Helping the less fortunate and homeless in Flagler County. We Need your help!
Sue Bickings is one of the original founders of “The Sheltering Tree.” Carla Traister, the original founder, worked tirelessly to a point of over exhaustion since its inception.
When Carla left the shelter early in 2018, she knew it was in great hands as Sue and she worked so closely together and had the same passionate dedication and vision to help the nearly and chronically homeless here in Flagler County.
Sue has a degree of Master of Education and has worked for twenty-eight years in the Flagler County School system as a teacher and school counselor.
She has been a board member of “The Sheltering Tree” since 2009. Sue is not only the longest serving board member but, after Carla leaving, she was elected to and currently serves as Board Chairperson. She has seen many positive changes in the operation of the shelter and is excited about the future growth and the opportunities for the shelter to serve in other areas of Flagler County (see our Vision).
Stephanie Robinson has lived in Palm Coast for twenty-six years. She has one daughter and one son of her own, and one daughter and three sons by marriage. She has a total of twelve grandchildren and three great grandchildren.
Stephanie has a Bachelor's in Accounting and a Master’s in Business Administration. She has worked as an Accountant in nonprofit organizations for over 30 years and is currently the Business Manager for a local Marketing and Print Management firm.
One of the Sheltering Tree's founders, Carla Traister, was her son’s middle and high school teacher. When he was killed in a car accident in 2013, Stephanie decided to donate his clothes to “The Sheltering Tree.” When Carla told her, their Treasurer was looking to give up the position she couldn't turn her down.
Stephanie's mother always instilled in her that she should give back to her community. Hopefully by volunteering with the shelter and also with the African American Cultural Society she is doing that.
Stephanie has seen “The Sheltering Tree” spread its branches to not only be a cold weather shelter but to assist the homeless and nearly homeless year-round in many ways.
Martin is married to Jackie and has three children.
He moved from Ireland to the United States, taking the position of Vice President of an International Corporation for thirteen years. Subsequently, Martin became a Real Estate Agent in Flagler County and worked there for fourteen years, retiring in 2016.
When Martin heard of the various needs of “The Sheltering Tree” and their mission, he quickly volunteered and joined in 2017. While he and his wife, Jackie formed one of the several Meal Teams, which they continue to do, Martin soon became another asset joining the board.
Vicky has been married to John Le Tellier for twenty-one years. She has three children, Sean, Nicholas, and Anna. and three wonderful grandchildren, Riley, Reagan, and Levi.
She studied to become Legal Secretary at Manchester Community College, Manchester, CT. Vicky received her associates degree as a Legal Assistance from Daytona Beach, FL, where she graduated with Honors in May 1993. She earned the coveted title of Real Estate Specialist, awarded by the National Association of Legal Assistance,
Vicky’s work career led here to work under several prominent attorneys, starting in 1974. The prestigious Attorneys she worked for demanded extremely high efficiency and accuracy, without exception. Vicky began her profession when computers where not the norm. She still misses her Selectric Typewriter.
Her employment with various attorneys over the years finally led her to open her own Title Company in April of 2005. She worked with her husband John and employees to build the company into the number one rated in this area. After eleven years, she and her husband sold the business and retired.
Vicky has had a heart for the homeless for many years. She first volunteered at the Flagler Clinic for several years. When she heard about the needs of “The Sheltering Tree,” needless to say she and her husband charged in.
Michele has been married to Chuck for thirty-five years. She has four children and a whopping total of ten grandchildren.
She worked hard to obtain her degree in Accounting and spent thirty years as a Controller. She is currently working for her son’s sleepwear company.
Michele joined “The Sheltering Tree” in 2017. She has assisted in many areas of the shelter, not only sitting on the board, but has assisted in the kitchen. She has provided transportation for the homeless in Palm Coast to the shelter. Simultaneously, she is an outreach volunteer for Palm Coast United Methodist Church.
Wanda is married to her husband, Luther and together have three children. She and her husband are proud grandparents of five.
She has a degree in Business Administration and has served for twenty-nine years in the SJC Veteran’s office. She also worked for seven years in case management as a Coordinator with the SJC Housing & Community Services. Wanda retired in 2012.
Wanda told us that the homeless have been close to her heart for more than thirty years. Hearing of the needs of the shelter, Wanda joined us in 2017.
She enjoys working with “the loving and caring Board members and the volunteers, that work as a team?" She has much concern for the assistance needed.
Sarah Ulis has more than fifty years of professional experience, first, as a founding staffer of National Public Radio, where she was national publicist for the then-fledgling network. She later worked for Amtrak as a presidential writer and chief customer relations liaison with the Federal Railroad Administration concerning matters with the Americans with Disabilities Act.
She has served on the board of the American Red Cross, the Duke Ellington School for the Performing Arts, and was the school's first president of its development council. She also served as president of the Conressionally chartered Hawaii State Society and led and organized the state's first Presidential Inaugural Ball with more than 1000 in attendance.
Sarah currently serves on the board of the Palm Coast Yacht Club and is proud to lend her publicity skills to promoting the excellent work of The Sheltering Tree. Sarah joined theboard in March, 2018.
One of our employees took the above picture when we retired. Vicky and I have been married now for twenty-one years; have three adopted children, Sean, Nicholas, and Anna. We are the enormously proud grandparents of three wonderful children, Riley, Reagan, and Levi.
I became extremely interested in Music, Computers, and Electronics from the early age of nine years. I have worked in related fields, as Musical Instrument repairs and teaching.
My early interest led me to jobs relating to the electronic field. As a Vietnam Veteran, I served in the United States Air force as an Aviation Instrumentation Specialist. Later, I was employed New Jersey Bell for twenty plus years.
I moved to Florida in 1986 and opened a business in electronic repairs and did well until most electronics became throw away items. Closing the business, I took a job, first as machine maintenance supervisor and afterwards receive a promotion to Industrial Engineer at Palm Coast Data, a local company.
Subsequently, my wife and I started a Real Estate Title Company in 2005 and built it with our employees for eleven years, before selling the assets and retiring.
Both my wife, Vicky (see Vicky's BIO) and I have had a heart for the homeless and have actively become involved with this great organization, working with the Cold Weather Shelter. When Sue Bickings asked me to become their Technical Advisor, I promptly and cheerfully took on the task to put my prior experiences and knowledge to use.
Everyone here has a fervent desire to help the less fortunate. All volunteers at The Shelter Tree have a “HEART FOR THE HOMELESS!"