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Diane M. Hale, RN, CFCE

Director of Education
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Diane M. Hale, RN, CFCE, is the mother of ten children; six biological and four adopted. There are seven daughters and three sons.  Presently there are 25 grandchildren (2 more on the way), 10 great-grandchildren (1 more on the way).  “They are the joy of my life.”  Diane has been a Registered Nurse since 1977; recently retired from Emergency nursing after 35 years.  She has been teaching Creighton Model FertilityCare since 1988 and achieved Educator status within the Creighton Model in 1999.  She has become certified as a Practitioner and Educator through the American Academy of FertilityCare Professionals. These achievements bring a great sense of accomplishment. As an Educator, Diane has conducted five Education Programs and supervised many Interns through the Education Process to become Practitioners.Diane served for six years on the Board of Directors for the American Academy of FertilityCare Professionals.  She also served for three years as the Chairman of the Commission on Certification with that same organization.Currently serving as the Co-director of the St. Gianna Center for Women’s Health and FertilityCare in Largo, Florida and continues to maintain her practice as a Certified Practitioner and Educator with the Creighton Model of FertilityCare Services.

Debra Gramlich, M.D.

Medical Director

Debra Gramlich, M.D. is a graduate of the University Of Florida College Of Medicine and of the family medicine residency of Florida Hospital in Orlando. She completed the Creighton Model Medical Consultant training through the Pope Paul VI Institute for the Study of Human Reproduction in 2004. She is certified by the American Board of Family Medicine and by the American Academy of FertilityCare Professionals. She is involved in the local St. Petersburg guild of the Catholic Medical Association and she serves on the board of ALPHA House of Pinellas. She is a volunteer physician at La Clinica Guadalupana in Clearwater. She and her husband have six children, and reside in Largo, Florida.

Cynthia Tozier


Cindy Tozier is a graduate of the University of Tampa where she earned a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Business Management with a minor in Business Administration.  She also recently earned  a Masters of Theology degree from St. Leo Catholic University.  Cindy recently retired from IBM where she had a lengthy career and held a wide variety of  management and professional positions, including Project Management Professional, awarded by Project Management Institute.  Some of the IBM areas in which she worked included Branch Offices, Operations, Development, International Project Office, Quality and Process Reengineering and Global Application Financial Management.

Cindy has been a long-time supporter of pro-life ministries within the Diocese of St. Petersburg to include serving as the Respect Life Coordinator for one of the Deaneries.  She has served her Parishes in a variety of ways, including Extraordinary Minister of the Eucharist and Faith Formation instructor.  She currently is Chairperson of her Parish Finance Council.  Cindy is a native of Tampa, Florida where she attended twelve years of Catholic school.  She has two grown daughters who also attended twelve years of Catholic school in Tampa and now live out of state.

Maura Buete, M.D.

Board Member

Maura Buete, M.D. is a graduate of the University of South Florida and the University Of South Florida College Of Medicine, and she is a Board Certified Family Physician. She has been practicing medicine in the St. Petersburg area for 18 years and has been involved with the field of NaProTechnology for the past 11 years. She lives with her husband and five children in St. Petersburg.

Rev. Joel Kovanis

Board Member

Father Joel Kovanis is a priest of the Diocese of St. Petersburg. He was ordained as a Roman Catholic Priest in 1994. Presently, he is the Pastor of Prince of Peace Catholic Church in Sun City, Florida and he serves on our Board of Directors as Chaplain.

During his 19 years in the priesthood, Father Kovanis has had a variety of assignments. He has been a high school religion teacher at St. Petersburg Catholic High School and he served as Pastor of Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Tampa. He is also an instructor of Theology of the Body and he assists with the St. Gianna Education Program.

Emma Boe


Emma Boe has been involved in various Respect Life programs since her arrival to Tampa in 1972. She is originally from Louisiana and has a BS degree in Science Education from Nicholls State University, Thibadeux, La. Bringing 17 years experience in working with volunteers, she retired as the Director of Life Services of Catholic Charities, DOSP in June 2010. Currently, she is the Director of Project Rachel for the Diocese of St. Petersburg and is chairman of the Stewardship Committee for Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Dade City, Fl.  Emma and her husband Caire have practiced natural family planning throughout their 40 plus years of marriage and are the parents of 4 children and grandparents to 7.

Robert Naberhaus

Vice Chair

Robert graduated in 1968 from the University Of Cincinnati College Of Business with a degree in marketing. Robert has forty three years of business experience and presently operates a Manufacturer’s Rep Agency . Community service includes association boards, chairman of Our Lady of Lourdes school board, member of Brevard County parks recreation and zoning boards, youth coaching and Boy Scouts of America.

Robert lives in Melbourne Beach with his wife. He has three children and 12 grandchildren.