There is a light in this world, a healing spirit more powerful than any darkness we may encounter - Mother Teresa

Darryl Clardy
Primary Therapist

Darryl has worked in human services for over twenty years. Darryl’s experience includes DCF, substance abuse treatment centers, and also large not-for-profit agencies like United Way of Broward County and Daily Bread Food Bank.

Patrice Balfour
Operations Manager

Patrice oversees the daily flow of business within the facility, ensuring synchronicity between the clinical and administrative functions. She became interested in the field of recovery after losing a friend to addiction.

Meegan Pitts
Clinical Supervisor

Meegan’s experience includes 8 years working adolescents and adults suffering from addiction, anxiety disorders, anger management problems, eating disorders, post-traumatic stress, depression and those struggling to adjust to the various stresses life can bring.

Jasmine Vicente
Behavioral Health Tech

Jasmine is experienced in medical and health administration and a certified behavioral health technician and certified in CPR and HIV awareness. She demonstrates a strong desire for helping those who suffer from mental health and substance abuse.

Shekeila Lindsey
Operations Manager

Shekeila Lindsey has over ten years experience as an administrative assistant and Office work.  Her passion is customer service and helping people.  She has office skills, with HR fundementals and a certification.  Shekeila is a Florida Certified Worforce Professional since 2011 and she is a team player.

Gina Giles-Beckwith
Director of Public Relations

Gina has over 10 years of digital marketing and print journalism experience. She holds a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science from UF. Her goal is to spread the word of recovery and hope through ethical marketing best practices.

Marcus Hilaire
Behavioral Health Tech

Marcus is a behavioral health technician and safety officer. Marcus has worked in rehabilitation for the past 5 years. He enjoys working with teenagers and adults to help them overcome addiction in the face of adversity.

Paula Braman
Clinical Director

Paula is a Licensed Therapist who has been in the Mental Health and Treatment field for 15 years. She graduated from NSU in 2005 with a MS in MHC. She has worked with the Chronic Mental Health population, Adolescent offenders and with COD or Dual dx populations.

Vincent Telford
Group Facilitator

Vincent is an experienced and dynamic Group Facilitator with years of experience in inspiring and motivating clients seeking change in the recovery community.  A former Navy veteran, Vincent is a passionate professional whose mission is to uplift those struggling with substance abuse and mental health.

Raul Fridman
Director of Spanish Outreach

Born in Argentina, Raul retired to Florida in 1985 after a long career in finance. His affliction for community involvement and helping people led him to his current position at Spark of Hope. He is also a photographer and donates his time to several community organizations.

Scott Wertheimer
Primary Therapist

Scott holds a masters in early childhood special education. He comes to Spark of Hope with 9 years of recovery experience which enables him to relate to clients on their level and create an atmosphere that is conducive for overcoming addiction.

Calvin L. Smith
Director of Business Development

Calvin Smith is the founder and President of Serenity by the Sea, a faith-based service.  Originally from South Carolina, Calvin has been an essential part of the South Florida mental health community for the last 10 years.