Meet The Team
Founder & Board President
Jeannie Simala Gawronski
Jeannie started HOPE 4 Kids in 2013 to provide help and encouragement to working families who were struggling. By 2017 it became more apparent that the most underserved members of our community where families in danger of losing their children to foster care due to poverty. HOPE 4 Kids started focusing on the needs of those children and families as well as children already in the foster care system.
Director, HOPE 4 Kids, Inc.
Samantha joined the HOPE 4 Kids team in 2014 and has excelled at managing all of the ins and out functions of the store.
In 2024 Samantha was promoted to Director of the HOPE 4 Kids program where she will continue to work with all of the families in SWFL that we serve, as well as expand the HOPE 4 Kids CAMP Program.
Executive Board Vice President
Mary A. Price
Mary Price has served at HOPE 4 Kids since the beginning in February 2013. Mary brings excellent business skills to all that happens at HOPE and is a continued support willing to try new ideas. She also has a tremendous heart to serve - always helping where ever it is needed. The excellent design and staging of the resale store are all done by her gifting.
Mary serves as a key support in our HOPE 4 Kids Summer and Winter camp program.
Janet joined the HOPE 4 Kids board in January 2021 and has helped in many different roles supporting the care of SWFL families.
Janet went home to heaven in November 2024 and we will always be thankful for her friendship to all of us personally and her support of the mission of HOPE.
ReSale Store Manager
Lacey is the smiling face you are greeted with when you enter the resale store. She is a wonderful asset to A STEP ABOVE THRIFT SHOP and one of our best team members.
When she is not working hard to make our customers feel welcome she is enjoying time with her husband Mike.
Executive Board Treasurer
Linda Parks has been a long-time friend and supporter of HOPE 4 Kids since it started in January of 2013. Linda and her niece often volunteer on Saturdays keeping the clothing chaos straight.
Linda has a heart and passion to serve her community in many ways, you can see her volunteering for many different needs in SWFL.
Linda also enjoys spending time with her husband Doug when she is not helping meet needs in the community.
Jasmine is super mom to 4 great boys and wife to Dwayne. The whole family is very active at RISE Christian Church and the community in Lehigh Acres.
Jasmine has a heart and passion for children and will befriend anyone who needs to talk.
We are thankful that she is joining our team in 2024.
The AMAZING HOPE Volunteer Team
Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world
These ladies, and occasional gentlemen, are a constant daily JOY at the HOPE CO ReSale Store. They are responsible for the beautiful displays and the great items at fantastic prices in the store. We are proud of how wonderful our store always looks - and smells - because of their hard work. They have an incredible dedication to making sure the families we serve are served with excellence.
They are also ALOT of fun to be around!