BOARD OF DIRECTORS
CURRENT LEADERSHIP TEAM - WE ARE ALWAYS HAPPY TO DISCUSS ADDITIONS!
Tina Patch -President/Co-Founder
Tina has a background in Accounting, HR, IT, Energy and Business Management. She has a BAS degree in Management & Organizational Leadership. She is also a registered tax preparer and Quick Books trainer. Originally from New York, Tina resides in the Tampa Bay area - which she loves! After a career in the Wholesale Construction Supply area, Tina became self employed as a business consultant in 2010.
During her time at her corporate job, it became clear that a beloved family member was abusing Opioid pills- which subsequently led to Heroin use. Having struggled through the anger, disappointment and then fear - Tina went on a mission to find the help that this family member needed. After it became apparent that there were few resources for optimal treatment, Tina wanted to tackle that issue head on! She discussed with Sharon ways that they could help those who needed help with what is now known as -the Opioid Crisis.
Tina is dedicated to the mission of - better treatment can mean a better outcome! She is also a champion to those who truly want to overcome this horrible epidemic. She is known as a problem solver in her career and she anticipates the challenge that lies ahead.
Joe Fattori- Board Member
Originally from Chicago, Joe and his wife moved to the Tampa Bay area 3 years ago in search of sunshine and warm weather. His personal journey in recovery led to him uncovering his passion to help others. Joe started volunteering at Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation in Chicago. Joe was a regular volunteer for their family program and worked with new clients entering recovery. He completed his undergrad degree in business management, with a focus on organizational leadership and management. Joe then enrolled in the Hazelden Betty Ford Graduate School of Addiction Studies Master’s program in hopes of working with others who are challenged by the disease of addiction. The master of addiction studies degree focuses on providing integrated recovery for those with co-occurring disorders. After the move to Florida, Joe started working as Behavioral Health Technician at a treatment center in St. Petersburg. Joe also worked as a Resident Care Coordinator and then as Program Development Coordinator at a structured living facility. There, he developed day and evening programming for the indigent population. Since December 2016, he has worked full time as a Counselor for a men’s residential treatment program in Tampa. Joe is in the process of becoming a licensed mental health counselor in the state of Florida. He is involved in helping other non-profits in the area, and enjoys serving the community and hopes to provide support to those suffering from the disease of addiction. Recovery is possible.
Kerin Turner - Board Member
Kerin is a registered nurse who has seen the best and the worst in people at one of the most stressful times in their lives. She sees this organization as an opportunity for her to show her 6-year-old son that people get into situations they desperately want to escape, but to do that, they need help.
As a regional vice president for a national hospital staffing agency, she is in a position to know the needs of patients and staff, and she helps answer the call for both.
She grew up in Proctorville, Ohio. It is a tiny town on the Ohio/West Virginia border. You may have heard of it because the surrounding area has one of the highest opioid addiction rates in the country. A fellow classmate recognized the need for newborns born with addictions and she founded a nationally recognized treatment center, which provides care for these innocent victims of this drug crisis.
Her life has always been focused on health care; She is the youngest graduate (19 years old) of the nursing school at St. Mary’s in Huntington, WV. She has owned her own hospital staffing agency, and early in her career, she spent many fulfilling years living the nomadic life of a traveling nurse.
She has lived in Apollo Beach for almost four years, and in the Tampa Bay area for five, moving from New Orleans after Katrina to be closer to her family and to raise her son to be a man who displays kindness and empathy to everyone he meets. She looks forward to helping the CATE Foundation connect with those who need help to get their life back on track by providing the necessary resources to help them succeed.
Sharon Iafelice - Vice President/Co-founder
Sharon is originally from Ohio and is an avid Ohio State University fan. Her family moved to Apollo Beach 6 years ago in search of sunshine and healthy living. Her daughter, who was in medical school at the time of their move, is now practicing medicine in Chicago, but loves to visit her family in Florida.
Sharon holds an undergraduate degree in accounting, an M.B.A., and a law degree. She is presently happily retired, after having spent her career in accounting, law, and human resource management.
Although Sharon’s business background has nothing to do with addiction, she has experienced addiction through a loved one whom she tried to save. During that journey, she spent a great deal of time educating herself on addiction, attending recovery sessions at both residential and nonresidential treatment facilities, and participating in many brainstorming sessions on possible solutions to the opioid crisis.
She believes that several strategies can be used to solve the addiction crisis. Among these are convincing people that drugs cause addiction, emphasizing prevention – meaning avoiding substance use altogether, and expanding the drug treatment industry and addiction support groups. She adheres to the belief that addiction changes the circuitry in the brain. It affects one’s ability to make decisions, and changes your reward system and your stress responses. Addiction is a chronic disease of the brain.
Her goal is to help and support those people who are suffering from this insidious disease, and prevent people from ever going down this dangerous path.
Geri Ingwersen- Secretary
Geri is a Florida native. She spent most of her early years living on the Space Coast and her teenage years in Munich, Germany. Upon returning to the Space Coast from Germany she met her husband to be, a Sailor, and they embarked on what turned out to be an exciting life of education, opportunity and travel. They traveled the world together, and eventually had twin sons- who are now 28 years old. Her husband was recently retired from the Navy and they have since decided to settle in Apollo Beach.
When Geri’s children were young, she had the opportunity to become a licensed EMT. She considers the years working in the emergency medical field as some of the most rewarding and educational years of her life. Upon entering the administrative side of medicine, Geri worked at an inpatient drug and alcohol rehabilitation hospital for five years. She truly loved her position as the Medical Liaison. It was her responsibility to manage the providers and the professional medical staff, which afforded Geri the opportunity to learn and understand the fine points of substance abuse and dependence, as well as hone her leadership skills. Most importantly, the satisfaction Geri experienced while assisting the patients in their journey to recovery. Through the countless detox and rehabilitation regimens, the patients all made an impression on Geri that she cannot overemphasize.
Not long-ago Geri found out that one of her sons has a substance abuse problem. This realization has strengthened her desire to get involved in any way possible. She has decided to make every effort to assist in the eradication of this epidemic that is destroying the lives of some many of the young people in our wonderful, sunny state.
Christine Nargi - Community Liaison
In July 2013 Christine and her husband, Tim moved to Apollo Beach, Florida after living in Northern Virginia. Although she does not really have a hometown, she was born in Connecticut, which is where she met and later married, her high school sweetheart. Christine and Tim have 2 grown children, a daughter-in-law and an almost 4-year-old grandson. Growing up an only child in an addict filled home, Christine has seen all too often the effects that substance abuse has on families. From an early age, Christine suffered the consequences from the abuser which led her down a path to helping others. Christine’s estranged father took his own life after a lifetime struggle with drugs, alcohol and other addictions and left a void of pain and anger. Coming from an addicted household and the generational curse of addiction, Christine made sure that her children were aware of the dangers and struggles of addiction and was honest with them about her life.
While Christine did not have a specific career, she has made her life’s work a plethora of experiences and jobs that has led her to the CATE Foundation. She has worked with Law Enforcement, has 2 degrees in Criminal Justice and a master’s in psychology with a minor in Behavioral Health. Christine utilizes these skills in her everyday life. Christine has just added Real Estate Broker to her talents to help others.
While living in Apollo Beach, Christine has made it her mission to build friendships and relationships and to help those around her. Christine is very involved in her community and is interested in helping those who want to be in recovery. The CATE Foundation is grateful to have Christine part of our leadership team as our Community Liaison.