IOHCR is an IRS 501c (3) tax-exempt corporation. Focus is on empowerment of Flagler County youth through education, job training, and employment resources. We were formed to provide services to Flagler County residence. Corporation By-laws were approved on April 8, 2015.
Donna M Easterling earned a Bachelor of Science Degree from Iona College and a Master of Social Work, from Fordham University. Donna has worked in the Human Service field for over 40 years. She started her career working for Westchester Community Opportunity Program (West Coop), as a counselor then was promoted to Program Supervisor for Employment and Training. Her duties included but not limited to, hired, trained and supervised staff to implement employment & training programs. Established and maintained a working relationship with supportive and referral agencies. Planned and organized workshops to develop participants pre-employment skills.
Donna was also employed by Mount Vernon Hospital in NY as an addictions and mental health counselor and was promoted to supervisor. Donna duties included overseeing the clinical functions of staff and had a legal and ethical responsibility to ensure quality care to clients, the professional development of counselors, and maintenance of program policies and procedures. Retired!
Donna relocated to Florida; she was employed by The Florida Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) as a Probation Officer then promoted to Sr. Juvenile Probation Officer. She has earned many certificates and awards for her work with the youth. Donna was named DJJ employee of the year in 2010 as well as employee of the month several times. Donna also received DJJ's Secretary Award of Excellence. She has also received service awards from The Flagler County Youth Center and Flagler County Schools Mentoring Program. Donna was certified as a Financial Literacy Trainer in 2016.
Donna is the Founder and President of Inspiration of Hope Community Resouces Inc. She is an active member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. She volunteered her time with DELTA Gems/DELTA Academy, Flagler County Schools African American Mentoring Program for Girls (AAMPG), Feed Flagler, DJJ Council, Freedom 7 Human Trafficking Task Force, and Mt Calvary Baptist Church of Palm Coast. RETIRED!
Patricia believes she is blessed to be a blessing and consequently continues to serve her church, community and family with gladness. She has served in many capacities some of which are: youth mentoring, after school and development activities and programs, membership on government, business and community committees and boards, church ministry leader, youth program development and teaching capacities and as a university professor for graduate studies.
Currently, she owns and operates EBG (Eternally Blessed & Grateful) Consulting & Professional Services, an independent consulting company offering training, empowerment, administrative and development services to individuals and businesses. She serves as a mentor in the African American Mentoring Program for Girls (AAMPG), as a youth ministry leader and teacher and an IRS VITA tax preparer.
Patricia Ann Askew was born and reared in humble beginnings. She received her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Master of Public Administration degrees from the University of Central Florida. Blessed with a mother who instilled in her a spirit of excellence and good work ethic and the encouragement of mentors, God allowed her to excel professionally. She is a retired department director with more than 31 of years of progressive experience in organizational and financial management, program administration, supervision, housing, economic development and community service activities and programs.
Dr. Myra Middleton-Valentine, a Ph.D. graduate of The Ohio State University, is a retired educator with over 40 years of experience. She served as Director of Exceptional Student Education and Student Services for the School Districts of Flagler County and Orange County (Orlando, FL).
Currently she works part time supervising teacher interns at Flagler College. Her board experiences include Easter Seals, Community Partnership for Children and Stewart-Marchman Act. Educational programs and scholarships for youth are the focus of her community involvement.
Stephanie Wells has been a resident of Palm Coast since December 2005. She and her husband moved here from the Washington, DC area. She is a native Washingtonian who retired from the Federal government after more than 35 years of service. Her career with the feds equipped her with experience as an Administrative Officer, Budget Analyst, Workplace Dispute Mediator, Trainer/Facilitator and Manager.
She has been an active volunteer in Flagler County since early 2006, serving as an IRS certified VITA Site Coordinator and Tax Preparer, Guardian Ad Litem, Financial Literacy Trainer, Public Speaker, Mentor and participant in Feed Flagler program.
