Chris Straton

Chris Straton holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan and a Masters of Science in Management from Pace University in New York City.

She began her career with Michigan Bell Telephone Company as a long distance operator in high school.  Her career took her to A.T.&T. where she was a District Manager in Strategic Planning.  Upon returning to Michigan, she retired as District Manager, Access Charges, where she was responsible for developing the financial relationship between the local telephone company and the long distance carriers.

She and her husband, Carter fell in love with Naples in 1985 and became full time residents in 1986.  Her community involvement in Naples included Chair of the Environmental Advisory Committee to the Board of County Commissioner, Vice Chair of the Citizens Advisory Committee to the Metropolitan Planning Commission, Vice Chair of the Second District Property Owners Association, President of the American Association of University Women, President of the Collier County Audubon Society and President of the League of Women Voters of Collier County.

Upon the death of her beloved Carter in 2010, she focused her energies on the arts.  She currently is a member of the Naples Philharmonic League, Friends of Art, Naples Botanical Garden, and Naples Music Club.

While she has never received any musical training, she does enjoy playing her native American flute for relaxation.