How we began…

In 2010, Project LIFT was founded by Bob Zaccheo, a licensed psychotherapist and certified substance abuse expert, who recognized that trouble teenage boys needed motivation to change their behavior. Replacing the clinical office setting with a vocational skills learning environment resulted in confidence in themselves and trust in others. He discovered these boys were more likely to graduate from high-school, stay off drugs and alcohol and become positive members of the community.

In 2016, the Girl's program was developed to address the growing needs that are specific to teen girls, which include the long-term impacts of trauma and adversity. The program provides a safe environment for teen girls to emotionally recover and develop the skills they need to be successful in life.  



Bob Zaccheo, LMHC, SAE

Licensed Psychotherapist, Executive Director

Sarah Paulick, LMHC

Licensed Psychotherapist, Director of Martin County Chapter

Adam Jolly, A.A.

Director of Belle Glade Chapter

Jimmy Page

Director of Dunnellon Chapter


Program Staff

Bill Burdette

Operations & Facilities Manager, Vocational Instructor

Woody Walter

Vocational Instructor

Damien Davis

Boys Program Coordinator of Belle Glade Chapter

Gevard Burns 

Teacher of Pathway Academy of Innovation

Alisia Kifer, B.S.

Girls Program Coordinator, Vocational Instructor

Susan Lauderdale, LMFT

Licensed Psychotherapist      

Toney Gammage

Boys Program Coordinator of Dunnellon Chapter

Corey Williams

Vocational Instructor



Garnard "Vic" Miller, B.S. 

Boys Program Coordinator, Enrichment Life Coach

Adam Haeselin

Vocational Instructor

Norma Fontanals

Vocational Instructor


Administrative Staff

Tamera Burdette

Director of Finance

Louise Auclair, BPA, MSHRM, PHR

Senior Finance / HR Manager

Juliet Ciaravino

Special Events & Outreach Director

Lois Ehrhardt

Administrative Assistant

Board of Directors

Richard Martinuik

Board President
Kearns Insurance

Michele F. Libman, M.D.

Board Vice President
Owner, Treasure Coast Urgent and Family Care


Merry Stoyanovich, MBA, CM

Board Secretary
TBC Corporation - Manager Lease Administration

RJ Ferraro, Esq.

Founding President
Atty, Ferraro Law Group

Beth Gaskin

Provost, IRSC

Jade Smith

Owner & President of Island Party Rentals  

Henry N. Libby




Collaborative Partners