RaeLeigh Gonsalves grew up in a singing family. She remembers singing harmony with her sisters while doing household chores growing up, and allows that her ability to harmonize came from those many hours of practice. She began singing in church choir at 10 and performed her first solo at 12. She has been singing in the choir at Burton Memorial United Methodist Church since her family moved here from Pennsylvania. She still loves cold weather.
She learned to play English handbells when a new bell choir started up at church and spent two decades performing and directing in it. RaeLeigh can play four-in-hand as well as perform complex table ringing with two octaves of bells.
Since 2004, Gonsalves has been Worship Arts Administrator at Burton Memorial UMC and Director of the Chancel Choir, during which she produced and directed many successful Christmas and Easter programs. She has chaired the Committee on Passionate Worship since 2010. In addition to these roles, Rae Leigh is a charter member and lead vocalist in Burton’s Walking on Water (WOW) Band.
Gonsalves is a Coral Shores High School graduate. She is active in the community and has served several organizations including as PTA President, UKAA Board Member, AYSO coach and BPW Vice President. Also, she has volunteered in the puppet ministry at Island Christian School.
Despite the substantial time commitment at church, she has a full time job as owner and manager, with husband Normand, of NG Electric. They have three children, Shawn, 21, JennaLee, 18 and Kyle, 14.
Jan Grewe is a retired K–12 music teacher of twenty years. She has been a licensed MusikGarten teacher for ten years and a private music teacher for eight years. She has also been a church music director, lead various choirs, children through adult, as well as performed as a soloist for many community events.
A University of Miami graduate, she has accumulated many post graduate hours in the study of voice, piano, guitar, and early childhood music education. A few years ago she had the opportunity of traveling with the Florida Worship Choir to Australia and Malaysia where the final performance was in the Sydney Opera House.
Grewe recently added to her schedule of lessons and classes a morning of baby, toddler, four year old music and five year old piano at the Key Largo Montessori School.
She is blessed with Paul, her husband of 43 years, son Michael, and daughter and son-in-law Renee and Gordon. The loves of her life are grandsons Gordon, age four, and Garrett, age two. Her special animal friends are boxers Lola and Oscar as well as Bengal cat Colette.
Bernadette Restivo of Tavernier, Florida is the managing partner of Restivo and Reilly with offices in the Pink Plaza, MM 103, Key Largo. Ms. Restivo has been licensed to practice law in the State of Florida since 2001; she is also licensed to practice law in the State of Ohio, and is admitted to practice law before the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio. Ms. Restivo was formerly the Senior Attorney for the Department of Children and Families in Monroe County, Florida and was counsel for the Guardian ad Litem Program of Monroe County. Prior to moving to Florida, Ms. Restivo was in private practice in the State of Ohio.
Restivo’s primary area of concentration in the practice of law is marital and family law, dependency actions and other matters having to do with families and children. She is also active in representing inmates and their families with issues related to coping with the bureaucracy of the Federal prison system and the policies and procedures of the prison system. She is also available to assist clients in dealing with similar matters related to the States of Ohio and Florida prison systems.
Ms. Restivo has more than a decade of experience in government and politics as well as a vast background in nonprofit administration and fundraising. In addition, she has handled many high profile media cases. Restivo received her Bachelor’s Degree in Economics, Government and Communications from The American University in Washington, D.C. in 1982 and earned a Masters Degree in Public Administration from The University of Toledo, Ohio in 1987. Ms. Restivo received her Juris Doctorate from The University of Toledo, Ohio in 1999.
A Tavernier resident, Bernadette is the mother of 3 children. She is an active member of San Pedro Catholic Church in Tavernier, Florida, where she is a member of the choir. She also cantors Mass at Saint Justin’s Catholic Church in Key Largo. Restivo is a member of the Keys Players and has appeared in 3 musical productions over the last 3 years, most recently performing in “A Taffeta Christmas.”
Rick Swentek does not come from a musical family; he taught himself to play 12-string guitar in the late 1990s. He has performed guitar and backup vocals in a variety of programs since then. He joined the Messengers Contemporary Christian Rock Band in 2002, a group dedicated to Christ and His ministries. He has also performed with musical groups at First Baptist Church of Key Largo, Spirit and Truth Ministries and Key Largo Baptist Church. Swentek is a member of the Walking on Water Band at Burton Memorial United Methodist. He helped found the group in 2006.
Swentek has a long career as a realtor. Currently he is President of Florida 1 Realty, Inc., a Key Largo based Real Estate Brokerage firm specializing in residential, commercial and land sales throughout Florida. Rick is also a Partner in Florida 1, LLC, and Florida 1 Manufactured Home Sales & Service, LLC which are wholly owned Real Estate Development and Investment Companies specializing in the sales and development of manufactured housing, conventional homes and site development.
Swentek has served on many boards and community organizations including Stillwright Point Homeowners Association President and Director, United States Coast Guard Auxiliary-Station Islamorada Communications officer, Member – Monthly Platelet Donor South Florida Community Blood Center, Director YMCA of Greater Miami, City of Homestead Code Enforcement Board Chairman, Board of Directors Coral Gables and Homestead Board of Realtors, State of Florida Licensed Instructor Department of Professional Regulation-Division of Real Estate, Director National Association of Fee Appraisers, and Commercial Real Estate Council, Vice President Realtors Land Institute.
Debra Walker is a lifelong music lover. She learned to read music before she learned to read, begging for a piano before her sixth birthday. She began playing flute and piccolo in sixth grade and added bells to her repertoire in the 1990s. Currently, she plays flute and occasionally keyboard in the Walking on Water Band at Burton Memorial United Methodist Church.
Walker has played in several Keys Players Productions including “Fiddler on the Roof”, “The Wizard of Oz”, “Cinderella”, “Kiss Me Kate” and “South Pacific.” With husband Marshall, she produced a talent show for the Black and White Ball Royal Court in 2005, a fundraiser for the Florida Keys Children’s Shelter.
Walker is a board member of the Keys Community Concert Band, a seasonal community orchestra that offers free concerts in the park.
Walker served on the Monroe County School Board for 16 years, where she championed science education, the arts, and healthy schools initiatives. She is currently a member of the Health Council of South Florida, a quazi-governmental organization charged by the Florida Legislature with health planning in Miami-Dade and Monroe County www.miamidadematters.org.
By profession, Walker is an archaeologist specializing in the Ancient Maya. She has worked in Mexico, Belize and Guatemala. She is Courtesy Assistant Curator at the Florida Museum of Natural History in Gainesville, where she oversees work on a major collection from the site of Cerros, Belize. She is currently investigating a 2500 year old site in southern Campeche, Mexico called Yaxnohcah.
She has been married to Marshall Walker 30 years and has two children, Mary, 24 and Daniel, 13.