I am an entrepreneur and business person and have managed small and large businesses. I have successfully run many enterprises. I have a degree in Business, bookkeeping. I also have a PHD in Christian Counseling. I also work with non-profit organizations to help them succeed. Currently I am working with T-Club Teens, Flagler Palm Coast Kiwanis Key Club (a leadership program for students sponsored by the Kiwanis) and founder and C.E.O. of D.I.V.A.S. International.

I am always volunteering in different community organizations and projects. Some of these include; Kiwanis Children’s Summer Camp, Terrific Kids, A-Game Summer Camp at Buddy Taylor Middle School, Boys and Girls Club Summer Camp at Bunnell Elementary School, WIF Women/Initiative, The Florida Department of DJJ, NAAPC, AAUW Florida, Vice-Chair of Commission on Homelessness for Volusia & Flagler Counties and too many others to mention.

I bring knowledge as a business woman and author of ACCEL youth leadership that no one else has. Through entrepreneur perspective, which is valuable when making decisions on important policy issues such as budgets, teacher support, training, evaluations, job descriptions, materials to adopt, instructional programs, curriculum, standards, and after-school intervention programs.    

Education: I have a degree in Business, I also have a PHD in Christian Clinical Counseling, Bachelor in Theology Pastoral Leadership, FCU,  (3 Years 1/2) Theology Course EETAD Assemblies of God and ACCEL Life Skills Certification. 


Startup Quest/ Entrepreneurship training, Florida works/ USF 

Business International Couse, UCF Florida

Recognition of accomplishments of Psychology, Northamerican Association of Masters in Psychology, NAMP

Effective Grant Writing Tips for Substance Abuse Coalitions in Orlando, FADAA

Interministry International Couse, FCU Florida

Counseling International Seminar Participation, FCU

International Certified Christian Chaplain, IFCC

Life Skills Training, Daytona State College

Customer Service Training, Daytona State College

Personal Developed Coach, ACCEL                                                                             

Notary Public State of Florida

Certified Pastor Clergy, WCM

Christian Counseling Minister, American Ministers Association

Cyber Bullying/Bullying in the Digital Age, FADAA

DJJ the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice/ volunteer Chaplains Training Couse

#1,2,3,4 Recognizing parents use of Alcohol and Drugs including nonmedical use of prescription drugs, FADAA

#1,2 Domestic Violence training, USACCCA

Strategies for Integrating Domestic Violence and Homeless Services, NCFH

Child Welfare and Domestic Violence Issues, USF university of South Florida

Introduction Trauma Informed Care, SEDNET

Understanding the Impact of Trauma in the Lives of Displaced Families, NCFH

Closing the Gap, A Toolkit for Transitional Housing Programs, NCFH

Roles & Responsibilities of Non-Profit Board member, UW

Board engagement in fundraising, UW

Medications for Mental Illness and the Temperament in the Christian Clinical practice, USACCCA

Attended the earned Medication-Assisted Treatment in Substance Use Disorders, FADAA

The Temperament in the Clinical practice, ACCCSCF

Legal Issues in Christian Counseling, Confidentiality and Medical errors and introduction to Christian Brief strategic family Therapy, USACCCA

Brief Strategic Family Therapy, USACCCA

Family Brief Strategic Therapy, USACCCA

Alternative Medicines for mental illness and sexual transmitted deceases in the Christian Clinical practice, USACCCA

The connection between substance and child maltreatment

Effective treatment for substance use Disorders (SUD) and the role can play

Screening and Assessment of substance of use Disorder (SUDs)

Sustainability of Florida efforts to reduce underage Alcohol use, FADAA

Evidence Based Practice for Trauma and/or Substance Abuse in Jacksonville FL, FADAA

Pandemic Flu, ESS Disaster Response

Earthquake, ESS Disaster Response

Flood, ESS Disaster Response

Hurricane, ESS Disaster Response

Wildfire, ESS Disaster Response

Attended the making the Integrated Services work: Building on Successful Model, FADAA

Assessing System of Care Expansion, FADAA

Understanding Substance Use, Abuse, Dependence and Associated Harms, FADAA

Attended the Medication Assisted Treatment as the Standard of Care for Opiate Dependent Pregnant Women, FADAA

Attended the Webinar Challenges and Opportunities for the Use of Medications to Treat Chronic Opioid Addiction in the United State, FADAA

Attending the Social Marketing Tips, Tools, Best Practices and Measurement workshop, FADAA

