Helping to give local children the gift of good health
Joe Flanagan, President
Joe has lived in Martin County since 1988 when he became the band director at South Fork High School and remained there for 12 years. After that, he was an administrator for 19 year at Dizzy Gillespie Charter School, Crystal Lake Elementary, Spectrum, Martin County Schools Transportation, and Anderson Middle School now retired after 39 years in education. He attended University of Florida, Troy State (AL), Georgia Southern, and Florida Atlantic receiving Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Ed Leadership certification. Joe and his wife of 39 years raised two sons who now live in Stuart and Orlando.
Austin Gregory Moody (Greg), Vice President
Greg was born in Kentucky in 1957 and was raised in Nashville, Tennessee. After graduating from Memphis State University of Law and receiving his Tennessee license to practice law in 1982, he joined the VA Regional Counsel in Nashville. In 1998, he and his family moved to Stuart, Florida and he worked as the hospital attorney at the VA Hospital in West Palm Beach. On January 2, 2014, he retired after 32 years of service as a government attorney for the VA Regional Counsel. Greg is married to Sharon Moody and they have two adult children and two grandchildren.
Greg previously served as a board member for the US Courthouse Credit Union in Nashville, Tennessee from 1996 to 1998. He has traveled to Peru as a team member on 13 medical mission campaigns for Latin American Missions.
Birgit Ager, Treasurer
Alicia Stover, Program Coordinator
Alicia was born and raised in Peru, where she received her Bachelor in Translations from Ricardo Palma University. She moved to New York 30 years ago, and then to Florida 17 years ago, worked for Whole Child Connection and she currently works at SeaWind Elementary as the Parent Liaison and Volunteer Coordinator. Alicia served for 3 years in the Head Start Policy Council, 5 years in the Family Selection Committee for Habitat for Humanity, volunteers as a translator for different non-form profits in Martin County and teaches Sunday school at her church. Alicia has 2 adult children and lives with her husband Art in Stuart. Alicia loves serving as a Board member for Children’s Emergency Resources as the Program Coordinator and also assists with grant writing.
Jennifer Bracken, Secretary
Jennifer Bracken has been a resident of Martin County since 1981. She is an RN and a Nationally Certified School Health Nurse who has worked for the Martin County Health Department since 1997. She currently provides school health services to Jensen Beach High School and Stuart Middle School. In the past she also worked in the Comprehensive School Health Program serving students at South Fork High School, acted as the Health Services Manager for the Martin County School District Head Start Program and as a medical/surgical nurse at Shands Hospital. She received her BS in Nursing from the University of Florida and her Masters of Public Health from the University of South Florida. Jennifer lives in Stuart with her husband and their twin daughters.
Sheila has been a Martin County resident since 1982, moving from Indian River County. As a Registered Nurse, she has worked at Martin Memorial on the progressive care unit, then moving to the home health area where she served as both a field nurse and a supervisor. She has also worked at the Challenger School serving the disabled children of the county. She is currently working with the Martin County School District as the Health Services Manager for the Head Start Program.
Willie G. Gore
Willie has lived in Martin County since 2006 and has over 30 years in education. He was an administrator in Pinellas County where he previously resided and continued his career with the Martin county School District where he is currently the Assistant Principal at Hobe Sound Elementary School. He attended Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University, receiving a Bachelor’s Degree in Education and Nova Southeastern University where he received a Master’s in Educational Leadership. Willie and his wife Connie of 30 years reared two wonderful sons, Devin and Willie III, who live in Stuart and Orlando, Florida, respectively.
Larry was born in Chelsea, Massachusetts. He graduated from Trenton State College in New Jersey in 1978 and began his teaching career at Port Salerno Elementary. Larry spent the next 17 years teaching physical education and fourth grade.
In 1995, SeaWind Elementary opened its doors and Larry became the school’s first Assistant Principal. He made two moves as Assistant Principal. The first came to Crystal Lake Elementary in 1998, while the next came in 2001 to Port Salerno Elementary.
He served as principal of SeaWind Elementary from 2006-2011 and Pinewood Elementary from 2011-2016. Larry retired from the Martin County School District in 2016 after 38 years of service.
He has been on the board of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Palm Beach/Martin County for the last 10 years and currently serves as the chair. In his spare time, he is the owner/operator of Green Means Go Shuttle Services, LLC, a local transportation service.
Larry joined Children’s Emergency Resources, Inc. in 2017.
Debra was born in Brooklyn, NY and raised in Indiantown and Stuart, FL. After graduating from South Fork High School, she obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree from the Florida State University and a Master’s degree from Nova Southeastern University. Debra has been a Martin County resident since 1984. Currently, she works as a Martin County School District Administrator and is the Title I Coordinator. Debra lives in Stuart with her husband Tony, 3 children under the age of 12, a dog, a cat, and a guinea pig. Debra is looking forward to working with the CER board to serve this beautiful and increasingly diverse community we all call home.
Milagros “Milly” Ruiz
Milly has been a dental hygienist for close to 40-years, working about 20-years in private practice and a combined 10 years for the Department of Health in both New York and Florida.
Her work has given her the opportunity to touch the lives of children and adults including those who are homeless and displaced.
In 2017, “Milly” was named a “Rural Health Champion” by the Lake Okeechobee Rural Health Network for her efforts in the Indiantown community of Martin County.
Milly loves her work in Martin County and is delighted to have been with the school based dental sealant program since its inception in October of 2014. During her screening at the schools, Milly has seen many children with urgent dental needs. Recently has decided to join CER, so she can help the children and their families.
I have worked with Martin County Healthy Start Coalition as a bilingual Community Health Educator since 2009. Prior to this, I was a Whole Child Advisor with Whole Child Connection for 2 years. I graduated from the City College of New York with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology. Previous experience includes research in the sciences, case management in the foster care system, Youth work, as well as implementation, management and coordination of a nutrition grant. I have over 25 years experience in the Human and Health Science services.
Ashley Morales was born in Saba, an island in the Caribbean. She and her family moved to Martin County Florida in 1999. Ashley attended the University of Central Florida where she obtained her AA. She then transferred to FAU where she received her bachelor’s degree in Social Work. While working as a Dependency Case Manager in the child welfare system here in Martin County, Ashley obtained her master’s degree in Social Work from Florida State University. She is now the Family and Community Services Manager for the Martin County School District’s Head Start Program.