Mr. Gene Nara
Head of School
Mr. Nara has been a resident of Naples since 1977 when he moved with his wife and 8 children from Ohio. He was an administrator, coach, and teacher with Collier County Public Schools from 1977 until retiring in 2004. He has over 52 years of experience beginning his career in Ohio in 1962. Gene’s wife, Maggie, suffered a stroke and he was her caregiver for 7 years until she passed away in 2013. Shortly after, he decided to get back into his beloved field of education and accepted the Head of School position at RPA. He is a graduate of Findley College in Ohio and received his Master’s Degree in Education from Bowling Green State University.
Mr. Scott Baier, M.S.E., MA
Dean of Students/Director of Security
Mr. Baier is returning for his 14th year at Royal Palm Academy, and his 17th year working in the field of education. In addition to his dean duties, he has taught 5th grade, Catholic Formation Class, Latin, History, and Geography. As head of security for the academy and a licensed Security Officer in the state of Florida, Mr. Baier works closely with the School Security Consortium of Collier County and the Collier County Sheriff’s Office to ensure a safe and secure environment for the RPA family. Before becoming an educator, he served as an Intelligence Analyst for the U.S. Army in Arizona, Germany, and Bosnia-Hercegovina. Mr. Baier holds a B.A. in Criminal Justice from the State University of New York at Plattsburgh, a M.A. in Human Relations from Oklahoma University, and a M.S. in Educational Leadership from the University of Dayton.
Mrs. Estella Zeik
This is Mrs. Zeik’s 9th year at RPA, this year as our Academic Dean. She is responsible for the supervision of curriculum and instruction in Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 5. She received her B.A. in Science of the Family at the John Paul II Institute in Monterrey and has earned two Master’s Degrees, one in Education and the second in Education Administration. She has also served our school as a Preschool and Catholic Formation teacher for the middle school.
Mr. Frodsham came to RPA in August, 2013 after relocating from Alabama. He has served as chief financial officer at two colleges. His expertise extends to human resources, information technology, security, physical plant operation, food services, and athletic program support. He graduated from Princeton University with a bachelor of arts degree in economics. He has an MBA in finance and international business from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and post-graduate work from the Institute for Educational Management, Harvard University.
Ms. Susan O’Malley
Admissions and Marketing Coordinator
This will be Ms. O’Malley’s fifth year as our Admissions and Marketing Coordinator. Ms. O’Malley earned a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Maryland and a B.A. in Teacher Education from The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey. From 1998 until 2005, Ms. O’Malley taught grades second through sixth at the George L. Hess Educational Complex, a nationally recognized Blue Ribbon School in Mays Landing, New Jersey. There, she implemented the co-teaching models for Math and Language Arts, served on the Language Arts Management Committee, and co-chaired the Character Education Committee for which she organized the program’s meetings and guest speakers. Ms. O’Malley moved to Naples to teach third grade at The Community School of Naples for four years. Prior to teaching, Susan spent 14 years in Hotel Management in Washington, D.C. and New York City.
Mrs. Karen Evans
Business Department & Events Coordinator
Mrs. Evans is returning for her 9th year at Royal Palm Academy. Karen is originally from New Jersey, and moved to Florida 14 years ago. Prior to joining RPA, she was an Administrative Assistant at St. John Neumann High School for six years. Karen now works as an Administrative Assistant in the Business Office, events coordinator for all school events, and facilitates our lunch program.
Mrs. Pat Bolser
Receptionist & Administrative Assistant to the Head of School
Mrs. Bolser is returning to RPA for her 15th year. She is originally from Cincinnati, Ohio where she attended the University of Cincinnati, majoring in elementary education. She joined the RPA team assisting in the Admissions Office. Mrs. Bolser has been our Receptionist and this will be her 5th year as Administrative Assistant to the Head of School. Prior to joining RPA, she was the bookkeeper for her family owned and operated business here in Naples for 21 years.
Mrs. Joyce Witt
Mrs. Witt returns for her fourth year, this being her third year as Advancement Manager in the Development Department. She previously taught Technology classes here at RPA and in Hillsborough County Public Schools and holds a teaching certificate in Business Education and Middle Grades English. Originally from Indiana, Mrs. Witt earned a B.A. in Accounting with a minor in Spanish from Ball State University and has lived in Florida 18 years. Prior to her career in education, she held a variety of business positions including corporate auditor, marketing/advertising director, editor and staff writer. Mrs. Witt works closely with the staff, parents, and most directly with the head of school in overseeing and promoting fundraising.