The Mission of the Samaritan Resource Center (SRC) is to break the cycle of homelessness and poverty by meeting the physical and spiritual needs of the homeless and other at-risk folks in East Orange County as a witness to the love of Jesus Christ.
The Samaritan Resource Center was incorporated in 2013 as a 501(c)3 nonprofit and formed through a partnership with several churches in East Orlando. Participating churches, includes but not limited to, Grace Journey, Orlando Wesleyan, Spirit of Joy Lutheran, University Presbyterian, and Woodbury Presbyterian. We are always looking for more partnerships with churches who can align with our Christian Mission Statement.
Since we began operating at our Colonial Drive center in 2013 we have helped 2,000 homeless individuals by providing assistance through applying for food stamps, SSI/SSD, Assurance phones; through partnerships with Goodwill's Job Connection Center, and with Lakeside Behavioral Center/Aspire; and through offering haircuts, clothing, prayer, and much more!
The SRC is here for a hand up, not a hand out. We are an official ACCESS FLORIDA Site.
Bill “Roto” Reuter is the President and Chairman of the Board for the Samaritan Resource Center. He is one of three boys and grew up in a small Key West community. His lifelong dream was to become an astronaut. Although he gave it his best shot, his “dream” of becoming an astronaut never came to fruition. However, in the process of trying to reach it, he became a successful and respected Navy pilot and officer.
One of his more demanding positions was as a test pilot, where his focus and that of his team’s was ensuring the safety for our nation’s pilots who would eventually use the same equipment after it was fielded. For Roto, these were the times he developed his clarity of purpose. He tested and qualified equipment and safety measures – some that might have saved not one, but two of his lost fellow Navy pilot friends had they been in place. It was in that environment — stressful but exhilarating, fulfilling and sometimes tragic — Roto began to develop his own understanding of what motivates people, how one builds trust and why groups achieve success.
As a natural progression, Roto went from test pilot to commander for the Navy’s premier training system research and development organization, managing more than $1 billion in training solutions annually, and leading a diverse team of more than 1200 Navy professionals, both active duty and civilians.
Roto’s commitment to service, his love for country, and his deep respect and care for humanity are evident in his zeal for life. His passion is to help people and organizations identify their challenges and implement plans for improving processes and organizations, and to help inspire leaders and encourage personal growth.
Michael Hart is the Vice President of the Samaritan Resource Center since 2014. After coming to understand the gospel in college at Murray State University, he served two years in Brazil doing campus ministry. He left Brazil for seminary in St. Louis, MO. During this time, he got his Masters of Divinity and met his wife Miriam on blind date. They now have four small children.
While in seminary, he worked on staff with a homeless ministry in St. Louis for three years. He has worked for over ten years to help churches better serve the poor and marginalized in the community.
Michael currently serves as one of the pastors at University Presbyterian Church (UPC) in East Orlando. He has recently helped to start a mercy committee to help his denomination better love and serve the poor in Central Florida. He is passionate to see the homeless and working poor individuals flourish physically, emotionally, and spiritually. UPC has served the local homeless for over 18 years through providing a weekly breakfast and a dinner on holidays, and they are now working with local schools to help transition families out of motels.
John A. Webb is the Treasurer for the Samaritan Resource Center. He currently serves as Partner Senior Business Adviser for Strombeck, a CPA/Consulting firm in Orlando, Florida. He has held senior financial management positions in companies public and private, profit and non-profit, from startup to $350M in revenues. He spent 16 years on the staff with Cru, and is an elder at University Presbyterian Church. He is the husband of Dianne, and father of Adrien, Krissa and Erica, and ‘Papa’ of Emma. He has earned his MBA from Rollins College and a BS in Accounting from the University of Arizona.
Prior to joing the Strombeck firm, John served as CFO and VP of Operations of a publicly trade biotech firm. He has also served as Controller for a $160 million family-owened manurfacturing firm, and Cfo for a VC-funded technology start-up. This wealth of public company experience enables him to improve private business client’s complience, which increases their competive advantage when "running with big dobs.“ As much and MBA and CP, John knows how important business strategy is for increasing profits. With 30 years under his belt in corporate and entreprenurial financial management, John is able to assess element of strategy beyond finance. His industry media/publishing, real estate and beaty/skin care, financial services and agricultural industries.
