LAKELAND, FL November 2, 2021 – Noah’s Ark of Central Florida is pleased to announce Jim Maskas, Roxann Bonta, Todd Edwards, Linda Harkins, and Susy Aviles as new members of the Board of Directors.
Jim Maskas, who will be serving as Noah’s Ark Treasurer, is currently the Vice President/General Manager of Lamar Advertising of Lakeland, where he has worked for over 30 years. A graduate of McNeese State University, Jim and his wife Tracy have four children, including a daughter who has special needs. Jim was the founder of the Noah’s Ark Fall Doubles Tennis Tournament, now in its 4th year.
Roxann Bonta is the Executive Director of Central Florida Speech and Hearing Center in Lakeland. She has a Master’s in Audiology along with a degree in audiology and speech pathology. A Lakeland Rotarian, Roxann has extensive management experience and has served on boards including PACE Center for Girls and the Academy of Dispensing Audiologists.
Todd Edwards has worked with the Lakeland Police Department, from which he retired in 2019. Todd worked a great deal with many of the marginalized communities in Lakeland, including the homeless community, those with disabilities, and other mental health issues. In addition, Todd has worked extensively with security personnel and professionals serving in the mental health field.
Linda Harkins is the Vice President of Treasury Management at Bank of Central Florida, working since 2011. Linda currently lives in Lakeland, Florida, with her husband and spends time with her daughter and grandchildren. She is also a novice golfer who made a hole in one while playing with her niece Katy, who had just won the bronze medal for golf at the Special Olympics National Competition.
Susy Aviles is currently on staff with the Lakeland Police Department, where she has worked for 12 years. She currently serves as a Crime Prevention and Elderly Services Practitioner. In addition, Susy has frequently volunteered with Noah’s Ark, teaching on such topics as safety awareness, healthy habits, and self-care. Susy is President of the Lakeland Hispanic Club and takes pride in the planning and success of the annual Hispanic Festival.