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Board of Directors:

Mushtaq Maxwell

Tony Barletta

Denise Thalacker

Jay Jenkins

Barbara Morse

Richard Racicot

Elaine Racicot

 

  Events and Course Coordinator:

Alicia Jones, LLC

Administrator:

Madisyn Derita 

Board Bios

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Mushtaq Maxwell
Mushtaq Maxwell is an emerging public speaker with a focus on leadership and public speaking. He has a passion for public speaking and also enjoys delivering motivational speeches. He has conducted public speaking workshops and speaks at local community events. He has also written articles on public speaking and leadership. Mushtaq is also a Banker with South State Bank with a career spanning 25years in Accounting, Finance and Banking fields. He is with South State for 6years (previously Center State Bank / Harbor Community Bank) and is the Business Lending Analyst Team Lead for the Southern region .He earned his Bachelor of Arts in Accounting and Master’s In Business Administration from Florida Atlantic University. He enjoys traveling and spending quality time with his wife Nicole, his son Nicholas and daughter Jodi. Mushtaq is also a licensed soccer coach and a member of Toastmasters International, where he is the President of his local club, The Talking Heads of Stuart  Mushtaq is member of the South State Bank Community Development Advocate Team for the Treasure Coast. He is the President of the Visionary School of Arts which is a local art school based in Stuart, FL. He is a self-titled life-long learner and an academic at heart. He describes himself as “being at his best when helping someone else.”

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Tony Barletta

Tony Barletta owned three Allstate insurance agencies in the Treasure Coast between 1989-2006. Each agency maintained the top 10% national average of sales for all 17 years. Tony has been a 30 year member and 7 year board member of the Stuart Martin County Chamber of Commerce and a two time Chair of SMCC in 1996-1998.Tony sold his Allstate agencies in 2006 and became a Brightway Insurance territory manager and agency owner. His Stuart based Brightway agency won the top platinum award 6 straight years until 2018, when he sold his agency to become a business consultant. An advocate of survivors of human trafficking, Tony became a board member of Catch the Wave of Hope in 2016. Catch the Wave of Hope is a non-profit organization formed to abolish human trafficking, founded by Lynne Barletta. Tony has attended national conferences and workshops on human sex trafficking to become educated and he is an awareness presenter to businesses, organizations, churches and synagogues for CWH. Tony formed a new branch of Catch the Wave of Hope in 2018 called the Lifeguards. Men with a voice in their communities to stop human trafficking. His desire to affect the next generation of young boys, change legislation, mobilize communities and abolish human trafficking.

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Denise Thalacker

Denise joined the board in 2021.She has lived in Stuart for 15 years and works for Cleveland Clinic(formally Martin Health System) for 8 years. During her tenure at Martin Health, she has organized several service projects for the community such as a “dress for success initiative” donating business appropriate apparel and accessories and gently used handbags with personal care items to Safe Space, a food collection for House of Hope. More than 30 years’ experience planning and supporting operational, technical and administrative functions with a diverse work history. She was a Telecommunications Specialist with corporations including Walt Disney World, McCaw Cellular, AT&T, Lucent Technologies and Avaya. Denise has two adult daughters who live in Martin County.

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Jay Jenkins

Jay is a leadership advisor, coach, and trainer with experience in technology strategic partnerships, business development, direct enterprise sales, channel management, and leadership coaching. At Apple for 15 years, Jay was recently a leader on the Corporate to Consumer team responsible for building consumer-facing partnerships with select global brands, to help impact the way corporations go to market and transform their customer experience by leveraging the Apple brand and products in the solution. He has also been a leader and founder in two venture backed enterprise software startups with one acquired by Amazon. While building a career and raising boys with his wife, Jay was a volunteer hockey coach for 25 years in Denver, CO. He built new winning teams every year and finished his sports career as a Varsity Head Coach winning a State High School Championship. Currently Jay is following his passion as a leadership advisor, coach, and trainer for business and sports leaders, by adding values to leaders who multiply value to others.

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Richard Racicot

From 1963 to the early years of raising a family in 1970 I worked in the machine trades and supervisory positions in Maine, Massachusetts and back in Maine. I changed my career focus to work in the insurance industry as a salesman for the Prudential for four years with very good success. I took the machine background and sales training into industrial sales from 1974 until retirement in2011 with excellent success. In 1978 there was a change in spiritual direction from unbelief to pursuing faith as part of everyday life. For seven years there was continual growth and study integrating spiritual life into family, business and leisure. In 1985 there was a specific call into the Pastoral ministry with direction to keep the business aspect in place. This by-vocational action resulted in trusting God to supply all ability and strength to accomplish His plan for ministry, finances, family and eventually retirement from secular work. As Senior Pastor for the past 37 years my wife and I have built a team of lay, licensed and ordained ministers to carry on ministry while still having an active part in leadership. In 2011 the business part decreased greatly with retirement but not entirely as I still have a chaplain consulting business and some odd summer jobs I do. I thank God for every situation that has brought me closer to Him through many good and difficult experiences since 1978.

Elaine Racicot

As a Pastor for the last 36 years, I have relied on my Faith in God as a path for my life. My highest goal is to be a good example and influence on those I meet, work with and teach. Over the years I have spoken at many meetings and conferences in the US, Canada and Mexico. The main focus of what I speak on or teach is Faith. Some of the things I have been pleased to do are teach school, K-1, teach Sunday school, Work at an Art School. All of these things have helped me worked with children and hopefully help the next few generations have a better image of a God, who is loving and kind, who loves us and has given us a purpose and a future. I am ordained through Christian International, Santa Rosa Beach, Florida. I have Pastors in New Hampshire, Apostle and Prophetess, Bob and Anita Wing who are Regional Directors with Christian International. I am also affiliated with Lynne and Tony Barletta, Visionary Church in Stuart, Florida.

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