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Mike Carroll

 

Mike Carroll

Secretary

Mike Carroll has more than 25 years of service with the Department of Children and Families overseeing programs ranging from substance abuse and mental health to family safety and adult protective services to economic self-sufficiency programs. Most recently, he served eight years as the Regional Managing Director for the 11-county SunCoast Region which spans from Pasco to Collier County.

As Regional Managing Director, Mr. Carroll committed himself to developing innovative and significant system improvements—many of which have become models for statewide implementation. He is recognized as a skilled organizational and systems assessor. He was integral in the regional implementation of the Managing Entity concept in substance abuse and mental health, transitioning to a community-based system of care in child welfare, and redesigning the economic self-sufficiency delivery system. His previous management experience includes foster care and child care licensing, strategic planning, quality assurance, economic self-sufficiency eligibility programs, and special programs including one focused on reintegrating ex-felons into the community.

Mr. Carroll has served on the Florida Sterling Board of Examiners for 15 years, and is currently a master examiner and facilitator for the Governor’s Sterling Award process. He has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Boston College and is a Certified Public Manager.

Mr. Carroll has two children, Samantha and Jason. He is active in the local community and has served as a youth coach and mentor for more than 25 years.


Dr. David FairbanksDr. David Fairbanks, Deputy Secretary
Dr. David Fairbanks is Deputy Secretary of the Florida Department of Children and Families. He has 14 years of experience with the department including as Assistant Secretary for Programs, Director of Provider Relations, Assistant Director of Community-Based Care¸ Director of Mission Support and Performance, and Chief of Children’s Mental Health.

He has worked in several states as an independent consultant on child welfare, mental health and education systems reform efforts. Dr. Fairbanks earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Eastern Michigan University and his Master’s and Doctorate Degrees in Psychology from Florida State University. With Leon County Schools, he served as a teacher and School Director. He also was an Assistant Professor of School Psychology at State University of New York.

Publications include “School-Related Services and Medicaid: A Florida Handbook” and “Working Smarter in a Shared Service Network: A Resource and Planning Guide” published by the Florida Department of Education, as well as numerous technical reports on systems of care, family services, case planning and program development.

David is married to Terri Eggers who formerly worked for the Department of Juvenile Justice and the Department of Education. Together, they have four children, two grandchildren and one foster grandchild.

Jane JohnsonJane Johnson, Chief of Staff
Jane Johnson is Chief of Staff of the Florida Department of Children and Families. Johnson previously served as the Health and Human Services Policy Coordinator for the Governor’s Office in Florida. In that role, she developed and coordinated health and human services policies and oversaw the development of agency budgets for six state agencies including DCF. She also previously served as the Director of the Florida Agency for Persons with Disabilities. In addition to her public sector experience, Johnson has experience running a small business and held top positions at non-profit agencies including Children’s Home Society, Florida Alliance for Assistive Services and Technology, and the Florida Association of Homes for the Aging. She has served on several boards and commissions including the Florida Disabled Outdoors Association, Governor’s Task Force on Autism, Affordable Housing Study Commission and is a Guardian ad Litem.

Scott StewartScott Stewart, Assistant Secretary for Administration
Scott Stewart was previously the agency’s Chief Information Officer, responsible for overseeing information technology systems and coordinating data sharing between state and federal agencies and among our employees and partners. Previously, Scott served as Chief Information Officer for the Agency for Workforce Innovation and worked as an IT director and officer for the Florida Department of Corrections, the state’s Department of Business and Professional Regulation and other state agencies. Scott also brings private sector expertise from working with Walt Disney World and Scotty’s. Scott earned his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Florida Southern College in Lakeland and his Master of Business Administration from Nova University in Fort Lauderdale.

Vicki AbramsVicki Abrams,Assistant Secretary for Operations
Vicki began her career in 1977 with the former Department of Health and Rehabilitative Services at Florida State Hospital’s Mentally Retarded Defendant Program. After serving as the Executive Director of the Gulf County Association for Retarded Citizens, Vicki returned to HRS in 1984 with the Developmental Services Program Office in Panama City. From there Vicki worked in Contract Management for Developmental Services (now Agency for Persons with Disabilities), Family Safety, and ACCESS Florida. She also has experience in managing Volunteer Services, and operations in Foster Care, Child Care Licensing, Adult Services, ACCESS Florida, and Substance Abuse & Mental Health.

