Linda Bartz served as a Port St. Lucie Councilwoman for District 1 since 2006, and was appointed as Vice Mayor since 2010. Linda is a business woman who knows how to balance a budget and manage money.
Linda is active in the community serving with the Council on Aging, Treasure Coast Crime Stoppers, Roundtable of St. Lucie County, SLC Transportation Planning Organization (TPO), St. Lucie Tourist Development Council, Fort Pierce Harbor Advisory Committee, and Concerned Citizens.
Whether it’s helping to address important issues in the community such as traffic and roads to ensure that emergency vehicles can get to and from hospitals and accident scenes quickly, working with the Superintendent and members of the St. Lucie County School District to raise educational standards or helping to bring down the high cost of taxes, insurance and living on the Treasure Coast, Linda is dedicated and committed to keeping St. Lucie County moving into the future.
Originally from New Jersey, Linda and her husband Gary have been residents of Port St. Lucie for 30 years. They have three grown daughters and are the proud grandparents of four grandchildren.
Michael J. Bonan is an attorney with Ross Earle Bonan & Ensor, P.A. He has been a member of the Florida Bar since 2013. Mr. Bonan’s practice includes civil litigation, representation of condominium and community associations, representation of not for profit corporations, collections, and foreclosure litigation. Mr. Bonan is also on the Board of Directors for the Father Child Resource Center and the Martin County Inter-Agency Coalition.
Mr. Bonan is a Martin County native who was raised in Palm City, Florida. He is married to Genevieve Bonan, who is an attorney for the Consumer Protection Division of the Office of the Attorney General in West Palm Beach. He and Genevieve have two children named Marc and Josephine.
Charmayne, an ordained minister, has extensive experience in nonprofit administration, program development, grant administration and women’s rights. She holds a BS from Tennessee State University (Nashville, TN) and both a Masters and Doctorate from Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary (Louisville, KY). Charmayne has over 14 years in grant writing experience, and 20 years in faith-based ministry. She served as executive director of Clothe-a-Child, a nonprofit child advocacy agency providing school clothing for disadvantaged children and youth in Louisville, KY. Presently, as the Grant Coordinator for the St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office she has successfully been awarded over $3 million dollars in grant funds for the agency. Charmayne is a community advocate standing up for the rights and needs of at-risk individuals. In 2001, she founded the Freedom School summer enrichment project for at-risk children in Louisville. This groundbreaking project was a partnership between Louisville Seminary and Quinn Chapel AME Church and the first of its kind to be totally staffed by seminary students. Since that beginning, Freedom Schools have continued to be a sought after summer experience providing a safe and healthy learning environment for Louisville’s at-risk children.
In 1969, Charmayne’s maternal grandfather (Luther Sumlin) loss his battle with Leukemia. He had four brothers and three adult children at the time. For many suffering with Leukemia and other critical blood diseases a bone marrow transplant from a family member is the answer. However, in the 60’s this was unheard of technology. Years later, in the early 90’s she read about the life saving work of the National Marrow Donor Program to match unrelated donors when no family member is a marrow match. The idea that her grandfather’s life could have possibly been saved by a simple blood test preformed on a family members propelled her to join the bone marrow registry and champion for the cause recruiting over 15,000 unrelated potential donors to join the registry as well.
Charmayne is a certified Clergy Sexual Misconduct and Healthy Professional Boundaries Trainer. She advocates on behalf of victims of sexual misconduct in parish settings. A survivor of years of clergy sexual harassment in the church and finding no advocate in sight. Charmayne has become the advocate she so desperately needed. Her doctoral research on “Clergy Sexual Misconduct” examines the moral ethics of sexual misconduct within the church setting and its damaging effects on its victims, their families and the congregations in which the misconduct occurs. This trailblazing research brings healing and restoration as victims are empowered to recognize unhealthy boundary crossing and clergy are empowered to maintain healthy professional boundaries as they minister within their congregations. Charmayne’s doctoral dissertation “Clergy Sexual Misconduct in the African Methodist Episcopal Church is due to be published in late 2014.
