Board of Directors
Carl Weinrich was the CEO and president of the Sarasota YMCA from 1975-2009. He was responsible for initiating several types of facilities and programs and for managing the first pilot for the statewide community-based care agency model. Weinrich created dozens of programs to better the lives of the state’s most vulnerable, including a transitional living facility for foster or displaced youth, an academic achievers program for black and Hispanic youth and a second-chance academy for struggling students.
Dennis “Denny” Jones
Dennis Jones is a 35-year veteran of law enforcement and has served in many roles throughout his career. Most prominent is Jones’s experience with the United States Navy serving in Vietnam. Jones then studied at Pennsylvania State University, where he graduated with a bachelor of science in criminology. Jones completed the Florida Department of Law Enforcement Institute and in 1978, he became a police officer in Daytona Beach, Fla. Jones worked his way through the ranks, and he was eventually appointed to police chief in November 2002. Jones was then selected to serve as police chief for the Tallahassee Police Department until his retirement in October 2013. Jones holds positions with Boys and Girls Club, Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Penn State Alumni Association.
Samuel Morley is a graduate of Virginia Polytechnic Institute and earned a law degree from Wake Forest University. Morley has been the General Counsel for the Florida Press Association (FPA) for the past eight years and handles the legal affairs of the FPA and the Florida Press Service. Morley is a recipient of The Florida Bar President’s Pro Bono Award, a graduate of Leadership Tallahassee and a past president and member of the Capital City Youth Services board of directors.
David Griffin earned a full athletic scholarship to Penn State University and then went on to play professional basketball in Europe. He furthered his education by earning a MBA from Lake Erie College and a law degree from Cleveland Marshall College of Law. Griffin is a businessman and a lawyer with more than 20 years of experience in public, private and athletic enterprises. He served as the Florida Lottery Secretary under Gov. Jeb Bush and executive director of the Bush/Brogan 2002 Transition Office. Griffin currently is the owner and president of David Griffin Consulting.
Sheriff Don Eslinger
Immediate Past Chairman
Chairman Sheriff Don Eslinger earned his bachelor’s degree in applied behavioral sciences from National Louis University and is a graduate of the Federal Bureau of Investigationational Academy in Quantico, Va. Sheriff Eslinger served 33 years with the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office before retiring in 2017. Sheriff Eslinger has held numerous positions on the boards of community and professional organizations.
Maggie Bowles is an active community volunteer dedicating her time to identifying and resolving gaps in children services in Florida. Beginning in 1990, she helped start education programs and health services for pregnant teens in Immokalee, which grew to become one of the most outstanding community resources for troubled and at-risk girls, funded in part by the Collier County School System and the Department of Education. For many years, Maggie served on the Board of the Naples Alliance for Children (NAFC), a volunteer advocacy non-profit committed to working for and providing change in policies and practices through public awareness and network coalitions.
After attending Catholic school, including four years at Catholic Seminary, Calabro graduated with high honors from Broward Community College, later receiving his bachelor’s degree with highest honors from Florida International University. Calabro also holds a master’s degree from Florida State University. Calabro is president and CEO of Florida TaxWatch, a statewide, non-profit, non-partisan government watchdog and research institute for taxpayers.
A native of Fort Myers, Fla. Chris Dudley graduated from the University of South Florida in 1993 with a bachelor’s degree in political science. Dudley joined Southern Strategy Group in November 2000 after serving seven years in state government. During that time, Dudley served as assistant to the chief of staff and the acting deputy chief of staff to former Gov. Jeb Bush. Through the years, Dudley has worked on various state and local campaigns, including the 1998 and 2002 Bush/Brogan gubernatorial campaigns. A devoted community activist, Dudley was a finalist for Volunteer of the Year in 2007.
Dr. Rosby L. Glover
Dr. Rosby L. Glover has worked with juveniles and their families since 1994. He has worked as a youth counselor, Director of Foster Care, Director of Youth Shelters, Youth Programs Director and Executive Director of Mount Bethel Human Services Corporation, Inc. Dr. Glover holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice, a Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling and a Doctor of Ministry Degree in Pastoral Leadership. Dr. Glover has been the Executive Director of Mount Bethel Human Services Corporation, Inc. for the past 14 years where he has spear-headed social service programs that touch over 5,000 lives annually.
