Meet Our Team
Our team members are the heart of our organization here at Child Care of Southwest Florida. We've been lucky enough to find a great team of people who are passionate and knowledgeable about child care, development, and education. They understand the importance of early childhood education and the affect it has not only on children, but on families, and their surrounding communities. Implementing these values is a profession and a passion for our team members. They gladly carry this message to everyone they interact with each day.
Chief Executive Officer
Chris Hansen grew up on the Orange River in Eastern Lee County, working at the family marina, Hansen Marine Ways, Inc., until completing training as a Paramedic at Edison Community College (now Florida Southwestern State College-FSW). Chris graduated with a degree in Emergency Medical Technology and went on to serve as an adjunct faculty in the EMT and Paramedic programs. He joined Lee County Public Safety/EMS in 1980 and worked his way through the ranks from EMT, Paramedic, Training Officer, Training & Quality Manager, and Operations Manager before retiring in 2008 as Chief of EMS and Deputy Director of Public Safety. In addition to teaching in the EMS Program for nearly three decades with EMS, Chris worked part-time in local hospital emergency rooms and blood bank and was a First Responder Instructor at the SWFL Police and Fire Academies. Since retirement from Lee County Government, Chris worked as Vice President of Operations for Priority Marketing and Director of Business Development for Park Royal Behavioral Health Services. In 2011, He was sworn-in as a District Four Director on the Lee Health System Board, where he continues to serve today. Chris became CEO of Child Care of SW Florida in May 2018 and currently lives in North Fort Myers with his wife Teri Hansen.
Chief Financial Officer
Lisa Tortora joined the organization in August 2015. She brings more than 30 years of experience in financial reporting, budgetary and fiscal analysis in both the private and public sectors. Prior to moving to Southwest Florida in 1995, she was the CFO for a national, leading environmental organization, Yosemite National Institutes. She attended St. Mary’s College and graduated magna cum laude from University of Hartford with a B.S. in Accounting & Finance. Lisa enjoys spending time with her husband Peter and her son, Jackson.
Carmen Green is a native of Fort Myers. She received her Associate in Science degree in Secretarial Science from Edison Community College in April 1988 and has been employed with Child Care of Southwest Florida, Inc. since July 25, 1988. Ms. Green was originally hired as Secretary, later promoted to Administrative Assistant and now is the Administrative Manager. Ms. Green is responsible for many aspects of the organization including: human resources, payroll, health insurance, worker's compensation, unemployment compensation, student accident insurance and some corporate document filings. Ms. Green enjoys spending time with her son, daughter, grandchildren and the rest of her family.
Director of Child Care Operations
Tammy Aronson has worked for Child Care of Southwest Florida since 1993 as a Center Director, Program Coordinator, Program Assessor, and as the first Health and Safety Monitor. She has a Bachelor's Degree, CDA, and Director’s Credential. She grew up in Vermont on a large dairy farm and was very involved in the Vermont Public Interest Research Group and also completed an Internship with then-Attorney General James Jeffords. She attended college in Vermont and had the opportunity to study abroad in France during her sophomore year. She transferred to Reed College in Portland, Oregon where she received her Bachelor's degree. She became involved with 4-H which led to a position as the Director of Camp Ondawa in Arlington Vermont. This is where she discovered her love of working with youth and nature, which led to her first Florida position with the Calusa Nature Center as the Education Coordinator.
Director of Child Care Food Program
Before coming to Child Care of Southwest Florida, Beth was a Family Child Care Home provider for 16 years. She was offered a position in the Food Program where she has been since 1999. Beth is the Director of the Food Program. She is a graduate of Florida Southwestern State College. When not working Beth enjoys spending time with her husband, her 4 grown daughters and her grandchildren.
Patricia Guth moved to United States in 2001 from Peru. In 1995, she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Education, specializing in children with developmental disabilities from Universidad Femenina del Sagrado Corazón in Lima, Peru. She has been living in Southwest Florida since 2006 and has been employed with Child Care of Southwest Florida, Inc. since December 5, 2006. Mrs. Guth was originally hired as training coordinator assistant, and later promoted to training coordinator for the Department of Children and Families Introductory Child Care Training on July 1, 2009. She lives in Cape Coral with her husband Robert.
Joe Spradlin grew up living around the U.S. as the son of an Air Force Chief Master Sargent and was born in Bermuda, where he holds dual citizenship. He attended college at Univ. of California, Sacramento. Joe lived and worked in California for 20 years as a restauranteur, including Director of Management and Franchise Training for Jack- in –the-Box restaurants. He served as Assoc. Pastor at 1st UMC in Fort Myers and received a license as local Pastor from Florida Southern College/UMC. Joe founded and serves a Pastor at Signs of Life Community Church in Cape Coral. He also created a handyman business, called Restor-Nation, LLC which led him to his new position at CCSWFL. Joe loves his wife Kacee and their 6 children and seven grandchildren.