Meet Our Board

 

Board Members are  Martha Taylor- President, Kerri Jakubczak- Vice President, Karen Cartwright – Director, Ann Corbin-  Treasurer,  Patti  Dmytryk Secretary  Ronald Engel  Alexis Mason is at the helm of Family Meals, Indian River County.
Past Board Members, Jan Autin and Debbie Reed and Myrna Boman.
Founder/President Martha Taylor martha Taylor I live in Fort Pierce, Florida, with my husband Jay, and a rescue Labrador dog, Lexi. I have 4 adult children and one grandson.  In my spare time I enjoy trying new recipes, baking and off shore fishing with my husband. I am the Founder and President of Family Meals, Inc.  Family Meals, a not for profit established in 2012 is dedicated to helping families in St. Lucie County understand the importance of sharing a family meal together. We provide the food, table talk questions for families to ask each other around the table and simple mealtime prayers in our meal bags.Family Meals’ volunteers deliver uncooked food directly to the families’ homes so they don’t have the embarrassment of standing in line for a box of food. The families do not have to go to a soup kitchen for food; they use their own recipes to prepare the food. We hope this helps pass down family traditions and customs.  I firmly believe this basic concept, simply sharing a family meal will begin to help mend hurting and disadvantaged families and give their children the sense of belonging so many children are longing for.

I am dedicated to making a difference in children’s lives.  I have been actively involved in St. Lucie County for over 30 years.Through our children’s school years, I served at Mariposa Elementary in Port St. Lucie as the school’s first PTO President.  I served as Volunteer Coordinator for many years at Morningside Elementary in Port St. Lucie. Those leadership roles gave me confidence to work with volunteers, delegate responsibilities and to fund-raise.

I was a volunteer for the State Attorney’s Office as a sexual assault counselor for many years. I was called to the hospital when a sexual assault victim was in the emergency room. I was on call on weekends and some evenings when my husband was home to watch our children when they were young.

I was the first volunteer coordinator for a local soup kitchen that opened in St. Lucie County approximately 5 years ago.  The local soup kitchen has five sites in St. Lucie County. As the volunteer coordinator I worked with over 600+ volunteers.   I also served as a soup kitchen team leader placing, instructing and encouraging a monthly soup kitchen team who served at one of the sites. Our team consisted of 20 – 25 volunteers.

For the past 20++ years I have worked as a Job Coach with St. Lucie County School District. I have a passion for helping students with disabilities. As a Job Coach with the public school system I assist students with employment and transition issues unique to their needs and disabilities. I work with local businesses to emphasize the students’ “abilities”.

Keeping the students with disabilities visible and in a positive spotlight I am proud to serve as a Community Liaison for St. Lucie County for the Able Trust. I work and serve as a Community Liaison for the Able Trust to make sure high school students participate in Disability Mentoring Month each year. Disability Mentoring gives students with disabilities opportunities to visit with local organizations and businesses who allow us to visit.

I have always been active in our church, Trinity Lutheran in Fort Pierce and try to attend services regularly. I have been a youth leader at Trinity and accompanied 3 different youth groups to National Gatherings throughout the United States. I also accompanied the youth groups to many state gatherings as well.

Please contact Martha  at familymealsfl@gmail.com or 772-210-0900

Past Vice President Myrna Boman & Founding Board member Myrna Boman

My name is Myrna Boman, Vice-President of Family Meals, Inc.  I grew up in Thief River Falls, Minnesota and have lived in New Mexico, Utah, and now Florida.  Growing up I was shown the results of hard labor and the reward of giving and sharing what we had.  My husband’s name is Brian and we have two sons, Robbie and Mike.  They are both married and we have 2 grandsons and 1 granddaughter.

As a family, we strived to eat meals together daily, and to help those in need.  We truly believe in caring and taking care of others and it is with great pleasure to watch our sons continue this in their lives.

Please contact Myrna at familymealsfl@gmail.com or 772-210-0900

Secretary Karen Cartwright and her two sons Karen and her sons Please contact Karen at familymealsfl@gmail.com or 772-210-0900

Karen Cartwright has been a board member with Family Meals, Inc. and Secretary since joining the organization in October of 2012.  Ms. Cartwright has obtained a Masters of Arts in Education while living and working in St. Lucie County since 1989.  She is married with one son attending college locally, one son married and pursuing his Ph.D. in Cleveland, Ohio, and a daughter and son-in-law who own their own business and have two sons in New Jersey.  Ms. Cartwright works with the Early Learning Coalition of St. Lucie County as a Resource Specialist monitoring preschool programs and training early education teachers.  As a sorority sister of Alpha Delta Kappa, she has held the offices of Treasurer, President-Elect, and President.  Ms. Cartwright is active in fundraising for Family Meals, Inc. and is a supporter of the United Way, Habitat for Humanity, and various other local organizations in the area.

