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Board of Directors

HOPE Clubhouse of Southwest Florida, Inc.

Meet our board!

William C. Martin, Board Chair

William Martin is a Vice President and Lending Officer at FineMark National Bank & Trust. He has an extensive background in banking and has served as a Vice President of Edison National Bank and Senior Vice President of Reliance Bank, FSB. He has served on the Rotary Club of Cape Coral Gold Coast and the Post President, Treasurer and Director. He also serves on the Allocations Team with the United Way.

Susan Okon, Ed.D., OTR/L, Vice Chair

Dr. Susan Okon is an Assistant Professor at Florida Gulf Coast University, in the Department of Occupational Therapy and Community Health. She has extensive experience in working with Psychosocial Rehabilitation at Hope Clubhouse. She has also authored many research articles on the effectiveness of Clubhouses and people with mental illness.

Carolyn Johnson, Secretary

Carolyn Johnson is the Vice President of Communications and Development at Goodwill Industries of Southwest Florida. She has been with the organization for 14 years, where she began as the organization’s Public Relations Manager. In addition, she is a member of the Gulf Coast Fundraising Society of Executives, the Southwest Florida Planned Giving Society, and the committee chair of the Goodwill Festival of Trees. Mrs. Johnson is a graduate of the University of Florida, where she earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications. Mrs. Johnson has been instrumental in helping Hope Clubhouse partner with Goodwill Industries, particularly in the areas of employment. Mrs. Johnson sits on the Clubhouse Program Committee.

Ronald Gavin, Treasurer

Ronald Gavin is Owner, Vice Chairman, and Director of Gavin’s Ace Hardware, Inc. in South Fort Myers. He started in the hardware industry at the age of 15. As an Eagle Scout, Ron Gavin came home from a two-week canoe trip up into Canada with the Boy Scouts and began his Ace career at Kin-Ko Ace Stores in Downers’ Grove, Illinois. He attended the College of DuPage at Glen Elynn, Illinois from 1974-1976. In 1980, Mr. Gavin was promoted to store manager of Kin-Ko’s Ace Hardware store located at their corporate headquarters. In 1981, he was selected from Kin-Ko’s chain of five stores to take the Advanced Dale Carnegie Course: Skills or Team Success. Mr. Gavin was honored in Springfield, Illinois with a Ph.D. (“Professional Hardware Degree”). He was one of only three to be so honored in the State of Illinois, and received 100% correct on the seventeen-chapter Hardware Test that year. In October 1987, Gavin’s Ace Hardware was incorporated in Fort Myers, Florida. He has held the position of Major Market Chairperson for the Southwest Florida Ace Hardware Dealers multiple times. He is currently a member of the United Way 17 Allocation Committee. He is also an Araba Shriner; a Scottish Rite Mason;

William Madaus, Ed.D.

William Madaus received a Bachelor of Science degree from College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA, a Masters in Counseling from Assumption College in Worcester, MA, and an Ed.D. in Counseling and Psychology from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, MA. Dr. Madaus also holds a Certificate of Advanced Study in Mental Health Management from the NIMH Staff College. Dr. Madaus is retired from his career as a clinical psychologist and an Executive of Mental Health Centers in Massachusetts. He has served as Senior Vice President of Behavioral Health Services at Northeast Hospital Corporation and President and CEO of Health and Education Services, a comprehensive mental health center that became, under Dr. Madaus’ leadership, the auspice agency of Pioneer House, a highly regarded ICCD Clubhouse in Beverly, MA. A strong advocate for mental health services and the Clubhouse model, Dr. Madaus has been on the ICCD Board of Directors since its incorporation in 1993. Dr. Madaus has been with Hope Clubhouse since 2008 and is the current Chair of the Clubhouse Program Committee.

Shirley Ferrell

Shirley Ferrell began working in title insurance in Fort Myers, Florida at Executive Title Insurance Services, one of the largest title companies in Southwest Florida. Ms. Ferrell is a native Floridian. Ms. Ferrell graduated from Edison State College with Associate of Science degrees in Legal Assisting and General Business. Ms. Ferrell is a founding clubhouse member of Hope Clubhouse.

Kathryne King

Kathryne King has served on the Board of Directors of Hope Clubhouse since 2008. She is a retired business owner from Atlanta, Georgia. Ms. King attended both Marymount College and Emory University. Both Mrs. King and her husband, John, are generous donors to Hope Clubhouse. Mrs. King sits on the Resource Development Committee and is chairperson of the Governance Committee. Ms. King has two sons who are living with mental illness. She believes in the mission of Hope Clubhouse to make the lives of people living with mental illness more fulfilling and to reintegrate them into the workforce. She is dedicated to helping people like her sons live more fulfilling lives.

