FORT MYERS, Fla. (July 20, 2017) – The Southwest Florida Community Foundation announces its new executive committee.

Dr. Larry Hobbs

Dr. Larry Hobbs will serve as the Foundation’s new chairman of the board of trustees; Craig R. Folk will serve as vice chair and governance committee chair; Howard Leland will serve as treasurer/finance committee chair, and Guy E. Whitesman will serve as immediate past chairman of the board.

Hobbs joined the Foundation board in July 2009 and brings with him experience and knowledge received from the medical field since 1985. A native of Illinois, he attended the University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine with his internal medicine internship at the Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami and emergency medicine residency at Shands in Jacksonville. He is board certified in emergency medicine and is a Fellow American College of Emergency Physician member. Presently, Hobbs is with the Gulf Coast Medical Center where he is an emergency physician. He is also the managing partner of Urgent Care Centers of Southwest Florida

Craig R. Folk

Folk is a retired CPA and shareholder in the firm Miller, Helms & Folk. He has a bachelor’s degree from Vanderbilt and an MBA from the University of Chicago. Folk has been in practice in Fort Myers for the past 30 years. Prior to joining Miller Helms & Folk, he practiced with Price Waterhouse Coopers in Fort Myers and Arthur Andersen in Miami.

Leland has been a Vietnam War pilot, an international pilot for Northwest Airlines and a trainer of new pilots.

Whitesman is a shareholder and chair of the business and tax department of the law firm of Henderson, Franklin Starnes & Holt, P.A. in Fort Myers.

The Southwest Florida Community Foundation, founded

Howard Leland

in 1976, cultivates regional change for the common good through collective leadership, social innovation and philanthropy to address the evolving community needs in Lee, Collier, Charlotte, Hendry and Glades counties. The Foundation partners with individuals, families and corporations who have created more than 400 philanthropic funds.  Thanks to them, the Foundation invested $5 million in grants and programs to the community. With assets of $111 million, the Community Foundation has provided more than $69 million in grants and scholarships to the communities it serves since inception. The Foundation is the backbone organization for the regional FutureMakers Coalition and Lee County’s Sustainability Plan. Based in Fort Myers, the Community Foundation has satellite offices located in Sanibel Island, LaBelle (Hendry County) and downtown Fort Myers. For more information, visit or call 239-274-5900.

Guy Whitesman