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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.

 

 
 

Staff

 
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Traci Keene

Volunteer Manager

Where are you from? I was born in West Palm Beach, Florida and moved up to Orlando in 1994 to attend UCF. Go Knights!!

Where do you currently live? Winter Park, Florida

Do you have Children? Yes If yes, how many? Two boys What are their names? Josh (10) and Micah (7)

Current or Past Occupation? Back in college, I worked for Disney in their Casting department. I loved working the job fairs and took full advantage of the perks of free admission to the parks (So now it's REALLY painful for me to actually pay for tickets)! After graduating, I started teaching 3rd grade at a local Elementary school for about 10 years. I just recently met up with one of my former 3rd graders (who is now in college to become a teacher herself) and the only thing she remembered about my class was that I always had a Starbucks in my hand and we made volcanoes. I am still currently drinking coffee every morning and continuing to build volcanoes with my two boys on our homeschool days.

Favorite Food? Appetizers and finger foods. I could live on just chips and salsa for dinner every night.

Hardest thing you've ever done? Walking a loved one through addiction and recovery after a tragic loss, while at the same time processing through my own grief.

What other organizations are you involved in? During college, I served as a YoungLife leader for a local high school. Windy Gap YoungLife Camp is still one of my all-time 'favorite places on Earth'. I've also been involved in the Northland Moms4Moms Ministry as one of the Co-coordinators. Leading that group of amazing women has inspired in me a passion and vision for loving on and encouraging mothers, as they love on so many others around them.

 
 
 

Jessica Niederkohr

Support Manager

Where are you from? Columbus, Ohio (Go Buckeyes!)

Where do you currently live? Altamonte Springs, FL

Current or Past Occupation? Support Manager for The Finley Project

Do you have Children? If yes, how many? What are their names? I have 3 children. Piper, McCartney (Mac) and Hendrix.

Favorite Food? Cheeseburgers!!!

Hardest thing you've ever done? Potty training. Not me..the kids. =-)

Why are you a member of The Finley Project? I followed the story of Finley as it happened and when Noelle began The Finley Project, I knew I wanted to be involved. I started out as a volunteer for a year and then when the opportunity to become more involved as an employee opened up, I was honored to be able to jump in and work with Noelle, our amazing volunteers and our precious mamas.

 
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“…when Noelle began The Finley Project, I knew I wanted to be involved.”

 
 
 
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“I am truly inspired by our mission, innovative approach, and the amazing impact of our services!”

 
 
 

Tristan Ruby

Grant Writer/Development Manager

Where are you from? Philadelphia, PA

Where do you currently live? Orlando, FL

Current or Past Occupation? Before moving to Orlando and joining The Finley Project, I worked in Philadelphia’s nonprofit community for many years focusing on reproductive health, HIV/AIDS, and home care. I held a variety of roles including program management, grant writing, quality assurance and compliance, and research and evaluation.

Do you have Children? If yes, how many? What are their names? I don’t have any children of my own, but I’m lucky to have many fantastic nieces and nephews.

Favorite Food? Pizza or Chinese (depends on the day)

Why are you a member of The Finley Project? I have spent my career working to empower people to build brighter futures, which I think fits well with The Finley’s Project’s work to help mothers find hope and healing. I am truly inspired by our mission, innovative approach, and the amazing impact of our services!

 

Board of Directors

 
 
 

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.

 
 
 
 
 

Aimee Lloyd

Board Chair

Where are you from? Winter Park, Florida

Where do you currently live? Still in Winter Park (Lake Jean) closer towards East Orlando (UCF)

Current or Past Occupation? I have 12 years background in Financial Planning Marketing and 5 years in Legal Services Marketing. Current role is the Chief Marketing Officer at eClat Law Firm.

Do you have Children? If yes, how many? What are their names? Trenton (8), Kaitlyn (would be 6), Caiden (5), Landon (eta is 5/20/19)

Favorite Food? Raw Oysters (which I am missing out on now because of my pregnancy)

Hardest thing you've ever done? Lived outside for a year and rehabilitated 12 male juvenile felons

Why are you a member of The Finley Project Board of Directors? After experiencing my own infant loss in October 2012, I realized how resources and support are very scarce. I was left with a huge hole not knowing where to go or who to turn to when I released from the hospital with my daughter. I understand and believe in the need for The Finley Project.

 
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“I understand and believe in the need for The Finley Project”

 
 
 
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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.

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. My husband is James and is a physician at Florida Hospital.

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.

 
 
 
 
 

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.

 
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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."