State of Florida
Department of Children and Families
Charlie Crist
Governor

Robert A. Butterworth
Secretary


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Media Contact: Al Zimmerman
May 31, 2007 850-488-4855

Department of Children and Families Welcomes New Leadership
- Secretary Butterworth appoints new regional leadership as part of the Department's structural improvement plans -

TALLAHASSEE- Florida Department of Children and Families Secretary Bob Butterworth announced new additions to his leadership team this week as part of the Department's ongoing transition to a regionalized structure. In accordance with the passage of Senate Bill 1394, the Department is restructuring into five regional offices which will provide support to what will be 20 Department circuits. Butterworth appointed three new Regional Directors today, tasked with providing administrative support functions for all Department circuits located within their regions. Butterworth also announced the appointment of Steve Holmes, former Department Chief of Staff as the Director of the Department's Office of Strategic Planning and Innovation.

Walt Cook has been appointed Regional Director for the Department's northwest Florida circuits, based out of Tallahassee. Cook has served as the District Administrator to Children and Families District 1 serving Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa, and Walton counties since 2003. Prior to serving as District Administrator, Cook worked as the Department Human Resources Director. Before joining the Department in 1996, Cook was the Director of Human Resources for the State Department of Transportation and held the same position at Sandestin Beach Hilton Golf and Tennis Resort and Stouffer Dallas Hotel.

In addition to his work in the private sector, Mr. Cook served the nation as an officer in the United States Air Force for more than 27 years. He served as Base Personnel Director from 1966 through 1978 at various Air Force bases, with a tour in Vietnam in 1967 and 1968 as a Squadron Commander. From 1978 to 1980, he was Chief of Enlisted Long-Range Requirements. From 1980 to 1982, he was Senior Military Assistant to the Deputy Secretary for Civilian Personnel Policy at the Pentagon. He then became Deputy Chief of Staff for Personnel at Air University for three years, where he retired at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. Prior to his 30 years as a human resources professional, he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree at Louisiana Polytechnic University in 1966. He has also attended the Harvard Business School Program for Management Development and Air Command and Staff College in 1970 and 1982, respectively.

Nancy Dreicer has been appointed Regional Director of the Department's northeast Florida circuits, based out of Jacksonville. Dreicer joined the Department in 2003 as the District Administrator for District 4, serving Baker, Clay, Duval, Nassau and St. John's counties.

Dreicer came to the Department following a successful career in the business world serving as Chief Operating Officer for two respected companies, Lucent Technologies Mobility and AT&T American Transtech. At Lucent, Dreicer was part of a management team that oversaw operations in the United Kingdom, the United States and five other countries. As one of AT&T American Transtech's original officers, Dreicer was instrumental in the company's decision to locate the company's operations in Jacksonville. Dreicer has been honored with an EVE Award for employment from The Florida Times-Union and has received two TWIN (Tribute to Women in Industry) awards. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from Douglass College in New Brunswick, New Jersey, and also completed executive courses at Harvard, IMD at Lausanne, Switzerland, and the Aspen Institute.

John Cooper has been appointed Regional Director of the Department's central Florida circuits, based out of Orlando. Cooper has served as the District Administrator in the Department's District 13 serving Citrus, Hernando, Lake, Marion and Sumter counties since August 2006. Cooper previously worked as the Department's District Operations Administrator in District 7, which includes Brevard, Orange, Osceola and Seminole counties and as the Deputy Director of the Florida Abuse Hotline. Cooper also worked as a Protective Investigator in Ft. Myers, for which he was recognized with several merit and achievement awards, progressing to the position of Supervisor of Protective Investigations, in Ft. Myers, and then to the position of Department Senior Management Analyst Supervisor in Tallahassee. Cooper served as a military police officer from 1983 to 1985 and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminology from Florida State University in 1988.

Nick Cox, appointed to Regional Director in the Department's Suncoast Region in March of this year, will continue in his current position.

Steve Holmes has been appointed Children and Families' Director of the Office of Strategic Planning and Innovation. Holmes, a retired Marine Lieutenant Colonel, will serve as the Departmental Quality Officer in this role and coordinate Department efforts to strengthen and maintain quality performance standards and develop new and innovative solutions to Department issues. Holmes formerly formerly served the Department as Chief of Staff and Senior Executive Assistant to Secretary Butterworth.

For more information about the programs and services offered by the Florida Department of Children and Families, visit http://www.myflorida.com/cf_web/.


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