Our Mission

Heels to Heal is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to helping survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence receive the resources necessary for healing.

Meet the Board

We are proud to serve our community as experienced board of directors in non-profit organizations and fundraising.

Melissa Mihok

CEO/Executive Director

Melissa Mihok is Founder and President of Heels to Heal Inc. She founded Heels to Heal in 2009 when she saw a need in the St Petersburg community for added resources for victims of sexual abuse and domestic violence. An entrepreneur at heart, Melissa is the owner of Heavenly Heels and also a Commercial Realtor with RMS Commerical properties. She graduated with a Business Administration and Marketing degree from Lynn University in Boca Raton, Florida and is originally from Connecticut. She has worked in Executive Management for National Retail Corporations throughout the United States for at least 15 years. Leaving the corporate world, Melissa started her own company, Heavenly Heels, an online women’s shoe retailer. Read More

Additionally, Melissa actively practices commercial real estate in the Tampa Bay area. Her passion is women’s empowerment and she has a genuine concern and compassion to help those in need. She also enjoys volunteering with several other non-profit organizations to help contribute to their purpose.

Marc Mancino


Marc Mancino is a Public Accountant, President and Founder of General Accounting Systems, Inc. He attended Rutgers in New Jersey and University of South Florida. After moving to Florida, he worked for a national accounting firm for 5 years. In 1979, he became self-employed and founded General Accounting Systems, Inc. During the last 36 years, his firm has served the community helping businesses, real estate ventures and non-profits reach their goals. He has a passion for helping businesses succeed through accounting technology and business consulting. He has designed and implemented the financial and accounting systems for non-profit organizations in the Tampa Bay area such as the Catholic High Schools and Pinellas County’s Public Work Academy. He continues to consult with these non-profits and others today.Read More

Marc assisted Melissa Mihok in founding Heels to Heal in 2009. He believes his skills could further this cause which is close to his heart. He was fortunate enough to grow up in a warm loving family atmosphere. However, his experiences when he was young with inner city violence and witnessing the struggle of others in their family lives throughout the years, strengthen his conviction that he could utilize his skills to help those less fortunate especially through his work with non-profit organizations.

Lauren Krawczyk

Board Member

Originally from South Carolina, Lauren moved to Florida 10 years ago and fell absolutely in love with the Sunshine State. Growing up in a different state, she appreciates all that St. Petersburg has to offer with an outside perspective. Lauren  worked in high-end retail sales for over 17 years.  Along with her extensive sales background, she also worked for a commercial developer for over three years in the leasing and construction departments, which led to her love of real estate. Working with and helping people is her passion. Lauren is Chairperson for Heels to Heal’s 2017 Fashion Show to Remember.

Jake Howse

Board Member

Jake Howse was born in Atlanta, Georgia and grew up in Port Saint Joe, Florida. He attended Florida State University and graduated Cum Laude with a degree in Finance.  After graduation, Jake moved to Lexington, Virginia for two years and Atlanta for four years.  In 2015 Jake moved back to the Sunshine State.  Jake is a Market Director with LM Funding, a speciality finance company serving the condominium and homeowners association markets.  In his spare time Jake enjoys kayaking, fishing, boating, and spending time with his family.  Jake and his Fiancée, Liz, live in St. Petersburg, Florida and recently welcomed their first child into the family, a beautiful baby girl named Sally.