Our Team

Our Team

Hortensia Mahon

Administrative Assistant

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Hortensia Mahon is originally from Caracas, Venezuela where she studied psychology, worked with children with Cerebral Palsy and then spent a successful 25-year career as a publicist at an international advertising firm. Before moving to the United States in 1994, she was an account executive and mass media director with Nacional (ETC Publicidad) and Internationals (DMB&B) Advertising Agencies. Her clients included General Motors, Loreal Paris, Hewlett Packard, Kellogg’s, and the Argentinian Air Lines branch Office in Venezuela.  Hortensia’s vast media, marketing and customer relations experience has allowed her to enjoy a varied career in different industries. She enjoys working with different cultures and using her knowledge from a variety of trades to problem solve and work with the survivors at The Inner Truth Project. She is a widow, mother of 4, a proud grandmother of 10, and an even prouder great grandmother of 1.

Jessica Bright

Community Outreach Coordinator

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Jessica is a peer advocate and certified nursing assistant with exceptional administrative and communication abilities. She has extensive experience as an account manager and is excellent at developing relationships with staff, management, and clients Jessica has volunteered for many local organizations in the community, assisting the homeless and working with substance abuse clients. Most recently, she has worked on projects assisting residents at Mary’s Shelter in Martin County, FL. She was born and raised in Parkland, FL and is the mother to an incredible 7-month-old little girl.

Wendy Dwyer

Team Member

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Wendy Dwyer is a writer, teacher, facilitator, and source of abundant creativity. She is also a survivor of sexual assault, domestic abuse, workplace bullying, and a source of tremendous hope. In order to acquire a college degree, Dwyer sang in both rock and swing bands and worked as a writer and radio disc jockey. These unique skills not only help make her workshops fun and creative, but make her a tremendous asset at parties and karaoke nights. In addition to facilitating the Use Your Words: Tell Your Stories groups every month at Inner Truth Center, Wendy teaches at Indian River State College, writes for several publications, and provides exceptional public relations and creative consulting to a variety of non-profit organizations in St. Lucie County. She is known for her unique and hands-on presentations, her ability to capture personality in photographs, her innovative ideas, and most importantly of all, for being a good friend.

Deb Pizzimenti

Yoga & Meditation Instructor

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Deb Pizzimenti has been a yogi for several years and recently completed her 200 hour teacher training under the direction of Margarida Tree. For her, yoga represents the union of breath and movement, listening to the inner voice radiating out from heart’s center. After several years of running and completing marathons, half marathons and other road races, Deb dialed back the running to focus on a more holistic approach to fitness. “Yoga allows for my body to become flexible, strong and purposeful, while the breath guides me through my practice. For so long, I took advantage of those breaths that they would always there. It wasn’t until I ran the first marathon that I understood fully how valuable and supportive it can be. When my friend Tommy who was a physically fit, beefy SWAT cop struggled to sit up and breathe on his own due to a debilitating and fatal disease, I had completely wrapped myself around its importance and vitality. The Ashtanga style of yoga that I practice is the form of yoga given to us as a gift from our teachers before us. In this life, realizing my gifts and being able to share those with others who wish to accept them is the most rewarding blessing of all.” Deb has been a resident of the Treasure Coast with her husband Phil for more than 16 years. They share a home with their son Dominic and dog Teddy. They love to travel, play at the beach and be active in the south Florida sunshiny lifestyle. If you know Deb, you know that she is active in her local community working for an outstanding non-profit, Suncoast Mental Health Center, as well as being on the Board of Director’s for the Team Tommy Foundation. Her framily is her passion, and those members of the Team Tommy Foundation are her sisters and brothers here locally. She is honored to be on the team of the Inner Truth Project and holds the highest regard for Mindi, a tireless advocate for those impacted by sexual abuse and violence.

Belinda Strachan, GSS

Grief & Trauma Support Specialist | Resource & Achievement Producer

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With a degree in Human Services Management, Belinda has over 25 years of experience as a Human Resource Professional within a multiplex of organizations such as, Hospice, American Cancer, G4S, Addiction Centers, Sexual Assault Centers and Hospital Settings. In 2008, As a Human Resource Director for a secured high risk juvenile residential facility, Belinda was introduced to and trained to facilitate the circle process for all of its employees over a seven-year span. In the ensuing years, utilizing her training and certification as a Grief and Trauma Support Specialist, she has assisted the SAO in supporting families experiencing trauma due to violence.  She has also provided support services to people of varied demographics within the genre of Addiction, Mental Health, Convicted Felons, Sexual Assault Survivors and Families of Homicide Victims. Belinda, a Connecticut native, is a happily transplanted Floridian wife, mother and grandmother. She is a Human Resource professional with over 25 years’ experience, Bullets4Life ambassador, senseless gun violence advocate and sexual assault resource producer. She has also served seven sessions as a facilitator for the Nationally Recognized Grief Share Program. Belinda has a passion for serving and advocating for the under-served and being a voice for those that have been silenced. She is also the parent of a child who was murdered. This life-altering experience increased her ability, empathy, and passion to support those who are experiencing trauma. Utilizing her education and years of training, she is able to facilitate restorative and peacekeeping circles for those seeking a semblance of restoration.  In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family (especially the grands) and friends, traveling, reading, dancing, eating gourmet food and a little gardening.

Phyllis McColister-Cunningham, MS, LMHC, CAP

CEO & Clinical Director Healing Waters Counseling


Adrienne Huggins


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Adrienne Huggins was born ready to be an advocate and mentor for those who feel unheard, unseen and vulnerable. She was born in Brunswick Georgia and moved around the United States as a Military Child. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Bethune Cookman College and Masters degree in Counseling from Webster University. She has committed herself to serving in roles varying from working with victims of Domestic Violence, Child Welfare and most recently a fierce leader and advocate at an all girl's school. Adrienne is not only dedicated to transforming the lives and mindsets of her clients but she also serves as an Adjunct Professor at Indian River State College where she has the opportunity to prepare those in the Human Services field to be aid in the transformation in the lives of others. Adrienne is a devoted wife and mother of 2 handsome sons. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her family playing board games and watching movies. Needless to say, Adrienne is fulfilling her destiny making each person she comes in contact with feel valued, heard and empowered. Adrienne is eager to continue her mission with The Inner Truth Project by providing hope to the survivors they serve.

Omar Ferraira

Male Advocate

Kerri Stewart

Program Director

Jillian Havekost


Betsy Fowler