In 2013 Myra Janco Daniels, founder and former CEO of the Philharmonic Center for the Arts in Naples, Florida, responded to the plight of more than 10,000 school children in Collier County who came home every day to an empty house. Mrs. Daniels agreed to chair a capital campaign to raise $5 million dollars for the construction of The Salvation Army’s new Fran Cohen Youth Center. The Youth Center was officially dedicated in April 2017 with a ribbon-cutting ceremony attended by local dignitaries, Latchkey League members, Salvation Army representatives and many others.
Latchkey League was formed in 2013 with the commitment to raise funds for at-risk children participating in after-school programs in Collier County, Florida. The mission of the Latchkey League, Inc. is to support and provide educational, cultural and recreational services to children in the greater Naples area who are in need of after-school supervision and activities and to promote educational development for their future.
The Latchkey League offers fundraising opportunities throughout the season to financially support latchkey children attending after-school programs which provide opportunities for kids to learn dance, music, art and theater in addition to actively mentoring and tutoring them where possible.
Latchkey League became a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization in 2015 to continue supporting the Fran Cohen Youth Center and expand its ability to help more children by providing grants to eligible Collier County organizations offering after-school programs.
Betty A. Bailey – President
Originally from Syracuse, NY, Betty received her B.A. from LeMoyne College. She moved to Naples in 1986 after a lengthy career with Marriott Hotels as director in various locations. Betty recently retired from Bentley Village where she served as the director of home care. Previous work experience includes home health administration and various management/administrative positions. Betty has served on various board of directors, most recently with The Salvation Army (Naples) and served as treasurer for the Latchkey League. As a member of First Baptist Church of Naples, Betty facilitated a Grief Share program for over four years.
Judy Tedder – First Vice President
Judy is from Indianapolis, Indiana and attended Indiana University/Purdue University. She started her career in the medical insurance field as a marketing vice president for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Indiana. Judy moved to Atlanta to become director of consumer services and marketed senior benefits with Acordia Senior Benefits, a division of Blue Cross and she is a registered health underwriter. Judy retired with her move to Naples in 2000 and worked part time at the Philharmonic as a customer service representative for nine years. She has been president of the Longshore Lake Women’s Club and chair of the tennis committee.
Robert Young – Second Vice President
Bob is a graduate of the University of North Carolina and served as an infantry officer in the US Marine Corps. His business career was in magazine publishing including The New Yorker Magazine. Other pursuits include president of YMS Media Services, director of NYAC, president of the Frank McGuire Foundation and president of Central Park Studios. Bob’s local endeavors include numerous charitable organizations. He serves as a mentor at New Beginnings School and is a life member of the Marine Corps League.
Sally Bettin – Membership Secretary
Sally is originally from the Philadelphia suburbs and graduated from Stratford College with a business degree. She recently retired from the Philharmonic Center for the Arts where she was the senior development coordinator reporting directly to Myra Janco Daniels. Previously, Sally was the assistant to the president of a Boston-area fundraising consulting firm. She is currently an active volunteer at the Golden Gate branch of the Collier County Library.
Wilma Boyd – Director
President and CEO of Preferred Travel, Wilma attributes her success to a “positive outlook, tremendous drive and the ability to select outstanding, experienced and caring staff members.” Since opening its doors in 1984, Preferred Travel of Naples has become one of the leading and most award-winning travel agencies in the region. The agency has grown from three employees to over 50 travel specialists from throughout the world. Wilma Boyd and the Preferred Travel team believe in giving back to the community. They support numerous local charities through their special travel events.
Lynette Merillat – Director
Lynette has lived all of her life in Michigan. She graduated from Adrian High School and went to Adrian College after college, working as an executive secretary with Ervin Foundry and at Adrian College. Being a full-time mother while her daughters were growing up kept Lynette very busy with community and church. She also owned and operated a quarter horse breeding and showing facility in Adrian, Michigan. Lynette still enjoys riding with her daughters and grandchildren. She previously served on the Red Cross Board, The Community Nursery Board and the Lenawee Christian School Board in Adrian, Michigan.
Wendy Schaedel – Director
Wendy Schaedel grew up in California and received her B.A. from Wheaton College, Norton, Mass. She married and raised her family in Canada, Bronxville, NY and Manchester, MA. Wendy started her volunteering with the Boston Symphony, moving to Naples in 1991. She volunteered for the Naples Philharmonic Orchestra and with the Latchkey League since its start as well a member of the Philharmonic Women’s League Board. Wendy has served as secretary for the past three years.
Ryan Warner – Director