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.
Gerald Peter “Pete” Digre,
Pete Digre is the Deputy Secretary. He has more than 40 years of experience in the health and human services field, with an emphasis on community-based care for children, youth and families. He has held leadership positions for social service agencies in Los Angeles County, Philadelphia County and the state of Illinois. In addition, he previously served as Deputy Secretary for Operations at the Florida Department of Health and Rehabilitative Services, which precedes DCF. Pete holds bachelor's degrees with honors in Sociology and Philosophy from the University of Minnesota, a master’s degree with honors in Social Work from George Williams College, a master’s degree with honors in Public Administration from Roosevelt University, and a doctorate of Ministry from the University of Chicago.
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.
Assistant Secretary for Administration
Geoffrey Becker serves as Assistant Secretary for Administration for the Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF). Previously he served in the Governor’s Office as Deputy Chief of Staff overseeing all Health and Human Services agencies, including DCF. Geoffrey also has held a variety of political, public affairs, and public service positions in both Florida and Washington D.C., including state government affairs throughout the Southeast for Endo Health Solutions; senior policy advisor for Metz, Husband & Daughton, P.A.; Deputy Secretary for the Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR); senior advisor to the U.S. Secretary of the Interior; and vice president of the survey research firm, The Tarrance Group.
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.