Ute Gazioch, Director of Substance Abuse and Mental Health
Ute Gazioch currently serves as the Director of Substance Abuse and Mental Health for the Department of Children and Families. Previously she served as Mental Health Lead, responsible for the oversight of statewide grants and programs as well as providing clinical and programmatic expertise on adult and children’s behavioral health issues. Ms. Gazioch formerly served as State PATH Contact and State SOAR Lead, both initiatives aimed at assisting homeless individuals with behavioral health conditions obtain safe and affordable housing, benefits, and services and supports to meet their needs. Prior to joining the Department, Ms. Gazioch spent 16 years working with adults, children and families in the child welfare and behavioral health fields. Ms. Gazioch has extensive experience with direct care provision as well as program development, management and evaluation. Ms. Gazioch has trained providers and system partners on Motivational Interviewing, System of Care Principles, Wraparound, and Stepping Stones to Recovery. Ms. Gazioch earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology with a minor in Social Work from Florida State University.
Laura Reeves, Bureau of Communicable Diseases, Tuberculosis Section
Laura Reeves is the Administrator of the Tuberculosis Control Section in the Bureau of Communicable Diseases, Florida Department of Health. As Administrator, she is responsible for policy development, program evaluation, and staff enrichment and development. Ms. Reeves supports innovative thinking and encouraged the adoption of evidence based best practice methods while implementing changes in the new Florida System of Tuberculosis Care. Under Ms. Reeves’ leadership, the Tuberculosis Control Program is currently engaged in several developing statewide initiatives including video directly observed therapy, and the enhanced use of technology.
Ms. Reeves has twenty-two years in public health, with experience spanning program and organizational strategic planning, performance management, and quality improvement initiatives, policy development, public health accreditation, customer service, employee satisfaction and collaboration with local, state and national partners.
Ms. Reeves received her Bachelor of Science Degree from Florida State University and is a Certified Manager of Quality/Organizational Excellence by the American Society for Quality.
Alene Tarter, Director, Division of Benefits & Assistance
Ethel A. ("Alene") Tarter has served in a myriad of leadership roles both in the United States Air Force, and with the Florida Department of Veterans' Affairs. She served first as a Veteran's Claims Examiner beginning in October 1999, Claims Bureau Supervisor for the Florida Department of Veterans' Affairs in 2002. In 2006, she was selected as the Bureau Chief for the Claims Bureau of the Division of Benefits and Assistance and was subsequently promoted to the position of Director of the Benefits and Assistance Division of the Florida Department of Veterans' Affairs in March, 2009. She manages 79 personnel in the Bureaus of Veterans' Claims, Field Services, and the State Approving Agency for Veterans' Training. She is a member of VISN 8 Veteran's OEF/OIF Reintegration and Suicide Prevention panel, the Florida Council on Homelessness, State Jail Diversion and Trauma Recovery/Reintegration State Advisory Council, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Policy Academy for Returning Veterans and Their Families, the Supreme Court Task Force for Substance Abuse and Mental Health, and she serves as FDVA representative for SAMHSA's Military Families Strategic Initiative for Reclaiming Recovery, Resiliency, and Readiness. Ms. Tarter was named the Florida Veterans' Service Officer of the Year in 2002 by the National Association of County Veterans Service Officers. Ms. Ms. Tarter is a retired Master Sergeant from the United States Air Force and she holds an Associate Degree in Medical Laboratory Technology and Education, with a Master of Business Administration degree with a specialization in Health Care Administration.
Amy L. Datz, Assistant Chief of the statewide Bureau of Probation and Parole Field Services in the Office of Community Corrections
Amy L. Datz is currently the Assistant Chief of the statewide Bureau of Probation and Parole Field Services in the Office of Community Corrections. She has been with the Florida Department of Corrections in Probation and Parole since 1985.
Over the course of her career she has worked as an officer, supervisor, and senior supervisor in several different counties and Judicial Circuits. She has vast experience and expertise in the management, supervision and requirements related to sexual offenders. She currently coordinates and directs efforts to ensure that plans are appropriately sought for inmates released to supervision who are vulnerable, elderly, disabled and/or are sexual offenders to avoid homelessness with these specific populations. Amy has a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from the Florida State University and is a graduate of the Senior Leadership Program of the Florida Criminal Justice Executive Institute. Amy delivers specialized training to on a variety of topics throughout the state.
