29 Sep Southwest Florida Community Foundation welcomes new board members
The Southwest Florida Community Foundation welcomes Li-Su Huang Javedan, D. Hugh Kinsey Jr., Alan Mandel and Karson Turner to its Board of Trustees.
Former director of governmental affairs and policy for Arizona Hospital and Healthcare Association, Li-Su Huang Javedan spent more than a decade in the healthcare industry, particularly in health finance and management. She received her Master of Health Science and Bachelor of Arts in Biology at The Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. Javedan has an extensive background in community involvement serving as past president of the Parents Association of Canterbury School, where she currently sits on the school’s Board of Trustees and has played an active role for almost 10 years. She is also the current secretary of the Parents Advisory Council at The Learning Tree Preschool, member of the Local Spirit Assembly at Baha’i Community of Fort Myers and member of the Lee County Medical Society Alliance.
Hugh Kinsey is a Fort Myers native and an attorney and partner at Sheppard, Brett, Stewart, Hersch, Kinsey & Hill, P.A. in Fort Myers. He earned his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Florida and has practiced law in his hometown for more than 20 years. Kinsey focuses his practice on real estate, estate planning, estate and trust administration, guardianship, and real estate and probate litigation. He has worked closely with the Southwest Florida Community Foundation during his career and has personally assisted clients in the funding of gifts to the Foundation. In addition, he has served in various Grants Advisory capacities and currently is a member of a Grants Advisory Board.
Alan Mandel is the CEO and president of Good Wheels, Inc., a nonprofit corporation providing transportation to the disadvantaged residents of Lee, Hendry and Glades counties. Formerly serving 27 years with Jacobson Stores as its vice president of operation and group manager, Mandel was responsible for strategic and tactical planning, developing and meeting operating budgets, and managing 10 direct reports and 1,500 associates. He has a Master of Business Administration degree from Columbia University and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Alfred University. A long-time volunteer, Mandel is currently completing his second term as the Town of Fort Myers Beach council member and was former mayor. His concern for and commitment to the present and future of Fort Myers Beach’s quality of life was demonstrated by his service on the Land Planning Agency, the Management and Planning Committee, and as chair of both the Ad Hoc Water Utility and Fertilizer Ordinance committees. Mandel continues to be an advocate for maintaining the quality of the Caloosahatchee River, Gulf of Mexico and bay waters, providing viable flood insurance rates for our community and state, and meeting the transportation needs of the disadvantaged as well as the community at large.
Karson Turner is the vice president at Quality Electric Contracting and currently serves as District 5 County Commissioner of Hendry County and current chair of the board. He received his bachelor’s degree in physical education and early-childhood studies from Southwest Baptist University in Bolivar, Missouri. Turner is the current chair of the Southwest Florida Regional Planning Council has won the 2014 Legislative Award for Presidential Advocates from the Florida Association of Counties.
As leaders, conveners, grant makers and concierges of philanthropy, the Southwest Florida Community Foundation is a foundation built on community leadership with an inspired history of fostering regional change for the common good in Lee, Collier, Charlotte, Hendry and Glades counties. The Community Foundation is celebrating its 37th year of connecting donors and their philanthropic aspirations with evolving community needs. With assets of more than $80 million, the Community Foundation has provided more than $57 million in grants and scholarships to the communities it serves. Last year, the Foundation granted more than $4 million to more than 100 different organizations supporting education, animal welfare, arts, healthcare and human services, including more than $400,000 in regional community impact grants and $450,000 in scholarship grants.