Advisory Councils expand perspectives and experience beyond our own. They are the ones who encourage and challenge, and who walk beside, making life deeper and bigger, and most assuredly more meaningful. A singular, myopic perspective blurs vision. Advisory Councils provide more clarity. And when an entrepreneur relaunches at midlife, an Advisory Council provides company along a daunting path that otherwise could be quite lonely. Advisory Councils are the mother of all mothers; they are the cheerleaders, the wise ones, the ones who look beyond the struggles to see and foster the potential.
Momentous Living values its Advisory Council. Thank you, wise amazing women!
Having said all that, we are aware of our conspicuously midlife Caucasian makeup. Not that we planned it that way in this global world of ours, but because that’s who we are, proudly, in this current business stage. We have more accumulated wisdom and perhaps a little more time in this season; however, we value others’ stories as much as our own, and will add depth to our “better self, better world” message as we expand and grow.
Please stay tuned as we continue forward.
In the meantime, meet our current council members:
Lois Arp, High School Math Teacher
Bachelor’s in Mathematics, University of Iowa
Master’s in Education, Southeast University
Read Lois' full bio here.Lois enjoys traveling, running, eating chocolate and cheese, and spending time with family and friends. More to come.
Michelle Chira-Carlton, Co-Founder, Foundation for Foster Children; Principal, LCA Development
Bachelor’s in Communications and Political Science, H. Sophie Newcomb College, Tulane University
Read Michelle's full bio here.Michelle is a lifelong resident of Orlando. She spent thirteen years in leadership roles with the Junior League of Greater Orlando, serving twice as vice president. Through her direct efforts with the League, the Family Support and Visitation Center was created as a welcoming environment for foster care children to visit with biological parents and to provide parental education and support. The Center has served over 8,000 families since its inception. As a continuation of Michelle’s work, in 2008, she and three others founded the Foundation for Foster Children (FFC) to address more needs for this at-risk population. FFC continues to grow and now serves foster children in Orange, Osceola, and Seminole counties.
Michelle has also served on a number of civic and philanthropic Boards of Directors including City of Orlando Historic Preservation, Habitat for Humanity of Orlando, and Orange County Planning and Zoning Commission where she served as chairman. In addition, she is a Leadership Orlando alumnus, has been active in the Greater Orlando Chamber of Commerce, and for twelve years volunteered for the Girl Scouts of America as a troop leader.
Junior League Outstanding Service
Bank of America Community Hero
Florida Commission on the Status of Women Achievement
Glamour® Magazine’s Best of You
Orlando Magazine’s Women of the Year
Betsy Huth, Valued Community Volunteer
Bachelor’s in Elementary Education, Gettysburg College
Master’s in Social Work, Catholic University in Washington D.C.
Read Betsy's full bio here.Betsy’s volunteer and professional experience has primarily involved mentoring, counseling, teaching, coordinating/directing, and the development of children, foreign exchange students, and senior citizens.
Betsy’s love of the outdoors, adventure, and travel has taken her to many exciting destinations around the globe where her favorite vacations are exploring new trails, cultures, and cuisine with her family. Betsy is a “take charge” person and can figure out most anything that seems impossible, including, but not limited to, how to ignite campfires under difficult conditions and how to fix household appliances like vacuum cleaners and dish washers. In addition to engaging with family and community, you can find Betsy most days gardening, swimming, participating in yoga, or jogging, biking, and rollerblading on the Cross Seminole Trail. Betsy’s life is grounded in and inspired by her Christian faith.
Sonya L. Laney, CPA and PA, Sonya Laney Accounting Firm, www.sonyalaney.com
Bachelor’s in Business, Stetson University
Master’s in Accountancy, Stetson University
Graduate of the Association of Advanced Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)
Read Sonya's full bio here.In addition to overseeing her full-service accounting firm, Sonya spends a great deal of time expanding her knowledge base through continuing education that brings added value to her clients. She also teaches taxation, tax staff training, and tax codes to CPAs and CPA firms across the United States on behalf of Thomson Reuters, and has been a guest speaker for a local radio show and Chambers of Commerce with respect to taxation and tax reform changes.
