2017 Indian River Habitat Board of Directors


Connie Poppell

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Connie has been married to her husband Ralph, (former State Representative for the 29th District), for 37 years. They have four children and seven grandsons.

She has an AA degree in Business Administration from IRCC. She retired from SunTrust Bank after 40 years of service after working in every area of banking with the last position being VP of Community Development for South Florida, a territory that stretched from Miami to Indian River County.

Connie enjoys tennis, gardening, sewing and volunteering in the Indian River County Community.

Connie also serves on the Board of Trustees for The Republicans for Life as well as serving as Treasurer of that organization.

Connie and Ralph attend Genesis Church of Vero Beach where she serves as Secretary.


Lawrence C.Lauffer

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Larry and his wife Jan have two children and two grandchildren all residing in Vero Beach.

He graduated from West Virginia Wesleyan College with a BS degree in Business and Economics. He was President of Ryan Homes NE and Senior Vice President of Asset Management of N.V. R. Inc. Presently he is managing member of Stratford Investments, partner in KL Development, and J L L Investments of Vero Beach.

Larry is the Senior Warden at Christ Church Vero Beach, where he is a member of the finance committee, & capital campaign. He has been on a Habitat mission trip to Honduras.

Larry is a member of the Vero Beach City Planning and Zoning Board, and is the Chairman of the NSP Citizens Advisory Task Force for Indian River County.


Helen R. Crockett

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Helen came to Vero Beach as a toddler in 1956, as her father was beginning his medical practice.

In growing up in Vero Beach, she had the privilege of being one of the original 32 students of St. Edward’s School at its inception in the 1965-66 school year.

She has enjoyed a successful career in the insurance industry in Vero for the past 24 years, which led to her opening her own independent agency, The Crockett Group, along with her husband Jim, in 2008.

Helen and her husband have been active volunteers in the ministry at The Source since 2001, where Jim currently serves on the Board of Directors. She has also been a volunteer with Care Net and the American Cancer Society.

Helen is a very active attendee and volunteer in her church. She and Jim have been blessed with five children and nine (soon to be ten) grandchildren.


Jim Beindorf

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Jim was born and raised in Vero Beach.

He graduated with a bachelor degree in accounting from Auburn University and a Master of Accounting degree from Millsaps College.

After graduate school, Jim accepted a job with an accounting firm in Atlanta where he lived for three and a half years.

During that time, Jim met his wife Allison and the two were married in 2012. Shortly after the wedding, Jim and Allison moved back to Vero Beach.

Jim works at Offutt Barton and Schlitt, CPAs and is on the finance committee of the Harvest Festival, the treasurer of Center for Spiritual Care, and is a member of the Future Leader Professional Advisory Council of the Indian River Community Foundation.

He is married to Allison Beindorf and the father of two daughters, Grace and Hayden.


Toby Arnheim

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Toby has been in the Development, Design and Construction business for over 50 years managing major projects for corporations such as Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority, Gaylord Entertainment, Universal Studios, Warner Bros., ITT/ Caesars World and ITT Sheraton Corp. The completed projects have afforded him the opportunity to work in many parts of the world.

He is currently retired and serves on the Building Committees for Christ Church and St. Paul’s Church in Vero Beach; the latter being the church that he attends .

He and his wife Denny have been homeowners in Vero Beach for 22 years.


Bruce Barkett Esq.

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Bruce, a resident of Vero Beach since 1985, is an attorney with the law firm Collins Brown Barkett Garavaglia and Lawn, Chartered. He specializes in real estate and land use matters.

He and his wife Janet have three grown children, two of whom are married.

Bruce has previously served on the Boards of the Environmental Learning Center; SafeSpace; and the Florida Inland Navigation District.

He and his family attend Trinity Episcopal Church, where Bruce also serves as Chancellor.

He previously served on the Board of IRHFH from 1/1/05 to 12/31/11 and on the Advisory Board from 1/1/12 to 12/31/13.


Gene Billero

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Gene Billero was born and raised in Monmouth County, New Jersey. He and his wife, Susan, have been married 36 years.

The Billeros attend Holy Cross Catholic Church. Gene and Susan have three children and two grandchildren. Two are working in the family real estate business of Billero & Billero Properties.
Daughter, Hollie, is the office manager as well as the current President of the Realtors Association of Indian River County. Son, E.L., is a Realtor and sales associate with the firm. Youngest daughter, Victoria, is in her final year of medical school at The University of Miami Miller School of Medicine and will graduate this coming May.

Gene is a graduate of Stockton University where he was President of the Business Club and is now active in the school's alumni.

Involved with IRC Habitat for Humanity since its inception in IRC, his heart is with the mission and helping deserving families achieve home ownership.

As a car collector and enthusiast, Gene's passion for automobiles is evident to all who know him. He has been a judge for The Lincoln Club for many years and enjoys traveling to nationwide auto events. The Billeros are members of The Moorings Yacht and Country Club.


