Special Initiatives

Fostering Success
Task Force for Child Protection Members
Honorable Robert A. Butterworth,
Chairman

Robert A. "Bob" Butterworth, was appointed Secretary of the Florida Department of Children and Families on January 2, 2007 by Governor Charlie Crist. Prior to joining the Department, Butterworth served as the Dean of the St. Thomas University School of Law in May 2003. At that time, he was serving as a senior judge in the State of Florida Judiciary. He previously devoted most of his career to public service, including serving four terms as Florida's Attorney General.   Read More . . .
Honorable Barry E. Krischer,
State Attorney (retired), Vice Chairman

Barry Krischer has served as State Attorney for the Fifteenth Judicial Circuit in and for Palm Beach County since 1993.

A Brooklyn native, Mr. Krischer earned his juris doctorate in 1968 from Brooklyn Law School after graduating from Brooklyn College of the City University of New York, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting in 1965. Mr. Krischer was an Assistant District Attorney in Kings County (Brooklyn), New York, from 1970 thru 1973. He joined the Office of the State Attorney in Palm Beach County in 1973 and made Chief Assistant State Attorney in 1975. He remained with the Office until 1983.  Read More . . .
Judge Cindy S. Lederman,
Administrative Judge, 11th Judicial Circuit

Judge Cindy S. Lederman has been the Presiding Judge of the Juvenile Court in Miami-Dade County, Florida, since 1999. Elected to the Miami-Dade County Court in 1988, before her elevation to Circuit Court in 1994, she was a leader of the team that created the Dade County Domestic Violence Court and served as the court's first Presiding Judge. Judge Lederman is a member of the Board of Trustees of the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges. Judge Lederman served on the American Academy of Pediatrics Task Force on Foster Care and was a member of the Healthy Foster Care America Initiative until 2008.  Read More . . .
Judge James H. Seals,
20th Judicial Circuit

Judge James H. Seals is a Circuit Court Judge of the Twentieth Judicial Circuit in Fort Myers, Florida. Of his 23 years on the bench, 11 of those years have been devoted, part-time or full-time, to juvenile dependency. A graduate of Georgia Tech and University of Florida College of Law, he was elected County Court Judge in 1984, and was appointed Circuit Court Judge in 1986.  Read More . . .
Lieutenant David Wyllie,
Criminal Investigations Division, Citrus County Sheriff’s Office

Lt. Wyllie has been in law enforcement for 28 years and worked for Citrus and Pinellas county sheriff's office. He has worked as a criminal child abuse/sex crime investigator and supervisor for the past 17 years, and has interviewed more than 1,000 victims and perpetrators of sexual and physical abuse.  Read More . . .
Lee Condon, Special Agent Supervisor,
Florida Department of Law Enforcement

Serving in law enforcement for the past 33 years, Lee Condon is currently a Special Agent Supervisor for the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, Missing Children Information Clearinghouse last year managing more than 5,600 missing children cases.
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Glen Casel,
Executive Director, Seminole CBC

Glen Casel has been an advocate for the children in Florida for more than 15 years. He currently serves as the President and CEO of Community Based Care of Seminole, the lead foster care and related services agency in Seminole County. Glen is also the Chair of the Board of the Florida Coalition for Children, Florida's child welfare advocacy association; and the Chair of The Children's Cabinet of Seminole County.  Read More . . .
Mike Dunlavy,
Florida Youth Shine Representative, ImPac Marketing

Mike Dunlavy spent most of his childhood in foster care, moving from home to home, family to family, school to school, until he finally settled in at the Boys' Home Association in Jacksonville, Florida. Mike is a 2004 graduate of Jacksonville University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. He spent three years with a local event production company where he gained insight into community relations. Mike is currently working part-time as the Northeast Florida Youth Organizer for Youth SHINE, a project of Florida's Children First, and is developing his own marketing company.
Gaetana D. Ebbole,
Children’s Services Council of Palm Beach County

Tana Ebbole has been Chief Executive Officer of the Children's Services Council of Palm Beach County since 1994. Ms. Ebbole has worked with Palm Beach County funders, providers and citizens to develop services designed to enhance a family's ability to successfully raise children to become physically, socially and emotionally healthy adults.  Read More . . .
Adam M. Goldstein,
Board of Trustees for Our Kids of Miami-Dade/Monroe and Royal Caribbean International

Adam Goldstein was named President of Royal Caribbean International in February 2005. Goldstein oversees Fleet Operations, Sales and Marketing, Europe, Asia/Pacific, Supply Chain Management, Government and Royal Celebrity Tours. Prior to his appointment, Goldstein served as Royal Caribbean's Executive Vice President, Brand Operations, with similar responsibilities, from 2002 to 2005. Goldstein has been with the company since 1988.  Read More . . .
Rod Love,
Deputy Secretary, Florida Department of Juvenile Justice
Jim Kallinger,
Chief Child Advocate, Office of the Governor

Jim Kallinger was appointed Florida's Chief Child Advocate by Governor Charlie Crist in July 2007. He serves as the Director of the Office of Adoption and Child Protection within the Executive Office of the Governor.

