What does being involved with Catch the Wave of Hope mean to you? I began CWH after taking a trip to Singapore and working with a young girl who had been trafficked by her father since an early age, only to come back to my community and find that it is a terrible problem here, in South Florida and in our nation.
Lynne Barletta began her professional art career at age 14 and has been teaching art and writing curriculum for after school programs for over 30 years. She has sold her work globally and traveled internationally to create murals as a fundraiser for trafficked children. Lynne is the Founder of Visionary School of Arts. Lynne’s students have won over 500 local national and International awards, ages 5-18. Lynne has received the Marties Award for Martin County excellence in Education Award of the year in 2016, Leadership Award through Global embassy Network 2012, Business Leadership Award Martin County Chamber of Commerce, 2012 and numerous other art and leadership awards. Catch the Wave of Hope was formed by Lynne in 2015. Lynne and her husband Tony serve side by side for CWH.
Lynne has pioneered a new approach to help trafficked survivors overcome trauma and receive healing called the Power of Art III. She has also produced the Power of Art II for At Risk Children, The Power of Art for Youth Groups and The Power of Art for Leadership, Adults and Children. Lynne has pastored Visionary Center International Church with her husband Tony since 2004.
Education: University of Northern Colorado / Ordained with Ministry and Leadership Degree 2001 Covenant Centre International School of Ministry, Palm Beach Gardens, Fl. / 25 years traveling on the mission field. Trained in inner healing SOZO, Bethel Church, California and Christ For the Nations. Certified in Life Restoration Inner Healing Dr. Larry Duetchman.
What does being involved with Catch the Wave of Hope mean to you? Public Awareness - preventing one child from becoming a victim is of paramount importance.
Helping victims of Human trafficking to restore their life with dignity.
I am successful Realtor with Water Pointe Realty Group who uses a personal approach and a concierge style to assist buyers and sellers. I have had extensive clinical and administrative experience as an Emergency Department Nurse. I am very active in the community in the following organizations to name a few: Past Chair of Stuart Martin County Chamber of Commerce, Soroptimist International of Stuart, Realtors Association of Martin County Professional Standards and Government Affairs Committee, Safespace Board Member, 2017 recipient of Soroptimist International of Stuart Woman of Distinction Award Volunteer. Past board member with Hibiscus Children's Center and Children's Home Society. Steering committee for Children's Services Council referendum, past president Leadership Martin County Alumni.
What does being involved with Catch the Wave of Hope mean to you? Candace’s life long drive and focus is dedicated to helping people with their health and well being. She has a unique understanding of the challenges that survivors of human trafficking face. Incest started in her life as an infant until she was 15 when she ran away and experienced foster care. She is also a survivor of domestic violence. At the age of 30, she sought healing through incest recovery therapy and continues on a spiritual path of healing and forgiveness.
She is the President of Skin Serenity Spa in Stuart, Fl where knowledge and an open mind enable her to filter through the latest scientifically proven techniques that deliver proper skin health results. Candace is a proud member of the Stuart/Martin County Chamber of Commerce, LEADERship Martin County Class 28, Palm City Chamber, Hobe Sound Chamber Board of Directors, Presidents Council and Soroptimist International of Stuart. She has received many accolades over the years including Business Development Board of Martin County 2017 Entrepreneur of the Year, Boys and Girls Club Martin County Champion for Children 2017, Hobe Sound Chamber of Commerce New Member of the Year 2016 as well as Los Angeles Times Favorite Fitness Guru.
What does being involved with Catch the Wave of Hope mean to you? This issue of human trafficking is taking the lives away of our young children. I/we want to make a difference. It's an emotional connection that I can't let go.
I was inspired by learning about how serious this issue is and that it is going on right in our community. The size of the problem requires people who care to join hands and fight this in our communities locally and beyond. It is very compelling and it would be very difficult for me to step aside knowing what I know about this issue and not be a part of the solution.
I've spent over 30 years in large corporations as a senior leader. I partnered with other leaders in creating a strategy, executing the strategy and running the day to day business activities. In those roles, I've also served on a non-profit board in Texas and supported several other charitable efforts. After semi-retiring in 2015 and moving to Stuart, I started my own consulting business and joined local organizations to get more involved in my community. I got involved with Catch the Wave of Hope through my role with the Women's Club of Stuart.
