Meet the dynamic team leading GFNF4Kids efforts to ensure every child in our community is protected and has a brighter future to thrive.
President, Board Member
Debbie is the former Senior Vice President of Human Capital with international global information provider, ComScore. With her extensive experience in business start-ups, operational management and employee development, Ms. Butler effectively built and managed large workforces including remote locations. Debbie has voluntarily served as President of GFNF since it’s restructure in 2008.
Mr. Garza is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, with a Master of Social Work degree from Florida Atlantic University. He is the COO of Tykes and Teens, where he started as a student intern in 2008. As a therapist, he has provided services to more than 800 children and their families. Eric is also involved with different community organizations.
Ms. Stromak is the owner of Treasure Coast Moving and Storage. As a longtime resident and business owner in St. Lucie County she has participated in many projects serving the community and underserved populations. She remains an active advocate for maltreated children and underserved youth. Ruth is one of the six (6) women who started Impact 100 St. Lucie in 2018.
Linda Sample Chastain is a native of St. Lucie County, Florida. She was the founding Director of Hope’s Closet for Children, a community project that provides clothing assistance for area children. Recognizing the value of collaborative giving in transforming communities, she was a founding board member of Impact 100 St. Lucie.
Currently Linda is a member of Chapter R P.E.O. and serves as the Coordinator for Grace Packs Inc.’s Peanut Butter Brigade. Grace Packs provides weekly weekend meals for St. Luce County school children. To date the PBB has collected more than 5000 jars of peanut butter.
Amparo Gomez is a long-time resident of Saint Lucie County, where she enjoys her work as a volunteer with different child-centered organizations. She has a background in International Business, Finance, and Accounting and has worked for international and multi-global companies in Florida for over 30 years.
Doris Plym is a strong advocate for abused and neglected children. She worked for more than 25 years as a volunteer Guardian ad Litem representing the best interest of children going through Dependency in the 19th Judicial circuit. Doris is also on the Board of Communities Connected For Kids providing oversight and coordination of the child welfare system in Indian River, Martin, Okeechobee and St. Lucie Counties. She has been with gfnf since 2008.
DR. BRANDI RIALS
Dr. Brandi Rials is a Florida Licensed Psychologist and co-owner at Palm Beach Behavioral Health and Wellness. She serves as the national Clinical Director for PBBHW’s psychology training programs and has been a faculty member teaching graduate level courses in the areas of lifespan development and expressive arts therapies with children.
Rowan is a teacher assistant for The Learning Academy at the Els Center of Excellence, a high school for children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. She began working in the field prior to completing her undergraduate degree working with children being removed from their homes due to abuse, neglect or abandonment.
Board Member Dorothy Malik is the former Assistant Chief Probation Officer for The Department of Juvenile Justice (Circuit 19) which encompasses Saint Lucie, Martin, Indian River, and Okeechobee Counties. Her work with youth began over 40 years ago when she began working as a teacher’s aide with the St. Lucie County School System.
Kristine Erice is the co-owner, Chief Executive, and Director of the Exceptional Academy for Differently-Abled Learners. She is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations of the school and for providing strategic direction to the organization. In addition to running the school, she devotes much of her time advocating for and assisting other parents and caregivers of children with Autism.
Wendy Zuniga has served over 500 children in the community of St. Lucie, first by being the children’s director at her local church for ten years and also by working as the site coordinator of the Multicultural Resource Center, where the majority of the children served where underprivileged. Wendy has also volunteered with numerous other non-profit programs for children. Wendy is pursuing her Master’s in Education at Florida Atlantic University.