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
Operations Manager/Volunteer Coordinator

Kim was born and raised in Long Island, New York and relocated to Florida in 1982.  Prior to joining Mary’s Home in 2010, Kim spent much of her professional career in the financial and banking industry. She also ran a house management business on Jupiter Island for 10 years. She is an active member in the Catholic Church and lives in Stuart with her husband and two sons.


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.


Aelean 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.