Dawn and Ed got married in South Florida in 1996 on the SUNDREAM in the middle of the Intercoastal Waterway. When they startedhaving children in 1998, they moved to Vero Beach. They are parents to Cana (May 4, 1998 - babysitting age) and Noah (November21, 1999). Both kids are homeschooled this year, and our focus is for them to learn the talents that God has given them, and to prepare them for stepping into those giftings. Getting paid to do something you love is a blessing! Dawn, an entrepreneur, is gifted at helping others live a healthy lifestyle. She is passionate about encouraging moms to be healthy physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. As moms, we need to believe the truth about ourselves, and celebrate our accomplishments daily. She will cheer you on!
I am a graduate of Roberts Weslyan College in Chili, NY, near Rochester and have a BS in Human Resource Management and Accounting. I have worked various places in New York and retired as Comptroller from Quail Valley Golf Club in 2008. I am married to Kenneth Bartl for twenty-one years and we have five children and nine grandchildren. We have lived in Vero Beach since 2000. I served for three years as Chairperson of the Women’s Ministry Counsel at First Church of God and currently teach Bible Studies for the women. The Lord has given me a great love for all His women and I am privileged to serve in Women’s Ministry. I received salvation as a child and my love for the Lord Jesus Christ has only grown throughout the years as He, through the Holy Spirit, has nurtured me, convicted me, forgiven me and drawn me closer to Himself. It is my great pleasure to serve Him as He desires.
Gail has served on The Buggy Bunch Board of Trustees as an advisor since 2014. She owns Complete Cleaning and prides herself in serving Indian River County. Gail believes in the mission and vision of The Buggy Bunch and loves to see the ministry sharing Jesus Christ with young families in our community.
Julia Brickman is an entrepreneur, business consultant and educational consultant. Julia graduated from Texas Christian University with a Bachelor's degree in Early Childhood and is a certified teacher. Julia and her husband, Aaron, successfully owned one of the first premiere party invitation and stationery companies on the internet. In 2010, Aaron and Julia sold their corporation and retired to the Caribbean for several years. Julia has a Master Practitioner level certification for the Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI), Emotional Intelligence (EQ-I 2.), and the Murphy-Meisgeier Type Indicator for Children (MMTIC). Julia and her husband, Aaron, are passionate about using their business experience to help children, families and organizations reach their full potential through leadership and organizational development. Julia also serves as a board member for the Indian River Homeschoolers Association and regularly teaches workshops for homeschool families. She is very grateful to be given the opportunity to serve the community of Vero Beach through the Buggy Bunch, an organization which she wholeheartedly believes in. Julia and her husband currently reside in Vero Beach, Florida with their 13 year old son, Luke.
Jody and Nicole Bridwell
Jody and Nicole have served on The Buggy Bunch Board of Trustees since 2012. They have been married for 8 years and have three beautiful children. Nicole is a nurse and Jody is a figherfighter. They both see The Buggy Bunch living out it's mission on a daily basis. Nicole is involved in the Bible Study, Discipleship Groups and attends the Monthly Mamas Meeting. Their family has also attended annual Buggy Bunch camping trips and date nights.
Pam Bjorkman is an ordinary Christian with extraordinary God, who is blessed every day by His grace, mercy, and love. Pamela Kae Bjorkman is the mother of Russell and Diana. She is a grandmother of precious Nico Kae. Currently serves on the board of directors for: Indian River Charter High School and The Buggy Bunch. She has also served on the board of: VNA/Hospice and Indian River Chamber of Commerce. Pam is actively involved in the women’s ministry at her church. Pamela Kae Bjorkman was 1983-84 - Coral Gables, Florida “Outstanding Woman of the Year”. 1986 – Kenwood Elementary Volunteer of the Year. 1989-2000 – President of Real Estate Publishing Company. 1994 – The first person awarded “Affiliate of the Year” for the Indian River County Realtor’s Association. 2000 – “Ambassador of the Year” for the Indian River County Chamber of Commerce. 2002 – The first person awarded Indian River County “Character Counts! Employee of Good Character” Award. Volunteered on the first “Women Build” home for Habitat for Humanity. Pam graduated high school in the 1960’s but was definitely not a “flower child”. She enjoys reading, traveling, and swimming and has never met a piece of chocolate she did not love!
