Office of the Secretary
Shevaun Harris joined the Department of Children and Families as the Secretary in February 2021 after a nearly two-decade career at the Agency for Health Care Administration.
Prior to joining DCF, Mrs. Harris was responsible for administering the Florida Medicaid program and regulates over 40,000 health care facilities in the state. Mrs. Harris held positions in the health and human services field providing services to children and adults diagnosed with HIV/AIDS and children receiving services in an inpatient psychiatric program. During her tenure at the AHCA, Mrs. Harris led the development and maintenance of all policies for Medicaid services, including those focused on children with special health care needs, Medicaid eligibility, long-term care, and behavioral health. She has overseen implementation of the agency’s quality improvement initiatives with particular focus on perinatal and behavioral health outcomes.
Mrs. Harris is an innovator – most recently, spearheading the development of the State’s Canadian Prescription Drug Importation program. She has led several major implementations and served as the lead negotiator for multi-billion dollar contracts under the Statewide Medicaid Managed Care program. This includes contracts with specialty plans that serve the child welfare population and individuals with serious mental illness. During her time as Acting Secretary, Mrs. Harris lead the Agency's COVID-19 efforts in partnership with other state agencies and essential health care providers.
She received her bachelor’s degree in psychology, a master’s degree in social work from the Florida State University and a master’s degree in business administration from Quinnipiac University.
Taylor Hatch currently serves as the Department’s Deputy Secretary, where she focuses on prevention and integration while overseeing policy and operations for family safety, substance abuse and mental health, and economic self-sufficiency. Mrs. Hatch joined the department in March 2019 as the Assistant Secretary of Economic Self-Sufficiency where she lead the direction of Florida’s public assistance programs, including the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, Medicaid, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, and more. Under her leadership, the agency’s Care Coordination Program, a collaborative initiative to eliminate barriers to economic self-sufficiency, was launched and successfully implemented.
Before joining DCF, Mrs. Hatch served as the Director of Workforce Services at the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) where she was responsible for the management and oversight of the state’s Reemployment Assistance program, Labor Market Statistics, and One-Stop and Program Support of workforce programs, including the partnership with the local CareerSource Florida network boards across the state.
Prior to her tenure at DEO, Mrs. Hatch served as Senior Director of Policy and Legislative Affairs Director at the Department of Management Services, Deputy Legislative Affairs Director for DEO, and also gained experience in private sector consulting. Serving in these capacities, she was integral in advancing legislative and strategic priorities, streamlining operational functions, and building collaborative relationships with internal and external stakeholders.
A Florida native, Mrs. Hatch lives in Tallahassee with her husband Eddie and two children. She is active in her community and serves as a member of the Junior League of Tallahassee.
Chief of Staff
Molly McKinstry joined the Department of Children and Families after ten years as Deputy Secretary for the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration. At the Agency, she was responsible for regulation of over 42,000 heath care providers, including acute and psychiatric hospitals, nursing homes, assisted living facilities, home health agencies and managed care organizations; the Florida Center for Health Information and Transparency; and Medicaid Program Integrity.
Mrs. McKinstry has worked for over twenty-five years in health care policy in both regulatory and Medicaid roles, leading regulatory reforms, initiating technology systems for licensing and regulation, and advancing the state’s health information exchange, health care provider emergency response, and multi-agency enterprise systems.
Assistant Secretary for Operations
As Assistant Secretary for Operations, Robert Anderson is responsible for implementing policy and practice for each of the department’s four main program areas throughout the state’s six regions. Mr. Anderson previously served as the Director of Adult Protective Services for the Department. In that role, he modernized training, redesigned response times, and eliminated on-call scheduling. While Director, he also served as President of the National Adult Protective Services Association.
Mr. Anderson started his career at DCF as a Music Therapist at Florida State Hospital after earning his Bachelor of Arts from the Conservatory of Music of Puerto Rico in San Juan and his master’s degree in music therapy at Florida State University.
