Child Protection Transformation Advisory Board

Member Bios

Alan Abramowitz - Executive Director of Guardian Ad Litem
TALLAHASSEE, FLA. – Gov. Charlie Crist has appointed the head of the Department's Family Safety Program Office, Alan Abramowitz, as Executive Director of the Statewide Guardian Ad Litem Office. Read more . . .

Dr. Randell Alexander - Statewide Medical Director of the Florida Child Protection Teams
Randell Alexander, MD, PhD is Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Florida, Chief of the Division of Child Protection and Forensic Pediatrics, and Statewide Medical Director for the Florida Child Protection Teams. Read more . . .

Judge Scott M. Bernstein - Associate Administrative Judge of the Family Division
Judge Scott Bernstein is currently the Associate Administrative Judge of the Family Division.

Judge Scott Bernstein was born and raised in Miami. He founded the first volunteer support group for The New World Symphony and established a program providing music lessons to inner‐city children. He volunteers his time extensively in community and social programs. Read more . . .

Sheriff Ric L. Bradshaw - Palm Beach County Sheriff
Ric L. Bradshaw is a career law enforcement professional responsible for leading the largest law enforcement agency in Palm Beach County. Sheriff Bradshaw has a successful track record of forty (40) years in law enforcement. Read more . . .

David Bundy - President and CEO at Children’s Home Society of Florida
David A. Bundy is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Children’s Home Society of Florida, the oldest, largest and most respected non‐profit provider of child and family caring services inFlorida. Read more . . .

Glen Casel - CEO of Community Based Care of Central Florida
Glen Casel has been an advocate for the children in Florida for more than 15 years and is the CEO of Community Based Care (CBC) of Central Florida. He currently serves as the Chair for the Florida Coalition for Children’s Board of Directors. Glen also is the Chair for the Seminole County Children’s Cabinet. Read more . . .

Tana Ebbole - CEO of Children’s Services Council of Palm Beach County
Tana Ebbole joined the Children’s Services Council of Palm Beach County (CSC) in 1989 and has been Chief Executive Officer since 1994. CSC is a special taxing district dedicated to improving the lives of Palm Beach County children. Read more . . .

Jane Fletcher - Director of Accountability and Policy Research at Florida Department of Education
Currently Jane oversees Florida’s state and federal school accountability programs. Read more . . .

Gail Furman - Manager of Jewish Services in Win Dixie Emergency Food Pantry
Gail Furman has over 25 years as a business leader and organizational consultantwith diverse operational skills and experience in customer service, process improvement, and decision making. Gail has enabled leaders to transform their organizations and achieve business results. Read more . . .

Emery A. Gainey
Emery A. Gainey serves as the Director of Law Enforcement Relations, Victim Services & Criminal Justice Programs for the Florida Attorney General's Office. He is the liaison between federal, state and local law enforcement administrators and the Attorney General. Read more . . .

Wendy Jenkins, LCSW - Clinical Director of Jewish Adoption & foster Care Options
Wendy Jenkins has been the Clinical Director of JAFCO, Jewish Adoption and Foster Care Options for over sixteen years. Wendy is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker anda Certified Master Forensic Social Worker in the State of Florida. Read more . . .

Dr. Gray Keller - Thinker, Writer, Philanthropist
Gray Keller is a thinker, writer, and philanthropist. He has a Bachelor’s degree in philosophy (University of Arkansas), a Master’s degree in theology (Reformed Theological Seminary), and a Doctorate in leadership (Regent University). Read more . . .

Alan J. Levy - President and CEO at Great American Farms, Inc.
Alan J. Levy, 70 years old, has been a resident of Broward County since 1942. Bornin Chicago, Illinois, Mr. Levy was reared in Fort Lauderdale and graduated from Fort Lauderdale High School in 1958. Read more . . .

Andrea Moore, Esq. - Children’s Advocate
Andrea Moore is an advocate for children. She has been a member of the Florida Bar since 1986. While in private practice, Andrea accepted scores of pro bono appointments representing children in the foster care system. She has been a foster parent, adoptive parent, and parent of a child with disabilities. Read more . . .

Steven J. Murphy
Mr. Murphy manages the state’s largest private non-profit children’s behavioral health organization. Devereux Florida operates over 40 major programs in over 25 counties throughout Florida with emphasis areas being community residential,community outpatient and psychiatric hospital services. Read more . . .

Emmanuel 'Manny' Oliver
Emmanuel 'Manny' Oliver and his younger sister were dropped off at HRS (Florida child walefare agency to the creation of Department Of Children and Families) with a garbage bag full of clothes when he was 8 years old. Thinking he would be returning home at the end of the day , Manny waited in the lobby until he was told he would be saying somewhere new that night. Ten years later, Manny aged out of the system having never returned home. in 2009, Manny began working with his local chapter of Florida Youth Shine in Palm Beach County and not long after that he representing his chapter statewide meetings. When not Advocating on behalf of his brothers and sisters in care Manny works for the Department Of Children and Families , Peformes in many of the productions at the Lake Worth Playhouse, and is studying to obtain his GED.

Justice Barbara J. Pariente - Justice of the Florida Supreme Court
Justice Pariente has been a Justice since 1997 and served as Chief Justice from 2004 through 2006. She was born in New York City in 1948 and attended public schools in New York and New Jersey. Read more . . .

Rosemary Patterson - Chief of Court Improvement of Florida’s Office of the State Court’s Administrator
Rosemary Patterson is the Chief of Court Improvement for Florida’s Office of the State Courts Administrator. She has worked for the Florida State Court System since 1997. Prior to her work with the Office of Court Improvement, she directed the Guardian ad Litem Program in Florida’s Seventh Judicial Circuit. Ms. Patterson also has served as director for the Children and Families in Need of Services program inVolusia and Flagler Counties. She received her B.A. degree from Stetson University in 1991, and her M.B.A. from Stetson in 1994.

Deborah Polston - Foster Parent, Author, Speaker and Child Advocate
Resides in Tallahassee, Florida with husband, Florida Supreme Court Justice Ricky Polston, and children. Licensed Foster & Adoptive Parents of 10 children, (including an adopted sibling group of 6 boys) Bachelor Degree in Mass Communications/Public Relations –University ofSouth Florida. Read more . . .

Sheriff Mike Scott - Lee County Sheriff
When Mike Scott was elected in 2004 he became just the 12th Sheriff to oversee theagency since 1887. Re‐elected by large margins in 2008, Sheriff Scott has been recognized for numerous accomplishments including a Governor’s appointment to the Statewide Human Trafficking Task Force. Read more . . .

Jesse Wilson - Foster Home and Teen Advocate with Florida Youth SHINE
Jesse entered foster care at the age of 5 with his three younger brothers and spent 8 years in the system before being adopted. Read more . . .