The business and affairs of the North Collier Fire Control and Rescue District are conducted and administered by a Board of Fire Commissioners elected by residents of the District. Fire Commissioners set policy, approve the annual budget, levy taxes and provide direction and guidance to staff.
J. CHRISTOPHER LOMBARDO
Seat 4 (At Large)
Term Expires November 2020
Meet Commissioner Lombardo
Mr. Lombardo brings years of Fire Commission experience to North Collier Fire, having served on the North Naples Fire Control and Rescue District’s Board of Fire Commissioners from 1998 to 2014, many of those years as Chairman.
A partner with Woodward, Pires & Lombardo, P.A., Fire Commissioner Lombardo has been a Naples civil trial attorney for more than 30 years. He served Everglades City as City Attorney for 20 years.
Mr. Lombardo has been a supporter of the Naples community in many capacities. He served on the Friends of Collier County Museum board for eight years, five as Chair, overseeing a $2,500,000 capital campaign to expand the museum. An Eagle Scout with the Boy Scouts of America (BSA), Lombardo was a Scoutmaster of Troop 2001, adviser of Venture Crew 2001, as well as the past adviser for the Statewide Order of the Arrow. In his youth, he served as a High Adventure Ranger for the BSA National High Adventure Programs. Commissioner Lombardo also served as the District Chairman of Scouting for Collier County.
Currently, Mr. Lombardo is Chair of the Golisano Children’s Museum of Naples. He has championed the development of new programs and exhibits that encourage children to participate in art, science and engineering.
Mr. Lombardo has also provided his service as an auctioneer for a variety of charitable organizations, including Naples Art Association, Bonita Springs Art Association, Bonita Springs Rotary, North Naples Rotary, North Naples Optimists Club, the American Cancer Society, the Cancer Association of Naples, the American Heart Association, the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, the Community School of Naples, the Friends of the Collier County Museum, the Friends of the Marco Island Charter School, the Friends of the Marco Island Library, the Friends of the Everglades Museum, the Golisano Children’s Museum of Naples, the Naples Quilters and many other local charities. His efforts have resulted in more than $4,000,000 raised for local charities.
In the past, Mr. Lombardo served the Florida Bar as a member of the Board of Governors and as Chair of the 1999 Annual Meeting; the Chair of the Gender Bias Commission; the Chair of the Equal Opportunity Commission; a Governor of the Young Lawyers Board of Governors; Chair of the 20th Judicial Circuit Fee Arbitration Committee and served on the Special Committee to study the Florida Constitution Amendment process.
Mr. Lombardo was instrumental in creating the opportunity for the District to merge with Big Corkscrew Island Fire Control and Rescue District.
NORMAN E. FEDER
Seat 3 (North Naples Service Delivery Area)
Term Expires November 2020
Meet Commissioner Feder
Norman Feder (pronounced “Feeder”) has served the community by applying his proven leadership, strategic planning and organizational management skills during a distinguished 35-year career in State and County Senior Management.
Prior to his retirement, Mr. Feder served as the Administrator for the Collier County Transportation Services Division. In 2000, in response to Collier County’s transportation crisis resulting from explosive growth and a lack of commitment to needed improvements during the decade of the 1990’s, Mr. Feder took on the challenge of correcting years of neglect by assuming the role of the County’s first Transportation Division Administrator. In this capacity, Mr. Feder built more than 240 lane miles of new roads, established the Collier Area Transit (CAT) System, increased outsourcing and enhanced operations and maintenance of the transportation systems. The backlog of deficient roadways was addressed and travel times were reduced on beautifully landscaped roads that enhanced property values and the character of the community.
Mr. Feder also oversaw the consolidation of the Transportation Division and the Community Development and Environmental Services Division into the current Growth Management Division, reducing the number of department directors and realigning the reduced staffing to effectively and efficiently maintain established service levels.
Prior to working for Collier County, Mr. Feder opened the first office for the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) in Ft. Myers in 1986 as the District One Director of Planning and Programs, as well as the Director of the Southwest Area Office. From 1982-1986, he was the Manager of FDOT’s Policy and Planning Section in Tallahasee where he effectively lobbied the Florida Legislature to rewrite the Florida Transportation Code and for approval of the first Statewide Transportation Policy Plan. Also in Tallahassee, Mr. Feder served as a Governmental Analyst in the Governor’s Office, was a Senior Planner in the former Division of State Planning and a Planner for the City of Tallahassee.
Commissioner Feder holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Urban Studies from Northeastern University in Boston, MA, a Master’s Degree in Planning from Florida State University and is also a member of the Institute of Certified Planners and a Class VII graduate of Greater Naples Leadership.
JAMES A. CALAMARI
Seat 5 (At Large)
Term Expires November 2020
Meet Commissioner Calamari
Originally hailing from Long Island, New York, Mr. Calamari has lived in North Collier for more than two decades.
In public service since 1984, and in emergency services since 1989, Mr. Calamari’s past experience includes working for the New York City Fire Department prior to moving to Florida. After his move to Florida, his fire service continued with volunteering for several years at the former Golden Gate Fire Department where he also served two years as president for their firefighters’ association.
Since 2001, in his role as Deputy Commander of a national disaster medical team, Mr. Calamari has responded to numerous disaster emergencies including Hurricane Katrina in Louisiana in 2005, Hurricane Ike in Texas in 2008, Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico in 2017 and Hurricane Lane in Hawaii in 2018.
During the response to the devastating hurricane season of 2004, Mr. Calamari ran the Disaster Recovery Centers in Southwest Florida and was awarded commendations for his dedication and efforts.
Mr. Calamari graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Hodges University in Naples, and was honored with Sigma Beta Delta International Honor Society membership.
Meet Commissioner Burke
For numerous years, Jim Burke has been an active and involved public servant within Pelican Bay, North Naples and Collier County. He has served in leadership positions on the Pelican Bay Services Division Board of Directors, as well as the Collier County Coastal Advisory Committee.
In addition, Mr. Burke is a founding member and Secretary-Treasurer of the Citizens Transportation Coalition of Collier County. He is an active participant in the Collier County Commission District 2 Advisory Committee.
Mr. Burke is an active volunteer with Collier Harvest and uses his St. William Knights of Columbus membership to help raise money for various Collier County charitable organizations. He is a native of upstate New York, having graduated from LeMoyne College, Syracuse, NY with a B.S. in Industrial Relations.
Following a career with Proctor & Gamble, Holiday Inns Hotel Co. and Promus Hotel Co., he retired to Naples. Widowed, the father of five and grandfather of ten, Mr. Burke spends his time in public service and his leisure with his grandchildren.
CHRISTOPHER L. CROSSAN
Seat 1 (Big Corkscrew Island Service Delivery Area)
Term Expires November 2020
Meet Commissioner Crossan
Mr. Crossan brings more than nine years of Fire Commission service to the North Collier Fire Board, having served from 2006 through 2014 on the Big Corkscrew Island Fire Control and Rescue District Board.
Born in Naples 1972, Mr. Crossan was raised by a single mother who instilled in him a source of inspiration for her work ethic. He is married to Jennifer Crossan, a 2nd grade school teacher, and they have a nine year old daughter, Ava, and a seven year old son, Ethan.
Commissioner Crossan is dedicated in a commitment to all district residents to providing the highest level of protection for the lives and property of all district residents.
Past experience which allows Mr. Crossan to serve the district so diligently includes a Degree in Fire Science as well as past education in the roles of Fire Inspector, Fire Investigator, Hazardous Material Technician, Florida Public Safety Educator, CPR Instructor, Public Information Officer and Emergency Medical Technician.