REC of Florida State Board of Directors
State Board Advisors & Support
Ralph Donohue– Spiritual Director
Ralph and his wife, Judy, are the proud parents of five children, two biological daughters who are ordained ministers, and three adopted sons in various stages of redemption. They are also blessed with ten grandchildren ranging in age from 12 to 25. Ralph and Judy came to the Villages in 2007. In January, 2009, he became involved with this inmate-changing program called REC and all the wonderful Christ-centered people who came with it. Many of those same people are serving on this board. Shortly after that first REC weekend in the Sumter County Detention Center, he received another blessing by being hired by fellow board member Tom Moffitt as the jail Chaplain for that same facility.
Ralph, a former international sales person and subsequently an ordained minister with four units of CPE under his belt, is presently serving his third tour of duty as the Chaplain for the Sumter County Detention Center. He has also been serving as the Pastor of Coleman United Methodist Church since July, 2022 and previously served as the visitation Pastor for Community United Methodist Church and Wildwood United Methodist Church.
Ralph is excited about our re-entry into the jails post-Covid and looking forward to God using us all to continue doing His mighty work to change hearts and lives for His glory.
Judy Stuart - President
Judy, being a part of a military family, called Chesapeake Bay home in her formative years. She moved to Florida in 1976 and has lived there since. She and her husband, Charles, moved to The Villages from St Petersburg in 2011. Most of Judy’s career was administrative in the field of real estate development in the 70’s and 80’s specializing in apartment conversion, motel conversions to timeshare and new condominium development. In the 80s and 90s, she was a chief negotiator for warehouse space throughout North America.
Judy’s love of prison ministry started many years ago when she realized that “except for the Grace of God there go I” was very true. REC was introduced to her in 2015 when she served on her first team in Sumter County. She has since been involved in various capacities for REC including Secretary and then President of a community board. Judy looks forward to participating on the State Board where it will give her an opportunity to reach across the counties to meet and learn from other REC members.
Cindy Hall - Vice President & Community Liaison
Cindy Hall took her Walk to Emmaus in 2008 and served on her first REC team shortly thereafter the same year. Since then, she has served on several teams in various capacities.
Prior to its closing, Cindy was an active member of the leadership team for her church and was instrumental in creating the guidebook, providing training for volunteers and promoting their HUGS (Hospitality, Ushering, Greeting, and Safety) Ministry.
She has a deep love of our Lord and with a career as an Administrative Assistant, offers her office and organizational skills to the REC Ministry to help bring the Good News to everyone.
Dawn Carr - Secretary
Dawn has been involved with the Walk to Emmaus ministry since her Pilgrim walk in 2008. She has served in the past and is currently serving on the Aldersgate Emmaus Board of Directors where her role includes Team Leadership Selection. She also serves on the Greater Orlando Board of Directors as Historian and Wheat/Agape Coordinator.
She is a Stephen Minister at her church and has led Bible studies and small groups.
Dawn retired from medical billing in 2022 after a 25-year career.
She has been interested in REC since hearing others talk about it and she served on her first weekend in 2016. Since then she has served many REC weekends.
These Ministries allow Dawn to share her love for Christ with others.
Mary Starkey – Treasurer & Executive Director
Mary has been involved with prison ministry and resident after-care programs since 2003. Prior to relocating to Central Florida in 2007, she served on the Residents Encounter Christ (REC) Board of Directors in Louisville, KY. Mary was on staff from 2004-2007 as the Director of Operations for Prodigal Ministries, the largest after-care provider in Louisville. She also represented the ministry on the Louisville and Jefferson County Offender Re-entry Task Force.
In Central Florida, she serves as a resource member of the Prison/Jail Ministry Task Force for the Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church and served as President of the REC Community Board of Directors from 2008-2010. In 2010, she accepted the position of Executive Director of REC for the State of Florida. Mary attended Eastern Michigan University and has a Bachelor of Ministry degree from Pillsbury Seminary.
Joe Romero - Ministry Expansion
Joe was saved by grace in 2004 on his Walk to Emmaus (Aldersgate #106). Since then, Joe has been actively involved with Emmaus and has served on numerous teams. He has also been active in Kairos Prison Ministry since 2005 and Residents Encounter Christ since 2008. Joe has served in leadership positions within the three ministries and served as President of the Tampa Bay REC community.
Joe is both humbled and honored to be serving on the State Board and is looking forward to speaking with congregations, Sunday school classes, ministry gatherings, and others to bring awareness of this ministry and the opportunities for serving in our county jails.
Don Argus - Member-At-Large