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 the same field. 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 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 than 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
Clinical Director of 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.
Clinical Director of Mental Health Services
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
Director of Marketing and CommunicationsMerab FavoriteMerab earned her bachelor of arts degree in journalism from the University of South Florida in 2011. Merab is a published author with more than 15 years of experience working in communications. She has been employed as a reporter, columnist, magazine writer, and communications and marketing professional in both the government and non-profit sectors. Merab has developed a special niche in local history and has written two books on the subject. Merab likes to unwind from a busy workweek by spending Friday nights at the beach and watching the sunset. She also gets out on the water as much as she can, paddling around on her stand-up paddleboard sometimes with her children in tow.
Director of Marketing and Communications
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
Jennifer Hatcher, LCSW
The Strauss Initiative of the Community Foundation of Sarasota CountyJennifer Hatcher, LCSW
The Strauss Initiative of the Community Foundation of Sarasota County
Pam Hodge, CWCM/SUP
Director of Early Childhood CourtPam 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
Shaun P. Hoyle, B.S.
Director of Training and Professional DevelopmentShaun P. Hoyle, B.S.Shaun earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in business from Florida Southern College. She went on to achieve certifications as a parent educator, coach, and trainer from the Academy of Parenting Education and Coaching (formerly the International Network of Children and Families). Shaun founded Life Lessons of Manasota, LLC, in 2002, offering parenting classes, courses, and coaching. She is a member of the 12th Circuit Family Court Professional Collaborative, serving as a board member from 2009-2018, secretary from 2011-2017, and as the communication liaison since 2018. In 2015, she was awarded Member of the Year from Next Generation Divorce. She is excited to further her passion for empowering children by educating parents, childcare providers, teachers, and others.
Director of Training and Professional Development
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
Director of Early EducationAlexis LeRouxAlexis earned her bachelor’s degree in art education from Tufts University in Medford, Mass. in 2007. She received her education licensure in both Massachusetts and Florida and is certified to teach English worldwide. In 2021, she obtained her Childcare Director Credential from the Florida Department of Children and Families.
Director of Early Education
Alexis has been an educator for the last 20 years. With a specialization in fine arts, she has spread her love of artistry to children all over the U.S. and abroad by working with several organizations including the prestigious Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. In 2001, she traveled to India to educate children in a Himalayan village, many of whom had never before used a crayon or seen a piece of paper. Most recently, she focused on the craftsmanship of language, teaching English to elementary children in Spain. As Site Director of Starfish Academy, Alexis’ love of creativity inspires students to explore their artistic abilities as a means of expression. She is constantly amazed by the positive benefits the art process has on youth, even at an early age. Alexis hopes to engage students in several projects throughout her tenure including murals, immersive classrooms, and emotion-evoking individual art.
Kim A. Williams, CCC-SLP
Director of Developmental Therapy Services, Speech-Language PathologistKim 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, Speech-Language Pathologist
Board ChairMichele MillerMichele Miller is a Vice President and Senior Trust Advisor on the Wealth Management team in Northern Trust’s Sarasota office. Michele takes great pride in providing exceptional client service and advising clients on estate planning, wealth transfer and transfer tax saving techniques, and trust administration. Michele works with clients to ensure their estate and tax planning adequately and effectively meets each client’s specific goals and concerns. She is committed to incorporating the values of service, expertise, and integrity into each relationship.
Prior to joining Northern Trust, Michele was an attorney in private practice in Minnesota, specializing in estate and transfer tax planning, trust and estate administration, business law, real estate, and advising non-profit entities. She has in-depth knowledge of estate planning tools and techniques at all levels of complexity. Prior to attending law school, Michele worked in human resources and employee benefits and was a licensed group health and life insurance agent.
Michele was born and raised in Minnesota and earned her B.A. in organizational behavior summa cum laude from the College of St. Scholastica, Duluth, Minnesota, and her J.D. magna cum laude from William Mitchell College of Law, St. Paul, Minnesota. She and her husband, Dennis, have been married for 25 years and have one daughter who is studying to be a nurse. In her free time, Michele enjoys spending time with her family and dogs, reading, kayaking, and traveling.
Michele is passionate about serving the communities in which she lives and works, which includes sitting on boards and volunteering her time. In addition to serving on the Board of Directors of The Florida Center for Early Childhood, Michele also sits on the Board of Directors of NAMI Sarasota and Manatee Counties, Inc. While in Minnesota, Michele served on the Board of Directors of the Human Development Center, a community mental health center, the Board of Directors of the St. Louis County (Minnesota) Historical Society, and on the Board of Directors of Lake Superior Youth Chorus.
Vice ChairEddie 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.
TreasurerTim WilsonTim is a manufacturing executive who has worked internationally across a broad range of industries including medical, aerospace, automotive, and semiconductor capital equipment. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering from the University of Michigan and his master’s degree from Syracuse University. He has held senior management positions with Danaher, Emerson Electric, and Welch Allyn. In 2005 he became CEO of Audax Private Equity. Most recently he was President of the Specialist Components Division of Essentra PLC, a U.K based manufacturing conglomerate. He has served on boards of child advocacy centers in both New York and Illinois and continues to advocate for children by serving on boards and committees for several non-profits. Tim has been married to his wife Teresa for 32 years and has two grown daughters. They recently relocated to the Sarasota area and are excited to become involved with The Florida Center and continue their passion for helping children.
