With hearts heavy, The Haven announces to our community that we have lost a friend and colleague. Pam Alexander, The Haven’s Community Employment Services Director has passed away from her courageous battle with cancer. Her strong spirit will be missed by all on our campus and in the community. As a pioneer for employment services for adults with disabilities in Sarasota-Manatee, she recently identified a need in the community for an employment service catering to those seeking support and assistance in their transition from post-secondary education to long-term employment. She was the driving force behind the funding and launch of The Haven’s latest program; Careers Without Limits (CWL).Pam developed the program parameters, sought grant opportunities and engaged local education and employer partners to take this program from a dream to reality.
With a voracity for service excellence, she spearheaded a campaign to acquire funding for her latest program extension. In 2017, The Haven announced that The Able Trust had awarded a $231k grant to The Haven for Careers Without Limits. Through the dedication of her entire team, the program launched in July 2017 and has provided support to 29 students who seek internship and employment opportunities. The Careers Without Limits program continues to be a resource to lend support for those who identify with a disability by providing counseling, training and placement services.
“I had the pleasure of working along side and for Pam. During that time Pam became a great mentor and more importantly, a great friend. Her motivation and inspiration for others inspired me to be better. Working for Pam was an absolute honor and an experience that I will forever treasure.” Sean Gast, Community Employment Coordinator
“It was a real pleasure to work with Pam these past 6 years. She was a true professional I every sense of the word along with being an important adviser to me in the first few of years at the Haven which allowed me to transition from employment specialist for the VIP-ER program to VIP-ER Coordinator. I will miss her sturdy professionalism but must most important I will miss her friendship.” Ken Ouellette, VIP-ER Employment Coordinator
“Pam was a remarkable person to be around. She had unwavering loyalty to those she worked with and was always quick with a reason to laugh. Her presence is greatly missed.” Carole Reams, Community Employment Coordinator
“It was an absolute honor to work side by side with Pam on realizing her vision for Careers Without Limits. When she first came to me about the idea for the program several years ago, I knew it would be successful because she was the driving force behind it. She never gave up and overcame many obstacles to obtain the funding to make the program a reality. Pam’s legacy will live on through the hundreds of students that will benefit from her dedication to empowering people with disabilities.” Brad Jones, CEO
Pam A. Alexander |
Pam A. Alexander of Venice, Florida, passed away on February 1, 2018 after a courageous battle with cancer. She was born on August 8 in San Antonio, Texas. Pam was involved with many different careers throughout her life. Pam enjoyed oil painting, travel and she was an avid reader. She is survived by her loving husband of 45 years, Nick of Venice; her brother, Jim Morgan of Colorado Springs, Colorado and two nieces. A service to celebrate Pam’s life was held at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, February 15, 2018 at the Unity Church of Venice. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Unity Church of Venice or The Haven in Sarasota.