Headquarters Communications Staff
1317 Winewood Blvd., Suite 201
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0700
Office: 850-717-4450 | Fax: 850-922-2993
Jessica K. Sims
Jessica Sims joined the Florida Department of Children and Families as Communications Director in October 2015. She most recently served as Press Secretary for the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity as the primary spokesperson for television, radio and print media. She previously served as the Public Information Specialist for the Florida Division of Emergency Management and as the Information Director for the Department of Environmental Protection’s Florida Park Service. She has a bachelor’s degree in sociology and political science from Florida State University.
David Frady joined the Florida Department of Children and Families as Press Secretary in July 2016. He most recently served as the Communications Liaison for the Division of Water Resource Management at the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. Before joining the State David was an Account Coordinator at an award winning integrated marketing and communication firm in Tallahassee where he had the opportunity to represent a diverse group of clients ranging from Fortune 100 companies to local charities.
David has also spent nearly a decade in the classroom, including two years at a public middle school and nearly eight years teaching marketing and communication courses at Florida State University. He holds a Ph.D. in Communication from Florida State University.
Community Relations Director
Pat Smith currently serves as the Community Relations Director for the Department of Children and Families. She began her career with the agency in 2007 as the Public Relations Manager for District 2. Shortly after, Pat was asked to serve as the Northwest Region’s Communications Director. She later served as the agency’s first African-American Press Secretary.
During Pat’s tenure at DCF she served in other leadership roles in Communications and External Affairs, including serving as the statewide faith-based coordinator where she significantly increased the number of new faith-based partnerships working with DCF. For the past four years, She has chaired the National Faith Symposium. In 2013, she was appointed by the governor to the Florida Faith-Based and Community-Based Advisory Council and currently serves as Vice-Chair.
Shortly after graduating from Leeds Metropolitan University with degrees in Electrical and Electronic Systems Engineering in 1997, Jon Bristow left England and began his career in the U.S. working with DCF as a contract programmer on the FLORIDA system that processes eligibility for federal benefits. In 2007, he joined DCF full-time as a report analyst in Information Technology Services before becoming the Webmaster in 2008. When the web team moved into the communications office in January 2012, Jon brought his knowledge, innovative web design techniques and international flair to the agency’s communications team.
David Taylor joined the Communications office in January 2012 after serving as an applications programmer for Information Technology Services. David is part of our web services team assisting in the maintenance and development of the department's web presence specializing in web design, layout and graphics, as well as accessibility compliance. He began work at the department in April 2000 and was promoted to his programming position in 2006. He began his state career in 1985 with Agriculture and Consumer Services and moved to the Department of Management Services in 1990.
Joseph Edwards joined the Office of Communications in September 2014 as Creative Director, bringing over 25 years of visual arts experience to the management of the department's graphics and video projects. He previously served on the department's Executive Staff, where he developed the Secretary’s correspondence tracking system and implemented the Governor’s Plain Language Initiative. Prior to joining DCF, he worked at Florida State University as a graphic artist and a graphic design and drawing instructor. He graduated from Florida State University with a Master of Fine Arts and is a Certified Public Manager.
Melanie Orozco recently joined the Office of Communications at DCF. She pursued an interest in the legal field; working in the Attorney General’s Office as well as other private law firms in the State of Florida. She returned to marketing by joining the Florida Department of Commerce, where she worked as a marketing rep promoting tourism for Florida in the North Central Region of the country as well as coordinated an annual, state-wide, tourism industry meetings and conventions which incorporated hotel properties from all counties in Florida. Over the last decade, she has implemented fundraising and community events within her local school’s districts in Plantation and Tallahassee. She implemented programs that funded advanced degrees for local teachers and further funded scholarships for incoming students. Melanie has a degree in Political Science from Florida State University.
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