About Milagro Center

Our Mission

Milagro Center is a 501 (c)3 nonprofit organization whose mission is to ensure the social and academic success of underserved children and youth through Cultural Arts, Living Values, Academic Support, and Mentoring.

Our Vision

To be a center of creative cultural collaboration, engaging education and inspiration that dissolves social barriers, forms lasting connections and sets the stage for future success.

Our History

Milagro Center was founded in 1997 by several local visionary leaders motivated by the desire for community service centered on providing arts experiences to the economically-challenged neighborhood children.  Milagro, which means “miracle” in Spanish, motivates children and youth to “reach for the stars” while being confronted by the many adverse influences they face in the community. Milagro Center’s uniquely integrated programs have grown over the decades to focus on empowering these at-risk youth and their families to succeed, both in school and in life, having a resounding positive influence on our local Delray Beach community.

Milagro Center carries out its mission by providing afterschool, summer camp, out-of-school time, and ARTreach programs to underserved and academically-at risk children, youth, and teens in grades K-12 living in south Palm Beach County, Florida. Its STARS (grades K-5), Junior Teen Leadership (grades 6-8) and Teen Leadership (grades 6-12) programs center around four inter-related diverse and socially inclusive program components:

  • Academic instruction, tutoring, and reading intervention;
  • Cultural Arts enrichment (including art, musical instrument instruction, dance, digital technology, dramatic arts, voice);
  • The United Nations-endorsed Living Values Education curriculum;
  • Mentoring

This unique, innovative, and effective model allows Milagro’s children and teens to develop new skills, build self-esteem, and thrive socially and academically.  Milagro Center truly changes the course of these deserving children’s lives from repeating the recurring cycle of poverty to becoming self-sufficient and productive members of our community. Additionally, The BLUEPRINT Gallery, a professional art gallery housed at Milagro Center, provides ARTreach programs to over 450 children, teens and adults each year. The BLUEPRINT Gallery hosts numerous exhibits a year showcasing the many talents of artists in south Florida. A variety of programming is offered and can be designed based on an organization’s needs.

Board of Directors

Kurt Knaus, Board Chair
Kurt Knaus, Board Chair
PNC Bank Board Chair
David Worthington, Board Vice Chair
David Worthington, Board Vice Chair
Corey Mitleider, Board Treasurer
Corey Mitleider, Board Treasurer
Lisa Cody, Board Secretary
Lisa Cody, Board Secretary
Twin Star Home
Elizabeth Rivera
Elizabeth Rivera
Sarah Santangelo
Sarah Santangelo
DPR Construction
Nancy Singer
Nancy Singer
Community Volunteer
Brad Straka
Brad Straka
Investis Digital
Joseph Sontz
Joseph Sontz
Community Volunteer
Silvia Evans
Silvia Evans
Palm Beach Accounting and Financial Services LLC
David A. Beale, Esq.
David A. Beale, Esq.
Law Offices of David A. Beale, P.A.
Carla Lovett
Carla Lovett
SouthTech Schools
Janet Meeks
Janet Meeks
Community Volunteer

Our Talented and Professional Staff

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Barbara J. Stark, M.A.
President & CEO

Gina Harding, PHR, SHRM-CP
Executive Vice President HR & Operations

Dawn Anderson
Grants Manager

Kenneth Arfa
Music Director

Laura Davis
Director of Volunteers and Mentors

Louis Elosta

Justin Flores
HR & Operations Assistant

Cristofer Lux
Program Supervisor, JR Teen Leadership Program

Michael Mapp
STARS Program Director

Joshua McMann
STARS Academic Teacher

Glenn Mueller
Director of Grants Administration

Maryann Payne Benjamin
STARS Academic & Dance Teacher

Amura Powell
Program Supervisor, Teen Leadership Program

Thomas Regis
Musical Instrument Instructor

Rick Rodriguez
Sr. Director of Creative Arts

Matt Sacks
Education Specialist, Junior Teen Leadership/Teen Leadership Programs

Tina DeJesus Shapira
Marketing Associate

Anthony Talton
Sr. Director of Jr. Teen and Teen Leadership Programs

Diavion West

Program Specialist, Jr. Teen and Teen Leadership Programs


Jeaneen West
Program Specialist

Danica Wuchenich
STARS SEL Art Teacher

Financial Stewardship

Milagro Center recognizes and appreciates the importance that accountability, transparency, and quantifiable results have for donors seeking confidence that their financial support will be utilized effectively and wisely.

Based on our annual financial reports, Milagro Center has continued to demonstrate its ability to efficiently and productively manage and grow its finances, as well as execute its long-standing mission in a fiscally responsible way. Donors can have confidence that Milagro Center’s mission to ensure the social and academic success of underserved children and youth through Cultural Arts, Living Values, Academic Support, and Mentoring is having a major and positive impact on our community.

We here at Milagro Center are committed to serving others with our core values of trust, empathy, transparency, safety, and excellence in programming.  We whole-heartedly believe that our culture of kindness and passion impacts our children, youth, families, and community at large, enabling and encouraging them to “Reach for the Stars”.

Thank you for your trust and for working in tandem with Milagro Center to invest in our future – today’s children who will become tomorrow’s leaders.

Audited Financials

Annual Reports