Ed “Jez” Jezisek is an active Board Member of the Samaritan Resource Center since 2017. He currently the Senior Business Development Manager for Saab Defense and Security USA LLC, Training and Simulation.
He manages U.S. business development efforts that reinforce and grow the business objectives of Saab within the military, government, and commercial/industrial sectors; and leads the capture of major programs for Saab Training and Simulation Site Orlando, Florida.
Ed previously served in the United States Air Force as Deputy Group Commander and Squadron Commander, and maintained combat readiness in flying as part of multiple fighter units in peace and at war; and served as Deputy Commander of the Warrior Preparation Center in Germany. He deployed multiple times to locations around the world including command of the 4th Expeditionary Air Support Operations Center supporting the US Army V Corps in Iraq in 2003.
His education includes a Master of Aeronautical Science degree from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, a Bachelor of Engineering degree from the US Air Force Academy, and various military education achievements including Air War College, Air Command and Staff College, and Squadron Officer’s School.
Ed is active in the Orlando Modeling and Simulation community and is an active member of the following: National Defense Industrial Association, the Order of Daedalians, the Air Force Association, U.S. Air Force Academy Association of Graduates, and the Army Aviation Association of America.
Ed is also an active member of Northland Church, Oviedo campus and serves on the Board of Directors for the Samaritan Resource Center to help break the cycle of homelessness and poverty in our area.
Ed is an instructor and evaluator pilot with over 4000 flight hours, primarily in the A/OA-10, T-38 and T-37 and earned the Bronze Star medal in combat supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003. He has an extensive background in platform instruction and courseware development; and led the development and implementation of the Night Vision Goggle curriculum for the A/OA-10 fleet in the late 1990’s. In July 2009, Ed retired with honor from the U.S. Air Force after 25 years of continuous active service in the rank of Lieutenant Colonel, USAF.
Chris Akers is one of the founders of the Samaritan Resource Center (SRC). He is an active member of SRC since 2011.
Dr. Cortes was born in Queens, New York. She realized her passion to care for others early in life by being exposed through her family’s ties to the medical community. Her mother is a Registered Nurse and her father is a physician who practices Internal Medicine. Her mother used to take her to work with her at Coler Memorial Hospital in Roosevelt Island, New York. When she was old enough, she spent her summers volunteering at the hospital library and shadowed some of the doctors. Her father loved taking care of people, especially those who had less than they did. Her family moved to Orlando, Florida in 2001. To to continue to fulfill her interest in Medicine, Dr. Cortes continued volunteering at Arnold Palmer Hospital throughout high school and college.
She attended University of Central Florida where she earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Molecular Biology and Microbiology. After college she spent one year tutoring elementary and middle school children needing assistance with reading and math who were enrolled in No Child Left Behind. Dr. Cortes then attended Florida State University College of Medicine for medical school. She chose to pursue Family Medicine because she enjoys working with people from prenatal to geriatrics as well as the variety this specialty has to offer. She chose the AdventHealth Allopathic Family Medicine Residency in Orlando, Florida to be closer to her family. During her training, she moonlighted for the After-Hours Clinic, now the Community Medicine Clinic (CMC) to provide medical care for people who are uninsured. When she completed residency in 2016, Dr. Cortes became the Medical Director for the CMC. Caring for the underserved fulfills her ideal of what it means to be a physician while giving her the opportunity to give back to the community.
While in residency, she married her husband Jose. They have a son who has three furry siblings: theirs cat Draco and two dogs, Coco and Lola. During our spare time, they enjoy taking short weekend trips around Florida or going to the doggy parks with Coco and Lola.
Dawn Haynes is CEO of Community Resource Network (CRN), the non-profit organization founded by Dr. Joel C. Hunter. CRN is leading and facilitating a coordinated community-wide system of support for families who are experiencing precariously housed homelessness in Central Florida. She joined the Board of Directors at the Samaritan Resource Center in February 2019. Dawn also serves on the Central Florida Commission on Homelessness Board and the Community and Support Services Board for Catholic Charities of Central Florida.
