donna gardner executive director of Mary's Home

Donna Gardner
Executive Director

For 16 years, Donna worked at the Diocese of Palm Beach in the Office of Respect Life as Coordinator of Healing Ministries where she launched the post-abortion healing ministry, known as Rachel’s Vineyard. This ministry counsels men and women who have been traumatized by their abortion or miscarriage experiences and offers weekend retreats for healing. Donna also introduced the ministry to inmates at correctional facilities and those no longer hoping to be new grandparents.  As a psychotherapist, Donna has ministered to those who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder or wounds brought about by sexual trauma, military combat and family issues. Donna also has directed more than 20 bible studies including those for career women, married couples, stay-at-home mothers and post-abortive men and women. She helped bring LIFETEEN Youth Ministry to the Diocese of Palm Beach high school teens, serving in the ministry with her husband Eric for over a decade.  In 2016, they opened a non-profit foundation called Magdalene’s Joy, which allows Donna to continue ministering to the post-abortive through Rachel’s Vineyard Retreats in the Diocese of Palm Beach, Central and South America as well as the Caribbean Islands. Donna earned her Master of Science/Counseling and Psychology degree at Palm Beach Atlantic University; her Bachelor of Science degree in Merchandising and Marketing at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City, NY and her Associate of Arts in Communications, Media Arts and Journalism at Suffolk County Community College in Selden, NY.  Donna and Eric reside in Jupiter Farms.  

 

Kim Martin-Gaudet
Facilities and Operations Manager

Kim was born in Long Island, New York and relocated to Florida in 1982. She is active in the Catholic Church and is married to Gaston “Sonny” for 14 years and has 2 sons, 3 step children and 7 step grandchildren. Kim has spent over a decade with her husband serving in youth ministry and Catholic Heart Work Camp. She began her professional career in the banking industry in the bookkeeping and consumer loan department.  She then worked as a Finance Manager for Chrysler and Chevrolet prior to having her children.  She began a House Management business on Jupiter Island, which she ran successfully for over 10 years. She felt a calling to Mary’s Home shortly after inception in 2010 and started as the Volunteer Coordinator and was in that role for two years.  She went on to become the Resident and Program Manager. Kim worked with over 130 women and their babies over the course of five years. She was instrumental in starting a program that helped many of these women become self-sufficient, educated and learn parenting and life skills. Kim’s current role is Operations and Facility Manager. She is responsible for the day-to-day operational needs of the home as well as all ongoing maintenance and up-keep and was actively involved in the new renovations of Mary’s Home.  Kim’s greatest strength is the ability to speak to people in the community and get their support for our residents and home in the area of monetary needs, in kind work and donations. Kim is responsible for all incoming donations and assisting staff with events and resident needs. She maintains the donor data base, credit card processing and reporting. Kim’s passion for Mary’s Home is evident in her ability to adapt to many different roles within the organization.  She feels truly blessed to be part of Mary’s Home.  

 

Alean Timm
Volunteer Program & Event Coordinator

Alean earned her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration at Sacred Heart University. Prior to joining Mary’s Home, she had a long and successful career in Human Resources with various organizations. Alean then moved from HR to the position of SVP, Division Director of North America Auction Operations at Sotheby's auction house. After leaving the corporate world, she consulted for a NYC-based contemporary jewelry designer. While living in Connecticut, Alean was a Co-Chair of Stamford Hospital’s Patient and Family Advisory Council and a volunteer with the hospital’s NODA (No One Dies Alone) Program. After moving to Stuart in 2016, She became a member of Tykes and Teens Festival Of Trees and Lights event committee and in 2018 a committee member for Mary’s Shelter Annual Luncheon and Fashion and Co-Chair of the luncheon in 2019. Until recently she was a volunteer in the heart center at Cleveland Clinic. Alean is passionate about Mary’s Home’s mission.  At this year’s 10th Anniversary Annual Gala, the shelter’s first resident came back to tell her story. During her speech, she spoke about the volunteer coordinator and how she made a difference in her life. Once Alean heard her tell her story, she knew she wanted to be part of Mary’s Home.