Sue was born in Marlborough, Massachusetts and is married to Ralph H. Carter (d/b/a "The Maine Yankee Woodworker"). They have two sons, two daughters, and five grandsons. Sue graduated from Marlborough (MA) High School and later attended Fisher Junior College (Boston), Barry University (Miami Shores), and the University of Maine (Orono). She is a retired Counselor/Teacher, School District of Indian River Co. and retired volunteer for Indian River County EMS, Indian River County Sheriff's Office, and First Church of God Women's Bible Study Facilitator. She currently works part-time in customer service at Beall's Department Store. Sue volunteers at First Church of God as a receptionist and on the security/safety team, the American Cancer Society Relay for Life Leadership Team/Ambassador, in the Military Moms Prayer Group, and now for the Buggy Bunch.
My name is Ryan Cobb and I have the opportunity to sit on the Board of Trustees for The Buggy Bunch. I have been a member of the Board since 2012. However, I was introduced to Kelly Sartain in late 2010 via a mutual friend. Around that time, I started assisting Kelly and The Buggy Bunch with their tax/accounting needs. I decided to join the Board when asked as a result of multiple factors: I truly believed in the mission of The Buggy Bunch. b. Our first son was recently born when I met Kelly. My wife Sarah joined the group (in late 2010) and I was able to see the benefits and talk to her about her experiences on a daily basis. Sarah’s involvement with the Buggy Bunch has benefited every member of my family. For example, as new parents we were facing all sorts of new parental situations…some of them very challenging. When we joined the Buggy Bunch, Sarah was able to meet many other moms who were encountering the same challenges. It was great for us to realize we weren’t the only ones facing various growing pains as parents. There was an immediate sense of community and now much of our circle of friends are made up of Buggy Bunch members. c. Kelly’s passion was contagious. It was easy to get excited about the road ahead when listening to her speak about the goals of the organization. I love the idea of moms being able to get together, share ideas, socialize, network, etc. in a welcoming environment. It has been an amazing journey since the early days. I've enjoyed watching the growth of the group as a whole, the leadership of The Buggy Bunch. I am so impressed with the day to day operations of the Buggy Bunch. We are very lucky to have such a good compilation of employees, leaders, volunteers, members, etc. In addition to my work with the Buggy Bunch, I am a CPA with Gould and Associates, Certified Public Accountants, PA. On my first day of college, I was lucky enough to meet my wife, Sarah. We met in 2004 and married 4 years later, to the day, in 2008. I have enjoyed 6 glorious years with her as my partner in this wild journey. We have been blessed with two children- Charles (Charlie) and Benjamin. I'll conclude with saying, which I love to share: Happy Mommy = Happy Life (I tell this to our sons…often). The Buggy Bunch helps with this pursuit.
I am a mom of three beautiful children - Antonia 3, Antonio Jr. 1, and lovely stepdaughter Angel 8. I have a wonderful hard working, caring husband, Antonio, whom I married on Valentine’s Day in 2014 and who is dedicated to our family and to Christ. I'm an at home mom and have a small family business, Fields Family Baskets and Gifts, with sweet treats, cakes, and more which all are made with LOVE. I am dedicated to Christ for I have found with him all is possible and can work out for the best. I help with many small groups in our community to help with homeless and people in need. Also I attend many Buggy Bunch events and classes which have not only helped me get through times and trials in my life but have helped my family and children as well. I recently created a page on Facebook, Create Peace In Our World, to try and show our community and others what love, peace, deeds, caring, and giving to one another could do to show care for our world and community instead of the hate, hurt, and violence we are seeing these days. I enjoy time with my family and spreading joy and love is what I like best in my life along with Christ, praying, and reading my Bible. I delight in attending church at First Church Of God with my family. I am grateful and blessed for what God has done for my family and has in store for us.
