State of Florida
Department of Children and Families
Jeb Bush
Governor

Lucy D. Hadi
Secretary


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Media Contact: Brenda Brody
August 18, 2006 850-488-4855

DCF APPOINTS DISTRICT 11 ADMINISTRATOR

TALLAHASSEE - Department of Children and Families (DCF) Secretary Lucy D. Hadi today announced the appointment of Gilda P. Ferradaz as District 11 Administrator. Ms. Ferradaz will oversee district programs and operations in Miami-Dade and Monroe Counties, defined as District 11 in the DCF organizational structure. Ms. Ferradaz has been serving as the acting District Administrator since April and will continue in her administration duties moving forward.

"Gilda is a proven leader in her district and the ideal choice to step into this position full time," said Secretary Hadi. "She has the knowledge base and experience necessary to successfully lead this district in their continued operations."

Through her tenure with the department, Ms. Ferradaz has obtained a great deal of experience in both programmatic and operational oversight. In her previous position as Director of Programs for District 11, Ferradaz has been responsible for the management of the district's Economic Self-Sufficiency Services (ESS), Adult Services, Adult Protective Investigations as well as Foster Care Licensing and Alcohol, Drug Abuse and Mental Health programs. In addition, Ms. Ferradaz has served on the Miami-Dade County Homeless Trust Board since 2003 and the South Florida Workforce Board since 2004.

Prior to her appointment as Director of Programs, Ms. Ferradaz served as the Division Director for District 11's ESS services. In this position, Ms. Ferradaz provided oversight to 24 services centers in Miami-Dade County and three service centers in Monroe County serving upwards of 450,000 individuals monthly.

In the ten years prior to her appointment as ESS Division Director in Miami-Dade and Monroe Counties, Ms. Ferradaz served as the Senior Human Services Program Manager also in Miami-Dade overseeing the programmatic and operational aspects of the Food Stamp, Project Independence and Overpayment, Fraud and Recoupment programs.

Ms. Ferradaz earned a bachelor's of arts in Psychology from Florida International University in 1978. She currently resides in West Miami with her husband and their two children.

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