Healthcare Network of Southwest Florida CEO Richard Akin announced this week that Louis J. Traina, Ed.D., has joined the Healthcare Network of Southwest Florida as executive director of the Foundation. Traina served for 13 years as vice president of university advancement and executive director of the Foundation for Hodges University, and previously as provost for Edison State College, Collier County. Most recently, he was vice president for institutional advancement at Ave Maria University.
He has led several major campaigns, including those that brought about the naming of Hodges University (formerly International College), the Kenneth Oscar Johnson School of Business, the Nichols School of Professional Studies, the Fisher School of Technology, the Frances Pew Hayes Center for Lifelong Learning, and the Lavern Norris Gaynor President’s Chair.
“Lou is a terrific addition to the Healthcare Network Foundation. His experience is deep, and he is highly respected in Southwest Florida. We are very excited about Lou’s joining our team. He will add a new dimension, enabling the achievement of our mission.” --Richard Akin, CEO
“The board of the Healthcare Network Foundation is delighted that Lou has signed on as executive director. We look forward to having him reenergize our efforts to support and expand the services of the Healthcare Network, benefiting the neediest patients of our community.” --Emily Watt, chair
“Lou has been thoroughly involved as a civic leader, educator, personal advisor and philanthropic advocate. We are convinced that the combination of Lou’s fundraising career and his passion for our mission will greatly assist the Foundation rise to the next level in providing financial support to the Healthcare Network.” --Tom Schneider, founding chair, Ronald McDonald Care Mobile® Advisory Council