History of the CRC
The Collier Resource Center is an idea whose time has come. It is an organization which exists solely to help Collier County individuals and families navigate the complex and often perplexing maze of health and human services. It does not duplicate or replace any existing organizations and offers a “one call does it all” option.
A knowledgeable, experienced and dedicated board of directors was strategically identified to provide leadership, creativity and expertise in a variety of areas. This group of visionaries held their inaugural board meeting and election of officers in January 2015. Founding board members are Ben Buemi, Nina Gray, Kay Jasso, Sandy Mummert, Silvia Puente and Sheryl Soukup. From that time forward, each board member worked tirelessly to bring the Collier Resource Center from a dream to reality.
In 2021, the board expanded to include Liz Buemi, Zannon Garza, Hallie Lundon, Nan Moore, Kelly Saylor and Stephanie Spell. Sandy Mummert moved to our advisory council where she joined Barbara Knepshield, Mike Overway and Ray Steadman.
Our success has been possible because of those who stepped forward to help. Our heartfelt appreciation goes to Mike Ellis, former CEO of Healthcare Network, and our “first angel.” Mike generously offered support, encouragement and donated space to launch this fledgling organization. Dr. Emily Ptaszek, Healthcare Network’s current CEO, also believes in our mission and continues to gift us with donated space and utilities. In 2020, we moved into our beautiful new office at Healthcare Network’s Nichols Community Health Center, located at 12655 Collier Boulevard. We are enormously grateful to Mike and Emily for sharing and supporting our vision.
Another critically important group of “angels” are those who provided the necessary funding to launch the organization. These amazing individuals understood the dream, and thanks to their foresight and financial assistance, the Collier Resource Center is a reality.
The first group of volunteers was trained January 29, 2016, at the office of Collier County United Way. The volunteer team continues to grow and flourish thanks to their talent, dedication and diverse skills.
Our sincere gratitude to everyone mentioned here and to the many other people who provided what was essential to create the Collier Resource Center. As we continue to connect the people of Collier County with the services they seek, we have an ongoing need for volunteers and donations.