Alicia Miller is the executive director for the Fort Myers-based Deaf & Hard of Hearing Center, where she and her staff work with the nearly 60,000 deaf and hard-of-hearing-residents of Southwest Florida.
Her position there follows roles as a high school teacher—she’s a multiple Golden Apple finalist—and director of scholarships for the Foundation for Lee County Public Schools.
But intertwined with her professional résumé has been a great deal of volunteerism.
For example, she taught English to victims of human trafficking a local safe house and served on the board for Abuse Counseling Treatment Center.
As an avid Gator fan, Miller has also been involved in the SWFL Gator Club, where she participates in other community service projects such as International Gator Day, a day in which the entire club volunteers their time at a local nonprofit.
Miller is also setting an example for her children and her boyfriend’s child to show them the importance of giving back to the community and treating people kindly. “My key approach to business is passion.” she says. “Everything that I do has my whole heart. Otherwise, I don’t do it.”