Lori Armstrong is the Assistant Director 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.
Dr. Barbara Bishop
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 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.
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.
Laine Silverfield is one of Jacksonville’s own natives. She learned from her mother at a young age the importance of giving back. Her early professional career spanned from developing programs and clinics at then Hope Haven Children’s Hospital to working with abused and dependent children in foster care.
In 1989, Laine accepted a job with Dreams Come True which would become her passion. For children battling life-threatening illnesses, Dreams Come True is the bright spot during their medical battles. A dream gives hope and a renewed spirit. It is the best medicine of all; creating memories that can never be erased, and never be forgotten. It provides a chance to laugh and be joyful, and to bring a sense of normalcy in an all too often shortened life.
For nearly 20 years, Laine channeled her enthusiasm, dedication and love to this local organization. From finding the perfect Mickey Mouse decorations to building a permanent House of Dreams in the Southpoint office park at no cost to Dreams Come True, to raising millions of dollars for local children. When she retired in 2008, she had been the catalyst that helped to grant nearly 2,400 dreams.
For a decade, Laine highlighted women in our community and their accomplishments on Woman to Woman, a Comcast Community access production. She feels strongly about girls being given the opportunities to develop their full potential, to learn about leadership, self confidence and self respect. It is through this hope for young women that she is a charter member of the Women’s Giving Alliance which awards thoughtful giving and well researched grants to local 501(c)3 organizations who are able to demonstrate need and the ability to effect change.
She has served on numerous selection committees of Youth Leadership Jacksonville, and chaired the Traveling Teen Panel for school age mothers through the Junior League for several years.
Laine is an active member of the Jacksonville Division of the FBI Citizens’ Alumni Academy. Through her involvement on their Human Trafficking Committee, in 2015 she became a member of the NE Fl Human Trafficking Coalition. It is there where Laine met Rachel White and Kelly Posze whose passion and purpose reminded her of herself as she forged for Dreams Come True.
In 2013-2014, she was a mentor for women through the Jacksonville University’s Davis College of Business and “Leadership Matters” of the Jacksonville Women’s Business Center. She continues to mentor women working in the nonprofit arena.
Teaching and engaging an annual class about leadership and networking to future women leaders of the Urban Land Institute may lead to a Super Girl costume or role playing, all for developing a strong self image and “can do” attitude in young women.
She is also a member of the Women’s Board of Wolfson Children’s Hospital and previously the Jacksonville Women’s Network. She has been involved with the Jacksonville Jewish Federation, Women’s Division Committees and is a long-time member of Temple Ahavath Chesed.
She was named moderator of the International Lions of Judah Authors’ Panel in New Orleans.
Honoree, Mayor’s Status of the Commission of Women
Jacksonville, Fl March 2012
Celebrity Chef, Salvation Army Auxiliary Speaker & Chef
Jacksonville, Fl January 2012
Honoree, Girl Scouts of Gateway Council, Women of Distinction
Jacksonville, Fl March 2011
- Extraordinary Women Tell Their Secrets Honoree
Women’s Division, Jacksonville Jewish Federation, Inaugural year, January 2008
- Change Agents Honoree, honoring 5 individuals who “think outside of the box”
Florida Times-Union, Inaugural year, March 2006
- Women of Influence Honoree, honoring 25 women
Jacksonville Business Journal, Inaugural year, September 2006
- Zonta Club Honoree, March 2004
- Women in Power Honoree, National Council of Jewish Women, March 2001
- EVE finalist, Florida Times Union, June 2000
- A Tribute to Women 2000 – Celebration of Leadership Honoree by
Community Connections (formerly YWCA), May 2000
Excellence in Healthcare Award, November 1998
Laine’s hobbies are as varied as her community involvement and include photography, adventure, travel and spending time with her beautiful grandchildren.
Laine’s proudest accomplishment and greatest love is her family. She and Gary Silverfield have been married for 44 years and he continues to be her biggest cheerleader, as she is his. They have two sons, Ryan, Assistant Head Football Coach at Memphis, and Leed, who evens the playing field as President of Silverfield Development with his wonderful wife Becky and two precious children Anson and Grant. The Silverfield family continues the tradition of service to the community.