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Created in 2001, the Council on Homelessness was charged to develop policies and recommendations to reduce homelessness in Florida. The Council consists of seventeen members, representing nine state agency heads or their designees, four members appointed by the Governor, four members representing statewide organizations and homeless advocacy groups, and one ex-officio member.

~ Member Biographies ~

Kristin Vallese, Executive Communications Director
Department of Children & Families
Kristin Vallese

Kristin Vallese is the Department of Children and Families 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.

Sean Lewis, Training and Technical Assistance Coordinator
Departmentof Economic Opportunity
Sean Lewis

Sean Lewis began working with the State of Florida in 1991 with the Department of Health and Rehabilitative Services in Economic Services. He continued working with social issues including welfare reform, aging and mental health, and child care regulation reform during his time at the Florida House of Representatives. During this time he also acquired skills in program evaluation, program budgeting, economic development planning and the legislative appropriations process. Later, he joined the Department of Elder Affairs, developing demographic profiles for better client services targeting, as well as developing program and customer services evaluation tools. In 2004 he joined the Department of Community Affairs as the Special Projects Coordinator for the Division of Housing and Community Development. Celebrating twenty years of service to the State of Florida, Mr. Lewis is currently working as the Training and Technical Assistance Coordinator for the Community Development Block Grant Program within the Department of Economic Opportunity.Mr. Lewis holds a B.S. in Economics and a Master of Applied Social Sciences (M.A.S.S.) degree in Public Management, both from Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University.

Glen Davis, Program Administrator, Office of Health Professional Recruitment
Department of Health

Glen Davis is the Director of the State Primary Care Office and the Program Administrator of the Office of Health Professional Recruitment for the Florida Department of Health. Davis received his Master’s in Health Services Management from the University of Missouri – Columbia. Before joining the Department of Health, he worked at the Agency for Health Care Administration in the Bureau of Medicaid Services. In addition, he has extensive experience as a rural hospital administrator in Florida, Georgia, and Missouri.

Alene Tarter, Director, Division of Benefits & Assistance
Department of Veterans Affairs
Alene Tarter

Ethel A. (“Alene”) Tarter has served in a myriad of leadership roles both in the United States Air Force, and with the Florida Department of Veterans’ Affairs. She served first as a Veteran’s Claims Examiner beginning in October 1999, Claims Bureau Supervisor for the Florida Department of Veterans’ Affairs in 2002. In 2006, she was selected as the Bureau Chief for the Claims Bureau of the Division of Benefits and Assistance and was subsequently promoted to the position of Director of the Benefits and Assistance Division of the Florida Department of Veterans’ Affairs in March, 2009. She manages 79 personnel in the Bureaus of Veterans’ Claims, Field Services, and the State Approving Agency for Veterans’ Training. She is a member of VISN 8 Veteran’s OEF/OIF Reintegration and Suicide Prevention panel, the Florida Council on Homelessness, State Jail Diversion and Trauma Recovery/Reintegration State Advisory Council, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Policy Academy for Returning Veterans and Their Families, the Supreme Court Task Force for Substance Abuse and Mental Health, and she serves as FDVA representative for SAMHSA’s Military Families Strategic Initiative for Reclaiming Recovery, Resiliency, and Readiness. Ms. Tarter was named the Florida Veterans’ Service Officer of the Year in 2002 by the National Association of County Veterans Service Officers. Ms. Ms. Tarter is a retired Master Sergeant from the United States Air Force and she holds an Associate Degree in Medical Laboratory Technology and Education, with a Master of Business Administration degree with a specialization in Health Care Administration.

William Carr, Assistant Secretary, Re-entry
Department of Corrections
William Carr

William Carr was appointed to the council in 2012 by Florida Department of Corrections Secretary Kenneth Tucker, under which he currently serves as the Assistant Secretary of Re-Entry. He is responsible for the coordination, direction, development and implementation of comprehensive programs and services, rules, policies and procedures in his area of responsibility. This includes transition services, re-entry grants, educational program services, library services, chaplaincy services, substance abuse treatment programs, faith-based and post-release transitional housing, and community based supervision programs. Additionally, Mr. Carr liaises with other state and county agency representatives, the public, and community-based organizations to advance the department’s re-entry mission while developing efficient and cost effective processes to reduce ex-offender recidivism. Mr. Carr holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Ball State University, as well as a Juris Doctorate degree from Indiana University School of Law. He has over 20 years’ experience in corrections, serving as General Counsel, Legislative Liaison and Public Affairs Director for the Indiana Department of Correction. Prior to making the move to Florida, Mr. Carr served as the President and CEO of CMC Ownership, a juvenile detention and re-entry service company, and has previously served as the Chairman of the Indiana State Employee’s Appeal Commission.

