Employee Spotlight

Ann Anjelic

Children’s Network is proud to recognize Ann Anjelic for her superb communication, customer service skills and dedication to the agency and staff.  Ann is the first professional you see when you come to our Altamont office as she is one of our Administrative Assistants who runs our reception desk and ensures the office is always stocked, clean and proper.  Ann is always pleasant, professional and helpful to anyone who comes in contact with her.  She is eager to help anyone, even if it means her own work has to be interrupted.  Ann has been with us for 5 years and we are grateful for her excellent service.  We frequently get compliments about Ann on how helpful and pleasant she is to everyone.

~ Nadereh Salim, CEO 


Children’s Network is so blessed to have Ann Anjelic, Receptionist at the Altamont office.  Ann runs the front office so well, knows where everything is and where it goes too!  Even if she is in the middle of something, she will drop whatever she is doing to assist others who need help.

~Michelle Leonard, EA and HR Liaison


Ann is always willing to help with Human Resource duties and does it with a smile!

~ Jennifer Rossell, AA and HR Liaison

Erica Mitchell

Good Afternoon,


The Guardian ad Litem Program newsletter recognizes incredible community partners in each edition.  Erica was selected as the GAL community partner for the most recent edition.  Please see the attached newsletter for Erica’s feature.  GAL Volunteer, Betsy Warner nominated Erica noting her attention to detail and spectacular staffing job.  Congratulations Erica!  Thank you for going above and beyond and recognizing the importance of working together!


“I would like to commend Quality Assurance Specialist Erica Mitchell on her Permanency Staffing reports. They are, by far, the best written, most fact filled synopsis of a case that I have ever read. I could tell that she took the time to research these cases and document ALL accurate pertinent facts and recommendations. This shows passion for her job. Well done Erica! I hope that I have the pleasure of working with you on all my cases for quite some time.”




Holly Rodriguez, MSW, CPM

Circuit Director

20th Judicial Circuit – Fort Myers

Charlotte, Collier, Hendry, Glades, and Lee Counties


KUDOS to CNSWFL's Melanie Martinez!!!
Melanie and I just finished our annual Wyman recertification call. We are excited to report that we achieved full certification without any follow-up items. During our call, it was noted that we had more post-surveys completed than any of the other Wyman providers in the country! (And we are the only ones so far that are not on an action plan.) This is due to the great work and communication that Melanie continued to provide to our clubs after COVID hit. She was creative, informative, and kept our partners in the loop with ideas and updates! ~ K. Turcotte, Staff Development

You ladies have done a great job despite COVID and you champion this wonderful Evidence Based Program wholeheartedly. Thanks for all you do! ~ N. Salim, CEO


Children’s Network hosted its monthly QPI Leadership meeting via Zoom and I was very impressed by the huge turnout and the level of participation by foster and adoptive families.

One of our Board members, (Rebecca Hodge Snyder) attended the meeting and was instrumental in answering some legal questions that were asked by parents.

One of our foster parents, Mr. Chris L. gave a huge shout out and kudos to Jolene Smith O’Connor and Sarah Walker. He stated both ladies are professional, organized, and helpful and he appreciates the level of communication, information and support he receives from them.

It was great to hear the accolades from a foster parent in the presence of so many other families from various agencies.

~Jolene and Sarah, I want to say Thank You for your great work and efforts in treating our foster families with respect and for providing a positive experience for them. You ladies made me proud of your work and I wanted to pass this along to others ~Nadereh Salim, CEO

Chris Rossi

We are pleased to congratulate Christopher Rossi for the completion of an extensive Peer Recovery training program and successfully passing the certification exam to become a Certified Peer Recovery Specialist through the Florida Certification Board. Christopher has dedicated his career to helping others on their journey to Recovery from substance misuse. He works in collaboration with our case management staff, community behavioral health providers, and parents to provide support and resources to strengthen families. Children’s Network and the families we serve are fortunate Christopher is a member of our team. Congratulations Christopher!

Brenda Salgado


My name is Sabrina, I am a relative caregiver. I care for two of my great nieces and their baby brother. (Ages 3yrs, 2yrs and 3mths). I also adopted 3 other children whom are my nieces and nephew.  


Mrs. Brenda S. Salgado was assigned my caseworker. The reason I am writing this letter is to let you know how awesome Mrs. Salgado is.  From the very first day I met her I was having a lot of different situations going on with my case. I was getting no help from my case worker, no funds and I was very frustrated.  Mrs. Salgado came to my home for the very first time for a home visit. Right after she left my home she started sending out emails and making phone calls, she put me in contact with a different organization who could help me with things I needed to care for the children until I received help.


