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State of Florida
Department of Children and Families
Rick Scott
Governor

David E. Wilkins
Secretary

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 29, 2011
MEDIA CONTACT: Erin Gillespie,
Press Secretary,
(850) 717-4450
DCF Communications

DCF ANNOUNCES NEW LEADERSHIP IN NORTHEAST, SOUTHEAST REGIONS

TALLAHASSEE, FLA. – Department of Children and Families Secretary David Wilkins announced today the appointment of two new leaders in the agency’s regional offices.

Col. David Abramowitz, an Inspector General with the United States Armed Forces Command, will be in charge of the Northeast Region, which covers 20 counties including Jacksonville, Gainesville and Daytona Beach. In the Southeast, Dennis Miles, the region's current Director of Family and Community Services, will be the interim regional director and head up operations in Palm Beach and Broward counties.

"David's experience as a leader of talented men and women in a complex organization will be a wonderful addition to our Department as we continue to enhance oversight of our structure and our contracted partners," Secretary Wilkins said. “Dennis has been a valuable part of our successes in the Southeast Region and will continue to provide solid leadership.”

Regional Managing Directors oversee all operations in each of the six regions throughout the state. This includes child welfare, adult abuse and neglect, economic self-sufficiency benefits, and substance abuse and mental health services.

Abramowitz has 30 years of experience with the U.S. Army, starting as an aviation officer, then serving as a battalion commander in Germany and a brigade commander in Korea. In 2007, he served as commandant of the Sergeants Major Academy in Fort Bliss, Texas, and then as chief of staff for the Iraq Assistance Group in Baghdad.

Abramowitz graduated with a bachelor's degree in science from the United States Air Force Academy, and has a master’s degree in international security strategy studies from the United States Army War College and a master’s degree in military art and science from the United States Army Command and General Staff College.

"David has a legacy of service to this country and will be a great addition in our Northeast Regional office,” Secretary Wilkins said. “We are proud to have someone of his caliber join our agency and work with us to protect children, families and vulnerable adults."

Miles, 53, joined the Department in 2003 as a child protective investigator and worked his way up as a supervisor, program administrator and director of support services before being named the director of family and community services. Miles was honorably discharged after a 13-year career in the U.S. Marine Corps, leaving with the rank of Captain-select. At the time, he was Company Commander in the 3rd Assault Amphibious Battalion. Before coming to the Department, he also worked at the Palm Beach County Tax Collector’s office and in the financial services industry.

A long-time basketball coach in Palm Beach, Miles has been the head coach of the Cardinal Newman High School girls' basketball team for the past two seasons. A proud Gator, Miles earned a bachelor's degree in Political Science from the University of Florida in 1985 while on active duty.

"I would like to thank Dennis for stepping in to take on the leadership in our Southeast Region after the departure of Regional Managing Director Perry Borman,” Secretary Wilkins said. “I would also like thank Perry for his years of local service and wish him well in his new endeavors."

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