Press Release

State of Florida
Department of Children and Families
Rick Scott

David E. Wilkins

March 29, 2011
MEDIA CONTACT: DCF Communications
(850) 488-4855

Secretary Wilkins Announces Key Leadership Positions to
Finalize DCF Executive Team

TALLAHASSEE, FLA. – The Department of Children and Families Secretary David Wilkins announced the addition of three key members to the management team that will help guide the Department toward the mission of a more efficient and effective agency that places the protection of the state’s most vulnerable children and adults as the priority.

"Our agency’s employees deserve strong leadership to support their selfless work in helping others and our state’s taxpayers deserve the best talent at every level," said Wilkins. "I am proud to work with accomplished professionals in Tallahassee and around the state. These leadership appointments will round out our management team and I know I have the support necessary to lead this Department’s employees in pursuing and achieving the quality of care that Floridians need and expect."

Vivian Myrtetus will join the Department as Chief of Staff, overseeing the agency’s communications, external affairs, legislative affairs and executive staff. Vivian most recently served as deputy chief of staff for U.S. Sen. George LeMieux. She has served in leadership positions in both the private and public sector and her experience includes strategic public relations management with a special focus in public policy and issue resolution.

Kristin Vallese will be the Department’s Director of Executive Communication, managing a myriad of duties including correspondence, client relations and internal and external communications. Kristin was recently the interim CEO and Director of Outreach and Operations for the Florida Children’s Services Council and has extensive experience in management, strategic communications and legislative affairs. Previously, Kristin was the Director of Communications for the Florida Association of Counties and the Florida Association of the American Institute of Architects.

John F. Davis will serve as the Director of External Affairs focusing on grassroots outreach to develop and maintain critical relationships with community partners and associations. John was most recently president of the JFD Consulting Group where he worked closely with community leaders and organizations to advocate for their issues. John graduated from The Florida State University in 1994 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Political Science and a minor in Criminology.