No matter when I called or emailed her she always answered and got on the situation right away. She never stopped until I got everything under control, she was diligent in following through with anything I needed. It took some time to solve all of my situation but she never gave up on me. She even did three-way conversation phone calls with me. 


I just wanted to let her supervisor know how much of a great job she has done. I really cannot say how much I appreciate everything she has done for me. I truly believe I would still be going through everything right now if it had not been for her. Mrs. Salgado is  not aware that I wrote this letter to you. I wrote this letter because I wanted you to know the great job has done and still doing.


Thank you,

Sabrina S.

Nursing Students from Keiser University
Keiser University


Kudos, Kudos, Kudos to CNSWFL Adriana Reyes!  From a GAL.


I just wanted to take a minute to thank you for your caring and compassionate attitude.  And, that it's been a pleasure working with you on the case.  You kept me in the loop throughout the past year via email, phone or text.  Always responsive to any questions or concerns family or I might have and provided answers quickly.

Emma now has permanency because of a team effort by all involved.

You are a true asset to your agency.

I hope we will work together on another case in the future.

Thanks, Karen


Kudos to CNSWFL Adoption's Supervisors, Melissa Bonner!

"I know you have heard me say this a thousand and one times, but I never get tired of saying it again, mainly because every interaction with her leaves me with the same sentiment as below:

“Melissa Bonner is one of our very best, she is competent beyond belief, professional at all times, compassionate yet firm, and a team player....
I and we are so lucky to have her amongst us.”

Thanks Melissa for just being YOU.

Nadereh Salim, MBA
Chief Executive Officer"


Congratulations to all of our staff (including LSF & Camelot staff) who were nominated and accepted in to the

Rise Up & Shine program.


Kudos! Kudos! Kudos! Congratulations to CNSWFL's Brenda Salgado!

"My name is Christina R, Full case manager for Wesley House in Monroe County. Ms. Brenda is assigned to one of my cases as an ICPC/OCS worker. I wanted to take this time to send this email to Acknowledge her on Amazing Team work she showed on last week, 4/11/19. Ms. Brenda sacrificed and showed AMZAING professionalism by following up, and not stopping until we were able to make contact. This really says a lot, being that she is only a courtesy worker for my case. With her tenacity and motivation, we were able to work together and make sure the child was safe and doing good. Her communication and tenacity is great. Thank you all so much for what you do to help and assists us. Christina R. - "

Employee Kudos

Congratulations:  Kyle Allen, Information Technology Team Leader of Children's Network of SWFL

I know that all of you are already aware, but I wanted to take a minute to tell you how AWESOME Kyle Allen is!

Kyle's leadership within the department is the utmost I've seen in a very long time.  He lead up the migration of Office 365 without a hitch, even though we had 1000 other projects going at the same time.  He is supportive in all he does with mentoring the techs and going out of his way to help others that come to him.  It is an honor to have Kyle on my TEAM!


Sherrie Weckesser - IT Manager for CSNWFL


Congratulations to Samantha Lower Child Welfare Case Manager Children's Network of SWFL

Staff Kudos from:  Joy Gregory, QM Specialist, CNSWFL

"I know that all of you are already aware, but I want to take a minute to tell you how AWESOME Samantha Lower is!

Sam is one of the brightest, most knowledgeable and energetic young woman I have seen in this field in a very long time.  She is supportive of both her staff and families,  and is compassionately honest (if that is a phrase) with the parents and caregivers.   It is obvious that she cares about her work and wants to do what is in the best interest of everyone involved.  It is not often that you work with someone who never complains and is ALWAYS prepared!  She understands the families and the issues that they encounter and treats each and every person with respect.

Suffice to say, there are not enough accolades I could give to Sam that could express how much I admire who she is and the excellence she has brought to this agency!!"

Joy Gregory



Congratulations to Alisbeth Nelson Child Welfare Case Manager Children's Network of SWFL

"The M. case has been a whirlwind from start to finish and Ali has been amazing from the get go.

Ali - Given the unique circumstance of this case, you really went above and beyond as we worked to find a solution for this family. Thank you for your compassion and dedication! I can’t imagine what yesterday would have been like without you."

Brittnie Stoy, CPI, DCF