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SWFL Children’s Charities, Inc. is pleased to introduce its 2018-2019 board of directors, recently elected during the organization’s annual trustee meeting to serve a two-year term. The 2018-2019 board of directors is led by Sandy Stilwell-Youngquist as president and Jason Stephens as vice president, in addition to Debbie Toler as vice president of public relations, Elaine Hawkins as past president and treasurer and Brooke Denson as secretary.  

SWFL Children’s Charities, Inc. board members are responsible for supporting the operations and mission of the nonprofit and administering funds that support local organizations committed to pediatric health care and education, with a new focus on mental and behavioral health. Officers are also responsible for overseeing the planning and execution of the organization’s 2019 Southwest Florida Wine & Food Fest, a signature fundraising event featuring world-class cuisine, renowned vintners and a spirited live auction.

SWFL Children’s Charities, Inc. is pleased to announce the appointment of Heidi Taulman as its new executive director. In her new role, Taulman will steer SWFL Children’s Charities, Inc. in its mission to support local organizations committed to pediatric health care and education, with a primary focus on mental and behavioral health.

“Heidi brings a wealth of knowledge from her years in the nonprofit and mental health industries, and we know that her experience and innovative approach will be of great value to SWFL Children’s Charities, Inc. and our efforts to serve local nonprofits,” said Sandy Stilwell, president of the board of directors for SWFL Children’s Charities, Inc. “We are thrilled to leverage Heidi’s expertise and passion as our organization transitions its focus to mental and behavioral health, working together to shine a brighter light on mental illness and the growing demand for mental health services in our region.”

Taulman brings more than 10 years of experience in organizational management, marketing, community relations, communications and development to her role with SWFL Children’s Charities, Inc. Prior to joining the organization, she served as the general manager of Cape Coral Plumbing, marketing manager at Lee County Port Authority, executive director for Lee BIA Builders Care, director of communications and development at Lee Building Industry Association, and held several public relations and development roles at Lee Mental Health Center, Inc.