Meet our Board of Directors

 

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Julie Hester, Board President

 

Julie Hester is a co-founder of Crossroads Corral and serves on the board as President. Her professional background has been in Human Resources for over 13 years. The vision of Crossroads Corral came about by her faith and the calling she felt on her heart to utilize horses for the benefit of others. She is a full time volunteer/equine specialist for Crossroads Corral and holds 3 certifications in the work that they do. Julie is also a Seminole County 4-H leader who is passionate about youth development.  Julie’s professional background and passion contributes in the provision of quality council and support for Crossroads Corral’s continued growth. She is dedicated to Crossroads and you can be sure to see her around the farm!


 

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Carroll Woehr, Vice President

 

Carroll Woehr is a proud mother of two amazing and beautiful daughters, Brooke and Andrea Woehr.  She is a seasoned professional and proven leader that runs a successful Real Estate business with her husband, Doug Woehr.  Together they have over 41 years of combined experience in the Central Florida Real Estate market.  Carroll is most passionate about her faith, family and touching the lives of many.  Her faith, leadership and steadfast commitment allows her to serve her community well.  She is involved with various ministries with Northland Church, including LifeHope, Disaster Response Team, Stephen Ministry, mentoring women and teenagers, bringing hope to the hurting as well as teaching Faith and Finance.  She sits on the Advisory Board at Northland Church.  Carroll is a graduate and loyal supporter of the University of Central Florida.


 


 

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Karen Connors, Board Member

 

Karen Connors has been working in the defense industry, predominantly, since graduating from Virginia Tech (BS Industrial Engineering, ’86).  She attained a Masters in Industrial Engineering from UCF in 1999 and her Project Management Professional (PMP) certification in 2004.  In 2011, she started her own consulting business (Quality Project Control) providing services in business development, project/program management, and process improvement.  As a volunteer/advocate for military veterans in the community, Karen currently serves on the Orlando and Orange County Mayor’s Veterans Advisory Councils,  is on the council for Heroes’ Commons (6 mortgage-free homes for veterans in Orlando), is on the Executive Council for Mission United (a veteran-specific arm of Florida United Way). She is also on the Board of Directors at the University Club and supports several other non-profit organizations.


 

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David Brim, Marketing Chair

 

David Brim is a loving husband, marketing consultant, entrepreneur and investor living in Orlando, Florida. In 2017 he founded Orlando Entrepreneurs to connect, cultivate and celebrate our local entrepreneurs. His primary professional skill sets include online lead generation, Software as a Service (SaaS) products, business plan / business model development, and real estate. He is the only two-time winner of the UCF Joust Business Plan Competition, has been featured in one of the most popular entrepreneurship textbooks “Successfully Launching New Ventures“, and has been interviewed on Fox, ABC and CBS about topics such as entrepreneurship and internet marketing. In addition to his board member role at Crossroads Corral, David is also an active mentor for youth and frequently volunteers time to advise startup businesses in Central Florida.

 


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Stacey Almarode, Board Member

 


Stacey Almarode holds a master’s degree in accounting and finance, manages the project cost team at Mitsubishi Power and has long been involved in volunteer organizations.  As a mother of two girls, now adults, she led their Daisy, Brownie and Girl Scout troops as well as volunteered with several of their 4H groups.  She also was very involved in their school’s PTA holding various officer positions. Since joining Crossroads, she has completed the certification seminar for Its Family Time – Do Try This at Home and received 24 hours of training in Equine Assisted Psychotherapy and is excited to become more deeply involved with the organization.   From cats to rabbits to chickens and now horses, Stacey loves being with all animals.  Outside of work and Crossroads, she loves spending time with her family and new grandson.  She likes spending time outside, be it at the beach or the mountains, loves travel and cruising.

 


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Kathy Wilkes, Board Member

 


Kathy Wilkes, a lifelong resident of Volusia County, is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with experience working with a range of psychiatric and behavioral problems of children, adults and families. In 2004 she was certified in Equine Assisted Psychotherapy through EAGALA, and she provided this service part-time at her farm in Lake Helen until recently, working primarily with foster children and at-risk families. Now retired, she has been a volunteer at Crossroads providing therapy for veterans and their families. She also is a Guardian Ad Litem and volunteers for the Golden Retriever Rescue of Mid Florida. In addition, she loves to travel, read, and attend live music concerts with her two grown sons.


 

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Susan Fernandez, Board Member

 

Susan is a long time resident of Central Florida and has close ties to the community.
She recently joined Dignitas Technologies as Director of Strategic Relations and Business Development and serves on the executive team. As a seasoned executive, Susan worked in both the private and public sectors throughout her career. Prior to her role at Dignitas Technologies, Susan served as the Senior Director of Corporate Communications & Government Relations at Mitsubishi Power Systems, a global company, where she was head of local, state, and federal government relations. Prior to working at Mitsubishi Power Systems, she served as Regional Director in the U.S. Senate for nearly 5 years and built relationships throughout the Central Florida region. With a passion for serving the community, Susan was appointed to Governor DeSantis’ Gubernatorial Transition Team and Economic Committee and later as a Seminole State College Board of Trustee.