Molly McKinstry, Deputy Secretary for Health Quality Assurance
Ms. McKinstry is the Deputy Secretary for the Division of Health Quality Assurance within the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration. The Agency is responsible for administering the state Medicaid program, promotion of health care information transparency through FloridaHealthFinder.gov, and regulation of health care providers including hospitals, nursing homes, assisted living facilities, home health agencies and managed care organization provider networks. Ms. McKinstry has worked for over twenty five years in public and private sector positions involving health care regulation, long-term care, Medicaid, health care provider background screening, regulatory efficiency and system integration, and health care provider emergency response.
Isabelle Potts, J.D., has extensive experience with workforce programs at the regional and state level, having provided policy guidance and technical assistance to Regional Workforce Boards and contractors for over 15 years. She is currently overseeing six grants that total over $24 million. Her background in the law hones her deep understanding of federal and state law as they relate to the programs she administers, as well as her research and persuasive communication skills.
She took an eight-year detour from the workforce system, as a research faculty at Florida State University, where she ran several educational research grants, and taught upper-level courses in the School of Criminology. The FSU experience helped her develop a strong pedagogical understanding of the needs of adult learners and refined her grant writing and management skills.
She has been the primary author of several funded research projects—a three year, $750,000, Arts in Education development and evaluation project at FSU; and a two year, $6.1 million Job-Driven National Emergency Grant at the Department of Economic Opportunity where she currently works.
Ms. Potts received her B.A. and J.D. degrees from the University of Texas.
Andrae Bailey, President and Chief Executive Officer
Andrae Bailey is the founder and president of Lead Homelessness Initiative. Working exclusively in the field of social change for the past 20 years, Andrae has led and partnered with some of the most successful organizations in the United States that are currently working to address the problem of homelessness in their respective jurisdictions.
Throughout his career, Andrae’s goal has been to help leaders in the homeless effort find collaborative and strategic approaches to solving this persistent social dilemma. And to this end, he works with elected officials, business executives, and faith leaders to find genuine solutions to the critical issues they are trying to affect.
Prior to the launch of Lead Homelessness Initiative, Andrae served as president and chief executive officer of the Central Florida Commission on Homelessness, the nonprofit organization entrusted with the responsibility of leading Central Florida’s efforts to end homelessness in Orange, Osceola, and Seminole Counties. As a result of Andrae’s success in his role as Central Florida’s primary advocate for the homeless, Governor Rick Scott appointed Andrae to the Florida Council on Homelessness in 2015.
Andrae graduated from Heritage University and Seminary, where he received a master’s degree in pastoral theology. He also completed the Crummer Graduate School of Business mini-MBA program at Rollins College and is an instructor at the Edyth Bush Institute for Philanthropy & Nonprofit Leadership. In addition, Andrae is recognized by Certified Fund Raising Executive International as a certified fundraising executive (CFRE).
In 2013, Andrae was named one of the “Top 40 Under 40” business executives in Central Florida by The Orlando Business Journal. In 2016, The Orlando Sentinel selected Andrae as the recipient of its prestigious “Central Floridian of the Year” award, making Andrae the youngest person ever to receive that distinguished honor. And later that same year, Andrae was named in Orlando magazine’s “50 Most Powerful People” edition as Central Florida’s number-one person of influence in the field of philanthropy.
Claudia Tuck, Director, Department of Community Support Services
Florida Association of Counties
Claudia Tuck is the Director of the Alachua County Department of Community Support Services. She is responsible for Social Services, a Foster Grandparent Program, the Victim Services and Rape Crisis Center, Veterans Services, and the Crisis and Suicide Intervention Center.
Ms. Tuck previously served as the Director of the Palm Beach County Division of Human Services. In this position, she was responsible for Homeless Services Planning, HMIS Lead, Homeless Outreach and contracted services, Emergency and Self-Sufficiency programs, and Veteran Services. She was formerly employed at the Oakwood Center of the Palm Beaches (NKA Jerome Golden Center of the Palm Beaches), where she worked for over 25 years, last as the Associate Director. Ms. Tuck represents the Florida Association of Counties on the Council on Homelessness as well as on the National Association of Counties Human Services and Education Steering Committee. She is a board member of the National Association of County Human Services Administrators and is a Past President of the Florida Association of County Human Services Administrators. Ms. Tuck is a current member of the National Association of Social Workers and the Academy of Certified Social Workers. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a Licensed Health Care Risk Manager. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Relations and Sociology from the University of Delaware, and a Master of Social Work degree from Florida State University. Ms. Tuck has been a Field Instructor at Barry University for MSW students as well as an adjunct faculty member at Palm Beach Community College.