Jim is a former two-term member of the Florida House of Representatives (2000-2004). During his tenure, he was Chairman of the Trades, Professions and Regulated Business committee, and Vice-chairman of the Select Committee on Constitutional Amendments. Other committees he served on include Commerce, Workforce and Economic Development, Local Government and Veterans Affairs, and Health and Human Services Appropriations. Jim was also the former Chairman of the Orange County Legislative Delegation.  Read More . .
Richard Komando,
Program Director, Guardian Ad Litem, 4th Judicial Circuit

A native of the Florida panhandle, Richard grew up in Niceville, Florida. He obtained a Bachelors degree in Criminal Justice from Florida State University, a Juris Doctor degree from Loyola University, New Orleans, and will complete a Masters of Business Administration from Florida State University in December 2007.  Read More . . .
Gordon Johnson,
President/CEO, Neighbor to Family

Gordon Johnson began his career in the child welfare field in 1959 as a cottage officer at the Jamesburg (PA) State Home for Boys. He quickly rose through the ranks of child welfare agencies in Pennsylvania, New York and Florida, and in 1983 was appointed Director of the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services. During his seven year tenure as Illinois' top child welfare professional, Johnson co-founded and developed the renowned One Church, One Child program and many other innovative solutions to problems facing child welfare.  Read More . . .
Mark P. Fontaine,
Executive Director, Florida Alcohol and Drug Abuse Association

Mark Fontaine is the Executive Director of the Florida Alcohol and Drug Abuse Association. In this capacity, he participates in the development of public policy on alcohol and drug abuse prevention and treatment and is the voice for community providers who deliver substance abuse prevention and treatment services across Florida. Prior to this position, Mr. Fontaine served as Executive Director of the Florida Juvenile Justice Association.
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Deborah Polston,
Adoptive Parent
Mike Dunlavy,
Florida Youth Shine Representative, ImPac Marketing

Mike Dunlavy spent most of his childhood in foster care, moving from home to home, family to family, school to school, until he finally settled in at the Boys' Home Association in Jacksonville, Florida. Mike is a 2004 graduate of Jacksonville University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. He spent three years with a local event production company where he gained insight into community relations. Mike is currently working part-time as the Northeast Florida Youth Organizer for Youth SHINE, a project of Florida's Children First, and is developing his own marketing company.
Robin Singleton,
Florida Youth Shine Representative

Robin Singleton brings to the Task Force her knowledge of the foster care system from the inside. She has been in and out of care since the age of two.  Read More . . .
Mary Cagle,
Children’s Legal Services, Department of Children and Families
Mary Cagle currently serves as the Department's Statewide Director of Children's Legal Services. Ms. Cagle has been with the Department since September 2007. Before joining the Department, Cagle was Chief Executive Officer for CHARLEE Homes for Children, a full case management agency in Miami, for three and a half years.  Read More . . .
Nancy Dreicer,
Northeast Regional Director, Department of Children and Families

Nancy Dreicer is the Regional Director for the Florida Department of Children and Families' Northeast Region, which includes 20 counties in the Jacksonville, Gainesville and Daytona areas.  Read More . . .
Dr. Frances Haithcock,
Chancellor, Florida Department of Education

Frances Haithcock began her career in Florida almost 40 years ago as a classroom social studies teacher. Her dedication to students led to several administrative positions in Broward County, including principal, North Area Superintendent and Deputy Superintendent.  Read More . . .
Emery Gainey,
Director of Victim Services and Criminal Justice Programs, Office of the Attorney General

As Director of Law Enforcement Relations, Emery Gainey plays an integral role in developing and implementing law enforcement-related policy for the Attorney General's Office and acts as an intermediary between the Office of the Attorney General and numerous federal, state and local law enforcement agencies. Gainey has also been responsible for leading development of the Attorney General's statewide gang reduction strategy.  Read More . . .
Sue Ross,
Assistant Director Mental Health Program Office, Department of Children and Families

Sue Ross is the Assistant Director for Mental Health for Florida's Department of Children and Families. Sue joined the Mental Health Program in 1990 and was Chief of Children's Mental Health programs for the Department for more than nine years.
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John Newton,
General Counsel, Agency for Persons with Disabilities
Carlos Martinez,
Public Defender

Carlos J. Martinez, Public Defender for Miami-Dade County, has dedicated his professional life to public service, using his legal talents to serve the poor. He was elected public defender without opposition in November 2008.  Read More. . .