MemberJanine ColpittsMs. Janine Colpitts is a licensed certified public accountant and University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee graduate. With over 15 years of combined experience in public and private accounting, Janine joined Suplee, Shea, Cramer & Miller, PA in 2021 as a Tax Manager. As a Tax Manager, Ms. Colpitts specializes in individual and business taxation, tax planning, and research as well as provides supervision, training, and mentorship of staff and senior accountants. Janine has experience working in both corporate and public accounting, which has strengthened her ability to support clients’ accounting needs across multiple industries.
Ms. Colpitts has very strong ties to the community as a Sarasota, FL native and is a member of several organizations, including the American Institute of CPA’s (AICPA), Florida Institute of CPA’s (FICPA), The Leading Edge Alliance, and former community board member of Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Sun Coast. In her downtime, Janine enjoys spending time with her husband, 3 children, and four-legged friends as well as reading, yoga, going to the beach, boating, paddle boarding, crossword puzzles, and painting.
Hon. Rochelle Curley
MemberHon. Rochelle CurleyJudge Curley graduated from the University of Oklahoma College of Law in Norman, Okla. with a Juris Doctorate. She began her legal career as a prosecutor with the Office of the State Attorney in Manatee County. In 2001, she worked as defense counsel for a national insurance company. In 2004, she accepted a position to represent plaintiffs Shapiro Delgado law firm in Sarasota. In 2006, Judge Curley was elected to the Circuit Court bench, beginning her term in January of 2007. She was assigned to the family division, civil division, and criminal division and serves a four-year assignment in the juvenile division where she presides over dependency and delinquency cases. She became familiar with The Florida Center through its Early Childhood Court program, which is operated in partnership with the Safe Children Coalition. Judge Curley is involved in a variety of community organizations because she enjoys making a positive difference in the lives of others residing in Sarasota, Manatee, and Desoto counties.
Dr. Neal Horen
MemberDr. Neal HorenNeal Horen is the Director of the Early Childhood Division at the Center for Child and Human Development, and the Director of the HOYA clinic in the Department of Psychiatry. In that capacity, he oversees the Center's efforts in early childhood including work in professional development, technical assistance, research and evaluation, and clinical services.
Dr. Horen has been a leader in the field of early childhood mental health for the last two decades. He has assisted all states, a number of tribal nations and territories, and hundreds of communities in the development of systems of care for young children and their families. Dr. Horen has provided technical assistance and is considered one of the country's leading experts in the development of a system of care in early childhood. He is the lead on early childhood for The TA Network.
In addition, Dr. Horen has co-led the Center's efforts around Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation. He serves as co-lead of the National Center of Excellence on Infant/Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation and lectures extensively across the country. He has led a number of state and community efforts to build mental health consultation services. Dr. Horen co-leads the mental health efforts at the Head Start National Center on Early Childhood Health and Wellness. He presents across the country on issues related to early childhood mental health including addressing challenging behavior, addressing trauma in young children and their families as well as staff wellness.
Dr. Horen is a licensed child psychologist providing therapeutic services and provide mental health consultations to young children and their families. He works closely with other members of the Department of Psychiatry in coordinating services and support for families.
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.
MemberEmmalee 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.
MemberGreg PovolnyGreg Povolny has more than 30 years of professional experience achieving new methods of using and manipulating data for the well-being of communities. Greg got his start working for IBM, then established patented technology based on innovations for new and effective approaches to data interoperability and transfer. He later founded Mindshare Technology, an internationally recognized leader in developing and implementing methods to positively impact the many aspects of child well-being. Greg passionately believes in developing solutions that help maintain social equity and provide long-term benefits for children, families, and the community. He has established a reputation as an innovative thinker, leader, and strong advocate for those efforts that best support and nurture children across multiple geographies and cultures.
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.
Dr. Sarah Swasey
MemberDr. Sarah SwaseySarah has worked in education for 20 years. First as a classroom teacher and then as a school psychologist. She currently works as a Licensed School Psychologist with Herrera Psychology (a local private practice) and Telement (a sister company that contracts with local agencies). Her primary role is to work with students who attend area charter schools. She provides individual and group counseling consults with school teams and parents, and administers psychoeducational assessments. She also provides individual therapy and evaluation through private practice. Sarah’s passion lies in helping children become the happiest, healthiest, and most successful versions of themselves. Sarah is thrilled to serve on the board of the Florida Center and hopes to provide support for the great work being done. She firmly believes in the mission of building and fostering strong families and expanding the potential of young children.
MemberMelissa WalshMelissa Walsh, CFA, CFP, AIF is the Founder and President of Clarity Financial Design, a financial planning firm specializing in helping women dream big, plan carefully, and stay focused on their financial purpose. When she’s not at work, Melissa enjoys volunteering in the community and has made a commitment to spending 10 percent of her time supporting organizations that are meaningfully impacting the well-being of local children and families. Melissa grew up in Sarasota and she and her husband Steve are currently raising her two young daughters here. Melissa’s passion for making a meaningful difference in the lives of young families led her to become involved with The Florida Center, first on the Finance Committee and eventually joining the Board.
MemberJeffrey 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.