Dr. Kristie Skoglund, IMH-E®
Chief Executive OfficerDr. Kristie Skoglund, IMH-E®Kristie has been a licensed mental health counselor since 2000 and is recognized as an Infant mental health endorsed professional by the states of Michigan and Florida. Kristie has a master’s degree in counseling and psychology and a doctorate degree in counseling. In 1997, when Sarasota became the first county in Florida to privatize child welfare, Kristie was hired one of the first mental health counselors to work with young children in a 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 through the University of Washington. Kristie has formal training in child parent psychotherapy and is a trained facilitator of the Circle of Security parenting program. Kristie has expertise in the areas of infant/young children’s mental health, trauma informed care practices and fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) and has presented workshops on various related topics at local, state and national conferences. Kristie is happily married with boy/girl twins and is a native Floridian.
Chief Executive Officer
Chief Financial OfficerCharmian MillerCharmian Miller has over 20 years of experience as a Chief Financial Officer in the non-profit industry. She has an extensive background with Federal, State and Local Government funding sources. She is a Certified Grant Writing Specialist and has an expansive fundraising background. Charmian has played an integral part in community based collaboration projects including the development and implementation of Community-Based Foster Care project in Manatee County in 1998, the development and implementation of Legislation regarding Residential Group Home Care, specifically 2001 Florida Senate Bill 1214 and the development of the Collaborative Funding Application for Manatee County Government and United Way of Manatee County. Charmian is a huge children’s advocate and goes above and beyond her role to support what she believes to be the right thing to do
Chief Financial Officer
Kristen Theisen, CFRE
Chief Development OfficerKristen Theisen, CFREWith more 15 years of professional experience, Kristen is well-versed in the art of weaving together public relations, marketing, and fundraising. Her time in the private sector working for a global communications firm, a family entertainment company, and a public media outlet provided a strong foundation of transferable skills she now uses to further philanthropy at The Florida Center. Since 2007, Kristen has worked in the nonprofit world, connecting donors with worthy causes. She has led fundraising through annual campaigns, donor relations, special events, planned giving and grant requests. Her efforts with charitable organizations helped them to attain regional awards from the Tampa Bay Business Journal, WEDU public television, and the American Advertising Federation Suncoast Chapter, among others. She looks forward to enhancing awareness and support of the critical work The Florida Center is doing to expand the potential of young children and strengthen their families. Originally from a suburb of Cleveland, Ohio, Kristen is a graduate of Saint Mary’s College in Notre Dame, IN with a degree in Communications. She began her career in Chicago, IL and later relocated to Southwest FL. She obtained her CFRE (Certified Fundraising Executive) credential in 2014 and is a member of the Southwest FL Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals. Kristen is active in the Sarasota-Manatee community and keeps busy with her husband and two young sons.
Chief Development Officer
Kimberly Treharne, LMHC
Chief Operating OfficerKimberly Treharne, LMHCKimberly earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from Oakland University and her Master of Arts degrees in counselor education and clinical mental health from the University of South Florida in 2010. Kimberly has received training in several promising and evidence-based models including CPP, COS, FMF, CPRT, and ARC. Kimberly's clinical experience is focused in early childhood assessment and counseling for families with complex needs. This work has called for collaboration with schools, child welfare, prevention services, and multidisciplinary teams to best serve children and families. As an administrator, Kimberly is interested in preventing compassion fatigue for frontline professionals and supervisors; facilitating trauma and resiliency informed culture; and promoting community partnership to improve family navigation through child-serving systems. Kimberly enjoys spending time outdoors with her family.
Chief Operating Officer
Melissa Bradley, LMHC
Director of School-Based Mental Health ServicesMelissa Bradley, LMHCMelissa earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in psychology from the University of Central Florida in 2005. She went on to achieve her master’s degree in mental health counseling in 2013 from Argosy University. Melissa has expressed a passion for working with young children since 1998. She has served as the director of outpatient mental health services and is now occupying the role of director of school-based mental health services for The Florida Center. Melissa practices ‘time-ins’ with her child at home which supports a positive parent-child relationship based on security, connectedness, and open communication.
