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Natural Awakenings Naples and Fort Myers

Reader Spotlight

Work: Regional Director of Resource Development for Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Sun Coast, covering Lee, Collier and Hendry counties. 


Proudest achievement: Raising funds that have had major impacts on the organizations “I have served and in turn the communities served by these organizations. Whether it was obtaining the funds to build a state-of-the-art broadcast center in a public media station, or to raise support for hiring an environmental reporter, and raising funds to create exhibits and facilities for community members to enjoy at a local science center in addition to garnering support to provide professionally supported one-to-one mentoring to youth facing adversity—these are the things that fill my heart with joy and pride.” 

Expectations for the future: “To continue to collaborate with others, working together to contribute to the greater good.”

Favorite websites: “I regularly tune into Facebook to learn of cool events taking place and I follow several Instagram accounts focused on wellness of the mind, body and soul (too many to list).” 

Local or global causes supported: Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Sun Coast, Dress for Success, Goodwill, Girls Going Places, The IMAG History & Science Center. 

Favorite thing about Natural Awakenings: Focus on healthy living and educational items about all that is healthy. “I especially enjoy learning about healthy eating and wellness practices, along with area establishments offering wellness services.” 

Most frequented healthy food restaurant: Masala Mantra – The Indian Bistro in Cape Coral.

Where I pick up my copy of Natural Awakenings: I get them from Lisa Doyle-Mitchell, who hands them out at the Above Board Chamber each month. I used to get them at Mother Earth’s Natural Foods before they closed their doors.

How I support my community: “Beyond working for a nonprofit that serves youth facing adversity, I provide what I can in terms of philanthropic support to area, as well as volunteering and networking. Networking is a powerful tool, and through it, I bring community members together and/or join with them to increase impact through collective efforts. 

Favorite Quote: “Do one thing every day that scares you” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt.

What I am doing to be the change I want to see in the world: “Treating others with respect; living in the solution and not the problem; approaching all challenges with the mindset that there is always a solution.”