Fort Myers, FL, April 15, 2014 --(PR.com
)-- The Heights Foundation and The Heights Center, non-profit organizations that work to build strong, self-sufficient families in the Harlem Heights neighborhood, announced that four new members have been selected to serve on the Board of Directors. The new members are Tracie Bagans, Cindie Barker, Jean Christensen and Jan-Erik Hustrulid.
Tracie Bagans is the Safety Manager at FPL. She joined FPL in 1986, and has a Bachelor’s of Science in Industrial Engineering from the University of Tennessee. She is currently pursuing a Master’s in Environmental Science with a focus on renewable and sustainable technologies. Tracie has been active in national energy policy, holding committee positions with the Edison Electric Institute and the National Action Plan for Energy Efficiency. Additional community involvement includes The Fort Myers South Rotary Club, District Governors Committee and The Cape Coral Rowing Club Board of Directors. Tracie’s daughter, Courtney, grew up in a neighborhood near Harlem Heights.
Cindie Barker has been in the restaurant business her entire career and currently manages the Blue Coyote Supper Club on Sanibel. She was involved in the Heights Elementary PTA when her children attended the school and she is excited to be involved in the Harlem Heights community again. Cindie is the mother of Dylan Ray and Madison Jeanette Barker.
Jean Christensen joined Cypress Cove at HealthPark Florida in February 2011 as the Director of Philanthropy and Resident Life. Jean has been professional fundraiser for more than 20 years with progressive experience in fund development, strategic planning, management, and communications. Prior to joining Cyprus Cove, Jean was a consultant to Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratories in Crested Butte, Colorado and the Director of Development for Goodall Hospital, an acute care facility in Sanford, Maine. Jean has managed development operations that included planned giving, individual, corporate and major gifts, grant writing, special events, donor publications, prospect research, gift processing, financial reporting, information systems, public relations, marketing, donor relations, and stewardship.
Jan-Erik Hustrulid grew up in Colorado, Florida and Sweden. He obtained a Bachelors of Science Degree in Computer Information Systems from Florida Gulf Coast University in 2003. In 2004 he and his twin brother, Björn, opened a real estate office in Bonita Springs appropriately named Twin Realty, Inc. and by 2006 they were selling property throughout Florida. In November 2011 he joined the Owen-Ames-Kimball Company as Business Development Coordinator. He currently serves on the Boards of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Lee County, Bonita Springs-Estero Economic Development Council and is a Board of Trustee for the Charlotte County Cultural Center. He is a graduate of the Leadership Hendry and Glades Counties class of 2013. He is married to his high school sweetheart, Caitlin.
“Serving on the board of thriving non-profits like The Heights Foundation and the Heights Center requires dedication, time and a commitment to improving the community,” said Heights Foundation President and CEO, Kathryn Kelly. “We are grateful to our new, current and past board members for providing their time and talents to make a positive impact on the lives of families in Harlem Heights.”
The Heights Center, supported by the Heights Foundation, is a place for Education, Opportunity, and Enrichment. The Heights Foundation works to build strong, self-sufficient families in the Harlem Heights neighborhood. As a 501(c)3 grassroots organization, the Center’s mission is to promote family and community development, support education, health and wellness, and provide the benefits of enrichment, expressive and cultural arts. For more information visit www.heightsfoundation.org or call (239) 482-7706.
About The Heights Foundation and The Heights Center
The Heights Center, supported by The Heights Foundation, is a place for Education, Opportunity, and Enrichment. The Heights Foundation works to build strong, self-sufficient families in the Harlem Heights neighborhood. As a 501(c)3 grassroots organization, the Center’s mission is to promote family and community development, support education, health and wellness, and provide the benefits of enrichment, expressive and cultural arts.
Harlem Heights was originally settled as a rural agricultural community. Approximately 1,200 children live in a mixture of single-family homes and multi-family apartments. Demographically, the population is approximately 55% Hispanic, 36% African-American, and 9% Caucasian. The poverty rate for children in Harlem Heights is more than twice the county average, with family income 40% below the county average. Families are not able to easily access family support services located in downtown Fort Myers, and benefit greatly from programs located within the neighborhood.