Media Advisory

State of Florida
Department of Children and Families
Rick Scott

David E. Wilkins

February 16, 2012
MEDIA CONTACT: Erin Gillespie,
Press Secretary,
(850) 459-2063
DCF Communications
~ Ken Bevel, star of the movie "Courageous," will be keynote speaker at Friday's event ~

TALLAHASSEE, FLA. – The Florida Department of Children and Families will commemorate Black History Month on Friday with a program honoring 15 local residents and dignitaries.

The event includes special performances to commemorate this important month. Ken Bevel, a noted author, speaker and actor, will provide the keynote speech. He recently starred in the hit movie "Courageous."

The theme of the event is, "Strengthening Families and Communities: One Family at a Time." Carlton and Vonda Jordan, adoptive parents from Jacksonville, will speak about the blessing their adopted children have been in their lives.

The honorees are:

  • Ramon Alexander, Program Director of Distinguished Young Gentlemen of America, Inc.
  • Lanetra Bennett, WCTV
  • Florida Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll
  • Wanda Finnie, Department of Juvenile Justice Assistant Secretary
  • Sherrie Gainer, Department of Children and Families Adult Protective Investigator
  • Atarri Hall, Department of Children and Families Field Services Coordinator for Child Protective Investigations
  • Miatta Jalaber, Department of Children and Families Child Care Licensing Counselor
  • Carlton and Vonda Jordan, Adoptive Parents and Family
  • Charles McDonald, Children’s Home Society Executive Director
  • Judge Nina Richardson, Leon County
  • Gerard Robinson, Department of Education Commissioner
  • Corey Simon, Founder of Corey’s Kids
  • Angel Trejo, former Department of Children and Families Administrator for District 2
  • Shalunda Turo, Department of Children and Families Office of the Secretary Receptionist
  • Kisha Wilkinson, Assistant News Director

Miriam Franklin, a 31-year-old mother who is studying Music Education at Florida A&M University, will be singing. She uses her gift of music to spread a message of hope and love to inspire people all over the world. Jase Lindsey, a Tallahassee native and talented dancer who enjoys teaching spiritual dance, will also perform. He is majoring in Music at Tallahassee Community College and hopes to one day take his talents to Broadway.

The event will be at 10:30 a.m., Friday, February 17 at the Florida State University Student Services Building, 874 Traditions Way, Room 203. Limited parking is available on Woodward Avenue between the FSU Police Department and the Student Services Building.