Assistant Secretary for Administration
Prior to joining the Department, Tony Lloyd served the Florida House of Representatives as Budget Chief for the Justice Appropriations committee as well as Higher Education Appropriations committee where he ushered a collective $12 billion budget directly impacting Florida’s criminal justice, higher education, and vocational rehabilitation agencies.
Understanding how public services benefit local communities is a lesson Mr. Lloyd learned early in his professional career. For ten years, he worked in local government managing city and county operations in four Georgia communities. Mr. Lloyd is an experienced leader in overseeing operations for complex organizations at both the state and local levels.
As the former Chief Financial Officer for the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, he managed a large division responsible for multiple facilities, monitoring Federal workforce and unemployment programs, and providing human resources and programmatic financial support for employees.
As a member of the armed forces, Mr. Lloyd served in several leadership roles with the Georgia Army National Guard and Joint Detention Operations Group in Cuba. He earned his bachelor’s degree in political science and master’s degree in public administration from Georgia Southern University.
Assistant Secretary for Child Welfare
Patricia Medlock was appointed Assistant Secretary for Child Welfare in May of 2019. With more than two decades of social services experience, Patricia leads with integrity, personal and collegial accountability, and a commitment to excellence.
Mrs. Medlock joined the Department in 1998 as a Family Services Counselor in the Northeast Region and has held several positions within the Department such as Protective Investigator, Program Administrator, Family and Community Services Director, and Regional Managing Director.
She has been the recipient of numerous awards, including the Child Welfare Award in 2011 for Transitional Trauma Therapist Program Development with Community Based-Care, the Fourth Circuit Leadership Award in 2010 for Phase 2 Foster Care Redesign, the Secretary of the Department of Children and Families’ Performance of Excellence Award in July 2005 and the Young Professionals of Jacksonville award in 2005 from the Jacksonville Business Journal. Mrs. Medlock is also a graduate of the Child Welfare Leadership Program (2006).
She graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and Criminal Justice from Western Carolina University.
Assistant Secretary for Economic Self-Sufficiency
Maggie Mickler joined the Florida Department of Children and Families in March of 2019 and currently serves as the Assistant Secretary for the Economic Self Sufficiency Program. In this role, she is responsible for the leadership and strategic direction of Florida’s public assistance programs: Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, Medicaid eligibility, Refugee Services, and Homelessness for individuals and families on the road to economic recovery. Additionally, Mrs. Mickler leads the delivery of care coordination services for customers working to obtain economic independence. Before joining DCF, Mrs. Mickler served as the Staff Director of the Division of Workforce Services within the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO).
Mrs. Mickler has extensive communications experience, including serving previously as the Communications Director for the Florida Department of Management Services and as the Press Secretary for the Florida Senate Majority Office. Prior to working for the Florida Senate, Mrs. Mickler served as the External Affairs Manager for DEO, where she focused on building collaborative relationships and maintaining partnerships with Florida’s business and economic development community.
Mrs. Mickler holds a Bachelor of Science in Communication Studies from Florida State University and a Master of Public Administration from the University of Central Florida.
Assistant Secretary for Substance Abuse and
Erica Floyd Thomas joined the Department of Children and Families in April 2021 after 20 years of serving the State of Florida at the Agency for Health Care Administration in various leadership roles. As the Assistant Secretary for Substance Abuse and Mental Health, Mrs. Thomas is responsible for ensuring that individuals with substance use disorders and/or behavioral health needs can access services needed.
In her previous roles, Mrs. Thomas directed the implementation of the Medicaid Housing Assistance Pilot program. This program was established to provide evidence-based community supports and services for Medicaid-eligible individuals who are homeless or at risk of homelessness and have serious mental illnesses or a substance use disorder. Additionally, she aided in the implementation of a multidisciplinary team approach for applied behavioral analysis services for children to ensure access to care and managed the deployment of open access for medication assisted treatment to sustain recovery and aid in the prevention of overdoses. During her tenure with the Agency for Health Care Administration, she and her team promoted and optimized the use of telemedicine in various health care settings, including those with a primary behavioral health focus.
Mrs. Thomas holds two degrees from Florida State University; a Bachelor of Science in Family and Child Science and Master of Social Work.