Tara is a graduate of the University of South Carolina with a degree in Early Childhood Education and brings a wealth of leadership experience and knowledge in Christian education to the organization. She began her career as the Early Childhood Director at Christ Fellowship, a mega-church in Palm Beach Gardens, FL. She later transitioned into the role of Program Director with Classical Conversations, a national educational program “that supports homeschooling parents by cultivating the love of learning through a Christian worldview in fellowship with other families.”
Tara has been married to her high school sweetheart for 20 years. They have 3 children, ages 12-17, who love sports, traveling, and youth ministry programs.
Favorite Book: The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
Kim Metz, mother of three, joined The Buggy Bunch to connect with other moms and share the difficulties of life with young children after the birth of her second child in two years. She became the Programs Director in 2012. This role allows her to witness the connections and encouragement moms provide each other through Buggy Bunch events. She loves seeing how mothers with children of all ages find their place within the supportive community. Kim enjoys baking, camping and boating.
Favorite Children’s Book: Oh! The Places You’ll Go! by Dr. Seuss
April Muller, a Vero Beach resident since 2000, joined The Buggy Bunch in the summer of 2012 through their Bible Study entitled Soul Food. Though her two children were past their “buggy” stage, the Bible Study experience made her feel as though the mission to spread the Gospel was a practical possibility. Prior to this, in 2008, April launched the Classical Conversations homeschool program in Viera. The following year, she brought it to Vero Beach. She served four years as a Foundation and Essentials Director with Classical Conversations. April has a clear calling to make other moms feel welcome and loved and utilizes her skills as both the Mom Coordinator and the Community Relations Director in The Buggy Bunch. She is also actively involved with a local non-profit counseling center called CrossLife Counseling. She and Derek have been married since 1994.
Favorite Children’s Book: Where the Wild Things Are, by Maurice Sendak
Grace was born and raised in Vero Beach. After completing homeschool, she graduated in 2015 from Florida International University. Grace then became Missions Coordinator for a small non-profit in Costa Rica where she led mission groups and VBS programs. She also taught and tutored Spanish during this time. In 2017, Grace felt called to give back to her local community and started working for The Buggy Bunch as the Children’s Ministry Director. Grace loves working with kids and bringing them closer to Jesus. She attends Ocean Unite Christian Center. In her free time, Grace likes being with her family and friends, drinking coffee and running. Grace married her husband, Matt, in November 2017.
Favorite Children’s Book: Madeline, by Ludwig Bemelmans
Cori came to The Buggy Bunch after a lengthy career as an Admissions Director at a local Christian school in Vero Beach. Born and raised in Nebraska for 25 years, she moved to Florida in 1988 seeking a warmer climate after graduating from the University of Nebraska with a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Services. Cori has one son, Ryan, who attends Palm Beach Atlantic University, majoring in Business Management. Cori appreciates how much the women of The Buggy Bunch help the mothers of their community. Her hobbies include running, hiking, and watching Nebraska football and volleyball in the fall.
Favorite Children’s Book: Are You My Mother? by P.D. Eastman
Rebecca Schlitt is currently the Chairman of the board and director of business administration. She is also a mother of four who works part time from her home as an internal auditor for Florida Blue and 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 and Tallahassee. Rebecca graduated from Florida State University with a Masters of Accounting in 2000, has worked in public accounting and internal audit since that time and is currently a licensed CPA. She is married to Terry Schlitt, owner of T.E. Schlitt Engineering, LLC. She homeschools her older two children.
Favorite Children’s Book: Little Bear, by Else Holmeland Minarik
Kelly Brown grew up in North Carolina and relocated to Vero Beach upon marrying her husband, Louis Schacht. Her career has always been in the nonprofit sector, and she served on the staff of Indian River Habitat for Humanity for eight years. Additionally, Kelly and Louis own Schacht Groves, their family citrus farm, gift fruit shipping operation, and farm store. After their first child was born premature, Kelly was especially thankful to connect with other moms through The Buggy Bunch. At the inception of TBB, her first activity was walking the bridge with fellow moms. As their family has grown, Kelly and her family have enjoyed playgroups, picnics, exercise classes and more over the years. Kelly and her family enjoy being engaged in work that benefits their own family but especially the broader community, so you can find them serving with The Buggy Bunch, St. Francis Manor, and Vero Beach Academy.
Favorite Children’s Book: Little House on the Prairie series, by Laura Ingalls Wilder
Sue Dean started her work with the Development Team of The Buggy Bunch in January 2017. She was drawn to the organization’s sense of community and wants to be part of helping meet the needs of local mothers and sharing the love of Jesus with them. She graduated from Florida Atlantic University with a B.A. in Early Childhood and Elementary Education. She homeschooled all three of her children and currently volunteers at a private Christian school on the athletic fundraising team and volunteers with classroom teachers to help determine kindergarten readiness. In her free time, Sue enjoys spending time with her family, scrapbooking and taking photographs. She and Tim have been married for over 28 years.
Favorite Children’s Book: The Little House on the Prairie series, by Laura Ingalls Wilder
Debbie brings more than 20 years of marketing and public relations experience to The Buggy Bunch. She is a graduate of the University of Georgia and is married to Kyle Morgan of Vero Beach. They have two teenage daughters and attend First Church of God. They are active in the community, most recently co-chairing the 2016-17 United Way Campaign. Debbie’s passion for excellence and eye for detail are an asset to the future communication and marketing plans of The Buggy Bunch.
Favorite Children’s Book: Goodnight Moon
Christina Keller is the graphic designer for The Buggy Bunch, a position she is able to enjoy while living in Sacramento and teaching classical ballet. Prior to moving to California, Christina volunteered with CareNet, The Source and Habitat for Humanity in Indian River County. She met her husband Johnny in Taiwan while teaching English with King Car, a volunteer organization based in Taiwan. She appreciates how important relationships are to The Buggy Bunch and how they focus on deepening those relationships with mothers. She is also inspired by the energy and vision of her coworkers. Christina and Johnny have one daughter, Rebecca.
Favorite Children’s Book: The Missing Piece, by Shel Silverstein
Sarah Jones became involved with The Buggy Bunch through a Bible Study after the birth of her second child. After teaching high school English for 10 years and serving as the yearbook advisor for six books, Sarah was grateful for the friends and mentors she found through a variety of Buggy Bunch events as she navigated staying home with her children. She currently homeschools her daughter and tutors young adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder. She enjoys embroidery, running and travel.
Favorite Children’s Book: The Little House, by Virginia Lee Burton