected as a Fire Commissioner for the Iona-McGregor Fire District and has served as the Vice-Chairman since 2004. During this time, Todd has proposed the following priorities to the Board of Commissioners:

  • Remodel and keep Iona-McGregor Station One open in order to provide the taxpayers with quicker response times in the northern section of the District. Station One is located at the intersection of McGregor Boulevard and Winkler Road This station was originally slated to be closed upon the completion of Iona-McGregor Station Four located on College Parkway and South Pointe.
  • Assure that the tax payers of Iona-McGregor receive the best fire services possible.
  • Maintain federal, state, and local standards for organizational and deployment of fire suppression operations, and special operations to the public by the District.

Todd has been a supporter of proposals concerning updating job descriptions and qualifications, succession planning for a smooth promotional transition and most importantly educational programs that focus on long term service and success for both the taxpayers and the organization.

Steve Barbosa

Steve Barbosa

Commission Vice Chair

BIO  currently in editing

James Walker

James Walker

Commissioner

James Walker was elected a commissioner in November, 2016.  He served with the 101st Airborne Division, and was discharged from the Army with the rank of sergeant.  After his service, Mr. Walker spent time in the construction industry and was appointed as a part time Township Constable. That led to his appointment as a county deputy sheriff and election as a full time member of a township board serving as its municipal clerk among other duties such as being appointed as its police and fire commissioner.  After a 10 year political career, he left public office and became an owner or partner in various business ventures.

Following a move to Texas, he joined a company that specialized in providing products to the 501-C3 community, Met Life Financial Services bought the company and later on he retired as a regional Marketing Director, eventually moving on to the world of investments and retirement planning as a stock broker with Edward Jones Brokerage.

As Michigan winters had run its course, Mr. Walker moved to Florida where he was recruited as an association manager and later hired as an onsite manager for a high rise condominium complex.   After more than ten years in the District, he continues his management duties with the condominium complex in addition to his commission role.

To Be Determined

To Be Determined

Commissioner

A vacancy has occurred on the Board of Commissioners due to the resignation of Commissioner Scott Kuhn.  The District is seeking letters of interest and resumes from qualified electors who reside in the District to fill the vacancy on the Board of Commissioners.   Letters of interest and resumes are to be submitted via email to czinger@ionafire.com, or via mail to Vacancy Coordinator, 6061 South Pointe Boulevard, Fort Myers, Florida  33919.  The submission deadline is 4:00 pm on August 7th; and the decision on selection of a qualified elector will be placed on the agenda for the Board of Commissioners meeting scheduled for Wednesday, August 15, 2018 at 6:00 p.m.  The Board of Commissioners meeting referenced above will be held at 6061 South Pointe Boulevard, Fort Myers, Florida.