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 Executive Director 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 assault and domestic violence. As an entrepreneur at heart spearheading the Heels to Heal Therapy Resource program, she also practices commercial real estate with Barkett Realty. 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 20 years. Her passion is women’s empowerment with a genuine concern and compassion to help those affected by sexual assault and domestic violence.

Jake Howse


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.  Jake is a Director of Business Development for FirstService Residential – Florida’s premier residential property management company serving condominium and homeowner associations.  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 have a baby girl named Sally.


Lindsay Petty

Vice President

Connecticut-born and St. Petersburg-raised, Lindsay is an Account Manager at Pyper, Inc., a full-service branding and advertising agency in St. Pete, where she bridges the gap between client and creative. She has an expertise and passion for fine paper and bringing brands to life through creative messaging and all things print, but most importantly through strategic planning. Lindsay’s career has included internal marketing roles at the Tampa Bay Rays and University of South Florida before moving to the agency world. She holds a BA in Leadership Studies, with a second major in Psychology, from University of Richmond. Outside the office you can find Lindsay in her garden with her Southeastern Guide Dog puppy.

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.

Rina Patel

Board Member

Rina Patel was raised in Chicago, IL (GO CUBS!).  Her love for math and science landed her a career in Pharmaceutical HealthCare. She graduated from the St. Louis College of Pharmacy and worked in retail and hospital settings. Fifteen years ago she made Tampa Bay her home. Rina works as a clinical long-term care pharmacist in Tampa area today. She is married to a caring and supporting man and they have two beautiful children, a 9-year-old son and 12-year-old daughter. She enjoys traveling, fitness, fashion and is passionate about helping others.   Read More

“My growing awareness of my blessings has brought me full circle: I want to give back.  More specifically, I want to give back by empowering women—especially South Asian women—to take control of their lives and destinies. For too long, too many South Asian women have suffered domestic abuse, living in situations that are complicated by immigration status and community disapproval. Many of them are unable to reach out for help because of the stigma of revealing that their lives are less than perfect. My goal is to change that. It is my vision to increase awareness of domestic violence and mental abuse through presence in social media, newspapers and magazines. Through our annual fundraiser, we aim to help more women and their families live safe and healthy lives. My dream is do whatever I can to guide them out of the shadows to the light, where they can regain control of their lives and futures. Rina believes together we can make a difference! 

Yale Walker

Board Member

Yale moved to Tampa Bay in 2000 where he attended Eckerd College as an international business major. In 2003, he began working for his family’s marketing firm where he worked his way up to Vice President of Development and was charged with identifying new directions in which to take the firm. The recession hit the industry hard and the firm was unable to survive. Yale started Walker Wealth Management after a decade in the financial services profession. Read More

Having the experience of serving in some of the nation’s largest financial firms gave Yale the ability to see what works and what doesn’t in advising clients and running a practice. When not seeing clients or working to build the firm, Yale enjoys spending time with his wife Rachel and their three children. They enjoy gardening, fishing or just about anything outdoors.

“I consider myself to be one of the fortunate people who truly loves what they do. Every day I get the opportunity to meet new people and hear about their goals and dreams. Together, my team and I collaborate leaving no stone unturned in helping our clients construct and implement a plan to help them reach their objectives. I find that the most rewarding experience for me is growing along side our clients and witnessing their financial achievements first hand throughout the years.”


Don Hughes

Board Member

Don Hughes is the CEO and owner of Tricycle Marketing, an end-to-end marketing creative, strategy, technology and advisory firm based in Ybor and St Petersburg.  Specializing in data-driven marketing strategy for medical, retail and financial services industries.  Don also serves on the board for two other Tampa/St Pete companies to share his experiences in metric-based business management and technology.  Don and his wife Jasmine have a five year old son and loves the beach, water and spending time with family and friends.