Family Empowerment Forum Panel:
Ms. Heidi Durst earned her Bachelor of Science in elementary education (K-6) and a Master of Science in Professional School Counseling (Pre-K – Grade 12) from Minnesota State University. Ms. Durst now works as a professional school counsellor in Florida.
Next Generation Pastor, Next Level Church
Will has served at Next Level Church in Fort Myers since 2007. In addition to leading the Next Generation staff at 4 locations, Will is also a primary communicator for middle and high school environments and coaches youth leaders through his virtual coaching group.
Kathryn MacQueen Ramtahal, a children’s therapist at Saluscare, has more than 20 years experience helping children and teens regain resiliency from failed suicide attempts and learn effects to cope with suicidal ideations triggered by emotional, social or psychological stressors. She also provides therapeutic interventions to children/teens whose family or friends have died by intentional means.
MSSW, LCSW, MBS, BCPCC
Elizabeth Steinmann has worked in the mental health field for over 25 years, and brings years of experience working with children, adolescents and adults. She is currently in private practice in Naples, FL, specializes in working with depression, anxiety and trauma and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker.
Teresa Watkins Brown
Councilwoman, Ward 1
Teresa Watkins Brown is a native of Fort Myers, graduated in 1998 with a Bachelor’s degree in Professional Business Studies and a Master’s degree in 1999 in Human Resources Development and Administration from Barry University. She has served as the Past Mayor Pro-Tem, Past Community Redevelopment Chair and 8 years City of Fort Myers Planning Board. She was elected in 2009 and re-elected in 2013.