Meet Our President

In July of 2017, Dennis accepted the position of Chairman and CEO of School of Grace. He is also a member of the stewardship team of Summit Church in Naples, Florida. After a twenty five year career as founder and CEO of several medical products and service companies, he sold his last company in 1999 and retired at age 48. In 2009, a friend invited him to join a group going on mission to Haiti. His friend said it would change his life – it did. At that time, Haiti had the highest under age five mortality rate in the western hemisphere and Dennis feared for and questioned the salvation of the Haitian children. When learning that his Haitian translator wanted to become a pastor, God provided an answer. Dennis put the translator (Patrick Nozil) through Bible College and thus began a long father/son relationship. Dennis and Beth have visited Haiti 6 times since 2009.

Born and raised in Boston, MA Dennis relocated to Naples, Florida where he now lives with his wife Beth. Dennis has an adult son in CA. Dennis and Beth are both working to answer God’s call by participating in the building and support of School of Grace as a beacon of light for the Christian education and discipleship of Haitian children and families.


Meet Our Board Members

Jay F. Caudill


Jay Caudill is a partner in the firm of Woods, Weinmiller, Michetti, Rudnick and Galbraith, PLLC, a locally owned law firm in southwest Florida. Jay practices in the area of real estate and business transactions. Jay was born in Fayetteville, NC, the son of Dr. Lloyd Caudill and Frances Caudill. In 1975, his family moved to Naples, FL where Jay graduated from Naples High School. Jay attended Furman University, graduating in 1994 with a BA in history. Jay then attended law school at the Cecil C. Humphries School of Law (University of Memphis). He is a member of the Florida Bar, South Carolina Bar, and the Bonita Springs (FL) Chamber of Commerce, as well as an affiliate member of the Bonita Springs Estero Association of Realtors. 

Jay married his college sweetheart, Wendy, in 1994. He and Wendy are blessed with two daughters: Hannah (born in 2001) and Grace (born in 2004). When not working, Jay enjoys serving in his church, going on mission trips, spending time with his family, hiking, camping, fishing and playing guitar. He is a graduate of Leadership Bonita program of the Bonita Springs Chamber of Commerce and serves on the Bonita Springs Assistance Office and on the Board of Trustees of the BEAR Home Foundation. In addition to serving School of Grace, he and his wife are privileged to serve as Deacons in their local church body.

Adrian Sabatino


Adrian was born and raised in a Christian home in Warrington, PA. Adrian graduated from West Virginia University in 1997. Adrian has been practicing Real Estate since 1999. He coaches over 30 people at Keller Williams Realty. Adrian’s primary factors in choosing Keller Williams isdue to their belief system which is God first, family next, then business. Adrian is passionate about giving back and helping others. He is the oldest of his siblings. He has two sisters that are twins and a brother. His immediate family members all live in SW Florida. Adrian is married to Priscilla since December 2008 and had 2 boys; Ayden who is 8 years old and Dylan who is 6 years old. Adrian and Priscilla attend Living Word Family Church in Naples, FL and actively serve there each week Adrian has been on two mission trips in the last year (Haiti and Peru).

Derrick Ayers - Treasurer


Derrick Ayers joined Lutgert Insurance as Chief Financial Officer in May 2016.  Prior to joining Lutgert, Derrick was Regional Chief Financial Officer for Fifth Third Bank. Derrick worked for Fifth Third in progressive finance capacities for 10 years.  Prior to joining Fifth Third, Derrick had varied finance and accounting experience with public and private companies as controller/treasurer of a Construction Company and as an Audit team member. 

Since arriving in Naples, Derrick has been an engaged and active member of the Naples Community.  He serves on the Board of Directors of the Naples Chamber of Commerce and the Partnership for Collier’s Future Economy.  Derrick serves on various committees including the following: Finance, Business Retention Expansion & Attraction (BREA), Opportunity Naples Steering & Implementation, Leadership Collier Leadership Lunch.  Derrick was a member of the 25th Anniversary class of Leadership Collier in 2014.  In 2015, Derrick was recognized as 40 Under 40 by Gulfshore Business for his commitment to his profession and community.

Derrick moved to Naples in early 2012 with his wife and children (Dylan 13, Nathan 12, Jaden 10, & Haley 8). He is a Certified Public Accountant licensed in Florida & Kentucky.  Derrick is a graduate of the University of Kentucky with a BS in Accounting.

Steve Roe


Steve Roe came to the Lord at the age of 22. At that time he led worship at his church and has followed the Lord’s leading ever since. Steve is a business owner for the past 42 years. At the age of 21, Steve started The Roe Insurance Agency in Indiana where he was born and raised. He let his company for 24 years in Indiana before moving his family to South West Florida. Steve started an insurance company in Naples Florida, and for the past 18 years, has driven his company to serve their clients and to assist in their insurance needs. 

Steve is known for his leadership and business development, but his passions are God-centered. He has served in various ministries, from Young Life, local church youth ministry, small group leadership, and missions.

Steve has been married to the love of his life, Hope, for 40 years. He and Hope are blessed with a daughter, Erin and a son Jordan. They also stay busy with their 6 grandchildren.

Sandra Hickey


 Sandra was born in Rochester, NY and now resides in Naples, FL with her loving husband Jim and their two wonderful labs (Riley and Lincoln). Sandra graduated from the University of Buffalo with a Business degree. She has spent most of her career working for medical device companies supporting clinicians and their patients. She is very involved organizing mission trips for the company who employs her. Sandra has gone on mission trips in Costa Rica, Peru, and most recently Puerto Rico after the hurricane. She became a Christian at the age of 12 and thanks the testimony of her 94 year old Grandmother. 

James Nici


James is the Manager of Nici Law Firm, with more than 20 years of experience specializing in the areas of estate planning administration and taxation. James, a “Top 100 Attorney” by Worth Magazine, is the sole developer of The Strategic Estate Planning System ® which assists clients in the process of organizing highly detailed plans delivering the legal documents that support their complex estate plans and provide a visual image of their plan. James is Board Certified in Wills, Trusts and Estates by the Florida Bar Association and is a member of the Bar’s Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section and a member of the Collier Country Bar Association. James is a frequent speaker to professional and public groups on advanced estate and tax planning techniques. James has served as associate editor of the Florida Will and Trust Forms Manual. He has been the recipient of numerous professional awards. 

James was born in Astoria, New York, graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from Tulane University, and obtained his Juris Doctorate from Stetson University College of Law and his Master of Laws in Taxation from the University Of Florida Levin College Of Law. James is a dedicated father of three and has been a dedicated member of a local church for over 20 years. James has served on the board of directors of the Boys & Girls Club of Collier County, the Immokalee Foundation and Florida Southwestern College. 

James is an avid supporter of the Boy Scouts of America, supporter and former board member of the Florida Trail Association and other outdoor related charitable organizations.