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Board of Directors

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Get to know the Board of Directors for Parrish Charter Academy:
Mark McCabe



Mark has been a resident of Naples since 1982 and graduated from Lely High School in 1984. He earned his Degree from Florida Atlantic University in 1988 and works in the banking and lending industry. He is currently employed by Summit Mortgage as the Senior Loan Officer. Mark has been married to Gina for 15 years. They have three young children, Ryan, Sean, and Mary Claire.



Mark started his volunteer work in the educational arena as a SAC committee member of his children’s elementary school in 2005. He went on to serve on a number of Collier County School District Board sub-committees from 2009 through 2013. In addition, he has been a Board Member of three charter schools in Lee County since 2010, Bonita Springs Preparatory Fitness Academy, Ft. Myers Preparatory Fitness Academy, and Cape Coral Preparatory Fitness Academy. In September of 2013, Mark joined the Board of Directors and is currently serving as the Board President.  

Helen Deitriech

Vice President



Mrs. Deitriech is a real estate broker managing the operations of a successful real estate business.  The scope of her responsibilities include research, project planning, transaction coordination, advertising, computer technology integration, rental management and customer service.  Mrs. Deitriech, is also the Vice President and Co-Founder of, Inc., an all-inclusive, interactive social community offering beach related goods and services.  With a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Factors Engineering and Psychology, she worked in both research & design, and applied engineering.  Mrs. Deitriech is a founding board member of Gulf Coast Charter Academy South.  




Gwen DaPore



Ms. DaPore began teaching in 1969 as a fifth grade teacher in Piqua, Ohio. She taught for two years in a township school, K-8, and was convinced early on, that the “Field of Education” was her niche.  She relocated with her family to Centerville, Ohio, enabling a closer commute for her husband’s occupation and subsequent to her second child, began working for the West Carrollton City Schools, in 1972.  She worked for this district the next twenty-nine years, successfully teaching grade levels second through sixth.  

She received excellent interdisciplinary curriculum training that encompassed and fostered student critical thinking skills while working in West Carrollton, via the AIMS Program (Activities Integrating Math and Science) and Talents Unlimited for gifted students. She became one of the paramount trainers of the AIMS Program for her school district, concurrently, with training many teachers throughout the state of Ohio.

Ms. DaPore relocated to Florida in 2009 to assist in creating and building the Prep and Fitness Schools in SW Florida.  She became the principal of Bonita Springs Preparatory and Fitness Academy and facilitated the growth and development of two other Prep and Fitness Academies until they were sold in June of 2013.

She became a Board Member of Gulf Coast Charter Academy South (GCCAS) for the school year 2013-2014.  During 2014-2015, she volunteered at GCCAS by tutoring sixth grade students in math while concurrently evaluating and training new teachers in using effective teaching methods and classroom management techniques.  Her assistance in these areas has been invaluable. She continues to be a dynamic educational leader, which she is now sharing her superior abilities and level of expertise as a Board Member for FORZA.

Dawn Patterson

School Liaison and Title 9 Coordinator

Mike Diaferio (President of PCA’s Family and Friends Association)


8605 Erie Rd.

Parrish, FL 34219


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