Fort Myers, FL, April 19, 2016 --(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, announce new officers and welcome four new members to their board of directors.
Jan-Erik Hustrulid, Business Development Coordinator at Owen-Ames-Kimball Company, was elected chair of the board. Tracie Bagans, Regional Field Services Manager at FPL, was elected vice chair, and Susan Ryan, Director of Finance and Operations at Canterbury School, was elected secretary/treasurer.
Four new members have been selected to serve on the board of directors. The new members are David Ciccarello, Civil and Litigation Attorney with the Wilbur Smith Law Firm, Luis Insignaires, family Law Attorney with Luis E. Insignaires Attorneys at Law, Li-Su Javedan, former healthcare executive and community contributor, and Terri Wade, Human Resources Manager, Modular Document Solutions.
Returning board members include Kim Agypt, Cindie Barker, Pamela Beckman, Kenny Brewer, Caryn Clark, John Grey, Neil LeClair and Violetta Yerrid.
“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.”
For more information about The Heights Foundation and The Heights Center 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 780 children live in a mixture of single-family homes and multi-family apartments. Demographically, the population is approximately 70% Hispanic, 20% African-American, and 8% 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.