What does being involved with Catch the Wave of Hope mean to you? Everyone should have the opportunity to live full and productive lives. For many, that dream has been wrenched from them. Being part of Catch the Wave of Hope not only provides a pathway to help restore some of those shattered lives, it is a vehicle of prevention. Through awareness, many will escape this fate. Through awareness, many will rise up and declare war on an evil that should not exist in our society.
Jolinda Porfidio began her career covering politics on the Mexican border, where she became immersed in one of the poorest cultures in America. Her work at the Harlingen Valley Morning Star uncovered the illegal sale of free USDA cheese across the border in Matamoros, Mexico. In 1985, Porfidio moved to Florida and began working at the Fort Pierce Tribune. While there, she worked her way up to the position of Business Editor. After a short sabbatical, she joined her husband, Steve Manos, at The Stone Quarry - a company that has been on the forefront of natural stone design. Porfidio has worked on residential projects in some of the most prestigious communities in Palm Beach and Martin Counties, including Jupiter Inlet Colony, Trump National, The Bear's Club, Lost Tree, Frenchman's, Sewall's Point, Jonathan's Landing and Admiral's Cove. Her company was commissioned to build the granite "towers" - a feature of the 9/11 Memorial in Tequesta. Their work can be seen at The Ritz Carlton in Jupiter and Orlando, Whole Foods in Palm Beach Gardens, the Palm Beach International Airport, the Palm Beach Gardens Mall and other commercial locations.
Education, Porfidio graduated from The Ohio State University with a bachelor's degree in Journalism in 1982. While at Ohio State, she earned the coveted position of covering the Ohio State Legislature for The Lantern, the student paper. She is an ordained minister, is trained in inner healing, spent 14 years on the healing teams at Maranatha Church and is the Worship Leader at Visionary Centers International Church.
Being asked to be on this board is indeed an true honor. I feel as if I will be a small part of changing the lives of the trafficked victims as well as history. After learning about Lynne’s vision and reading her phenomenal book, No Stress Zone, I know that God has a hand in this endeavor and that He will lead it to success. I am proud to help celebrate Lynne’s passion for doing God’s work in such a beautiful way through her amazing mural. The mural not only has significance due to raising awareness of the cause, but it is also a shining example on one using their God-given talent to do good in this world.
I had no idea of the horrific lives these victims were living until I learned of Catch the Wave of Hope when employed by the Stuart/ Martin County Chamber of Commerce. I feel that awareness and education are the key to beginning to shed light on this horrific ordeal occurring in our own back yards. My goal is to make as many people aware of this issue as possible and create ways in order to fund the house that the victims so desperately need.
I am a firm believer that God puts people in our paths for a reason. I am so blessed to have met the members of this board through the chamber and I feel that they came into my life for a reason, which was to become my mentors and an inspiration for me to do God’s work.
I am the Events Coordinator at the Stuart/Martin County Chamber of Commerce. Originally from Youngstown, Ohio, I then lived in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania for several years before moving to North Carolina where I was the Elizabeth City Area Chamber of Commerce President. My husband Fil was hired by Treasure Coast Toyota of Stuart which is what brought us here last year. We have fallen in love with the area, the people, the culture, the weather, and our jobs. We thank God every day for leading us to this amazing paradise that we call our “Heaven on Earth”
What does being involved with Catch the Wave of Hope mean to you? I am focused on helping our community to become involved and to save our children and grandchildren as well as bring healing to those who have suffered from modern day slavery. This is what I am called to do.
I am a two time Chair of the Martin County / Stuart Chamber of Commerce. I lead a bible study for men in our community. I am also the Chair Elect of the Hobe Sound Chamber of Commerce and Past Board Member Hospice. I am a 30 year insurance agency owner with a background in management for Eastern Airlines. I also help to pastor a church with my wife who is the lead pastor for Visionary Centers International.
What does being involved with Catch the Wave of Hope mean to you? It means helping to disrupt selling of human beings through bringing awareness to the community and restoration to victims.
As President of the GFWC Woman's Club of Stuart, abolishing human trafficking was a key focus. One service committee and many club women joined us in working to raise awareness of human trafficking, as well as, in working to establish a home for victims.
Throughout my business career with a Fortune 100 company and my volunteerism, I have focused on helping people develop their potential so they have choices in life. Victims have no choice. We at CWH want to be their voice and give them the ability to make their own choices
I have been a private equity investor for over 20 years and am the Founding Principal of Wasena Capital Management, a boutique private equity firm that invests in lower-middle market businesses. Currently serving on the finance committee of my son’s school, St. Joseph’s Catholic School. I am married, have four children and enjoy good craft beer.