Our Team

Promise Team Members

Jeff Kiel

President/CEO

Jeff joined Promise in 2020 after a career with media companies Gannett and Knight Ridder where he served senior leadership roles as Regional President, President and Publisher, VP/Sales and VP/Finance and CFO. He is graduate of the University of Florida Fisher School of Accounting; became a Florida CPA; and spent the beginning years of his career with Ernst and Young, an International Accounting Firm.

Jeff was born in Brooklyn, New York, and spent most of his life in Miami and San Jose California prior to moving to Brevard County in 2012.

Jeff has a long history of nonprofit involvement including United Way, Chambers of Commerce, Hospital Foundations, Special Olympics, etc. Most recently, Jeff served as United Way of Brevard County Board Chair and Countywide Fundraising Chair. While new to Promise, Jeff is no stranger as he was never far away when working at Gannett including assisting in the $100,000 grant Promise received from the Gannett Foundation in 2017.

Jeff and his wife Gayle have a son Ryan (married to Joanna) with grandsons Brady and Ryder; and daughter Alexa who is engaged to her fiancé Josh.

Mary Griffin

Director of Finance

Mary was hired as Promise’s Finance Manager in June 2020 after a 27-year career with Florida Today Newspaper/Gannett Co., Inc. She is honored to become part of the team at Promise. Born and raised in Brevard County, Mary has three daughters and four grandchildren.

Donna McWilliams

Development & Event Manager

Kalli McKee

Residents Services Coordinator

Originally from Kansas, Kalli obtained a bachelor’s degree in Social Work from the University of Kansas and has more than 15 years experience working within the social services field. Her experiences have allowed her an opportunity to work with a variety of populations in different capacities, primarily focused on providing case management and support services coordination. She began her career working with adults with disabilities and said she is so proud to have the opportunity to be a part of an organization like Promise! Kalli and her husband, Jacob, have two daughters.

Kristin Schwartz

Employment Specialist

Kristin was hired as Promise’s Employment Specialist in October 2021. Kristin’s professional background is in social work working with a variety of populations including families involved with the child welfare system, youth in foster care and adults with intellectual disabilities receiving Medicaid waiver services. Kristin is excited and honored to be a part of the Promise team. Born and raised in Florida, Kristin and her husband, Jason, have two sons.

Tammy Farmer

Marketing & Communications Manager/Volunteer Coordinator/Manager of Aves' Place Ice Cream & Promise Cafe & Bakery

Tammy Farmer was hired as Promise in Brevard’s Marketing & Communications Manager in February 2017 after a 10-year career as the Managing Editor of the Hometown News newspaper. After growing up in the Space Coast area, Tammy earned a bachelor’s degree in Journalism & Communications from the University of Florida in Gainesville. The daughter-in-law of co-founder Betsy Farmer, and sister-in-law of co-founder, Luke, Tammy has had a behind-the-scenes look of Promise since the very beginning and could not be more thrilled to now be a part of such a unique and thriving organization. She and her husband, Josh, have two sons.

Jill Dunham

Promise Treasures Store Manager

Jill was hired as Store Manager of Promise Treasures in May 2017 and brings with her a wealth of managerial and disability experience. Prior to coming to Promise, Jill was the Executive Director of the Space Coast Center for Independent Living in Rockledge, which is a nonprofit agency that assists folks with disabilities with gaining their independence at home, in the community and in the workplace. Jill also held Vice President and Treasurer positions on the Florida Association for Centers of Independent Living Board of Directors, which served as a statewide voice to advocate equal rights for people with disabilities. Jill said she enjoys working with the Promisers and seeing them flourish in their daily lives with the opportunities Promise has made possible for them.

Cindi Spainhour

Life Enrichment Manager

Born in North Carolina, Cindi has lived in Brevard County for 23 years after spending 18 years in Austin, Texas. She has more than 20 years of experience in the field of education and has been working with adults with disabilities for the last eight years as a technology instructor and Education Administrator. Cindi earned a Master of Arts degree in Applied Learning and Instruction from the University of Central Florida and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Developmental Psychology from Rollins College. She has a long history of working with nonprofit organizations and is excited about being a part of the Promise community.

Interested in living at Promise?

Click Here  to fill out a survey that will tell us a little more about the potential resident and his or her needs. When we do have openings, we pull from this list. Please direct any additional questions to Rae Howard at rae@promiseinbrevard.com or (321) 722-7400, Ext. 109.

Interested in touring Promise?

Prior to Covid-19, we provided tours of the Promise Main Campus on the third Thursday of each month at 1 p.m. but have since put all tours on hold for the time being.
If interested in a tour, please call (321) 722-7400.

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