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
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. As Vice President, Ms. Johnson oversees public and media relations, marketing and advertising, social media, special events, government affairs, speaking engagements, fund development and the Southwest Florida Goodwill Foundation. Johnson is
co-chair of the organization’s family strengthening committee, where she helped to spearhead the “How’s Life” movement and continues to help drive many of its initiatives.
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.
Johnson is a member of the Florida Goodwill Association Marketing division, The Goodwill Industries International Advocacy Team, The Goodwill Industries International Comma Club, Association of Fundraising Professionals, a board member of the Gulf Coast Fundraising Society of Executives, the Southwest Florida Planned Giving Society, the committee chair of the Goodwill Festival of Trees,
and a board member of HOPE Clubhouse.
Bill Martin, Treasurer
Denise Anderson is currently an Executive Director for LeeSar Regional Service Center. Denise has her undergraduate degree in nursing from Indiana University and a Masters in Business Management from Indiana Wesleyan University. She grew up in Indiana, and relocated to sunny Florida in 2009, She has an extensive background and experience in healthcare for 33 years. Denise volunteers for various organizations and serves on several local boards. Denise has two children, Aaron and Andrew, who also live here in Florida. She is very excited to be elected to the HOPE Clubhouse Board of Directors and plans on being an active board member.
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. 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.
Ms. Ferrell graduated from Edison State College with an 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.
Dan McGahey serves as Principal Architect for the firm Gora/McGahey Architects. He joined the firm in 1984 and became partner in 1986. He is responsible for all facets of office and project management. His special areas of concentration include project delivery, code compliance, construction document production and
contract administration. In Mr. McGahey’s role in the firm as Principal-in-Charge,
he has managed a wide array of project types through the years. He has developed expertise in educational facilities, senior living communities, clubhouses, and adaptive re-use of various types of buildings.
He had been the firm’s trouble shooter when called upon as a forensic expert to analyze problems with existing buildings. He has instilled a culture in Gora/McGahey, to produce well coordinated, code compliant construction documents, which are hailed by SW Florida Building Plan review agencies as among the best they see during the permitting process. This enables the firm’s clients and contractors to move through the permitting process without unnecessary delays, and reduces unanticipated project expenses.
Mr. McGahey has developed his keen interest in proper building envelope design
and environmental concerns, into a twenty year pursuit of sustainable
“green building” solutions. Due to his leadership in this area of practice,
Gora/McGahey has been a leader in sustainable architecture in Southwest Florida.
Mr. McGahey received his Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Minnesota.
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.
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.
Gregory W. Goetz, Legal Counsel
Debra Webb, Executive Director