Youth Staff

Meet our incomparably fabulous Youth staff here at SunServe!

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Mandi Hawke is the Director of Youth Services!

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A bit about Mandi:

Hometown:  Boynton Beach, Florida

Birthday: July 16th

Favorite Restaurant in Florida: Tokyo Sushi off 17th Street Causeway

Favorite Movies: Mrs. Doubtfire, Birdcage, Anything Disney

Favorite Historical Figures: Everyone who fights for social justice!

Hobbies: Painting (Acrylic), Hanging out with my family

Most listened to CD’s, songs or MP3’s: Tanghetto & Gotan Project are my top favs right now!

Favorite Vacation Spot: Anything with a beach and peace and quiet

Favorite Book: The Four Agreements


Richard Forbes is one of our Youth Life Coach/Case Managers!

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A bit about Richard:

Hometown: Kingston, Jamaica

Birthday: July 16th

Favorite Restaurants in Florida: Huang’s Chinese Restaurant, Aunt I’s Jamaican Restaurant, LA Granja

Favorite Movies: Lion King, Hairspray, James Cameron’s Avatar

Favorite Historical Figures:  Maya Angelou, William Shakespeare

Hobbies: Swimming, Performing Arts (singing, acting, Dancing, acting) Camping And Meditating.

Most listened to CD’s, songs or MP3’s: Chandelier (Sia), Rather be, Artist Lindsay Sterling

Favorite Book: Harry Potter


Sobourney Barnes is one of our Youth Life Coach/Case Managers!

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Hometown: Miramar, Florida

Birthday: September 11th

Favorite Restaurants in Florida: Upper Deck Sports Bar and Duffy’s

Favorite Movies: Doomsday, Hocus Pocus, Carmen Jones, Island in the Sun, To Wong Foo Thanks for Everything Julie Newmar, Frozen, Maleficent

Favorite Historical Figures: Mae West, Walt Disney and Madame C.J. Walker

Hobbies: Reading, Writing, Eating Food, Playing Basketball, Spending time with Family and Friends, Trying new Recipes, Boxing

Most listened to CD’s: Wicked (Original Broadway Cast) Soundtrack, The Best of Aerosmith, My assorted CD mixes

Favorite Vacation Spot: Nassau, Bahamas

Favorite Book:  Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See, The Da Vinci Code, Angels and Demons, Deception Point, Digital Fortress, Inferno, and The Lost Symbol all written by Dan Brown



Tori Bertran  is our Lead Youth Life Coach/Case Manager!

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A bit about Tori:

Hometown:  Miami, FL

Birthday:  3/30.

Favorite Restaurant in Florida: Anywhere that sells decent oysters by the dozen.  Extra points if it’s by the ocean and I can throw the shells back from whence they came.

Favorite Movies: I Love sci fi and musicals and anime, so I have a LOT.

Favorite Historical Figures:  Anyone who stood up against oppression, from Malcolm, to Frederick, to Audre, to bell, to Sylvia, to Martin, to John, to Abraham, to Ulysses, to Edmund, etc

Hobbies: Cooking, baking, knitting, camping, comics, and video games

Most listened to CD’s, songs or MP3’s: Katie Perry is my JAM, and before that I went through a very real Regina Spektor phase.

Favorite Vacation Spot: Nice, France

Favorite Book:  I LOVED Neal Stephenson’s Baroque Cycle.


Audra Mets is one of our Youth Therapists!

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A bit about Audra:
Hometown: Deerfield Beach, Fl
Birthday: November 2nd, I’m a Scorpio baby 🙂 
Favorite Restaurants in Florida: I’m that person who can order anything off of any menu no matter where i am.  But I enjoy any restaurant that overlooks the ocean for a great ambiance.  
Favorite Movies: Love Actually, Divergent, The Godfather series, and I fondly grew up on and still love Star Wars.
Favorite Historical Figures: Beethoven, Maya Angelou 
Hobbies: When I can I love to read, long walks with my dog, riding my bike by the beach, exercise and yoga. 
Most listened to CD’s: Dave Matthews Band
Favorite Vacation Spot: I’d say my favourite would be the next place I haven’t been to yet!  I absolutely love travel, I believe it’s one of the best forms of education, and I’ve been to 20 countries (outside the US) thus far in my life.
Favorite Book: Pride & Prejudice… it’s cool, you can call me a geek for this

Maria Mejia is our Lead Youth Youth Therapist!

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A bit about Maria:

Hometown:  Pereira, Colombia

Birthday:  August 25th

Favorite Restaurant in Florida: I love anything Italian, Japanese or Greek. I am a foodie, so picking just one is impossible. Each one is amazing in its own way.

Favorite Movies: I love psychological thrillers (no surprise there), but recently I am in love with INSIDE OUT.

Favorite Historical Figures: Everyone that has stood their ground to fight for human rights and equality should be remembered and honored.

Hobbies: Yoga, sleeping and spending time with family and friends.

Most listened to CD’s, songs or MP3’s:Sappy Spanish Love Music. I am a romantic at heart.

Favorite Vacation Spot: My home country… Colombia. Nothing like going back home.

Favorite Book: The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho


Tameka Thomas is one of our Youth Life Coach/Case Managers!

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A bit about Tameka:

Hometown:  Boston, MA

Birthday:  June 19th

Favorite Restaurant in Florida: Jasmine’s, La Bamba

Favorite Movies: Fight Club, A League of Their Own, Hard Candy, Maria Full of Grace

Favorite Historical Figures: Gandhi, Nelson Mandela

Hobbies: Theatre, video games, arts & crafts

Most listened to CD’s, songs or MP3’s: Anything, wide variety of musical tastes, love Journey, Garth Brooks, Aretha Franklin, and Britney Spears!

Favorite Vacation Spot: My home country… London

Favorite Book: A million little pieces


Marlana  Staats is one of our Youth Therapists!

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A bit about Marlana:

Hometown:  Middleport, Ohio

Birthday:  October 25

Favorite Restaurant in Florida: Chipotle

Favorite Movies: Anything with Will Ferrell. I love comedies.

Favorite Historical Figures: Currently I would have to say Barack Obama, if I could call him a “historical figure”.

Hobbies: I love the beach and anything beach related. I would also include music, movies and spending tie with friends as hobbies.

Most listened to CD’s, songs or MP3’s: Beyonce’s Lemonade has been in my CD player since it came out, before that Florence and the Machine’s Ceremonials.

Favorite Vacation Spot: Anywhere with a beach!

Favorite Book: I’m guilty of not reading enough books. I prefer to watch the movie!


Nick Meade  is one of our Youth Life Coach/Case Managers!

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A bit about Nick:

A bit about Nick!

Hometown: Cooper City, FL

Birthday: July 20, 1992

Favorite Restaurants in Florida: TeeJay, NY Grilled Cheese, and Sanaa

Favorite Movies: Princess Bride

Hobbies: Running, art, learning new languages, exploring cultures through food J

Most listened to CD’s: Hamilton Soundtrack

Favorite Vacation Spot: Anywhere historical, old towns

Favorite Book: Harry Potter series

If you have any questions or comments for the staff, you can email them!

(954)-764-5150

Mandi Hawke: mhawke@sunserve.org

Richard Forbes: rforbes@sunserve.org

Sobourney Barnes: sbarnes@sunserve.org

Tori Bertran: tbertran@sunserve.org

Audra Mets:  amets@sunserve.org

Maria Mejia: mmejia@SunServe.org

Tameka Thomas: tthomas@sunserve.org

Marlana Staats: mstaats@sunserve.org

Nick Meade:nalu@sunserve.org