SHAREEN BAPTISTE, PRESIDENT/SECRETARY & COFOUNDER
Shareen Baptiste lives to send ripples. She is a 12-year Gainesville inhabitant with nearly 10 years of Marketing and Communications experience in the non-profit, business and governmental sector with a specific focus on increasing brand visibility, building strategic relationships with the media and serving the business community.
She graduated from the University of Florida with a Master’s of Science in Entrepreneurship and also holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Relations with minors in Leadership, Organizational Leadership for Nonprofits and Family, Youth and Community Sciences. She has a proclivity for strategic planning, project management and creative graphic/web design and photography. She also has educational knowledge of grant research and writing.
Previously, Shareen served as the Director of Public Relations for Joshua Joel SMA Life, a non-profit dedicated to advancing Spinal Muscular Atrophy research, promoting events and programs and increasing brand awareness, monetary support and organizational resources. She served as the Board Secretary for LYFEhouse, a non-profit organization committed to building community by providing exceptional and affordable personal, professional development programs to youth and families and the agencies that serve them. She served in multiple leadership roles with Alachua County Emerging Leaders and is a graduate of Leadership Gainesville Class 39, former member of Leadership Gainesville Alumni Association, Florida Public Relations Association and AdFed.
When Shareen is not working to fulfill the mission of Dream on Purpose, she serves as the Public Relations Chair of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated’s Diligent Delta Sigma Zeta chapter in Gainesville, FL. Her passion involves helping others and volunteering. “The great use of life is to spend it for something that outlasts it,” according to William James; therefore she dedicates her life to helping others.
JOANNE KARAGNARA, VICE-PRESIDENT/TREASURER & COFOUNDER
JoAnne Karagnara is licensed as a practical nurse in the states of Florida and Ohio. She is passionate about her career and works in the field of clinical research. She is also passionate about giving back to the community and has donated countless hours to political campaigns, food banks, churches and schools. JoAnne sits on the Make a Difference committee at ClinicalRM, her place of employment, and is Vice-President/Treasurer and CoFounder of Dream On Purpose, Inc.
In addition to volunteering and giving back, JoAnne loves cooking and singing in her spare time and hopes to record an album some day. She believes all things work together for the good of those who love the Lord and the importance of following the golden rule. JoAnne believes, “If you must love thy neighbor as you love yourself, then you must learn how to love yourself, and I want to help these young ladies learn how to do just that. ”
PATRICE FLETCHER, DIRECTOR-AT-LARGE & COFOUNDER
Patrice Fletcher has more that 15 years experience in service leadership and management with a focus on the activities of a retail operation showcasing her customer service, creative, innovative thinking, has the ability to work with professionals staff and managed over a hundred staff.
Patrice earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Recreation, Parks and Tourism with concentration in Event Management from the University of Florida.
Patrice is also the President and CEO of Joshua Joel SMA Life, Inc. and an Assistant Event Planner at Williams Event & Co. As President and CEO of Joshua Joel SMA Life Inc., Patrice oversees the day-to-day operation of the non-profit and the Give6 video game console Christmas gift away. As the Assistant Event Planner at Williams Event & Co., Patrice provides corporate event management that combines the creative with the professional. Patrice plans organize and manage events, negotiate contracts with vendors.