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New Director At
The Guardian ad Litem Foundation:
20th Judicial Circuit, a non-
profit agency advocating for locally
abused and neglected children, has
announced the selection of Roxanne
Wendling as its new foundation admin-
Hailing from western New York
state, Wendling has worked in pub-
lic relations and teaching roles with
Chautauqua Institution, the Chautauqua
County Humane Society, Jamestown
Community College and most recently
as the Executive Director of the Western
Kentucky American Red Cross. Wendling
is highly skilled and prepared to bring
effective growth and expansion to the
As director, Roxanne will work closely
with the Foundation’s board of directors
to expand the presence of GAL through
an increase in fundraising strategy and
outreach, building community relation-
ships and expanding the promotion of
the foundation’s mission and goals.
“I would like to grow and ensure a sus-
tainable financial base for the Guardian
ad Litem Foundation in its efforts to
provide GAL advocates for the vulnerable
children in our region,” said Wendling.
“These children desperately need a
‘voice’ and our Guardian ad Litem advo-
cates are a very important party to each
case. The child’s interest is their only
interest. The need, unfortunately, con-
tinuously grows. I hope to help build the
endowment needed to ensure we have
the appropriate capacity to recruit and
train the volunteer advocates and to pro-
vide necessary items for the children not
funded through any other source.”
The Guardian ad Litem Program of
the 20th Judicial Circuit of Florida – Lee,
Glades, Hendry, Charlotte and Collier
counties – recruits and trains volunteer
child advocates who are paired with an
attorney and an advocacy coordinator
for the purpose of representing abused,
neglected and abandoned children in
court, school, the child welfare system
and the community.
As a United Way partner, the founda-
tion’s goal is to raise funds necessary to
ensure every child in the dependency
system has a qualified volunteer advocate
and all volunteers are trained and certi-
If you are interested in becoming a
volunteer, or would like more informa-
tion regarding our organization, contact
The Guardian ad Litem Foundation Fort
Myers office by calling 533-1435, via
email at program@GALFoundation20.org
or visit www.voicesforkids.org.
Rogers Recertified As
Fund Raising Executive
CFRE International has recertified
Carolyn C. Rogers, vice president
of development and communica-
tions for Southwest Florida Community
Foundation, as a Certified Fund Raising
Executive (CFRE). Rogers joins more than
5,300 professionals around the world
who hold the CFRE designation. Rogers
received her CFRE in 2000.
“The CFRE credential was created to
identify for the public and employers those
individuals who possess the knowledge,
skills and commitment to perform fundrais-
ing duties in an effective and ethical man-
ner,” said Jim Caldarola, CFRE, immediate
past chair of CFRE International. “As the
certification is a voluntary achievement, the
CFRE credential demonstrates a high level
of commitment on the part of Carolyn C.
Rogers to herself, the fundraising profes-
sion and the donors who are served.”
In addition to her CFRE, Rogers holds
accreditation as a public relations profes-
sional (APR) and certification as a public
relations counselor (CPRC) both through the Florida Public Relations Association.
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. With assets of more than $93 million, the
Community Foundation has provided $61.2 million in grants and scholarships to the
communities it serves. Last year, it granted more than $2.9 million to nonprofit organi-
zations supporting education, animal welfare, arts, healthcare and human services.
For more information about the Southwest Florida Community Foundation, call
274-5900 or visit www.floridacommunity.com.
San-Cap Community Bank Names
Treasury Management Vice President
Mona Strasser has joined Sanibel
Captiva Community Bank as vice
president of treasury manage-
ment. She is responsible for implement-
ing the bank’s deposit software products
for business customers.
“Our software products make banking
easier and more efficient for businesses,”
said President and CEO Craig Albert.
“Having someone with Mona’s expertise
and depth of banking knowledge on staff
to work with our business customers is a
significant advantage for them. She is sav-
ing our customers time and stress.”
Sanibel Captiva Community Bank’s
online services include electronic bill pay-
ment, ACH origination, wire management,
Positive Pay fraud detection and a new
mobile banking app. Strasser visits the
bank’s business customers individually to
help install the software. She also trains them to take full advantage of the software’s
capabilities, to make funds management as simple and fast as possible.
Strasser has more than 14 years of banking experience, including serving as vice
president/banking center manager with a regional bank. A Lee County native, she is a
Red Knight Foundation committee member.
“Word is spreading that we offer these convenient products at no cost to the busi-
ness customer, providing huge savings,” added Albert. “Our demand deposit accounts
have increased 30 percent since this time last year, primarily because of our new busi-
To learn more, visit www.sancapbank.com.
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it is derived from a synthetic form of cap-
saicin. There are OTC patches available
in all pharmacies.
In a human study of 250 patients with
diabetic neuropathy, half were given cap-
saicin cream and half were given a plain
moisturizing placebo cream. Satisfactory
treatment of this debilitating disorder
(which can lead to amputations) has
escaped physicians for decades.
Patients receiving capsaicin cream
enjoyed a nearly 70 percent reduction
in neuropathic pain symptoms (after
the initial transient burning, of course).
Controlling blood sugar and other cyto-
kines is key to reducing diabetic neuropa-
thy pain, so in case you missed my recent
article on this topic, it’s archived at my
This information is not intended
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earlier in the morning on cleanup day.
Then, you can come by later and have
lunch with us.”
Lunch and snacks on the SCCF
Nature Center’s porch will be avail-
able from 10 a.m. until noon as well as
a dumpster to deposit collected trash.
Participants should fill out their data cards
and turn them in at SCCF.
If you have any questions, want to
reserve your favorite “cleanup” spot, or get
your data cards ahead of time, call SCCF’s
Dee-Serage-Century at 472-2329.
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