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The Children’s Advocacy Center of SWFL welcomes new Board member Karen Hawes and selects Officers

By August 31, 2023September 20th, 2023News, Press Releases

The Children’s Advocacy Center of SWFL (CAC) announces the addition of a new member to its Board of Directors: Karen Hawes, retired Lee County manager & current Milliner, Hats by Hawes

Karen and her husband Richard moved to Florida in 1984. Throughout her career with the Lee County government, she held various positions and established progressive social programs that gained national recognition. She was honored for her work after hurricane Charley and later became the County Manager before retiring in 2012. In retirement, she started a Millinery business creating unique designer hats for special events here and internationally. She is married with four children, three grandchildren, and two fur babies.

“The knowledge and length of Karen’s dedication to the social service needs in Lee County and her commitment to its citizens makes her a perfect addition to our CAC board “said Julie Boudreaux, CEO of CAC

The new CAC Slate of officers are Board President; Jake Spanberger, Entech IT Consulting, Vice President; John Clinger of Clinger, Sizemore & Associates, Merrill Lynch, Treasurer; John Pearson, Fiddlesticks, Secretary; Karla Y. Campos- Andersen Esq., and Past President, Cole Peacock of C3 Investments. Other board members include Charles Idelson, Executive VP & Regional President, Busey Bank; Jessica Walker, Marketing & PR Manager for Markham Norton Mosteller Wright & Co.; Dr. Martin Sherman, Retired Pediatrician; Sgt. Yadi Perez-Luna, Youth Services, LCSO; and Emily Hunter, Communications & Legislative Coordinator, Hendry County Board of County Commissioners; Norman Lutz, CEO, Iron Ridge Insurance Services; Greg Blurton, VP of Commercial Lending & Business Development, Edison National Bank; Brian Cassell, CFO, Storm Smart; Jonathan Gabel, President, Priority Business Solutions; Karen Hawes, Milliner, “Hats By Hawes”.


About Children’s Advocacy Center of Southwest Florida
Since 1981, Children’s Advocacy Center of Southwest Florida, Inc. (CAC), a United Way partner agency, has worked to improve the lives of children and their families through a coordinated response to child abuse and neglect, offering them a safe and friendly environment in which to heal. CAC provides abuse determination services as well as therapeutic counseling, parenting education, advocacy and prevention programs in Lee, Hendry, Glades, and Charlotte Counties. All services are provided free of charge. For more information, please call (239) 939-2808 or visit www.cac-swfl.org.