Rick Butler, Vice-Mayor
Rick Butler was elected to City Council in March of 1998 and was re-elected in 200, 2004, 2008 and 2012. Prior to serving on Council he served as a member of the Pinellas Park Community Development Citizens Advisory Committee and the City of Pinellas Park Board of Adjustment.
After taking office, he represented the City on a variety of countywide boards such as the Pinellas County Economic Development Council, Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority (PSTA), Pinellas County 1906 Committee, Personal Enrichment Mental Health Services (PEMHS) and the Affordable Housing Committee. He is past President of the Suncoast League of Cities and is currently on the Florida State Homeless Leadership Board as Treasurer, the Florida League of Cities Urban Administration Committee and serves as Ex-Officio on the Pinellas Park Boys & Girls Club Unit Advisory Council. In 2017, Rick was appointed by the Governor of Florida to the Juvenile Welfare Board. He is also involved with Celebrate Pinellas Park, Inc. (non-profit organization that organizes the Pinellas Park Holiday Parade).
Rick has been a driving force in our community for more than thirty years. He is a past president of the Pinellas Park/Gateway Chamber of Commerce, the Kiwanis Club of Pinellas Park, the Pinellas Park Boys & Girls Club and Celebrate Pinellas Park, Inc. He has also served on numerous boards throughout the community including the Columbia (now HCA) Northside Hospital Board of Trustees, the Pinellas Park Equity Study Commission, the Pinellas Park Art Society and the St. Giles Emergency Food Pantry.
Rick has received many awards over the years including the Citizen of the Year Award in 1991, the Key to the City, the Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s Golden Boy Award for Service, the Kiwanis Club’s George Hixon Fellowship Award, the Pinellas Park/Gateway Chamber of Commerce Loyd Tingler Good Government Award and the PEMHS PACE Award for Outstanding Service in Government Affairs and Homeless Leadership Network 2010 Community Leadership Award.
Rick has owned and operated Rick Butler Realty for over thirty years and is a life-long resident of the City of Pinellas Park. In his spare time Rick enjoys riding his motorcycle and working on various other projects in his garage. Rick and his wife, Carol have one son Ricky, four dogs, two cats and one rabbit.
Shannon Nazworth, Director, Ability Housing
Shannon Nazworth is the executive director of Ability Housing. She was hired in November 2003 to transform a service organization's small housing program into an independent nonprofit organization dedicated to the development and operation of quality, affordable housing for adults with disabilities. Since then, the organization has expanded its mission to the provision of quality, affordable, community inclusive housing for individuals and families experiencing or at risk of homelessness and adults with disabilities. Ms. Nazworth has over fifteen years' experience in the development of affordable housing. She is the former Associate Director of Habitat for Humanity of the Jacksonville Beaches, Inc.; Regional Administrator for Habitat for Humanity International; and Chief Financial Officer of Habitat for Humanity of Jacksonville, Inc. She chairs the State of Florida Council on Homelessness, is Board President of the Florida Supportive Housing Coalition, and was awarded the "Advocate of the Year" Award by the 2011 Southeast Institute on Homelessness and Supportive Housing. Ms. Nazworth is also a member of the Leadership Jacksonville class of 2011; graduated magna cum laude from Boston College; and has received a Certificate in Nonprofit Management from Duke University and a Certificate in Leadership from Harvard University's School of Business.