Dr. Greg Ern is a licensed and nationally certified school psychologist with a private practice in Vero Beach. In his practice, he evaluates and helps to remediate a variety of learning and adjustment-related difficulties in children and adolescents. He spent fifteen years working as a school psychologist for Florida’s public schools. He also spent several years as a faculty member at Auburn University’s College of Education. He holds additional certifications in Educational Leadership and Administration by the Florida Department of Education. Most importantly, Dr. Ern has been married to Natalie for twenty years and has three amazing sons. In his free time, he enjoys boating, going to the beach, traveling, and watching Auburn football.
Michael Kelley born and raised in Miami Shores, FL. Graduate of Wheaton College, Wheaton, IL. in 2006. Married Jamison in July 2012 in North Carolina. Moved to Vero in July 2013 to Operate the Chick-fil-A at Indian River Mall. Son, Luke born in July 2013, and expecting baby boy #2 in February. Prior to Chick-fil-A, Michael worked as a Financial Advisor for Edward Jones and worked for Wheaton Colllege as the Southeast Regional Director of Development. Michael also enjoys playing and coaching sports, particularly basketball.
Manley Kilgore has lived in Jacksonville Florida for 38 years. He is married to Cheryl and together they have 4 children and 7 grandchildren. Manley is happily retired after serving his community as a neurologist since 1974 and Chief of Neurology at Baptist Medical Center in downtown Jacksonville for 25 years. Baptist Medical Center received recognition from Newsweek as one of the nations top 50 hospitals in Neurology and Neurosurgery during Manley's last year of service. The Jacksonville Business Journal awarded Manley its 2010 Lifetime Achievement Award for Heroes in Medicine. In his free time he enjoys hunting with his grandsons, off shore fishing, UF football, and traveling.
I am a wife and a mother of 3 children: Lydiah, Elijah, and Elliannah. We also have golden retriever puppy named Winston. I am currently a stay at home mother. I have a degree in elementary education from Southeastern University. I taught kindergarten at Master's Academy for 10 years and third grade at Indian River Academy (previously known as Highlands) for 1 year. This coming year I will be teaching first grade at Vero Beach Academy. I attend King's Baptist and am actively involved with their children's ministry and their home groups. I enjoy anything outdoors and anything to do with interior decorating and art. Before children I loved to do triathlons and marathons. I am looking forward to serving on the board!
April Muller has a passion for encouraging women and she is grateful she finally stopped ignoring "The Buggy Bunch" she'd been hearing about but been ignoring due to the fact her family had outgrown it's buggy years! She just celebrated 19 years of marriage to Derek, and is a homeschooling mom to JT who is 12 and Savannah, 17. She moved to Vero Beach from Melbourne about 13 years ago and loves the small town feeling of this beautiful city. She launched the Classical Conversations home school program in Viera in 2008, and brought the program to Vero Beach the following year. After stepping down after four years as a Foundation and Essentials Director, she was looking for her next project and the Lord brought her to the Buggy Bunch. She attends Calvary Chapel Vero Beach where Pastor Jim Gallagher's encouragement to pray for the people of Vero to come to a saving faith in Jesus Christ was a mission she took seriously. When a friend invited her to "Soul Food" in the summer of 2012, she felt like she had found a group that made that mission a practical possibility. She is also actively involved with CrossLife Counseling, a local non-profit counseling center that accepts clients regardless of their ability to pay.
Teresa Pastor and her husband George have been married since 1988 and have lived in Vero Beach since 1991. They have two grown daughters, Rachel and Grace, and two teenage sons, Daniel and Andrew. Rachel is married to Robert and expecting a baby in August of 2016. Teresa has enjoyed homeschooling her children and teaching other students literature, writing, and apologetics. She also edits part time. Teresa enjoys getting to know other moms at The Buggy Bunch Bible studies and exercise classes, and she looks forward to serving them as a member of the board.
