About Us

Our mission is Love…

Photo Above: Suzanne Carter (Founder) on the left with her daughter Mara.

After visiting her mom Helen every day at a nursing home in Provincetown and seeing how many people never received visitors, Suzanne Carter knew her next chapter in life had found her. Using her modest inheritance, Flower Angels USA was born to honor her mom’s memory and for Mara, her delightful special needs daughter, to learn the importance of kindness and service to others.

With over 2000 nursing home beds on Cape Cod, the idea of delivering random acts of love to patients who often have minimal contact with a friend or family member emerged. Flower Angels became a friend to all who are often forgotten in elder care facilities. Flower Angels USA was founded on the idea that perfectly good repurposed flowers and lonely people were a match made in heaven. Suzanne, her daughter Mara and her amazing “angel” volunteers are thrilled to uplift spirits by delivering 200 or more bouquets of joy weekly. By the end of each month residents in 28 facilities on Cape Cod have been visited. Many of our senior volunteers have found camaraderie and a renewed life purpose as Flower Angel volunteers…a win-win for all!

Flower Angels USA has benefited greatly from the kindness of others including our awesome floral partners, Trader Joes, Shaws Markets and many local brides and event planners. Our 501 (c) (3) charitable organization began in March 2014. Since that time it has expanded its mission to include other organizations; Community Connection, Cape Abilities and L.I.F.E., who have become an important part of the Flower Angels delivery team. These organizations facilitate the hiring and volunteerism of adults with disabilities-another match made in heaven.

Recipient of the New England Patriots Charitable Foundation’s ‘Myra Kraft Community MVP Award’ and the Rotary International Paul Harris Fellow, Suzanne and the Flower Angels USA team are dedicated to “Delivering Random Acts of Love, Recycling Flowers, Warming Hearts”

Suzanne is a fifth-generation Cape Codder who has run successful businesses on the Cape for decades. She was happily retired and not looking for a “next chapter” but sometimes the next chapter in your life finds you!

Meet our New Executive Director & Board of Directors

Kristine Callahan, Executive Director

Kristine was appointed the first executive director of Flower Angels USA and began her role on November 1, 2018.  With over twenty years of caring compassionate experience in health care, marketing, non-profit development and senior advocacy Kristine is poised to lead Flower Angels forward into new expansion, programs with ambitious goals.  As a family caregiver, and board member of the Estate Planning Council of Cape Cod, Kristine brings unique insight for community collaboratives through volunteer programs and much more.  Kristine has made her home on Cape Cod since 1999 and lives in Cotuit.  kristine@flowerangelsusa.org

Chairman Jitka Borowick, President CleanGreen Inc.

Jitka came to the U.S. in 2003 from the Czech Republic, focused on studying English. She went to Cape Cod Community College and in 2008 graduated with an Associate’s Degree. She continued on at Suffolk University and in 2011, graduated with a Bachelor’s degree.In 2008 Jitka combined her vision of starting her own business and doing something positive for the environment – she opened Cleangreen, a natural cleaning company. She worked out of her home, cleaning by herself but she had a larger vision to grow a successful company.

Jitka is a member of the American Business Women’s Association, Cape Cod Young Professionals, Greater Hyannis Area Chamber of Commerce, is a past president of the BNI – Convergence Team, and is currently a board member of the Rotary Club of Hyannis and Flower Angels USA. Jitka and her employees are active in the community as part of the company’s core values, supporting organizations such as WE CAN, the CC Commercial Fisherman’s Alliance and CCYP. Jitka was awarded “40 Under 40” from Cape & Plymouth Business, recognized as 10 Inspiring Women by Cape Cod Magazine, and awarded Business Woman of the Year in 2015 from Cape & Plymouth Business.    jitka@cleangreencapecod.com

