Summary: Skilled at working with people of all ages and cultures, educator,
counselor, supervisor, administrator with proven ability to write, present and
Experience working with special needs children through wish-granting
Familiar with community resources
Works well in multi cultural environment with all ages
Strong people skills
Experienced grief counselor
Excellent communication skills
Experience facilitating support groups.
Trained 200 college level students to implement fundraising events and assist in wish granting.
Received Community Hero Award 2014
Awarded University of Central Florida Community Partnership Award 2012
01/1999 to Current
Program DirectorNew Hope for Kids, Inc. － Maitland, FL
Process wish applications and determine eligibility for a wish.
Contact Wish family and schedule a meeting either in office or in-home setting.
Confirm Wish choice with child; discuss dates, needs with family.
Make necessary arrangements to implement wish grant.
Act as a liaison between New Hope for Kids families and referral agencies.
Market New Hope services to the Central Florida community through visits, phone contacts and correspondence.
Present educational opportunities for community organizations interested in New Hope for Kids services and/or grief and loss information.
Have annually trained, supervised and evaluated 200 university-level students as wish granters and marketers.
01/1996 to 01/1999
Manager of VolunteerNew Hope Center Inc － Maitland, FL
Recruited, screened, trained, assigned 550 volunteers Planned and facilitated agency to community orientations, six times per year Edited, wrote and designed a quarterly volunteer newsletter Supervised volunteer teams that supported numerous special event and fund raisers Developed policies and procedures for all aspects of volunteer utilization Designed and managed a tracking system for all agency volunteers.
This tracking system calculated a savings of $572,000.00 in volunteer hours Developed, implemented and monitored the following volunteer based programs: Speakers Bureau ~ Befriending of the Elderly Team ~ Holiday Food Baskets.
01/1992 to 01/1996
Volunteer CoordinatorHospice of Central Florida － Maitland, FL
Assisted in recruiting, screening, assigning agency volunteers Co-chaired annual volunteer recognition banquet honoring 700 plus volunteers Planned and managed state and national seminars Facilitated and organized local agency conferences Recorded and tracked volunteer assignment to hospice patients Prepared and recorded monthly time and mileage reports for volunteer reimbursement Assisted in developing departmental policies and procedures Managed all areas of volunteer assignment including: patient care, bereavement follow-up assignments, health fairs/special events, clerical assistants and transportation.
01/1983 to 01/1992
Office ManagerRosemarie Wilder Oviedo First Baptist Church － Oviedo, FL
Provided administrative support to four ministers.
Supervised and trained two secretaries Recruited and supervised a volunteer staff Designed administrative training manual Maintained correspondence, record keeping and all publicity.
01/1982 to 01/1983
Program AssistantFranklin Senior Citizens Center － Carrabelle, FL
Participated with daily management of program services.
Assisted with development of state and federal grants.
Maintained service recipient records.
Received and assisted senior citizens who daily attended the center.
01/1978 to 01/1981
InstructorGraceville High School － Dothan, FL
Taught English and Civics to grades 7, 9, 10, 12.
01/1974 to 01/1976
InstructorStetson Baptist Preschool － Deland, FL
Taught 3 and 4-year-olds shapes, colors, alphabet, Bible stories, music and creative activities.
01/1973 to 01/1974
InstructorSanford Middle School － Sanford, FL
Taught compensatory English to 7th grade.
M.A: Mental Health CounselingWebster University Orlando FloridaMental Health Counseling
B.A: EducationStetson University Deland FloridaEducation
30-hour Grief Facilitator training
TLC crisis training certificate, 1999
Windows, Access and blogging training, 2012-2015
Reading, writing, oil painting, creative activities, travel, spending time with family and friends.
Effective oral and written communication; training; counseling; evaluating
Family and faith in God are a priorities in my life. They provide support, encouragement and joy to my life. Inspiration is a part of the art and literary work that I do, and enters into my everyday life.