 

Jennifer Cosolito
Resident Program Director

Jennifer is a former educator of 10 years for the Palm Beach County School District. She was a middle school teacher of the Social Sciences for grades six, seven, and eight. For four years, she was the Department Instructional Leader overseeing the Social Science department. Jennifer was one out of four chosen by the school district to design and create the Civics fall and winter Diagnostic tests for all middle school Civics teachers to use each year throughout the county. For many years, during the summers, Jennifer taught life skills to inmates in Detention Centers for the Palm Beach County Department of Juvenile Justice. In 2016, Jennifer left the educational profession to pursue a career in social work. Her journey working with pregnant women began while working as a consultant, for Advocates for Children & Families ACF in Miami, Florida. In 2017, while consulting for ACF and the Law offices of Elizabeth Berkowitz in North Palm Beach, FL, Jennifer was part of the community gala of the merger between these two organizations to extend services to Palm Beach and the Treasure Coast area. She helped pregnant women in crisis by providing the necessary care, resources, and therapy using a trauma-informed based modality to birth mothers. As Jennifer worked alongside pregnant women in providing resources and assisting to individual needs, she feels her passion became a calling to serve from God. In 2018, she developed a program specifically for pregnant women who battle with addiction and substance abuse. She introduced the program; Expectant Mothers Treatment Program to a rehabilitation facility in Palm Beach County where it became an added program to an already existing program that treated men and women. At one of the Inter-Agency Network IAN of 211 of the Palm Beaches monthly meetings, Jennifer was a guest speaker where she introduced and presented her evidence-based program to community organizations in West Palm Beach, FL. In 2018, Jennifer participated at the 2018 Mental Health Community Awareness Fair in Riviera Beach, FL. As a social worker and advocate, Jennifer’s passion continues to assist and provide pregnant women with the proper care and resources with turning trauma into triumph! Jennifer earned her Master of Social Work degree at Barry University; her Bachelor of Social Science degree at SUNY Stony Brook in Stony Brook, NY, and her Associate of Liberal Arts at Suffolk County Community College in Selden, NY. Jennifer and her husband Spencer reside in Port St. Lucie with their two children.

 

Ellie Kolar
Marketing Director

Ellie graduated with her BS in Business Administration from Keiser University and previously worked in social media management and marketing for salons in South Florida. Ellie ultimately felt called to a career in non-profit. She has always been passionate about supporting other women and she feels very connected to the Mary’s Home mission. Ellie is an active member in the Catholic Church and lives in Palm Beach Gardens with her husband and two dogs.

 

Kasey Jacobs
Grant Writer & Resident Advisor

For almost two decades, Kasey has been working as a human ecologist and hazard mitigation specialist working in outreach and community development, strategic planning and partnership building, group facilitation, grant writing, and project management for government and non-profits in the United States and internationally. She earned a Master of Environmental Science from Yale University and Bachelor of Science from Long Island University. Most recently, Kasey ran a local enrichment center to assist all ages of people from all backgrounds to pursue their career and education, health and nutrition, and life skill development goals. While working at Mary’s Home, Kasey is studying to become a mental health and community nurse so that one day she can contribute her combined experiences in program administration and family consumer science to further enhance maternity and transitional housing programs. As a Resident Advisor, Kasey enjoys daily devotions and spiritual development, homemaking, and facilitating programs for our mothers to achieve their life goals. Her certification as a home health aide and training in mental health first aid, nutrition, human development, anatomy and physiology, psychology and over 100 hours in household management training are invaluable to our home. Outside of Mary’s Home, when not serving as outreach and missions director at her church or volunteering for Habitat for Humanity and House of Hope, she enjoys hiking, running, learning new recipes, practicing Spanish, writing, and staying connected to family and friends all around the world.

 

Ashley Harrison
Resident Advisor

Ashley is originally from Marietta, Georgia, but has been located in Stuart for the last 3 years. Ashely is the mother of two young children, and prior to working here at Mary’s Home, she spent a majority of her career in the Restaurant Industry as a manager. Ashley is currently studying to become a Social Worker.

 

Michelle Rice
Resident Advisor

Michelle graduated from Philadelphia Community College in 1980 with her A.A.S. degree as a Dietetic Technician. She then worked in the Medical Industry for 22 years. After that, Michelle was a D.T.R, working within both clinical and Food Service Management, Team leader for a Private Psychiatric Facility called Renfrew Foundation. She left the Renfrew Foundation after four years of inpatient services to move to NJ and continued as an outpatient nutrition therapist by recommendations from the Renfrew Foundation. In the year 2000, Michelle returned to obtain her BSW at Georgian Court University. After completing her BSW, she was certified by the Social Work/ Family Services of Ocean County. Her first position was at O.C. Mobile Response and Stabilization Services. She has since moved to Stuart and has been with Mary's Home since 2014.