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To reach our staff, please call our main number at (321) 209-3391 or email us  at


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.


Andrea Defibaugh

Intake Coordinator

Andrea works as the Intake Coordinator for Family Promise of Brevard. Andrea graduated from the University of Central Florida with her bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice and has been working in the social service field serving veterans and their families since 2017. Andrea has a strong commitment to using her people skills, welcoming attitude, and love of service to provide the best possible experience for members of her community


Diane Swain

Shelter Coordinator

Diane is a native of Brevard County. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Social and Behavioral Science from the University of South Florida and also holds a Masters Degree in Social Science. Shortly after graduating from USF, Diane moved to Houston, Texas where she pursued a career in Education and Social Work. She brings to FP, years of experience, including working with Homeless Teens and Young Adults. Diane has now returned to Brevard to fulfill her lifelong mission of giving back to her community.


Jacob Kendrick

Prevention Coordinator

Jacob graduated from Southeastern University with both a Bachelors and Masters of Social Work. He is returning to Brevard County after working as a Behavioral Health Therapist in a clinical setting. Jacob is bringing his clinical skills and therapy experience to serve families as our Prevention Coordinator.


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.


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.


Adriana Aponte

Accounting/HR Coordinator

Born and raise in Puerto Rico. Adriana graduated from Ana G Mendez University with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. She has worked with small and large financial institutions holding diverse positions in different departments from customer service, purchasing, HR and administrator; allowing her to learn and understand the different aspects of business processes.


Akili Phillips

Development Coordinator

Akili Phillips holds a Bachelor’s of Arts Degree in Visual Communications. She has experience in fundraising, events, and marketing for nonprofits. Her event planning experience informs her belief in the power of collaboration and community impact. As our Development Coordinator, Akili will share the stories of the families we serve and engage community members and businesses to support and invest in our mission.


Jennifer Cisco

Grants Coordinator

Jennifer holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Clemson University and a Master’s Degree in Industrial Engineering from the University of Central Florida. She has over 25 years of experience supporting operations in large engineering and manufacturing companies and has resided in central Florida for over 20 years. Having held multiple positions that required collaboration and networking across organizations, building and leading teams, developing strategies to support business execution, and managing and tracking projects, she is now following her passion to serve our local community and utilizing her diverse skillset as our new Grants Coordinator.


Dr. Synthia Michelle Doaks

Director, Elevate Brevard

Dr. Synthia Michelle Doaks holds a Doctor of Education Degree from University of Central Florida, a Master’s of Business Administration Degree from Webster University and a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Business Administration from Northwestern State University. As the first person in her family to attend college, she had a passion for education at a very young age. Dr. Doaks has been an educator for over 10 years. Her experience as a professor and her passion for community advocacy ensure that Elevate Brevard will serve as a space where partners and clients connect in an intentional and impactful way to elevate the lives of Cocoa residents. Dr. Doaks and her three daughters have been Brevard residents since 2006.

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