Robert “Bob” Asztalos, Deputy Executive Director
Retired Navy Senior Chief Hospital Corpsman (Fleet Marine Force) Bob Asztalos was appointed as Deputy Executive Director of the Florida Department of Veterans' Affairs on July 6, 2021. FDVA is a 1,500-member constitutionally chartered State Veterans' Affairs department with a $160 million annual budget responsible for serving the nation's third largest veteran population.
He stepped down as the Chief Operating Officer for Medical Equipment and Supplies of America, a disabled veteran-owned small business that provides durable medical equipment to Veterans on behalf of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
Prior to that, he worked in government relations on health care issues at both the state and federal levels since 1985. In Tallahassee, Bob served as the Chief Lobbyist for the Florida Health Care Association, representing nursing home and other long-term health care providers. In addition to lobbying, Bob coordinated the FHCA's Emergency Response team in the State Emergency Operations Center during hurricanes and disasters.
In Washington, D.C., Bob served as the Senior Congressional Affairs Representative for the American Health Care Association, Associate Director of Government Affairs with the American Physical Therapy Association, and a Legislative Specialist with the law firm of Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering.
He has a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science and Master's Degree in Legislative Affairs from George Washington University.
Bob completed 29 years active and reserve service in the U.S. Navy and Navy Reserve serving with shipboard and U.S. Marine Corps ground units. He currently serves in the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary as a small boat commander and Aids to Navigation Verifier.
He completed a term as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Florida Veterans Foundation, is the Vice President of Fleet Reserve Association, Branch 34, and serves on the Board of Directors of Ladies Learning to Lead and the Pines of Sarasota Rehabilitation & Senior Care Community.
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.
Patricia Boswell, Administrator
Patricia Boswell, MPH, serves as the Administrator of the Department of Health in Volusia County, Florida. Prior to assuming the leadership role in Volusia County, she served as the assistant county health department director in Pinellas County, Florida.
Over her 15-year career in Pinellas County, Mrs. Boswell also was director of clinical services and community health promotion. She began her career with Florida Health in 2001 as the program manager for the Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening Program in Pinellas County. In 2004, she became director of the Office of Chronic Disease Prevention.
Mrs. Boswell began her public health profession in 1985 at the Suffolk County (New York) Health Department. She also worked as legislative analyst for the Suffolk County Office of Legislative Budget from 1986 to 1993. Prior to joining the Florida Department of Health, Mrs. Boswell worked in Pennsylvania serving as the executive director for Sullivan County Victim Services from 1995 to 2000 and as assistant director of Capital Planning for Hershey Medical Center from 1993 to 1995.
Mrs. Boswell has earned a master's of science in urban and policy sciences from the State University of New York at Stony Brook and a master's of public health from the University of South Florida. She also is a graduate of the National Public Health Leadership Institute and a graduate of the Public Health Leadership Institute of Florida.
Lindsey Berling Cannon, Executive Director
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.
Warren Davis, Administrator
Warren Davis is a native of Tallahassee, Florida. He earned a double major in Creative Writing and History from Florida State University. From 2003-2007 he was an analyst in the Executive Office of the Governor before being appointed Director of Citizen Services. Warren served the Crist and Scott Administrations as Director of Citizen Services from 2007-2016. Since July 2016, Warren has served the CareerSource Florida, Inc. team as a policy analyst. Warren and his wife, Angela live in Tallahassee and they have one daughter.
Lisa Kane DeVitto, Commissioner, Crescent City Florida
Lisa Kane DeVitto , J.D., has had a career in law and policy advocacy in private practice and for state and local government. She is also a longtime volunteer in addressing homelessness, mental illness, and the lack of affordable housing. She was a founding board member of the Tallahassee Cold Night Shelter, Inc., in 1988, and served as President. In 2000, Governor Bush appointed her to the Commission on Homelessness that drafted the initial legislation to create the Council on Homelessness. She served on the Council on Homelessness for a term and was Council Chair for two years. Ms. DeVitto also served a term on the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Corporation Board.
Ms. DeVitto has served on the Board of the Florida Supportive Housing Coalition, the Executive Council of the Public Interest Law Section of the Florida Bar, the Board of the Hillsborough Coalition for the Homeless, and the Witness and Service Committee of the Palma Ceia Presbyterian Church, Tampa. She has participated in many Point in Time counts and educational seminars. Ms. DeVitto has served as a Presbyterian Elder. She was a Board member and President of the Davis Islands Neighborhood Association in Tampa, FL and Neighborhood Planning Task Force. In 2006 she was recognized by the Florida Coalition for the Homeless as Advocate of the Year; she received a Distinguished Service Award from the Florida Bar Public Interest Law Section, and in 2021 was recognized as a Home Rule Hero for advocacy by the Florida League of Cities.
