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.
Judy Tedder – 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.
Madonna Crane – 1st Vice President
Madonna graduated from Southern Illinois University with a major in Social Work.She is married and has two grown daughters, Kirsten and Kristen.
Madonna is a member of DAR (Daughters of the American Revolution) for 29 years and the Sons of Norway for 16 years. Madonna appreciates the work of the Latchkey League and she is honored to support this organization that does so much good for the children and families of Collier County.
Robert Young – 2nd 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.
Jacob Winge – Recording Secretary
Jacob is a Fourth Generation Floridian, a graduate of Barron Collier High School, Florida Southwestern State College (FSW) and is currently finishing a Master’s Degree at Hodges University. Jacob has previously worked in the non-profit field and in public relations, marketing, and community outreach. Jacob serves on two advisory boards with Collier County Government, is the president of the Friends of the Collier County Museums, a board member with the East Naples Civic Association, East Naples Kiwanis, and many other organizations. A local historian, he frequently lectures at many venues and enjoys reenacting, camping, and hunting.
Laura Clemo – Treasurer
Laura was born and raised in the Cleveland and Chagrin Falls areas of Ohio. She has lived in Bonita Springs for the past 27 years. Laura worked at the Philharmonic Center for the Arts for almost 20 years, under the direction of Myra J. Daniels. Her last position with the Phil was customer service manager. She now holds her real estate license and works on a limited basis for John R. Wood Properties. Currently, Lauras’ main effort is being full-time caretaker for her husband, Jim. Previous volunteering efforts include working with Habitat for Humanity. She rejoins the Latchkey League’s board as treasurer, a position she held several years ago.
Betty A. Bailey – Past 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.
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.
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.
Myra Williams – Director
Myra grew up in Dallas, Texas, where she won numerous competitions and was piano soloist with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. She always loved both music and science, but science became her career and music her avocation. Myra received her BS in Physics & Math from SMU and a PhD in Molecular Biophysics from Yale. She spent over 30 years as an executive at Merck and Glaxo and returned to music after she retired. Myra has served on the boards of numerous companies and non-profit organizations. She was a member of the Board of Education in Princeton, NJ. She is also a past president of the Naples Music Club and serves as a volunteer tutor in Naples.
Amy Turner -Director
Amy is an entrepreneur with a 4 decade history of working with fellow Neapolitans in the area of real estate, retail and technology. Most recently, she was the co-owner of Ooh La La Jewels Du Jour.
Her real estate projects include senior housing facilities, shopping center sites, and commercial triple net properties. She is a technology and innovation enthusiast and enjoys working with and mentoring children. She holds a business./marketing degree from the University of Florida.
When she isn’t working, you’ll find Amy in the garden with her pups, or hitting the gym with her family.
Evelyn Cannata- Director
Evelyn was born and raised in Panama, she eventually relocated to New York. She and her husband moved to Naples in 2004. They have three beautiful daughters.
Evelyn brings years of fundraising and philanthropic experience to the table. She has been involved with Naples International Film Festival from conception to Artis-Naples for the last ten years. Her passions are her family, cooking and love for the Cayman Islands.