Independent Living Advisory Council

group of teens in a huddleAs required by 409.1451(7) F.S., the Independent Living Services Advisory Council was created by the Florida Legislature with the "purpose of reviewing and making recommendations concerning the implementation and operation of the independent living transition services." Each year the advisory council prepares and submits a report to the Florida Legislature and the Department of Children and Families on the status of the services being provided, including successes and barriers to these services.

If you would like more information please contact Brandie McCabe, Independent Living Specialist, office phone 850-717-4218 or email

Independent Living Services Advisory Council Members

Katie Crofoot
Florida Department of Economic Opportunity
Tallahassee, Florida

Shauntrai Curry
Department of Juvenile Justice

Warren Davis
Policy Analyst
CareerSource Florida
Tallahassee, Florida

Jeff DeMario
Chief Executive Officer, Vita Nova
West Palm Beach, Florida

Penelope A. Deutsch
Children's Services Council
Punta Gorda, Florida

Adam Gigliotti
Independent Living
Spring Hill, Florida

Ashley Friend
Brevard Family Partnership
Lakeland, Florida

Dr. Steve J. Rios
Rios Research & Evaluation
Sunrise, Florida

Georgina Rodriguez
Young Adult, Independent Living
West Palm Beach, Florida

Andrew Weatherill
Florida Department of Education
Tallahassee, Florida

Christina L. Spudeas
Executive Director
Florida’s Children First
Coral Springs, Florida

Caryn Toole
Devereux CBC
Port St. Lucie, Florida

Jorge Tormes
Florida Guardian ad Litem Program

Tara Thompson 
Partnership for Strong Families
Gainesville, Florida

Dominic Watson
Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Ms. Gloria West-Lawson
Director, Fostering Hope Florida
Clearwater, Florida

Harriet Wynn
Florida State Foster and Adoptive Parent Association
Jacksonville, Florida

Anna Zhang
FAMU Student, Independent Living
Tallahassee, Florida