Charmayne’s work in sexual misconduct and the mission of Inner Truth both seek to empower those who may believe themselves to be powerless. Each project alone is like a single finger but joined together with other likeminded individuals and agencies they become a mighty fist fighting for JUSTICE. Charmayne believes that there is good in the worst of us and bad in the best of us. Therefore, all are worthy of restoration. Her ministry of healing, compassion and divine empowerment calls us all to a place of ethical accountability and community service.
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Rabbi Matthew Durbin was born and raised in Toronto, Canada, and was an active member of his home congregation of Holy Blossom Temple. After completing an undergraduate degree (B.A. Honours) from York University in Toronto in Anthropology, he embarked on his journey towards the rabbinate preparing at the Leo Baeck College in London, England where he was awarded a Masters of Hebrew and Jewish Studies as well as rabbinic ordination in 2008. During his third year in rabbinical abroad in Jerusalem, he met his now wife, Rose, while she was training for the rabbinate in her first year at HUC-JIR in Israel. His rabbinic thesis The Development of Tikkun Olam and its implications on the Modern World, focused on examining the term Tikkun Olam in its historical and Early Rabbinic understanding toward our modern day interpretation of the term as it relates to social justice and action. They have two beautiful girls, Eliana (5) and Maya (3) who are a delight and keep them on their toes. Rabbi Durbin was the spiritual leader for Temple Beth El, a Reform congregation located in the Adirondack Mountains of Upstate NY, for the past six years where he strengthened the community, formed a strong sense of Jewish identity within the congregation and inspired members of the community to become more involved. He brings with him great energy and excitement for Judaism and a strong commitment to learning and education, as well as a deep passion to interact and form relationships amongst the community. They are thrilled by making Temple Beit HaYam in Stuart FL their home.
Dr. Sharon Hayes is a licensed clinical psychologist, and she directs the Psychology Program at Keiser University in Port St. Lucie. As a native of the Treasure Coast, Dr. Hayes is committed to serving her community. She believes wholeheartedly in the mission of the Inner Truth Project, and she is particularly passionate about the eradication of shame and stigma associated with sexual violence and mental health. She appreciates and supports the Inner Truth Project’s integrative approach to serving clients and the community.
Dr. Hayes earned her PhD in Clinical Psychology from the University of Central Florida, and she completed her fellowship training at Temple University. She is a proponent of evidence-based practice, and she has experience assessing and treating children, families, and adults across a variety of settings. She has published her research in several peer-reviewed journals and she has presented at numerous national and international conferences. She also has experience applying for and securing extramural funding. Teaching and mentoring students are among Dr. Hayes’ favorite professional activities.
In addition to her service on the Inner Truth Project Board, Dr. Hayes also volunteers personally and partners with agencies through her position at Keiser University (e.g., Big Brothers Big Sisters, Tykes & Teens, Boys & Girls Club, Executive Roundtable of St. Lucie County, and the Children’s Services Council of St. Lucie County).
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Jeannie Jacobson is a dedicated family woman who has made a mark in her community as a marketing leader. Having spent the past decade as a marketing representative for the premier urgent care center on the Treasure Coast, she now heads a territory spanning to Orlando for a national healthcare corporation, HCA/Care Now. Jeannie was recently accepted into the prestigious Leadership Florida Connect program, representing Port St. Lucie. New to the board of the Inner Truth Project Jeannie is excited and eager to learn how she can help this amazing group with new growth opportunities. She believes that she can do anything she puts her mind to. In Jeannie’s world, community and family are everything. The glorious day that she became a mother was the proudest in her lifetime. When not volunteering in her community, Jeannie’s perfect day is spent at the beach with her two little boys, Antonio and Aaden, and best friend, biggest supporter, and husband of 14 years, Richard, building a sand castle together and eating sandwiches in the sand. But a family day is not complete without the “one” who keeps her feet warm at night, her yellow lab, Bella.
Marie is an accomplished and motivated individual with experiences in assessment and
treatment of victims of sexual violence, community volunteering/outreach, nursing
management, emergency/trauma nursing, healthcare risk and quality management.
