Our Team

About our Clinical Director and Founder:

Tammy Masut, ARNP, CNM, graduated in 1997, from Oklahoma University, with academic and clinical honors. She worked in Labor and Delivery for over 19 years and finally followed her life-long dream of becoming a Certified Nurse-Midwife in February of 2013, graduating from Frontier Nursing University with honors. She gained experience with different populations of women from her work in Indian Health Services and as a travel nurse working across the country.

Tammy recently remarried and her and her husband have a blended family of 17 children and 22 grandchildren (and growing).

Tammy has always felt a desire to work with women and their families to help them become the best versions of themselves. She knows first-hand how an unplanned pregnancy can affect a young girl’s life as she found herself pregnant at the end of her senior year in high school. She developed a strong desire to work with girls and women in similar circumstances because of the unconditional love and respect that she was shown during that very trying time of her life. She knows women need to be met where they are in life and respected for who they are in order to hear where God wants them to be. She has dedicated her life to her family and the women she cares for.

Tammy is a certified Creighton Fertility care practitioner and loves helping women learn more about their fertility and natural family planning options. She has made Tampa her home since 1999 and enjoys the beach, books, and spending time with her new husband, family, friends, and the women she serves.


Board of Directors:

Elisabeth Flach - Board Chair

Why I’m so passionate about this very special calling. We at Guiding Star Tampa are being called to be bold and courageous! Help us change the world — help us transform healthcare not only in Tampa but across America. We want to uphold the dignity of women by offering them healthcare that focuses on natural, wholistic and life affirming options.

  • Our Vision is to be the best provider of women’s healthcare.
  • Our Mission is to transform women’s healthcare by providing natural, wholistic and life affirming options.
  • Our Purpose is to restore the Dignity and Beauty of the feminine genius.

Guiding Star Tampa is currently a virtual location. We expect to have a physical location within nine months.

If you are able to help us with our capital campaign (acquiring office space) please contact info@guidingstartampa.org

When we open our doors, we want to be fully stocked for our mommy’s and their babies. Select our donate Button and contribute to help us bring our mission to fruition.

Cindy Attkins – Board Vice Chair

Is a stay at home mom with two Seniors in high school. She also helps her husband with his Title Company in Tampa.

She volunteered at Lutz/Land O Lakes Pregnancy center when they opened and continued volunteering there, even serving on the Board for three years. The Pregnancy center changed its name to LifeChoices Family Medical to better define the demographic and services they intended to provide. Cindy volunteered a total of ten years and was instrumental in starting the Mommy Group with a co-worker.

To this day Cindy ministers to and visits several moms that were former clients at the Pregnancy center. She is dedicated to the moms, helping, listening and loving them and their children.

Jean Marie Armenia CPA – Treasurer

Jean Marie grew up in Tampa and earned her accounting degree from the University of South Florida. Instead of pursuing a career, she chose to be a stay-at-home mom with her two children. “It is still the best decision I ever made,” she says. After her children grew up, she started her career and became a CPA.

She always prayed that God would provide a way for her to help others with her financial knowledge. And prayers were answered when she was asked to be a part of Guiding Star Tampa. To help others financially and as a woman makes her heart happy.

She lives in Tampa, Florida with her husband George and golden retriever Melody. When she is not crunching numbers or playing with her golden, she is singing in the church choir and learning how to play the piano.

“As my involvement with Guiding Star Tampa has increased, so has my passion for their mission to empower and educate women about the beautiful and natural way our bodies were created.”

Carol Gardner - Secretary

Carol Gardner is a Registered Nurse with over thirty years of experience. She is a mother of two, grandmother of 6 and a wife. Carol has a passion to serve others. After learning about Guiding Star’s mission and philosophy, Carol felt called to serve as its secretary.

“I am excited to serve our community and I look forward to helping Guiding Star offer their services to the women, children and families that are in need. “There is nothing more satisfying than helping those who feel there is no hope. There is always hope and I look forward to helping Guiding Star provide that hope to those in need.”

Alfredo ‘Fred” Baryol - Member at Large

Fred Baryol and wife Faye, began their involvement with Guiding Star In 2016 when our daughter Tammara Taylor, was hired as an advanced practice nurse practitioner/midwife and started providing medical care.

Tammy has continued to work towards bringing the Guiding Star mission and philosophy to the Tampa Bay area by establishing a new Guiding Star Tampa.

Many years ago, our teenaged daughter became pregnant. We found a Pregnancy Resource Center, somewhat like Guiding Star; it focused on our daughter as well as her unborn child.

I believe Guiding Star Tampa is that kind of life affirming and wonderful opportunity for any woman looking for a caring facility to help them navigate their healthcare needs from adolescence through the advanced stages of life.
That’s why I am honored to be a member of the Board of Directors.

For more information about joining the board, contact chair@guidingstartampa.org.