Director of School-Based Mental Health Services
Dr. Johnna Brynn
Director of Training & Professional DevelopmentDr. Johnna BrynnJohnna earned a BS in social psychology (2003), MA in psychology (2007), and a PhD in psychology (2019). She has worked with children and families in the community, schools, residential facilities, and in-home programs since 2001 as a therapist, trauma specialist, and therapeutic photography instructor. Johnna also has been a psychology instructor at Full Sail University in Orlando 2016-2019. She has expertise in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, expressive interventions, and working with sexually abused children. Johnna has presented workshops to therapists, photographers, and entrepreneurs worldwide. With a passion to help children, Johnna founded a non-profit organization in 2008 equipping children with an expressive tool of therapeutic photography. She has been the owner of a photography business since 2009, and is excited to utilize her therapeutic background and entrepreneurial skills to impact The Florida Center Training Institute.
Director of Training & Professional Development
Tamra Cajo, LCSW
Director of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders ClinicTamra Cajo, LCSWTamra graduated with a master's degree in social work from Loyola University in Chicago (2005) and a bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of Iowa (1993). Tamra is a bilingual licensed clinical social worker with over 10 years of experience working in early childhood and prevention. Previously, Tamra was the lead trainer in the Midwest for ACT Raising Safe Kids, an evidence-based violence prevention curriculum. In addition, Tamra has been trained in a number of other evidence-based curriculums including Circle of Security Parenting, Families Moving Forward (FMF), Helping the Non-Compliant Child, Chicago Parent Program and Youth Mental Health First Aid. Tamra was certified in Kundalini Yoga in 2001 in Santiago, Chile and has continued to further her education in both yoga and mindfulness for young children. Tamra practices mindfulness and meditation on a daily basis as a way to stay grounded and be present both at work and at home.
Director of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Clinic
Bradley Dorrill, LMHC
Clinical Director of Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health ServicesBradley Dorrill, LMHCBradley earned his Master of Arts in clinical counseling in 2012, from Columbia International University, with a concentration in child and adolescent therapy. Bradley is a licensed mental health counselor with advanced training in the following areas: Rutgers University Adoption Competency certified trainer; Child-Centered Play Therapy (CCPT); Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT); a leader for "A Window Between Worlds" - therapeutic art interventions; rostered as a Child-Parent Psychotherapy (CPP) clinician, and a facilitator for the Circle of Security-Parenting Program (COS-P). Bradley has provided mental health treatment for children ages birth through 17 and their families in various settings including; juvenile detention center, therapeutic daycare, state sexual abuse treatment program, program for children with sexual behavior problems, early childhood outpatient mental health program. Bradley strives to be genuine and empathetic in both his work and personal life, and finds that these characteristics enhance his ability to relate to others in all circumstances.
Clinical Director of Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Services
Director of Human ResourcesGigi GillisGiselle "Gigi" Gillis joined The Florida Center for Early Childhood as the Director of Human Resources bringing six years’ worth of experience in Human Resources in various industries, to include government and military. She is a proud graduate of Columbia Southern University, with a master’s degree in Human Resources Management, and graduated from the University of Phoenix with a master’s degree in Business Administration. Gigi has been a director, manager and a supervisor in her previous roles. She is very passionate and enjoys helping the agency reach its goals and ensuring the best HR practices. Gigi has been part of the United States Army Reserves since 2006. She loves spending time with her family and friends, reading, and visiting her parents during the weekend.
