President Marilyn Smith-Mooney moved to Punta Gorda in 1993 from Long Island, NY, where she attended St. Joseph’s College School of Business Administration and earned her Certificate in Leadership & Human Resources Development. The first half of her 30-year private-sector career focused primarily on the field of architecture and construction, with the latter half focusing on executive management team positions in human resources, corporate development and materials management.
While on Long Island, Marilyn added flight training as an additional pursuit and operated a flight training and aircraft rental business after receiving her FAA Commercial Pilot certificate and being certified as an FAA “Gold Seal” Flight Instructor/Ground School Instructor.
Marilyn held the Punta Gorda City Council’s District #2 Seat from November 1996 through October 2008, serving twice as Mayor in 2001 and 2002 – the city’s first female mayor since its founding in 1887. She is a graduate of the Advanced Institute for Elected Municipal Officials, Leadership Charlotte and Local Government Leadership Florida.
Marilyn joined the Museum board and became its President in 2007, a position she held for more than five years. In 2008, Marilyn also became the Executive Director and Vice Chair of the Tetrault Family Foundation – the private nonprofit 501(c)(3) foundation providing the $30M funding and carrying out the development of the 27-acre Peace River Botanical & Sculpture Gardens as a gift to the people of Charlotte County. Currently, she is employed as the executive administrator of the PRB&SG, Inc., the nonprofit that will manage, operate and maintain the Gardens.
In 2011, Marilyn pursued training for and obtained her Florida Supreme Court Certification as a County Mediator and serves as a volunteer mediator for the 20th Judicial Circuit, as well as for the court’s Citizen Dispute Resolution program – a program in which local residents and businesses voluntarily agree to have their dispute mediated in lieu of a judge deciding the outcome.
Marilyn has been recognized in past Charlotte SUN annual lists as one of “the county’s most influential, involved, charitable, powerful and important people.” She is widowed and between her and her late husband, Jack, she has three sons, one daughter and four grandchildren.