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, Chief Executive Officer

Sarah Paulick, LMHC

Licensed Psychotherapist, Director of Programs

David O’Brien

North Florida Regional Director

Adam Jolly, A.A.

Program Director of Belle Glade Chapter

Garnard "Vic" Miller, B.S. 

Director of Operations of Martin County Chapter

Jimmy Page

Director of Programs Dunnellon Chapter


Program Staff

Bill Burdette

Facilities Manager, Boat Building Vocational Instructor

Gevard Burns 

Teacher of Pathway Academy of Innovation

Damien Davis

Boys Program Coordinator of Belle Glade Chapter

Charles Duncan

HVAC Vocational Instructor

Lester Finney

Screenprinting Vocational Instructor Belle Glade Chapter

Norma Fontanals

Graphic Arts Vocational Instructor

Robert Gainey

Driver, Martin County Chapter

Adam Haeselin

Welding Vocational Instructor

Bruce Jacobs

Screenprinting Vocational Instructor Martin County Chapter      

Betty Jacobs

Screenprinting, Martin County Chapter


Thomas Kay, LMHC

Licensed Psychotherapist Dunnellon Chapter

Alisia Kifer, B.S.

Girls Program Coordinator of Martin County Chapter, Agriculture Vocational Instructor

Raquel Lumia, LMHC

Licensed Psychotherapist

Corey Williams

Auto Mechanic Vocational Instructor

Clarence Young

Barbershop Instructor Belle Glade Chapter


Administrative Staff

Tamera Burdette

Director of Finance

Louise Auclair, BPA, MSHRM, PHR

Senior Finance / HR Manager

Juliet Ciaravino

Special Events & Outreach Director

Janeen Bruce

Administrative Assistant of Dunnellon

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

Kevin Bousquette

Jade Smith

Owner & President of Island Party Rentals  

Henry N. Libby




Collaborative Partners