Susan Bartl- Board Chair
Sue is a graduate of Roberts Weslyan College in Chili, NY where she earned a B.S. in Human Resource Management and Accounting. She worked various places in New York and retired as Comptroller from Quail Valley Golf Club in 2008. She has been married to Kenneth Bartl for 21 years and has five children and nine grandchildren. She and Ken have lived in Vero Beach since 2000. Sue served for three years as Chairperson of the Women’s Ministry Counsel at First Church of God and currently teaches women’s Bible Study. The Lord has given her a great love for all His women and she feels privileged to serve in Women’s Ministry. Sue received salvation as a child and her love for the Lord Jesus Christ has only grown throughout the years as He, through the Holy Spirit, has nurtured, convicted, forgiven and drawn her closer to Himself. It is her great pleasure to serve Him as He desires.
Favorite Children’s Book: Where the Sidewalk Ends, by Shel Silverstein
Ashley Lombardo- Vice Chair
Ashley Lombardo has enjoyed participating with The Buggy Bunch since its inception and began serving on the board in 2016. A Vero Beach native, Ashley is a realtor with The Star Team at Keller Williams Realty. She also serves as a Guardian ad Litem in Indian River County, advocating in court for children. She has hosted many international exchange students in her home throughout the years, and she and her husband Rick have three children, Zach, Jillian, and Michaele. She firmly believes in the mission of The Buggy Bunch and feels it is truly changing Indian River County.
Favorite Children’s Book: Anything by Dr. Seuss
Ryan Cobb- Treasurer
Ryan Cobb has been a member of the Board since 2012. Ryan and his wife Sarah had the first of their three children in 2010. This life event brought Sarah to The Buggy Bunch where she was welcomed into the community of moms. Sarah’s involvement in The Buggy Bunch has benefited every member of their family. Ryan decided to join the Board because of its important mission, effective leadership, and lasting impact on our wonderful community. Ryan believes a happy mom equals a happy life and, in Ryan’s opinion, the Buggy Bunch plays a vital role in achieving that mission.
Favorite Children’s Book: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, by Roald Dahl
Teresa Pastor- Secretary
Teresa Pastor and her husband George have been married since 1988 and have lived in Vero Beach since 1991. Their growing family includes two daughters, Rachel and Grace; two sons, Daniel and Andrew; two sons-in-law, Robert and Matt; and three grandchildren, Lia, Simon, and Eliana. Teresa has enjoyed homeschooling her children and teaching other students literature, writing, and apologetics. She also teaches online ESL classes to students in China. Teresa enjoys getting to know other moms at The Buggy Bunch Bible studies and exercise classes, and she looks forward to serving them as a member of the board.
Favorite Children’s Book: Chronicles of Narnia, by C.S. Lewis
Courtney DiPietro- Board of Directors
Courtney DiPietro is a third generation Vero Beach native. She joined the Board of Directors of The Buggy Bunch in July 2017. She currently works as the Business Development Director for Chick-fil-a of Vero Beach and also finds time to homeschool her two youngest children. Her husband of over 15 years, Bip, is a local business owner and they have four children. Courtney’s passion for strengthening and enriching the families of Indian River County found a home with The Buggy Bunch. She is excited to be part of a non-profit that supports families so readily and with such a variety of programs, regardless of their socioeconomic status or religion. Courtney’s main hobby is spending time with her family, but she also makes time for tennis.
Favorite Children’s Book: Any of the Winnie the Pooh books, A.A. Milne
Dawn West- Board of Directors
Dawn West has been a member of The Buggy Bunch since 2009. She currently serves on the Board of Trustees and is the Talented Tots chairperson. She is an Exceptional Student Education teacher at Imagine Schools and works at Christi’s Fitness as a Mommy & Me instructor. She joined The Buggy Bunch after moving to Vero from Georgia with her husband and 15 month old son and having her second child just 8 weeks later. Dawn has experienced firsthand how much The Buggy Bunch strives to grow relationships with moms and bring them to Christ. She met her husband in Seminary school in New Orleans. In her free time, Dawn enjoys running and reading.
Favorite Children’s Book: The Tale of Three Trees, by Angela Elwell Hunt
Suzanne Carter- Board of Directors
Sue was born in Marlborough, Massachusetts and is married to Ralph Carter ("The Maine Yankee Woodworker"). They have two sons, two daughters, and five grandsons. She graduated from Marlborough High School in Massachusetts and later attended Fisher Junior College in Boston, Barry University in Miami Shores, and the University of Maine in Orono. She is a retired counselor, teacher and administrative assistant with the School District of Indian River County. She is also a retired volunteer for Indian River County EMS where she served as an EMT and the Indian River County Sheriff's Office where she volunteered as a Victim Advocate. Sue attends Pathway Church where she is involved in Bible Study, Primetimers, and the Bereavement ministries. Sue also is a volunteer in The Buggy Bunch office and The Empty Nest Bunch. Sue volunteers at the American Cancer Society Relay for Life Leadership Team/Ambassador and in the Military Moms Prayer Group. Sue is inspired by the leadership and vision of The Buggy Bunch.
Favorite Children’s Book: The Little Engine That Could, by Watty Piper
April Fields- Board of Directors
April Fields has been a Buggy Bunch Board Member since 2017. She owns a local gift basket and desserts business, Fields Family Baskets, Gifts, Photos & More, which opened a storefront in August 2017. She volunteers with several community groups and helps homeless families. April participates in many of The Buggy Bunch programs, including Bible Studies, Mom’s Night In, and playgroups. She has found support and fellowship through The Buggy Bunch and is excited to help them spread the Gospel. She is originally from Fort Pierce and her marriage to Antonio in 2014 moved her to Vero Beach. She has three children and is grateful for what God has blessed her family with and is excited about what He has in store for her.
Favorite Children’s Book: Anything by Dr. Seuss
Erin Refsland- Board of Directors - Founder
Erin grew up in Milwaukee, WI and met her husband, Joe, in college during a semester abroad in Europe. Joe is from Minnesota, and both he and Erin had always wanted to live in a warmer climate. After marrying in 2006, they moved to Vero Beach where Erin is a part-time office manager at Indian River Acupuncture and Joe is a teacher. Erin and Joe have a son, Noah, and a daughter, Leah. Erin has been a part of The Buggy Bunch from its beginning and serves on the Board of Directors and on the Leadership Team as part of the Correspondence committee. Erin loves The Buggy Bunch and is so thankful for the opportunities it has given her to not only make new friends but to support other moms in our community as well.
Ashley Baum- Board of Directors - Founder