WESTCARE FLORIDA COMMUNITY ACTION COUNCIL



FLORIDA GULF COAST

Mary Miller,

Ms. Miller has been associated with the WestCare organization since 2006 when she joined the WestCare Gulf Coast Board of Directors. She currently serves as the Community Council Chair for the WestCare Gulf Coast region. Ms. Miller has more than 30 years of experience in human resources management, administrative management, and financial operations. For the past 24 years she has held progressively responsible positions within the Parsons Corporation--an engineering, construction, technical, and management services firm based in Pasadena, CA. Ms. Miller currently holds the position of Talent Management Director in the Parsons Transportation Group global business unit. Ms. Miller has an Associate of Science degree in Management from San Jacinto College, a Bachelor of Science degree in Training & Development and Industrial Supervision from the University of Houston, and a Master of Science degree in Occupational Technology (Human Resources focus) from the University of Houston. She also holds the human resource professional certifications as a Senior Professional of Human Resources (SPHR) and a Global Professional of Human Resources (GPHR).



Tom Sledd, CAP, MCAC II

Tom Sledd was born and raised in Bourbon County, Kentucky; he is both a certified addiction professional and an ordained pastoral counselor. Tom has over 25 years of experience as an interventionist; providing interventions, evaluations, and referrals to appropriate agencies and treatment programs, also working within the Judicial System to facilitate court ordered treatment and evaluations. At HealthCare Connection of Tampa, Inc., Tom was a primary counselor and a consultant, providing case management including treatment planning and individual or group counseling. He serves as co-founder of the NET Training Institute, established for training Christian Addiction Counselors nationally and internationally. Tom is an instructor at the NET Training Institute, teaching counseling courses in Group Dynamics, Group Counseling Theories, Theories of Counseling, Sexual Addiction, and Introduction to Addictions and Ethics. He has served as State President of Florida NAADAC and also on their national board of directors. His education includes receiving a Certificate of Completion in Addictions and Counseling at the Addictions Training Institute at the University of Miami, and Bachelor of Arts in Addictions and Counseling from the Union Institute of Cincinnati of Ohio.



Robbyn Howie

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Markus Hughes, Chair

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Suzzanne Robbins

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Madeline McCarthy

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Michelle Wallace

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Deborah Flanagan/b>

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Carly Bradlow

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SOUTH FLORIDA - THE VILLAGE SOUTH

Morris Copeland, Miami-Dade Juvenile Services Department

As Director of the Miami-Dade County Juvenile Services Department, Morris Copeland provides leadership to a department whose mission is to serve arrested juveniles, those at-risk of being arrested, and their families. Formerly known as the Juvenile Assessment Center (JAC), the facility has served over 180,000 juveniles in Miami-Dade County since opening in 1997, and has been recognized for it “front end” approach juvenile justice. Mr. Copeland brings over twenty-two years of experience to his position, including serving as the Deputy Director of JSD for three years. In that capacity, he provided direct oversight of the department's operations. His expertise in program development and implementation has helped enhance JSD's standing as a nationally and internationally recognized model of juvenile justice reform. Mr. Copeland's work within the juvenile justice continuum has afforded him the privilege of participating on numerous boards and committees throughout Miami-Dade County and the State of Florida. Among other commitments, he is a member of the Miami-Dade County Youth Crime Task Force and the Circuit 11 Juvenile Justice Board. Mr. Copeland was part of the original steering committee for the Miami Children's Initiative (MCI), serving as Chair of the Committee Safety Subcommittee. He currently serves as a Board Member for the MCI and the Urban League of Greater Miami. A native of Miami-Dade County and a graduate of the University of Colorado, Mr. Copeland has dedicated his professional career to the goal of improving the lives of children and families.



Reverend Charles Dinkens, Hosanna Community Baptist Church

Rev. Charles Lee Dinkins has over thirty (30) years of preaching and community program experience. Since 1995 as Founder/President and CEO of Hosanna Community Foundation, Inc., a non-profit community outreach organization, he has come to the aid of inner city youth and their families in various areas of need. Rev. Dinkins has lead HCF from a church youth group to a viable family outreach program serving several hundred families annually. Several of HCF programs include: The Youth Achievement Project designed to equip youth ages 6 to 18 with practical academic and social skills needed to become productive adults. Anti-Violence Summer Camp which is a summer camp geared to preventing youth gun violence. Hosanna Learning Center an early childhood learning center serving children from infant to five years old. HCF is one of eight centers comprising the Service Network for Children of Inmates of Miami-Dade. HCF serves central Miami-Dade and through the Service Network provides assistance to children of inmates and their families. The services range from assistance with daily needs, individual and family counseling, bonding trips, support groups and reunification/reentry assistance. Rev. Dinkins holds a BS degree in Marketing, Masters of Divinity and a Master's in Public Administration, and has over 23 years of administrative experience within the public sector. Rev. Charles Dinkins is the proud father of Princess Me-sha Nicole Dinkins.



