Staff

Tara Wright, Executive Director

Tara is a graduate of the University of South Carolina with a degree in Early Childhood Education and brings a wealth of leadership experience and knowledge in Christian education to the organization. She began her career as the Early Childhood Director at Christ Fellowship, a mega-church in Palm Beach Gardens, FL. She later transitioned into the role of Program Director with Classical Conversations, a national educational program “that supports homeschooling parents by cultivating the love of learning through a Christian worldview in fellowship with other families.” Tara has been married to her high school sweetheart for 20 years. They have 3 children and one grandson!

Favorite Book: The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein

Jen Graves, Program Director

Jennifer got involved in The Buggy Bunch as a mentor for one of the morning Bible Studies several years ago. She then led a few studies before she began to homeschool her children five years ago. She has been in Christian Ministry leadership as a Coordinator for American Heritage Girls, then a Program Director for Classical Conversations, a nationwide home education program. Jennifer spent the months before she came on staff as an Administrative Assistant at Pathway Church, where she has attended for 10 years. She loves serving others, and has a real heart for people. She has been married to her husband Brent for 20 years this Spring, and they have three teenagers. Her hobbies include reading, spending time with her family, and enjoying time at the beach.

Favorite Children's Book: I Love You, Stinky Face by Lisa Mccourt

Leslie Bowen, Development Director

Leslie, originally from Michigan, has lived in Florida since 1997. She is a graduate of Central Michigan University with a Bachelor's degree in Communications which she utilized in various sales and marketing positions. The Lord led her to Christian ministry, teaching grammar school art history at Master’s Academy. Helping in various ministries within her church, and involvement on the Indian River Homeschool Association as a board member has increased her love of serving others. As a mother of three, she is drawn to the mission of The Buggy Bunch which is to serve, assist, and equip moms while sharing the love of Jesus.

Favorite book-Anne of Green Gables L.M. Montgomery

April Muller, Parent Coordinator

April Muller, a Vero Beach resident since 2000, joined The Buggy Bunch in the summer of 2012 through their Bible Study entitled Soul Food. Though her two children were past the “buggy” stage, the Bible Study experience made her feel as though the mission to spread the Gospel was a practical possibility. April has a clear calling to make other moms feel welcome and loved and utilizes her skills as Parent Coordinator at The Buggy Bunch. She and her husband, Derek, have been married since 1994.

Favorite Children’s Book: Where the Wild Things Are, by Maurice Sendak

Calista Littleton, Volunteer Director

Calista was born and raised in Vero Beach. She graduated high school in 2019 and received her Bachelor's Degree in Organizational Management in 2022. Calista became a part of The Buggy Bunch in 2019 and served as the Administrative Assistant until 2022 when she became the Volunteer Director at The Buggy Bunch. She has been married to her husband, Paul, since January of 2022. Calista also attends King’s Baptist Church where she serves in the Children’s Ministry. In her free time, Calista loves to enjoy the beach, play volleyball, and spend time with her friends & family.

Favorite Children’s Book: Oh, the Places You’ll Go! by Dr. Seuss

Jordyn Turek, Event Coordinator

Jordyn was born in Minnesota and moved to vero Beach in 2021. She grew up playing basketball and was the varsity captain for many years, graduating with various awards in 2020. Before arriving to Florida she spent 3 months studying Spanish and History in Costa Rica and exploring the country and it’s culture. Jordyn and her family attend Oceans Unite Christian Center. With a love for kids and event planning, Jordyn is thrilled to be apart of The Buggy Bunch staff as the Event Coordinator. She loves to learn, travel, spend time with her family & friends and workout.

Favorite book: Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of Nihm

Misty Milliman, Education Coordinator

Misty Milliman has lived in Vero Beach her entire life. She married her high school sweetheart and has two beautiful daughters whom she homeschooled for 12 years. Misty is very involved with her church from serving on the tech team for several years, to teaching high school Sunday school, to hosting life groups, to leading in AWANA. Her favorite past time is being with family playing games.

Favorite Children’s Book: The Story of Ferdinand

Shannon Wesley, Director of Business

Shannon, born and raised in Vero Beach, is a mother to one child and two fur-babies. She and her husband, Jason, own a business together. In her spare time, she enjoys fitness, reading, and spending time with friends and family. Shannon graduated from the University of Florida with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and has experience in public accounting, specifically bookkeeping, tax, and audit. She and Jason love spending time together with their son, Fitz, and their two dogs, Belle and Thea.

Favorite Children’s Book: The Beast in the Bathtub by Kathleen Stevens

Brittany Hengst, Admin Assistant

Brittany came to Vero Beach in the summer of 2011 after graduating from Liberty University with her Bachelor’s degree in Visual Communication Arts. In 2012, she found and became a member of King’s Baptist Church where she enjoys serving in the nursery and music ministry. She has two young children, ages 4 and 5. She enjoys traveling, reading/listening to audiobooks, trying new things and having deep conversations with people about real life. She also loves to use her love of typography to create fun art prints with her favorite Scriptures, quotes and lyrics.

Favorite Children’s Book: The Monster at the End of this Book by Jon Stone

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