Board of Directors

Art-CLRClay Murphy


Clay Murphy is a Palatka native, who attended St. Johns community college, and was a highway state trooper for 26 years. He moved to St. Augustine in 1991. Upon retirement his wife and he purchased the local Sonny’s BBQ franchise (2008). Clay met Lisa 24 years ago at church and got involved with AOMH 10 years ago after attending an AOMH banquet. He and his wife became donors for five consecutive years, and at Lisa’s invitation he joined the board.  He served first as a Board member, then secretary, and in early 2015 he became Vice-President.  His goals as Vice-President are twofold:  to be guided by the Spirit, and to help AOMH become a sustainable organization over the long haul. He enjoys flying airplanes and going to the movies with his wife Pam. They have three kids, and three grandchildren.

a1Lisa Franklin

Vice President

Lisa is the President of the Board since Alpha-Omega Miracle Home’s inception.  AOMH was founded in 1996, and a first home in Hastings was purchased in 1997. Through the Board’s wisdom and guidance, AOMH has grown from that one home housing 7 teenage mothers and their infants to housing 28 residents in AOMH’s Transitional Housing Program and 25 in its Permanent Housing Program (including seniors). The Thrift Store opened in 2010, and in 2011 AOMH established its Extended Family Program. Through the Board’s expertise AOMH has coordinated five annual Shoes of Hope giveaways, donating a total of over 3,600 shoes to school-aged children from low-income families. She attributes the success and growth of AOMH to its Board (and God).

b2Connie Carroll


Connie is semi-retired as an Advanced Certified QuickBooks Pro Advisor. She previously owned and operated an accounting practice with her husband in Jacksonville, FL for over 25 years. Her relationship with AOMH began when she attended a banquet dinner in October of 2012. The testimonies of Lisa and residents moved her profoundly. She served as a volunteer receptionist in early 2013 and became responsible for AOMH’s accounting by mid-2013. She organizes and ensures that AOMH has current and correct financial reporting as well as managing funds. She began her service as Treasurer on the Board in 2014. Additionally, she is part of several AOMH steering committees. Her participation is entirely faith-based, and she believes in the truth of Mother Teresa’s words, “Single mothers are poverty.”

picSteve Alexander

Board Member, Legal Advisor

Steve was born and raised in St. Augustine, Florida. He obtained his Bachelor of Arts from Wofford College (1973), and was awarded his Juris Doctor in 1978 from University of Florida. He has been a member of the Florida Bar since 1979, and worked as a prosecutor at the State Attorney’s Office until he was elected State Attorney in 1992. He went into private practice after his term ended, where he continues to practice law today.  He joined the AOMH Board of Directors in January 2015, and serves as its legal advisor.  He is an avid football sports fan, attending University of Florida games and Jacksonville Jaguar games. He also loves walks on the beach with his English bulldog Ava, and his Yorkie Jett. He is a member of Trinity Episcopal Church in St. Augustine. He is married and has four children.

1Conley (Sonny) Lemons

Board Member

Sonny hails from West Virginia.  He moved to and settled in St. Augustine by way of Ft. Lauderdale 17 years ago. He served on the AOMH Board of Directors many years ago when Alpha-Omega Miracle Home ran a pregnancy crisis center on US 1, and his wife worked as its bookkeeper. Eventually, he transitioned out of his role as board member, only to return in 2014 at Lisa’s invitation. Sonny is deeply passionate about eliminating abortion, and providing alternate safe spaces for women.  He would like to see AOMH continue on a, “strong, controlled and successful path.”  He is an avid boater and Canadian fisherman. He has loved saltwater all his life; Canadian fishing is his favorite. He has a step-son and an adopted son, and is happily married.

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Board Member

Originally from New York, John has lived in St. Augustine for the past 42 years and calls it his home. An established local contractor who understands how to navigate through the building process, John provides insight and logistical experience to the Board as they plan AOMH’s future growth. Having worked with the Homeless Coalition on several projects, he understands the needs of those who are struggling to make ends meet and provide shelter for their families. His work with Life Services in St. Augustine demonstrates his passion for supporting those whose desire is to protect and defend life. Giving back to his community has always been a part of John’s life, and he is committed to serving St. Johns County along with Alpha-Omega Miracle Home.

Lisa-PayneLisa Payne

Board Member

Lisa has lived in St. Augustine since the age of 7 and knows Lisa Franklin since grade school. After a few community run-ins, she accepted an invitation to tour Alpha-Omega Miracle Home. Upon completing the tour she knew she wanted to get directly involved. She attended a board meeting, and was voted in as a board member soon after. She brings vast financial savvy and experience supporting various non-profits. Her entire professional career has been in banking, supporting her customers in meeting their financial goals from opening a first account to purchasing a home or starting a new business. Lisa married the love of her life in 1984 and they were blessed with a son. She enjoys fishing, boating and relaxing on the beach, but her favorite pastime is spending time with loved ones.

2Art Cooper

Board Member

Art is a retired police detective from New Jersey. After seeing the damaging fall-out of divorce and crime, his wife Linda and he founded a nonprofit called Oasis Family Crisis Center. They also served as facilitators of a Divorce Recovery ministry at Anastasia Baptist Church for 12 years. As a community advocate, he collaborated with Lisa Franklin; both of their non-profits mutually supported each other, “to help people” in distress. Art has been a board member for one year, and his goal is to help AOMH continue to develop so a greater quantity of people can be served and uplifted.  He previously was a building construction manager and building inspector in NE Florida. His and his wife have been married for 46 years, and he has been a Christian for 40 years.

David Nichols2204 (1)David Nichols

Board Member

David is a retired CEO of a Swedish Public Company for the US and Canada. He has directed many mergers and acquisitions to profitably double the size of the group. He attributes the success to vision, hard work, and God’s guidance. He is CPA certified and a Certified M&A Advisor. He learned about Alpha-Omega Miracle Home in 2015 through United Way. He toured AOMH, met Lisa Franklin, and felt compelled to get involved. As a new board member David is willing to undertake any initiative or tasks required of him, especially pertaining to the Capital Campaign. David was a Canadian Hockey player, and enjoys golf. He is a US citizen now, married to his wife Nancy for 22 years. For the past 5 years they have lived in St. Augustine. His greatest weekly joy is attending Christ Church at Serenata Beach Club.

Darlene-GodwinDarlene Godwin

Board Member

Darlene is native to St.Augustine.She has supported AOMH since its beginning,serving as a volunteer in various capacities,including at special events,and most recently as secretary for the board for a year.In 2016 she became an official Board Member.Professionally she has worked as an office manager and in realty.Presently,she and her husband are in semi retirement and serve as ambassadors for Camping World;she works part-time at the Compass RV Park.They have traveled extensively in the states and have a particular fondness for Montana and Idaho.Must see recommendations include:Black Hill,South Dakota;Yellowstone,and the Grand Canyon.Darlene affirms that God made a big world,and seeing His creation is an expression of gratitude.