Board of Directors

Why is our board of directors different than other non-profits?

Helpful Hands, Inc. is governed by an active, working, fundraising, all-volunteer Board of Directors who are involved in every aspect of our charitable foundation to ensure our sustainability and future.

Our Board of Directors:

  • Interact directly with our Community Partners & Donors
  • Are involved with planning, attending, & volunteering at our fundraising events
  • Are highly visible in the community at large.

Our Board of Directors is responsible for the daily operations of our charitable foundation with our President and Founder. Our Board Members are individuals who live and work in our local community and are invested in ensuring that children and families in crisis have access to quality of life programs long-term.

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Executive Officers

Regina-Bereswill-Founder-Helpful-Hands-Inc-Head-ShotRegina Bereswill

Regina Bereswill worked for British Airways for 32 years in various management positions within the Sales & Marketing Departments. In 2002, Regina was elected to the Oviedo City Council and served two terms. She is the founder of the Helpful Hands organization. Regina has served on several boards volunteering her time for the community:

  • Vice President of Government Affairs for the Oviedo Winter Springs Chamber of Commerce
  • Chair of the Seminole County Library Advisory Board
  • Representative for Seminole County on the Metroplan Orlando’s citizen advisory board
  • Member of the Seminole County Charter Review Committee.

Regina has also served as the Chair of the Philanthropic Committee for the GFWC Oviedo Woman’s Club. Regina is very active in the community and has served in other leadership roles for organizations within Seminole & Orange counties since moving here from New York in 1996.

Regina is married with 4 grandchildren.

Josh-Strzalko-HeadshotJoshua Strzalko

Josh Strzalko is the founder of Eleet Technologies, a local web development firm servicing companies all over the United States. Raised in Oviedo and a graduate of Oviedo High School and the University of Central Florida, Josh remains active in the community, serving on the UCF College of Business Alumni Chapter Executive Committee and on the board of directors of the Oviedo-Winter Springs Regional Chamber of Commerce.

In his spare time, Josh enjoys spending time with his wife, Brooke, and children, Ava, Serena and Jack, and sneaks in some time to catch up on the latest in global economics and finance.

Susan-Haines-Head-ShotSusan Haines

Susan Haines is a health & wellness Coach and has her own practice in the Orlando area. Born and raised in Orlando, she is a graduate of Colonial High School and the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. Susan has served on committees and charities in the local area and joined forces with Helpful Hands in 2013.

In her spare time, Susan enjoys travel, photography, yoga, and spending time with her three grown children and 2 grandsons.

Leslie-Sackman-Head-ShotLeslie Sackman

Leslie Sackman is co-owner of La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries, a local retail furniture store with four locations in the Orlando area. Raised in DeLand, Florida she has lived in Florida all of her life except while she was attending Western Kentucky University where she received a Bachelor of Arts Degree.

Leslie grew up being taught that it is important to give back to the community. She is also involved with Ronald McDonald House Charities. She is married and has two teenage children.  She loves spending time outdoors whether in the garden or enjoying water sports.

Debbie Claydon, CFPT, AIF

Debbie is the principal of Carpenter Claydon Advisors, Inc., an independent registered advisory firm providing financial services to businesses, fiduciaries, and individuals in Central Florida. Originally from upstate New York, she attended the University of Central Florida and received her Bachelors of Science degree in Marketing. She is a Certified Financial Planner, past Treasurer for the Oviedo Rotary Club and Rotarian of the Year.

Debbie is also an Accredited Investment Fiduciary (AIFT) from the Center for Fiduciary Studies at the Katz School of Business, University of Pittsburgh. She is currently serving on the UCF Investment Committee.

In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and 2 children on their five acres in Geneva.

Board Members

 Lisa Greer

Lisa Greer currently serves as a Board Member.

Jill Russell Janisch

Jill is the CFO of Tigerbrain Engineering, a small engineering firm in Oviedo. Originally from New Jersey, she has lived in Florida for most of her life. She attended the University of Central Florida where she received a B.A. in Accounting.

Jill has always had a passion for helping children of all ages and has been a youth group leader for elementary to high school age. Jill has a daughter Lexi, son Chad and in her spare time, she loves spending time with her husband Jeff traveling and biking.

Cherie Bereta Hymel

Cherie is the Project Management and HR Director for Gravis Marketing, Inc., a nationally recognized non-partisan political marketing, and polling firm.

Originally from Chicago, Cherie is a graduate of Hawaii Pacific University and holds a B.A. in Psychology.  She is also a Notary Public in the State of Florida.  Her steadfast personality is always full of ideas, suggestions and ready to take action.

In her free time, she loves traveling, spending time with family and friends, playing competitive softball and recreational fishing.

Louis Chaves

Louis provides great transactional and promotional strength as well as long term strategic risk management planning to his clients.  With a Business Management degree from the University of Phoenix and through his previous experience with fortune 500 companies, Louis has gained significant skills in the areas of financial planning, client relations, and goal achievement.  As a member of Insurance Solutions team, Louis’s attention to detail and service-oriented attitude are complemented by Risk Management acumen that includes many years of insurance and company relations experience.

Louis specializes in Property, Liability and Workers Compensation for large non-profits, churches, and businesses. Additionally, Louis has attended The Hartford Insurance School and is in the process of obtaining his Certified School Risk Manager Designation. Louis is married to Elizabeth and they have three children; Isaiah, Ana, and Lily.  He enjoys spending time with his family, playing golf, and they are weekly volunteers at their Church.

Board Ambassadors

Bob Dallari

Ana Hancock

If you are interested in becoming a Board Member, contact Joshua Strzalko, President for more information. Thank you for interest in Helpful Hands, Inc. and serving our community.