Tracy Shaughnessy, Attorney 

Tracy E. Shaughnessy is an associate in the Trusts & Estates Department at Nutter, McClennen & Fish, LLP. She works out of the firm’s Hyannis office and focuses her practice on estate planning, probate, guardianship, elder law and all aspects of estate and trust administration. Tracy is active in the community, volunteering as a pro bono attorney for WE CAN, a non-profit organization offering low and moderate income women a range of free legal services.   In addition, she serves on the Board of Directors for the Cape Cod Community Media Center.  Tracy also serves on the UMass-Dartmouth School of Law Alumni Board. During law school, Tracy was the recipient of the Rikki J. Klieman, Esq., Advocacy Through Scholarship Award. She also received a Medal of Excellence for Outstanding Bankruptcy Studies from the American Bankruptcy Institute and was a semi-finalist in the National Moot Court Competition.  tshaughnessy@nutter.com

Steven Heslinga, Financial Advisor

Steven Heslinga joined Flower Angels USA in June, 2016.  Steven currently works in Hyannis as a Financial Advisor at the Heslinga & Tate Wealth Management Group. He is involved with a number of local charitable and service-based organizations, primarily the Hyannis Rotary Club and Habitat for Humanity Cape Cod. Prior to returning to his native Cape Cod in 2014, Steven worked in Charlotte, NC as an investment banker and bond trader for seven years.  steven.w.heslinga@wellsfargoadvisors.com

Christine Ross, LPN 

Christine Ross is the Director of Community Relations at Bridges by EPOCH, Memory Care Assisted Living at Mashpee, she is also a Licensed Practical Nurse.  Christine has spent the majority of her career caring for people with Alzheimer’s Disease and related Dementia’s, and supporting their loved ones through the often challenging journey helping to create a personalized plan of care for each individual.  She has seen the joy first hand that the friendly visits and bouquets of kindness from Flower Angel’s, USA bring to the resident’s at Bridges by EPOCH, and she is thrilled to support the mission by serving as a board member.  Christine is also involved in numerous other non-profit organizations including Hope Alzheimer’s & Dementia, Hope Hospice, Alzheimer’s Family Support Center of Cape Cod, and The Cape & Islands Council of the Boy Scouts of America.  She was recently recognized with the2017 40 under 40 Award from the Cape & Plymouth Business Organization.  christine.ross@atriaseniorliving.com

Kevin P. Ducie, Financial Advisor

After working in law enforcement for several years as a police officer, Kevin came to UBS Financial Services in Hyannis to join his father’s business. Together, they work with individuals and families to assist them in growing and protecting their wealth. Kevin is a financial advisor and CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™. In addition to serving on the Board of Directors at Flower Angels USA he is involved with other local organizations. Kevin delivers Meals on Wheels in Sandwich and is on the Board of Directors of the Rotary Club of Bourne/Sandwich, where he has been awarded the Paul Harris Fellow. He graduated Summa Cum Laude from Western New England University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice and was awarded the Academic Excellence Award in Criminal Justice. Currently Kevin is working on his M.B.A. at the University of Massachusetts – Dartmouth. kevin.p.ducie@ubs.com

Suzanne Carter, Founder

Suzanne Carter is the Founder and President of Flower Angels USA.  A native Cape Codder, Suzanne is also a registered nurse, and a very successful business woman. She founded and operated the “Portuguese Princess Whale Watch, Inc.,” “Provincetown Excursions, Inc.,” and “Daisy’s Old Fashioned Ice Cream/Espresso Cafe, Inc.” She was also the initial owner of five “Curves For Women” franchises on Cape Cod. Her greatest achievement, however, is being a devoted and dedicated mother to her 40 year old special needs daughter, Mara!  Suzanne is a recent recipient of the “New England Patriots Myra Kraft Community MVP Award,” the “Paul Harris Fellow Award,” and the “Life is Good Hero of Optimism Award.” grace@flowerangelsusa.org

Deborah O’Connor, Treasurer

Deborah has been with Flower Angels since June 2015. Her professional life includes 20 years bookkeeping experience and was the principal of an interior design business for 13 years.  dodesign@rcn.com

Kathy Ahern, Secretary

Kathy Ahern joined Flower Angels USA in February, 2016.  She is an Office Support Coordinator and serves on the Board of Directors as Secretary.  Kathy has held several executive board positions while contributing to numerous charitable organizations.  She was employed for many years as a Medical Administrative Assistant in both Massachusetts and Connecticut.  A Massachusetts native,  Kathy realized a life long dream and moved to Cape Cod with her husband, Mike, in 2014. mkahern@comcast.net