Additionally, she assists veterans and their families by volunteering as a Veterans Service Officer with the Disabled American Veterans. She has been a volunteer with the Flagler Volunteer Services since 2006 and serves on their Board of Directors. As a member of Mount Calvary Baptist Church of Palm Coast, Stephanie uses her time and talents working with the Sunday School and Youth Ministries.
Past Board Member: Blair-Britt, M.D., has been practicing family medicine in Volusia and Flagler counties for the past 25 years. She also served as a clinical research investigator for many years.
She migrated from Jamaica after completing high school and subsequently graduated with Honors from Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
She earned her MD and MPH degrees simultaneously at University of Illinois School of Medicine and School of Public Health in Chicago and then completed her family medicine residency at Case Western University in Cleveland, Ohio 1991. She currently is in practice with HealthCare Partners at Florida Hospital Flagler
Carl Jones is a retired, seasoned, tested, and highly disciplined veteran with an exemplary 26-year track record of experience in leading high-level, complex security measures within the United States military. He attained the rank of Senior Master Sergeant and was a certified Air Force Instructor. He served in the training realm for over 15 years and taught in Iraq and Afghanistan.
He was awarded the Bronze Star Medal for leadership and numerous Meritorious Service medals. He served in four military campaigns to include Iraq and Afghanistan.
He currently substitutes in the Flagler County and St Johns County school districts. He received his Master Degree, from the University of Phoenix with a major in Adult Education and Training. Carl also garnered a bachelor's degree from American Military University with a major in Criminal Justice.
He mentors through the African American Mentoring Program and is Team Captain for Indian Trails Middle School's Group Mentoring program.
He is married to his lovely bride for 25 years and has four outstanding children.
district curriculum specialist in the roles of Voluntary Pre-K Contact, Charter School Contact, and the Principal Leadership Academy Program.
As the first African American principal in the Flagler County School System after desegregation, she is honored to serve as the current Flagler NAACP Education Committee Chair. Phyllis is dedicated to ensuring that all student groups experience academic success in an increasingly diverse 21st Century global society, in readiness to build the social, technological, and economic capacity necessary for our youth to reach their potential in life. RETIRED!
Dr. Phyllis Pearson, Ed. D is a dedicated wife and mother of three. Through faith, she found the wisdom and strength to serve as an educator in the PK-12 system for 30 years. As a native Floridian, she is honored to continue serving in the Northeast Florida Region, having launched her career of service in the St. Johns County School District as a middle school teacher and the district secondary school Dropout Prevention Coordinator. In transitioning to the Volusia County School District, Phyllis had the honor of serving as a high school Assistant Principal for ESE, IB, and Alternative Programs, followed by her initiation and implementation of the 9th Grade Center, in which she served as the principal. Most recently, her varied services as an educational leader in the Flagler County School District has included elementary principal,
Past Board Member: Anthony (Tony) Pearson is a dedicated family man who is committed to working with community stakeholders to extend collaborative contributions and services in building the capacity of our families, neighborhoods, and the collective community.
When serving as the President of the Flagler YMCA Board of Directors and President of the "Classmates of 1977" Alumni, his contributions were focused on inspiring those we serve to support and empower others within their reach.
Holding a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Northeast Missouri State University, Tony is the president of Tony Pearson State Farm Insurance Agency. He is an insurance and financial services executive; skilled in talent recruiting, asset protection, financial management, customer relations, and team building, and is certified with a Series 6 Securities License, a 215 License - Life, Health, and Variable Annuities, and a 220 License-Property and Casualty in the State of Florida.
Katrina Feola, Ed. S.
Katrina is a Florida native, born in Suwannee County, Florida. She grew up in the small rural area of Branford, Florida and graduated from Branford K-12 School in 1986. She earned her Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Specialist degrees from the University of Florida.
She started her career in education teaching at Lincoln Middle School in Gainesville, FL and taught in Alachua, Columbia, and Volusia counties before coming to Flagler County as an Assistant Principal at Flagler Palm Coast High School in 2001. She was the Principal of Pathways Academy alternative school for five years and the Director of Student Services for Flagler Schools for six years. She ended her Flagler career as an Assistant Principal at Belle Terre Elementary School for six years.
