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Ensure Florida’s Dependent Children the Futures They Deserve

Meet our Board Members

Christina Weaver

Christina is an experienced business partner with over fifteen years of experience in the areas of Human Resources/Talent Acquisition, Compliance, Global Inclusion, Business Conduct, Business Development/Management, and Program/Project Management. Christina currently manages the Equal Opportunity and Affirmative action compliance programs and is an Ethics Advisor at Harris Corporation where she has been employed for the last 10 years. Christina earned her BS in Business Administration from the University of Central Florida. She is certified as a Professional in Human Resources (PHR).

Christina has served as a Guardian Ad Litem in Seminole County and has a passion for helping children. She was born and raised in Florida and enjoys reading, boating and spending time with her husband and 3 beautiful children.

 

 

Sarah Young

Sarah Young is a full-time faculty member of the Florida Center for Public Management and the Askew School of Public Administration and Policy at the Florida State University.­ She has been involved in nonprofit organizations since birth, as her family helped ­build the Ronald McDonald House Charities, and she grew up­ at All Children’s Hospital in St. Petersburg, Florida.­ Sarah has worked for AMIkids National Headquarters, providing training on governance and fundraising for its 57 local chapters; for the­ Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as the Injury Prevention Manager for the Florida Department of Health; and as ­the Director of Florida for Opportunity Services, a national nonprofit that helps individuals with disabilities find meaningful employment. She also worked as a consultant to help­ develop the first nonprofit resource center in North Florida, the Institute for Nonprofit Innovation and Excellence.­­

Sarah has an MBA in Nonprofit Management and is working toward her Ph.D. at FSU’s Askew School of Public Administration. Sarah resides in Tallahassee with her husband and son.

 

 Perry Clawson

Perry Clawson is a 1980 graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and retired as a Colonel after over 30 years of military service in the Army.  He commanded units from the platoon to the brigade level and served two combat tours in Iraq.  He has a  Master of Science Degree in System’s Management from Florida Institute of Technology and a Master of Science Degree in Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College.  Perry has been retired since 2009 and has served as a Guardian ad Litem since 2013 advocating for over thirty children in that time.  He serves on the board of directors for several organizations to include the 8th Judicial Circuit Guardian ad Litem Board, the Rotary Club of Gainesville, and the Gainesville Fisher House.  He has lived in Gainesville, Florida with his wife Kim since 2011.

 

Neiko Shea, LCSW

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Neiko Shea is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Florida.  She has over 20 years of experience working in the Child Welfare system.  Ms. Shea has a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from the University of Florida and obtained her Master’s Degree in Social Work from Barry University in Miami, Florida.  She started her career in Florida as a case manager working with adolescent girls in a Child Welfare group home who had suffered histories of trauma and abuse.  She continued her career as a therapist working with children and families and then went on to serve as a Clinical Director for an agency that provided Therapeutic Foster Care and other foster care and behavioral health services. She went on to serve as the Director of Service Coordination, and was later promoted to the Vice President of Network Development, for the Child Welfare Community-Based Care Lead Agency in Broward and Palm Beach Counties.  After 10 years in that capacity, she pursued a passion in adoptions and accepted an opportunity as Executive Director of a private Adoption Agency.  Currently, Ms. Shea is the Vice President of Child Welfare Programs at Sunshine Health in South Florida.    Lastly, and most importantly, Ms. Shea is a proud mother of 3 children, Colin, Addison, and Brennan. She and her husband adopted Addison and Brennan in 2007.

 

Sonia Valladares

Sonia Valladares has been with the State of Florida Guardian ad Litem Program for the past 24 years.  She is currently the State Director of Organizational Outreach & Training.  Sonia began her career as a GAL intern back in 1991.  She has worn many hats during her tenure with the Program.  She was the previous Circuit Director for the Miami-Dade GAL Program.  The largest GAL program in the State of Florida and one of the largest GAL programs in the nation.  While at the helm of the Miami-Dade GAL Program she directed a staff of “71” and a cadre of GAL volunteers in excess of 450.

Sonia is very involved in local, state, and national advocacy for children, including maintaining memberships with the CASA/GAL Alliance of States.  She was recently re-appointed by the Secretary of the Department of Children & Families to continue her service on the Independent Living Services Advisory Council and has served on the Board of National CASA.

Sonia was the recipient of the 2008 State of Florida Guardian ad Litem Program “Executive Director Award” for exceptional performance, leadership, and dedication to the Guardian ad Litem Program.  Under her leadership, the 11th Judicial Circuit Guardian Ad Litem Program received the 2009 “National CASA Association Inclusion Award”.  Sonia was awarded the 2011 “Daniel P. Dawson Award” for outstanding leadership, contribution and commitment to Florida’s abused and neglected children.  She was also awarded the 2014 “Barbara Sessa Award” which is given annually to a GAL employee that goes above and beyond.  Sonia is a certified facilitator of the Casey Foundation / National CASA “Knowing Who You Are” Training Curriculum and the “Fostering Futures” Training Curriculum.

Lori Duarte-Roberts – President

Lori Duarte-Roberts is currently the Treasury and Payment Solutions Regional Sales Manager for Commercial Metro Florida. In her role she is responsible for leading a team responsible for consultative selling to assigned client group with treasury solution needs. She helps identify and drive client and prospect sales opportunities to achieve and or exceed revenue and portfolio growth objectives. Drives deal team behaviors by fostering relationships with bankers and product partners to collaborate on opportunities and engage in strategic client planning.

In 2008, Lori managed a commercial team in South Florida. The team managed deposits, assets, and trade and FX transactions for small to midsize companies. The CBG Florida business was approximately $1.4B in deposits and $262MM in credit outstanding with loan commitments of approximately $550MM. The South Area CBG team managed approximately $800MM in deposits and $100MM in credit outstanding.

Lori also has a passion helping children and she has done so by her involvement with Voices for Children and National CASA over the last 20 years. These organizations advocate for the abused and neglected children that go in to foster care. She is the immediate Past President for CASA. In addition, Lori was one of the first to volunteer for the United Way’s Read together program. The purpose of the program is to enhance literacy opportunities with young children and to instill the love of reading to children at a young age.

Bert Earp – Treasurer

Kelly Razzano

Frank Prado