Attended the Integrated Care: A Golden Opportunity for Prevention and Wellness, FADAA

Recognizing Parental Use of Alcohol and Drugs, FADAA

HIPPA Training, DCF

Functional Assessment Rating Scale, DCF

Identifying and Reporting Child Abuse and Neglect, DCF

Improving Care Coordination for Persons with Substance Use Disorders and/or Serious Mental Illness, FADAA and others…













Dr. Maria Barbosa was 2014-2015 President of FPC Kiwnais Club

2016-2017 Lt. Governor of Kiwanis Florida International Division 7


2015: Thanks to the generosity of Flagler Palm Coast Kiwanis membership, our donation/pledge of $24,750 to Kiwanis International has helped to save the lives of 13,750 at risk women and all their future children. The Awards been presented last Friday, September 25th, 2015 at our 38th Anniversary Awards & Officers Installation dinner held at Pine Lakes Restaurant at the grand Club. 

With honor Dr. Barbosa presented to Al Jones “Kiwanis of the Year 2015 Award” Al Jones is a retired United States Army Intelligence Officer, and belongs to the Flagler County Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America. He also served on the Flagler County Board of Commissioners. Al is a long time member of the Flagler, Palm Coast Kiwanis dating back to Dec. 1987. Al was the club’s16th President in 1992/93. He served on the board and numerous committees for years, and has been the membership chair for a number of years.


4 Centennial Awards. Been presented to Past Lt. Gov. Bill Klinkenberg, Dr. Richard Conkling, Frank Consentino and Jim with Frank been presented to President Dr. Maria Barbosa with Centennial Award.


Dr. Maria Barbosa been Awarded with a Centennial Awards and Awarded with Medallion to be the President who made the difference in  Kiwanis International District 7.. Was an honor to receive this high rank acknowledgement by Lt. Governor Jim Rademacher Kiwanis International Division 7.  Dr. Maria Barbosa joined Kiwanis in 2011, and quickly rose to the club Presidency. She has a PhD in Clinical Christian Counseling, is the Founder and CEO of DIVAS International. Besides being a wife, mother, grandmother, and a local business woman, Maria is a published author, having written several books. When Maria takes on a project, she does so with boundless energy and a warm heart. She is the FPC High school Key Club adviser and she is currently writing a book on the history of the Flagler, Palm Coast Kiwanis club. She has done an exemplary job as club President, and has been elected to be the 2016/2017 Div. 7 Lt. Governor.


Bill Klinkenberg is proud to be a United States Marine, and belongs to the Marine Corps League Detachment #876 of Flagler County. He is also a retired New York City Police Sergeant. Bill is the only remaining founding father of the Flagler, Palm Coast Kiwanis club, dating back to March of 1977. Bill has held every chair in the club except treasurer, and he was a distinguished secretary. Bill was the clubs 8th President in 1984/85 and the 35th President in 2010/11. He was the Lt. Governor when we were still part of Division 5, and he was the Florida Foundation Trustee for Div.7 from 2011 to 2013.

Dr. Richard Conkling is a United States Army Veteran. He is a retired Flagler County school principal and was heavily involved in setting up the media center when the Belle Terre Elementary school was built. Dr. C. is one of the club’s longest standing members dating back to Dec. 1977. He was the club’s 3rd President in 1979/80. He served on the board and numerous committees for years, and has been our Foundation Treasurer for many years. Bill Klinkenberg tells us that one of Dick’s favorite things was to prepare the corn for the KI-WAN-I-QUE’s that the club used to hold. Mrs. Polly is pinning Dr. Conkling her husband with a Centennial pin.  

Frank Consentino is a United States Navy Veteran. He is a retired businessman, having run three successful businesses for more than forty years. He is a published author, and is currently writing a book about his glass collection.Frank joined Kiwanis in 2003 and transferred to the Flagler, Palm Coast Kiwanis from Haverhill Massachusetts in 2006.He was the club’s 33rd President in 2008/09 and was named Lt. Gov. of the year in 2011/2012.Frank has served on the board and numerous committees for years and has been the Compound liaison officer for a number of years. Frank is in his second term as the Florida Kiwanis Foundation Trustee for Div. 7, and is one of the Division 7 Certified CLE Trainers.  