DCF LogoJeri Flora Culley, Assistant Secretary for Economic Self-Sufficiency
Jeri Flora Culley previously served as the Program Director for Economic Self-Sufficiency, a position she has held twice, first in 2012 and again starting last April. She joined the department in 2007 as the Chief of Quality Management and has also served as the Chief of Policy. In 2013, she accepted an executive leadership position with the Texas Health and Human Service Commission, returning to Florida and the department in 2015. She began her government career in Missouri, starting as an eligibility worker and departing after serving as Quality Control Director. The varied responsibilities of her prior experience will serve her well as she assumes this vital role for the department and the state.

JoShonda GuerrierJoShonda Guerrier, Assistant Secretary for Child Welfare
JoShonda Guerrier served as the Director of Child Welfare Strategic Projects in DCF’s Office of Child Welfare since May 2014. She joined the then-Office of Family Safety in 2006 and went on to serve as the Northwest Region’s Adult Protective Services Program Manager for five years. She also served as an Abuse Hotline counselor, field trainer, medical social worker, clinical director and adjunct instructor. She was instrumental in the implementation of the major child welfare reform bill, SB 1666 in 2014, and other major initiatives – earning her tremendous respect among colleagues and partners in the child welfare system.

DCF LogoJohn N. Bryant, Assistant Secretary for Substance Abuse and Mental Health
John N. Bryant is Assistant Secretary for Substance Abuse and Mental Health at the Florida Department of Children and Families. Bryant previously served as Vice President for Legislative and External Affairs at the Florida Council for Community Mental Health, working with and advising state agencies on legislative and budget priorities, policy development, contract services, behavioral health program design, research and advocacy. Before that he worked with the department (and under the Department of Health and Rehabilitative Services) for 36 years in multiple roles both regionally and at the statewide level including Chief of Operations for the Substance Abuse Program Office, Chief of the State Mental Health Treatment Facilities, Assistant Secretary for Mental Health Programs, Chief of Adult Mental Health and others. He completed course work for a Master’s degree in Public Health at the University of South Florida, and has a Bachelor’s degree in Social Sciences from the University of West Florida.

Grainne M. O'SullivanGrainne M. O’Sullivan, Director of Children’s Legal Services
Grainne M. O’Sullivan, currently serves as Director of Children’s Legal Services. She joined the Department in May 2013 as Children's Legal Services Regional Director, coming to that role from the Office of the Attorney General where she supervised all juvenile dependency cases and conducted training on juvenile law for attorneys, state agents and the Dependency Court Improvement Project. She previously served as an Assistant Attorney General from 2001 to 2005 and as Staff Attorney for the Legal Aid Society of Broward County in 2001, where she represented elderly clients at administrative hearings in immigration, bankruptcy, landlord-tenant, divorce, and Medicare matters. She earned a political science degree from the New York Institute of Technology and a law degree from Brooklyn Law School. While in school, Grainne represented clients seeking asylum in the United States in federal court as part of the Safe Harbor Project and was a Student Assistant District Attorney for the Kings County District Attorney’s Office in Brooklyn, NY, where she was responsible for a full misdemeanor caseload and functioned as a prosecutor in the largest district attorney’s office in the nation.

Rebecca KapustaRebecca Kapusta, General Counsel
Rebecca Kapusta is General Counsel for the Florida Department of Children and Families. She most recently served as Chief Legal Counsel for the 11-county SunCoast Region which spans from Pasco to Collier County. She has served with the department for nine years and has previously served in Children’s Legal Services, as Assistant General Counsel, and Assistant Regional Counsel. She has litigated many of the department’s high-profile cases, including before the Florida Supreme Court. Prior to joining the department, Rebecca served as a General Magistrate in the Twelfth Judicial Circuit and maintained her own practice. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism at the University of Central Florida and earned her law degree from Stetson University College of Law.

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