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, Carrie Bailey is a graduate of the University of Central Florida with a BS in Accounting and an MS in Taxation. She is licensed as a Certified Public Accountant in the State of Florida. She is a current member of both the Florida and American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and Beta Gamma Sigma. After fifteen years working for public accounting firms, Carrie opened her own practice in 2017. Her strong analytical and critical thinking skills ensure efficiency and compliance with accounting, tax and non-profit regulations. Carrie is constantly updating her knowledge in the accounting industry, which translates into being able to provide the most current solution to any challenge. Her organizational and time management abilities are constantly put to the test by her four-year-old little one. Her favorite activities are to sing, laugh, dance and play with her daughter. She is the past President of the Central FL Chapter of ISCEBS, has volunteered for DECA, and participated in numerous Pension Study Groups.
Secretary, Anna Jones is a lifelong resident of Altamonte Springs where she raised her 21-year-old daughter. She is employed full time as a machinist.
She has been involved in leadership and service all her life. As a girl, she served through Girl Scouts and her church; she participated in student government and was an editor of her high school’s literary magazine. In college, she was president of a social club. As a mother, she was co-leader of her daughter’s Girl Scout troop. She has volunteered with several non-profits including Kids in Support of Soldiers (KISS) and Bikers Against Child Abuse (BACA).
Anna has been in recovery for 4 ½ years, and she has continued her penchant for community service by serving as chairperson, secretary, and in other capacities for her home group. She was a part of the first Drums in Recovery (DR) class and she has remained on the drum team. She has served actively on the planning committee for DR fundraising events and is committed to the success of Drums in Recovery. She believes her experience and dedication will enable her to be a valuable member of the Board of Directors.
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.
Board Member, Sherie Wildermuth is currently the Director of Aspire Health Partners, Florida’s largest behavioral health non-profit healthcare organization. She serves in multiple capacities including Substance Abuse Counselor, Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Compulsive Gambling Counselor, and Dietetic Nutrition Technician. Her charitable activities have garnered numerous awards such as Volunteer of the Year from both the University of Florida and Valencia College and recognition as Outstanding Volunteer by the Joe Relino Fund by raising money to help hospitality workers pay for medical costs. She has volunteered at the state substance abuse conference for the 24 years. Her focus in both career and community service are on promoting healthy lifestyles and recovery from addiction. She has two children and has enjoyed participating in many youth programs. Sherie views Drumbeat® as a worthy venture since she has witnessed firsthand its benefits to women who have participated in the program.
Board Member, Jennifer Alman is a life-long learner with a Master’s Degree in Educational Media Design and Technology and over 22 years of experience in the education industry. For 14 of those years, she taught middle school math and is currently working as a Senior Application Consultant for an educational technology company. Jennifer has been involved with the Drums in Recovery program since its inception, as an active participant and supporter. She feels passionate about this program and believes in the benefits it provides for those struggling with addiction.