With 30 years of service, Katrina retired from Flagler Schools in 2021 and returned to teaching in Putnam County at Crescent City Junior Senior High School where she currently teaches English 1. Katrina has served on numerous committees to support families andstudents and has a passion for helping youth reach their goals and make a positive impact in their communities.
Miriam Hughey-Guy is a retired elementary school principal with expertise in elementary education, physical education, and educational leadership. She began her career in education as a high school health and physical education teacher and coached basketball and softball. She moved to Maryland topursue a Masters degree in Administration in Physical Education. Following a four-year career in comprehensive health care as a Special Project Specialist/Assistant to the Medical/Mental Health Director, Mrs. Hughey-Guy was hired as an elementary physical education teacher in Arlington, Virginia.
She worked as a school administrator, 2 years as an assistant principal, followed by 20 years as the principal of Barcroft Elementary School in Arlington, Virginia. She was called out of retirement to work part-time as a master principal in Alexandria Public Schools in Alexandria, Virginia and as co-interim principal at Metz Middle School and Principal mentor in Manassas City, Virginia while serving as the academic advisor to the Middleburg Community Charter School Board of Directors.
Miriam Hughey-Guy has a Bachelor of Science in Health and Physical Education from Virginia State University, a Masters Degree from University of Maryland in Administration in Physical Education, and post graduate course work with an endorsement in instructional supervision and principalship, Pk-12.
She is the recipient of the Arlington Jaycees Young Leader Award, the Distinguished Volunteer Service Reading is Fundamental Award, the Administrator of the Year for the Greater Washington Reading Council Award, the Arlington County Commission on the Status of Women Person of Vision Award, Arlington Principal of the Year, and Washington Post Distinguished Leadership Award. Mrs. Hughey-Guy was involved in the UVA/Arlington Public Schools Turnaround Schools Educational Leadership Cohort.
She is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., providing public service and promoting academic excellence. Currently, she is a member of the League of Voters in Volusia County and the Museum of Arts and Science Guild. She is a chartered member of the African-American History Museum in Washington, DC. Recently, she and 7 other members chartered the first Virginia State University Alumni Association Chapter in Florida. Mrs. Hughey-Guy enjoys spending time with her husband, planning and coordinating events, playing golf, reading, and socializing with friends.
Past Board Member.: My body of work throughout my professional career demonstrates an unwavering commitment to supporting, advocating for, and mentoring youth in a variety of community and educational environments. In December 2018, after 13.5 years of service, I retired from Flagler County Schools in the roles of Director of the Flagler County Youth Center and the George Washington Carver Community Center. Prior to, and following retirement, I remained focused on youth as a member of the Florida Youth Justice Commission, as well as the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice State Advisory Group, to which I was appointed by Governor Scott in 2012. I previously served as a member of the Federal Advisory Committee of Juvenile Justice, to which I was appointed by President Obama. I currently serve as Treasurer of Focus on Flagler Youth Coalition Board, Tobacco Free Flagler Partnership, and as an active member of the George Washington Carver Foundation.
Key areas of my expertise and passion include working with Florida youth, particularly at-risk youth, with an emphasis on prevention. As a member of the Florida Youth Justice Commission, I serve as chair of the newly formed youth committee that was created to develop youth advocates to facilitate juvenile justice reform within the community and state. I attribute my success to both my ability to lead when called upon to do so, as well as my ability to serve as a collaborative and engaged member of groups, boards and committees.
Education / Credentials:
Master of Education Degree – Health Education, College of New Jersey
Bachelor of Science Degree – Health and Physical Education, East Stroudsburg State University
Principal Certification – Pennsylvania State University
Registered Athletic Administrator – Pennsylvania Department of Education
Mission: To provide resources and assistance to Flagler County residents that address their emotional, educational, spiritual, social, and economic needs