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About Recover Hardee

Recover Hardee is a long term recovery organization that serves individuals and families in Hardee County, Florida who are affected by disasters. Our organization is made up of representatives from various sectors such as faith-based, non-profit, government, business, and other organizations, who work together to provide support and resources for those in need. We believe that everyone deserves a chance to recover from a disaster, and we are committed to making that a reality for the people of Hardee County. This website serves as a platform for us to share our mission and values with you, as well as provide information about the services we offer. We invite you to explore our website and learn more about how we can support you or someone you know in the recovery process.


Meet the team

Recover Hardee Board of Directors

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Colonel James "Chip" Roberts, EdD

Hardee County Sheriff's Office

  • Lion's Club of Wauchula

  • AdventHealth Foundation Board 

  • Chair: Polk State College Criminal Justice Advisory Board

  • Adjunct Professor: Polk State College and Southeastern University

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Amanda Wallace

Wauchula Police Department

  •  Property and Evidence Association of Florida

  • International Association of Property and Evidence

  • Florida Association of Code Enforcement



John Eason, Deputy City Manager

City of Wauchula

  • AdventHealth Wauchula Foundation Board

  • Kiwanis Club of Wauchula

  • Rotary Club of Hardee County

  • Veteran

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Board member

Amalia Arista



Ms. Sarah Hagar

Hardee County Office of Management & Budget

  • Veteran

  • Business Professional


board member

Tom Staik, Managing Editor

The Herald-Advocate

  • Lions Club of Wauchula

  • BOD Highlands Lakeside Theatre

  • Florida Press Association Member

  • 2023 Editor & Publisher "Editor Extraordinaire"

  • 2022 FPA Newspaper of the Year

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Board Member

Kirsten Turner

Advent Health

  • Ridge Area ARC Foundation

  • Avon Park Noon Rotary Club

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Board Member

Tamara Taylor

Hardee County School District

  • Director of ESE and Student Services

  • Certified School Counselor

  • Certified Youth Mental Health First Aid Trainer 

  • Volunteer at First Christian Church children's ministry

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Executive director

Jamie Samuels

SendMeMissions, Inc.

  • Emergency Support Function 15 - Volunteers & Donations

  • Salvation Army Wauchula Advisory Council

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