Megan Howell, M.S.
Megan Howell holds a Master’s degree in Science in Psychology. Her background experience is with developmental disabilities, Alzheimer’s and Dementia, and mental illness. She has completed extensive comparative work in the way of multi-cultural issues surrounding homelessness in Japan. Additionally, she teaches Origami for behavioral disorders, has extensive service industry experience, an art background, and property management experience.
Kurt Bonner, MA
Currently working in Corporate Finance for a firm on the S&P 500 that operates businesses that design and develop software and engineered products. Prior to this, he worked in investor relations for FinTech companies; LendingTree and Ally Financial. Kurt has a MA. in Economics and a BS in Finance (magna cum laude) from Old Dominion University.
David P. Welle
Currently operates an investment firm that invests in and manages commercial properties. Prior to this, he co-founded CSL International, a boutique management consulting firm that provides market, financial, and operating consulting services to owners and managers of sports-related developments. He also is a former partner with Coopers and Lybrand, one of the two firms that merged to form PricewaterhouseCoopers. David holds an MBA from the University of Denver and a Bachelors degree from Moorhead State University.
Jim has been active in finding solutions to the issue of the chronic homeless population in Sarasota since 2015.
He’s the Founder and retired CEO of JDA.media, a Sarasota based company that provides sales training and revenue development services to media companies throughout the United States. He was also a partner in Gocom Media which owned TV stations in Illinois and California.
Erika Quartermaine, JD
Sarasota County Court Judge Erika Quartermaine is a Sarasota native and serves in Florida’s 12th Judicial Circuit. She is passionate about the use of problem-solving court programs in appropriate circumstances – with the goal of increasing public safety and improving lives by treating the underlying causes of criminality. She was instrumental in creating the Comprehensive Treatment Court, a mental-health court for non-violent offenders who are seriously mentally ill and unable to meet their basic needs. She also helped establish the Turn Your Life Around Court, a diversion program for individuals charged with prostitution-related crimes and who are victims of human trafficking.
BS, Psychology – UNC, Chapel Hill, NC, MA, Psychology – Berry College, Rome GA. Trained as Family Court Mediator; Certified Parenting Educator; Director/Owner of Professional Supervised Visitation & Exchange program; 12th Judicial Circuit, Florida; 12th Judicial Circuit Family Court Guardian Ad Litem; 12th Judicial Circuit Dependency Court Guardian Ad Litem. Trained recovery specialist.
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How did it start?
It all started with love. Megan and a friend met a homeless, mentally ill gentleman through working at a restaurant downtown named Patrick’s. They built a rapport with him over many years as he lived on the sidewalk. One day, he went missing. They found him in the hospital, where he stated he was finally ready to get off the streets. An elaborate plan was formed with the family and soon, he had a place to call home after 15 years on the street. This has previously been deemed to be a hopeless case. Megan questioned, if this is the impossible, what else can be accomplished? That’s when the former LLC was created. Almost 3 years later, it was determined that in order to grow and help more, a non-profit designation had to happen. Second Heart Homes, Inc. was formed and has hit the ground running. This individual is still off the street and is now a homeowner today.
Our success comes from the trust, understanding, respect and ultimately love we have for their clients. Our ultimate goal is to help people live the best quality of life possible, no matter what barriers are present and give them a second chance at life.