OUR BOARD OF DIRECTORS
IN THE PALACE, WE ARE FAMILY
Chaplain Marva King
Chaplain Marva King is a woman full of passion and purpose. Her many years of experience in the workforce have given her the ability to relate to many different types of individuals with many backgrounds and within different cultures.
She has successfully managed a workforce of individuals in both the profit and non-profit sector. Having spent most of her time in the forefront of people management, She has developed the strong ability to entreat the diverse personalities that she currently engages, in her role as an active Foster Parent. The shifts in the corporate environment encouraged a shift in her life that would give her the ability to answer the call to serve the world with her purpose and through her passion. As a result, Doves Palace International was established.
Marva’s personal background gives her the ability to help young women realize their self-worth by affirmation, teaching, training and development of basic life skills. Her deep faith and belief in God and study of the word, helped her to understand her authentic position as a child of God and gives her the strength to reach back and assist others in this same understanding. She allowed all of the old thinking and ways to depart from her mind and became a brand new person. She stands on the belief that she is a woman of worth and not worthlessness. The partnership of her and her husband in the development of Dove’s Palace is essential in helping young women transition out of the foster care system and rescue them from the life of sex-trafficking. It doesn’t matter the reasons why they entered into the system. Dove’ Palace provides the answers to a way out.
Marva’s life purpose flows through the organizational structure of Dove’s Palace. It is within this structure that many lives will continue to be changed. As she has been developed into the newness of life, so will she and her staff, develop others.
Tsachai “Sky” Maduro
Diane C. GeorgesSCBPO Diane C. Georges has 19-years of front-line supervisory experience in the Passenger Processing and International Trade Operations, of South Florida’s Port Miami. Ms. Georges is in her “39th” year of public service with the Department of Homeland Security. She began her notable career working airport preclearance as a part-time inspector (WAE) While Actually Employed, in St. Thomas, V.I., her birthplace. When she relocated to Miami in 1987, she was promoted to a full time inspector and was assigned to the Miami International Airport for a brief stint, then was transferred to the Miami Seaport where she continues to the present. She served as a Customs Inspector until being promoted to Supervisor in 1998. Ms. Georges has worked both Trade and Passenger Operations. Utilizing her vast knowledge and experience, she has provided in-house training to CBP personnel and to diverse groups within the Miami, and Ft. Lauderdale community, including customs house brokers, freight forwarders, international carriers, attorneys, and importers. Her areas of expertise include entry processing, in-bond movement, penalties, liquidated damages, merchandise seizures, cargo inspection, carrier post audit, the In-Bond Export Consolidator Program (IBEC), duty processing, and general order procedures. Over her long illustrious career she has received numerous awards including the Regional Commissioner’s Award for having the most interceptions for narcotics and undeclared merchandise when assigned to STT preclearance. From 1990 through 1996, Inspector Georges received special achievement/performance awards for exceptional work performed in the cargo environment. She was nominated as Federal Employee of the Year in 2003, recognized by the Florida Customs Brokers and Forwarders Association in 2013 for outstanding service to the trade community, and March 2017 was in a featured story shared across the U.S. on CBPnet as one of the trailblazing women who has made her mark in a federal law enforcement career. Ms. Georges is a graduate of the University of the Virgin Islands with a Bachelor’s of Arts Degree and a Master of Science Degree in Educational Administration from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, Illinois. Ms. Georges has one daughter, and in her spare time enjoys, cooking, baking, and performing community service.
Daphne LewisDaphne Lewis was born in Georgetown, Guyana but moved to the United States in April of 1969. She has worked in the secretarial field with a number of companies and spent near 20 years with Pan Am Airways. She then began a career in Nursing and currently works as an Adjunct Professor with Miami Dade School of Nursing. Her philosophy, motto, and joy in life is “Helping Others.” Her joy of giving has taken her on the mission fields across the Caribbean and South America to countries including, Bonaire, Curacao, Barbados, Trinidad, Panama, Costa Rica, St. Maarten/Anguilla, and many trips to her native home, Guyana as well as financial contributions to many missions. A member of Renew Church, Cooper City, she is a member of a group of Renew Church Women that travel regularly to the Farming community of Immokalee on a spiritual and social mission for the children. Mother to two, grandmother to two, and great-grandmother to two, Daphne’s hobbies include reading (the bible and spiritual books) and travelling.
