-Deborah H. Wagner, Founder
Bay’s Child, Inc. is a grassroots, all-volunteer effort that
grew out of a concern for children and the desire to build bridges
among residents in our community. For decades, the founders of
Child have sponsored impoverished children overseas – and they
will continue to do so, as well as support the mammoth organizations
that facilitate international sponsorships. But they have long wanted
a similar opportunity to sponsor children in their own community.
Finding no structured programs already in place that offer local sponsorships,
the founders set out to create Tampa Bay’s Child, Inc.
Board members include:
Deborah H. Wagner, President and Chairman
A long-time Tampa resident and lawyer by training, Ms. Wagner served for nearly a decade as an editorial writer for The St. Petersburg Times, where she wrote almost exclusively about the needs of disadvantaged children and families.
Dianne Hardin, Vice-President
Born and raised in Tampa, Ms. Hardin is a nurse with Tampa General Hospital's Genesis Clinic, where she works daily with low-income pregnant women, mothers, and children.
Denise Cooper, Vice-President
Having lived on both sides of Tampa Bay, Ms. Cooper, a 20-plus-year Delta Airlines employee, is a community advocate who has worked to improve literacy in struggling families.
Pat Wood, Secretary
The mother of two with an extensive volunteer record, Ms. Wood has a working understanding of the public school system and the needs of its teachers and students.
Hildren Francis, Vice-President
Born and raised in Puerto Rico, Ms. Francis is a Florida lawyer with a special interest in immigration law.
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Carol Stefany, Technology Manager
A mother and long-time school volunteer, Ms. Stefany serves as the Computer Technology Director for St. Mary's Episcopal Day School in Tampa and, as such, is a specialist in computer installation and maintenance. We are grateful to Ms. Stefany for her extensive volunteer efforts in directing and managing Tampa Bay's Child's program to install computers in the homes of sponsored children and otherwise to ensure the access of sponsored families to today's computer technology.
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