Currently, Ms. DeVitto resides in the historic community of Crescent City, Florida, in Putnam County, where she was elected to the City Commission in 2018. She has been married to Ralph A. DeVitto, for 31 years; he is CEO of the American Brain Tumor Association. She is a nonresident sustaining member of the Junior League of Tampa, and a member of the Crescent City Woman's Club, the Rotary Club of Crescent City, The Fruitland Peninsula Historical Society, and Putnam County Blueways and Trails, Inc. Ms. DeVitto enjoys reading, kayaking, bird watching, and travel. She received her B.A. from Brown University, and her J.D. from the Florida State University College of Law.
Cassandra Moore, Bureau Chief, Interstate Compact and Probation
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.
Isabelle Potts, Supervisor, Program Development and Research Unit
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.
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.
Kimberly R. Smoak, Deputy Secretary of the Division of Health Quality Assurance
Ms. Smoak has been with the Agency for Health Care Administration since August 1995. She is the Deputy Secretary of the Division of Health Quality Assurance. The Division licenses and/or certifies and regulates 40 different providers, including, hospitals, nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and home health agencies. Ms. Smoak is also the State Survey Agency Director for the State of Florida. She holds a Master of Science in Health with the program emphasis in Aging Studies and is also a Qualified Intellectual Disability Professional (QIDP). In 2009 and 2017, she received Survey & Certification Achievement Awards, presented by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services for her work in Survey and Certification.
Zachary Summerlin, Assistant Policy Director and Supportive Housing Coordinator
Zachary Summerlin serves as the Assistant Policy Director and Supportive Housing Coordinator at Florida Housing Finance Corporation. Zach's years of experience at the local and statewide level have helped influence policy and provide affordable housing solutions for Florida's most vulnerable neighbors. At Florida Housing Zach serves as the point person for supportive housing efforts while also working with internal and external stakeholders to develop and shape policy direction to best serve those who benefit from affordable housing in Florida. He serves on both state and national workgroups that focus on strategizing best uses of federal funds and developing permanent housing solutions. Zach is also engaged in program and policy initiatives at Florida Housing that create solutions for a number of complex topics including the preservation of affordable housing, climate change and its impacts on affordable housing, and housing solutions for individuals and families at-risk of or experiencing homelessness. At the local level, Zach coordinated numerous housing and homelessness-related efforts including the work of the local homeless Continuum of Care and the successful permanent supportive housing placements for individuals exiting acute care and crisis stabilization settings while working at one of Florida's behavioral health Managing Entities.
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.
Courtney J. Walker, Interim State Coordinator
Courtney J. Walker is currently serving as the Interim State Coordinator for the Florida Department of Education's (FLDOE) Homeless Education Program (HEP). She has been with the program for four and a half years. Ms. Walker has been with FLDOE for nearly 16 years previously working in the Office of Healthy Schools, Bureau of Curriculum and Instruction, and the Migrant Education Program. In her current role, Courtney assists local school districts serving students that are experiencing homelessness through addressing identification and barriers to regular school attendance and academic achievement.
Ms. Walker is a graduate of Florida State University earning a Bachelor's in Information Studies and Master's in Educational Policy with certification in Program Evaluation. She has a passion for all needs of children and youth being met especially students that are overlooked and underserved. In her spare time, Courtney enjoys spending time with her family and friends across Florida, traveling, writing, exploring the outdoors, and mentoring.
Amanda Wander, Ending Homelessness Team Director
Amanda Wander is the Florida Housing Coalition's Ending Homelessness Team Director. In this role, Wander works closely with Continuums of Care (CoC), local governments, nonprofits, faith-based organizations, service providers, and other stakeholders working to prevent and end homelessness in their communities. Knowing that homelessness is solvable, Wander provides training, technical assistance, and consulting to ensure communities have an effective housing crisis response system. Wander is also a HUD technical assistance provider to Continuums of Care throughout the United States helping to build capacity and navigate complex funding sources. Prior to working with the Coalition, Wander lead an 8 county Continuum of Care and has worked in various behavioral health, and homeless and housing programs including coordinated entry, Homeless Management Information System (HMIS), permanent supportive housing, and street outreach. As a strong advocate for housing first and a passion to resolve and prevent chronic homelessness through utilizing data, evidence-based practices and providing effective interventions, Wander has dedicated the past 15 years of her career to implementation of solutions ending homelessness. Wander holds a bachelor's degree from Florida State University and has served as a HMIS Administrator, Technical Advisor and Trainer as well as a CoC Executive Director.