SHAREEN BAPTISTE, PRESIDENT/SECRETARY & COFOUNDER
Shareen Baptiste lives to send ripples. She is a nine-year Gainesville inhabitant with nearly six 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 in multiple leadership roles with Alachua County Emerging Leaders. She is a graduate of Leadership Gainesville Class 39, former member of Leadership Gainesville Alumni Association, Florida Public Relations Association and AdFed.
Currently, Shareen spends her time volunteering with Joshua Joel SMA Life – a nonprofit dedicated to advancing Spinal Muscular Atrophy research, as the Director of Public Relations promoting events and programs and increasing brand awareness, monetary support and organizational resources. Shareen is also the President and CoFounder of DREAM on Purpose, an empowerment movement culminating in an interactive showcase and workshop of resources specifically designed for young girls of color.
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.
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.
FRANCESCA BADOINO, BRAND AMBASSADOR
Francesca previously worked at Dream on Purpose, Inc. as our Financial Affairs Intern. She helped the organization complete grant research, write sponsorship packages and create marketing strategies for all of the financial department’s fundraising efforts. Francesca also works as an Account Executive at The Agency of the University of Florida. There she devotes her time to providing her clients with exceptional service and provide supervisory support. She is also the Chief Executive Officer of Advent, an organization also at UF established to spotlight the creative talents of students attending the College of Journalism and Communications.
Prior to UF, Francesca began her academic career at Santa Fe College. During her tenure at Santa Fe College, she founded the college’s first Advertising Club. She led a team of students to create campaigns that increased brand awareness, student member recruitment rates and retention rates of many student-run organizations. She also served as a Senator and Finance Committee Board Member for the Student Government Association. Her drive and ability to direct teams ensures that every account is executed with the highest level of integrity. Her experience in leading, motivating and empowering students is a good indication of her future success in a career in marketing and her ability to run a non-profit of her own one day.
MAGDIANIS MARTINEZ, BRANDING STRATEGY INTERN
Magdianis is a passionate individual who believes in the power of change and unity. She is a University of Florida alumni where she received her degree in the field of Advertising. Although she enjoys being a creative individual, her love for nonprofit organizations stemmed from her minor in Sociology. Throughout her time at UF she immersed in courses focused on environmental inequality, women’s studies, and the treatment of minorities in America. She considers herself an advocate for human rights and equality. Magdianis was the first in her family to not only attend college but graduate from such an incredible institution like the University of Florida.
Her passion for women empowerment led her to the doors of Dream on Purpose where she will serve as the 2017 branding strategy intern. She will focus on spreading the mission Dream on Purpose was founded on and hopes to reach as many girls as possible. Her desire for the organization is that young girls from around the world will one day come together and enjoy their very own cupcakes and conversations.
MIKAELA GARCIA, DIGITAL MARKETING INTERN
Mika Garcia is an upcoming senior at the University of Florida studying public relations. She has been working with the Gainesville community, since her freshman year, through her co-Ed service fraternity, Alpha Phi Omega. She is very passionate about helping others and about making it her duty to influence the world in a positive way. One way in which she tries to do so is with her music. She is a singer-songwriter and hopes to reach and empower others with the lyrics of her songs. She will be taking on the position of digital management for DOP as an intern.