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 the past 17 year at Dizzy Gillespie Charter School, Crystal Lake Elementary, Spectrum, Transportation, and currently at Anderson Middle School. 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 27 years raised two sons who now live in Stuart and Orlando.
Lisa Kieffer, Treasurer
Lisa is a Registered Nurse and has been employed by Martin County Healthy Start Coalition since 2007. As the Prenatal Outreach Coordinator for Healthy Start she facilitated the success of the Prenatal Outreach Center by getting over 1700 Martin County women insurance and prenatal care. It’s her goal to learn and access all of the resources in Martin County for those who need assistance. She is married and has 3 wonderful children.
Alicia Stover, Program Coordinator
Alicia was born and raised in Peru, where she received her Bachelor of Arts in Translations from Ricardo Palma University. She moved to New York 24 years ago, where she worked for the South Huntington School District for eleven years. With the school district, she was responsible for translations and began working in the social work field. Alicia moved to Florida 11 years ago with her two children, Kenneth and Julissa, and began working at the Port Salerno Elementary Family Learning Center. In April of 2006 she became a Whole Child Advisor and was the Senior Whole Child Advisor for 9 years. As Senior Whole Child Advisor, Alicia was responsible for maintaining the Whole Child Connection System, providing support to providers and advisors, conducting presentations to Martin County families, and managing client service requests. Alicia currently works for the Coalition of Independent Living Options where she is the Program Specialist for the Treasure Coast.
Alicia served for 3 years in the Head Start Policy Council, 5 years in the Family Selection Committee for Habitat for Humanity and currently serving as a board member for Character Counts! and also volunteers as a translator for different non-form profits in Martin County and teaches Sunday school at her church. Alicia lives in Martin County with her daughter and her husband and loves serving as a Board member for Children’s Emergency Resources.
Jennifer Bracken, Secretary
Jennifer 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 Florida Department of Health in Martin County since 1997. She currently provides school health services to Jensen Beach High School, Bessey Creek Elementary and Stuart Middle schools. 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.
Laura was born and raised in Michigan and obtained her nursing degree from Delta College. She moved to Stuart in 1981 and worked at Martin Memorial Hospital for 20 years. Since 2005 she has worked for the Florida Department of Health in Martin County and is currently the School Health Program Nursing Supervisor. Laura has enjoyed volunteering on the Children’s Emergency Resources Board since 2005. She knows the positive impact this small organization makes in meeting the health needs of the children in our community. Laura is the proud parent of a daughter, currently in grad school at UF, and a son, majoring in engineering at UCF.
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.
Dorene Erb Dorene is a retired elementary teacher from The Brentwood School District, (34yrs) lived Holbrook L.I.,N.Y., born in Brooklyn, raised on Long Island, and lived in San Diego before moving to Tradition in Port St. Lucie two years ago. She has her BS in pre-K-6 from SUC Brockport and Masters+90 from Stony Brook University in New York. She was her building’s union rep., trained in conflict resolution, and certified for drug/sex education for grades 1-6.
After retiring from teaching, she served as the General Education teacher on the Committee for Special Education for the Brentwood School District. She became a volunteer CASA working with foster families and the Suffolk County Family Court system whose mission is to speak for the best interest of the abused and neglected children in the court system, and tutored at risk High School children for Project Intervention. She also was a volunteer Track/Field and Equestrian coach for the Special Olympics in Suffolk County.
Her only son and daughter-in-law live in San Diego, where she visits as much as possible.
Hobbies include ballroom dancing, boating, golf, reading, yoga, live music, travel, volunteering and in NY, acting in community theater and Murder Mysteries.
Jean graduated with a B.S. in Special Education from Saint Joseph College in West Hartford, CT and received Masters Degrees in Reading and Educational Leadership from Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton. She has been a proud resident of Martin County since 1994, having worked as a fourth grade teacher at J. D. Parker School of Science, Math, & Technology in Stuart for 18 years and currently as the Assistant Principal at Warfield Elementary School in Indiantown. Jean and her husband Paul have two lovely daughters, Jessica and Courtney, who live in Stuart and Anaheim, California, respectively. In her spare time, Jean enjoys singing and acting in professional musical theatre productions with StarStruck theatre.
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.
Judge Cheryl is retired from the Superior Court of Maricopa County, AZ, where she served for 19 years. She holds a Juris Doctor and a bachelor of science degree from Arizona State University. In addition to her CERI board membership, Cheryl is a member of the Board of Directors and Secretary for the Hope Center, a not-for-profit charter school. Cheryl lives in Port St. Lucie and is a “critter caretaker” who enjoys golf, bridge, astrology, trivia, and travel.
Nedra is a registered Dental Hygienist who has served on the board of Children Emergency Resources for the past 14 years. She is married to Ernesto, a Civil Engineer, and they have two sons, Marco and Alex. Since moving to Martin County in 1978, she was involved in the volunteer program at both Palm City and Warfield Elementary Schools and served on the Board of Directors of Big Brothers Big Sisters, as well as being a big sister to a local girl during her formative years. Most recently she has volunteered for the newly formed Martin County Oral Health Coalition.