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Staff

Staff

Adell Erozer

Executive Director

Joining Turning Points after spending 17 years living abroad, Adell brings a global perspective to the challenges of helping the homeless or those at risk of becoming homeless. She is a resourceful and enthusiastic advocate for the invisible people of Manatee County. Adell is married to Dr. Savas Erozer, and they share their home with Joie, their smart and adorable rescue dog. If you ever want a great story, ask about whitewater rafting in Nepal.

Francisco Enriquez

 Operations Manager

Frank is eager to serve the community after retiring with 20 years of service in the Army. He is a Brooklyn NY native and a recent Florida resident but has lived all over the world. He follows all sports (except golf) and has really enjoyed following and being involved with the Tampa Bay Rowdies and Buccaneers. But, hailing from NYC, Frank is a true New York fan – with the Yankees, Giants and the Rangers being his favorites!

Mary Pendleton-Brown

Finance Director

Mary was born and raised in the little town of Cotulla, in South Texas. She has lived in Utah, New Mexico and Florida but she is a Texas girl at heart. She has held a number of jobs in finance but the most interesting and fun jobs were 911 dispatcher and professional Comedian. Don’t challenge her to a game of pool, unless you are ready to lose. She is a Billiards State Champion. Mary also loves to rescue animals and (right now) has three dogs and one cat at home. It seems at times, that the pets share their home with Mary and Don.

Derrick Heard

Yellow Ribbon Veterans Program Manager

Derrick likes to inspire people. He believes that everyone is worthy of inspiration. He is fortunate to be able to give back to veterans, because he could have easily been a veteran in need. Derrick had spent over 29 years with the US Army in several leadership roles. Once retired, he still wanted to serve and discovered Turning Points by coincidentally sitting next to Adell at a luncheon. They struck up a conversation and the rest is history. Derrick is very compassionate about helping veterans and he is honored to serve.

Cheryl Hedger

Volunteer Coordinator

Cheryl started as an Americorps / VISTA volunteer but now is the Volunteer Coordinator at Turning Points. She has been a community activist for most of her life, living her belief that the world can be a better place. A grandmother of 8, she is determined to show what dedication to service can do for her community. If you ever get a dinner invitation from Cheryl, don’t turn it down – she owned a restaurant and is an outstanding organic chef.

Beverly Hill

Open Door Resource Center Manager

Beverly’s professional background includes program development, implementation and evaluation in Community Health & Wellness, education and nonprofit leadership. She believes that human health, wellness and safety are basic human rights and that everyone is deserving of achieving them to the best of their ability, which is what she strives to help clients achieve through her work with Turning Points. Beverly is a naturalist at heart and enjoys spending time in Nature and volunteering for wildlife rescue and humanitarian aid causes.

Andrew Brady

Transitional Development Program Manager

With degrees in criminology and other social science fields, Andy has dedicated his life to helping others. After work hours, he is dedicating his time on his ranch, Dreamcatcher Ranch. Andy and his wife, Melissa, and their children, reside on a ranch and take care of their land and barn animals. Their collection of animals is growing – right now they have chickens, pigs and rabbits but they are adding goats and horses any day now.

Margi Dawson

Director of Development

Margi is a Trenton, New Jersey, native and must have gained her love of history from being surrounded by Revolutionary War sites. So she was a little obsessed when the musical, Hamilton, came out. Margi spent most of her career in corporate retail and made the switch to non-profit work a few years past. She LOVES the environment surrounding non-profit work and in helping people in need AND making this world a better place. Margi and her husband share their home with their 14 year old English Bulldog, Lulu… Or is it the other way around?

Doug Mickiewicz

Case Manager

Doug is a brand new Floridian. He moved down to Bradenton one week before Hurricane Irma hit. Ironically, for the last 3 1/2 years, he was employed by the State of New Jersey providing grants to Superstorm Sandy victims to elevate and restore their damaged homes. Previously, Doug volunteered at a non-profit agency that assisted homeless HIV men and women. Doug is a proud father of three adult sons who will probably be visiting often during the cold winter months from NJ.

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