Erin grew up in Milwaukee, WI and met her husband, Joe, in college during a semester abroad in Europe. Joe is from Minnesota, and both he and Erin had always wanted to live in a warmer climate. After marrying in 2006, they moved to Vero Beach where Erin is a part time office manager at Indian River Acupuncture and Joe is a teacher. Erin and Joe have a 2 year old son, Noah, and a six month old daughter, Leah. Erin has been a part of The Buggy Bunch from it's beginning and serves on the Board of Directors and on the Leadership Team as part of the Correspondence committee. Erin loves The Buggy Bunch and is so thankful for the opportunities it has given her to not only make new friends, but to support other moms in our community as well.
Kelly, a stay at home mother who grew up in Jacksonville, Florida, has a heart for sharing the love of Jesus Christ with moms in our community and as a result said that she felt called to start TBB a little over a year ago with three other women. She currently serves on The Buggy Bunch Board of Directors and is the Executive Director of the ministry. Kelly was married to Mark Sartain in May, 2005 and she worked in corporate America for 10 years before leaving to stay at home with her daughter, Elizabeth Ann, whom she gave birth to in 2008. The couple welcomed their second son, William, in 2012. As for Kelly, her interests include traveling and she counts Africa, Israel, and Europe, among the lengthy list of places she has already visited. But out of all the places she has visited, she still says Clemson and the Carolina Mountains are her favorite. Kelly and Mark also own Sartain and Associates, a local Landscape Architecture boutique design firm.
Rebecca Schlitt is a mother of four who works part time from her home as an internal auditor for a major heath insurance company & teaches Yoga and Cycling at Christi's Family Fitness. She moved to Vero Beach in early 2011 to be closer to family, having previously lived in Orlando, Jacksonville & Tallahassee. Rebecca graduated from Florida State University with a Masters of Accounting in 2000, has worked in public accounting & internal audit since that time and is currently a licensed CPA. She is married to Terry Schlitt who is the Youth Director at Holy Cross Catholic Church & is an engineer working for MBV Engineering.
Bill and Suzanne Shaw have served on The Buggy Bunch Board of Trustee since 2009. They have a passion for evengelism and discipleship and have seen the fruit of The Buggy Bunch ministry. Bill and Suzanne Shaw are residents of Venice, Florida. They have two daughters and ten grandchildren. Bill, a chemical engineer, has retired from Eagle Performance Products- a company he formed in 1974 to manufacture fire retardant chemicals for textile fabrics. Suzanne has her Masters degree in Guidance and Counseling and both Bill & Suzanne have enjoyed coaching young couples for the past 20 years.
Dawn West has been a member of The Buggy Bunch since 2009. She joined after moving to Vero from Georgia with her husband of 11 years, Derrick, and 15 month old son, Miller and having her second child, Darcie, just 8 weeks later. She met her husband in Seminary school in New Orleans. Dawn serves on the Board of Trustees and as the Talented Tots chairperson. She also works part time at the Florida Eye Institute selling glasses and teaches Mommy & Me at Christi's Fitness. Her favorite book of the Bible is the book of James.
Tara Wright met her husband Shane when she was 15 and married him 5 years later while attending the University of Kentucky. They are now celebrating 17 years of marriage and have three children, Drew, Luke, and Hope. With two teenagers and a nine year old, she is clearly past the "buggy" stage of life. However, in 2013, when she started getting involved in The Buggy Bunch, she knew God was at work and calling her towards this amazing ministry. Outside of her commitment to TBB, she home-schools her three children and tutors a class of 13-15 year olds each week in an academic program called Classical Conversations. Tara loves to travel and has a passion for orphaned children. She attends Calvary Chapel Vero Beach with her family. Her favorite scripture at this moment is Psalm 46:10... "Be still and know that I am God."