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Commissioners

  • J. Dudley Goodlette,
    Commissioner
  • John T. Cardillo,
    Chair
  • Jessica Douglas,
    Commissioner
  • Ashley Gerry,
    Vice-Chair
  • Linda Black
    Commissioner

J. Dudley Goodlette,Commissioner

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J. Dudley Goodlette is a real estate, land use and zoning lawyer with the law firm of Henderson, Franklin. Mr. Goodlette served as a member of the Florida House of Representatives and was Chairman of the Rules and Calendar Council and Chairman of the Policy Council. He also served for two years as Chief of Staff to the Speaker of the Florida House.

Originally from Kentucky, Mr. Goodlette obtained a B.S. from Eastern Kentucky University and his law degree from the University of Florida College of Law.

Throughout his distinguished career, Mr. Goodlette has received many accolades, including most recently being honored as one of Collier County’s most influential business leaders by Naples Illustrated magazine in the “Naples 100.” In recognition of his efforts for spearheading the passage of the Florida Access to Civil Legal Assistance he received the Medal of Honor from the Florida Bar Foundation. He was named Naples Daily News “Citizen of the Year”, Hodges University’s “Humanitarian of the Year”, Edison State College’s Holland T. Salley Leadership in Fostering Education Award, Boys and Girl’s Club of Collier County’s “Man of the Year” and was inducted into the Junior Achievement Business Leadership Hall of Fame.

Mr. Goodlette has resided in Naples since 1954. He and his wife, Barbara, have three daughters and one son.

Mr. Goodlette was appointed to the Naples Ethics Commission by the Sheriff of Collier County in November 2020 and served as the first Chairman of the Ethics Commission.

John T. Cardillo,Chair

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John Thomas “JT” Cardillo is the owner of Cardillo Law, PLLC of Naples, Florida and has practiced law exclusively in Naples since 2003. He is a second generation attorney having learned much from working with his father, who practiced law in Naples since 1972. Mr. Cardillo focuses his practice on Trust and Estate administration and litigation, guardianships, and other elder law matters.

Born and raised in Naples, Mr. Cardillo attended Boston College after graduating from Barron Collier High School. He graduated from The Florida State University College of Law.

Mr. Cardillo is a current member of The Florida Bar Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section and has served on the Florida Bar Grievance Committee and the Florida Bar Client Security Fund. He is also a past president of the Collier County Bar Association. He served the City of Naples as a member of its Planning Advisory Board, has been recognized in Gulfshore Business’ 40 Under 40 and is a graduate of Naples Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Collier Class of 2021.

Mr. Cardillo was appointed to the Naples Ethics Commission by the Public Defender for the Twentieth Judicial Circuit in November of 2020 and serves as one of the founding Ethics Commissioners.

Jessica Douglas,Commissioner

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Jessica Douglas is a managing attorney who has served in various executive capacities for major financial institutions, such as Nationstar Mortgage, and a Fortune 500 company, Fidelity National Financial. In her roles as in-house counsel and oversight and compliance manager, she has gained a tremendous amount of experience in leading firms to stay risk averse, compliant in local, state and federal laws and has made the institutions she served more profitable through continuous improvement of the processes that she governed.

Ms. Douglas attended the University of Georgia as a HOPE scholar and received a B.A. in Criminal Justice and her Juris Doctor from the University of Georgia School of Law in 2003. She also is a certified mediator with over 200 hours of mediation experience and has received a coaching certification from iPEC for her current position as a business advisor to small and solo law practices across the nation. She has mostly lived in the southeast and made Naples her permanent residence in 2022 after years of splitting time between Naples and Dallas, Texas.

Ms. Douglas has a commitment to service in the communities in which she has resided. In Georgia, she served on two city council campaigns, the Atlanta Bar Association Pro Bono Activities Committee and as a board member for the “Better Brains for Babies” early childhood education initiative. In Dallas, Texas, she served as a Mentor for the Dallas Bar Association, as a member of the Dallas Women’s Law Association admissions committee and on the Town of Flower Mound’s Cultural Arts Commission. She currently serves on the Finance Committee for St. Ann Catholic School of Naples.

Ms. Douglas enjoys playing tennis, watching college football, and spending time with her husband and 12 year old son doing anything outdoors.

Ashley Gerry,Vice-Chair

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Ashley Gerry is a Southwest Florida philanthropist, wife and mother who has made it her job to invest in our community. For more than 15 years, Ashley’s passion for bettering the lives of others has led her to champion some of the most successful non-profits serving those most in need across Southwest Florida. She generously gives her time and resources while encouraging others to join her in such worthy causes as Golisano Children’s Hospital, the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, the Golisano Children’s Museum of Naples, and the Community School of Naples, to name a few.

Following the catastrophic loss of life and devastating impacts of Hurricane Ian in 2022, Ashley spearheaded the Boots on the Sand benefit concert to raise more than $1.5 million for victims. During a time of heartbreak and defeat, Ashley and others pulled our community together for an evening of music and fellowship when Southwest Florida needed it most.

Ashley is a graduate of the University of Missouri, and currently serves on the Board of the Children’s Museum of Naples. Ashley lives in Collier County where she and her husband Adam are raising their five children.

Linda BlackCommissioner

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Linda Black has been a Naples resident since the year 2000 having moved here after she and her husband retired. Prior to retirement, she worked for 19 years as an Administrative Assistant to a Federal Judge in the U.S. 6th Circuit Court Of Appeals.

Tragically, shortly after moving to Naples, her son was diagnosed with a terminal illness. After caring for her son for several years, Linda became deeply involved in giving back to the community.

She served on the board of the Moorings Property Owners Association for fifteen years, seven as president, and is still active as President Emeritus.

She served on the Community Services Advisory Board for eight years, three years as Chairperson. In this capacity, she helped define and refine the City Tree Ordinance and was part of the early design process working on the Park Master Plan which resulted in the creation of Baker Park.

She served on the Citizens Police Review Board for three terms, including two years as Chair.

In 2013 and again in 2017, she was appointed to serve on the Blue Ribbon Committees tasked with studying and providing recommendations regarding the level of compensation for mayor and council members.

She was the City of Naples appointee to the ID Theft Group Committee as part of Collier County’s Identity Theft Task Force and she is a graduate of the Citizens Police Academy.

Linda was the first woman to receive the City’s Sam Noe Award, which is presented to recognize exemplary service for members of the City’s various boards and committees.

She has a daughter who lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan.