Staff

At the heart of the St. Augustine Center for Living is a dedicated and experienced staff who keep
the facility running 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. Click on a name below to
read more about each of the Center’s staff members or visit the Employment page for
information on how you can join the team.

Bill and Karen Walter, Owners

Bill Walter was raised in Glen Cove, New York, and graduated in 1984 from Flagler College in St. Augustine. While attending Flagler, he met his wife of 39 years, Karen Higdon Walter, formally of Lakeland, Florida who also graduated from Flagler College. After graduation, Mr. and Mrs. Walter chose to make their home in St. Augustine. They have each worked with the Developmentally Disabled population for over 30 years, making it both their career and passion. In 1983, the Walters began their employment with SACL. Bill has worked at SACL in the capacity of houseparent, weekend supervisor, QMRP and Administrator for 23 years prior to ownership. Karen worked as houseparent, social services staff, weekend and night shift direct care staff, Living Unit Services supervisor and QMRP for 21 years. They purchased the facility in June of 2008. Additionally, Bill was employed as a QMRP in an ICF cluster in Jacksonville and as a residential supervisor with ARC of St. Johns for a number of years. Karen was employed as a Medicaid Waiver Support Coordinator for the State of Florida for 8 years.

  

The Walters have an open door policy for both; family members of the clients they serve and for those interested in the rehabilitation and care of the residents and the Adult Day Program individuals at SACL. Past and current participants include: theUniversity of St. Augustine, St. Joseph Academy and Pedro Menendez High School. In addition, SACL has been the host site of the Flagler College Best Buddies program for the past two years. The Walters have two children, one granddaughter, onegrandson, and a third grandchild on the way. They both enjoy spending their free time outdoors, traveling, fitness training, and sports.

AdministratorMatt Burkholder, Administrator

A member of the St. Augustine Center for Living staff since 1993, Mr. Burkholder has held several positions ranging from direct care staff, shift supervisor, behavior specialist, to his current position as Administrator. His achievements in clientcare, staff management, and behavior modification have made him a valuable member of the SACL team.
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Director of NursingShirley Graham, Director of Nursing

Ms. Graham was born in Fayetteville, NC, but raised primarily in the Seattle/Tacoma area of Washington State. She had the privilege of traveling all over the United States and Europe due to her father’s long military career. She was an LPN for 18 years before returning to school and receiving her degree in Registered Nursing in 1990. Ms. Graham began her career at SACL in 1984 as a weekend trainer and later transferred to the Nursing Department as a staff nurse. After earning her RN, she became the Director of Nursing at SACL where she remained until her first attempt at “retirement” in 2011. She has been married to her high school sweetheart, Joe, for 40 years. They have 2 daughters and one beautiful granddaughter, Natalie. Natalie lives in Canada and that is where you will find Ms. Graham on most vacations and holidays. They, also, “adopted” George Simons, who attends the SACL ADT program. After a 3 year absence, Ms. Graham returned to SACL which she describes as “returning home.”
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Bryan Walter, Operations Manager

A 2009 graduate of Flagler College, Mr. Walter holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Secondary Social Science. He came to the St. Augustine Center for Living upon graduating and is currently our Operations Manager. He has also coached basketball at Nease High School for several years.
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Human ResourcesMonica Neumann, Human
Resources/Records

Ms. Neumann is originally from Long Island, New York, but relocated to St. Augustine, Fla. in 2003. Although she enjoyed the four seasons of New York, she says she enjoys the warm weather  even more! Ms. Neumann holds an Associate’s Degree of Applied Science in the Executive Secretarial field and 30 years of work experience. She has been a part of the St. Augustine Center for Living since 2003 in the position of Human Resources/Records and her duties include maintaining all clients’ and employees’ records and just “pitching in” where needed. Her interaction with the clients is extremely fulfilling and rewarding. She views each of her days at the St. Augustine Center for Living as not only a challenge and an enjoyment, but a true gift.
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BookkeeperBelinda Valentine, Bookkeeper

I have relocated from Brooklyn, NY to palm coast, FL in 2017 with my daughter and grandson to escape the cold weather. I love living in Florida and being able to take advantage of all that the warm weather has to offer. I joined St. Augustine center for living in May 2018 where I work in the accounts payable/bookkeeping dept. It’s a great pleasure working for a company that is compassionate in what they do and achieve with the residents.
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QIDPShannon Wilgis, QIDP