She is a Registered Nurse and a trained Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner. She currently
volunteers with Angels of Hope Outreach Ministries, Inc and previously volunteered
with the Treasure Coast Food Bank , Care Net Pregnancy Services of the Treasure
Coast and HANDS of St Lucie County
Marie holds an Associates Degree in nursing from Broward College, a Bachelors Degree
in Nursing from Florida International University, a Masters Degree in Business from Nova
South Eastern University and training as a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner through the
Florida Council Against Sexual Violence. She is a member of the Emergency Nurses
Association, Caribbean Nurses Association of the Treasure Coast, National Black MBA
Association, Phi Theta Kappa, International Honor Society of the Two Year Colleges,
Sigma Beta Delta, International Honor Society in Business, Management and
Administration and Delta Epsilon Iota Academic Honor Society.
Rochelle Popp-Finch earned her Associate in Arts and Associate in Science in Legal Assisting from Indian River State College (IRSC). She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice from Florida Atlantic University (FAU) and her Master of Public Administration from the University of Central Florida. Rochelle has been serving the students of Indian River State College, since 2011 serving as the Coordinator of Student Activities and recently promoted to the Director of Student Development and College Ombudsman. She oversees all of Student Life including the development of student leaders through her role as Student Government Advisor and developer/facilitator of the Emerging Leaders Program. During Rochelle’s tenure at IRSC, she implemented a program called RiverLife, which is an online student life portal that connects learning to student engagement.
Not only does Rochelle put the Life in RiverLife, she has been an adjunct faculty member at IRSC in the Business Administration Department, since 2007 teaching various business courses and student success.
In addition, to her responsibilities at IRSC she serves on the Florida College System Student Government Association (FCSSGA) State Executive Board. Through her work with FCSSGA, she ensures that nearly 800,000 college students’ voices are heard when it comes to legislation that directly impacts our Florida Colleges.
Rochelle is an outstanding individual who gives back to our community in numerous ways. She has served on the St. Lucie County March for Babies Committee from 2008 – 2015. Through her hard work and commitment she earned the Volunteer Champion of the Year Award in 2009. In addition to her commitment to helping babies, she also serves on the St. Lucie County, United Way Board for their Annual School Supplies for Students Campaign.
Rochelle is a wife and mother of two boys. She is an outstanding role model to her children, the students and employees at Indian River State College, and our community. She has a passion for making a difference—she demonstrates character, courage, and commitment that is unmatched!
Robin ‘Rio’ Ratermanis BSN, RN received her bachelors degree in nursing at the University of Maryland, Baltimore, School of Nursing in 1996. After a year of emergency department nursing she was recruited by the U.S. Department of State, Foreign Service. She was cross trained in diplomatic security and worked as a clinical RN in neuro/emergency and first responders training specializing in disaster preparedness (to include biological, radiological and chemical weapons of mass destruction). Due to her postings in Germany, Australia, India and Uruguay, Rio fluently speaks several languages. At each embassy posting Rio took a proactive approach towards empowering her communities with health and wellness instruction. She separated from the State Department in September 2012 in order for her son to attend high school stateside after 15 years of international education. She is now employed as a staff nurse with the St. Lucie Emergency Department. Rio is sexual assault nurse examiner trained by the Florida State Department of Health and advocates for outreach and education in the community.
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Denae Woodward has been an advocate for women’s rights for many years and holds a certificate of Women’s Studies from Florida Atlantic University in conjunction with a Bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Arts and Humanities. She has participated in Speak Outs, a production of The Vagina Monologues, Take Back the Night and raised funds to support AVDA (Aid to Victims of Domestic Violence).
Denae is currently employed as a Multi-Media Account Executive with TCPalm Treasure Coast Newspapers and has worked in digital marketing for over ten years. Her goal as an advertising professional is to help companies develop effective marketing campaigns that grow their business.
Denae has come to The Inner Truth Project’s board as a survivor in support of other survivors. Her goal with The Inner Truth Project is to ensure that there is a movement to support survivors after the trauma of rape or sexual violence. She is a third generation Florida native who enjoys writing, reading, and organic living.