In her work as a provisional elder in the United Methodist Church, Caitlin serves as the Director of Stetson Wesley, a campus ministry which she has been leading through a revitalization for two years. She also works part-time as a cultivator of Fresh Expressions of Church, an initiative focused on planting experiences of Church primarily for the benefit of people who are not yet members of any church. Each Fresh Expression is totally unique as it connects new people, gathering in new places, finding new ways to form spiritual community.
Currently her goals are to innovate what it means to be in campus ministry: transitioning Stetson Wesley from a focus on Stetson University alone to a campus ministry network serving multiple campuses, serving the UM Children’s Home in Enterprise, FL and building collaboration and peer support with other campus ministers. Stetson Wesley is undertaking important challenges: bringing recovery meetings to Stetson University for the first time, connecting creative arts and contemplative practice, partnering in interfaith community organizing across Volusia County, creating an LGBTQ+ support community, and expanding with what is possible in campus ministry social justice.
Born and raised in Mexico City, Beatriz Andrekovich has spent her life studying and championing the cultural traditions of the Americas. And thanks to her undergraduate studies at Pennsylvania’s Clarion University and a master’s degree from her home country’s Universidad Tecnológica Autónoma de Mexico, she has the business know-how to advance those traditions wherever she goes.
As a Central Floridian, her résumé includes work on behalf of a long litany of organizations and events that strengthen the ties between the United States and the Spanish-speaking world. The list of undertakings that have benefited from her expertise runs the gamut from Casa de Mexico to the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce in Fort Myers to Casselberry’s Latin Fest – even the Mr. and Miss Lake Mary contest!
“In Pennsylvania, I felt like people looked at me as an alien,” she recalls of her time in college, and of the early years of her marriage immediately thereafter. “I didn’t want my kids to grow up being thought of as aliens. We settled in Central Florida for the weather, the schools and the closeness to nature, as well as the fact that there were people from all over here and we could fit in.”
Patronizing establishments like Winter Park’s La Hacienda Market and Taqueria and helping to make Dia de los Muertos displays are merely two of the activities she engages in to keep those home fires burning.
“[Central Florida] is a place where I can be proud of my heritage, show it off to others and fit into a community that honors many cultures,” she says. “I am proud of what we’ve accomplished in Mexico and feel the responsibility to represent Mexico well.”
Beatriz’s nonprofit Arte de Cultura de Mexico provides public relations and art and cultural support for larger nonprofit organizations in the Orange, Osceola, and Seminole counties.
Angie Royal was born and raised in Sanford, Florida. She is a second generation native Floridian. Angie will always be at heart:
a Pine Crest Elementary super squirrel
a Lakeview Middle mustang
a Seminole High Sammy Seminole.
Please know it is only by the grace and mercy of God that she is on this team of amazing humans.
Angie dreams of honeybunnies: a unique boutique, a store without red tape. Honeybunnies would exist to connect a neighbor with a need to a neighbor that can help. All of the profits go back to missions. Angie does not want to waste another second of her life only focusing on herself. She makes a daily decision to take action on behalf of youth in Sanford.
When Angie worked for the McKenzie Wilson Foundation in Jacksonville and more recently in the child welfare operations field in Sanford, her eyes were opened to the many needs of others. During her time in Africa and Honduras, her heart was enlarged even further. The needs Angie observes at home and across the globe vary, but include physical, emotional, spiritual, and medical needs.
Angie takes a stand for others by being moved to action to meet these needs. Angie refuses to sit back, and do nothing any longer. Angie’s primary goal is to meet the varied needs of Sanford youth in order to lead them into being fully alive, whole, healthy, and productive members of society. She chooses to walk out life with everyONE of them by truly listening to them, fighting for their hearts, uncovering their dreams, discovering their unique talents, accepting them just as they are, and just letting kids be kids. Angie works toward this goal as the Family Ministries Coordinator at First United Methodist Church Sanford.
Angie CRAVES to see all generations fully alive where neighbor helps neighbor, and all are gathered with linked arms. What do you CRAVE?
Hiatt currently works on a team of innovators that is building The Neighborhood Co-Op Community at FUMC Sanford. Their mission is to offer a cooperative work space where different leaders who feel led to do good work in the Sanford community can dream, collaborate and inspire one another as well as others. Everyone works together through many different platforms to create Dignity, Community, Investment and Good in Sanford. Hiatt hopes to discover ways within The Neighborhood Co-Op Community to share her love for art and passion for spiritual growth and healing with those who seek to enter into a more beautiful relationship with themselves and others.
Matthew’s project is “Wholly”. Wholly is a gathering for those who seek an improved state of well-being while living with anxiety and depression. Participants have the opportunity to grow in their capacity to articulate and navigate their own lived experiences through an 8-week series of guided discussions. At its conclusion members are invited to continue in an on-going community experience aimed at sustaining habits of self care and interpersonal support.
Terri has had a love for books and a passion for reading all her life. She loves nothing more than curling up on the couch with a good book and her beloved dog Gypsy. For almost four years, she has graciously shared this love of books with her community by hosting a Little Free Library at her home. The success and positive feedback of her Little Free Library has inspired her to expand and bring these books to those who don’t have access to them. With the love and support of her husband, Dwayne and son, Colt, she is following her dream of starting a non-profit organization by creating an Outreach Bookmobile. Terri’s Bookmobile will sell used books at farmer’s markets, fairs, and various other public venues to raise money to fund and bring awareness to the outreach program. Her outreach will also travel to various parks, schools, and churches to provide a variety of books to children and adults who otherwise would not have access to them. By making these books easily accessible, she hopes to help foster a love of reading throughout the community and inspire people to see a new perspective of their future through reading.
Danielle Adams was born and raised in Sanford, FL. She received a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology from Florida State University. After graduating from FSU, she started working for Lutheran Social Services as a program manager. She also received a Masters in Public Administration from. She co-created an after school program that focused on literacy & cultural competency. She has facilitated cultural competency trainings at Harvard University, the University of Ottawa Canada, Michigan’s Department of Education, Dupont YMCA, and others. Danielle dedicates her time to create social change. She was lead on the Jaguar’s Foundation project in 2017 to get 500 refugees to their first NFL game while working at Lutheran Social Services. Danielle helped lead efforts to organize people to the polls in Sanford during the 2018 election. Danielle currently works for the Dream Defenders as the Central Florida Regional Organizer. Danielle models as a hobby and loves Law & Order SVU marathons.