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"...I saw an urgent need for mothers and families to have someone come along side of them and be their gauge and compass..."

 
 
 

Noelle Moore

Founder + Executive director

Where are you from? I am from Winter Park and was born at the Winter Park Hospital.

Where do you currently live? Maitland, Florida

Current or Past Occupation? Founder & Executive Director of The Finley Project

Do you have Children? If yes, how many? What are their names? An Angel in heaven, named Finley Elizabeth Oblander.

Favorite Food? Chinese!!!!! With a lot of exclamation marks!

Hardest thing you've ever done? Removing life support from my only daughter.

What other organizations are you involved in? I graduated from The Rollins College Philanthropy Center with a Certificate in Non-Profit Management and enjoy taking courses at the Philanthropy Center on an ongoing basis. I love the Lord, my family and our Central Florida community. I am a Board Member of the Winter Park YMCA and Florida Hospital, a Founding Member of the Pregnancy and Infant Loss Resource Network, a Grief Share Facilitator, a Member of the CEO Counsel, Association for Fundraising Professionals and Healthy Start’s Infant Mortality Task Force as well as an active member of the Winter Park Chamber and the Lake Mary Rotary.

 

 
 
 
 
 

Lauren Perry

president

Where are you from? I grew up in Pembroke Pines, Florida until I was 21.

Where do you currently live? When I moved from Pembroke Pines, I came to a small city in Georgia called Winder.

Current or Past Occupation? I own a small event planning company working events anywhere from a baby shower to weddings. I love seeing a client's face when their vision has come to life.

Do you have Children? If yes, how many? What are their names? I’m the mom of a toddler and an angel. My oldest daughter Emma will be five this October and is the light of my life. We do almost everything together. She is a very unique soul. My favorite thing about her is her ability to remember her sister Andi who she only spent a short time with.

Favorite Food? French fries; give me all the carbs!

Hardest thing you've ever done? Andi, my youngest daughter, passed away from a rare genetic disorder called Tuberous Sclerosis. She fought a HARD fight and the hardest thing we had to do was withdraw care after she suffered countless seizures, brain surgery, a stroke and was left brain damaged.

Why are you a member of The Finley Project Board of Directors? When I heard about The Finley Project, it was over a year after Andi had passed, but I knew I needed to stay a part of this organization. I needed to be able to help other moms affected by this and let them know they are NOT ALONE. We are a group, club, organization of women who never asked to be a part of this, but we are and together, we need to help each other and others.

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"...together we need to help each other and others..."

 
 
 
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"Mothers who bury their children go through many stages of grief and The Finley Project gives her the help she needs to get back to living again."

 
 
 

Sue Crampton

vice president

Where are you from? Cleveland, Ohio

Where do you currently live? Dr. Phillips, Orlando, FL

Current or Past Occupation? Currently an auctioneer for non profit organizations and a realtor. I participate in many non profit organizations as well. Currently, I sit on two different boards.

Do you have Children? If yes, how many? What are their names? Yes...Stephanie (deceased), Step Children: Debbie Larson, Mary Waldman, Sandy Schmoll, Laurie Schumacher, Ray Crampton Jr., Nicky (deceased) 

Do you have Grandchildren? If yes, how many? What are their names? Yes... Lisa and Scotti Ponder, Nicole and Joe Murphy, Amelia Schumacher, David Schumacher, Jimmy and Ruby Ball, C.B. and Dana Staton, Adam Crampton, Matthew Crampton. Great Grandchildren: Spencer Ponder, Molly Murphy, Charlton, Mackenzie, Corrine and Bryson Staton, Michael Crampton, Jaden Ball

Favorite Food? Chicken Marsala

Hardest thing you've ever done? Bury my only child and son-in-law... Stephanie and Scott Moeller. Stephanie was my best friend.  

Why are you a member of The Finley Project Board of Directors? I believe in the mission of The Finley Project. Mothers who bury their children go through many stages of grief and The Finley Project gives her the help she needs to get back to living again. I want to be able to help moms who have to go through what I went through. My daughter was 35 years old but she was still my baby.

 
 
 
 
 

Channie Gittens

secretary

Where are you from? I was born in Port of Spain, Trinidad. My father was from Trinidad and my mother from Missouri. Romantic story on how they got married.

