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April 2017

Karen Watson, Executive Director

Karen Watson – Executive Director

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Karen Watson, Executive DirectorKaren Putman Watson, MSW grew up in Fort Myers, FL. She is married to Fred Watson and has two adult daughters and three grandchildren. She is 2008 alumni of Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU), where she acquired a Master Degree in Social Work. She also has a Child Development Associate Degree and Directors Credential. Karen worked 22 years for the School District of Lee County where she taught Head Start, working with pregnant moms and infant and toddlers. For 10 years, she was devoted to modeling best practices, providing resources, advocating for moms and children 0-3 years and teaching moms to be their child’s first best teacher while providing tutoring and operating a Family Home Child Care.

Fueled by frustration and optimism, she returned to higher education to earn a master’s degree in social work from FGCU. Through her years of working with the School District of Lee County and regular home visits, she came to believe that poor parenting was the root cause of impoverished students’ social, developmental and nutritional obstacles. Karen wanted to teach the parents to be the best parent they could be and give children a winning start before entering school. With graduate studies focused on mental illness in women and children, a former professor who saw the concern and commitment she had for children and women in her community inspired her to volunteer at Our Mother’s Home.

Karen currently serves on the Curriculum Advisory Committee of the School District of Lee County and the Board of Directors of RICO (Redeeming Influence Community Outreach).

Karen served one year as Vice President of Our Mother’s Home and a year and a half as President. In June 2011, Karen became the Executive Director of Our Mother’s Home.

In 2012 Karen became a graduate of The Greater Fort Myers Chamber Leadership. In her commitment to the community, she have served as Health Chairperson for The National Association for Advancement of Colored People, volunteers for Red Cross and is a mentor for Footsteps to the Future for young single mothers. In 2015 she was awarded the Golden Baby Shoe Award for her contribution of Social Service to help give babies a Healthy Start in life and in 2016 was recognized an Excellent Administrative Professional and Florida Gulf Coast University, Soaring Eagle. Karen founded Impact Dunbar in 2016 an initiative to impact women and children in the Dunbar Community through the Southwest Florida Community Foundation. She has been featured in several magazines such as E’Bella, Pennicle of FGCU, Parent and Child and Granduer.

Karen and her husband Fred are members of Mount Hermon Ministries and serves on varies committees.

Chair #20

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Sponsored By: Summerlin Jake’s Seafood & Steaks

Painted By: Janet Vince and Sandy Stilwell

This pair of fun, island style rocking chairs were hand painted by Captiva Island Artist, Janet Vince & Captiva Island Restaurant Owner, Sandy Stilwell!

These are the only chairs in our collection that are available for online bidding from now through May 12th. We’ll complete the bidding offline at our Chair-A-Tea Party on May 13th with the minimum bid set to the highest amount bid online.

Display Location:

Summerlin Jake’s Seafood & Steaks
17501 Harbour Pointe Drive
Fort Myers, FL 33908.

Please use the form below to place an online bid for CHAIR #20.

CURRENT BID: $250

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Chair #10

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Sponsored By: Larue Pest Management

Painted By: Marin Asher

Fort Myers pest control company, Larue Pest Management sponsored this hand painted Adirondack chair.

This dragonfly chair was painted in honor of Florida’s natural pest control providers. Dragonflies are insect predators. Many can be seen patrolling over ponds or parking lots, feasting on no-see’ums and mosquitoes. Others perch on branches or reeds, waiting to ambush the next fly to bumble by.

Next time you see one zip across your yard, consider saying thanks to the dragonfly for helping to control the pest population.

Display Location

Bahama Breeze
14701 S Tamiami Trail
Fort Myers, FL 33912

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Chair #90

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Sponsored By: I-Topian Optical

Painted By: Brittany Sibert

I-Topian Optical sponsored this beautiful highchair hand painted by Brittany Sibert of BAS Arts.

Delicate flowers adorn this colorful little highchair.

Display Location:

I-Topian Optical
Shops at Jamaica Bay
15245 S Tamiami Trail
Fort Myers, FL 33908

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