Leadership Team

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.

Larry Gibson


Born in Hodgenville, Kentucky, Larry graduated from Iowa State University with a degree in business administration and economics. In 1982, he moved to Vero Beach from Rockford, Illinois, with his wife, Judy, and children, Rebecca and Benjamin. After several years in banking, Larry ran his own painting and remodeling business for three decades. On his off time, Larry enjoys collecting rare books, repairing antique clocks and raising bonsai trees.

Of Habitat, he says, "It is a privilege to work with such dedicated Christian people."

Eve Kyomya


Prior to joining IRHFH, Ms. Kyomya served as Development Officer at Dallas Habitat, where her fundraising and community engagement portfolio included Habitat for Humanity's largest church partner in the world.

Ms. Kyomya holds a B.S. in Business Administration and an M.A. in Sustainable Development Management. Her background also includes having worked and served with the International Rescue Committee, Southern Methodist University, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, and in Africa with International Aid Services.

"I am very excited to be here. I look forward to meeting new people and making connections that will hopefully help us move forward in what I truly believe to be a good and noble cause – a world where everyone has a decent place to live."

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.