Kathryn Shea

Chief Executive Officer

Kathryn Shea currently serves as CEO of The Florida Center. She is an experienced administrator and clinician with over 35 years experience in infant mental health, emotional and behavioral disturbance in children, and fetal alcohol and drug effects. She has served as CEO of a not-for-profit child serving agency for infants and young children with vulnerabilities, providing an array of prevention and intervention services. As agency COO, was instrumental in working with local and state government and private foundations to build sustainable systems of care for young children with mental health and fetal alcohol related problems, thus expanding agency services statewide. She developed two fetal alcohol diagnostic clinics in the country and is a national trainer on this topic. She has directed one of three infant mental health pilot projects in the state of Florida and developed a crosswalk from the DC: 0-3R Diagnostic Manual to the ICD-9-CM, which was accepted by the state Department of Children and Families and the Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA), the state Medicaid agency. She is skilled in training on a variety of topics related to infant mental health, child welfare, fetal alcohol spectrum disorder, leadership development, and social advocacy. Kathryn served as past Chair of the Community Alliance of Sarasota County and Chair of the Legislative Advocacy Committee of the Alliance.