Our Staff Members
While our families are temporarily sheltered through our network of congregations and volunteers, we work intensively with them at our Resource Center to assess, address and alleviate the barriers to housing and stability. This is done through our highly skilled case management and community collaborations that focus on connecting our families to services and empowering families. We believe families can end their homelessness with support.
Tara Pagliarini, Executive Director
Tara became the Executive Director of Family Promise of Brevard on August 17, 2013, and helped the network become operational on September 29, 2013. She holds a Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of South Carolina, a Bachelor of Science in Special Education from the College of Charleston, and served a tour in 1996 as an Americorps VISTA Victim Advocate. She has experience in providing direct clinical services, coordination, and advocacy for children and adults, including eight years of management and leadership experience.
Prior to her position with Family Promise of Brevard, Tara was a Guardian ad Litem through the 18th Judicial Circuit Court. In South Carolina, she worked for the Department of Mental Health as a Mental Health Counselor and Special Services Coordinator. Prior to working in a clinical setting, she was a horse-back riding instructor, having taught riding lessons for twelve years to people with, and without, disabilities while finishing her degrees.
Tara’s education, background and experience have ensured that our families receive a creative, strengths-based, and multi-systemic approach to ending their own homelessness. She, and her staff, strongly believes in empowering families to make their own changes towards increased self-sufficiency and lasting independence. Tara and her family have been residents of Brevard County since 2009.
Mark Sexton, Director of Programs
Mark is a native Floridian, born in Rockledge and raised in the Palm Bay/Melbourne area. He graduated from the University of Central Florida in January 2013 with a Bachelor’s in Social Sciences and again in May 2015 with a Master’s degree in Social Work (MSW) and a graduate certificate in Military and Veteran Social Work. Mark is active in networking and collaborating with other agencies in the county, and has chaired the Brevard Homeless Coalition’s Coordinated Assessment Committee and Coordinated Housing Assessment Team (CHAT). His early exposure to the social services community came from employment in direct care and supervisory positions at Devereux’s residential site in Viera, FL. Mark started with Family Promise of Brevard in early June 2014 as a temporary Family Case Manager, a position that was made permanent that fall. In June 2015 he accepted the position as Program Services Coordinator over all three programs and continues to supervise the case management staff, including paid case managers, interns, and volunteer service providers. He became a licensed clinical social worker in the State of Florida in 2019.
Mike Hoenick, Stabilization Coordinator
Mike Hoenick moved to Brevard County in 2009, but considers himself to be a Wisconsinite from Sheboygan, despite spending his younger childhood as an “Air Force brat” in various states. Mike has always had an affinity to positively impact the lives of those around him – Mike’s academic tracked followed first teaching, then psychology, and finally social work as focuses of study. He graduated from the University of Central Florida with both his Bachelor’s and Master’s in Social Work in 2014 and 2015, respectively. Professionally, Mike interned at Catholic Charities during his Bachelor’s degree and at Brevard Outpatient Alternative Treatment Center (BOAT) during his Master’s degree. Mike started working for Family Promise of Brevard as a part-time family case manager in September 2014, focusing outreach efforts in South Brevard. Since then, he has become a full time Family Services Specialist, primarily dedicated to the success of families in our aftercare program, but is versatile and skilled enough to work in any setting or program. Mike actively collaborates with other agencies in the county to find the best fit for families’ diverse needs. He has a heart for the community and has actively served and volunteered at a local church and various other organizations since 2010. Mike is a family man, loves his wife and two children, and likes to play music.
Eddie White Jr., Prevention Coordinator
Eddie was born and raised in Chicago where he learned early on how to survive in poverty. Because of that upbringing, he has dedicated his life to helping those in need which made him a great candidate to oversee the Hand Up Program with Family Promise. He joins us after 13 years of working with abused and neglected children as a case manager and case manager supervisor. Eddie has played team sports both in college and professionally, so he also brings a strong collaborative approach with an emphasis on teamwork, knowing that we can accomplish so much more when we work together. He also served in the United States Navy as a nuclear engineer. In his role as the HAND UP Navigator , Eddie works closely with households experiencing housing instability by assisting individuals and families in navigating their housing options, as well as connecting them to other existing resources in our community.
Fran Freeman, Family Services Specialist
Fran is a native of Brevard County. She graduated with a BS in Psychology from the University of Florida and MSW in Clinical Social Work from the Florida State University. She worked briefly at Brevard Hospice until her husband’s work took them to Colorado Springs. There she became involved in various church and community volunteer opportunities and raised her two young children.
She returned with her family to the Space Coast in 2006, and continued to volunteer for schools and community organizations. Most recently she worked as a real estate agent and broker. She chose to return to the social work field hoping to make a more meaningful contribution to the community.
Nancy Dudley, Director of Finance
Nancy was born and raised in Maryland. She graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park with a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting. She worked for many years managing accounts receivable and payable departments. She has also held Assistant Controller and Financial Analyst positions along with general bookkeeping and organizational positions. She married her husband Jeff in 1998 and they relocated to Virginia Beach, VA where they lived for 12 years. During that time Nancy was a stay at home mom raising her 3 young children and volunteering at church and her children’s school.
Nancy and her family moved to Florida in January 2010. She has remained active by volunteering in the community since her move to Florida. Prior to coming to Family Promise she held the position of PTO Treasurer for two years at her children’s elementary school. She joined Family Promise of Brevard in January 2015 as their Administrative Coordinator. Nancy works part time in the resource center maintaining general administrative and accounting functions for day to day operations.
Shayna Gleckel, Director of Community Outreach
Shayna holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Management and has worked in the private and public sector the majority of her career. With over 20-years of experience, Shayna has built a reputation for developing business strategies and new business models and programs. After having worked as an Account Executive and Senior Level Manager for both Fiserv and Capital One respectively, she turned toward independent consulting to maintain flexibility in her job. She is accomplished in working as a strategic advisor to both Fortune 500 and small businesses, focusing on brand-building, profitability and efficiencies. Although she comes from a background focused on profit, her passion is in using her talents in the non-profit sector, making Family Promise of Brevard a perfect fit.
Jane Higgins, Outreach Specialist
Jane Higgins moved to Brevard County over 40 years ago from Maine. She graduated from the University of South Florida with a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting and later obtained her MBA from the University of Central Florida. She worked for 30 at Harris Corporation (now L3Harris) in finance and accounting enjoying learning a variety of positions. Jane then started volunteering and eventually joined the staff of Habitat for Humanity of Brevard County for the past 8 years learning how to write grants and assist in fundraising working with many local churches and businesses.
Jane has two grown children that she likes to try and keep up with in their adventures.