The Life Center Board began as a very hands-on board. Board members laid tile, held fund raisers, scrubbed toilets, attended Chamber of Commerce events and did every other job that needed doing. Everyone wore several hats and we simply did what we had to do to create TLC. Gradually more volunteers joined our efforts with offers of help. In April 2014 we had enough team members to form two groups: Board and Team. Board members continued to do any job not covered by a volunteer. Board members painted, picked up trash, bought toilet paper and held residents’ hands. The Board is still very involved in practical matters, but gradually the board is able to focus more and more on administrative duties. The board is responsible for TLC’s finances, policy and procedures, and community relationships.
· Barbara Lemoine: Executive Director
· Kit Raymond, Editor
· Pam Pollock, Treasurer
· Robin Cook, Spiritual Advisor
Barbara Lemoine founded The Life Center in 2002 based on a vision to stop the cycle of young, single mothers found themselves caught up in. Barbara hold a BA in Social Welfare from Fresno State College (now University) in California.
For ten years her dream was hampered by lack of a physical location in which to start. Barbara is currently fulfilling the duties of Executive Director at TLC.
Kit Raymond joined TLC in September 2013 and served for a while as the off-site housemother. Kit hails from Michigan where she graduated from the University of Michigan with her degree in English Education. She ie is also certified in Math and English for middle Schools. As the mother of seven, Kit raised her children in Ann Arbor and ran a home daycare center. She is a current resident of Brooksville and director of Starfish House, a discipleship
home for women of faith.
Pam Pollock joined the TLC board in November 2013 as Treasurer. Pam is originally from Long Island , NY and received her Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Clark-Atlantic University. Pam is in the process of earning her Master’s in Administration fro the University of Phoenix. Pam not only volunteers for TLC, but is also dedicated to assisting and training developmentally disabled individuals to live independent an satisfying lives.
Robin states that he is “Overjoyed to be working at the church full time and also serving on the Board at The Life Center.” Robin has been involved with The Life Center from the time TLC interviewed its first resident but just recently joined the board. Married for 24 yrs. to Mary, they have 3 children and 6 grandchildren.
In addition to these board members, there have been other board members who served TLC in the early years when there were long period of discouragement, dead ends, false starts and the only realities were faith and hope. Each and everyone believed in TLC. Each and everyone contributed to The Life Center’s current success.
Angela Welsh Volunteer of the Month for Jan. 2015
Angela Welsh joined TLC as a steering committee member before there was a building, when it was all just a vision. Angela caught that vision and ran with it. She became a board member, board secretary and public relations person. In addition to helping TLC, Angela runs her own business called I’m All Girl where she is vice president of Marketing and Production. Angela holds a BA in Liberal Arts from Hampshire College in Amherst, MA.
The first person to hear about this new vision was Carolyn Timmons who responded with great enthusiasm, “I’m in”. That’s how The Life Center was born, altho it didn’t yet have a name. Carolyn served on TLC’s
board form 2001 to 2009.
Dr. Kevin James Ballard was another founding member of The Life Center of Hernando., Inc. He was a mental health councilor at The Harbor in Spring Hill FL.. May 2002 Dr. Kevin Ballard applied for and was awarded a $250 start-up grant from the O’Brien Enrichment Foundation on behalf of The Life Center.He has sense passed away.
Chantelle Johnson joined the board as a forth founder member May 2004.
Pastor Sheldon Wood Joined the board in May 2004 until his mysterious disappearance. His whereabouts remained unknown when TLC decided to drop him from the board.July 2006
Linda Sacca became a member of the board August 2005. She held the position of treasurer. Linda stated, ” I will do my duty with sincere obligations, to see that The Life Center of Hernando will indeed become a reality. It is a much needed facility and with God’s help we will succeed.”
Teresa Glover was installed as a board member July 2008. Teresa suggested a heightened emphasis on prayer for TLC.
Silvia Vadell served on TLC’s board for many years. In addition to her duties as case manager at Springbrook Hospital.
June 2011 Lynn Van Meter was welcomed to the board. Lynn is CEO of Fiddlehead
Marketing Advertising Public Relations.
Sandra Gilbertsen joined the board in 8/2011. She brought over 20 years fo experience as a child care-give and foster mother.
Pastor Joey Heidler is add to the board November 2011.