I first met Julie Shematz, Founder & CEO of Beauty From Ashes, five years ago through a board member. We had a couple of meetings at which I shared thoughts and materials that I hoped would be helpful. When we met again, after several years, I learned that BFA activities had significantly expanded and that our early meetings had been of significant help. I am impressed with Mrs. Schmetz's enthusiasm, intellegence, high energy and devotion to this needed ministry. A programatic audit recently conducted by a state agency confirmed BFA's soundness. It is recognized beyond Florida and, in my opinion, could become a model in the field and leadership organization with national impact. Donald Miltner is the Founder & CEO of Distinguished Mentors & Associates LLC. DM&A is a management consulting firm initially incorporated in 1983 to provide strategic and management council primarily to non profit Boards and CEO's personally supported by a former managing director of McKinsey & Company. The relationship afforded me the opportunity to serve more than forty national and international ministries as well as foundations, corporate executives, philanthropists and projects and programs at The White House directly involving five US Presidents.
Thanks to the generous gift of a donor, Donald Miltner was hired in August 2012 as a non for profit consultant for Beauty From Ashes™ Ministries.
I was introduced about 9 months ago to Julie the founder of Beauty from Ashes (BFA) from a long time friend from church who had recently been hired as the Program Director for them. It was my horses and our mutual love of riding that brought us together initially. Already heavily involved in serving my church and another charity my involvement with BFA was slow going and I choose to initially focus on a growing friendship and enjoy my new horse riding buddy. You can learn a lot about a person when you spend hours at a time on the trail with them. And we have spent many many hours in the saddle since our first outing. :) You can also learn a lot about the organization they founded and lead. I realize that there are many organization that help the abused and trafficked girls and women but I cannot express to you enough the impact that seeing vibrant, healthy, strong women who have survived such ordeals lead others to health and wholeness in Christ. It is truly amazing. Their personal testimonies, the way the live their lives and their heart for serving these hurting girls and women is truly amazing. Whether you to invest $10 or $10,000 to change the life of an individual I can tell you not a dollar will be wasted. It's an investment that is changing lives of women, their families and the lives they touch across America.