Before transitioning to CEO, Amy Lyon served in multiple roles including case manager, facilities coordinator and program director. In 2020, amid the Coronavirus pandemic, Lyon launched New Life Mission’s social enterprise, the Transformed Shop, a sewing center where women in the program learn to cut and sew repurposed fabric and denim.
Prior to nonprofit work, Lyon had a 20-year career as an award-winning journalist and editor in Minnesota. She is also a published author.
Her humanitarian efforts span decades from rebuilding homes in Homestead, Florida in 1990, with Habitat for Humanity to serving as co-founder and volunteer coordinator in 2010 of The First Covenant Emergency Homeless Shelter in Minneapolis. In 2012, she served as a liaison to the Downtown Congregations to End Homelessness in Minneapolis.
Lyon’s dedication to advocating for families coupled with her entrepreneurial spirit have her uniquely poised to lead the New Life Mission team in this next chapter of equipping homeless moms to transform their families for generations.
Stacia Glavas, Founder & President of New Life Mission, is compassionate about using her skills and resources in redirecting families towards hope and transformation. Glavas holds a Master of Divinity (M.Div.), a Master of Business Administration (MBA), and is a former Assistant Pastor of Georgianna United Methodist Church in Merritt Island. After starting her career in Capitol Hill in the 1980s, she became a successful entrepreneur for over 20 years in a business that employed more than 150 people.
Colleen is a graduate of D’Youville College with a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing, followed by a Master’s degree in Business and Health Services Management from Florida Tech. She enjoyed practicing nursing in the Critical Care setting, where she was head nurse of a busy medical intensive care unit. Later, she became Projects Manager of Patient Care Services at Wuesthoff Hospital. Colleen is very involved in the Melbourne community and in her church, serving in many capacities. She has enjoyed volunteering with Junior League, Holy Trinity Episcopal Academy, Family Promise, Children’s Home Society, and has chaired the Hospital Ball. Founder and facilitator of Women of Faith bible study at Ascension Catholic Church, she also has assisted with youth group activities, retreats, and is an Alpha core team organizer. Colleen has resided in Melbourne since 1985. She and her husband Ted have two wonderful children. Some of her personal interests include: gardening , water aerobics, traveling, spending time with family and cooking for a large crowd.
Joshua Adams, the Head Honcho at Rock Paper Simple, started programming at 11 years old and began his freelance web career at 14. As a result of working with over 750 clients, he has become an expert in the fields of web development, digital marketing, and branding. Joshua founded Rock Paper Simple in 2013 with the vision of empowering businesses who are awesome at what they do by developing their brand and digital presence. Joshua serves on the board of directors for Founders Forum, Space Coast Early Intervention Center and New Life Mission. He was honored as a finalist of LEAD Brevard’s “4 under 40” award three years in a row (2016-2018) and as a semifinalist in the Bright House Networks Regional Business Awards (2016). He and his team earned the Business Acceleration Award (2017) and twice-earned the Cocoa Beach Chamber of Commerce Business Champion of the Year award (2011 & 2018). Rock Paper Simple has also proudly racked up Addy awards every year, including Judges Choice and Best of Show in 2018. He is never satisfied with the status quo and is always working hard to find the simplest, but most effective ways to create results for his clients and ventures. You will frequently hear him say “Ever Forward!” as he believes the best option is always, always to move forward. He lives to empower talented people and dedicates his work in every endeavor to the glory of God.
Robert (Rob) L. Broline Jr. is a Partner for a Top 25 Accounting Firm in Melbourne – Carr, Riggs, & Ingram, LLC. Rob is a certified public accountant and a certified construction auditor. Rob is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), the Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants (FICPA), and the National Association of Construction Auditors (NACA). Rob earned his Bachelor of Arts in Accounting from Cedarville University in Ohio. Rob also holds a Masters of Divinity and a Masters of Theology and was an ordained pastor for about 8 years. Rob and his family are members of Covenant Presbyterian Church. Rob and his wife have two daughters. Rob is an outgoing optimist, non-fiction reader, sports enthusiast and beach lover. Rob is excited to have a part in serving those in need in the Brevard community.
Dr. Michael A. Cadore Sr. has proudly served his community for more than three decades through education, public safety, civic engagement, and mentoring. Currently, he is an Associate Dean and adjunct instructor at Eastern Florida State College, as well as a councilman on the Rockledge City Council.
Seeking a way to give back to the community, Dr. Cadore became a law enforcement officer, where he served the City of Rockledge until his retirement in 2019. As founder and President of Magnus Solutions Incorporated, he continues to support the community through consulting, mentoring, life skills coaching, community service opportunities, workshops on leadership and business, and inspirational messaging.
