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Board of Directors
Debbie Butler
(Saint Lucie County)
President
(term ending January 2017)

Debbie is the former Senior Vice President of Human Capital with international global information provider, ComScore. With her extensive experience in business start-ups, operational management, employee training and employee development, Ms. Butler effectively built and managed large workforces including remote locations. She is a member of 19th Judicial Circuit Model Dependency Court, Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), Roundtable of St. Lucie County Substance Abuse Prevention Network, Healthy Saint Lucie, Treasure Coast Human Trafficking Coalition, Indian River Mental Health Collaborative and Chair of the 19th Judicial Circuit Victims' Rights Coalition. Ms. Butler also participants in a number of other state and local initiatives impacting children. Ms. Butler is a recent recipient of the prestigious Jefferson Award for outstanding volunteerism and dedication to public service.

GFNF
546 NW University Blvd.
Suite 203
Port St. Lucie, FL 34986
Office: 772.807.3868
Fax: 772.807.3869
Cell: 772.359.2824
dbutler@gfnf4kids.org
Kathy Hurt
(Indian River County)
Vice President
(term ending May 2017)

Kathy Hurt is the President and co-founder of Ocean Addiction Recovery Services. Ms. Hurt started her career with the Broward Sheriff's Office in Fort Lauderdale. While there, she was responsible for juvenile court case evaluation and referral program. Later, she facilitated group therapy at the Saint Francis Addiction Treatment Center, also in Fort Lauderdale. In 2000, Ms. Hurt retired from a successful career with Tribune Media Corporation. She most recently served as Director of development for Hanley Center, a non-for-profit addiction treatment facility in Vero Beach.

Kathy Hurt, President Ocean Addiction Recovery Services
1705 19th Place, Suite E-2
Vero Beach, FL 32958
Office: 772.257.5995
Cell: 772.321.3761
khurt@oarsverobeach.com
Erin Craig
(Saint Lucie County)
Treasurer
(term ending February 2017)

Ms. Craig is the Fiscal and HR Specialist for Children's Services Council of St. Lucie County where her primary focus is auditing funding agencies. Ms. Craig has over ten (10) years of experience in accounting both in the non-profit and for profit sectors. She is an active member of the Treasure Coast Chapter of Florida Government Finance Officer's Association (FGFOA). Ms. Craig is a strong advocate of children and building collaborative partnerships.

GFNF
546 NW University Blvd.
Suite 203
Port St. Lucie, FL 34986
Office: 772.807.3868
Fax: 772.807.3869
Lorraine Coughlin
(Indian River County)
Secretary
(term ending January 2017)

Ms. Coughlin recently retired as an Assistant Professor in Education at IRSC. She has held a variety of posts for IRSC such as Project Coordinator and Program Manager for the Barbara Bush Literacy Grant. She has received teaching certificates and many certifications. She serves as the Campus Club advisor for Kids at Hope and has been the recipient of the best practices award in professional development for the state of Florida. She has over 40 years' experience across the US working and volunteering with at risk children and promoting child literacy.

GFNF
546 NW University Blvd.
Suite 203
Port St. Lucie, FL 34986
Office: 772.807.3868
Fax: 772.807.3869
Cell: 772.532.0001
lorraine.coughlin@att.net
Leslie M. Kroeger
(Martin County)
Director
(term ending February 2017)

Ms. Kroeger, a partner at Cohen Milstein, is a successful civil trial attorney with a practice focused on complex civil litigation matters, including products liability, automotive crashworthiness, wrongful death and cases involving managed care abuse. She litigates cases in the State of Florida and nationwide. As a dedicated advocate in the capitol and the courtroom, Ms. Kroeger has been vocal in the Florida legislature lobbying on behalf of consumers for vehicle and child passenger safety. She has led the charge on a variety of legislative actions to reduce catastrophic injury in motor vehicle accidents. Her initiatives include promoting proactive bills for booster seats and tire aging, both of which have life-saving consequences for motorists. Her legislative leadership has also led her to lecture statewide and she has recently published articles on the dangers of tire aging and child passenger safety. In addition to her legislative and legal initiatives to promote safety, she has been instrumental in raising child passenger awareness in Palm Beach County through various community drives.

Ms. Kroeger obtained her law degree from Cumberland School of Law in Birmingham, Alabama, and a Bachelor of Science degree with high honors in Business from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. Ms. Kroeger is a member of The Florida Bar and is qualified to practice in the U.S. District Courts for the Southern and Middle Districts of Florida. She has achieved an AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell, the highest rating available from the nation's oldest guide to the legal profession. She currently serves as a member of the Executive Committee of the Florida Justice Association and is Past Chair of the Women's Caucus. She was a former Board Member for United for Families; and serves as an active member of the American Association for Justice, the Palm Beach County Bar Association, the Martin County Bar Association, the Palm Beach County Justice Association, and the Florida Association for Women Lawyers, Palm Beach Chapter and Martin County.