Member at Large-Ronald Engel 

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From a very early age, it was my desire to be a Lutheran Pastor.  I lived with several good examples of what it meant to be a parish pastor and the joy they experienced in their work, in my home parish in Indianapolis, Indiana.

So after completing high school, I began studies to become a pastor, completing my studies at Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri in 1970.  Following graduation I continued at the Seminary as a Graduate Teaching Assistant until 1972.  I then went on to serve Emmaus Lutheran Church in Denver, Ascension Lutheran Church in Casselberry, Florida, and Trinity Lutheran Church in Fort Pierce, Florida.  During my years in the parish served the church body in the area of Youth ministry.  I retired from parish ministry at the end of 2011.

Toward the end of my years at the seminary I married Jan Scheel, a new graduate from nursing school who sensed a calling in nursing.  Her influence on me and our life together had a very strong influence on my ministry.  In 1992, I was asked to become a part of a growing chaplaincy program at Orlando Regional Medical Center (a level one trauma center).  While the parish was my chief calling, I began at that point to become very involved in hospital chaplaincy, becoming a regular part-time trauma chaplain for the next 20 years.

After retiring from full-time parish ministry, I made arrangements to volunteer as chaplain at Lawnwood Regional Medical Center (a level two trauma center) in Fort Pierce in 2012.  I was offered a contract in 2016 and have continued to work there until the present.  There I make daily rounds on the trauma patients at the hospital, respond to other chaplaincy needs, and am working to create a vision for chaplaincy and what it means for the hospital and its patients, so that eventually the hospital is ready to hire a full-time chaplain.

My wife became critically ill in May of 2014 and finally succumbed to her illness in June of 2015.  Angel, as I loved to call her, and I had two children, Paul, who has two sons, Zachary and Joshua, and a daughter named Rebecca.

In addition to my work at Lawnwood, I serve on the Board of Directors of Family Meals, and serve on the Critical Incident Stress Management Team of St. Lucie County, responding to Critical Incidents involving first responders and medical staff in St. Lucie County, Florida.

 

alexis-and-gary We are proud to announce our Indian River County President of Family Meals, Inc. , Alexis Mason.  Alexis is married to husband Gary and together they share 5 children.  Alexis is a Physical Therapist Assistant , and she is  aquatic therapy certified–she loves the  water!  She is a New Jersey  native , has lived in Vero beach 25 years . She lives a blessed life and is passionate about giving back to the community.

We are always looking for committed board members and volunteers. Please contact us if you have some time to help out our mission. Please call 772-210-0900 email us at familymealsfl@gmail.com if you can help. 

Treasurer Ann Corbin ann Corbin Summer outreach 2017 I was born in Fort Pierce and have lived here all my life. I worked as a law enforcement dispatcher for the Fort Pierce Police Department for four years and then was a Shift Supervisor at the 911 Emergency Operations Center for seven more years. I made a career change to graphic arts and worked at Fort Pierce Utilities Authority for over fourteen years doing graphics as well as public relations, photography and event planning. My last job was as a church secretary for just under two years.

My family has always been the most important part of my life and I spent over three years helping my Mom take care of my Dad until his death in 2012; later I moved in with my Mom to take care of her for the last two years of her life. I had two older brothers who have both passed away due to Cancer. My companion now is my thirteen-year-old tabby cat, Gray Guy.

Along with my involvement in Family Meals, I have been a Board Member on the St. Lucie County Fair Association for over ten years, and I am a 39-year member and current Recording Secretary of P.E.O., a philanthropic educational organization that offers loans, grants and scholarships to women. I was a member of the St. Lucie Mural Society and was extremely proud to be involved in all of the downtown murals, but especially the mural-in-a-day done for the centennial celebration of Fort Pierce in 2001.

A fun fact that not everyone knows about me is that I am a two-time local Chili Cook-off winner. My favorite quote is from The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry – “It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.

501(c)3 Disclaimer

Family Meals is a not for profit, charitable organization formed under Section 501(c)3 of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code. Donations to Family Meals are tax-deductible as charitable contributions for US federal income tax purposes. There are no donation limits or restrictions on contributions to Family Meals.