Staff Bios

The Rest Initiative (TRI) is made up of professionals who are passionate and devoted to superior staff care. The staff has dedicated their lives to ensuring that those on the front lines are prepared, supported and connected. They will go to any length to be available to the client and to use their knowledge and resources to support and encourage them.

Neal Salzman M.A. M.Div. LMHC

Executive Director, Founder
Neal graduated from the University of Central Florida in 2000 where he received a B.A. in Communications and a minor in Psychology. He continued his education by earning a Master of Divinity and a Master of Counseling from Reformed Theological Seminary in 2005. Since then, Neal held a position at the Center of Drug Free Living as an addictions counselor and is currently working in private practice. Neal believes that honesty and openness are essential in fostering healthy relationships, and he incorporates these key dynamics in all of his counseling. Neal’s cross-cultural experience includes serving aid workers in a variety of countries including the Philippines, Ukraine, Japan, Guatemala, Zambia and India. He also has personal experience working in Japan, Ukraine, Greece, Cuba, Argentina, Albania, Malawi and Uganda. In his free time, Neal enjoys relaxing with his wife Jessica and their three sons.

Heather Hagins M.A.LPC

Behavioral Health Coach
Heather Hagins is a Licensed Professional Counselor and received her Master of Arts in Counseling from Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando, Florida. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from Samford University in 1991 and her Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Alabama in 1993.  Prior to attending seminary, Heather lived in Charlotte, North Carolina for 15 years where she held a variety of professional positions in both corporate and non-profit arenas.  She was involved in mentoring women and hosted and facilitated small groups at her church. Following seminary in 2010, Heather moved to Birmingham, Alabama and currently works as a counselor in private practice. Heather has a strong passion for helping others consider the unique themes of gospel redemption that God is revealing in and through their lives. She has spent time as part of short term teams working with missionaries in Thailand, Ireland, Spain, Morocco, Turkey, Malawi, and the Czech Republic. When Heather is not counseling, she enjoys watching college football, trying out new recipes, and going on fun adventures with any of her six nieces.

Fritz Schalmo M.A. M.Div. LMHC

Behavioral Health Coach
Fritz, and his wife Barbie work with youth & their families at Lake Baldwin Church, as well as serving as a counselor, offering free counseling services to members and regular attenders at LBC. He is an army brat, having lived in 17 states before his dad retired to Chattanooga, TN, where Fritz met Barbie at youth group! Barbie, a graduate of UT- Chattanooga & The University of North Carolina (Go Tar Heels!), is an urban planner working in the field of land use & development. Fritz and Barbie welcomed their son, Jack, into their family in September of 2014. Fritz is a graduate of Covenant College (Go Scots!) and Reformed Theological Seminary (M.Div. & MA-Counseling, 2012). Barbie’s favorite description of Fritz is in the words of their four year-old nephew – “he likes to stick his tongue out and laugh a lot!” Fritz and Barbie love adventures of all shapes and sizes, the lyrical stylings of the Avett Brothers & Josh Bales, creating delicious meals in their tiny kitchen, and weather that deserves sweaters in the Fall.

Ted Mattis M.A. M.Div. LMFT

Behavioral Health Coach
Ted Mattis is a trained Marriage and Family Therapist and an ordained minister. For the past 15 years Ted has worked with individuals, couples and families within the professional context and ministry context as a pastor. He has extensive experience working with couples in crisis, treating addiction and addictive systems, as well as working with people struggling with depression, anxiety and anger issues. He graduated from Georgia State University with Bachelor’s degrees in Psychology and Mental Health. He earned his Master’s Degree in Marriage & Family Therapy from Reformed Theological Seminary in 1997 and his Master of Divinity in 1999. His passion is to facilitate redemption and the restoration of broken family systems and help couples, families and individuals heal and grow within themselves, their relationships with others and in their relationship with Christ. In the past, after serving as a Marriage and Family pastor at several large congregations around the southeast, Ted held the position of Director of Lifetime Covenant Ministries, working in partnership with local churches and national ministries like Family Life to bring marital resources to the Memphis and Mid-South Community as well as establishing his own private practice before joining the HeartLife staff. His counseling specialties are depression, anxiety and other mood disorders, preventative and pre-marital preparation, marital enrichment, redeeming marital dysfunction, family systems, addiction (substance & sexual) and addictive family systems, and working with young adults. Ted has been married for 23 years and is the father of four children.

