Chief Operating Officer
Kristie is currently the Chief Operating Officer at the Florida Center for Early Childhood. Prior to her role as COO, Kristie was the Vice President of Clinical Services in which she oversaw the Early Childhood Mental Health program and the Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Clinic. Kristie is a licensed mental health counselor who has been with the Florida Center since 1997. In January of 1997, Sarasota County became the first county in Florida to privatize child welfare and Kristie was hired as a mental health counselor to work with young children in the foster care system. She has completed the 18-month infant mental health training through Florida State University’s Harris Institute, and in 2003 she received specialized Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Diagnostic training from the University of Washington.
Kristie has a Master of Science degree in Counseling and Psychology and a Doctor of Education degree in Counseling. Kristie expertise in the areas of infant/young children’s mental health and fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) has extended the opportunity to present at local, state and national conferences on related topics. As a graduate of FSU’s Harris Institute’s Infant Mental Health Training, Kristie was invited to be a lead trainer in 20012/2013, training numerous clinicians in infant mental health practices from all of over the state. Kristie is passionate about her work and loves to educate other professionals about the unique needs of young children. Kristie is also a trained facilitator of Dr. Ellen Galinsky’s Mind in the Making workshop series. Kristie is a Florida native. She and her husband have two young children.