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Southwest Florida Roundup
Child-care mainstay Barbara Mainster retires
In 1972, a former Peace Corps worker named Barbara Mainster joined the Redlands Christian Migrant Association (RCMA), then a small child-care provider in southern Miami-Dade County. RCMA figured it could gain a foothold in the migrant community by hiring farmworker women as caregivers and brought in Mainster to help educate them.
Later as executive director, Mainster built RCMA into the state's largest non-profit child-care provider.
In January, Mainster retired at 75 and turned over the reins to Gayane Stepanian, a longtime non-profit manager who previously oversaw grant development for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade.
ALSO IN THIS ARTICLE: Gayle Mulville; Jim Dean; Janice Hollar; Elaine Nicpon Marieb; Bob Bartz; Metrohm; Hashtag Fulfillment; Suncoast Credit Union
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