• Christina Mehta Prendiville

Valerie’s House Hires Joanne Hayden

Hayden to serve many roles in growing organization

FORT MYERS, Fla.– Valerie’s House, a loving place for grieving children and families to heal after the loss of a loved one, has hired Joanne Hayden as Operations Director. Hayden helps the various moving parts of Valerie’s House, including overseeing the property needs as well as the business side of Valerie’s House, and is often seen at community events speaking and helping build awareness for Valerie’s House. Hayden identifies with what the children at Valerie’s House are going through, as she lost her father when she was 14 years old.

“My personal passion for Valerie’s House, along with my experience in operations and management has given me vision to help set strong business operations for this fast-growing non-profit,” Hayden said.

Hayden comes to Valerie’s House after working for 23 years in office management and leadership positions within the Lee County Tax Collector’s office. She is a Certified Public Manager and earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Interdisciplinary Social Science from Florida State University. Hayden has called Southwest Florida her home for more than 40 years. She can be reached at

About Valerie’s House

Since 2015, Valerie’s House has provided grief services to over 300 children and their families from Lee, Collier, Charlotte and Sarasota counties at its Fort Myers and Naples locations. As the first program of its kind in Southwest Florida, Valerie’s House provides a safe, comfortable place for children to bond, grieve and heal following the death of a close family member. The organization’s vision is that no child will grieve alone. Valerie’s House is a United Way Partner Agency and is fully supported through generous donations from the community. For more information, visit


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