Molly McKinstry, Deputy Sec’ty. for Health Quality Assurance
Agency for Health Care Administration
Molly McKinstry

Ms. McKinstry is the Deputy Secretary for the Division of Health Quality Assurance within the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration. The Division includes over 600 staff, responsible for the regulation of 40 different types of health care providers, and 42,000 entities, including hospitals, nursing homes, assisted living facilities, home health agencies and managed care organizations; the review of architectural and emergency plans for health care facilities; the investigation of consumer complaints against health care facilities; the determination of need for additional health care facilities and services (Certificate of Need); and the provision of related training to staff, consumers and providers. She is the Agency's emergency operations coordinator representing the Agency before the Legislature and other organizations. During her tenure with the Agency, Ms. McKinstry has held the positions of Bureau Chief of Long Term Care Services and Program Manager and consultant/analyst! in the Long Term Care Unit as well as a specialist in the Medicaid program. She also formerly served as Director of Regulatory Affairs/Membership Services for the Florida Association of Homes for the Aging. Ms. McKinstry has over twenty years of health care experience; ranging from working with Medicaid service providers, managing long term care regulation, health care provider background screening, centralized intake for all licensure programs and technology system support and training for licensing, document management and health care provider emergency status systems.

Lorraine Allen, Director, Homeless Education Program
Department of Education
Lorraine Allen

Lorraine Husum Allen has been the Director of Homeless Education for the Florida Department of Education (FDOE) since January 2007. She also supervised the Title I, Part D Neglected and Delinquent Program from April 2007-January 2008. Prior to assuming these duties, she served as the Director of the Office of Safe and Healthy Schools. In that position, her responsibilities included overseeing the Safe and Drug-Free School Program, school-wide discipline and school safety data collection and reporting, school safety and security initiatives, and School Emergency Management Planning activities. From March 2004-June 2006, she also was the administrator over the Coordinated School Health Program and physical and health education programs. Ms. Allen has worked in a variety of positions and areas for the Florida Department of Education (FDOE) and the State University System of Florida for over 28 years. Allen has a master’s degree in Public Administration from the Florida State University as well as a B.S. in Government and a B.A. in Spanish. She is originally from the Panama Canal Zone, and currently resides in Tallahassee, Florida.

Chris Hart, President
Workforce Florida, Inc.
Chris Hart

Chris Hart IV is President/CEO of Workforce Florida Inc., the nonprofit, public-private organization charged with policy-setting and oversight of Florida’s workforce system. In this role, Hart is at the center of efforts to ensure the state has the talent needed to strengthen the global competitiveness of Florida businesses while also assisting Floridians with enhancing their skills to enter, remain and advance in the workforce. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and National Chamber Foundation have ranked Florida No. 1 in the nation for its workforce and training recognizing the workforce system’s job-placement performance as well as its training incentives program for new and expanding businesses, Quick Response Training.Hart has served as the Interim Director of the Governor’s Office of Tourism, Trade and Economic Development (OTTED) under the administrations of both Governor Rick Scott and Governor Charlie Crist. In this role, he was key to efforts to align resources and priorities in Florida to meet the current and future needs of Florida’s businesses and its workforce through promoting job placement and creation, talent development, economic growth and diversity and business competitiveness. Hart also was appointed by Governor Crist in June 2010 to Chair the Governor’s Gulf Oil Spill Economic Recovery Task Force.Prior to becoming Workforce Florida’s leader, Hart was the Senior Vice President of External Affairs and Investor Relations for Enterprise Florida Inc. Previously, he served in the Florida House of Representatives for two terms and was a small business owner. Hart currently serves on the boards of the Florida Chamber Foundation, the Institute for Human & Machine Cognition, the Florida Research Consortium and ITFlorida. He earned his Master of Business Administration from the University of South Florida and holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Florida State University where he majored in Political Science.

Claudia Tuck, Director, Human and Veteran Services
Florida Association of Counties
Claudia Tuck

Claudia Tuck is currently the Division Director of Human and Veteran Services for Palm Beach County. In this position, she is responsible for Homeless Service Planning, Homeless Lead Agency, Homeless Outreach and contracted services, Emergency and Self-Sufficiency programs, Indigent Cremation, Summer Camp Scholarship and Summer Food Service Programs and Veteran Advocacy. She was previously employed at the Oakwood Center of the Palm Beaches where she worked for over 25 years, and held the positions of Associate Director; Department Director of Continuing Care; Housing Services; Personal Growth Services; Case Management Services; and Geriatric Core Services; as well as several Supervisory positions preceding the directorships. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a Licensed Health Care Risk Manager. Ms. Tuck is the President-Elect of the Florida Association of County Human Service Administrators. She is a current member of the National Association of Social Workers and the Academy of Certified Social Workers. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Relations and Sociology from the University of Delaware, and a Master of Social Work degree from Florida State University. Ms. Tuck has been a Field Instructor at Barry University for MSW students as well as an adjunct faculty member at Palm Beach Community College.

