Lori Armstrong is the Assistant Team Coordinator at the University of Florida First Coast Child Protection Team. She earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology from the University of Central Florida. Lori started her career as an investigator with the Department of Children and Families and specialized in sexual abuse and human trafficking investigations. She started with the Child Protection Team (forensic pediatrics) in 2010 and continues to work with minor victims of abuse and neglect. Lori was the Co-Chair of the Northeast Human Trafficking Coalition from January 2014 through March 2015. She is also a Victim Advocate through the Attorney General’s Office. Lori continues to be very passionate about helping victims of human trafficking become survivors and strives to end human trafficking.
For more than 25 years Dr. Barbara Bishop has had the privilege of offering guidance to individuals, couples and families who want to make responsible changes in their lives. Her goal is to transform distress and challenges into valuable life lessons. Whether people are experiencing anxiety, depression, marital stress, divorce, grief, illness, trauma, substance abuse, or difficult parent-child relationships, she mentors them in dealing with sources of problems and designing strategies for healthier approaches.
In addition, Dr. Bishop is the only licensed mental health professional in NE Florida who teaches Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) classes. Students learn mind-body practices that help them increase focused attention, improve communication, relieve anxiety & depression, reduce pain & improve healing and much more.
Her practice has been enriched by her placement in roles such as:
* Preceptor/consultant to Naval Hospitals’ Substance Abuse Rehabilitation Programs in Jacksonville and Cuba for 18 years
* Certified supervisor for mental health professionals seeking licensure
* Continuing education provider for licensed mental health professionals
* Retreat leader for mindful living
* Spiritual director
She considers it a sacred trust to work with individuals in realizing the potential for a happier, healthier approach to life.
Judy Cromartie has fully retired from working for 42 years in school counseling for the Duval County Public Schools system. After completing her Bachelor of Education at the University of Florida and Master of Arts in Teaching at Jacksonville University, she became a teacher, school counselor and district guidance supervisor who advocated for children and their rights. At the school level, she also worked with faculty and staff coordinating training on topics such as multiculturalism, parent/faculty consultations and learning styles. She was selected as a district trainer for English for Speaker of Other Languages and in 1992 Teacher of the Year at Mandarin High School.
At the district level, she was upheld by the State Department of Education as “a leader in the state in preparing your students for postsecondary education” in 2001-2002. Upon her retirement from DCPS, she was chosen as the initial School Liaison Officer for Naval Station Mayport, developing the program to insure a smooth educational transition for military students.
When working with Duval Schools an Assistant Superintendent once told her, “You never let barriers get in your way when it comes to children!” She hopes to continue this level of advocacy with Her Song.
Tessa Gottlieb left her home state of Mississippi to attend school at the University of Florida in 2004. She officially became a “Double Gator” after obtaining her law degree from UF in 2011. Soon after, she joined her husband, Daryl, in Orlando for the first few years of married life. She started working at the Orange County State Attorney’s Office out of law school, where she had the opportunity to prosecute a wide variety of cases, ranging from minor misdemeanor offenses to first degree felonies. During her time in school and while in Orlando, her parents and two sisters migrated to Jacksonville, so when her and her husband had the opportunity to move to Jacksonville in late 2013 they jumped on it! Tessa initially transferred to the Duval County State Attorney’s Office and continued primarily administering first degree felony cases, before transitioning to a small family law firm where she litigated dissolution of marriage and domestic violence cases. Currently, she is in-house counsel at Fidelity National Financial Title Insurance Company and her family of two is becoming three with the addition of a baby boy in mid-July! Tessa attends Christ Church in San Marco, a ministry partner of Her Song.
Tessa is ecstatic about the opportunity to get involved in Her Song because she’s always had a strong passion to fight injustice and feels called toward ministries that empower women and that prevent abuse and oppression pointed at women.
Heather Brooke Quick is the founder and CEO of the only divorce and family law firm for women in Northeast Florida, The Quick Law Group, in Jacksonville Beach, Florida. She has been a practicing attorney in the State of Florida since 2001. Her vision for The Quick Law Group began with Heather’s own experience as a child of divorce and her passion for changing the way women in Florida go through divorce. When women go through divorce, they are affected emotionally, psychologically, spiritually and financially. During this process, it is important to focus on all of their needs and The Quick Law Group provides access to those resources for our clients.
Heather believes it is never too late for women to experience a happy, healthy, peaceful lifestyle. This year, Heather began offering Seminars, Workshops, and Retreats customized to the unique needs of women looking to find their power and re-launch their lives. Heather is also providing workshops for women entrepreneurs to help them launch their business or improve them. All of these efforts are to empower women to accomplish all they are capable of by realizing their true potential.
Heather is an active member of the Jacksonville Bar Association, serving since 2013 as co-chair of the Judicial Relations Committee and is a member of the St. Johns County Bar Association. Heather is the legal contributor on the daytime talk show, The Chat, on WTLV, NBC and ABC affiliate. She is a member of the Mayor’s Victim Assistance Advisory Council for the City of Jacksonville, and is in the first year of a three year term of appointment to the Family Law Rules Committee for The Florida Bar. She has been featured in the Jacksonville Magazine’s Best Lawyers edition for the past two years, and is rated by Martindale Hubbell as BV and Superb by AVVO.
Heather is the author of two books, Women’s Guide to Divorce in Florida and Is Divorce Right for You? Both are currently available on Amazon for the kindle and iPad. Heather and her husband Mike have been married for thirteen years and reside in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida with their three children, two dogs and a guinea pig.
LuWanna Ratliff, SPHR, RN, BSN is a Senior Human Resources professional with twenty five years of progressive responsibility in all aspects of Human Resources management within the health care industry. She is a graduate of Florida State University with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 1978 and certified as a Senior Human Resources Professional as of 1997. LuWanna served for four years as a Regional Human Resources Manager and two years as a Regional Trainer for ten skilled nursing centers in various Southeastern states. She is also co-owner of Florida Training Resources, a company that provides training for organizations throughout Florida since 1998. LuWanna’s desire to assist Her Song stems from wanting to help women who are trapped in a desperate situation be able to have a safe place to heal.
Sarah Tedesco has worked with DonorSearch since 2007, when Bill Tedesco, her father started the company. She serves as the Executive Vice President and directly oversees the customer service and renewal department. Sarah is responsible for managing the production and customer support department concerning client contract fulfillment and increasing retention rate. She collaborates with other team members on a variety of issues including sales, marketing and product development ideas. In the past 8 years, Sarah has worked directly with hundreds of different development offices, giving her a unique perspective on nonprofit advancement.
Prior to working at DonorSearch, Sarah worked in the Planned Giving office as a prospect researcher for the Baltimore Community Foundation. While attending the University of Maryland, she worked in the psychology department as a research assistant and as a technology specialist in the University of Maryland’s English department. She is a graduate of the University of Maryland College Park and holds a Bachelor of Arts in English and Psychology. Today, she enjoys staying active with yoga, running and hiking.