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BR: Sophia Dentist, Bridget Watkins, Fran Watkins, Tim Von Ebers
FR: Sherri Henderson, Lee Henderson
 
 
Lee Henderson , President/Co-Founder
 

Lee spent 7 years as the Vocational Director for a non-profit organization in Lubbock, Texas. He supervised 14 trainers working with over 30 individuals in workshop, job coaching and outside employment settings. He was appointed to the Mayor's task force for ADA compliance and co-founded the Lubbock County Vocational Council.

 

Sherri Henderson, Vice-President/Co-Founder

 

Sherri spent four years as a supervisor at the Lubbock State School caring for individuals with severe physical and mental disabilities. Afterwards she worked as a house manager for a six bed group home in Texas. She helped develop and implement programs designed to promote independent living skills.

 

After fighting the school system to provide an inclusive education for their son, they decided to found an agency that would provide the type of services they felt were needed in Florida. Using their son as an inspiration: he has earned the rank of Eagle Scout, was elected Homecoming King at his high school, was on the Varsity Cheer-leading team and school mascot and now attends the University of North Florida and is their official mascot, Henderson Haven has been proving to others that allowing people to live lives of their own design and choosing within their communities can be successful for everyone for the past 6 years.

 

 

 

Bridget Watkins, Secretary

 

Bridget is a single mother with a special needs child. She is very active in Danny's day to day activities and has experienced first hand the difference Henderson Haven can make. Bridget is currently completing her degree in accounting and over the years has built strong relationships within the school and medical communities. She is a tireless advocate for special needs children and can be counted on to lend an active hand where needed.

Fran Watkins, Treasurer

Fran Watkins recently retired from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida, Inc. where she held the position of Director of Provider Relations. Having worked in the medical community throughout her career, Fran has maintained fellowship status with the Academy of Health Care Management and is a certified medical practice executive (CMPE) with the American College of Medical Practice Executives. She has conducted more than 300 seminars on such topics as medical billing, collections, continuous improvement and Medicare. Fran has supported Henderson Haven for four years and has a grandson with special needs. Though Danny, Fran has seen the special results of Henderson Haven involvement.

Sophia Dare Dentiste
 
Sophia Dare Dentiste is an inspirational speaker, artist, wellness coach, wife and mom. After being special needs parents for eight years, she and her husband, Robert lost their oldest son to heart disease and a rare genetic disorder. Since 2004, she has spoken at numerous women's events, from Mother-Daughter banquets, week-end conferences, break-out lectures, and seminars, and a keynote speaker for Women's Connection Luncheons across Florida. Her articles have been featured in online writing and nutrition magazines. She is passionate about encouraging others to understand their true inherent value and purpose, while enjoying the present along the way! She has a heart for the mission and accomplishments of Henderson Haven and is excited about being part of their support network!
 

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