Changing Lives Through HOPE
HOPE Clubhouse of Southwest Florida, Inc.
Meet our Board!
William Madaus, Chair
"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 Managment 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, and currently serves on its Executive Committee.
Shawn Seliger, Vice-Chair
Shawn Seliger is the owner and managing attorney at the "Law Office of Shawn Seliger". Mr. Seliger graduated from the University of California - Davis with an A.B. in Political Science in 1993. Before becoming an attorney, he served as an inner city high school teacher at George Washington Preparatory High School in South Central Los Angeles. While there, he made a difference in the lives of many disadvantaged students. He formed a student court that taught inner city children the positive aspects of our judicial system, served as an Impact Drug and Alcohol Counselor, and worked closely with members of the California Department of Corrections to promote prevention of juvenile crime and substance abuse.
Mr. Seliger graduated from Southern Illinois University School of Law in 2001, where he excelled in legal debate and won high honors in the John J. Gibbons National Criminal Procedure Moot Court Competition at Seton Hall University in 2001. While in law school, he served as a research assistant for family law Professor Rebecca J. O'Neill and as a judicial clerk to the Honorable Paul S. Murphy, First Judicial
Circuit of Illinois.
Following law school, Mr. Seliger served as a Certified Legal Intern and then as an Assistant State Attorney in north Florida. From 2003 to 2005, he served as an Assistant Public Defender in both Charlotte and Lee Counties for over two years. Prior to founding the Law Office of Shawn Seliger, he was in private legal practice for over five years at the Bergermann & Seliger Law Firm.
Today, Shawn Seliger concentrates his legal practice in the areas of family and marital law, real estate law and criminal defense. Mr. Seliger is actively involved in numerous civic and legal organizations, generously giving to help his community and make it an even greater place to live. www.southwestfloridalawyer.com
Carolyn A. Johnson, Secretary
Johnson has been in the communications business for more than 21 years. Before her employment with Goodwill Industries, she worked for Waterman Broadcasting, an NBC News affiliate. She later worked for a small Public Relations agency before starting her career at Goodwill.
She is a graduate of the University of Florida-Go Gators! - where she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Communications. Carolyn and her husband Jerry are raising two children, ages 11 and 8, which keep them very busy with extracurricular activities.
Bill Martin, Treasurer
Shirley FerrellShirley Ferrell began working in title insurance in Fort Myers, Florida at Executive Title Insurance Services, one of the largest title companies in Southwest Florida. She then worked as a closing officer for Heritage Title Insurance Limited. She was a title insurance closer working with sales of homes and refinances. She was also a rental coordinator for VIP Realty Group. Ms. Ferrell is a native Floridian and graduated from Edison State College with Associate of Sciences degrees in Legal Assisting and General Business. Ms. Ferrell is a founding clubhouse member of HOPE Clubhouse.
Kathryne A. King
Kathryne King has served for two years on the Board of Directors of HOPE Clubhouse of Southwest Florida. She started an import jewelry business, Kappy King Imports, and employed sales representatives from around the country. She was a business manager for a wholesale showroom and a Sales Representative for Paul Revere Life and Disability Insurance, Westwood Lamps and other lighting companies on the East Coast of Florida. She is currently a part owner of a business in Atlanta. Ms. King attended both Marymount College and Emory University.
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 HOPE Clubhouse to help people like her sons live more fulfilling lives.
Andrea Prather has recently joined the Board of Directors of HOPE Clubhouse of Southwest Florida. She is currently on the United Way New Allocations Team and is on the Board of Directors for the PACE Center for Girls. She also co-chaired the Grand Dames Tea which honors the female spirit by sharing the wisdom of an older generation of women with the younger generation of PACE girls. She volunteered with the American Heart Association and helped with the annual Heart Balls. She also organized the Children’s Program at the Ritz-Carlton Naples. "Ms. Prather" volunteered with Up With People and Habitat for Humanity promoting peace among nations while building homes, hospitals and schools. Ms. Prather is also a singer who has worked with the Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre. She graduated from Florida State University with a Bachelor of Arts in English and a minor in Communications.
Dennis Rehak was born in Cleveland, Ohio on March 8, 1951. He moved to Miami at a young age. He attended public schools in Miami and graduated from Miami Norland High.
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 a Juris Doctor degree in 1976. HE successfully sat for the bar examination in 1976 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. 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 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.
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.
In 2008, Ms. Smith was elected Public Defender for the 20th Judicial Circuit 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.
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.
Debra Webb, Executive Director