President and CEOKathryn SheaKathryn 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.
President and CEO
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
Dr. Kristie Skoglund
Chief Operating OfficerDr. Kristie SkoglundKristie 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 Operating Officer
Chief Development OfficerKristen TheisenWith 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 serves as Secretary of the Board of Directors for the SWFL 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
Director of School-Based Mental Health ServicesMelissa BradleyMelissa 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
Clinical Director of Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health ServicesMarina BunchMarina earned a bachelor's degree in psychology in 2004 and a master's degree in clinical mental health counseling in 2011. She is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in counselor education and supervision with a specialization in leadership. Marina completed her requirements for licensure in 2013 and earned her qualified supervisor certification in 2016. Marina has been working with children and families since 2006. Prior to her current position as Director of Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health, she oversaw the Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Clinic at The Florida Center. She specializes in the areas of infant/early childhood mental health and fetal alcohol spectrum disorders and has presented on various related topics. Marina has experience and training in various evidenced-based practices, such as Child-Parent Psychotherapy (CPP), Fussy Baby, Circle of Security Parenting, Trust-Based Relational Intervention, and Families Moving Forward. Marina is married with two little girls. Marina enjoys spending time with her family, staying active, and traveling. Having a healthy and loving family, and a career and personal life balance, is of upmost importance.
Clinical Director of Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Services
Director of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders ClinicTamra CajoTamra 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 Starfish AcademySusan CarneySusan Carney is the Principal/Education Director of the Starfish Academy at The Florida Center. Susan has a degree in Early Childhood Education and over 20-years-experience working with young children and families. After moving to Florida from New York, she began her career as an early childhood educator teaching preschool at a non-profit agency. Susan continued in the field training teachers, serving as program administrator, and developing programming for preschool centers. Most recently Susan served as Executive Director at a nationally accredited, award-winning preschool and family education center.
Director Starfish Academy
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
Director of Early Childhood Court ServicesPam HodgePam 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
Director of Developmental Therapy Services/FASD Assessment TeamKim A. WilliamsKim 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 WoodinWhile Jeff initially started his career as a special education teacher, he followed an interest in banking. Currently, he is Senior Vice President and Commercial Banking Team Lead for the West Coast & Central Florida regions of Fidelity Bank, a division of Ameris Bank. He remains driven to support organizations helping vulnerable children, and has served on the boards of The Haven and Hope Family Services prior to his role with The Florida Center. He is a true champion of children and families, bringing energy and enthusiasm to the board of directors.
Vice ChairmanMelissa Dunlap
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.
MemberEmalee 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.
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.
MemberAmber SlaytonAmber has an extensive background in law and is currently the City Attorney for North Port, FL. She hails from Texas, where she had more than 15 years of experience representing both corporations and local governments. Her knowledge and insights are invaluable to the board of directors, as is her passion for helping young children.
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.