Allison Hill is the chief executive officer for Lakeview Center, Inc. and a senior vice president at Baptist Health Care (BHC). Allison joined the team at Lakeview Center in January 1999 and became a vice president of the organization in February 2003 when she was appointed as its chief financial officer. She was promoted to chief operating officer in August 2014, and in 2016 became the third chief executive officer in Lakeview’s 62-year history. Prior to joining Lakeview, she worked for the regional public accounting firm Saltmarsh, Cleveland and Gund. At Lakeview, she is responsible for the daily functions of a $295 million, 3,000-employee social service organization that impacts lives in 14 states and the District of Columbia.
Allison graduated from the University of West Florida magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in accounting in 1992. She also holds a Master of Accountancy degree from UWF and was licensed as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA).
Laurie Jackson earned an executive master’s degree in business administration from the University of Missouri – Kansas City and a bachelor’s degree in social work from the University of Nebraska, Kearney. Jackson is the executive director for National Safe Place. She joined this organization in June 2010, although she has been active with Safe Place for more than 15 years. Prior to coming to Safe Place, she served as associate executive director for Synergy Services, Inc., in Kansas City, Mo.
Renée Layman, MS, LMHC
Renée Layman serves as President and CEO of the Center for Child Counseling with over 20 years of experience in mental health. Most recently, in collaboration with leaders in the child welfare system, she developed the Childhood Trauma Response Program, to ensure immediate assessment and therapeutic care for children ages birth to 5 entering the foster care system. Under her leadership, Center for Child Counseling launched a community-wide Fighting ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experiences) Initiative, bringing awareness on the health and economic impact of early adversity throughout the South Florida region, including links to suicide rates, intergenerational abuse, and the opioid epidemic.
Renée earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Florida Atlantic University and a Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling from Nova Southeastern University.
Matthew Meadows is a retired Fort Lauderdale, Florida educator and Democratic politician who served as the representative for District 94 of the Florida House of Representatives from 2001 to 2009. He was first elected to the Florida House in 2000, was elected to four successive terms, and was term limited out after 2008. He served in the Florida Senate from 1992 to 1998.
Mike began his career on Capitol Hill working for Florida Senator Connie Mack, the National Republican Senatorial Committee and the House Agricultural Committee. He continued his political career in Florida founding Advocacy Consulting LLC providing fundraising and consulting services to candidates for local, state and federal elections. Mike had the privilege of working for former Attorney General Bill McCollum, US Senator Mel Martinez, Congressman Ric Keller and current US Senator Marco Rubio. Mike spent four years working as a development officer for Rollins College before filing to run for the Florida State House in 2014. Mike successfully won a seat (District 47) representing Winter Park and Orlando and served for 2 terms before unsuccessfully running for Congress in 2018.
Currently Mike is the Chief of External Affairs for the Florida Virtual School based in Orlando, FL.
Vivian Myrtetus serves as the Senior Government Affairs Manager for Lime in Florida and the Carolinas, where she leads the execution of statewide public outreach and community relations. Vivian has more than two decades of public affairs experience in state government and in the private sector, most recently serving as CEO of Volunteer Florida.
Previously, she served in various roles in Florida government including Chief of Staff at the Florida Department of Children and Families, Communications Director at the Executive Office of the Governor and Deputy Communications Director at the Florida Office of the Attorney General. She also worked as Deputy Chief of Staff for United States Senator George LeMieux.
Jim Pearce has more than 30 years of progressive, supervisory and administrative experience in the Florida Department of Children and Families and the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice. Pearce currently serves as the CDS Family & Behavioral Health Services CEO. In addition, he serves on the Youth and Family Services Network board, chairs the 8th Circuit Juvenile Justice Board and is a member of several organizations serving Alachua county.
Tracy Salem Ph.D.
Tracy Salem received her doctoral degree in organizational leadership in 2008. Salem is the Youth and Family Services Manager for Orange County Government. She oversees the Orange County Youth Shelter and has been employed with Orange County government for more than 10 years. Salem has worked with the at-risk youth population for 15 years working in various other roles including a probation officer and an assistant principal. Salem remains involved in the community and actively works with several boards.