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Marco Lutheran Church Foundation
525 N Collier Blvd
Marco Island, FL 34145
Telephone: 239-394-0332

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Board of Directors

Leesa G. Carls

MBA, Finance and Accounting, University of Chicago
BS, Accounting, University of Illinois
CPA, Illinois

Leesa is currently director of business and financial planning for an IT infrastructure provider to Fortune 500 companies. Prior to this, she spent 25 years serving in various financial capacities in management consulting, manufacturing and service industries. Her recent volunteer activities include Chairperson for Marco Lutheran's Board of Outreach; Treasurer for Marco Island Newcomers Club, and team leader for Lighthouse Harbor volunteer groups.

Ken Garazin

Pastor Garazin was born in Chicago, IL. He attended Concordia Junior College in Milwaukee, WI and received his B.A. from Concordia Senior College in Ft. Wayne, IN. He was a Vicar (intern) at First Lutheran Church in Omaha, NE and received his Master of Divinity degree from Concordia Theological Seminary in St. Louis, MO in 1972.

Pastor Garazin served parishes in Roselle, Wheaton and Lombard, IL. He also had a business career as owner of four retail stores in major malls in the Chicago suburbs.

He has trained as a family mediator and has completed over 100 hours of continuing education in grief care.

He has four grown children and seven beautiful grandchildren. He enjoys the beautiful beach on Marco, boating, fishing and reading.


Dennis Hess retired from Smith Barney Morgan Stanley as a 1st Vice President/ Branch Manager after 29 years of service. His career specialized in financial planning and investment manage-ment for a university, college, symphony, cemetery trust, labor unions, hospitals, various civic organizations and wealthy families.

He has been involved in civic activities, serving as Chairman or Vice Chairman of a Chamber of Commerce,Convention and Visitors Bureau, Economic Development Agency, Marco Lutheran Church Foundation, Workforce Development Board, Kiwanis, Sportsmen's Clubs and his Illinois Church.

He currently serves on six foundation boards or institutional investment committees.


Gail received a B.A. in Education from the University of Michigan.

She retired from the University of Michigan Dental School where she served as coordinator of a Robert Wood Johnson grant program providing resources for mentally and physically challenged individuals to receive dental care. She served as a fund raiser for funds for treatment and worked with dental students helping them to be comfortable treating this patient population. She served years as a hospital volunteer in the Cancer Center and Pediatric Center at the University of Michigan Hospital. She is a Stephen Minister and serves of the Board of Worship at MLC. She will serve as VP and Secretary of MLC church council beginning this spring.

Roger Miller

Roger owned and operated MCS Inc., a manufacturer's representative agency, and R&M Real Estate Enterprises. He recently retired after 41 years in the HVAC & refrigeration industry. He also served as an advisor and member of several industry councils. He received a degree in Economics from Wheaton College in 1973. Roger has nearly 20 years of volunteer experience in personal finance counseling and teaching including Good $ense, Crown Ministries, and was a Financial Peace Coordinator for Dave Ramsey Ministries. He has served in a number of leadership positions in various churches, including Board Chairman. Roger and his wife of 41 years, Beth, have 3 children and 7 grandchildren. They moved full time to Naples from Columbus, OH in 2016.


Joe is an Internal Audit and Regulatory Compliance professional with 40 years of financial services industry experience. He has six years experience as a Chief Audit Executive at two SEC reporting companies and Audit Committee reporting responsibilities at four different companies. In his career in Internal Audit, he managed audit teams of up to 25 professionals. Joe also has 6 years of experience as a third party auditor and consultant performing internal audits, compliance reviews, risk assessments, and loan reviews.

Education, Certification, Memberships

John Carroll University: MBA, BA.
Rutgers University, Stonier Graduate School of Banking:
Graduate Degree.
Certified Internal Auditor (CIA)
Certified Fiduciary & Investment Risk Specialist (CFIRS)
Institute of Internal Auditors, Southwest Florida Chapter Past President
Marco Lutheran Church, Former Treasurer

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