Q. What’s the most meaningful part of working with the Florida Network?
Allison: “The most meaningful part of working with the Florida Network is knowing that children all across the State are receiving the supports and services they need from a network of caring providers to help them develop the resiliency skills they need to carry them into adulthood.”
Q. What do you wish you had more time for each day?
Allison: “I use my free time to read—I would definitely do more of that with more time!”
Q. What book have you read that has impacted you most and why?
Allison: “‘Bridges out of Poverty’ by Dr. Ruby Payne. This book provides insight into the lives of those individuals living in poverty, as well as the hidden languages of other socio-economic classes. If you want to have an impact, you have to have an appreciation for people with different experiences than you. Understanding different life experiences and perspectives not only makes you a better leader—but also a better person!”
Q. What are your words of advice for a new board member?
Allison: “Jump in! There are so many ways to get involved and learn about the work of our providers. The stories of those we serve are very rewarding—take time to celebrate that good work.”
Q. What is something about the Florida Network you wish more people knew about?
Allison: “The fact that our provider network accomplishes amazing things while being severely under-resourced. They do the work because of their passion for helping children and families—most times making the impossible very possible.”
Q. What’s your favorite weekend activity?
Allison: “I love spending time relaxing with friends and family. I enjoy being outside, on the water…and do that as often as possible.”
Q. Who inspires you?
Allison: “My team at work. I have the privilege of watching these individuals make the extraordinary seem ordinary. Much like the providers in the Network, my work family is passionate about our mission of helping people throughout life’s journey. I love what I do and am proud of my team every single day.”
Q. What do you want your legacy to be?
Allison: “I hope that I leave things better than I found them. I feel that way about the organization I lead, as well as the people I work with and those individuals that we serve. I hope I can help others achieve their goals and dreams and that they remember our times together as positive experiences.”
Learn more about our Board of Directors at https://floridanetwork.org/