Sue Chess, Executive Director; has been on staff since September of 2002. She is married to Rev. Sam Chess and mother of 3 adult children, all of whom are married with children making her grandmother to 8. Sue graduated from Nurse’s training in 1978 and has worked at Martin Memorial Hospital, Redi-Nurse Home Health and Savannas Psych Hospital. She volunteered for Care Net for one year before accepting the position of Executive Director. Her call to this ministry was definite and inevitable. Ephesians 2:10 says that “we are His workmanship created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” Sue says there has always been inevitability about her ministry at Care Net. She jokingly says she feels “Divinely set-up.” Everything from a nursing class debate against abortion, a strong emphasis on counseling and women’s issues in classes to walking through a crisis pregnancy with a family member prepared her for this role. She ministers with her husband at Grace Emmanuel Church in Port St. Lucie where she is the Coordinator for the Women’s Ministry.
Rayma Zugel, Port St. Lucie Center Director; Rayma has been on staff since 2006. Before that she volunteered as a peer counselor at Care Net for 9 years. Rayma says, “I came to know the Lord later in life. I was in my early 30’s when I accepted Christ. Derek, my son, was the first in our family to go to church and to follow Christ. My daughter, Kimberly was rebellious and did not want to go to church, as her dad did not. Phil was an alcoholic. During this time, Kimberly became pregnant in her junior year of high school. While we did not come to Care Net for this ‘crisis’ pregnancy, I did hear about it through my church. Since then, Kimberly and Phil have both come to know the Lord. Phil is sober, and we have 6 beautiful grandchildren. We are all serving together in the same church, Crosstown Chapel. Rayma was recommended for the position of Center Director by several of the other peer counselors. She says it just took her a little longer to hear God’s call because she’d never thought of herself for that position. For the rest of us, it was perfectly reasonable that she would bring her skills learned in the counseling room and her previous job of office manager and merge them to become a great Center Director.
Nancy Kearney, Stuart Center Director; Nancy has been on staff since 2006. She volunteered at a Care Net affiliate Center for five years and went looking for us when she moved to Martin County. Nancy tells the story of her doctor mistakenly performing a C-section on her years ago – believing she was full term only to discover upon delivery that she was far from it. Without our modern medical advances the 2lb. 2 oz. baby died shortly after birth. The grief of losing little James Monroe, III, still brings tears to Nancy’s eyes and an understanding of the pain of losing a baby. She accepted Jesus Christ at Calvary Chapel in Ft. Lauderdale and began volunteering at Hope Women’s Center after finding a brochure at her church about the crisis pregnancy ministry. She began to look for a Care Net in Martin County and was distressed that there wasn’t one. God knew that a few months later that would not be the case. (Note here a call before she knew where God was leading us!) When we called Hope Pregnancy Center in Broward for a recommendation for Nancy, the Director could not say enough praise, “Your gain is our loss!” We agree! Nancy attends First Baptist Church of Jensen Beach and has two married children and 4 grandchildren.
Willow Sanders, Director of Student Services
Willow has been on staff since 2004, and after serving as our Administrative Assistant for a year and a half, she’s settled into her position as our Director of Student Services. Growing up in a small upstate New York town, she spent most of her days living the country life or enmeshed in the latest venture her youth group was into. It was also during that time that she realized the Lord had put a deep burden in her heart to minister to unwed, pregnant teenage girls. Years passed and she found herself at college studying to become a lawyer…and in the midst of a crisis pregnancy. Unsure if her calling would ever become a reality, yet determined to make the most of the choices, she made a firm commitment at that point to turn her ‘ashes into beauty’ with the Lord’s help. Since coming on staff, God has increased her ministry to include sharing the message of purity with our young people. And the rest, as they say, is history. Willow and her two boys reside in Port St. Lucie and attend Grace Family Church.
Debi Boerckel, Office Manager
A Maryland native, Debi Boerckel and her husband, Michael, relocated to Port St. Lucie, Florida in 1999 where she worked for 7 years at a locally operated mission organization. When that organization closed its doors here in Florida, Debi came to Care Net with the intention of filling in until a permanent Administrative Assistant could be hired. That was in 2006! Debi knows that it is God's will for her to work at Care Net and she understands on a personal level the ministry that takes place here on a daily basis. Debi was adopted at 3 months, and also placed a little girl for adoption in 1985. She believes that all life is precious, and that God has placed her here at Care Net for such a time as this. Debi and Michael have 3 children, 8 grandchildren, and 2 great grandsons. They attend Grace Emmanuel Church in Port St. Lucie where they both serve on the Praise Team and the Missions Committee.
Pam Durham joined our staff in 2012 as the Director of C.A.R.E., which stands for Confidential Abortion Recovery and Education Program. Pam has been active with the ministry since 1991. She came on board as a volunteer years ago and has been with the abortion recovery program since its inception in 1991. In addition to recruiting and establishing a prayer team, overseeing the volunteer class facilitators—of which there are seven, evaluating, selecting, and maintaining needed educational materials and resources for the program, formulating and revising policies and procedures for the program, Pam is also taking the lead in planning the Memorial Garden that will become the focal point for the wrap up ceremony of each abortion recovery class. Pam is married to Randy Durham, and they have four grown children, two of which are married. Three precious grandchildren are giving much joy! Pam and Randy attend New Hope Fellowship in Palm City. Because of the sensitive and often painful ministry that Pam oversees, she has a dedicated phone line (772) 249-2473 and her ministry email firstname.lastname@example.org. She can be contacted anytime.
Kevin is the newest member of our staff, joining us in August 2016 as our Director of Men's Services. He is also the Outreach Pastor at Grace Emmanuel Church where he and his family have attended for several years. Kevin and his wife, Robin, have 3 children and live in Port St. Lucie.