Sonya is a Rotarian and a member of AICPA and FICPA where she was reappointed to a committee that focuses on accounting education and careers. In addition, Sonya served as a Trustee, Planning Commissioner, Civil Pension Board Member, and District Committee Member for the city of Port Orange and currently serves on the Accounting Advisory Board for Stetson University.
Ashley Novak, Executive Director, Girls on the Run-Volusia, firstname.lastname@example.org
Bachelor’s in Human Services and Religion, Elon University
Read Ashley's full bio here.Ashley’s professional and volunteer experiences include working for Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, PACE Center for Girls, Inc., Agency for People with Disabilities, and serving as director of a teen maternity home. In addition, Ashley founded Adopt-A-School Program, a partnership between FUMC-Port Orange and Sugar Mill Elementary School, and Helping Hawks Thrive, a food pantry partnership between Thrive Community Church and Spruce Creek High School.
In her current position as Executive Director for Girls on the Run of Volusia County, Ashley believes that joyful, healthy and confident girls can change the world through their limitless potential. She is passionate about creating meaningful community and connections, fundraising, developing new programs, and recruiting and training volunteers who are committed to improving the lives of children.
Ashley enjoys walking/jogging and riding bikes on the local beaches and learning how to play pickleball, a game that was named in honor of the founders’ dog, Pickles, who would chase the ball and run off with it.
Siobhan O’Malley, Military Personal Financial Counselor
Bachelor’s in English, minor in business, Stetson University
Read Siobhan's full bio here.Siobhan moved to the United States from Germany when she was eleven and has made her home in Central Florida since then. She spent fifteen years in the banking industry serving as a branch manager, sales trainer, motivational class facilitator and as an estate planning and investments sales manager; and since 1999 she has been a certified financial planner.
Siobhan enjoys hiking, running 15-20 miles/week with Toby her relentless canine companion, eating sumptuous meals with her Dinner Club, and remaining involved in her church through Bible studies, serving as a former member of Parish Council, and in 2015, leading multiple celebrations throughout the year in recognition of her church’s 10-year anniversary.
Michelle Sherwood, Owner of Skool Style, a branding business
Bachelor’s in Clothing and Textiles, minor in business, Florida State University
Read Michelle's full bio here.Before owning her own business, Michelle worked in the retail industry for well-known stores such as Burdine’s/Macy’s and The Disney Store, serving as a regional buyer in her last position for a collegiate bookstore company where she was responsible for as many as twenty-three stores throughout the southeastern United States. When Michelle’s position was consolidated into the company’s corporate office in Nebraska during our country’s latest economic downturn, Michelle chose to stay in Florida near family and friends and instead, start her own business. Michelle provides clothing, spirit wear, and promotional items to local schools and businesses and prides herself with offering excellent customer service.
Michelle enjoys snow skiing, boating, hanging out at the beach and with family.
Sandra Stanford, LMHC, Charis Counseling Center, Orlando and Titusville
Bachelor’s in Psychology, Palm Beach Atlantic University
Master’s in Psychological Counseling, Palm Beach Atlantic University
Read Sandra's full bio here.Through personal and professional experiences, as well as speaking and counseling engagements, Sandra has gained a deep understanding of people’s daily challenges. Sandra works in collaboration with her clients to assist in recognizing, defining, and achieving growth, healing, and hope in their hearts and homes, and to live a life filled with meaningful and healthy relationships.
Sandra is a certified Daring Way™ facilitator utilizing the work of Brené Brown, a Prepare & Enrich therapy facilitator, and is certified in EMDR (eye movement desensitization and reprocessing) therapy. Sandra is a member of Florida Mental Health Counselors Association.