BECAUSE THERE IS NO WAY TO PREPARE FOR THE LOSS OF A BABY...
BECAUSE THERE IS NO WAY TO PREPARE FOR THE LOSS OF A BABY...

Our Team

Sunshine State Angels Gowns Inc.volunteers are highly-trained, experienced and dedicated to the success of our business.

Virginia Cortes

President/CEO/Founder

 

Virginia Cortes, born in Patterson New Jersey oldest of six siblings was raised in New Jersey and in Dorado Puerto Rico. Her parents both worked, so she was tasked with helping raise her brothers and sisters and learned how to do many things at a young age including cooking. Postsecondary studies include nursing, travel agent, nail and hair and sewing.

She worked for Playtex in Dorado Puerto Rico where she met her husband of 32 years. At the age of sixteen she was tasked with raising a six-month-old child that a friend could not raise. She raised this young girl as her own daughter and taught her how to be a mother. She has four children and three grandchildren. Virginia is the president/CEO of Sunshine State Angel Gowns, a non-profit organization that provides burial gowns for children that gain there wings at an early age  at no charge to the parents. This inspiration came for having experienced this as her first-born Robert Jr. passed away at the age of 5 and she had to buy the clothes he was being laid to rest in.

She is the Vice president of Republicans in Action.

Volunteer Member at Florida Hospital Perinatal Infant Bereavement Board and many others.

She has been involved helping her husband, State Representative Bob Cortes get elected to office since he first ran for city commission in 2009.

She is a member of St Mary Magdalen Catholic Church

 

 

 

Yvonne Oliveras

Vice President

 

Yvonne Cortes Oliveras is a 34 year veteran educator. Her passion and calling is to teach. She taught students and teachers in Seminole County Public Schools for 22 years. She is a member of the Hispanic Chamber of Metro Orlando where she networks with other businesses in the community.

She donates her time, money and skills to the many nonprofit organizations.

 She was the chairperson in the Casselberry Relay for Life event to help honor cancer survivors. She is a cancer survivor herself.

She is the Vice President for the Altamonte Women’s Club where she has served three years

 She currently is the lead teacher for a program in Seminole County Public Schools named Great Start, where she shares with parents the tools to be their baby’s first teacher to promote healthy brain development by providing playgroups and literacy tips.

Elanie Obando

Secretary

 

Elanie Obando  is a mother of two and a wife to an Orange County Firefighter. I enjoy spending time with family, crocheting and reading. Sunshine State Gowns is close to my heart because, as a mother, the loss of a child is immeasurable. I look forward to the great impact Sunshine State Gowns can make on our community.

 

Judy Putz

Treasurer

 

Judy is the founder and owner of Judy' Dolls located in Longwood. She has been involved in numerous charities and boards. Judy and her husband Dave continue to be a great part of civic and community involvement in Seminole County.

 

Mikaela Nix

Board Member

 

Ms. Nix has built a thriving Marital & Family Law Practice and is a well-regarded member of Orlando’s professional community.Ms. Nix currently sits on various boards and is an appointed 2016 charter review commissioner . Ms. Nix prides herself in being active in the community  and is strongly committed to her Christian beliefs. Her mission? To use her varied background, her talent,her networking and business acumen; to build a better Orlando, a better Florida, a better United States, a better place to raise children and enjoy the cities we call home.

 

 

Justin York

Board Member

 

Justin York is a native resident of Seminole County, Florida and a product of its sterling public school system. Supervisor York later graduated from the University of Central Florida, earning a Bachelor of Arts in History and Political Science, and later he earned his law degree from the University of Florida's Levin College of Law. He is currently a civil litigation attorney in Orlando, Florida.

 

In addition to his current law practice, Supervisor York has a background in public policy. At an early age, he had the opportunity to work for Florida Senator Lee Constantine, United States Senator Mel Martinez and the Florida House Majority Office in Tallahassee. In those capacities he gained invaluable knowledge about the legislative process, constituent services, and a broad portfolio of issues, including civil justice reform, public health, conservation, alternative energy and consumer rights.

 

Mr. York has also served in various leadership roles in public advocacy organizations, including as State Chairman of the Florida Federation of College Republicans. He also has chaired the official statewide students coalitions for the McCain 2008 and Romney 2012 presidential campaigns. He is currently the Treasurer of the Seminole County Republican Party and also serves as a member of the City of Lake Mary's Planning and Zoning Board. Recognizing his public advocacy work, he was recently named one of “30 Under 30” rising stars in Florida politics. In 2014, Supervisor York was elected to the Seminole County Soil and Water Conservation District as a District Supervisor for a four-year term. 

 

 

Contact Us Today!


1197 Bunnell Road

Altamonte Springs, Florida 32714


Phone: (407) 760-0130

E-mail:virginia@myangelgowns.com

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