Friday, August 29th, 2014
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Staff and Board Members


                        Executive Director - Karen L. Schaefer                                                                

Karen Schaefer, Executive Director, was an elementary teacher with the Mansfield City School District in Ohio where she taught developmentally handicapped children for 22 years.  She has degrees from Ashland University in health and physical education and later received her degree in special education.  She attended Torchbearers Bible School in Comfort, Texas, and has gone through the Life Exchange Internship program for Biblical counseling. Karen is a Certified Addictions Professional. She came to the Refuge in 2002 as the third person in her family to attend.  Her sister, Paula Bogart, was already on staff and their mother had attended for five months.  Karen’s family has reaped the benefits of what the Refuge has to offer and their lives have been forever changed. Karen completed the 2 year Internship program and came on staff in 2005.  She has selflessly served in a variety of capacities including biblical counselor, public relations, fundraising, and support group facilitator.  In 2014 she assumed the role of Executive Director from our Founder, Donna Lee Robart.

Karen L. Schaefer, Executive Director


Board of Directors  

Donna Lee Robart - President & Founder
JoAnn Staszewski -  Vice President
Roy Wiley - Treasurer
Lucy Marine - Secretary
Ann Murray - Luncheon Coordinator
Ted Robart - Cottage Industry Director

Langie Mannion - Public Relations Assistant
Barbara Gardner - Biblical Counselor & Advisor
Pat Marine -
Becky Oliver - Event Coordinator
Kit Fields, Honorary Member


Advisory Board of Directors  
 Dr. Wayne Creelman, Psychiatry
 Jennifer VanHoose, Attorney
 Jim Davis

 Gene Lafaro
Staff Directory  

Karen Schaefer - Executive Director, Biblical Counselor
Cheryl Wood - Administration Director, Biblical Counselor
Paula Bogart - Biblical Counselor
Melody Christensen - House Manager
 Judy Fitzgerald- Finance Manager
Barbara Gardner - Biblical Counselor
 Pat Gruzenski - Office Manager & Biblical     Counselor
Diane Ludwig,  Public Relations
Sue Sargent- Grounds Keeper












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9.00 am - 5.00 pm


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Vero Beach, FL 32960

Office: (772) 770-4424
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