One Heart for Women and Children provides resources for 700 to 1,000 people a month. Everyone has an opportunity to make a difference in the lives of a woman, child or a family. We are inviting YOU to join us in any of the many daily activities that One Heart offers.
One Heart for Women and Children started with a dream. A few wonderful people started building on that dream. Today hundreds of people turn their energies into loving services that make a difference in the lives of so many people. Although most activities are local, the organization that continues to grow has had an impact both nationally and internationally.
Stephanie Bowman- Founder/ President
Stephanie has been a Parenting Instructor for 10 years; having taken extensive training by Hanley-Hazelden and Active Parenting Now, is certified in The Children’s Learning Place with specialties in team-building, self-esteem-building and effective communications. Stephanie has accumulated over 10,000 hours in volunteer services with various non-profit organizations whose focus is to strengthen the lives of women and children.
She is active in her church community and brings compassion, wisdom and experience into all of her teaching opportunities.
Lori Wheeler- Treasurer
Lori has been with One Heart for Women and Children since the date of its inception and currently holds the position of the Treasurer. Lori previously practiced law for over 16 years and has been an active Real Estate Investor since the 1980’s. While practicing law she represented children and families in need and was dedicated to having the appropriate services put in place to improve the lives of her clients. Often Lori served as a Guardian Ad Litem for children in both criminal and dependency cases; her job was to protect the best interest of the child.
Lori’s passion is working with One Heart for Women and Children as her talents can be used to further One Heart’s mission; that is, helping build the bridge for families seeking support, education and other resources available in the community.
Aretha Olivarez- Vice President
Aretha is a nonprofit consultant and an acclaimed national speaker as the Founder/President of Multiplying Talents™. Aretha designs, develops, and delivers seminars and workshops attracting more than 5,000 participants annually. She is excited to utilize her expertise to make a difference with One Heart as our Vice President.
Sandi Ward- Secretary
Sandi Ward is the Director of Business Intelligence for Appliance Solutions at Symantec Corporation. Throughout her seventeen years at the company, she has held a variety of financial and operational roles including fiscal year planning, process governance, and executive analytics. She most recently served as Sports Director for Special Olympics, Seminole County where she coordinated year round sports for hundreds of athletes and promoted acceptance, inclusion, and respect for individuals with intellectual disabilities. She did undergraduate work at George Mason University and graduate work at University of Central Florida.
Lanette Jarvis – Board Member
Lanette Jarvis began her career in the restaurant industry at the number one Steak House Company, Ruth’s Chris Steak House when they had four restaurants. Today the award winning company has over 135 restaurants. She will tell anyone that will listen, that she was lucky to have had the pleasure to see the growth almost from the ground up; learning the business from the 1st lady of Steak, Ruth Fertel. Lanette retired in 2008 and with her partners, founded Pearls for Women, a resource company dedicated to connecting women in Business, Socially, Philanthropically and through the Arts. She also works as the Catering Sales Manager for Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida. Lanette specializes in grass roots marketing; community affairs and helping new businesses of any kind become connected with their community and their future customers.