SWFL Children’s Charities, Inc. is pleased to announce the appointment of Heidi Taulman as its new executive director.

As the second largest donor to Golisano Children’s Hospital, SWFL Children’s Charities, Inc. supports local organizations committed to pediatric health care and education, with a new focus on mental and behavioral health. Taulman brings more than 10 years of experience in organizational management, marketing, community relations, communications and development, and will be instrumental in steering the nonprofit’s mental and behavioral health initiative and its annual signature fundraising event, the Southwest Florida Wine & Food Fest.

“Heidi brings a wealth of knowledge from her years in the nonprofit and mental health industries, and we know that her experience and innovative approach will be of great value to SWFL Children’s Charities, Inc. and our efforts to serve local nonprofits,” said Sandy Stilwell-Youngquist, president of the board of directors for SWFL Children’s Charities, Inc. “We are thrilled to leverage Heidi’s expertise and passion as our organization transitions its focus to mental and behavioral health, working together to shine a brighter light on mental illness and the growing demand for mental health services in our region.”

Prior to joining SWFL Children’s Charities, Inc., Taulman served in various capacities for Cape Coral Plumbing, Lee County Port Authority, Lee BIA Builders Care, Lee Building Industry Association and Lee Mental Health Center, Inc. She holds a Bachelor of Science in general communications from Florida State University and is Accredited in Public Relations.

To learn more about SWFL Children’s Charities, Inc., visit www.swflwinefest.org.

About SWFL Children’s Charities Inc.

SWFL Children’s Charities Inc.’s annual signature fundraiser, the Southwest Florida Wine & Food Fest, has raised more than $25 million over the past ten years, making it one of the top-grossing wine fests in the country. The trustees and sponsors underwrite the event and the nonprofit, SWFL Children’s Charities, Inc., donates contributions made during the event to local beneficiaries dedicated to pediatric health care services and education. In 2019, SWFL Children’s Charities Inc. will further address the growing need for mental and behavioral health care in the region, announcing a new focus in support of this initiative. For more information, visit www.swflwinefest.org.