Doug Hughes, Miami Coalition

Douglas W. Hughes served 35 years in law enforcement in positions ranging from a foot patrol officer on the streets of New York City through sworn positions in county, state and federal levels of law enforcement. He spent 25 years with the Miami-Dade Police Department in positions ranging from police officer and investigator to Police Major. He served four years with the Monroe County Sheriff's Office as a Lt. Colonel. While on official loan from his police agencies Mr. Hughes served in the office of the County Manager of Miami-Dade County as Director of the Office of Substance Abuse Control, the Florida Governor's Office as the Governor's Drug Policy Advisor and Chairman of both the Governor's Drug Task Force and Substance Abuse Policy Advisory Council. In 1990 he was recruited to the Office of the US Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, reporting to the Executive Office of the President of the United States as the founding Director of the South Florida High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area of Broward, Miami-Dade and Monroe counties. For ten years he was responsible for the coordination of over 60 federal, state and local law enforcement agencies and 700 people organized to combat international drug trafficking, money laundering, career criminals involved in drug related violent home invasion robberies and drug prevention programs targeting youth in inner-city communities. Upon retirement from law enforcement in 2000 he began a six year period as the Executive Director of the Broward County Commission on Alcoholism, Inc. and continued extensive participation as a member of the Board of Governors of the United Way of Broward County Commission on Substance Abuse. He chaired the Board of Governors, the Byrne Grant Funding Committee and the Task Force to Combat Underage Drinking. In 2005 he served as an architect of the integrated public and private sector model of Broward County's new Misdemeanor Drug Court Program. In mid 2006 he was appointed to the position of Executive Director of The Miami Coalition for a Safe and Drug Free Community. In 2007 he was appointed to the Community Advisory Board of Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA), in 2011 to the CADCA Board of Directors, and in 2012 to the position of Secretary on the CADCA Board's Executive Committee.



Paul Velez, CAO, Borinquen Health Center, Inc.

As a first generation Puerto Rican, born in the mainland United States, in Miami, Florida, Velez attended Florida International University, (F.I.U.) graduating with a B.S. in Social Work and a M.S. in Management/Public Administration. In 1973, he interviewed Mr. Emilio Lopez, Executive Director of Borinquen Health Care Center, Inc. (Clinica Borinquen), for a class assignment. The name Borinquen is the Taino Indian name of Puerto Rico (Land of the Noble Lord). As one of the original founders and board members of the clinic, she taught Velez about a unique concept of healthcare delivery. This method was working very well in providing affordable quality primary health care to low and moderate income and the poor in the City of Miami's Puerto Rican neighborhood of Wynwood. Velez was impressed with the clinic and became one of the first patients himself. In the early 1980's, he became a member of the board of directors, served as a vice-president, and also as the President/Chairperson for fifteen (15) years. During his tenure, he was able to guide the clinic through some very tough times, including the transition of moving into the main site; the Emilio Lopez Pavillion. In 2003, Velez became the Director of Administration/Chief Administrative Officer of Borinquen Health Care Center. His is very proud to be part of Borinquen's history and growth. He is honored to be part of the Mission and Paying It Forward. He looks forward to continuing the great work at Borinquen for many years to come and serving the uninsured and underinsured in our society.





FLORIDA KEYS - GUIDANCE/CARE CENTER

Rick Ramsay, Chair

Richard A. "Rick" Ramsay's strong desire to serve his community led him to attend the Florida Keys Institute of Criminal Justice – Law Enforcement Academy class of 1987. Upon graduation Rick began his career with the Monroe County Sheriff's Office as a road patrol deputy. In 2004 he was promoted to the rank of Colonel – Undersheriff of the Monroe County Sheriff's Office. While Colonel Ramsay has commanded many areas of the department during his career, he has also continued his education during that time. He attended the prestigious Federal Bureau of Investigation's National Academy and the Southern Police Institute's Command Officers Development Course. He has also been trained in Line Supervision, Middle Management, and Crisis Management. Colonel Rick Ramsay has worked in virtually every area of the Monroe County Sheriff's Office during his almost 25 years of employment, demonstrating integrity, vision and leadership. He remains dedicated to using his skills, knowledge, and honesty for the betterment of his community.



Michael Cunningham, CEO, Florida Keys AHEC

Michael Cunningham has been a resident of Monroe County for the Last 18 years residing in Ramrod Key with his wife, Jo-anne and two children, Ainsley and Eagan. He is currently employed by the Fl Keys AHEC where he has been for the past 12 years. During his tenure at AHEC he has seen the agency triple in size financially, programmatically and in staff size. Some major accomplishments of the agency are its Tobacco Cessation programs, Children's Health programs and its Healthy Aging programs. Prior to working with AHEC Michael spent 4 years with the Dept of Children and Families and two years establishing a primary care health center for the Rural Health Network. His community service currently includes serving as a Board President for Fishermen's Hospital. Other agencies he currently works with or has served in the past include the Healthy Start Coalition-Past President, Good Health Clinic-Past President, Marathon Health Center-Advisory Committee Chair, School Health Advisory Committee-Chair and Rotary Club of Marathon where he is the past president. On weekends and evenings he can also be found coaching youth hockey, football and soccer.



Lynn Mapes

For 30 years Lynn Mapes was employed at the Reader’s Digest. In 1984, Richard McLoughlin, who was promoted to Publisher at the Digest moved Lynn up from Vice President to Associate Publisher. After 30 years Lynn retired from the Digest and in 1987, he joined the Media Advertising Partnership for a Drug Free America which was the largest advertising effort since the bond drives of World War II. Lynn was the volunteer media director. His job was to lead the forces that line up the free space and time that was needed to get the anti-drug message off the ground.

After leaving the partnership he moved to the Florida Keys. His volunteerism continues. His volunteer work has included:

WestCare Foundation Board of Directors
Chairman, Guidance Care Center
Chairman, Sheriff’s Shared Assets Fund
Chairman, Historic Florida Keys Foundation
Marathon Economic Development Council
Pigeon Key Foundation
Rural Health Network
Chairman, Monroe County Planning Commission
Florida Keys Land and Sea Trust
Chairman, South Florida regional Planning Council
National Fatherhood Initiative
Director, Florida Keys Aqueduct Authority



Jeanette McLernon, MSW

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Shery Read

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Rev. Terri Hill

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