About Us

our vision

A world where mothers and children are no longer separated for reasons of poverty, but empowered to raise their children in stable and nurturing homes.

our mission

Advocating for every mother in crisis to achieve lasting stability for their families.

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We value prevention

The family separation crisis for reasons of poverty in the United States is astronomical, but we believe it is also solvable. We work closely with community partners, businesses, and individuals in their areas of professional expertise, providing mothers with access to people with influence and opportunity. We are going upstream with our approach and identifying root causes to the crisis, preventing trauma by family separation before it begins.

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We value sustainable impact

It is imperative that we address this crisis with an upstream approach as we identify root causes and design sustainable solutions. Outcomes indicates behaviors changed. It is our organizational goal to not just claim a good work, but prove it with empirical research and data. Over time, we believe we will see national statistics shift and see less families in poverty and less children in foster care.

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We value a holistic approach

Our model is a holistic approach to the crisis. We facilitate trauma-informed, evidence-based curriculums while individualized action plans are carefully crafted for every mother in the pro- gram. Moms are matched with trained ĒMA Advocates who provide provide the wrap-around support needed to prevent family separation and trauma.

meet the team

Charlee Tchividjian

Charlee Tchividjian

Founder & CEO

In 2015, Charlee founded Every Mother’s Advocate and began serving as the Executive Director. She earned her B.S. degree in Psychology from Liberty University in 2013. Charlee is married to her husband Matt and together have two sons, Jacob and Levi. She has over 10 years of experience working in the nonprofit sectors of foster care, maternal health, marginalized women, and crisis pregnancy centers both globally and domestically. Charlee is 100% committed to seeing the effects of poverty on family separation eradicated in her lifetime by mobilizing others to act with sustainable mission. Next to being a wife and mother, she considers it her greatest honor to lead the efforts of Every Mother’s Advocate.

Tera Hill

Tera Hill

Center Director

Nephratera Hill earned her B.A. degree in Criminal Justice from Florida Atlantic University in 2016. She has a heart of service which is where she gained 10 years of experience in the nonprofit world. Nephratera has extensive experience in managing programs, teams, software, and community partnerships. As a Pompano Beach native, her desire to give back to the community she grew up in is the driving force to see others thrive in all aspects of life. Nephratera’s devotion to the prevention and restoration of disadvantaged communities is her true calling.

Alessandra Thomas

Alessandra Thomas

Director of Operations

Alessandra earned her B.S. degree in Finance and Marketing from Florida State University in 2012. Alessandra and her husband Will live in Brooklyn, New York with their son Oliver. She has several years of experience working in the nonprofit sector. As a new mom and early volunteer of ĒMA, she recognizes the crucial impact empowering and supporting mothers has on the community.

Tatyana McNish

Tatyana McNish

Case Manager

Tatyana earned her B.A degree in International Administration and Public Health in 2016 and her M.A degree in International Administration in 2017, both from the University of Miami. She has a passion for women empowerment because “The empowered woman is powerful beyond measure.” Her passion has grown through her work with different women’s organizations and by serving as a mentor for young girls..”

Stacey Brown

Stacey Brown

Lead Advocate

Stacey earned her B.S. from Lincoln University in social work and M.S. in Criminal Justice from St Joseph’s University in Pennsylvania. As a Philadelphia native serving difficult populations working with the prison systems and child protective services, she has seen many challenges within the court systems and how difficult it can be to navigate. Stacey is very compassionate and gets joy from helping mothers. 

board of directors

Diandra Tubergen

Diandra Tubergen

Board Chair

Diandra comes from a rich spiritual legacy of pioneering missionaries. She has embraced and continued in this way by pursuing vocational ministry in creative ways. Diandra’s background of leadership experience in pastoral and non-profit ministry allows for her to serve as a strategic and collaborative thinker with a heart of a pastor to serve and direct our board. Combining her past ministry experience, Masters of Spiritual Formation from Princeton Theological Seminary, and being a certified nutritionist focusing on pregnancy and postpartum, Diandra’s work is defined by the holistic nourishment, soul care, and spiritual formation of women to be empowered and supported in their unique callings to participate further in the Kingdom of God.

Laura Bishop

Laura Bishop

Board Member

Laura Bishop serves as the Executive Vice President of Advancement for Palm Beach Atlantic University where she oversees the Development, Alumni Relations, Marketing, Communication and Public Relations team. Bishop is a graduate of Oral Roberts
University, where she also served as the Vice President of Advancement and Executive Director of Golden Eagle Broadcasting—she led her alma mater’s most successful capital campaign to date, surpassing the $50 million goal. Previously, Bishop served as Executive Director of the National Christian Foundation of South Florida and Co-Executive Director of Lifework Leadership of South Florida; Development and Communications Director for both Habitat for Humanity of Broward and Westminster Academy; a radio talk show host for more than a decade; was the Marketing Director for Cypress Gardens theme park, led several television production companies and was the founder of Bishop Public Relations. Laura has been recognized as a “Top PR Woman of the Year” by PR News and was named “Alumnus of the Year” by her alma mater, Westminster Academy. She has had the privilege of lecturing and working around the world in places like China, Russia, South Africa, Singapore, Hong Kong, South Korea, and Israel and has had the privilege of seeing 100’s of millions of dollars released to Kingdom initiatives in her career. Laura is married to David, a film producer, and the couple have two children—Emily who lives in Washington, D.C. and serves on the digital team for a political fundraising firm and Jeremy, who is a senior communication major at Palm Beach Atlantic University.

David Branker

David Branker

Board Member

David Branker began his career with American Express, leading technology and performance initiatives in N. America, until God called him to fulltime Gospel Ministry. He was ordained and began serving the local church. He recently served as Executive Pastor of global, multi-site Church (Jacksonville, FL), overseeing their growth and development. In this capacity, he also served the Association of Related Churches (ARC)—a church planting movement in North America—and laid track for catalyzing church-planting internationally. In 2014 he joined the OneHope team as Chief of Staff to the Office of the President. David is passionate about God’s Word – Every Child. His MSC degree is from Barry University. He and his wife Connie have two sons, Joshua and Jonathan, whom they consider their greatest treasures from God.

Ashleigh Cromer

Ashleigh Cromer

Board Member

Ashleigh is the Executive Director of Be Strong, who left her position as the VP of corporate social responsibility in a marketing agency to save and change children’s lives. In that role, she developed a deep understanding of the need for both corporate and nonprofit partners to bring about transformational and sustainable change. She has leveraged her business expertise to advance the interest of Be Strong for the purpose of having impact in the lives of students across North America. In her 4 years at Be Strong, she has educated over 5 million students, guardians, faculty and school support personnel, connected students facing challenges with trusted help, developed a brand that is trusted by students, teachers, administrators, guardians and brands, while advancing a comprehensive program with demonstrated impact. As one who has personally experienced the effects of childhood trauma, the work of Be Strong is personal for Ashleigh. Her heart is to serve those who, like her when she was a child, are looking for help, hope and purpose, while being in the throes of adversity.
Katy Mills

Katy Mills

Board Member

Katy served as the Vice President for Community Relations and Communication for 4KIDS of South Florida for 15 years. 4KIDS is a faith-based foster care licensing agency and well connected with all Child Welfare Agencies across the State of Florida as well as the Governor’s Office. She is well networked and has extensive experience in fundraising and organization development. She currently serves as the Executive Director of Communications for Calvary Chapel Fort Lauderdale overseeing 25,000 congregants, 9 satellite campuses, and close to 50 sub-ministries.