A 2011 graduate of Flagler College, Mrs. Wilgis holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education in Arts with a minor in History. She has been employed at the Center for Living since 2007 in various positions. “If you do what you love, you’ll never have to work a day in your life.”
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Maintenance SupervisorShawn Wilgis, Maintenance
Supervisor

Shawn is a St. Augustine native. He joined the SACL team in April 2009. Over the years, he has worked in a variety of positions that include trainer, lead trainer, maintenance, cook, and now Maintenance Supervisor. He is an avid outdoor enthusiast. He loves to hunt, camp, fish, work on cars, and hang out with his family. “I love being able to bring the outdoors to the residents. The horses and other animals provide a therapeutic medium that helps us reach out to them. I’m honored that I get to work with these guys.”
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Administrative AssistantKim
Robertson, Front Office Administrative Assistant

Kim joined the St. Augustine Center For Living team in September 2012. She has 25 years experience in the medical field working as a front office coordinator and medical transcriptionist. Kim is a native Floridian and moved to the St. Augustine area from Daytona Beach in 2009. She enjoys providing support to the Center in an administrative capacity and says it is the most interesting and rewarding position she has held in her career. “I am proud of where I work and what we do every day for the residents we serve.”
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AccountantKoren Phelps, Accountant

Ms. Phelps joined the St. Augustine Center for Living staff in August, 2015. She was raised near Baltimore, Maryland, and lived in North Myrtle Beach, SC for 12 years, before relocating to St. Augustine in 2008. Ms. Phelps holds an Associate’s Degree in Business Accounting, and has prior experience as an administrative assistant, accounts payable lead, and payroll administrator. She loves living in Florida, and exploring all of the fabulous places here. She considers herself very fortunate to come to work each day, and witness the positive effect the Center has on the lives of our residents.
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Behavior Specialist Jonas Iannarelli, Behavior
Specialist

Jonas is a Florida native, born and raised in Ocala. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in psychology from Florida International University. He joined the St. Augustine Center For Living staff in 2012, and is proud to work with people that are driven to make a difference in other’s lives. Prior to working at the Center, he worked as an engineering technician for Universal Engineering Sciences for over five years, working on multiple Department of Transportation projects. He and his wife Mindi have been happily married for five years, partially due to the fact she enjoys going to Gator and Jaguar football games.
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Social ServicesHeather Calvert,
Social Services

Bio coming soon!
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Weekend SupervisorHeath Davis, Weekend
Supervisor

Bio coming soon!
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Workshop Supervisor Diane Martin, Workshop Supervisor

Diane has worked as a direct client caregiver, then as lead trainer in 3 of the 4 cottages on campus. She comes from 18 years of retail management experience. Being raised in a military household, she has traveled to different states and countries throughout her childhood. She has been married for 29 years and has three sons and 3 grandchildren. “I love working in this environment and strive to find ways to enrich their lives.” To sum it up with a quote by Vivian Green, “Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass; it’s about learning to dance in the rain.”
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Cottage 1 Lead TrainerChristine Fader,
Cottage 1 Lead Trainer

Bio coming soon!
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Cottage 2 Lead TrainerVirginia Crowley, Cottage 2 Lead Trainer

Bio coming soon!
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Cottage 3 Lead TrainerLatreesha Green,
Cottage 3 Lead Trainer

Bio coming soon!
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Cottage 4 Lead TrainerWilliam Jenkins,
Cottage 4 Lead Trainer

Bio coming soon!
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Animal Class SupervisorKaren Vogt,
Animal Class Supervisor

Bio coming soon!
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Habilitation Supervisor Sylvie
Matthews, Habilitation Supervisor

Ms. Matthews was born and raised in the Czech Republic (Eastern Europe). She moved to the United States in 1999. She lived mostly in Florida and also in Washington where she gave birth to her son, who is the joy of her life. For some time, Ms. Matthews moved back to Europe where she worked for one of the largest IT Service Companies called Tieto as a System Specialist for five years. Since 2012 she has been apart of the SACL Team. “This is a fun place to work and I can honestly say it is the most rewarding.”
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Communication Supervisor Frederick
Brown, Communication Supervisor

Bio coming soon!
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Recreation SupervisorShani Fields,
Recreation Supervisor

Shani was born in Long Island, New York and raised in Miami. She moved to Saint Augustine in 2007. Shani joined the SACL team in 2016 as a trainer and is now lead trainer in cottage 2. She enjoys working at the center and taking care of others.
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