Dan McGahey

Dan McGahey serves as principal architect for the firm of GMA Architects. He joined the firm in 1984 and became partner in 1986. Mr. McGahey received his Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Minnesota. Mr. McGahey has been a board member since January 2011 and was the architect for the culinary unit renovation project for Hope Clubhouse. Mr. McGahey is a member of the Facilities Committee and a strong supporter of the clubhouse model.

Andrea Prather

Andrea Prather has recently joined the Board of Directors of Hope Clubhouse. She is a past board member of PACE Center for Girls. She has volunteered with the American Heart Association and helped with their annual Heart Balls. Mrs. Prather graduated from Florida State University with a Bachelor of Arts in English and a minor in Communications. Mrs. Prather and her husband, Will, are strong supporters of Hope Clubhouse. As owners of Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre they have continually donated their facilities to our organization for fundraisers. Again this year, they have donated Broadway Palm to us for our annual Mental Health Luncheon and Symposium.

Jeanne Sweeney

Jeanne Sweeney is the CEO/Founder of the Above Board Chamber of Florida which holds monthly meetings in Lee and Collier Counties featuring expert panelists. The organization’s motto is "Doing Business Together with Honesty and Integrity" and she enjoys helping her members maximize their potential. Jeanne is the former CEO of the Christian Chamber of Southwest Florida, which she led for over 13 years. She has more than 25 years experience working with or directing non-profit organizations in Florida and New Jersey. She is married with three children, four grandchildren and one on the way. You will find Jeanne at numerous non-profit events as she works tirelessly on solutions that help those less fortunate in Southwest Florida. "Jeanne" brings a wealth of expertise in the area of fundraising and Friend Raising to HOPE Clubhouse of Southwest Florida.

Dennis Rehak, J.D.

Dennis Rehak, J.D., was born in Cleveland, Ohio on March 8, 1951. He moved to Miami, Florida at a young age. He attended Miami-area public schools, and graduated from Miami Norland High School.

Dennis received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the Florida State University College of Business. Mr. Rehak was on the Dean’s List during his entire tenure at the College of Business, and was invited to join Beta Gamma Sigma, the School of Business honor society. Upon graduation, Mr. Rehak was recognized for his academic achievements during his undergraduate career.

Mr. Rehak attended law school at Florida State University and graduated with the Juris Doctor degree in 1976. He successfully sat for the bar and was admitted to the practice of law the same year. Also in 1976, Mr. Rehak was hired by the Public Defender’s office in Fort Myers and moved to Lee County to begin his career here. He remained with the Public Defender’s office for two years and then opened his own law office in Fort Myers. During his career, Mr. Rehak practiced primarily in the field of criminal defense and appellate practice. He was the first to successfully secure the exoneration and release of a death row inmate through the State of Florida appellate system. He has enjoyed a robust practice since that time. Although Mr. Rehak currently limits his practice, he continues to practice law in the area and maintains an office downtown.

During the course of his professional career, Dennis Rehak has served on several Florida Bar committees, including the evidence and the grievance committees. He also served on the Board of Directors for the Ella Piper Center in Fort Myers. His experience in the criminal courts, as well as personal experience with family members, has made him realize the need for organizations such as Hope Clubhouse. He is thankful for the opportunity to sit on the Board. He hopes to be able to assist the Board and members of Hope Clubhouse in a significant and meaningful way.

Arthur Fleck II

Arthur Fleck II was born and raised in Queens, New York. He attended Pratt Institute in Manhattan, New York, and earned a Bachelor of Architecture degree. He accomplished this while working summers in the family real estate and construction business.

Arthur went to work at NICO, a Manhattan-based construction firm, for several years. Then, he started his own firm, Orion Construction Company. In 1987, he moved to Fort Myers, Florida to join his father in Developing, building, and selling multiple condominium projects.

He also participates as a speaker in Crisis Intervention for Lee County law enforcement.

For two years, Arthur was a Board member for the National Alliance on Mental Illness in Lee County. Arthur is married to Kathy, and they have one son, Arthur.

Kathleen Smith

Kathleen Smith was elected Public Defender for the 20th Judicial Circuit in 2008, serving the citizens of Charlotte, Collier, Hendry, Glades, and Lee Counties. Ms. Smith obtained her BA and Law Degree from The University of Florida, and recently earned her Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Florida Gulf Coast University.

Ms. Smith began her law practice as an assistant Public Defender in 1990. She currently specializes in representing client’s living with mental illness and is a past recipient of Advocate of the Year awarded by Lee Mental Health Inc. Furthermore; Ms. Smith was honored with a Florida Senator’s Proclamation for her advocacy on behalf of mentally ill clients. Because of her passion to assist clients living with and recovering from mental illness and substance abuse issues, Ms. Smith was appointed on behalf of the Florida Public Defender Association to serve on Florida Supreme Court’s Substance Abuse and Mental Health task force.

