The Heights Foundation is privileged to have an active and dedicated leadership.
Jan-Erik Hustrulid, Chairman of the Board
Jan-Erik grew up in Colorado, Florida and Sweden. He obtained a Bachelors of Science Degree in Computer Information Systems from Florida Gulf Coast University in 2003. His real passion, however, was in the real estate and construction industry so in 2002 he obtained his real estate license. In 2004 he and his twin brother, Björn, opened a real estate office in Bonita Springs appropriately named Twin Realty, Inc. and by 2006 they were selling property throughout Florida. As the real estate market softened he had the opportunity to expand into commercial construction so in November 2011 he joined the Owen-Ames-Kimball Company as Business Development Coordinator. His twin brother continues to operate Twin Realty, Inc. He currently serves on the Boards of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Lee County, Bonita Springs-Estero Economic Development Council and is a Board of Trustee for the Charlotte County Cultural Center. He is a graduate of the Leadership Hendry and Glades Counties class of 2013. He is married to his high school sweetheart, Caitlin.
Tracie Bagans, Vice-Chair
Tracie is the Regional Field Services Manager at FPL, responsible for energy efficiency, revenue recovery and, theft from an area that stretches from Bradenton to Naples on the west coast Florida. She joined FPL in 1986, and has a Bachelor’s of Science in Industrial Engineering from the University of Tennessee. She is currently pursuing a Master’s in Environmental Science with a focus on renewable and sustainable technologies. Tracie has been active in national energy policy, holding committee positions with the Edison Electric Institute and the National Action Plan for Energy Efficiency. Tracie’s daughter, Courtney, grew up in a neighborhood near Harlem Heights and her mother lives in Fort Myers. Additional community involvement includes The Fort Myers South Rotary Club Board of Directors and Rotary District 6960 Governors Committee. Tracie serves on the Heights board to support her community through service and leadership. Her goal is to ensure the mission of The Heights Foundation – building strong, self-sufficient families – is sustainable into the future
Susan Ryan, Secretary/Treasurer
Susan is the Director of Finance and Operations at Canterbury School in Fort Myers. She is a native of Boston, Massachusetts and prior to relocating to Fort Myers she was the Chief Financial Officer at Boston College High School. Susan has spent more than 20 years in educational finance, working at Boston University and Babson College where she completed her MBA in 2006. She recently completed a six year term on the Board of Trustees at Cristo Rey Boston High School, which utilizes an innovative work-study program to provide an affordable Catholic education to students with limited financial resources. Since moving to Florida last year, Susan has been looking for a volunteer opportunity which best suits her abilities, skills and passions and she believes she has found that match with The Heights Foundation.
Kathryn Kelly, President and CEO
Kathryn’s passion and vision has been the backbone of The Heights Foundation. Her outreach efforts to families in the neighborhood led to the creation of the Foundation in 2000. At that time she was professionally employed as an Architectural Project Manager for clients in southwest Florida. Kathryn has served the Rotary Club of Fort Myers South as President and is active in her church, Westminster Presbyterian. The Foundation has grown under Kathryn’s leadership for more than a fifteen years.
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Kim recently relocated to Southwest Florida with her husband Ron. Kim was able to be a stay at home mom for her now grown three sons and provide them with love, attention and financial stability. Kim grew up in a neighborhood of public housing and received every opportunity to succeed. Kim feels that all children should be given an opportunity to thrive and experience life outside of their neighborhood. She has a love for children and is passionate about seeing them reach their full potential. Kim is grateful that she found The Heights Foundation so she can share that passion. She also enjoys volunteering at The Heights Center’s after school program.
Cindie is the proud mother of Dylan Ray and Madison Jeanette Barker, her inspiration for all things good. She feels that she has come full circle joining the Heights Foundation Board of Directors as she was a PTA mom when her children attended Heights Elementary School. It gives Cindie a sense of purpose to be involved in the Heights community again and she hopes to make a difference at the Foundation as well as in every situation she encounters in life. Cindie has been in the restaurant business her entire career and couldn’t dream of another occupation. She works at Blue Coyote Supper Club on Sanibel. Cindie is happy, passionate and thankful for her children, her commitments and her life and wishes the same for all.
Pam came to Fort Myers in 1988; she raised 2 incredible daughters, Samantha and Sabrina, as a single mom while working as an Account Executive for First Data as well starting an event planning business, BonSoiree. Pam has been involved and assisted with many local charitable events, including the Southwest Florida Food and Wine Festival and the Naples Winter Wine festival. Passionate about the arts and an artist, she also serves on the board of directors for the Alliance of the Arts and has chaired their largest fundraiser, Art Royale.