Alana Brenner, Orlando City Clerk
Florida League of Cities
Alana Brenner

Alana Brenner was appointed Orlando City Clerk by Mayor Buddy Dyer on June 1, 2004. In that capacity, she serves as the corporate secretary for the city and is responsible for agenda development, records and archives management, city elections, Citizen Board appointments and Greenwood Cemetery. Brenner also serves as the Mayor’s point person on policy concerning issues of homelessness. She is currently serving as staff liaison for the City with the Central Florida Commission on Homelessness and was the Co-chair of the Inaugural Project Homeless Connect Central Florida which took place in December of 2006 and which has now become an annual event in Orlando. Alana currently serves as a board member of IDignity, Inc. and of the Foundation for Foster Children. Prior to her appointment, Alana was a practicing attorney for 19 years. She is a 1982 graduate of the University of Maryland and a 1985 graduate of the Marshall Wythe School of Law at the College of William and Mary in Virginia.

Shannon Nazworth, Director, Ability Housing
Florida Supportive Housing Coalition
Shannon Nazworth

ShannonNazworth is the executive director of Ability Housing. She was hired inNovember 2003 to transform a service organization’s small housing programinto an independent nonprofit organization dedicated to the development andoperation of quality, affordable housing for adults with disabilities. Sincethen, the organization has expanded its mission to the provision of quality,affordable, community inclusive housing for individuals and familiesexperiencing or at risk of homelessness and adults with disabilities.Ms. Nazworth has over fifteen years’ experience in the development of affordable housing. She is the former Associate Director of Habitat forHumanity of the Jacksonville Beaches, Inc.; Regional Administrator forHabitat for Humanity International; and Chief Financial Officer of Habitatfor Humanity of Jacksonville, Inc.She chairs the State of Florida Council on Homelessness, is Board President ofthe Florida Supportive Housing Coalition, and was awarded the “Advocate ofthe Year” Award by the 2011 Southeast Institute on Homelessness andSupportive Housing. Ms. Nazworth is also a member of the Leadership Jacksonville class of 2011;graduated magna cum laude from Boston College; and has received aCertificate in Nonprofit Management from Duke University and a Certificatein Leadership from Harvard University’s School of Business.

Bill Aldinger, Coordinator, Supportive Housing
Florida Housing Finance Corporation
Bill Aldinger

Bill Aldinger is the Supportive Housing Coordinator for the Florida Housing Finance Corporation. Aldinger’s responsibilities include: assisting in developing and implementing Florida Housing’s supportive housing/special needs populations policy; representing the Corporation on supportive housing/special needs workgroups and committees; and serving as the special needs housing liaison between Florida Housing and state agencies, developers, supportive housing providers, advocates and other stakeholders. Before coming to Florida Housing in 2006, Aldinger served as the Director of the Elderly Housing Unit, as well as the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Florida Coming Home Program at the Florida Department of Elder Affairs. He has more than 25 years experience in both the public and private sectors working in the fields of aging, community based services development, supportive housing, and mental health.

Rayme Nuckles, Executive Director
Florida Coalition for the Homeless
Rayme Nuckles

Rayme Nuckles serves as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Homeless Coalition of Hillsborough County located in Tampa, Florida. As the first CEO of the organization, he has developed the capacity to implement significant organizational changes which include expanding housing and services for the homeless. He also serves as the President of the Florida Coalition for the Homeless and has served on the board since 2003. He currently serves on the Governor’s Council on Homelessness, is Chair of the Continuum of Care Committee for the Council, and on the Executive Committee. He currently serves on the Affordable Housing Task Force of Hillsborough County. He has previously served on the Community Action Program (CAP) Board for Hillsborough County. Prior to his work with HCHC, he served as the Leasing & Occupancy Manager at the Tampa Housing Authority, (THA) which operates a Housing Choice Voucher program with over 4500 families and a Public Housing Program with over 2000 units. He was instrumental in assisting THA in opening one of the first Assisted Living Facilities in the nation for low-income seniors, operated by a Housing Authority. Before moving to Tampa, Nuckles was the Executive Director of the Fort Dodge Housing Agency a conglomerate of Housing Authorities in Iowa, a pilot project with the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development, which led to a new federal program. He assisted with the development of one of the first Continuum of Care applications in Iowa and has worked with COC’s since 1995. Nuckles holds two bachelor’s degrees from Eckerd College, one in Human Development, the other in Organizational Studies and he holds a master’s degree from Springfield College in Organizational Management and Leadership.

