ABOUT CHARLETTE ROMAN

COMMUNITY FIRST

In 2002, after a successful 26-year career as an Army officer serving her country, Charlette Roman retired to Marco Island and began service to her new community. As a Marco citizen, she has devoted thousands of volunteer hours to community service, environmental protection, and nature education. She has spent over a decade volunteering with Rookery Bay Reserve, four years monitoring birds for the Florida Fish & Wildlife Commission, and has also served on many other community organizations and projects. In 2009, she was awarded the prestigious Collier County Audubon Society Fellowship and was the first appointment to the At-Large Environmental seat on the Collier County Planning Commission in 2013.

Charlette is a graduate of Leadership Marco and serves as Marco’s representative on the Collier Citizens Council.

Key Military Assignments

  • Commander; U.S. Army Garrison, Ft. Gordon, GA
  • U.S. Army War College, Class of 1999
  • Battalion Commander; 51st Signal Battalion (Corps) (Airborne), Fort Bragg, NC
  • Senior Parachutist and a graduate of the 82d Airborne Division Jumpmaster Course
  • U.S. Army Inspector General; Defense Information Systems Agency, Washington, DC
  • Commander; Armed Forces Network, Berlin, West Germany

Community Activities & Positions Held

  • Collier Citizens Council Member
  • County Commissioner Donna Fiala's Island Advisory Committee Member
  • Leadership Marco, Class of 2014
  • Chair, Marco Island Planning Board 2015; Planning Board member 2004-2006, 2013-2016
  • Marco Island Civic Association Board of Directors
  • Marco Island Taxpayers Association Board of Directors
  • President, Friends of Tigertail Beach, Inc.
  • Founding Board Member and 1st Vice President, Gulf Coast Orchid Alliance (GCOA)
  • Marco Island Shell Club scholarship committee member from 2009-2010, when first endowment scholarships with Florida Gulf Coast University were established
  • STEM Coordinator & Environmental Issues Chair, American Association of University Women (AAUW), Marco Island Chapter
  • Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission volunteer
  • Collier County Audubon Society Fellow for 2009
  • Calusa Garden Club lifetime friend award
  • Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve 1000-Hour Volunteer
    • Five years with Sea Turtle Research program in the Ten Thousand Islands
    • Three years with Fisheries Research including the Shark Research conducted in the Ten Thousand Islands
    • Nine years with Avian Research conducting sunset bird surveys in the ABC Islands Critical Wildlife Area, and nesting bird surveys at Second Chance Pass and Cape Romano
    • Five years as an interpreter for student and public outreach educational programs including Estuaries Day, Dive Into Oceans, and the Annual Nature Festival
    • Hosted field trips to Tigertail Beach for Educators’ Conference and State Planners’ Conference
  • Volunteer for “Stars on the Water,” gave presentations focused on the environment to second graders in this after-school program
  • Guest speaker for groups on Marco, presenting programs about the dynamic shoal system and the critters that live in the natural environment on and around Marco Island. For example:
    • Florida Federation of Garden Clubs District IX Conference keynote speaker
    • International Woman’s Day keynote speaker, AAUW, Marco Island Chapter, 2015
    • Southwest Florida Nature Festival
  • Contributor to publications with articles and photographs related to coastal processes, birds and the marine environment

Education

  • Certified as a Florida Master Naturalist in both Coastal Systems and Freshwater Wetlands from the University of Florida
  • Accredited by the Council for Environmental Education in its birding program “Flying Wild”
  • Participated in Gulf of Mexico Alliance seminars and citizen feedback sessions
  • Completed Eco-tour provider coastal training program
  • Completed Collier Sea Grant Extension training on Pelican Rescue techniques and practices
  • Training with Industry, CNN, Atlanta, GA
  • MA in Business Management, Webster University
  • BA in Communications, Loyola University