Yes, it's that time again! Sign up for the 2nd Annual
HITTING IT FOR HEROES
Saturday, June 15th, 2013 at TPC of Myrtle Beach.
This is a major effort to raise funds to allow Heroes to support the work of the Guardians ad Litem in Horry County.
Here's how you can help:
*Organize a foursome
*Donate a Gift Certificate for your business
*Sponsor a hole
*Volunteer to help before and on the day of the tournament
For more information, contact Daniel Bruscella at 843- 421- 1467
Our Annual Meeting was held Jan 16, 2013
To read the Heroes for Children Annual report (2012), click here.
Would you be interested in joining Heroes for Children? Visit our VOLUNTEER page for more information.\
Heroes Board of Directors
Current Board Members' information:
Ken Peterson – President
I have been in the Myrtle Beach area for the past 4 years. I am a retired pharmaceutical district manager and spent 13 years prior to that as a high school teacher. I am currently a Guardian ad Litem and also work part-time at the Legends Golf Resort and for the Myrtle Beach Pelicans. After completing a BS in Education, I did post-graduate work in the field of Sports Journalism and interned for the Pittsburgh Pirates baseball team. Originally from Pittsburgh, I has 2 children and 4 grandchildren and enjoys spending time traveling with my wife and playing golf. I joined the board because as a Guardian I saw the good work and much needed support the Heroes For Children board members provide for the Guardian program. I am honored to work to help strengthen these ties.
Ryan Stampfle - Vice President
I was born and raised in Akron, Ohio. I am a graduate of Archbishop Hoban High School. I have a BSN in Nursing from Kent State University. I graduated from The University of Baltimore School of Law in 2002. I am have been licensed to practice law in South Carolina since 2002 and have practiced in the Horry County area since that time. I am the owner of Stampfle Law Firm, LLC, established in 2006 my focus is on Family Law, Personal Injury Law and Criminal Law. I was the attorney for the Guardian Ad Litem Program for nearly 2 1/2 years. I have been on the board since 2011.
Mary Ann Viverette – Secretary
I am a retired Police Chief with over 30 years of municipal law enforcement experience in Montgomery County, Maryland. I now live in North Myrtle Beach and am a part-time management consultant for several municipal government organizations and the U.S. Department of Justice. I hold a Bachelor of Science Degree in Law/Enforcement/Criminology and a Master's Degree in Human Resource Management from the University of Maryland University College. I have many years of experience as a Board Member for a number of organizations. In 2005 I was elected President of the 20,000 member International Association of Chiefs of Police. I see serving as a member of the Board for Heroes for Children as a positive way to help the community and serve children in need. My experience in public relations, dealing with people and abused children, and working in and around the court system for decades will hopefully aid this Board with their mission of assisting the Guardians. i look forward to this new experience and to volunteering in Horry County.
Peg Shaffer - Treasurer
Originally from Pennsylvania, I relocated to North Myrtle Beach in 2003. Having served has an Executive Officer in banking for more than 28 years I have also been actively involved in various non-profit organizations. In my hometown I served as Board President and Campaign Chair for the counties' United Way Agency. I was also elected, Volunteer of the Year for United Way. Here in Horry County I have served as Co-Chair for the Business Division of the North Strand United Way. I have also served on various committees for local Chambers of Commerce including Finance Committee Chairperson. I reside in Barefoot Resort with her husband, Charlie. I have several friends who serve as guardians. They have spoken so highly about the work they do that I felt this was exactly the type of organization I would like to be involved in. I hope that the efforts I personally put forth will make the difference in the life of a child in need. Children are a precious gift and I am proud to be a part of a group of people who are willing to use their spare time to make a difference in the lives of children they have never meet.
Sal Alioto - Board Member
Diane – my wife of 47 years – and I moved to the Grand Strand from Rehoboth Beach, DE in 2005. Both of us originally lifelong Philadelphians, moved to Rehoboth to raise our three children in a family-oriented beach/tourist community. When the empty nest syndrome occurred, we headed further south for the great weather and the Southern hospitality and mentality. My vocation was as a Sales Representative/Sales Manager; my avocation has always been volunteering and serving the next generations. Thus, the Guardian program is a perfect fit for me to continue serving the Youth of our community. I did a brief stint as a Politician, assisting in running a First Class Township in Pennsylvania. When I was appointed as the head of the Law Enforcement Community, I was inundated and horrified with the terrible results of children that have no one championing them. My goal: to make a difference in the life of one child; with that result, my volunteer hours and efforts will have been worth it.
Amanda Bruscella - Board Member
A nurse for nearly 30 years in NY and NJ, my husband Dan and I retired to the Myrtle Beach, SC area in 2000, which is where we spent the first 3 days of our honeymoon! As a Registered Professional Nurse with Certification in a number of specialties including home care, I was afforded the opportunity of working closely with various Social Service Agencies in NY andNJ. A lifelong Christian, I was ordained as a Presbyterian deacon in 1990 and, after relocating to SC, elected to become ordained as a non-denominational minister. I direct an outreach ministry in an alternative setting, providing spiritual care to a congregation of more than 500 people from around the world via the Internet. As part of this outreach, I write a daily faith based blog (http://mandyspath.wordpress.com) and have incorporated these writings into an hour long Internet radio program entitled "Finding The Way", which airs every Saturday night at 9 PM, est on BlogTalkRadio (http://www.blogtalkradio.com/universallifechurch/2012/03/25/universal-life-church--amanda-bruscella-and-daniel-chapin-1#.T3H68wCiPq0.email.). Dan is a Guardian ad Litem and seeing his love for this calling was the catalyst that prompted my decision to join the Heroes for Children Board
Dan Bruscella - Board Member
Kathy Lutes – Board Member
I’ve lived in the Myrtle Beach area for over 12 years. My husband, Jack, is a Guardian Ad Litem, and I learned much about the program as he completed his training. Over the years I have done volunteer work ranging from teaching children’s programs in a nature center in New Jersey, assisting homeless women and children in a shelter in Oregon, and conducting fund raising campaigns to support the Christmas Gift efforts of Fostering Hope, right here in Horry County. I have extensive business and managerial experience in banking and telecommunications that I will rely on in assisting all the Guardians, as we work together to make a difference in the life of a neglected child.
Caroline Rothenberg - Board Member
Jim Schmitt –Board Member
I am a Guardian and Heroes member. While I don't carry any GAL cases, I try to assist where I can as a court volunteer and by maintaining the Heroes' website. I have a background in Child Welfare in New York State and have worked in the field and as an educator and state administrator. I enjoy travel and being with my grandkids. I also enjoy meeting and working with the caring and dedicated GALs and Heroes members
Amy Sanders Shea - Board Member
Scott Slater – Board Member
I am a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and retired from the United States Marine Corps in 2007 as a Colonel after 28 years of active service. Following my retirement, I entered the teaching profession, hoping to use my military experience to teach the youth of our nations the lessons that I had learned serving our great nation. My goal was to help young adults learn to be responsible for their decisions and to learn to make life choices that would help them get ahead. I am currently the senior Navy Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (NJROTC) teacher at North Myrtle Beach High School. In addition to my undergraduate education, I earned two Master Degrees, one on government acquisition and the other in National Security Strategies. My dealings with children are extensive and include serving in a variety of Boy Scout leadership positions (Tiger Cubs through Troop Leader and District Council), youth soccer coach and referee, and church school teacher. My wife Sharon is a Guardian ad Litem in Horry County and sparked my interest in serving on the Board.