Dawn has over 30 years’ executive leadership experience driving strategy, business growth and economic development across a broad spectrum of industry sectors in both domestic and international markets. She has worked for multi-national organizations including British Airways, The Walt Disney Company, and Weight Watchers International, as well as running her own consulting company that assisted both corporate and entrepreneurial clients. Dawn holds an MBA from the Crummer Graduate School of Business at Rollins College, and has served as an Adjunct Professor in the professional MBA program at the UCF Executive Development Center.
Dawn’s “People First” philosophy, collaborative leadership style, and passion for problem-solving has supported the facilitation of numerous successful alignments of people, processes and systems to implement strategic solutions to maximize cultural, social and commercial impact.
Dr. Amy J. Nation is a proud Board Member of the Samaritan Resource Center since 2017 taking on the role of Healthcare Liaison. She is Board Certified in Family Practice by the American Osteopathic Board of Family Physicians in October 1997 and Recertified in 2006.
In 1997, she did her Family Practice Residency at Florida Hospital East Orlando and her internship in 1995. She obtained her Osteopathic Medicine degree at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1994. In 1991 she obtained her M.S. Exercise Physiology education at Florida State University and obtained her B.S. degree in Exercise Science in 1987.
Dr. Nation currently has hospital privileges at Winter Park Memorial Hospital since 1997 and at Orlando Regional Medical Center since 2000. She was part of the Winter Park Memorial Hospital Medical Care Committee 1997 – 1998, and is part of the following professional societies: Florida Medical Association 1999 - Present, American Academy of Family Physicians 1997 - Present, Florida Academy of Family Physicians 1992 - Present, Orange County Medical Society 1999 - Present, American Osteopathic Association 1990 - Present, American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians 1990 - Present, American Academy of Osteopathy 1995 - 1997, Undergraduate American Academy of Osteopathy 1995 - 1997, Undergraduate American of Osteopathy 1990 - 1991.
Dr. Nation enjoys her children, Katherine and Olivia very much and also enjoys swimming, theatre, cycling and loves to travel.
Sheila Sablain is Operations Director at the Samaritan Resource Center (SRC) responsible for managing a successful process at the center.
In 2011, Sheila joined a handful of other ladies, who took the new SRC mobile to various local churches providing mobile showers, food and clothing to the homeless living in the woods. Since then, the SRC became a blessed home base for the homeless in East Orange County and growing beyond belief.
As a Christ follower, and being passionate for the homeless and at-risk individuals, Sheila has been involved with the homeless ministry for over 35 years trying to make a difference in these people’s lives. She was part of a small group that started Samaritan Resource Center in June of 2013. “I am grateful and honored to be able to minister to our clients at Samaritan Resource Center.”
Sheila is a mother of five and has been married to her husband Chris for 37 years.
Paul Scheck is a partner in the Orlando office of Shutts & Bowen LLP, where he is a member of the Labor and Employment Practice Group. He joined the Board of Directors at the Samaritan Resource Center on February 2019.
A Martindale Hubbell AV® rated attorney, Paul has been named one of the Best Lawyers in America® in Labor and Employment Law. He has worked with employers and human resources professionals for almost 20 years, and has assisted them through many labor and employment challenges, from corporate policies to wage and hour matters, non-compete claims to discrimination and harassment cases, ADA Title II accessibility claims to unfair labor practice charges.
With a sole focus on representing management, Paul is thoroughly familiar with the employment issues that arise in day-to-day operations. This strength allows him to anticipate potential problems and build strategies to help avoid disputes. He also represents clients in litigation, both in state and Federal courts, as well as before administrative agencies including the EEOC, FCHR and NLRB.
Outside of litigation, Paul often advises clients on personnel consultation, labor union avoidance and supervisory training, as well as corporate policy issues. He additionally has extensive experience in public and private sector union matters, ranging from union avoidance to collective bargaining issues.