Our Board of Directors

Our Board of Directors

Linda Bartz

Director


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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

Director


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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.

Marie McKenzie

Director


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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.

Paula Hosein

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Jeannie Jacobson

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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.

Alissa Scott

Director


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Robin ‘Rio’ Ratermanis, BSN

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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.

Rochelle Popp-Finch

Director


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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!

Ginger Miranda

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Ginger Miranda began her career in 1997 as an Assistant Public Defender in the Broward County Public Defender's Office. There she defended people from misdemeanors to serious felonies and supervised felony attorneys. In 2002, she went into private practice where she spent a decade representing clients in Criminal Defense, Civil Litigation, Real Estate transactions and Family Law. Ginger returned to the Public Defender’s office in 2013, in Florida’s 19 th Judicial Circuit where she worked in St. Lucie County’s Juvenile Division, and then the felony division, representing those accused of all degrees of crimes including drugs, battery, gun crimes, and grand theft. Ginger was promoted to a supervisory position and was tasked to train other attorneys in St. Lucie County’s misdemeanor division while being assigned to the major crime division. Ginger defended high profile cases and those accused of murder, other violent crimes as well as economic crimes and sex crimes. She is now in private practice on the Treasure Coast. Additionally, Ginger has committed herself to our community as a volunteer at the Girl Scouts of America where she has served in many capacities, including as a member of the Board of Directors. Her favorite role is being a Girl Scout Leader to her local troop. She is an active member of the St. Lucie County Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, where she served as chapter President. Ginger has also worked with the Justice Teaching Program for over a decade, going into area schools to teach children about the Constitution and our legal system and has been host to the annual Law Day Mock trial for the past 6 years. Ginger is fluent in Spanish. She spent two years living abroad in Chile with her family. As one of the top bilingual attorneys on the Treasure Coast and as an active community volunteer, she has proven her value to our St. Lucie community. “Ginger is a very passionate advocate for her clients. She is knowledgeable in the law and truly zealously represents her clients.”

Advisory Board

Alex Arnold

Rev. Dr. Charmayne Davis

Rabbi Matthew Durbin

Dr. Sharon Hayes

Major Brian Hester

Dr. Agnieszka Marshall

Paul Nigro

Anne Posey

Dr. Patti Corey-Souza

Leah Saurez

Denae Woodward