Where do you currently live? I have been living in Deland, Florida since July, 1985, having moved from Barbados where I lived with my husband for 15 years. He passed away in November 2009. 

Current or Past Occupation? I graduated from Drury College, Springfield, MO with a BA In French. I moved back to Trinidad and worked one year at my father's business and a few months at the Canadian Immigration Office. Never worked again except as a mother. 

Do you have Children? If yes, how many? What are their names? I have 4 children (lost one in miscarriage). My son Charles lives in Pembroke Pines and is married to Branka from Windsor, Canada. Annabelle, my eldest daughter is married to Brendan, and they live in Wingham, Australia. Then, Sarah, the Lord sent her as a gift to me 14 months after I was born again on January 17th, 1982. She still lives with me, but expecting her husband to come very soon. My baby, Rachel, is married to Fred and lives in Augusta, Georgia. 

Do you have Grandchildren? If yes, how many? What are their names? I have 3 grandchildren; Theo 9, Yasmin 10 and Ethan 3.

Favorite Food? My favorite food now is a large plate of roasted vegetables and pumpkin seeds. 

Hardest thing you've ever done? The hardest thing I ever had to do was leave Trinidad when I was 13 and go off to a Catholic Boarding School in Kansas City, Missouri for 3 years. 

Why are you a member of The Finley Project Board of Directors? I am a Board Member of the Finley Project, first because my good friend Noelle asked me; her 3 traumas truly touched my heart. Secondly, if I can help anyone overcome pain through prayer or just listening and sharing, I will feel like I am doing something for Jesus, for His Special people!!!!

 
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"...if I can help anyone overcome pain through prayer or just listening and sharing, I will feel like I am doing something for Jesus, for His special people!"

 
 
 
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"...[I have] a desire to contribute to what I believe is a good cause."

 
 
 

Steve Lareau

treasurer

Where are you from? Toledo, Ohio

Where do you currently live? The indoor foliage capital of the world, Apopka, Florida

Current or Past Occupation? Certified Public Accountant

Do you have Children? If yes, how many? What are their names? I have 3 children- Heather, Sandra and Jeff.

Do you have Grandchildren? If yes, how many? What are their names? I have 10 grandchildren- Suzie, Jacob, Collin, Harrison, Mattie, Laura, Elaina, Micah, Kingston, Noah (deceased).

Favorite Food? Very fond of a well prepared steak

Hardest thing you've ever done? Remain steadfast as a family man

Why are you a member of The Finley Project Board of Directors? Out of a desire to contribute to what I believe is a good cause.

 
 
 
 
 

Dr. Lori Coffae

officer

Where are you from? I was born in Columbus, Ohio on a frosty March morning.

Where do you currently live? I have lived in Winter Park and Maitland, Florida for most of my life.

Current or Past Occupation? I was a dedicated researcher and writing Professor at New Mexico State University, the University of Central Florida, and Rollins College before leaving academia to open a boutique fitness facility (ESPY) with my husband, Anthony. During my 25 years as a Professor, some of my favorite classes to teach were Writing about Humor, Writing about Food, and Medical Narrative classes (best comedian? Louis CK. best medical narrative? When Breath Becomes Air).

Do you have Children? If yes, how many? What are their names? I embrace my role as Mama Bear to my three daughters – Emma, Audrey, and Kate – and also help raise Anthony’s daughter, Kaitlyn. Though I am always tired, I am also grateful for my girls, who teach me something new every single day.

Favorite Food? Any New Orleans dish!

Hardest thing you've ever done? Besides raising four girls to be strong, smart, independent women, the hardest thing I've ever done is open a new business with my husband! But by comparison, even that was a piece of cake.

Why are you a member of The Finley Project Board of Directors? I know there are so many ways to suffer and that everyone experiences grief and suffering at some point. My goal is to help those who are suffering make meaning from their experience and do something positive with it.

I became a member of The Finley Project Board of Directors for two reasons: (1) to help mothers make meaning from their experience and begin to heal, and (2) because of my deep respect for and desire to collaborate with Noelle Moore!

 
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"...[I want to] help mothers make meaning from their experience and begin to heal..."

 
 
 
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"I am honored to be a part of this organization and to do what I can to support its extraordinary work."

