Poverty Solutions Group is committed to sustainable poverty reduction.

Poverty Solutions Group (PSG) is a Central Florida collaborative organization committed to sustainable poverty reduction. Based on emerging best practices, PSG empowers individuals and households to achieve economic stability and engages the broader community to address systemic barriers that perpetuate community-wide poverty.

PSG seeks a different strategy—poverty reduction. This is done by not only focusing on individual change but also working on community and systemic change. We believe that this three-pronged approach is a way to reduce poverty in a significant way—in a way that our country has not been able to do for more than a generation.

Meet the PSG team

Lynette Fields

Executive Director

Lynette Fields comes to PSG with over 30 years of cross-community work experience. She has a B.A. in Pre-theology from the University of Evansville and a Master of Social Work from the University of Michigan. She is excited about being a part of an emerging movement across the country that is shifting the conversation and work from poverty management to poverty reduction. 

Ruth Berlus

Program Director

Ruth Berlus oversees the Children and Youth Program for all Circles locations and coordinates the Cost of Poverty Experience. She has in-depth experience mentoring youth and young adults from various backgrounds and has coordinated scores of community and church events. She believes that with our love, passion, and trainings we can create conversations for change that otherwise would have never taken place.

Adam Hartnett

Regional Coach

Adam Hartnett has a Bachelor of Social Work and Master of Social Work from Florida State University with a focus on Social Policy and Program Administration. Adam has 10 years of experience in human services and development specifically with a focus on homelessness, youth development, family violence, LGBTQ+ inclusion, community development, poverty reduction and social equity and inclusivity.

Board of Directors

"I hope to work with this board to address the systemic barriers causing economic instability for me and many people"
– Chantel L. Aquart

Chantel L. Aquart

Life Advancement Skills Coach & Organizing Strategist

"Rather than a traditional model of giving that often results in perpetuating poverty, PSG facilitates sustainable change."
– Kathy Craven

Kathy Craven

Program Director, Media Communications Bachelor of Science, Full Sail University

" Poverty is a causal issue. So many other community and global concerns are rooted in poverty--homelessness, hunger, disease, etc. If we can reduce poverty, we can impact many other issues. "
– Lynette Fields

Lynette Fields

Executive Director at Poverty Solutions Group

" I want to be a part of solving poverty because my faith teaches me that all people have dignity and are worthy of love and respect, and I want all people to be free from systems, stigmas, and situations that hold them back. "
– Rev. David Killingsworth

Rev. David Killingsworth

Co-Pastor at First United Methodist Church of Sanford

" I have come to love the East Winter Garden Residents and want to see them and their children continue to improve their community through their own efforts and the support of the community "
– Sally Lorenz

Sally Lorenz

Business Owner of Sally Lorenz & Associates Bookkeeping Solutions for Business

" Worrying about food, or rent, or transportation, adequate healthcare, or housing, or whom you choose to love should never be - and that's why I've made it my mission to join and be a leader in this type of Movement. "
– Chevalier Lovett

Chevalier Lovett

Chief Operating Officer at Florida Rising

" We need to develop the knowledge and skills of individuals living in poverty while simultaneously removing barriers in the community that perpetuate poverty. "
– Ann F. Manley

Ann F. Manley

Retired After 45 Years Nonprofit Management Experience in Central Florida

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– Rev. Jose Nieves

Rev. Jose Nieves

Pastor at First United Methodist Church of Kissimmee

" I feel called to do hands-on work in helping to find solutions to break the cycle and to help those who may feel society has forgotten. "
– Alice Williams

Alice Williams

Owner at Williams Consulting of Florida, LLC, HR Professional

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