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St. Francis Reflections Lifestage Care and St. Francis Reflections Foundation are both nonprofit organizations lead by volunteer boards. Each board member commits to serve up to nine years to help St. Francis best serve those who need end of life care. Some might call them the invisible heroes. They attend meetings and contribute their talents and financial support. Each member helps St. Francis look into the future and works to transform how we serve those in Brevard County even better.

The St. Francis Reflections Board leadership is chaired by Mary Ann Alderman with Mike Ammen as the Vice Chair, and Tony Hurt as the Secretary Treasurer. The remainder of the board includes: Jerry Allender, Mary Coleman, Dave Ferguson, Pastor Shaun Ferguson, Steve Griffin, Sam Haddad, Cindy Lennard, Chris McAlpine, Rene Pulido, and Kim Rodriguez

The St. Francis Reflections Foundation’s officers include: Chair Tony Hurt, Vice Chair Steve Griffin, Treasurer Chris McAlpine and Secretary Terry Ryan. To round out the board members the foundation enjoys the leadership of: Rev. Haywood Davidson and Duane Daski. Both boards also have Christine Sylvester as an emeritus member for her many years of devotion to St. Francis.

Emilie Sasko started this organization with passionate volunteers. She was committed to her neighbors so that no one dies alone. Today our passionate volunteer board members deserve a shout out. If you recognize or know one of these invisible heroes, tell them how glad you are they give of themselves to the community.

Life is short. We can spend our lives in many ways. Our board members chose to devote this time to us. We are truly honored.

 Reflections of Life Articles: Summer 2023

DASH to Celebrate Veterans Day 2023

What could be better than enjoying sunshine and fresh air with your family and friends in a beautiful park while honoring local Veterans? At 7:30 am on November 11, 2023, The DASH in Life 5K will kick-off a full day of Veterans Day activities at Brevard Veterans Memorial Park. This idyllic course is flat, scenic, …

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Life Changing Gift of Dignity

Meet Brodie and Beau, brothers who both live with a disease that deteriorates their muscles to the point that they are unable to hold themselves up in a chair. Although their minds are active and their attitudes are bright, they are physically challenged and unable vocalize their needs. Their devoted mother, Melanie Armistead, relies heavily …

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Serving Brevard for 45 years

What began as a dream of helping neighbors almost fifty years ago is turning 45 this year. Emilie Sasko was a nurse, volunteer, mother of 12 and a dreamer. She had a dream that she was being called to create a hospice, and supported by her deep faith, family and friends, founded the second hospice …

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When Angels Get Their WINGS

Wonderful. Inspiring. Notable. Gracious. Service. These words are frequently used to describe our staff at St. Francis Reflections Lifestage Care. We treasure these words in our hearts. Another phrase that we often hear from patients and families is, “You are our Angels.” “You are our Angels” inspired the WINGS Recognition Program. WINGS was created to …

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Memorial Day to Remember

By: Chandler Langevin, Veteran Services Coordinator Memorial Day is a very sacred time for staff and volunteers at St. Francis Reflections. As part of our ongoing commitment to Veterans, we traveled throughout Brevard County to render honors to those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our nation. Here are some of my highlights from the …

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We LOVE our Volunteers

Our volunteers are a diverse array of caring individuals including working professionals, retirees, stay-at-home parents, students, and people who are exploring new careers and building new skill sets. Those who are interested in volunteering must be dependable, friendly and compassionate. It is not necessary to have medical or hospice experience. Each volunteer is asked to …

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The Staircase

Michael Brian Horton May 30, 2016 Last night I had myself a dreamI still can see it nowA staircase stood before meSpiraling up into the cloudsIts wood was worn and weatheredBut had stood the tests of timeAnd I came upon a young man thereAs I began to climbHis uniform colonialHis tri cornered hat pulled downHe …

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