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Meet Teresa Halverson, Board of Directors President

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In addition to her responsibilities as the Director of Marketing & Admissions at The Manor at Blue Water Bay in Niceville, Florida, Teresa Halverson serves as the President of the Fisher House of the Emerald Coast, Inc. She has been with the Manor for 12 years and joined the FHEC board in January of 2012.
Teresa and her husband Bob relocated to the area after Bob’s retirement from the Air Force in 2000.     She has a degree from the University of Las Vegas, NV in Social Work and is a graduate of the Okaloosa Leadership Program.  She is a Niceville/Valparaiso Chamber of Commerce board member, serving on  various committees, including Military Affairs, and is presently the Vice President of Membership Development.  Teresa is also a member of the Emerald Coast Military Affairs Council, the Fort Walton Beach Chamber of Commerce and was recently selected as an honorary with the 53rd Wing at Eglin Air Force Base.
Teresa and her husband have one son, Garret, who is serving as an officer in the Marine Corp. When not volunteering or working, Teresa and Bob participate in local art shows as glass and jewelry artists.

Eglin Federal Credit Union donates $1,000 in gift cards to Fisher House

EFCU donates gift cards.


Eglin Federal Credit Union President Jerry Williams presents $1,000 in gift cards to Fisher House of the Emerald Coast house manager Ron Gribble, Board Administrative Director Mia Hughes, and Board President Teresa Halverson.  The Armed Forces Financial Network partners with federal credit unions to provide the gift cards as a way of saying “Thank You” for the service and sacrifices made by military families. Jerry remarked, “EFCU strives to make a difference in the lives of our US Service members and their families and appreciates AFFN’s support with the gift cards.” In addition to the gift cards, EFCU provides no‐surcharge access with the AFFN ATM network at its base locations for military personnel.

Costa Enterprises – McDonalds supports FHEC with $1,500 donation

FHEC Costa 3-31-2016Costa Enterprises, which operates 19 McDonald’s locations in Northwest Florida, recently presented a $1,500 donation to Fisher House of the Emerald Coast, Inc. through their Coffee for a Cause campaign.  The Costa family donated 50 percent of net proceeds from Monday coffee sales in the month of January to a local non-profit agency.  Donations made to Fisher House enable the organization to continue supporting military families during medical needs with lodging and transportation.   Fisher House, located on Eglin AFB opened in September of 2010, and has saved military families over $1,000,000 in lodging and transportation. The geographic footprint offers services to residents from Pensacola to Panama City.

The check was presented to board members Gordon Fornell and Katy Mitchell, along with board president, Teresa Halverson.  Representatives of Costa Enterprises – McDonalds included Roslyn Snyder, Steven Killebrew, David Costa, Jr., Jackie Wells, Dennis Ealy and Jesse Bell.

“David and his family have always made giving back to the communities they serve a top priority,” said Teresa Halverson, board of director’s president.  “The program that they created has become a trendsetter for other operators and we were honored to be selected again. “

Fisher House of the Emerald Coast hires Administrative Director

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The Board of Directors for the Fisher House of the Emerald Coast (FHEC) welcomes Mia Hughes as their new Administrative Director. Her responsibilities will include raising funds to support the House, event planning and educating the community about what the Fisher House provides for the military in the panhandle. Fisher House, located on Eglin AFB opened in September of 2010, and began serving its first guests in October of that same year.  The geographic footprint offers services to residents from Pensacola to Panama City.  To date, it has saved military families over $1,000,000 in lodging and transportation.

With more than thirty years of business management and non-profit experience, Mia has been involved with local military families as a community supporter since 2008.  This new opportunity brings that passion and commitment full circle in a formal capacity as she takes the leadership role as the sole staff person.  She was previously Assistant Vice President of the Greater Pensacola Chamber and recently served with the Navarre Area Board of Realtors.  Originally from Panama City, she now calls Navarre home with her spouse, Tony.  Together they have six children, four grandchildren, two horses and a classified number of cats.  They are members of Community Life Methodist Church and enjoy cycling, horseback riding, boating and classic cars.

“Mia brings a tremendous background in non-profit management, fund raising and public relations,” said Teresa Halverson, Board of Directors President.  “As the demand for our services increase, we believe that having someone on board with Mia’s energy and organizational detail is critical to fulfilling our mission, which is to serve those who serve us. “

McDonalds Coffee For a Cause January 2016

Coffee for a Cure 1-25-2016The Manor at Blue Water Bay supporting Coffee for a Cause this morning for Fisher House of the Emerald Coast. Thanks to Team Manor for all the support and to McDonalds for all they do! — our friends at McDonalds contributed $1,500 from this event for our military families.  Thank you David Costa and family!

American Legion 378 Shamrock Ride-n-Pig Roast March 19, 2016

Shamrock American Legion 378 3-2016Mark Stogsdill, representing Fisher House of the Emerald Coast, Inc, along with Board Member, Jim Fisher were presented with a SECOND check from this event for $4,818.  This brings the total contributed from this year’s event to $6,818.   Special thanks to the club, their leadership and Mac and Christy.  Mark had a great time at the Poker Run and we appreciate your support of our military families.

Niceville Exchange Club Contributes $1,150 to FHEC

Niceville Exchange Club 2-22-2016Shirley Pigott and Mia Hughes were presented with a check for $1150 from Paul McShane, representing the Niceville Exchange Club.  This club has been a lifetime supporter and raised these funds through their Field of Valor program.  We love our friends at the Niceville Exchange Club and appreciate their continued support!

Emerald Coast Jeepers Supports Fisher House

Jeepers 1-2-2016A huge THANK YOU to the Emerald Coast Jeepers for their recent donation to the Fisher House of the Emerald Coast. We loved meeting you and having an opportunity to provide a tour. Thank you for your generosity and helping support our military members and their families in need.