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Tara Pagliarini

Executive Director

Tara 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 over 15 years of management and leadership experience. Tara sits on the Affiliate Council for National Family Promise. 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 licensed clinical social worker in the State of Florida. He holds both a Bachelor’s in Social Sciences and a Master’s degree in Social Work (MSW) from the University of Central Florida, 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). He is 2021's Provider Co-Chair for the BHC.


Mike Hoenick

Stabilization Coordinator

Mike graduated from the University of Central Florida with both his Bachelor’s and Master’s in Social Work and is a licensed Clinical Social Worker in the state of Florida. As our full-time Stabilization Coordinator, he is primarily dedicated to the success of families in our Stabilization Program, but is versatile and skilled enough to work in all of our program settings. Mike also co-chairs the Emergency Shelter Committee for the Brevard Homeless Coalition.


Fran Freeman

Family Services Specialist

Fran is a native of Brevard County. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Florida and a Master's in Clinical Social Work from the Florida State University. She has recently returned to the social work field hoping to make a more meaningful contribution to the community.


Chante Mitchell

Prevention Coordinator

Chante moved to Florida in 2019, but considers herself a Texan at heart. She graduated from Texas State University with her Bachelor’s degree in Social Work in June 2018 and in May 2021 with her Master’s degree from Our Lady of the Lake University. Most recently, Chante worked for the Department of Juvenile Justice as a Probation Officer and discovered her passion to help children and families. Chante plans to provide genuine support to the families in our 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.


Director of Development

Director of Development

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Jane Higgins

Outreach Specialist

Jane 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 years at Harris Corporation (now L3Harris) and then joined the staff of Habitat for Humanity of Brevard where she learned to write grants and assist in fundraising .


Amanda Saint-Philippe

Intake Coordinator

Amanda works as the Intake Coordinator with Family Promise of Brevard. Amanda holds a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology and a Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice. Amanda has been working in the social service field since 2013, and enjoys using her skills to assist others. She is compassionate, resilient, easy to talk to, and encouraging.