Drums in Recovery fosters interpersonal skills and healthy lifestyles for people in the community to regain self-esteem, social acceptance and healing from personal struggles.
President Marla Stevenson Marla Stevenson served in the United States Air Force, worked in the corporate world and operated her own daycare. She has been directing Music Together centers since 2001 and the Wellness Drum since 2014. Marla facilitated the DRUMBEAT program at a transitional house for women recovering from substance abuse. Her experience was outstanding. The women responded with such vigor that they now have a DRUMBEAT team where they perform at special events. She presents DRUMBEAT at assisted living and memory care facilities in the Orlando area. Marla has a deep passion and belief in the DRUMBEAT program to foster interpersonal skills and healing from personal struggles. Her desire is for all people who are hurting or feel alienated from society to experience the healing power of DRUMBEAT.
Marla has served in churches as children’s choir director, children’s praise and worship leader and director of summer music programs. She is a member of Aloma Church and Challenge Leader at Celebrate Freedom ministries. She is a mother of three, grandmother of two and nanny to one!
Vice-President Leslie Gibson retired as an Associate Dean after teaching at Valencia College, ITT Tech and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University over the years. She now does freelance writing and editing for business and individual clients.
Her commitment to community service includes eight years as a member of the Board of Directors for the Center for Independent Living in Winter Park, Florida, as well as serving on the United Way Speakers’ Bureau of Central Florida. She has been active as a Rollins College Alumni and currently tutors for the Adult Literacy League in Orlando.
Treasurer, Theresa M Berrios is a retired Banking professional with over 25 years of service. Her professional experience included managing corporate Banking takeovers and Acquisitions with freedom Savings and Loan, NCNB, Commercial State Bank and South Trust. She ran all aspects of financial operations within the bank and served as Secretary to the Board of Directors with United American Bank. She managed the Longwood, FL branch of Colonial Bank.
Theresa spent years of devotion to her elders, acted as fiduciary and executed Trusts and Estates. Her dedication and commitment to family and community led her to volunteer at a 501c3, Christian Sharing Center food pantry where she helped the less fortunate, hungry and homeless. Her positive impact on the organization led to a management position of the organization’s key fundraising activities where she oversaw and managed teams of volunteers.
With a passion to continue helping others, she counseled women and children at the Grove Counseling Center in Lake Mary FL., assisted counseling at Specialized treatment – women’s residential Apopka FL. And the Stewart Marchman facility in Bunnell, FL. Theresa continues to volunteer service with women and groups in the Palm Coast and Daytona area.
Secretary Carol Gann is an accomplished business woman with a passion to serve others. She is a web developer and server administrator, committed to helping others build their business or organization through website marketing. WORK EXPERIENCE: Child Development Associate Parent Resource Center – The Coalition for the Homeless – Nurturing Center Spouse Abuse Inc. – Harbor House The Center For Drug Free Living – Women’s Residential INDEPENDENT COURSEWORK: Rollins College Philanthropy & Leadership Center MEMBER OF: Aloma Church – Member and Volunteer Celebrate Freedom – Leadership Volunteer past member of Winter Park Tech Foundation – Past Vice President – Director – Board Member Winter Park Tech Web Design Advisory Board Member and past President, Feed Hunger Now – Volunteer, Central Florida Christian Chamber of Commerce – Member, WordPress Orlando Organizer, Winter Park Bloggers & Social Media Organizer.
Board Member, George Gibeault, Esq., is an Orlando-based Attorney and Counselor-at-Law.
He has had a life-long passion for community service that began in Connecticut by volunteering at the St. Vincent De Paul Mission and Homeless Shelter of Waterbury, CT.
He received his BA in Psychology, graduating with honors, from Lyndon State College in Vermont. He moved to Florida to earn his degree from Barry University School of Law.
He began his legal career as an Assistant Public Defender in Osceola County, FL, before starting his own practice. Additionally, he provides pro bono legal services to economically disadvantaged individuals and families.
He volunteers at the Legal Aid Society of the Orange County Bar Association at multiple locations. He also volunteers at the Florida Department of Corrections at several transitional housing facilities.
Board Member, Debra Dauven is a local businesswoman who has owned her own company for over ten years. She has found the time to commit to numerous community service projects including the organization of fundraisers for various non-profit organizations that specialize in recovery. She also operates a national networking site that unites teenage runaways with their families in cooperation with law enforcement. Additionally, she is a local radio personality involved with the production and promotion of musical and theatrical productions. She strongly believes in the power of music as a healing force, and its ability to contribute to a person’s physical, mental and spiritual health.