Director of Human Resources
Pam Hodge, CWCM/SUP
Director of Early Childhood Court ServicesPam Hodge, CWCM/SUPPam received her bachelor’s degree in 1989 and began working in child welfare in 1990. She is a state certified child welfare professional and has certifications in maternal/child health. Pam has more than 25 years of experience in the area of child welfare, family preservation and maternal/child health, 20 of which were served in a management role. Most of her experience is specialized in children birth to 6 years of age. Pam was previously employed with The Center and returned to continue her passion for working in the child welfare system. Pam states that the most important thing in her life is her family, so having a family-focused approach in her job comes somewhat natural
Director of Early Childhood Court Services
Vice President of Healthy Families ServicesDebbie KeysoDebbie earned her Bachelor of Social Work Degree from the University of South Florida in 1991. In 2015, she became a peer reviewer for Healthy Families America. Debbie has been working with children and families in the fields of domestic violence, child welfare and child abuse prevention since 1991. She began working for The Florida Center in 1997 and has been part of the Healthy Families program since 1999.
Vice President of Healthy Families Services
Kim A. Williams, CCC-SLP
Director of Developmental Therapy Services/FASD Assessment TeamKim A. Williams, CCC-SLPKim earned her bachelor’s degree in speech and audiology from SUNY Cortland in 1981 and a master’s degree in communication disorders/speech-language pathology from Boston University in 1983. She maintains a Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) in speech-language pathology from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) since 1984. Kim has 36 years of experience working with young children birth to 9 years of age. She has worked with many children who have had established diagnoses and/or developmental delays leading to areas of need in oral-motor/feeding, articulation and/or language and literacy skills to include receptive, expressive and pragmatic language delays or disorders. Kim has always been mindful of respecting the feelings and thoughts of others both at home and at work. She stays busy with home projects, outside sport activities, socializing with friends and families, and most of all keeping up with her husband and Jack Russel terrier. Being well rounded has always been important to her in keeping herself energized and focused; it makes home and work a pleasure!
Director of Developmental Therapy Services/FASD Assessment Team
ChairmanJeffrey WoodinJeff was born and raised in Wilmington, Delaware. He attended the University of Delaware and received his degree in education as well as agriculture in 1990. After graduating college, Jeff became a special education teacher for two years then moved into secondary education where he taught middle school biology. After leaving teaching in 1993, Jeff embarked on a long career in banking, working 12 years for MBNA America where he was the founding officer of several regional offices throughout the USA, Europe, and Canada including Cleveland Ohio, Boca Raton Fla., Atlanta, Chester England and Ottawa, Canada. In 2005, Jeff retired from MBNA to move to Sarasota where he began work in Retail and Commercial Banking. Jeff has worked as a Senior Lender and Market President for various banks such as AmSouth, BMO Harris, Fifth Third, Ameris Bank and recently started as the new Senior Lender for Centennial Bank covering the West Coast of Florida. Jeff’s roots have always been with helping and working with people with special needs. He has served on the board of directors for Pace Center for Girls, Hope Family Services and served as Board Chair for 2 years at Community Haven for Adults and Children with Disabilities prior to joining the board of directors at the Florida Center. He remains driven to support organizations helping the community and is a true champion of children and families, bringing energy and enthusiasm to the board of directors.
Vice ChairmanMelissa Dunlap
SecretaryEmmalee LeglerEmmalee has over 10 years of strategic marketing and communications experience spanning various industries for both profit and non-profit sectors. Emmalee knew about The Florida Center from The Junior League of Sarasota's contributions to their various programs and facilities. The mission and vision of The Florida Center drove her to give back by ultimately serving as a board of director.
MemberSteve DevittSteve Devitt is an experienced Business Development Officer with a demonstrated history of working in the banking industry. Skilled in Banking, Commercial Banking, Leadership, Customer Service, and Finance, he is a strong business development professional with a Bachelor of Arts - BA focused in Economics from University of Arkansas.
