On The Spot Aid, Inc is guided by a committed group of volunteers who have decades of experience in a variety of medical fields. All of them have an intimate understanding of the needs of the homeless community, the medical community, and bridging the gap between them.
Working to improve the lives of all citizens has been the driver in my years as a public health registered nurse. It has been a privilege to serve in various positions in six health departments across two countries. Thirty-six years of experience in Public Health managing and expanding programs, supervising and developing staff, and anticipating the future needs of clients, staff, organizations and community will inform my participation on the Board of On the Spot Aid, Inc. I believe that all lives are valuable and important to the heart of each community. By serving on the Board there is an opportunity to strengthen the lives of our vulnerable homeless population.
Brad holds degrees in both Computer Science and Culinary Arts. Currently a professional Non-Profit Consultant, Brad was the co-founder of SAME Café (So All May Eat) in Denver, CO, which he and Libby (wife and partner) operated for 11 years. Since then, Brad has been working as a
Consultant, helping other non-profits nationwide work and serve more efficiently, organize HR practices and creating employee manuals. In addition to his expertise both behind the computer and the counter, Brad has traveled to 47 States and parts of Canada visiting and researching community cafes. Brad is also a trained athlete has competed in both the 2014 Ironman in Boulder, CO and the Boston Marathon in 2012. We deeply appreciate his thoughtful demeanor and excellent leadership!
I have been a Florida resident for 7 years originally from NJ. I graduated from nursing school in 1980. Having worked as a hospital staff nurse, school nurse, rehab supervisor and nursing home assistant director, I retired due to health reasons. This gave me the opportunity and time to volunteer in different positions using my nursing background as an asset. While at VBA and meeting OTS nurses, I felt the calling to volunteer with them. Volunteering in Englewood and Venice I have grown in understanding the plight of the homeless and enjoy helping with their medical needs and developing relationships with them.
In January we were equally excited for David Doerr to be elected as a Director. David brings a wealth of experience and wisdom both from a healthcare professional, as a Radiology Technician, and many years of hospital administration. Prior to his healthcare career, David served in the U.S Army, and earned the distinction of serving on the Presidential Honor Guard in Washington, DC. David has provided leadership for many boards as both Director and Chairman, including the American Hospital Association, Chamber of Commerce, Boys and Girls Club, and was the recipient of the Paul Harris Community Service Award from the Terre Haute Rotary Club. David credits his wife Char (also a great supporter of OTS!) and his family for their support and a great measure of his success. In addition to his discernment and quick analysis, David’s golf game is notoriously great. We are thankful to have found the perfect fit for our needs as a Board of Directors!
I am a retired UCC minister from New Hampshire and active here in the Venice United Church of Christ. Cindy and Bonnie’s development of On the Spot has intrigued many of us at the church – a true expression of Jesus’ urging to befriend folks on the fringes and meeting a critical need. After chatting with other Directors at the Open House for the new Recuperative Center, I decided to seek a Director’s role. I have some past experience on other non-profit boards, and I have time to give. When not volunteering I
enjoy bicycling, hiking, dominoes, folk singing and fishing.
Marion M. Putman lives in Port Charlotte, Fla., and currently works as a program manager with JFCS of the Suncoast, assisting homeless and at-risk veterans and their families. She attended Charlotte High School locally in Punta Gorda, and then went on to receive her bachelor’s degree from the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. She has worked for the state of Florida, Charlotte County government, and various nonprofits, and was an editor for the Sun Coast Media Group for nine years. Among her
government and nonprofit positions, she has served as an advocate for People Living With HIV/AIDS and their families; victims and survivors of domestic violence, sexual violence and other violent crimes;
individuals with severe, persistent mental illness and substance use disorders, including those with opiate use disorders; and both recent and chronically homeless veterans. She was part of the interagency team that worked toward and achieved Functional Zero for Veteran Homelessness in Charlotte County in 2017. In her spare time, she is an avid reader and writer, and takes entirely too many photos of her gray rescue cat, Trouble.
Marion first met Bonnie and Cindy through her work at Charlotte Behavioral Health Care with the State Opioid Response program. She has a deep admiration for all they have done to launch and grow On the
Spot Aid, and what a huge difference the teams are making for the health and wellbeing of unhoused individuals and families in our area. She is a proud new member of the OTS board, and hopes to help the organization continue its growth and success.
Native Floridian who moved from central Florida to Englewood in 1987 to open a furniture store. I recently retired but have stayed active in our community through the Lemon Bay Sunrise Rotary, Englewood Methodist Church, Charlotte County Habitat for Humanity, along with playing golf and some fishing.
I became involved with OTS through a food program at Indian Mound Park on Tuesday evenings which serves local campers. My involvement with OTS has grown since they have recently partnered with the Englewood Community Care Clinic in providing medical care to the homeless and uninsured.
I look forward to working with OTS to reach the homeless and forgotten in our community as we provide compassion and medical care.