Staff

Management Staff

Kathleen Cramer

Executive Director

Kathleen is the new Executive Director of Turning Points. She brings 15 years of nonprofit leadership experience and a wealth of knowledge in team building, community engagement, fundraising and planned giving to the organization. Most recently, she served as a licensed financial advisor with a Fortune 300 not-for-profit org. She is originally from Michigan but has lived all over the US. She and her husband, a retired Navy Veteran, are brand new to Manatee/Sarasota. They are adjusting well to Florida with their 2 kittens and 2 dogs.

Kathleen’s email is kcramer@tpmanatee.org

Cheryl Hedger

Cheryl Hedger

Director of Volunteer Services

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.

Edwin

Edwin Robinson

Yellow Ribbon Veterans Program Manager

Edwin is a native of Sarasota, FL (the only local native on the Management Team!) and a proud U.S Air Force Veteran. Edwin received an Associate’s Degree from Keiser University in 2016 and is currently a senior Elementary Education major at Western Governors University. Edwin started at Turning Points as the Yellow Ribbon Veterans Case Manager and was recently promoted to Program Manager. Edwin is Chairman of the Manatee County Veterans Council and he is also a member of American Legion Post 24 (Kirby Stewart) in Bradenton. He is an active volunteer with his fraternity, Tau Kappa Epsilon, a Big Brother for 4 years, Men’s Groups Coach with Bayside Community Church. And if you need a great DJ, call Edwin, as he is one of the best DJs in town! Not to mention, but he is also one of the best speakers in town too! Edwin is an avid Tampa Bay Bucs and FSU Seminoles fan.

Francisco Enriquez

Francisco Enriquez

Director of Operations

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!

Margi Dawson

Margi Dawson

Director of Development

Margi is a Trenton, New Jersey, native and must have gained her love of history from being surrounded by important sites from the Revolutionary War. 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 2 young English Bulldogs, Bruce Wayne & Harvey Dent. Or is it the other way around?

Maria Rodriguez

Maria Rodriguez

Director of Program Services

Maria was born in the Bronx, NY, and is of Puerto Rican and Colombian descent, so she is fluent in Spanish. She is a Retired U.S. Army Commissioned Officer, Military Police Corp and is a member of several local veterans groups. She was even a Semi-Finalist in Ms. Veteran America 2019! She LOVES, LOVES, LOVES Books!! And LOVES the mountains, camping, and swimming. But Maria’s first loves are her children – 6 in all – one of whom recently gave her the honor of becoming a grandma.

Sue Westcott

Sue Westcott

Clinic Administrator

Hailing from Philadelphia PA, Sue has been in the social service sector her entire career, including a 20 year stint with Planned Parenthood as the Director of Patient Services. She has also served as the Executive Director of ALSO Youth, a local LGBTQ organization. An avid animal lover, she has 4 rescued babies, 3 dogs and a cat, Benny. Fun facts about her: Her father has written 25+ books on Philadelphia sports and her brother in law was a director on Game of Thrones! Ask her about her awesome kids, Samantha and Harrison, and make sure you have plenty of time to hear her brag…

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Testimonials

his place is great for people who need help or are going through rough times, they can help with food stamps, clothing, showers, food (to take home for those who have a home, or a meal Mon-Fri), they have computers available to use, they also have housing assistance for those who qualify. There is also a lot more that they do, this place helped me so much when I had nowhere to go.
Justin Balser
Went to the One Stop Center and Turning Points today for a tour of the facility - was excellent and informative - if interested, make an appointment - takes about an hour and well worth the time to see all that is going on there - there were clients in all areas - the place was a beehive of activity - a wonderful facility for our community and one of the top in the country - highly recommend checking it out.
Sue Wait
Turning points is so awesome. Without them I would not have a wonderful home for my family and I.
Tammi Wallin
I volunteered at the Stand Down held in Palmetto on Nov. 1st. I was so impressed with the services available for the all those in need. There was a separate building just for veterans. I was in that building and saw how they helped the men and women with any paperwork. They serviced breakfast to all and had a bounce house for children. I give this organization an A+.
Sally Helmbrecht

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