Dena Rae and Rob permanently moved to Naples from Indiana in 2017.
Dena Rae and Rob have attended the Naples Winter Wine Festival multiple times; Meet The Kids Day made the biggest impact on their commitment. Dena Rae currently serves as vice chair of the Grant Committee for NCEF.
Rob’s career includes 27 years in multiple leadership roles in his family’s fresh-foods distribution company before its acquisition in 2016 and eight years managing a fund-raising distribution company he and Dena Rae established before its acquisition in 2008. He is currently managing a growing network of private equity firms.
Dena Rae has spent most of her professional career in the philanthropic community with institutions who serve children and education missions. Currently she is serving as the senior philanthropy officer at the Golisano Children’s Museum of Naples as well as in a part time community role for the Naples Trust Company. She has served as the vice president of institutional advancement at Marian University in Indianapolis, executive director of the Indiana Campus Compact and most recently as a vice president with the Indianapolis Zoological Society and Botanical Gardens.
Both are proud graduates of Indiana University where Dena Rae served as student body president and Rob marched in the Marching Hundred Drumline. Dena Rae and Rob remain active with IU on various boards, including Dena Rae’s current membership on the Foundation Board of Directors, serving as chair of the Women’s Excellence Initiative and incoming chair of the National IU Varsity Club Board. Dena Rae and Rob founded the Hancock Hiltunen Caito Center for Leadership and Life Skills for the Indiana University Athletics’ Circle of Excellence.
Dena Rae and Rob have been and continue to be involved with many philanthropic organizations since moving to Naples. Most notable is their service at the Children’s Museum of Naples, the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and STARability Foundation. Dena Rae and Rob are also active members at Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Naples.
Dena Rae and Rob were married in 2000, have raised 7 spectacular children and are excited for their next stage as they were just blessed with their first grandchild! They enjoy golf, travel—especially time with their generationally-expanding family—and being involved with Naples’ high-impact philanthropic initiatives.
Dena Rae and Rob’s path of leadership and service is clearly defined by commitment to the highest goal of increasing giving through time, talent and treasure—especially with groups and organizations supporting children and education.