Executive Leadership Team
Mike Carroll has more than 24 years of service with the Department of Children and Families overseeing programs ranging from substance abuse and mental health to family safety and adult protective services to economic self-sufficiency programs. Most recently, he served as the Regional Managing Director for the 11-county SunCoast Region which spans from Pasco to Collier County since 2006.
As Regional Managing Director, Mr. Carroll committed himself to developing innovative and significant system improvements—many of which have become models for statewide implementation. He is recognized as a skilled organizational and systems assessor. He was integral in the regional implementation of the Managing Entity concept in substance abuse and mental health, transitioning to a community-based system of care in child welfare, and redesigning the economic self-sufficiency delivery system. His previous management experience includes foster care and child care licensing, strategic planning, quality assurance, economic self-sufficiency eligibility programs, and special programs including one focused on reintegrating ex-felons into the community.
Mr. Carroll has served on the Florida Sterling Board of Examiners for 13 years, and is currently a master examiner and facilitator for the Governor’s Sterling Award process. He has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Boston College and is a Certified Public Manager.
Mr. Carroll is married to Debra and has two children, Samantha and Jason. He is active in the local community and has served as a youth coach and mentor for more than 25 years.
Dr. David Fairbanks
Dr. David Fairbanks is Deputy Secretary of the Florida Department of Children and Families. He has 14 years of experience with the department including as Assistant Secretary for Programs, Director of Provider Relations, Assistant Director of Community-Based Care¸ Director of Mission Support and Performance, and Chief of Children’s Mental Health.
He has worked in several states as an independent consultant on child welfare, mental health and education systems reform efforts. Dr. Fairbanks earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Eastern Michigan University and his Master’s and Doctorate Degrees in Psychology from Florida State University. With Leon County Schools, he served as a teacher and School Director. He also was an Assistant Professor of School Psychology at State University of New York.
Publications include “School-Related Services and Medicaid: A Florida Handbook” and “Working Smarter in a Shared Service Network: A Resource and Planning Guide” published by the Florida Department of Education, as well as numerous technical reports on systems of care, family services, case planning and program development.
David is married to Terri Eggers who formerly worked for the Department of Juvenile Justice and the Department of Education. Together, they have four children, two grandchildren and one foster grandchild.
Chief of Staff
A former business owner and a seasoned professional in child and adult protection, Jane has served as the DCF Child Abuse Prevention Coordinator since December 2012.
Prior to joining DCF, Johnson served as the Health and Human Services Policy Coordinator for the Executive Office of the Governor. In that role, she developed and coordinated health and human services policies and oversaw the development of agency budgets for six state agencies including DCF. She also previously served as the Director of the Florida Agency for Persons with Disabilities. In addition to her public sector experience, Johnson has held top positions at nonprofit agencies including Children's Home Society, Florida Alliance for Assistive Services & Technology and the Florida Association of Homes for the Aging.
Johnson has also served on numerous boards and commissions including Florida Disabled Outdoors Association, Governor's Task Force on Autism, Affordable Housing Study Commission as well as volunteering as a Guardian Ad Litem. Before coming to Florida, Johnson gained valuable experience running a small business.
Dennise G. Parker
Assistant Secretary for Administration
Dennise Parker serves as Assistant Secretary of Administration for the Florida Department of Children and Families. She has served with the department and its predecessor the Florida Department of Health and Human Services for nearly 30 years, including as a Grants Specialist Supervisor II in District 2, Director of the Administrative Services Support Center, Budget Director, and most recently as Human Resources Director. She previously worked with the Game and Fresh Water Fish Commission, the Northwest Florida Mental Health Center, and the Office of the Clerk of Circuit Court in Monroe County. She has a degree in public management from Florida A&M University and is a Certified Public Manager.
