Insurance Task Force

The Insurance Task Force (ITF) Committee is a group of 16 individuals who review all of the benefits offered by the District. Eight (8) of the individuals are appointed by the Superintendent and eight (8) are appointed by the two (2) bargaining units, TALC (Teachers Association of Lee County) and SPALC (Support Personnel Association of Lee County).

Meetings are held throughout the school year and are open to the public. The main goal of the ITF Committee is to obtain quality benefits at affordable prices for the employees as well as the retirees of the School District of Lee County.


Superintendent Designees

  • Benjamin Ausman, Principal, Bayshore Elementary School
  • Karen Cooley, Benefits Coordinator, Insurance & Benefits Management Department
  • Dr. Ami Desamours, Chief Financial Officer, Budget
  • Helen Hernandez, Secretary to the Director, Curriculum & Instructional Innovation - Secondary
  • Kimberly Hutchins, Director, Payroll
  • Bonnie McFarland, Director, Insurance & Benefits Management Department
  • Heather Parker, Wellness Coordinator, Insurance & Benefits Management Department
  • Dr. Angela Pruitt, Chief Human Resource Officer, Human Resources

Non - Voting Members

  • Melisa W. Giovannelli, District #2, Board Member Liaison
  • Joe Pescatrice, Retiree Liaison

Bargaining Unit Representatives

  • Shandra Backens, Teacher, Veterans Park Academy for the Arts (Representing TALC)
  • Jill Castellano, Teacher, East Lee County High (Representing TALC)
  • Cynthia Clements, Bus Attendant, South Compound (Representing SPALC)
  • Kevin Daly, President, TALC (Representing TALC)
  • Kerr Fazzone, FEA, Regional Specialist (Representing TALC)
  • Jamie Michael, SPALC, President (Representing SPALC)
  • Elizabeth Peterson, FEA, Service Unit Director (Representing SPALC)
  • Jimmy Riley, Painter, Maintenance (Representing SPALC)

Meeting Dates

The first Thursday of the Month, every month except for July.

Next Meeting scheduled for:

Thursday, May 6, 2021
3 pm - 5 pm
Location: Caloosahatchee Rooms A & B

Agendas and Minutes