Martin Bireley

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Martin grew up in Vero Beach. He attended St Helen Catholic School and is a graduate of Vero Beach High School.

Martin graduated with a BS degree in Finance from the University of Alabama. After graduation he went to work for Parisian Stores (A 40 store regional department store chain) in Birmingham Alabama. Martin worked for Parisian for 25 years. He held various positions as an Apparel Buyer and then in management as The Director of Financial Planning.

Martin met his wife Renee in college. They were married in 1988 and have 3 Children Ryan, Sydney and Ali.

In 2008 Martin came home to Vero Beach to join the family business, The Beach Shop.

He is active on the board of directors of the Oceanside Business Association and has served as Vice President for several years.

Martin and Renee are active members at St. Helen Catholic Church.

Martin is on the Board of Directors at The Food Pantry of Indian River County.


Rene J. Donars

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Rene is a native New Yorker and a graduate of NYU. He is retired from a business career of 36 years with Rockwell and Porter-Cable; where he served as Vice-President Sales & Marketing.

A United Way supporter, he has been active as a mentor with Youth Guidance and is a past board member of the Samaritan Center. He has been active with Indian River Habitat since 2000 and serves on the executive committee as past chairman.

Rene and his wife Alice have been Vero Beach residents for last 20 years and attend Holy Cross Church.


Douglas L. Feek

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Douglas and his wife Melanie have two children, Jared is a freshman at Flagler College and Jordan is working in the Washington DC area.

Doug works in the family Citrus Business along with his wife, they are growers, packers and marketers of Florida Citrus.

Doug and Melanie currently attend St. Augustine of Canterbury Episcopal Church.


Todd Heckman

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Todd and his wife Theresa have three children Tyler and twins Brad and Kevin. He and his family moved to Vero Beach in 1998 from New Jersey.

Todd has his own financial consulting company, Estate Planning Advisors.

Todd previously served on the Habitat Board of Directors from 1/1/07 to 12/31/12 and again from 1/1/14 to present. He was chairman for CY 2010 & 2011. He is also currently serving on several other boards in town. (IRLAX and TCHSC)


Georgia Irish

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Georgia, a Banker for the past 37 years, has been with Marine Bank & Trust Co. for the last eleven years where she holds the position of Vice President, Client Services and Business Development. Prior to joining Marine B. & T. she was with Indian River National Bank.

Georgia is well known for her community involvement having served on the following Boards:
Alzheimer’s & Parkinson’s Assoc., Youth Guidance, Children’s Home Society, the IRC Healthy Start Coalition and ELC. She currently is the President of the Oceanside Business Assoc. and currently working with Riverside Theatre on Festival of the Trees and Kids Spot. Georgia is also one of the campaign chairs along with her Marine Bank Team for this year’s 2017-2018 United Way Campaign. She has supported individuals of all ages in financial and literacy classes, and has also volunteered with Habitat in the past and present.

Although Georgia has a Baptist/Presbyterian church background, she currently has no specific church home; however, she does enjoy visiting local churches to hear God’s message delivered in different ways.

Georgia, an Erie Pennsylvania native, has been married for 39 years and has a son and two grandchildren.


Andrew R. Jordan

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Andy was born in Patterson NJ. He graduated with a BA and a MBA from Rutgers University.

He worked for KPMG for 20 years where he was an audit partner with extensive experience in U.S. GAAP financials. From 1993 until 2011 Andy was involved in four pharmaceutical companies where he held such roles as CFO, SVP, and Chairman of the Audit Committee. He is a prior member of the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD).

His not-for-profit Board roles have included Maryland State Board for Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Greater Baltimore Crisis Pregnancy Center, Boys and Girls Clubs of Central Maryland, and Community Bible Study International Board of Trustees, Finance & Audit Committees.

Andy and his wife Wendy moved to Vero Beach in 2012 and reside in Grand Harbor. They have four married children and 10 grandchildren. They attend First Church of God.


France Kenyon

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France has been in the marketing and advertising field since 1980. Her early career was spent in New York and Chicago with Time Inc., FORTUNE Magazine.

Since 1996 France and her husband have owned and operated their own business in partnership with major publishing companies representing Forbes, The Economist, Hearst, Meredith and others.

France currently serves on the IRHFH Board, Northern Trust Advisory Board and the John’s Island Property Owners Board. Past Boards include the Boys & Girls Club, IRMC Foundation and the John’s Island Club.

France and Bill have been in Indian River County for 25 years. They have 5 children and 13 grandchildren. They are members of Holy Cross Catholic Church.


Freddie Woolfork

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Freddie and his wife Debra have 3 children and 3 grandchildren. He is a lifelong resident of Indian River County.

He graduated from Florida A & M University with a Bachelors of Science degree in Education.

Freddie currently serves as the Director of Public Relations & Facilities Operations for the Gifford Youth Activity Center. He is on the BOD/Council Chair of the Gifford Front Porch Revitalization Council.

Freddie and his family attend St. Peter’s Missionary Baptist Church where he serves in the music ministry and is also a deacon.