Kenny is a Florida native, raised in Manatee and Sarasota Counties. After graduating in 1983, Kenny proudly served 9 years with the U.S. Armed Forces as a Data Telecommunications Sergeant. Returning to Florida as a civilian in 1992, Kenny began his corporate finance career with nationally known retailer, Chico’s FAS, Inc. During his 13 year tenure, Kenny has served as a corporate representative for multiple local and national charities and is honored to be involved with the Heights Foundation. His experience in corporate finance and charitable giving will help continue the mission of the Heights Foundation. Kenny has a pretty awesome lady, Ilima Mathews, and two children – Madison (16 years) and Kenny III (29 years).
David is a Civil and Litigation Attorney with the Wilbur Smith Law Firm.
Caryn Clark is a voice over actress with national television and radio credits. She received a BA in English from the University of Florida and has lived in Fort Myers for more than 13 years. Caryn has mentored young women in Girls Going Places and is a member of the 20th Judicial Circuit’s Grievance Committee for The Florida Bar. She spent nine years as an active member of the Junior League of Fort Myers. In 2009 she was recognized as an Outstanding Young Alumna by the University of Florida and in 2012 was the keynote speaker at the University’s Young Alumni awards. Caryn has been volunteering as a homework helper in the Heights Foundation’s after school program for two years.
John is managing partner of John Grey Painting. He and his family moved to Fort Myers Beach in 1967. After attending business school at Youngstown State University, majoring in Financial Management and Economics, John returned to Fort Myers Beach in 1972 to continue the painting business he began in college. John and wife Patty have two sons who work in the family’s business on Sanibel Island. John has been active in the community as a little league coach and Boy Scout leader. He was the 2012-2013 president of the Rotary Club of Sanibel-Captiva.
Luis is a family Law Attorney with Luis E. Insignaires Attorneys at Law.
Li-Su is a former healthcare executive and community contributor.
Neil grew up in California and after attending San Jose State University and a career in the newspaper industry, he moved to Minnesota where he attained the Certified Financial Planner designation. He then decided to continue his career in Southwest Florida. In 1992, he moved to Fort Myers and since then worked as a stockbroker and financial planner at AG Edwards, Smith Barney and currently at Oppenheimer & Co. He has served as President of the Board of directors of Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southwest Florida and currently also serves as a board member of the Lee Memorial Health System Foundation and is a graduate of the Leadership Lee County class of 2006. It is a great opportunity to be a part of the further success of the Heights Foundation that has a direct impact on so many lives.
Terri is the Human Resources Manager, Modular Document Solutions.
Violetta “Vee” Yerrid
Vee is the former Executive Director and board member of Make-A-Wish Foundation Sarasota/Tampa Bay. She also served as Judicial Assistant to the Honorable Arden Merckle, Chief Judge and Honorable Dennis Alvarez, Chief Judge, Hillsborough County for ten years. She moved from Tampa in 2012 and chose to serve on the board of The Heights Foundation because she would like to be a part of making a difference in our community.
Victor Mayeron, Director Emeritus
A true Florida native, Victor and his wife Kathy have had an influential presence on our community for decades. He has served as President of the Sanibel-Captiva Chamber of Commerce, President of the American Cancer Society, Member of the Board of Directors of the American Cancer Society since 1990, Honorary Lifetime Member of the Board of Directors of The American Cancer Society since 2007, and has served on the Heights Foundation Board of Directors since 2005. Victor and Kathy, married in 1978, have three daughters and three grandchildren. Victor’s enthusiastic leadership of The Heights Foundation has been invaluable to the growth of its successful programs and outreach efforts.
Charlie Ingram, Immediate Past Chair
Since 1992, Charlie has been a professional in corporate management and training, working in small, entrepreneurial as well as multi-thousand employee corporate settings. In 2008 Charlie launched Veritas Employer Services in Bonita Springs, Florida. Veritas serves Club & Hospitality organizations with customized human resources and administrative solutions to support the “efficiency of focus”- time, effort, energy and resources that are not lost to back-office administrative tasks and can be deployed to top level Member and Guest services. Charlie’s background also includes serving as President of the Dunbar Village Center After-School Program, former President of The Heights Foundation, and Program Coordinator of the Rotary Club.
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