Christine NeffMy name is Christine Hite-Neff. I am married and we have an adult son who lives in North Carolina. I grew up in sunny California and lived there until the mid-90’s when my husband’s job took us to Missouri. While it was quite a culture shock, we grew to love the area and the wonderful people. Two years ago, we were transferred again but had the choice of going to Dallas, Texas or to the East coast of Florida. Back to the beach we came! We have lived in Vero Beach for the last year and a half, and are so excited to be building our future here. I knew early in life that I loved kids and wanted to work with them as an adult. In college I majored in Child Development, but wasn’t sure what exactly where life would take me after graduation. During my Junior Practicum I found my passion: working with students with disabilities. I graduated and then earned Teaching Credentials in Elementary Education and Special Education K-12. My first teaching position was in a program for Developmentally Delayed and Emotionally Disturbed High School students. I was hooked and continued to teach in this area until I retired in 2021 after 36 years. During my time in the schools, I worked not only as a teacher but also a Special Education Administrator. We love being in Florida and I am looking forward to being a part of Dove's Palace International.
Scott RedfieldOriginally from Dobbs Ferry, New York, Vero Beach has been Scott’s hometown since 1990. He holds a B.S. in biology and chemistry and an A.S. in physical therapy. He and his wife, Sandra, opened Studio 14 LLC in 2008. They offer Zumba classes, Pilates and Butts & Guts classes, a self-defense class, therapeutic massage, micro-current point stimulation therapy to relieve many chronic or acute pain syndromes, body sculpting and skin tightening, indoor air quality and mold inspection, and more! Scott has more than thirty years' martial arts experience. He cocreated and continues to develop their five-hour self-defense class and loves seeing women evolve during the five hours to feeling empowered. On Wednesdays at 3 p.m., they host at the studio Care & Prayer and lead the group in prayer. Once a month the studio hosts artists from Christ Cultural Center for the downtown area’s First Friday Gallery Stroll. CCC serves as a ministry to talented local artists, musicians, and authors who long to share their God-given talents to express their love of God and bless others. Scott and Sandra are active members of Central Assembly of God, graduated from its School of Leaders class, serve as cell pastors and on its Hospitality Team, and are cast members for CA’s Easter and Christmas productions. Scott’s favorite saying is, “Instead of waiting for life’s many storms to pass, love the Lord and learn to dance in the rain."
Victoria HughesVictoria A. Hughes brings a wealth of first-hand expertise to her role as Director of the Florida Women's Business Center (FLWBC). As an award-winning proprietor of a women-owned business, Ms. Hughes draws from her own rich heritage as she counsels other women looking to start or grow their own businesses. Her background is shaped by broad hands-on experience in corporate, small business development, management, and technical assistance. Prior to joining the FLWBC, Victoria was the Business Incubator Manager of the Center for Technology, Enterprise and Development (The TED Center). She developed a strong relationship with the small business community, economic development organizations and community resource partners and spearheaded business development, curriculum development, training and operations. In 2002, Victoria developed AdMorEyes, a company focused on providing exposure for small businesses throughout Connecticut. Victoria received the SBA’s Women in Business Champion of the Year award for the State of Connecticut. Prior to becoming an entrepreneur, Victoria was Vice President of Corporate Services at a mid-size international corporation. Her responsibilities led to implementing global organizational effectiveness by creating a consolidated worldwide purchasing organization, restructuring of field offices following a company acquisition and reducing expenses via streamlined process. She was consistently recognized by executive management and colleagues for cross-discipline talents in needs analysis, relationship development, troubleshooting and problem resolution in high-pressure environments. Victoria is a well-rounded, astute, results-oriented professional with more than 20 years of documented success as a progressive thinker and leader who can effect change, motivate, develop and support teams to exceed performance goals. Victoria relocated to Florida from Connecticut in 2010, her dedication to making a difference was spotlighted in her nomination for the Giraffe Award presented by the Women’s Chamber of Commerce of Palm Beach County. This award is given to women who “stick their neck out”, whose focus, initiative, dedication, and risk-taking make a difference to other women in the work place and the community. Her career is about supporting and uplifting individuals who want to see a way forward and who are willing to put in the effort to improve their lives and positively affect their communities. The Florida Women’s Business Center is an award 2020 recipient of the Small Business Administration’s Women’s Business Center of Excellence Award for the Southeast Region IV, and State of Florida.
Christopher MurrayChristopher Murray is a native of Florida with a strong artistic background. With a Bachelors in Marketing from the University of Central Florida and over 15 years of professional experience, he has worked in exciting environments and have created design solutions for employers and clients on corporate and brand identities. He is currently a Marketing Director for Guardians For New Futures non-profit organization which advocates for abused and neglected children.