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. She considers it a sacred trust to work with individuals in realizing the potential for a happier, healthier approach to life.
Judy Cromarti 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, located in Jacksonville, Florida. Her vision for The Quick Law Group began with a passion for changing the way women in Florida undergo divorce. By offering family and marital law services specifically for women, The Quick Law Group works in a consistent and reliable way to advocate for women in the divorce process. The firm educates and empowers women on their rights and the law, so they can find the strength to endure the process and end up better financially and emotionally.
Heather Quick has received national recognition for her outstanding work in this space. The firm has been recognized as the Best Gender-Focused Family Law Boutique – Southern USA by Acquisition International and is ranked number 24 on the Law Firm 500 Honorees List of the top 100 fastest growing law firms in America. The firm has also been named by the Jacksonville Business Journal as one of the top 20 fastest growing companies in Northeast Florida. Heather has also been awarded the SILVER AWARD in the Women Helping Women category and Female Entrepreneur of the Year category in the 12th annual Stevie® Awards for Women in Business. The Stevie Awards for Women in Business honor women executives, entrepreneurs, employees and the companies they run – worldwide.
Actively engaged in the local legal community, Heather Quick is a member of the American Bar Association, Jacksonville Bar Association and the Jacksonville Beach Bar Association. She serves on the Family Law Rules Committee for the Florida Bar and the executive board for Junior Achievement. Heather is a member of the National Organization for Women, Jacksonville Women’s Lawyer Association and is a Trustee for the Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce. Heather is rated by Martindale Hubbell as AV Distinguished® and “Superb” by AVVO, both the highest ratings available. She has been named as a Woman of Influence and an Ultimate Attorney by the Jacksonville Business Journal, is consistently featured in Jacksonville Magazine’s Best Lawyer edition and is a top rated Legal Leader for national publications American Lawyer and Corporate Counsel. Heather has been selected to the 2017 Florida Super Lawyers list and she has earned the title “Legal Elite” by Florida Trends magazine.
Consistent with her message and mission of women empowerment, Heather has published three books Women’s Guide to Divorce in Florida, Is Divorce Right for You and Women’s Guide to Becoming a Successful Entrepreneur. Heather continues to work on issues that affect women and participate in programs designed to elevate women in the area of business and particularly as entrepreneurs. “Women have so much more to offer than they give themselves credit for, and it is time we lift one another up and call attention to all of our wonderful achievements.”
A Jacksonville native, Heather and her husband reside in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida with their three children and two dogs.
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.