Cohen Milstein
2925 PGA Blvd.
Suite 200
Palm Beach, FL 33410
Office: 561.515.1400
lkroeger@cohenmilstein.com
Elizabeth Mackenzie
(Saint Lucie County)
Director
(term ending January 2017)

Mrs. Mackenzie is the former Circuit Director for the 19th Judicial Guardian ad Litem Program. She has over 14 years of Public Service experience with the State of Florida including State Attorney's Office and 19th Judicial Circuit, Court Administration. Mrs. Mackenzie is a member of the National Court Appointed Special Advocate Association (CASA), Roundtable of St. Lucie County Steering Committee, Strengthening Families Committee, Poverty to Prosperity Leadership Committee, Connected 4 Kids Coalition, 19th Judicial Circuit Model Dependency Court. She is a trained county and family mediator. Mrs. Mackenzie is the CEO of Child's Voice First.

Child's Voice First
c/o GFNF
546 NW University Blvd.
Suite 203
Port St. Lucie, FL 34986
Office: 772.807.3868
Fax: 772.807.3869
Cell: 772.201.1996
EAMackenzie@icloud.com
Susan Marino
Director
(term ending September 2017)

Susan graduated from Penn State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and is currently pursuing her Master's Degree in Marriage & Family Therapy. Since 2013, Susan has been a Career Coach, with CareerSource Youth Connections, a private, non-profit corporation with a Board of Directors consisting of private business, educational and economic development representatives, community-based organizations, state agencies, elected officials and a full-time professional staff whose mission is to promote a bright economic future through the coordination of workforce development activities and services in the four-county area. As a Career Coach, Susan works with at-risk youth who are in need of occupational and academic training as well as life skills assistance. Susan has also been heavily involved with the Department of Juvenile Justice and Martin Girls Academy, transforming lives. During her career, she has worked with foster children, victims of domestic violence, community substance abuse centers, and homeless shelters throughout the Treasure Coast. Because of her deep passion for our community and the importance of commitment to our youth's future, she is highly effective working with young people as well as community partners and enjoys engaging with people in the process of positive change. Susan became impressed by the GFNF organization when in 2013 she attended a GFNF symposium. The speakers and workshop information about protecting children and families throughout the Treasure Coast reached her heart. Because of her experience of working directly with people in diverse professional settings, and previous volunteer experience with New Horizons of the Treasure Coast, Hospice, the Humane Society she is ideally suited to continue serving the community as a Board Member for GFNF.

CareerSource Research Coast
1170 SW Martin Downs Blvd.
Palm City, FL 34990
Office: 772.214.6382
Cell: 772.201.1095
smarino@careersourcerc.com
Doris Plym
(Indian River County)
Director
(term ending January 2017)

Doris Plym is a former import business owner with successful fundraising and volunteer program development experience. Mrs. Plym is a certified Guardian ad Litem (GAL) volunteer who has served the 19th Judicial Circuit for over twenty years advocating for the best interest of abused and neglected children. She has mentored many GAL volunteers to improve their advocacy and has served on numerous committees within the GAL Program. Doris has chaired both recruitment and outreach committees for the GFNF board for over 5 years. Her hard work has been key to the success of both the GFNF Treasure Coast Child Summits and GFNF Holiday Gift Drives. She is a member of the Moorings Yacht and Country Club and active in the Indian River Community.

GFNF
546 NW University Blvd.
Suite 203
Port St. Lucie, FL 34986
Office: 772.807.3868
Fax: 772.807.3869
Cell: 772.584.1428
dplym@gfnf4kids.org
Lisa Rule
(Martin & Okeechobee Counties)
Director
(term ending January 2017)

Ms. Rule is currently Supervisor/Assistant Program Manager for the Healthy Families Martin/Okeechobee program, a division of Helping People Succeed in Stuart. Ms. Rule received her B.A. from Castleton State College in Vermont. She worked for many years in the Special Education field, specifically with adolescents, teens and their families with multiple educational and Behavioral challenges. Ms. Rule is a member of the local Child Abuse Death Review Committee for District 19. She is a strong advocate for prevention and early intervention, working to ensure that every parent and child have the tools and support necessary to be successful.

Healthy Families Martin/Okeechobee
Helping People Succeed, Inc.
1100 SE Federal Hwy
Stuart, FL 34994
Office: 772.320.0784
Cell: 772.475.3510
lrule@hpsfl.org
Leah Wypych
Director
(term ending May 2017)

Ms. Wypych is the Clinical Outreach Representative for Center for Discovery, an eating disorder program with residential programs across the country. She holds a Master's Degree in Public Administration with her undergraduate work at Florida State University. As a native Floridian she has been extremely active in the community and began her career working in the child welfare system in 2001 helping children. Ms. Wypych has worked in the non-profit sector throughout her career including Children's Home Society of Florida, Area Agency on Aging and Child and Family Connections.

Center for Discovery
Orlando, FL (Winter 2015)
Cell: (407) 969-3688
leah.wypych@centerfordiscovery.com
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