Jeff McAdams, President, Gator Lodge #67, Fraternal Order of Police
Governor’s Appointee

Teri Saunders, Executive Director, Heartland for Children
Ex-Officio Appointee
Teri Saunders

Teri Saunders is the Chief Executive Officer for Heartland for Children in Bartow, Florida. Heartland for Children is the local not-for-profit organization responsible for redesigning and overseeing the child welfare system in Polk, Highlands and Hardee Counties. Ms. Saunders currently serves as a board member for the Florida Coalition for Children Foundation and the Winter Haven YMCA. She is a member of the Polk Vision Quality of Life Task Force and previously served as the President of the Children’s Cabinet of the 10th Circuit. Ms. Saunders has over 17 years of experience working in the human services field. She served as a faculty member of the University of South Florida’s Louis de la Parte Florida Mental Health Institute for nine years. During this time she conducted program evaluation and outcome assessment projects for the Department of Children and Families. Ms. Saunders has been working and volunteering in the child welfare field since 2001. She served as the Chair of the Heartland for Children Board of Directors prior to taking the CEO position for that organization. She holds a BA degree in psychology from the University of Oklahoma and a master’s degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from the University of Central Florida.

Arthur Rosenberg, Attorney, Florida Legal Services
Governor’s Appointee
Arthur Rosenberg

Arthur Rosenberg is an attorney with Florida Legal Services (FLS), a statewide nonprofit that provides civil legal assistance to the poor. He is involved in legislative, policy, and community-based advocacy with a focus on employment, homeless, consumer, and public benefit issues. He previously directed the Homeless Unit at Legal Services of Greater Miami, providing legal assistance to homeless persons throughout Miami-Dade County. In addition to legislative advocacy in the Florida legislature on FLS’s broad range of issues, his work at FLS includes: 1) co-founder and co-chair of the Community Coalition for a Living Wage in Miami-Dade County, made up of workers, unions, faith based organizations, and community groups working for living wages and worker justice. CCLW’s work resulted in the passage of living wage ordinances in Miami-Dade County (1999), the City of Miami Beach (2001), Broward County (2002) and Miami (2006) and is coordinating similar efforts locally and throughout Florida; 2) co-counsel in Pottinger v. City of Miami, a federal lawsuit protecting the civil rights of homeless persons; 3) assuring compliance with the Florida Labor Pool Act, a state law that FLS helped pass to address the exploitive practices of day labor pools, providing contingent worker training, community education, and legal assistance; 4) efforts to expand unemployment insurance eligibility for low wage and part time workers and improve access to UI benefits; 5) helping secure the passage of the Florida Title Loan Act and Payday Loan Act in the Florida Legislature. Mr. Rosenbergb is chair of Miami-Dade County’s Living Wage Commission. Before moving to Florida in 1992, he practiced disability law, serving as the Deputy Director of the New Jersey Department of the Public Advocate’s Division of Mental Health Advocacy and then as Senior Attorney for Protection and Advocacy, Inc. in Sacramento, California.

Joanell Greubel, Certified DV Advocate, HOPE Family Services, Inc.
Governor’s Appointee
Joanell Greubel

Joanell Greubel works as a Certified Domestic Violence Advocate at HOPE Family Services, Inc. in Manatee County. She also serves on the board of the Suncoast Partnership to End Homelessness and she is active in community and statewide homeless agencies and issues. She works with Pastor Bob and Kimberly Johnson Ministries researching issues involving human trafficking and sex slavery of women and children throughout the world. Joanell served for nine-and-one-half years as manager of The Salvation Army Family Lodge in Manatee County and she has worked extensively with at-risk teens, the developmentally disabled, and with women and children facing life-controlling problems. She co-founded and directed Charis House in Redding, CA, a faith-based program for mothers and children in crisis.

Lindsey Berling Cannon, Regional Director
Catholic Charities of Pensacola
Lindsey Berling Cannon

Lindsey Berling Cannon serves as Regional Director of the Pensacola Regional Office of Catholic Charities of NWFL. She is responsible for overall operations, policy and procedure development and budgetary management of six programs: Emergency Assistance, Immigration Services, Refugee Services, Adoption Services, Bridges to Circles poverty program, and the Health Professions Opportunity Grant in conjunction with Pensacola State College. She oversees performance and quality improvement for all Catholic Charities offices from Pensacola to Tallahassee and she administers the Regional Advisory Board of up to 21 members. Prior to working for Catholic Charities, Cannon was a program manager for Anchorage Children’s Home, Children’s Home Society, and Florida MENTOR. She also was clinical administrator and family development specialist for Foster America, Inc. A Florida native from Panama City, Cannon holds a master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling and Vocational Rehabilitation from the University of South Florida and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Florida State University. She and her husband Neal and their English springer spaniel live in Pensacola.