The Flagler, Palm Coast Club’s commitment to the “Eliminate” Project is truly an accomplishment in which every member should take great pride. Once again, as with the late Kiwanis International IDD Project, our club has made history on a world wide scale. Just last night we received an e-mail from Kiwanis International informing us that Cambodia is now completely free of Maternal Neo-Natal tetanus. Well Done, Flagler, Palm Coast Kiwanis!




Published: Saturday, December 29, 2012 at 5:30 a.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, December 29, 2012 at 3:30 p.m.


PALM COAST — There are those who see something and decide to take action and there are those who live through an experience and decide to change the world. Maria Pinto Barbosa is the latter.

Drawing on past personal experience, she founded D.I.V.A.S., an organization "provide service to homeless and families with needs," she said.

The organization's name is an acronym for Devotion, Inspiration, Victims, Altruism and Strength, which are the core values that the organization was built on, Barbosa said.

The team works to create a network of services and training for those who have experienced difficulties in life.

"The first year was pretty good," said Barbosa. "My next year's wish is to be able to publish all eight books to have ready to do all the workshops."

With three books in print, Barbosa, a licensed counselor for the past five years, teaches workshops that focus on behavioral and social issues. The workbooks and counseling "help bring suppressed issues to light and have a good mentor to work through it," she said.

Barbosa said she was motivated to start the organization after volunteering at a shelter and seeing the opportunity to provide additional assistance in the community.

On her team is Rose Chumercerio, who will serve as president of the organization in 2013. Chumercerio keeps the organization running, handles monthly meetings and the "Tech Exchange," which meets three times a year to update business information and add new members. The Tech Exchange provides members promotional opportunities and gives a 5 to 10 percent discount to members on products and services.

The organization's service project "Wings of Love", which helps the elderly. The program focuses on visiting those living in nursing homes, getting to know them and providing support. Participants show up when a friend has a hospital stay, send cards on holidays and when the patient is sick.

Sylvia Purcer, chief operating officer of the organization, is in charge of the group's warehouse at 9 H Palm Harbor Village in Palm Coast. The site is open to those in need of clothing and household items the first and third Thursday of every month from 10 a.m. to noon. She also maintains the homeless outreach.

The organization also has a youth outreach and the group's Teens Club currently has eight members. The teen group meets the first Saturday of the month and is involved in several community building programs, including "Just 1 Book," which works to get books in the hands of children in the community.

The ACCEL Teen Leadership Program is also an important part of the organization, Barbosa said. Teaching youth as young as 10 years of age leadership skills, building self confidence and communication are vital for healthy growth, according to Barbosa. Workbooks covering more than 150 topics are designed to "help them empower themselves and to be better leaders. It's to keep them out of juvenile court," she said.

Teens are also able to log community volunteer hours needed for school with the organization.

The group recently held a fundraiser at Hilton Garden Inn, raising $1,000 after costs.

Walk to End Alzheimer’s”

by: Anastasia Pagello Staff Writer

Saturday, Sept. 26.


Over 500 Alzheimer’s patients, caretakers and supporters gathered at Veteran’s Park in Flagler Beach for the “Walk to End Alzheimer’s” on Saturday, Sept. 26.

The annual “Walk to End Alzheimer’s” event was held at Veterans Park in Flagler Beach on Saturday, Sept. 26. The event was one of 800 walks in the United States this fall.

“The Alzheimer’s Association is the leading voice for Alzheimer’s patients in the nation and is dedicated to raising awareness and funds for the needs and rights of the patients,” CEO of Central and North Florida. “More than 500,000 people in the state of Florida have Alzheimer’s disease. That means 10% of all Americans with Alzheimer’s are living in Florida. Our state has the second highest population in the country.”

The walkers made a two mile loop starting at Veterans Park and ending at the farmer’s market. Every walker received a pin-wheel flower to signify whether they were a supporter, a caregiver, a patient diagnosed with the disease or someone who lost a loved one to Alzheimer’s.

The walk well exceeded the expectations of Associate Director and Event Coordinator Michelle Drinks. “I am truly excited for the turnout,” Drinks said. “It would not have been possible without the help of the Alzheimer’s committee members and over fifty volunteers who came to help out. I am looking forward to doing the event bigger and better next year.” Originally the “Walk to End Alzheimer’s” event, in Flagler Beach, set out to raise funds of $42,000 this year. Over $50,000 was raised by the day of the event. 


Dr. Maria P Barbosa with Commissioner Nate Mclaughlin Flagler County Florida and T-Club Teens of Flagler County and DIVAS members of Flagler County


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