Lindsey Coates M.A.RMHCI

Behavioral Health Coach
Lindsey utilizes an eclectic mix of theories to provide clients with a creative, experiential, and compassionate approach to counseling. She has unique insight into a wide range of life struggles including: physical, emotional, and sexual abuse; anxiety; depression; self-harm; gender issues; sexual brokenness; and marital conflict. Lindsey also works with men, women, and teens who are in recovery from substance, sexual, and behavioral addictions. She is particularly passionate about working with spouses and family members who have been affected by a loved one’s battle with addiction. Lindsey graduated with her Master’s degree in Counseling from Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando. She splits her free time between the beach and the kitchen, and enjoys coming up with new recipes as well as planning road trip adventures. Originally from Tennessee, she still embraces her Southern roots and wears cowboy boots on the weekends.

Angela Burleigh M.A.RMHCI

Behavioral Health Coach
At heart, Angela’s an explorer who loves witnessing the vast variety that God has created in scenery, culture, nature, and His children. She started out in the journalism and graphic design world after graduating from Liberty University in 2001 and used these skills at a world hunger organization (ECHO) and later two missionary sending agencies — one with a small family feel that was just figuring things out (NMSI), and another large corporate one that has been around for a while (Wycliffe). She’s been in 20 different countries on 5 continents and has experienced life on support, culture shock, working with team members under stress, and leading teams of people in cross-cultural settings. This gave Angela a passion to change her career focus and begin helping missionaries and cross-cultural workers by walking through the “everyday” and “not-so-everyday” struggles with them. She now has a Masters of Counseling from Reformed Theological Seminary and especially enjoys helping people struggling with singleness, relationships, codependency, depression, faith, and marriage.

Sarah Jones M.A.

Administration
Sarah graduated from University of Central Florida with a B.S. in Interdisciplinary Studies with a focus on public affairs and health. During a mission trip to Egypt in 2005, she was profoundly impacted by a visit to a pediatric oncology hospital in Cairo. Ever since that trip she’s had a desire to care for children and the chronically ill. This eventually lead her down a path to pursue her Master’s in Counseling Psychology, which she obtained from Palm Beach Atlantic University in 2015. She is an advocate for holistic health and believes that the mind, body, and spirit are all equally important areas to be addressed when caring for ourselves and others. Sarah loves traveling, strong coffee, and spending time outdoors with her husband, Jared.

Jason Dunn M.Div.

Chaplain, Advisory Board
Jason graduated from the University of Florida in 2003 where he received a BS, Environmental Engineering. He continued his education by earning a Master of Divinity from Reformed Theological Seminary in 2005. Jason’s cross-cultural experience includes serving in a variety of countries including the China, Papua New Guinea and India.

Dr. Nancy Johnson Ed.D LMHC

Advisory Board
Dr. Johnson is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and founder of Orlando Counseling Specialists. She received her Bachelor of Science in Health Education from Northern Michigan University in 1979, her Master of Arts in Counseling from Reformed Theological Seminary in 2003, and completed her Doctorate in Counseling Psychology from Argosy University-Sarasota in 2010. Nancy is currently working as an adjunct instructor at Everest University, while maintaining a private practice in East Orlando. Additionally Nancy works at Nemours Hospital as behavior health specialist. Prior to her counseling career, Nancy spent 23 years working for a Christian organization with college students, which took her from Michigan to Nebraska, then to Nairobi, Kenya. Nancy enjoys spending her free time hanging out with her three sons, reading or getting time to catch up with friends over coffee.

James Hoyle

Advisory Board
Jim is the international director of Effect The Cause Inc, a non profit Christian organization located in Rockledge Florida helping abused, neglected and traumatized women and children in Africa and other parts of the world. He also serves on the boards of To Write Love On Her Arms and Falling Whistles and recently worked as a consultant and field advisor at Bridgeway Foundation in East Congo. Jim has spent his life traveling the globe working in advisory and consulting positions. He has a passion for shepherding younger men and women. Others have consistently brought attention to his strong fathers heart and desire to meet the needs of the neglected and abused. He has founded and managed a number of programs throughout the world that meet the needs of these hurting people. From Australia and the Fiji Islands to numerous countries throughout Africa, Jim continues to serve in an advisor capacity. Jim is married with 6 grown children and 5 grandchildren. In his free time he enjoys surfing, writing children’s books, photography crossfit gym, mountain climbing, distance running, growing and eating healthy foods.