Board of Directors
Karen holds a BS in Communications with a Minor in Political Science and is a graduate of SIU-C She is an experienced Community Relations manager with strong community and social services experience. She has worked in the communications industry for 25 years. Her background includes strategic communication, public relations, public affairs, media relations and writing.
Karen has Chaired several committees including the Illinois United Way committee for Nicor Gas, the Inspire Women’s Employee Resource Group with over 400 women members, and has served as an Executive Board Member for the Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce.
Kelly is a co-founder and Managing Partner of Life Home Health, an accredited home health agency connecting seniors with medical and non-medical in-home services. A compassionate leader and entrepreneur with a depth of experience in both direct care and healthcare management, Kelly is an educator, consultant, board director and holistic practitioner. Her thirst for leadership began at an early age and has led her to highly responsible healthcare roles throughout her 30-year career.
While working and raising a family, Kelly learned the business of leading and building a culture of care by studying Health Sciences at Indiana University-Purdue University in Indianapolis. Kelly’s concentration in Gerontology was inspired by grandparents who lived with Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease. Applying what she learned, and teaching others, came naturally as she navigated the journey of neuro-cognitive disease alongside her family. Her peers marvel at how she has made her executive roles in business development, operations and now ownership of a thriving agency look easy. That’s because for her it is a joy, not a job.
Stephanie Gomez is the Co-founder, President & CEO of Stabilized Steps, a Naples, FL-based company dedicated to improving the lives of individuals with mobility and balance issues. With a strong entrepreneurial spirit, Stephanie is passionate about making a positive impact in this field.
Originally from Medellin, Colombia, Stephanie has considered SWFL her home since the age of 12. She holds dual Bachelor of Science degrees in Finance and Economics from Florida Gulf Coast University and began her professional career in the banking industry. After four years, she transitioned into consulting, specializing in crafting business plans for small businesses seeking acquisitions or SBA loans. It was during this time that Stephanie seized the opportunity to launch Stabilized Steps.
Sheila F. Morales, RN, BS, Faith Community Nurse
Shelia has been a Registered Nurse for 40 years. She is originally from Upstate NY, but has lived in Florida for 20 years. Sheila has 2 children, Cecelia and Nathaniel and lives with her wonderful husband Noel. Sheila’s contributions to the Bonita Senior Center are invaluable. She is the face of the Center and the go to person for all programming and information and assistance for seniors. Sheila’s work as a community faith-based nurse in the Bonita Springs area has made a difference in the lives of so many people in the area. Her beautiful spirit shines through in all that she does.
Craig Van Scoy
Wendy joined Wintrust Bank in 2016 and has over 23 years of experience in the financial services industry.
Wendy earned a degree in Business Marketing & Finance from Technological University in San Salvador, El Salvador, Central America. She also earned an Intensive Management training certification from JP Morgan Chase Bank. Prior to her current role, Wendy has been a Branch Manager at Associated Bank, JP Morgan Chase Bank and Amcore Bank. In addition to her in branch roles, Wendy has an extensive history of interaction and involvement in the local communities where she has worked.
Wendy resides in Bonita Springs, FL with her husband Jeff. She enjoys traveling and spending time with her family, friends and two adorable Shih Tzu’s.
Retired Partner, PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP, an international accounting firm.
Member, City Council of Bonita Springs, Florida representing District 4.
Member, Resiliency Task Force Board of Lee County. The Task Force was appointed by the Lee County Commission to submit a plan to spend $1.5 Billion on projects in Lee County designed to recover from Hurricane Ian and lessen the impact of a future hurricane on Lee County.
- Treasurer, Chairman of Board of Elders and member of Church Council, Hope Lutheran Church.
- Past President of the Board of Bonita Bay Community Association
- Member, Rotary Club of Bonita Springs Florida, Morning Club
- Board Member, Mergestone Group, operator of home health agencies in Florida.