Bill Aldinger, Coordinator, Supportive Housing
Bill Aldinger is the Assistant Policy Director and Supportive Housing Coordinator for the Florida Housing Finance Corporation. Bill’s responsibilities include: assisting in developing and implementing Florida Housing's housing policy and strategies related to homeless households, persons with special needs, and the elderly; representing the Corporation on supportive housing, special needs, and homelessness workgroups and committees; as well serving as the special needs housing liaison between Florida Housing and state agencies, developers, housing providers, advocates and other stakeholders. Before coming to Florida Housing in 2006, Aldinger served as the Director of the Elderly Housing Unit, as well as the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Florida Coming Home Program at the Florida Department of Elder Affairs. He has more nearly 30 years’ experience in both the public and private sectors working in the fields of aging and behavioral health, community based services development, as well as in affordable and supportive housing policy and finance.
Eugene Williams, President
Eugene Williams is current the President of the Florida Coalition for the Homeless. He assumed this position in 2015. Prior to this position Eugene was the Executive Directors of the Pasco Coalition for the Homeless, where he served for 8 years. Before Eugene assume the Executive Director [position he was the Pasco County Coordinator for homeless funding. Eugene was responsible for the development of the County 10-year plan, organizing a dysfunctional Coalition and the development of the Continuum of Care operations. Eugene was also responsible for developing the funding stream for the organization in excess of $100,000. The organization has built 3 brand new houses for the homeless, acquired a 20-unit apartment complex and its own administrative building. These organizational development strategies have allowed the Pasco Coalition to become self-sufficient and not dependent on government funding.
Before coming to Pasco County Eugene was formerly:
A Vice President for acquisition and Development for the One Key Development Corporation. In this position Eugene was responsible for development of many projects including a 200-unit apartment conversion, a 26 -unit condominium building and a 10,000 square foot shopping mall.
Co-Founded, The Business Center for New Americans (BCNA)– A Certified Development Institution specializing in Small Business Administration (SBA) micro-loans and counseling for immigrants and refugees. Where he is still consulting. This organization has been responsible for creation of over 5000 jobs during its 20- year existence.
Eugene also served as Chairman/CEO – Manhattan Borough Development Corp, New York – An agency founded to oversee Community Development activities throughout the Borough of Manhattan. It was also responsible for the small business re-development of lower Manhattan. during 9/11.
Eugene earned a BA in Business Administration and MA in Human Resources Development at the New School University.
Eugene is currently living in Land O Lakes, Florida.
Lindsey Berling Cannon
Children’s Home Society
Lindsey Cannon recently joined the Children’s Home Society in Pensacola as Executive Director. In that role, she will assist with the development and implementation of new programs and program budgets; identify grants and other funding sources; and participate in fund-raising and grant writing. She will oversee programs to ensure compliance with Children’s Home Society policies, licensing, contractual, quality assurance and outcome standards and requirements. Lindsey will establish and maintain collaborative relationships with relevant community agencies and she will represent the agency at community meetings/groups. Prior to joining the Children’s Home Society, Lindsey was Regional Director of Catholic Charities of Northwest Florida, Pensacola Regional Office. She was also a program manager at Anchorage Children’s Home in Panama City. Lindsey holds a master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling and Vocational Rehabilitation from the University of South Florida.
Steve Smith, Founder and Executive Director
New Beginnings of Lake County
Steve moved from Ohio to Florida in 2006 where he retired as a business executive having previously served in banking and the insurance industry. He is the Founder and Executive Director of New Beginnings of Central Florida which is a 501(c)(3) non-profit agency serving the homeless in Central Florida. He also serves on the boards of the Mid Florida Homeless Coalition and Lake County Affordable Housing. He was appointed to the Council on Homelessness by Governor Rick Scott. He is married and has 4 adult children, and is actively involved in his church and the Chamber of Commerce.
Skip Forsyth, Director Homeless Education Program
Skip Forsyth serves as the Director of the Florida Department of Education’s (FLDOE) Homeless Education Program (HEP), beginning in 2015. He was the program’s Senior Program Specialist from 2011 to 2015. After graduating from Lakewood High School in St. Petersburg, Skip earned Bachelor and Master’s degrees in Psychology and has spent his professional life working with and advocating for youth. Prior to his work with the HEP, Skip directed the Safe and Drug Free Schools Program for FLDOE and the Substance Abuse Prevention Program for the Florida Department of Children and Families. Before working for the state of Florida, he served as the Area Director for Young Life of Broward County and directed the Drug Education and Prevention Center in St. Augustine. He is married to Kathleen, a MSW. They have three grown children, all college graduates – one FSU Seminole and two Flagler College Saints.