MemberLarry LawmanLarry is a graduate of Florida State University and proud Florida native. His professional career spans nearly 25 years in the field of human resources and employee benefits. He has helped hundreds of companies navigate the complexities of employment laws and the ever-changing insurance and healthcare industry. In 2004, he founded Lawman Benefits Consulting, a highly specialized insurance agency committed to helping businesses and non-profit agencies throughout local communities. Larry was introduced to The Florida Center initially in 2007 when he handled their health insurance plan. From there, he and his wife began participating on committees and supporting fundraising events. As his love for the agency, staff, and mission grew, he became an active board member and eventually served as Board Chair. He and his wife continue to actively support the agency in many ways.
MemberEddie Pérez-RubertéEddie Pérez-Ruberté is an Operational Excellence consultant, facilitator, author, speaker and thought leader. He co-authored the book Healthcare Quality Management: A Case Study Approach with Dr. Zac Pruitt and Dr. Candace Smith.
Eddie is currently Senior Lean Internal Consultant at BayCare Health Systems leading the deployment of the lean management system and culture. Eddie is a Certified Lean Expert and a Certified Six Sigma Black Belt from the American Society For Quality. He is an internationally known speaker on applications of Lean in Healthcare, employee engagement and healthcare quality, high-reliability and performance improvement. Eddie held an appointment as Instructor of Health Care Systems Engineering for the College of Medicine at Mayo Clinic. Eddie teaches Lean and Six Sigma certification courses at multiple universities and healthcare organizations around the world. He offers various Lean training and Leadership programs through his consulting company, Areito Group.
Eddie is a member of the Leadership Sarasota class of 2020.
Eddie was first exposed to The Florida Center via United Way in January 2015 and he has been involved with the agency in various capacities ever since. He truly believes in the mission of The Florida Center and has seen first-hand the impact it has on the families of the children we serve. His wife Aneddail is an active volunteer in the classrooms and a member of the gala committee.
MemberScott PinkertonScott is a Certified Financial Planner CFP®) and holds the Certified Investment Management Analyst (CIMA®) Certification, administered by Investment Management Consultants Association®. He has been recognized by Barrons as one of the top 1,200 wealth and investment advisors in America for nine out of the last ten years and is part of the prestigious Barrons Winners Circle. Scott and his wife Julie are active in the Venice community. They raised three daughters in the area and have a passion for helping children and families. When he is not in the board room or office, you might find him brushing up on history or mountain-biking. Scott has been involved with The Florida Center in various capacities for years, officially joining the board of directors in 2018.
MemberOlga StrelkovOlga is a financial advisor with Northwestern Mutual, building relationships with clients and helping them reach their goals. She feels strongly about the work of The Florida Center and continuously seeks way to connect others with the organization.
MemberMelissa WalshMelissa Walsh is a Principal and Wealth Advisor at Allegiant Private Advisors. Melissa’s focus is helping families define and achieve their financial goals through a comprehensive financial planning process. Melissa graduated from the University of Michigan. She holds her Chartered Financial Analyst® designation, is an Accredited Investment Fiduciary®, and has earned the CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ certification. Melissa grew up in Sarasota and is currently raising her two young daughters here. Melissa’s passion for improving the Sarasota community for young families led her to become involved with The Florida Center, first on the Finance Committee and eventually joining the Board.
MemberDana WatkinsDana Watkins is an Investment Advisor Representative with 12 years of experience in the financial industry as a Vice President and Market Leader for two large banks. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from the University of Central Florida, graduating Magna Cum Laude. Dana has served her community on numerous committees and leadership roles, including Omicron Delta Epsilon (International Honors Economics Society), BNI Trusted Professionals of Sarasota, Boy Scouts of America, United Way’s Ready Set Grow Fair, Safe Place for Abuse and Rape Crisis Center, and the Florida Center for Early Childhood.
Dana grew up as a military “brat” but has resided in Florida for more than 30 years. She fell in love with Sarasota, and made it her forever home over a decade ago. Together with her husband Matt, she loves spending time with their five children traveling, cooking, going on adventures, volunteering with their church, having fun on the boat and playing at the beach. During the quiet times, Dana is an avid reader and learner. You can find her baking goodies with love on the weekends, while hanging out with friends and family.