Employee Spotlight2022-02-04T17:30:51-05:00





Although you are already aware of how amazing Barb is, I wanted you to know that she took the time to convert our agency’s application for employment and our reference check form to a fillable .pdf.  This will help HR and the candidates who apply immensely!

When Barb had down-time due to the computer crash, she reached out to ask if I would like the forms converted and of course I jumped on the opportunity.  I’m not sure why she chose those forms or HR but I’m certainly glad she did.

She is truly wonderful, I am so proud to be her coworker, and so very grateful to be the benefactor of her talents!

— Michelle Leonard



Casey attended Rider University in Lawrenceville NJ and obtained her BA in Psychology and minor in Social Work in 2000 and earned her MSW from Delaware State University in 2008. She went on to become a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in 2012 and is a Qualified Supervisor and certified TF-CBT therapist. Casey has a broad range of experience in the social work field beginning in 1998 in such areas as; adoption, developmental and intellectual disabilities, traumatic brain injury, addictions, and mental health disorders. Prior to joining Children’s Network as their Behavioral Health Coordinator, she was the Clinical Supervisor for Pathways of Fort Myers which provided mental health and psychiatric services to children and adults. Since joining Children’s Network in 2018 she has lead the agency in obtaining a Medicaid number so that the Network can provide mental health services directly to children involved in the foster care system. Casey is also the Clinical Supervisor for the Children’s Network Medicaid program.

Ray Fischer

Ray Fischer

March is National Social Work Month and I want to take a moment to both recognize, thank and honor one of our very own MSW professionals.

Ray Fischer our Chief Operating Officer embodies everything Social Work stands for and more.

Ray received his MSW from FGCU (go Eagles) in 1998 and has been serving our community in a helping profession ever since.  Ray also received his Undergrad in Human Services in May of 2000. Ray began working for Camelot Community Care in 2000 and joined the Community Based Care Lead Agency in 2003. Ray has dedicated most of his adult life to serving abused children and their families in many capacities from Therapist to Director and eventually as our COO.

Every interaction between Ray and the families we serve is grounded on the ethical principles of social work, and chief amongst them is service, integrity and dignity. Ray, we celebrate National Social Work month by celebrating your commitment and contributions to improving lives of so many in Southwest Florida.

The theme for Social Work month 2021 is: “ Social Workers Are Essential”

Ray, you and all the other Social Workers at the children’s Network of SWFL are indeed essential to our collective success.

Lannie Torres

Lannie Torres

Hello Gabby, I wanted to share a text message I sent to CM Lannie Torres so you may forward this to her Sunshine Folder or personnel record. Sent at 2:04 pm, 03-03-2021:

“Lannie, I want to thank you for all of the hard work you put in on all your cases! I would especially like to highlight the extra attention you gave to Cash and working with the medical provider to ensure Cash’s specific needs for a proper transition were met. What you do as a case manager and a person who cares is no easy task. I appreciate you as does GAL K.D. and (GAL) Cathy (Corey) also let me know early on in the Cash case that you were making very sound assessments as to Cash. Not too many people know what (it) is like to be a case manager and I thank you for your perseverance!”

This message was sent via text message so a little less informal and some text omissions may have occurred.

— Sincerely, Kara Rhoden
Child Advocate Manager 20th Judicial Circuit –
Fort Myers Charlotte, Collier, Hendry, Glades, and Lee Counties Lee County Justice Center
1700 Monroe Street, Suite 600

Bill Higgins

Happy Retirement Bill Higgins

“After 16 years this seems surreal.  The memories, both professional and personal, are too many to enumerate.  I will forever be grateful for your wisdom, graciousness,  explorative mind, and willingness to share your knowledge with me and other team members; we are so much more talented because of you!   I hope you know that you have inspired us to reach for higher ideals and something greater than themselves.”

— Michelle Farquharson, Quality Management Director

“Once in a blue moon, folks get lucky and find a Gem, and you my friend are our Gem.  I can’t thank you enough for all you have done for us.  Your keen eye for all things Risk related, Quality related and System related, made you a unique member of our team.  Thank you for everything you have done for us, you will be sorely missed.”

— Nadereh Salim, CEO

“I learned and laughed with you. I respect your abilities and wished I possessed more of them.  You are easy to like and that is a skill.  No one deserves it more Bill, to ride off into the sunset and go fishing, because I am pretty sure you will be doing more of that!! Have fun and stay safe my friend.”

— Ray Fischer, COO

Spence Walker

Kudos to Spence Walker of LSF!

“I wanted to take a minute and thank you for the great job you are doing. I really appreciate how you interact with foster parents, staff and stakeholders during Pride graduations. It was a pleasure watching you in action during graduation last night. We are fortunate to have your commitment and skills on our team of professionals.”

— Nadereh Salim, CEO

“I second that! Spence does a fabulous job with our families . Being involved in teaching and also the Senior in placements works perfectly. When the families are contacted for their first placement they speak to the two members of the professional team that have started the journey with them-placements and their licensing counselor. Every family ALWAYS says “ Spence if you think I can do this we will try” “If Spence thinks we are good for this kid we will try”. His commitment to the families in training extend beyond the classes he teaches. He often participates in other training classes as well.”

— Michelle Scott, APD Lutheran Services Florida

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