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SMDP Board of Directors

Tom Howe

A native of Keene New Hampshire, Tom relocated to Rhode Island to secure employment, where he lived for 40 years, and where he had actively supported various parish and community initiatives. During those years he recognized the ubiquitous plight of the homeless and underserved. Having retired to Fort Myers in 2015, he has been an enthusiastic volunteer and is meaningfully engaged in advancing SMDP Outreach’s mission serving the homeless of the Tice Community.

Betty Bullivant

Although Betty is a native Kentuckian, she was an army brat and grew up in many different locations. She has strong roots in Monmouth County N.J, spanning five decades. She has a consistent history of volunteerism for various outreach programs associated with the Catholic Church, such as Catholic Charities and the St. Vincent De Paul Society. For thirty years she was a claims representative for Supplemental Security Income, an assistance based on need program. Her life experiences led her to SMDP Outreach, as their mission is in keeping with her lifelong values.

Joseph Gallagher

Joe has been a Florida resident since 2010 and fulltime volunteer. He has worked 2 food pantries that have since closed, and now for the last 2 years run a mobile pantry in Bonita Springs. Joe is President of 2 nonprofits and a board member of one which are all based in Bonita Springs. He is a volunteer shelter supervisor for the Red Cross and donates his time as well to SMDP Outreach..

Carolyn Smith

Carolyn, a registered nurse, was raised in upstate New York and worked at several hospitals during her career. In 1994, she began volunteering at Teresa House, a comfort care home for the dying in Geneseo, N.Y. and had the privilege of being named it's Executive Director in 2002. She remained in this position until relocating to Fort Myers with her husband in 2007. Since moving to Florida, she has been a volunteer with the Community Cooperative organization. Carolyn began working with SMDP almost 3 years ago and has been on the Board since 2018. She cooks at SMDP twice a week and has seen firsthand the needs of those we serve and the difference that we make in the lives of our guests, and how grateful they are for the assistance we provide.

Giles Heuer

For the last 20+ years Giles and his wife, Melanie have actively supported many charities whose primary focus has been on helping poor families better themselves. These charities include Unbound (They currently sponsor 14 persons with Unbound), Catholic Relief Services, Catholic Extensions and Hope for Haiti. We became involved with SMDP three years ago by volunteering to help with the after school homework program. Giles has been a member of the Board of Directors for the last two years.

Barbara Durkin

Barbara worked for IBM Corporation for 30 years in administrative roles and moving into Management in Personnel and Information Systems. After retirement she worked for private attorney and for Ameriprise Financial Services. Barbara is a former Volunteer Chair of the American Heart Association Board and President of the Lions Club in New York. Moving to Florida full time after widowhood she felt overwhelmingly motivated to assist those who have not had the strong base that she had. Barbara is active parishioner at St. John XXIII, where she is on the Parish Council.

Steve Zeder

A native of Buffalo, NY but from Texas for 26 years, Steve’s formation revolved around a 30 week JustFaith program that brought him into touch with the plights of others in the Fort Worth area. As a member for 10 years of the Fort Worth Mission Council and through many trips to Cabezas, Bolivia, Steve saw firsthand that difficulties were shared in every community. Since coming to Florida, Steve has been focused on food security, volunteering at the Harry Chapin Food Bank of SW Florida and at SMDP Outreach.

Leslie Robertson

Leslie worked for the Dow Chemical Company for 28 years retiring from a middle management position in Information Systems.  In those years she was heavily involved in her community Housing Commission Board, Affordable Housing Alliance Board, and Habitat for Humanity all focused on providing housing for very low income members of the community.  In addition, Leslie was very involved in her parish and on its parish council and support of the local food pantry.  She is a full time resident of Fort Myers, a member of St John XXIII for 18 years, and is in her second year on the SMDP Board actively volunteering in several aspects of the ministry.

Jim Madden

Jim was raised and resided in the south suburbs of Chicago before retiring in 2003 and spending winters in Ft Myers with his wife Drina.  Jim has spent more than 30 years as a board member of a private Catholic college and an organization caring for developmentally disabled individuals while running his commercial printing business in Chicago. Having worked in a church food pantry serving Hispanic families and serving on numerous parish related committees he became more aware of the needs of the poor.  Several years ago he and his wife were asked to participate in the after school program at SMDP and saw first hand the needs of the community and the spectacular job the organization of volunteers does here at SMDP.  It inspired him to get more involved.

Pauline Renaud

After raising four children, Pauline became a registered nurse, specializing in pediatrics.  She worked for 25 years at Hasbro Children’s Hospital in Providence, Rhode Island. She moved to the Fort Myers . Florida, area in 1996 when her husband retired.  She continued to work as a pediatric nurse in Florida, including at North Collier Hospital, until 2008.  Pauline learned about the work of SMDP outreach at St John XXIII, where she has been an active parishioner since 2013.  Pauline has volunteered at SMDP Outreach for many years where she enjoys making personal connections with the community members.