Board of Directors

Promise in Brevard

Board of Directors Biographies

 

Lori Nelson-Bradstreet

Dr. Lori Nelson-Bradstreet Chair

Doctor of Dentistry – Ultimate Smile Design

Lori is a small business owner and practicing general dentist (dental director at Ultimate Smile Design). Her practice welcomes patients with various special needs and has a loyal staff of over 20 years helping her make that possible. She served in the United States Air Force and completed her General Practice Residency there in July 1984 after graduating from the Baltimore College of Dental Surgery, University of Maryland as Valedictorian with her Doctor of Dental Surgery in May 1983. She also holds a BA in Psychology from the State University of New York at Albany, graduating summa cum laude. Lori completed an internship in the Special Needs Clinic at the University of Maryland, and in addition to her private practice, currently volunteers her expertise at the Space Coast Volunteers in Medicine Dental Clinic in Palm Bay, Florida.

Lori is the mother of an 18 year old son whose path of recovery from autism continues to inspire many. When his school, Diamond Community School, received a grant from Harris Corporation and the Orlando Magic through KaBoom!, a nonprofit organization dedicated to saving play for America’s children by creating great play spaces, Lori coordinated the recruitment of hundreds of volunteers from Harris, the Magic and the community for the installation of the new handicapped accessible playground as Diamond’s community representative. She received commendation from both KaBoom! and Diamond Community School for her efforts at making the two day event overwhelmingly successful. Lori’s practical experience with special needs children brings wisdom and thoughtful consideration to the goal of Promise.

 

Terry Locke

Terry Locke Vice Chair

Assistant Vice President, TD Bank

Terry L. Locke has been named Store Manager of TD Bank’s store in Indialantic FL. An Assistant Vice President, he is responsible for new business development, consumer and business lending, managing personnel and overseeing the day-to-day operations at the store serving customers throughout Brevard County. Locke has eight years in banking with nearly two decades of management experience. Prior to joining TD Bank, he worked at RBC Bank as a Business Specialist and Branch Manager in Melbourne, FL. He also has served as an Assistant Vice President at Fifth Third Bank in Naples, FL.

Locke is a member of the Melbourne and Palm Bay Regional Chamber of Commerce, the In His Name Network Group (I.H.N.) and the Bayside Leads Network Group. He also founded the Center of Influence Network Group (C.O.I). He is the Treasurer for AARP and part of the HBCA- Home Builders Contractor Association. A Satellite Beach resident, Locke is a 2002 graduate of Edison State College in Fort Myers, FL. He is married with 3 daughters and is always working hard to make an impact within the community by helping small businesses thrive and supporting Non Profits with the help of TD Bank.

 

Rusty Melle

Rusty Melle Secretary

Broker, ITG Realty, LLC

Rusty holds the position of broker for ITG Realty LLC; a full service real estate brokerage in Brevard County and also the in-house broker for Buena Vida Estates a continuing care retirement community since 2009. Currently cares the designations of SFR (Short Sales and Foreclosure Resource Certification) and CDPE (Certified Distressed Property Expert). He is a proud veteran of the United States Navy serving during Desert Storm Desert Shield, those years of service were very valuable in teaching him about hard work and dedication. Rusty is currently serves on the Board of the Henegar Center for the Performing Arts, the Blue Ribbon Transportation Advisory Committee, and sits on the Grievance Committee for Space Coast Association of Realtors.

Rusty is married to wife Kelly and they have two beautiful children. His family is proud founders and sponsor of Coloring the Causeway for a Cure. A walk from down town Melbourne up the causeway and back, all proceeds benefit our local Cancer Care Center of Brevard Foundation and SCREW (Surviving Cancer Requires Eternal Will) Cancer.

 

Michael Durante

Michael L. Durante Director

Audit Partner, Berman Hopkins Wright & Laham

Mike’s major practice areas at Berman Hopkins include closely held corporations, employee benefit plans, government contractors and not-for-profit organizations. He has experience with due diligence for purchasing or selling a business and analysis of buy/sell agreements. He also works with clients through employee benefit plan and not-for-profit audits who have investments (assets ranging from $5 million to $300 million) including significant experience auditing alternative investments with complex valuation considerations.