In addition to Ms. Smith’s role as Public Defender for the 20th Circuit, she is very involved in the community. She is an adjunct professor at Florida Gulf Coast University teaching Constitutional Criminal Procedure. She has served on the Board of Directors for the PACE School for Girls in Lee County, Southwest Florida Addiction Services, Lee Mental Health Inc., and the Institute for Youth and Justice Studies through Florida Gulf Coast University. Lastly, Ms. Smith is also a member of Elk’s Lodge 2596 in Cape Coral. FL. and currently serves in the role of Justice of the Forum.

Putting her Public Administration degree to good use, Ms. Smith’s office has been a recipient of the prestigious Prudential Davis Productivity Award recognizing major government improvement initiatives for 2011, 2012, and 2013.

Regina Britton

Regina Britton is a graduate of the State University of New York at Buffalo, and a licensed professional Civil Engineer with expertise in project management, site design, land surveying, computer aided drafting and design, forensic analysis and expert witness testimony. She was President and Principal Engineer of Landesign Surveyors and Engineers, PC in Williamsville, NY until she moved to Fort Myers in 2007, taking the position of Civil Engineering Department manager at HSA Engineers and Scientists.

“Gina” is currently in the certification process to become a Recovery Peer Specialist with the goals of helping those with mental illness through recovery, advocating and public speaking. Gina is very active in HOPE Clubhouse, assisting with contract management, billing, grant writing, presentations and database management. She is editor of the HOPE Clubhouse newsletter and a member of the Facilities Committee.

Gina has participated as a volunteer for both the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts of America, the Florida K-12 and STEM initiatives and was recently part of a volunteer team who completed an environmental improvement project along the Waccamaw River in South Carolina. She is a member of NAMI, DBSA, Bring Change 2 Mind and has completed the two-week Clubhouse training as well as training in wellness recovery action planning and Continuous Quality Improvement through NAMI and the Florida CLEAR program.

Gina is the proud mother of two sons, Cpl. Zane Britton, USMC and Joshua, who is a pre-law student at SUNY Albany, and one daughter, Raea, who attends Gulf Middle School in Cape Coral.

Dottie Pacharis

Dottie Pacharis is retired from a law firm in Washington, D.C. She and her husband divide their time between Fort Myers Beach, Florida and West River, Maryland.

Dottie is the author of Mind on the Run: A Bipolar Chronicle, a book about her son’s 13-year struggle with bipolar disorder and his family’s battle with a mental health system that rejected their attempts to obtain timely treatment for him. As a result of her experiences, she has become an advocate for mental health care treatment reforms that would eliminate barriers to treatment and improve care for individuals with the most severe mental illnesses.

Dottie is a guest speaker at many mental health organizations along the east coast and has written numerous editorials featured in the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Times, the Guardian, the News-Press, and Ground Report.

Stephanie Miller

Stephanie Miller formed Select Real Estate by Stephanie Miller Inc. in 1990 having been an active broker in Southwest Florida since 1980. Her expertise includes property acquisition, financing, zoning development and resale.

Mrs. Miller has a strong commitment to both her profession and the community. She is an Advisory Board Member of the PACE Center for Girls of Lee County, an organization that offers year round counseling and academic services for girls, ages 12-18, who are facing challenges such as foster care, domestic violence, abuse and neglect, death of a parent, substance abuse, and/or family history of incarceration. She has also been involved in the Estero Historical Society, Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs and has also acted as a Guardian Ad Litem and volunteered for HeadStart.

Meet our Chief Executive Officer!

Debra Webb, Chief Executive Officer

Debra Webb is the Chief Executive Officer for HOPE Clubhouse of Southwest Florida. Debra has extensive experience in social services having served as the Founding Executive Director for PACE Center for Girls in Lee County, which provides social services with an educational component to girls who are at risk of dropping out of school. Debra was part of the team that opened the PACE Center for Girls in Lee County about four years ago. Prior to that position, she served as the Chief Development and Communications Officer for the Children’s Network of Southwest Florida where she took up the challenge to implement community based care for foster care and adoption services throughout a five county region. She gained valuable experience when she worked for the Department of Children and Families and was chosen for this position and as one of the team members who were tasked with starting up the project to privatize foster care and adoption services serving over 1800 children.

A graduate of the University of Florida, "Debra" has a Bachelors of Arts Degree in Sociology. She also has a Bachelors Degree of Science in Communications from Florida International University, and her Masters Degree in Public Administration from Hodges University.

HOPE Clubhouse of Southwest Florida is always looking for volunteers who are willing to offer time, talents, and treasures. Please call us anytime at 239-267-1777.

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