Vicki Abrams, Assistant Secretary for Operations
Vicki began her career in 1977 with the former Department of Health and Rehabilitative Services at Florida State Hospital’s Mentally Retarded Defendant Program. After serving as the Executive Director of the Gulf County Association for Retarded Citizens, Vicki returned to HRS in 1984 with the Developmental Services Program Office in Panama City. From there Vicki worked in Contract Management for Developmental Services (now Agency for Persons with Disabilities), Family Safety, and ACCESS Florida. She also has experience in managing Volunteer Services, and operations in Foster Care, Child Care Licensing, Adult Services, ACCESS Florida, and Substance Abuse & Mental Health.
Jennifer Lange, Assistant Secretary for Economic Self-Sufficiency
Jennifer Lange has more than 30 years of experience working in economic self-sufficiency programs in Florida. She has previously served as the Director of ACCESS Florida, Policy Chief and Program Administrator in Miami-Dade County.
Janice Thomas, Assistant Secretary for Child Welfare
Janice Thomas, serving as the new legislatively-created Assistant Secretary for Child Welfare has been a valuable member of the DCF team for over three decades. Her experience with the department spans a number of services including child protective investigations, child protective services, foster care, adoptions, adult protective investigations and economic self-sufficiency. Her positions have included Investigator, Unit Supervisor, Operations Program Administrator, Program Manager, Operations Manager, Circuit Administrator, and Northwest Florida Family and Community Services Director. Her years of knowledge, passion for the mission and hands-on experience in the field give her a unique perspective to continue the positive progress to protect Florida’s most vulnerable.
John N. Bryant, Assistant Secretary for Substance Abuse and Mental Health
John N. Bryant is Assistant Secretary for Substance Abuse and Mental Health at the Florida Department of Children and Families. Bryant previously served as Vice President for Legislative and External Affairs at the Florida Council for Community Mental Health, working with and advising state agencies on legislative and budget priorities, policy development, contract services, behavioral health program design, research and advocacy. Before that he worked with the department (and under the Department of Health and Rehabilitative Services) for 36 years in multiple roles both regionally and at the statewide level including Chief of Operations for the Substance Abuse Program Office, Chief of the State Mental Health Treatment Facilities, Assistant Secretary for Mental Health Programs, Chief of Adult Mental Health and others. He completed course work for a Master’s degree in Public Health at the University of South Florida, and has a Bachelor’s degree in Social Sciences from the University of West Florida.
Grainne M. O’Sullivan
Director, Children's Legal Services
Grainne M. O’Sullivan, currently serves as Director of Children’s Legal Services. She joined the Department in May 2013 as Children's Legal Services Regional Director, coming to that role from the Office of the Attorney General where she supervised all juvenile dependency cases and conducted training on juvenile law for attorneys, state agents and the Dependency Court Improvement Project. She previously served as an Assistant Attorney General from 2001 to 2005 and as Staff Attorney for the Legal Aid Society of Broward County in 2001, where she represented elderly clients at administrative hearings in immigration, bankruptcy, landlord-tenant, divorce, and Medicare matters. She earned a political science degree from the New York Institute of Technology and a law degree from Brooklyn Law School. While in school, Grainne represented clients seeking asylum in the United States in federal court as part of the Safe Harbor Project and was a Student Assistant District Attorney for the Kings County District Attorney’s Office in Brooklyn, NY, where she was responsible for a full misdemeanor caseload and functioned as a prosecutor in the largest district attorney’s office in the nation.
Rebecca Kapusta is General Counsel for the Florida Department of Children and Families. She most recently served as Chief Legal Counsel for the 11-county SunCoast Region which spans from Pasco to Collier County. She has served with the department for nine years and has previously served in Children’s Legal Services, as Assistant General Counsel, and Assistant Regional Counsel. She has litigated many of the department’s high-profile cases, including before the Florida Supreme Court. Prior to joining the department, Rebecca served as a General Magistrate in the Twelfth Judicial Circuit and maintained her own practice. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism at the University of Central Florida and earned her law degree from Stetson University College of Law.