In his continual quest for self-improvement, Dr. Cadore has earned a Doctor of Education degree from Capella University, a master’s degree in Management and Leadership from Webster University, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Corrections and Administration of Justice from Eastern Kentucky University. His community efforts led to him receiving the distinguished alumni award for 2021 from Eastern Florida State College.
Throughout all his endeavors, Dr. Cadore prioritizes faith and family. He has been happily married to his high school sweetheart, Cornelia Cadore, for 30 years, and they have three children. He strives to live by the motto “If you don’t serve your community now, don’t expect your community to serve you later.”
Dustin was born and raised in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania and earned his Bachelors’ Degree from Penn State University. Following graduation, he joined the US Navy, where he and his family spent 22 years traveling the United States and the globe in support of our great nation. Dustin’s naval career was predominantly spent flying in aircraft and sailing around the world on aircraft carriers. Following transition from Active Duty, the Hagy family settled down in Brevard County, immediately feeling a sense of community. Dustin is married to Leticia, his wife of more than 23 years, and has a daughter and a son who attend Viera High School. Dustin currently works in the Aerospace industry as a Program Manager for Northrop Grumman in Melbourne.
Sara Hawks Houston is the owner of “Sara Hawks Houston State Farm Agency” located in Viera, Florida. She is a Florida native, born and raised in Merritt Island, and followed in her dad’s footsteps by opening her own State Farm agency. Sara now lives in Satellite Beach with her two wonderful children, Sienna (14) and Grady (12). They are members at Georgianna United Methodist, the same church that Sara attended as a child and youth. She is a proud graduate of University of Central Florida (UCF) with degrees in Business and Marketing, as well as Early Childhood Education. Sara is extremely passionate about being involved in her community and giving back within and around the Brevard County area. She thoroughly enjoys working with and mentoring professional selling and business students at UCF and Florida State University (FSU) as well as the Business Academy at Viera High School. She served on Brevard Beachside Soccer Club board and currently serves as a member on the Viera Safety Alliance board as well as being a member of the Cocoa Beach and Melbourne Chambers of Commerce. When she’s not helping her clients with their insurance and financial service needs, she loves spending time with her children, being involved with her children’s sports, traveling, fishing, spear fishing, diving, snow skiing and all things water with great friends and family.
Jennifer Kriete is the former Director of the Eastern Florida State College Foundation, Inc. Jennifer graduated from the University of Florida with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education. She then continued her education at University of Central Florida where she received her Master’s Degree in Nonprofit Management.Jennifer began her career as an elementary school teacher. While raising her own children, she became involved in volunteer and philanthropic work. She has volunteered with many organizations, most notably Junior League of South Brevard, Holy Name of Jesus Church, Changes Lives Now, Inc., and Amani Ya Ju. She also was a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, the Florida Council of Resource Development, the Council for Advancement and Support of Education and the Brevard Estate Planning Council. Currently, she serves on the board of directors for the Melbourne Regional Chamber of Commerce and The Mission on the Mountain, Brevard, NC.Jennifer is married and has two children and 4 granddaughters. She lives in Indialantic, Florida. She loves to exercise, play tennis, and travel.
Since founding Guardian Manufacturing in 1993, Chuck Smith’s reach is worldwide. The initial focus of the company was the design, development, and sales implementation of second-generation alcohol interlock devices for the automotive industry. These devices, used by numerous state and city municipalities, regulate the use of automobiles (or other related equipment) to clients who have been convicted of (DUI) driving under the influence of alcohol. Mr. Smith began to learn and develop control systems for providing automated controls of industrial processes. Guardian began to bid and win projects in space and entertainment industries in and around Brevard County. Today, Guardian Manufacturing is known as an industry leader in many areas of control system integration and control. Mr. Smith began exploring the multiple uses and benefits of using ozone to solve industrial treatment problems. This fascination, coupled with unique product innovation, continues and has become a strong growth sector of Guardian’s business. Today, Guardian is recognized as an industry leader in ozone generation products used for gaseous and aqueous applications in food safety and industrial sectors. Headquartered in Cocoa, Florida, and located adjacent to the Cape Canaveral space industry complexes, Guardian’s reach is worldwide. Guardian Manufacturing products and systems are installed throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, South America, Thailand, China, and Turkey.
