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).
Since 2013, Ms. Layman has focused on developing the infrastructure, resources, and impact of the Center for Child Counseling. Under her leadership, the organization has grown significantly in the past six years, now serving over 4,000 of the most vulnerable children in Palm Beach County. She has created a collaborative service delivery model, including partnerships with over thirty other nonprofits with a range of expertise.
Renée has cultivated relationships with an array of private donors, businesses, and funders, resulting in programs supported by Children’s Services Council of Palm Beach County, Quantum Foundation, Town of Palm Beach United Way, Palm Beach County, Farris Foundation, the Florida Blue Foundation, and many others. She spearheaded development of Lead the Fight, in collaboration with Leadership Palm Beach County, bringing together over 120 business leaders in Palm Beach County for the past two years to discuss the ‘Economic Impact of Early Adversity’ as part of the Center for Child Counseling’s Fighting ACEs Initiative, which was launched in 2015 with Quantum Foundation support.
In her various leadership roles, Ms. Layman has been a passionate advocate for child and family mental health, bringing innovative programs and high-quality services for some of the most pressing issues facing children in Palm Beach County, with a focus on increasing access for low-income and minority populations. Ms. Layman is a flexible and adaptive leader with strong leadership and organizational skills, working with leaders throughout the county to improve health outcomes for children and families. 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.
Ms. Layman has extensive clinical training, including evidence-based interventions such as Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Child-Parent Psychotherapy, Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR), and Filial Therapy. Under her leadership, Center for Child Counseling’s Institute for Clinical Training provides community-wide training for over 3,000 people each year, focusing on ensuring that effective, trauma-informed practices are used for the most vulnerable children and families. Her leadership style has resulted in a learning organization defined by warmth, flexibility, opportunity for growth, and low turnover of staff.
In recognition of her work, Renée was recognized as Palm Beach County’s Nonprofit Executive of the Year (October 2017) and received Delta Sigma Theta Sorority’s Women of Excellence: Health & Wellness Award in 2011. She is currently on the Board of Directors of the Florida Association for Infant Mental Health, working with leaders statewide to improve the system of care for babies and young children. Renée also serves on the School District of Palm Beach County’s ESE and SHAC Mental Health Advisory Committees and is the Board President of the Nonprofit Chamber of Palm Beach County. She is a graduate of Leadership Palm Beach County’s Class of 2010 and Leadership Florida’s Cornerstone Class XXXVI.
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. She lives with her family in Palm Beach Gardens.
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 two 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 Government Partnerships Manager for Spin Scooters in the Southeast, 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. Additionally, Vivian was recently appointed by Governor DeSantis to serve as a commissioner for the Commission on Human Relations.
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.
Powell is also the vice president for AceApplications, LLC, a technology solutions provider for businesses, schools, and government agencies. AceApplications delivers custom software, systems integration, mobile app and web development, data analytics and reporting, and training and staffing.
In 2016, Powell was invited by the White House to present STEM Access for Marginalized Girls. She has been recognized as one of Orlando Magazine’s
2020 Women of the Year, a Community Champion by the Orlando Magic and WESH 2 News, featured on PBS, and NPR and received the following awards
and recognition and a host of other community and professional awards:
In the community, Powell is a life member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., serves on the boards of WTS Central Florida Chapter, NAF Information
Technology Academy, and the Women’s Business Center at Seminole State College. In 2007, she was appointed by Governor Charlie Crist to serve on the
Florida Fund for Minority Teachers, Inc. Board of Directors. She served two terms from 2004 – 2010. She received her Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Florida, Master of Education from the Pennsylvania State University, Master of Science in Management from the University of Central Florida and her doctorate in Instructional Technology and Distance Education from Nova Southeastern University.
Powell is married to her college sweetheart, Courtney and they reside in Oviedo, Florida.