Mike, a former E3 Family facilitator for the Equipping Youth program, now serves as Chairman of the Board for E3. He has been married to Patti for 18 years, served 13 years in the military, and is an ordained minister, He is currently the owner of two businesses, Furniture Barn and Lords Real Estate and is very involved in his church missions program. Mike also volunteers in several community charity events that benefit children and youth and his experience is a great asset to E3.
Steve Truluck, originally from Georgia, has been a resident of central Florida since 1978. He has been involved with the thoroughbred horse industry in Ocala for 20 yrs. Steve began working in Real estate in 1992 for The Villages and continues to be involved there to the present time.
"I enjoy working with people of like minds to make a positive impact in our community to help our children and families prosper. "
Linda was a Staff Development Nurse at Countryside Manor in Bristol, CT before retiring to Lake County. She served as PTO president, Cub and Girl Scout leaders, taught Sunday School for over thirty years and has a passion for helping youth become all they can be.
Her nursing background is an excellent fit for helping ensure our Equipping Youth maintains medical accuracy in our presentations.
Marge Thies retired from Sumter County Building, Planning and Zoning Department in 2005 after 26 years. She served six years as Bushnell City Councilwoman in the 90's and still currently serves on various city boards. She is active in her church, volunteers for Senior Center activities in Bushnell and has served as treasurer of E3 for three years. She is a mother, grandmother and recently became a great grandmother. Her experience in government and volunteer work is a great asset to E3 Family Solutions.
Joelle Aboytes is the Circuit 5 Community Development Administrator for the Florida Department of Children & Families. Joelle is an attorney who received her JD/MBA from Stetson University College of Law. She joined the Florida Department of Children and Families in 2004 serving as a supervising attorney for Children’s Legal Services – Florida Department of Children & Families until 2013 when she assumed her current position.
She has a passion for serving children and families and developing relationships and collaborating with agency partners to bring about positive changes in the community.
Nancy Hunter is a recently retired educator from Lake County schools. She has experienced first hand the importance of having our E3 programs in classrooms throughout Lake and Sumter Counties and has seen the results of students using the skills taught in the program to help make more informed life decisions.
Nancy continues her passion to work with our youth in the community as a motivational speaker and volunteer in local schools working with troubled youth.
Tammy Youngren has worked at the Community Medical Care Center since 1999, first as Office Manager and since 2005 as Director. After moving to Leesburg from her native Oregon, Tammy became involved in Discipleship classes at First Baptist Leesburg and at the Christian Care Center as a volunteer at the Pregnancy and Family Care Center. She considers herself blessed to serve in a position in which she is able to see firsthand on a daily basis the providence of God over so many.
Tammy's experience in directing a medical non profit as well as seeing on a daily basis some of the issues people deal with as a result of earlier unhealthy choices has given her a passion for supporting the prevention work of E3.
A professional speaker for 25 years, Dr. Debra Peppers was one of five inducted into the National Teachers Hall of Fame upon retirement from teaching high school in St. Louis, Mo. She helped launch the first Alternative School there called The Academy. Among her honors is the Emmy award winning teen-issues play CHOICES, Outstanding Alumni at Webster University where she was on the adjunct faculty teaching teachers in the Masters Program for ten years, St. Louis Hometown Hero, and the National Community Relations Award. For ten years Dr. Peppers has hosted radio and TV programs, currently on WQBQ in Leesburg, Florida where she and her husband have recently retired. As an author Debra is published in fifteen books where she often shares her own story of a 100 pound weight loss and “Troubled Teen to Teacher of the Year.” She was recently featured in a new book by baseball legend Derek Jeters and his sister Sharlee called “The Stuff.” A member of the National Speakers Association, Dr. Peppers and her husband have traveled to all fifty states and 65 countries and she is thrilled to be invited back to be with us! Her favorite tag line for radio and TV is Shakin’ the Salt with Dr. Peppers.
PATRICK T. GRADY served on the E3 Family board from 2010 - 2018 and as President from 2011 to 2018. He is the former Vice-President of the Tomorrow's America Foundation, Inc., an organization that develops and implements leadership workshops for adults and young leaders nationwide.
He serves on the Foundation Board of the Leesburg Regional Medical Center and the Thomas E. Langley Medical Center and numerous organizations nationwide.
He has spent 28 years of his life traveling full-time nationally and internationally inspiring and encouraging individuals to do their best in all they attempt. Patrick speaks full time to associations, corporations, chambers of commerce, civic groups and educators. He is the author of the book entitled, "Who Packs The Parachute?" and is co-author of "Teen Power Too” and “Teen Power & Beyond." Patrick is also a producer of motivational dvd’s and videos. Patrick is dedicated to helping others to improve themselves through the use of each persons’ individual talents, skills, abilities and mental attitude.