Becky Lucas appointed CEO of Habitat for Humanity of Lee and Hendry Counties

FORT MYERS, Fla. (June 25, 2019) – The Board of Directors for Habitat for Humanity of Lee and Hendry Counties has named Becky Lucas as chief executive officer (CEO). Her appointment follows the recent announcement that former president and CEO Katherine “Kitty” Green accepted the position of vice president for advancement at Florida Gulf Coast University. In addition to appointing Lucas as CEO, the Board has named Rick Mercer as president and Tanya Soholt as the chief operating officer (COO).

“Our board has always been impressed with Becky’s leadership and her ability to bring people together to support the cause,” said Gary Aubuchon, president of Aubuchon Team of Companies and board chair for Habitat for Humanity of Lee and Hendry Counties. “Not only does Becky have the depth of knowledge of nearly 20 years with Habitat, but she brings a tireless passion for making affordable housing a reality for families in our region to her role as CEO.”

Lucas has served Habitat for Humanity in various roles over a span of 19 years including volunteer, director of construction, executive director and her most recent role as vice president of community outreach. She managed the Lee and Hendry Counties Habitat affiliate during a time of rampant growth, overseeing the construction of 600+ Habitat homes.  

In her former role as associate director of philanthropy for The Nature Conservancy, Lucas worked with the state of Florida’s top philanthropic entities to devise their charitable giving plans, resulting in the protection of natural resources worldwide. She also served as a director of the Children’s Hunger Alliance in Columbus, Ohio where she was responsible for a USDA program, which fed 5,000 inner-city children a day.  

Mercer has been with Habitat for Humanity for two years, previously serving as vice president of construction. With over 30 years of construction management and community development experience, Mercer oversaw the construction of all new homes, rehabilitated homes and critical repairs, as well as community planning and development efforts.

Soholt has been with Habitat for Humanity since 1999. She previously served as vice president of family services, overseeing the Family Services and Senior Housing departments and monitoring the homeowner family selection process, property management and mortgage division.

About Habitat for Humanity of Lee and Hendry Counties

Since 1982, 1,550 families in need of a hand up have partnered with Habitat Lee and Hendry to build or improve their home. Habitat homeowners, alongside volunteers, help build their own home and pay an affordable mortgage. Through volunteering, financial or material donations, everyone can help Lee and Hendry county families achieve strength, stability and independence. Through shelter, we empower. For more information, visit


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Shangri-La Springs introduces upcoming Harvest & Wisdom menu items

BONITA SPRINGS, Fla. (June 25, 2019) – Harvest & Wisdom, a farm-to-table organic restaurant to open this summer at Shangri-La Springs’ historic property in downtown Bonita Springs is pleased to present fresh highlights of the new restaurant’s menu.

Seasonal ingredients just-picked from the property’s organic, no-till garden or grass fed, pastured-raised protein delivered from nearby Circle C Farm, will be expertly and lovingly crafted into unique and delectable dishes at Harvest & Wisdom. Culinary creations will be led by Michelin-starred Executive Chef Allen Fisher, competitor on Food Network’s Chopped, who brings more than 18 years of professional cooking and kitchen management experience and an extensive background of developing new concepts using local and organic products.

“We intend to carefully source items to be of the highest quality available,” said Chef Fisher. “We will harvest fresh, seasonal produce from our own on-site organic garden and support local farms for fresh produce, protein and seafood. Diners will enjoy the very cleanest ingredients, simply prepared.”

Delicious Harvest & Wisdom highlights on the ever-changing seasonal menu could include:

  • Organic caprese salad featuring heirloom tomatoes, creamy burrata cheese, small batch hand-crafted olive oil, flake sea salt, aged balsamic vinegars and just-picked baby opal basil
  • Squash salad with shaved organic zucchini and yellow squash, fresh-squeezed lemon juice, flake sea salt, small batch hand-crafted olive oil, feta cheese, and just-picked baby opal basil and mint
  • Circle C Farm lamb sausage with lentiled pigeon peas, pickled fennel, fennel fronds, pickled mustard seed and demi-glace
  • Circle C Farm bone-in ribeye garnished with shaved purple carrots, sautéed radishes and seared garlic kale
  • Crispy skin seabass with bok choy, julienne carrots and green piquillo peppers, fumet broth, lime oil, red pepper oil and micro cilantro

Up to 24-seat private dining is available for intimate occasions and events. Harvest & Wisdom’s chef and onsite catering experts can design custom menus, from light refreshments to full-course dinners. Special dietary requests are welcomed including gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan. Harvest & Wisdom at Shangri-La Springs will be open for lunch 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday.

About Shangri-La Springs

Built in 1921, Shangri-La Springs currently offers a variety of unique services including a stately property with an organic garden, fitness studio, full-service organic spa, gift shop and event and wedding venue rated GOLD in the Naples Daily News 2019 Best of Bonita/Estero. The property specializes in offering guests a nexus of beneficial practices, activities and engagement opportunities that include wellness classes, art shows and special programs. A range of natural and organic treatments and products including facials, massages, eucalyptus steam room, far infrared sauna and private garden lounge are offered at the Spa at Shangri-La Springs, which was rated SILVER for Day Spa in the Naples Daily News 2019 Best of Bonita/Estero. In addition, the historic property is undergoing interior renovations to open as a full-service boutique hotel that will feature 21 guest rooms, a restaurant and bar, outdoor dining area and conference room in the Great House. Renovations are also underway for six guest rooms located in Villa Ascona, a building positioned near the property’s courtyard, perfect for spa weekends or bridal party accommodations. Renovations to the hotel property are underway, with the restaurant opening during the summer. Shangri-La Springs is located at 27750 Old 41 Road in Bonita Springs. For more information call 239-949-0749 or visit

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