Mike has a B.A. in Accounting from the State University of New York at Plattsburgh and became a certified public accountant for the state of New York in 1993 and a certified public accountant for the state of Florida in 2006. His professional activities include PrimeGlobal, LEAD Brevard, the Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. His civic activities include the Space Coast Early Intervention Center, the Florida Institute of Technology Autism Advisory Board and the Early Childhood Learning Coalition of Brevard County, Inc. 


 

Hal Rose

Mayor Hal Rose Director

Mayor, City of West Melbourne

Hal Rose is a long time Brevard county resident, having moved to the area in 1967. He has become an active citizen and public servant in the community. In 2014 he retired from Hoover Middle School where he taught math, as well as business classes and career planning. He had an opportunity to get to know and teach many future Promisers in this role. Hal has been active in the City of West Melbourne as a member of the Planning and Zoning committee, serving on the City Council in 2001, and is currently serving his third term as the Mayor. The population of the city has nearly doubled since he took office. Hal is also active on community boards, including the West Melbourne Library Board where he currently serves as Secretary, and has served as Chairman, and is a board member of the Brevard Field of Dreams. He has been a past President of the Space Coast League of Cities, and is currently a member of the Brevard County Civilian Military Council (CivMil) group and the Melbourne and Palm Bay Regional Chamber of Commerce.

Hal is married to Sue Rose, and they have two adult children – Lori and Steven, and two granddaughters. A graduate of Eau Gallie High School, he went on to study at Brevard Community College, and earned his Bachelor’s degree in Business from Stetson University. Hal is very proud to have talked Betsy Farmer into having Promise in Brevard located in West Melbourne.

 

Frank Vega

Frank Vega Director

Newspaper Executive, Former Publisher of Florida Today

After more than 35 years of newspaper leadership has retired from his role as publisher on May 23, 2013. The Hearst Corporation named him publisher and chairman of the San Francisco Chronicle in January 2005. Vega serves as president of the Board of the Chronicle Season of Sharing Fund. He serves as a Host Committee member for the PGA’s Schwab Cup and has held the same position for the President’s Cup in 2008 and 2009. Vega was the president and CEO of Detroit Newspapers Inc., the agency that provides business and production services to the Detroit Free Press and The Detroit News. He was the CEO of Detroit newspapers since 1991 and is credited with restoring the productivity and profitability of the agency during that time. Prior to his work in Detroit, Vega, a 26-year veteran of Gannett Company, Inc. and a native of Tampa, Florida, served in a variety of positions with that company, including a tenure at the Bay Area’s Oakland Tribune. Vega was the vice president of circulation for USA Today when the flagship was launched. He was publisher of Florida Today from 1984 to 1991, and was also a regional president, where he oversaw a number of newspapers owned by the company. In addition, Vega has served in various capacities on numerous community non-profit Boards including President of the Brevard Arts Council, Regional Director for Barnett Banks and member of the State of Florida Arts Council.

 

Bettina Farmer

Betsy Farmer Executive Director

Promise in Brevard

Betsy’s journey in the disability world began on November 10th 1985, with the birth of her second son Luke who was born with Down Syndrome. Frustrated over the lack of programs available for her son she co-founded the Space Coast Early Intervention Center (SCEIC) in Melbourne, FL. The Center began with three children and one paid teacher in 1987 and grew to an enrollment of 72 children with and without disabilities and a staff of 36 dedicated professionals by 2001. During the 15 years she served as Executive Director, SCEIC gained national recognition and drew visitors from around the world. Over $5 million was raised from local and national fundraising efforts during her tenure.

Betsy worked for the National Center for Boundless Playgrounds from 2002-2004 and was instrumental in establishing Florida’s Boundless Playgrounds initiative with then Governor Jeb Bush. In 2005 with Luke’s graduation near Betsy realized that she needed to be there to ensure that the SCEIC students graduating from high school were provided the opportunity to have a fulfilling and productive life. She founded the Brevard Business Leadership Network (Brevard BLN) in July of 2005 to establish a network of employers dedicated to expanding the career opportunities for students and adults with disabilities. In January of 2008 Betsy added an employment agency component to the Brevard BLN to provide a seamless support system for both the individuals served by the BLN and the BLN business partners.

In October of 2009 Betsy established her 3rd non-profit organization Promise, with the mission of providing a place where young adults with special needs can live a life full of opportunities and freedom never thought possible. Betsy served on the Florida Developmental Disabilities Council for 9 years and was instrumental in establishing Florida’s first Project SEARCH site in Brevard.

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