 
 
 

Tara Hereich

officer

Where are you from? Orlando, FL

Where do you currently live? New York, NY

Current or Past Occupation? Serves as Counsel at The New York Times, focusing on corporate matters

Why are you a member of The Finley Project Board of Directors? I have remained close with Noelle, my childhood friend and classmate, and continue to be amazed by the personal strength and passionate advocacy Noelle has demonstrated as founder and leader of The Finley Project. I am honored to be a part of this organization and to do what I can to support its extraordinary work.

 

 

 
 
 
 
 

Kwesi Johnson

officer

Where are you from? Greensboro, NC

Where do you currently live? Ocoee, FL

Current or Past Occupation? Executive Director for the non-profit DirectlyTo

Do you have Children? If yes, how many? What are their names? We have 5 children Kaleb 8, Colin 6, Kimari 4, Calais 2, and Christopher in Heaven

Favorite Food? A good grilled chicken wing always makes me happy.

Hardest thing you've ever done? Burying my 4 month old son.

Why are you a member of The Finley Project Board of Directors? After our son Christopher died The Finley Project was amazing in the role they played to assist us get through such a tough time.  With the house cleaning, the massages, and even the counseling for our older son that had the hardest time with his brother passing away as he was there for all of it.  In addition I had just been laid off from work so the gift cards for food could not have come at a better time. After seeing the true value in this program I would like to serve diligently to help raise awareness and financial support so that other can experience the support that my wife and I did as we started to mourn the loss of our son Christopher.

 
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"... I would like to serve diligently to help raise awareness and financial support so that others can experience the support that my wife and I did as we started to mourn the loss of our son..."

 
 
 
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"Giving back to our community is vital but specifically a non-profit that supports mothers in an area most don't want to talk about."

 
 
 

Jessica Kendrick

officer

Where are you from? I am from Clearwater, Florida.

Where do you currently live? Currently live in Winter park Florida.

Current or Past Occupation? Managing Partner/Lawyer at Kendrick Law Group. My husband is James and is a physician at Florida Hospital.

Do you have children? If yes, how many? What are their names? I have a two year old son (Connor) and one about to be born any day (Dylan). I have a 10 year old step-daughter Juliette. 

Favorite Food? Pizza is my favorite food.

Hardest thing you've ever done? Hardest thing was taking the leap of faith to open my own firm and grow it to 7 attorneys in just over a year.

Why are you a member of The Finley Project Board of Directors? Giving back to our community is vital but specifically a local non-profit that supports mothers in an area most don't want to talk about. I am very active with pediatric oncology in the community and servicing those women who lose their children is essential as most have families they must return to.

 
 
 
 
 

Steve Swan

officer

Where are you from? I grew up in Clearwater but have also lived in Ft. Lauderdale, Jacksonville and Lake Mary.

Where do you currently live? Clearwater, Florida

Current or Past Occupation? Current: Wedding Officiant and Beach Resort Guest Services. Past: Pastor, Business Owner.

Do you have Children? If yes, how many? I have three grown children, ages 29, 25 and 23, all living in the Sanford/Lake Mary area.

Do you have Grandchildren? If yes, how many? Two grandsons ages 6 and4

Favorite Food? Mexican or Thai

Hardest thing you've ever done? Deep sea fishing as a child

Why are you a member of The Finley Project Board of Directors? I agreed to join The Finley Project Board because I believe in the mission and have committed my life to helping people. The hope found in Jesus is a beautiful thing.

 
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"...I believe in the mission and have committed my life to helping people. The hope found in Jesus is a beautiful thing."

 
 
 
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"...[I want] to help be a resource and help with mothers who are going through the most trying time and experience of their lives."

 
 
 

Alex Zanazanian

Officer

Where are you from? I was born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Where do you currently live? I currently live in Longwood, Florida.

Current or Past Occupation? I was a Project Engineer for the Westinghouse Corporation and retired after 38 years.

Do you have Children? If yes, how many? What are their names? I have a daughter Deborah Hilewick who lives in Pennsylvania.

Do you have Grandchildren? If yes, how many? What are their names? I have 2 grand children named Joshua and Stephanie and 2 great grand children named Mckenzie and Teagan.

Favorite Food?  Ice cream

Hardest thing you've ever done? I believe one of the hardest things i had to do was to be the caregiver for my wife Nancy who had Parkinson's and watch her deteriorate.

Why are you a member of The Finley Project Board of Directors? To help be a resource and help with Mothers who are going through the most trying time and experience of their lives.