Board of Directors

Steven Swindler, President

Steven Swindler is a senior financial advisor in the Stuart, Florida office of HBKS® Wealth Advisors (HBKS®). He began his career in 2002 working for the Schramm Company, P.A. and the Schramm Investment Company, LLC founded by Principal and Senior Financial Advisor Stephen Schramm. The firm merged with HBKS® in 2004. Steven currently specializes in providing comprehensive financial services to individuals, families and small busines

As a senior manager for the firm partner HBK CPAs & Consultants, Steve handles tax and consulting matters for select individuals and business. He earned a BA degree in Business Administration from the University of Florida. He is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™. Steven also serves as the treasurer of the Martin Interagency Network for Disasters, Inc. and the Martin County Gator Club.

Dr. Ashley Calderone, VP

Ashley Calderone is the lactation consultant at the Cleveland Clinic Martin North Hospital. She is a graduate of the University of Florida with a Bachelors Degree in Health Education and Behavior and a Masters of Science in Nursing. She is currently pursuing a Doctorate of Nursing Practice from University of Central Florida. She has worked as a bedside nurse in the pediatrics unit, the neonatal intensive care unit, and mother-baby unit. She was also the lead pediatric nursing instructor at Keiser University for five years at the Port St Lucie Campus. Ashley is the proud mom of two breastfed children, Emily and Ryan. She is married to Don Calderone.

Valerie Bell, Immediate Past President

Valerie Bell is a nurse manager with Cleveland Clinic Martin Health and has been with CCMH for 29 years. She oversees the Maternal Child Home Visitation division, Outpatient OB, and Lactation Services. She is certified in Inpatient Obstetrics. Valerie has developed interdisciplinary relationships and has a broad understanding of multi-departmental functions. She is also member of the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric, and Neonatal Nurses. Valerie has developed community partnerships within Martin and St. Lucie counties and is committed to delivering on our service promise: Together we create peace of mind through exceptional, personalized, compassionate care, always. Valerie follows up on each concern brought to her by patients, caregivers, and practitioners alike, for positive patient and team outcome. Valerie also serves on the advisory board for Healthy Families and Nurse Family Partnership and chairs the local March of Dimes efforts.

Randy Pennington, Treasurer

Randy Pennington is a commercial banker with CenterState Bank since 2004. He works with local businesses, professionals, and associations helping them achieve their financial goals. Randy is a graduate of Florida Atlantic University and Martin County Leadership Class 26. Passionate about community service, Randy also volunteers with the American Cancer Society and United Way.

Jessica Tharp, Secretary

Jessica Tharp is a Stuart native who has worked in the field of parks and recreation for more than 20 years. She is a certified Parks and Recreation Professional. She is a proud graduate of the Martin County High School Class of 2001 and Florida International University College of Arts, Science & Education. Currently, she serves as the Recreation Programs Supervisor for the City of Stuart. She is responsible for community outreach, serves as a City of Stuart Working on Wellness Ambassador and has implemented many programs and events for the Community Services Department’s Recreation Division. She is passionate about her community and believes in the motto “It Starts in Parks”

Laura Moriarty

Laura is the Vice President of Loving Chiropractic of Stuart. She has been married to her husband Dr. Brian Moriarty for 12 years. She is a mother to 3 wonderful children Paige, Patrick and Emma. Laura has an associate of arts degree from Daytona Stare College. She has lived in Martin county for 8 years. Laura is passionate about giving back to the community that has been so welcoming and specifically Healthy Start programs which helped her when she was a young single mother.

John P. Carrigan, Esq.

John P. Carrigan is a shareholder with the local law firm of Ross Earle Bonan & Ensor, P.A. He has been a member of the Florida Bar since 2009 and is Board Certified in Condominium and Planned Development Law. John is a graduate of Miami University and University Dayton School of Law. With a focus on serving the local community, he believes in advocating to ensure that all families have access to quality prenatal and postpartum resources within Martin County.

Heid Lahti

Heidi Lahti, MHA, is the Senior Director of Hospital Operations for Cleveland Clinic Martin Health South Hospital.
Her and her husband moved to Jensen Beach January 2022. She has approximately 30 years of experience in healthcare in Minnesota, starting her career in a clinical role as an x-ray technologist and serving in progressive leadership roles over the past 20 years in both the hospital and ambulatory settings.

Throughout her career, she has participated in many community services and served on community boards focused on women and children.

She is excited to be part of the community and this opportunity to serve on the Martin County Healthy Start Coalition Board.

Thomas Schinske

Thomas Schinske is a Commercial Loan Officer with Marine Bank & Trust Company and has been working in banking for over twenty years right here in the Treasure Coast. He assists the local community achieve their financial dreams by providing the capital and financial services they need to be successful. Thomas has earned various certificates educational achievements through Indian River State College, is a graduate of Omega Lending, and has completed Martin County Leadership Class 23. Thomas has served with numerous non-profit organizations throughout the years, including Big Brothers Big Sisters of Martin/Palm Beach County, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Florida Oceanographic Society, American Cancer Society, PACE Foundation, Westside Church, and many more. He is a very lucky survivor of late stage cancer and is always looking for ways to give back and very excited to have the opportunity to serve this amazing organization!

Rosi Shepard

Rosi Shepard is a consummate professional serving as a director for the Martin County Realtors of the Treasure Coast. Rosi is a community minded and focused individual and has received awards from the Martin County Realtors of the Treasure Coast 2017 Community Service Award. Rosi has also been nominated in 2015 and 2018 for Women of Distinction for voluntarism with the Soroptomist of Stuart. Rosi's local area knowledge of the parks and natural areas comes from her service with the Division of Forestry, Martin County Parks and Recreation and Florida Department of Environmental Protection where she worked in parks and natural areas all over the county as all over the state. Rosi is always honored to serve her customers and her focus is on helping them achieve their goals. She serves the commercial, industrial and agricultural market as well as the residential market.

Advisory Board

Stacey Hetherington,  Martin County Commissioner

Stacey Hetherington is passionate about her hometown and working to make Martin County a great place to live, work and play for generations to come. She is a third-generation Martin County native who has dedicated countless hours and resources to strengthening Martin County’s economic viability and protecting our local environment. Stacey is a graduate of the University of Florida with a Bachelor’s degree in public relations and is a practicing Realtor and governmental affairs professional. She received the Realtor Association of Martin County’s community service award in 2016. Stacey is the Martin County Republican State Committeewoman, and is active in the Florida Shore and Beach Preservation Association, Associated General Contractors, Florida Marine Contractors Association, Florida Transportation Builders Association and local chambers of commerce.

Martin County Healthy Start Coalition is a non-profit 501(c)3 that has been offering support and education to pregnant women and infants since February 1993. It was born of the Florida Healthy Start initiative signed into legislation by Governor Lawton Chiles in 1991.

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