Regional Leadership Team
Walter Sachs , Northwest Regional Managing Director
Walter Sachs has served the state of Florida for more than 27 years Sachs began his state career in the former Department of Health and Rehabilitative Service’s District 2 office, which is now Circuits 2 and 14 in the Northwest Region, and worked closely with many regional staff. At HRS, and later at the Department of Juvenile Justice and DCF, he was responsible for a variety of contracting, procurement, and administrative functions. Prior to his appointment at DMS in 2012, he served as the Deputy Program Director for DCF’s Economic Self-Sufficiency program, leading procurement and contract activities. Sachs retired from the U.S. Army, Seventh Infantry Division, at the rank of Captain. He holds a bachelor’s degree in business management and a master’s degree in public administration from Florida State University.
Patricia Medlock, Northeast Regional Managing Director
Patricia began her career at DCF in 1998 as a child protective investigator, and advanced through multiple roles in the child welfare system. Prior to her appointment as Regional Managing Director, Patricia served as the region’s Family and Community Services Director.
Patricia has received numerous professional accolades for her work, including the Child Welfare award in May 2011 for the Transitional Trauma Therapist Program development. She also graduated from the Child Welfare Leadership Program in 2006.
Patricia holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Criminal Justice from Western Carolina University.
Lisa Mayrose, SunCoast Regional Managing Director
Lisa Mayrose is an 18-year social services veteran and longtime Department of Children and Families employee with a wide array of program and operations experience. A member of the Florida Sterling Board of Examiners for the past eight years, Lisa is a proven leader and skilled organizational and systems assessor. Since 2007, she has served as Regional Director of Family and Community Services overseeing all child welfare, adult services, and childcare programs in the SunCoast region. From 2004 - 2007, Lisa served as Operations Program Administrator where she provided oversight on all Department programs including child welfare investigations and preventative services as well as economic self-sufficiency programs. Her progressive experience in the Department during her 15-year tenure also includes field training and family services. Before coming to the Department, Lisa worked with the Department of Labor and Employment Security and Marion-Citrus Health Centers. Lisa graduated from Rutgers with a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology and sociology.
William “Bill” D’Aiuto, Central Regional Managing Director
Bill D’Aiuto, appointed in 2012, began his career on the front line as a public assistance specialist for the agency. During his 20-year tenure, Bill has held various positions, bringing a wealth of experience to the Central Region. He served as the region’s ACCESS Director and was also the Circuit 5 Administrator. Bill is a graduate of the 2006 Department of Children and Families Executive Leadership Program and played a crucial role in the modernization of public assistance. He was also a critical figure in the Haiti Repatriation Operations of 2009, assisting with the emergency re-entry of more than 12,000 Haitian-Americans to the United States. Bill earned his Master of Public Administration and Bachelor of Arts Degrees from the University of Central Florida.
Dennis Miles, Southeast Regional Managing Director
Dennis Miles joined the department in 2003 as a child protective investigator and worked his way up as a supervisor, program administrator and director of support services before being named the Director of Family and Community Services. In 2012, Dennis was appointed as Regional Managing Director for the Southeast Region, heading up operations in Palm Beach and Broward counties. Dennis was honorably discharged after a 13-year career in the U.S. Marine Corps, leaving with the rank of Captain-select. At the time, he was Company Commander in the 3rd Assault Amphibious Battalion. Before coming to the Department, he also worked at the Palm Beach County Tax Collector’s office and in the financial services industry. A proud Gator, Miles earned a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of Florida in 1985 while on active duty.
Bronwyn Stanford, Southern Regional Managing Director
Bronwyn Stanford is the department’s Regional Managing Director (RMD) for the Southern Region covering Miami-Dade and Monroe counties. From 2012 until her appointment as RMD for the Southern Region, she served as both Statewide Deputy Director for Children’s Legal Services (CLS) and as Regional CLS Director for the SunCoast Region, a position she first took on in 2008. She twice filled in as Interim CLS Director for the SunCoast Region and developed and presented numerous DCF training programs on transformational leadership and management. Before joining DCF, she was a corporate and insurance defense attorney with Carlton Fields Law Firm in Miami and Tampa. She earned her law degree at Stetson University College of Law, where she was editor of the Law Review. A native of New Jersey, she earned master’s degrees in exercise physiology and education and previously taught as a college professor and coached Division 1 track and field.
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