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, Clinical Director

David O’Brien

North Florida Regional Director

Adam Jolly, A.A.

Program Director, Belle Glade Chapter

Garnard "Vic" Miller, B.S. 

Director of Operations, Martin County Chapter

Jimmy Page

Director of Programs, Dunnellon Chapter


Program Staff

William Allen

Small Engine Repair Instructor, Belle Glade Chapter

Shanique Burks

Screen-printing Instructor, Belle Glade Chapter   

Bill Burdette

Facilities Manager, Boat Building Instructor, Martin County Chapter

Gevard Burns 

Pathway Academy Teacher, Martin County Chapter

Damien Davis

Boys Program Coordinator, Belle Glade Chapter

Lester Finney

Screen-printing Instructor, Belle Glade Chapter

Norma Fontanals

Graphic Arts Instructor, Martin County Chapter

Robert Gainey

Driver, Martin County Chapter

Adam Haeselin

Welding Instructor, Martin County Chapter

Bruce Jacobs

Screen-printing Instructor, Martin County Chapter      

Betty Jacobs

Screen-printing Instructor, Martin County Chapter

Thomas Kay, LMHC

Licensed Psychotherapist, Dunnellon Chapter

Alisia Kifer, B.S.

Girls Program Coordinator, Agriculture Instructor, Martin County Chapter

Raquel Lumia, LMHC

Licensed Psychotherapist, Belle Glade Chapter

Jeffrey Thayer

Auto Mechanic Instructor, Martin County Chapter

Corey Williams

Auto Mechanic Instructor, Martin County Chapter

Preston Vickers

Carpenter Instructor, Belle Glade Chapter

Clarence Young

Barbershop Instructor, Belle Glade Chapter


Administrative Staff

Louise Auclair, BPA, MSHRM, PHR

Senior Finance / HR Manager

Tamera Burdette

Director of Finance

Janeen Bruce

Administrative Assistant of Dunnellon

Juliet Ciaravino

Special Events & Outreach Director

Lois Ehrhardt

Administrative Assistant

Crainesha Vickers

Administrative Assistant of Belle Glade

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, J.D., LL.M



Collaborative Partners