Leadership Team

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Sheryl S. Vittitoe


Prior to joining Indian River Habitat, Sheryl Vittitoe held the position of Vice President of Financial Services and Chief Financial Officer at Indian River State College. Prior to that, she was the President of a family owned company in Vero Beach.

Vittitoe holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Liberty University and is a Certified Public Accountant in the State of Florida. She has hands on leadership experience, developing business opportunities, establishing financial stability, and identifying and implementing operational efficiencies.

Sheryl and her husband Keith are members of Christ Church in Vero Beach, where Sheryl serves as treasurer.

Jeff Francisco


For Jeff, joining Indian River Habitat gives him the opportunity to help people; to love and care for them; to not only contribute to their lives, but to also know and learn from them.

As Director of Outreach and Impact, Jeff leads the Family Services Team, which recruits home buying families and oversees all aspects of the program for prospective homeowners, beginning with application through home ownership.

A sixth generation Kentucky native, Jeff grew up in Louisville and was the first in his family to graduate from college. He attended Asbury College and graduated from the University of Indiana with a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing. During the first 20 years of his career, Jeff worked with his father, building Frisco Food Service, a wholesale restaurant brokerage. Later, Jeff joined the University of Kentucky as a major gift officer.

Jeff has been married to Dana Medlock for 34 years. They have one daughter, Katie, who is completing her Master’s degree at the University of Nebraska. Jeff and Dana moved to Vero Beach to be closer to Dana’s parents in Titusville, where Dana grew up.

Jeff’s love for Jesus and his desire to make a difference drew him to Indian River Habitat.

Eve Kyomya


Eve’s career with Habitat for Humanity began in 2014, when she joined the fundraising team at Dallas Area Habitat for Humanity. In November 2016, she joined Indian River Habitat as Director of Community Development, overseeing fundraising, marketing and communications, as well as volunteer engagement.

Eve holds a Master of Arts degree in Sustainable Development Management and a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration. Originally from Uganda, east Africa, Eve’s background also includes having worked internationally in Kenya and southern Sudan, as well as working with the International Rescue Committee in Dallas, Southern Methodist University, and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

“Even after 6 years, Habitat’s bold and compassionate vision – a world where everyone has a decent place to live – still fuels and energizes me. To serve families and our community in this way is a great honor and privilege.”

Howard Lazar


Before coming to Habitat in 2017, Howard had spent over 30 years in the retail industry. His previous experience includes working as area manager for Walmart Distribution and serving as Executive Team Leader of Logistics at Target. Also, Howard ran his own business. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Supply Chain Management from Arizona State University.

Howard is originally from New York, but lived in Phoenix Arizona before moving to Vero Beach with his wife and two children in 2004.

"Being at Habitat gives me the chance to serve others and make a difference in people’s lives."

Barbara Middleton


Barbara joined Indian River Habitat for Humanity in March 2017.

She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from the State University of New York, has over 20 years of experience in accounting and administration, and has worked in industries that include commercial and industrial real estate, economic development, and the nonprofit sector.

Barbara is originally from upstate New York and moved to Sebastian, FL with her husband and two children in 1997.

She enjoys reading and spending time with her family and friends. In her free time, she loves to go boating.

Charlie Shain


Charlie Shain’s journey at Indian River Habitat began 9 years ago at the ReStore. After a year as ReStore Warehouse Assistant, Charlie transitioned to a role on the Construction Team as Field Supervisor.

Having always enjoyed “tinkering,” as he puts it, working in construction aligned well with Charlie’s background and interests. He’d always enjoyed woodworking, recalling his time as a carpenter’s apprentice early on in his career.

For Charlie, Habitat’s mission is more than just a job. “Working with our families is so meaningful; I can’t think of any other job in the field of construction that runs parallel to this.”

In 2017, Charlie became Construction Supervisor of Habitat’s affordable home repairs program. In 2020, he was named Construction Manager, joining Indian River Habitat’s leadership team. As Construction Manager, Charlie coordinates and supervises all aspects of new construction, home repair, and home rehabilitation program operations.

“I feel as though I’ve loved my job for so long, that it truly loves me back.”

The outdoors is not just Charlie’s office at Habitat, but also the venue where many of his favorite hobbies take place. When he is not working, Charlie enjoys softball, baseball, golf, and running marathons.