Robert Beckner is a partner in the real estate company, Lightle Beckner and Robison. Before Rob’s career in commercial real estate, he spent four years in retail sales management, including managing a staff of over fifteen people, negotiating purchases for products, and satisfying clients’ needs. Rob’s professional services focus primarily on the successful marketing of commercial real estate in East Central Florida and tenant representation throughout the state. Rob rarely turns down the opportunity to spend time with clients and makes extra efforts to solidify a relationship of trust and respect. He is a lifetime follower of Christ, an Eagle Scout, a Florida Iron Man competitor (2010), and a dedicated husband and father of two children.
A 30-year resident of Brevard County, Pennie DiPrima has spent nearly 25 years working in the non-profit and healthcare fundraising sector, lending her talents to organizations such as Wuesthoff Hospital in Rockledge and Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. After retiring in 2006, she continues her love for helping others by volunteering on several community boards and committees, in addition to fundraising consulting, DiPrima is also is a fashion consultant for ETCETERA, a New York-based designer of women’s clothing. Her agency, Sassy Chic, hosts four seasonal trunk shows a year.
Teresa has lived in the beachside area since 1965 and is a graduate of Holy Name of Jesus Catholic School and Melbourne Central Catholic High School. Teresa has been married to Rick for 31 years, and they have three beautiful children. She has earned an A.S. Degree in Dental Hygiene from Palm Beach State College and has a B.S. Degree from the University of Central Florida. She is very involved in her community and church, serving in many capacities in the following organizations: Brevard County Dental Hygiene Society, Junior League of South Brevard, Melbourne Alumnae Panhellenic, Holy Name of Jesus School Board, and The Haven for Children. Her interests include tennis, waterskiing, snow skiing, travel, and reading.
Lief Johnson is a Vice President and Financial Consultant with The Lipman Peters Group of SunTrust Investment Services, Inc. He offers clients more than 15 years of comprehensive wealth management experience, with a family office approach that brings together specialists in investments, financial planning, risk management and estate strategies. Lief has earned the professional designation of CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™. He is a native of Margaretville, NY and is a graduate of the State University of New York, College at Fredonia. Lief serves on the board of directors for New Life Mission, is active on the local development committee for the Space Coast Chapter of Coastal Conservation Association, and is a troop leader with his local Trail Life Troop, FL0031. Lief and his team’s focus is advising on the development and implementation of investment strategies to help clients meet their immediate and future goals. He follows a disciplined process of outlining strategies that are supported not only by deep expertise from his team of specialists, but also highly attentive service and coordination of resources in order to obtain measurable results. Lief takes the time to gain an understanding of the critical aspects of your financial life so that he can assess the interaction of multiple objectives and the far-reaching implication they can have on each other. SunTrust Investment Services, Inc. is a full-service broker-dealer that is an integral part of SunTrust Banks, Inc., now Truist Financial Corporation – one of the nation’s largest and most respected financial services organizations. When you bring your investment needs to SunTrust you will benefit from a long history of management experience, an extensive range of financial products and solutions, and personalized financial planning and advice. More importantly, you establish a relationship with a team of trusted advisors who can address all of your financial needs. My contact information is below. Office: 321.426.96598226 N Wickham Road, Ste 200Melbourne, FL 32940Investment and Insurance Products: •Are not FDIC or any other Government Agency Insured •Are not Bank Guaranteed •May Lose Value Investment Adviser Representative, SunTrust Advisory Services, Inc. Services provided by the following affiliates of SunTrust Banks, Inc., now Truist Financial Corporation: Securities, brokerage accounts and insurance (including annuities) are offered by SunTrust Investment Services, Inc., a SEC registered broker-dealer, member FINRA, SIPC, and a licensed insurance agency. Investment advisory services are offered by SunTrust Advisory Services, Inc., a SEC registered investment adviser.
Michelle Shoultz is the President of Frazier Engineering, Inc., a construction and engineering firm and is a licensed professional engineer. She has a BS in Civil Engineering from Rutgers University and an MS in Environmental Engineering from Florida Tech. Michelle is an active parishioner at Holy Name of Jesus and supports many organizations throughout the community. She looks forward to utilizing her problem-solving skills and engineering mind to help build the future of the NLM. Michelle is married and has two very entertaining, energetic, and fearless boys (just like their dad).
As a Brevard County native of Rockledge, Brian has worked in the Insurance and Financial Services field for over fifteen years. He attends Church at Viera and is married with two beautiful children. Brian is a State Farm Agent in West Melbourne, where he has served the community for ten years. New Life Mission is grateful for Brian West’s experience and expertise that will help support the continued growth and development of New Life Mission.