FL Dependency Summit Conference in Orlando, FL on 8/30/17
From left to right- Lee Kaywork- FSSNF CEO, Melinda Brown- GAL Executive Director, Furman Jackson- DCF CPI, Gerome Rackley- NTF Family Care Manager, Patricia Medlock- NE Regional Managing Director.
NTF staff member Gerome Rackley received the “Protecting the Light Award”. Gerome is a Family Care Manager in the Jacksonville FAST program. Gerome was working with the CPI on a case where the mother overdosed. They worked closely together to ensure she received treatment and was able to keep her child and has remained drug free.
Chelsea Hand – 8/14/17, Family Care Manager/Intake Screener, Bartow
Amber Mullins – 8/16/17, Development Director, Corporate Daytona Beach
Sharon Smith – 8/1/17, Administrative Assistant II, Baltimore
From Tony Everett, President/CEO Neighbor To Family
I am pleased to announce the appointment of James L. (Jamie) Akins as Chief of Staff, effective September 16, 2017. Jamie replaces Greg Milliken, who will retire September 15th after 13 years with NTF.
Jamie began employment with Neighbor To Family in 2005, starting as a Case Manager at NTF-Daytona Beach. He was promoted to Supervisor in 2009, Executive Director in 2010, and Vice President of Florida Programs in 2015. In his new role, he will supervise Human Resources, CQI & Training, and Marketing/Development, in addition to responsibilities with the Cabinet, Board of Directors, and NTF legal issues. Jamie holds a Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Central Florida.
From Gaye James, Vice President of Training & CQI:
What a training year it has been. I am delighted to announce that collectively our teams have completed almost 10,000 classes! According to Relias records, a total of 9,843 trainings were taken from July 1, 2016-June 30, 2017. What an accomplishment! One that would have made Gordon Johnson exceptionally proud.
Vice President of Georgia and Maryland Programs Jamila Hankins recently presented NTF length-of-service awards to the following staff:
General Smoot (10 years); Jody Howard (10); and Kiante Sims (10).
And, in the group photo, seated from left: Gimmel Juggins (10 years); Brandalyn Tolbert (5); Michael Anderson (5); Cynthia Williams (10); and, Alfreda Wilson (10). Standing from left, Oliver Harper (10); LaToya Samuel (10); Rekeita Pearson (10); Cathy Wilson (10); Keita Evans (10); Shankina Okakpu (10); and, Dwayne Jones (10).
Not pictured are Tanya Craft (10), Trent Murray (10), Mirna Ricketts (10), Gabrielle Rodney (10), Wanda Bryant-Johnson (10), Shawnece Crisler (5) and Antonina Tomaski (5).
Photos courtesy of LaToya Samuel
It was a tie score! Congratulations to Atlanta’s Metlissa Armstrong and Bartow’s Danni Taylor for their co-selection as NTF Employee of the Quarter.
Metlissa Armstrong (center) with Jamila Hankins and Oliver Harper
Jamie Akins with Danni Taylor
Please extend a warm welcome to our newest team members:
Patricia Carter: 7/17/17, Transporter, Jacksonville
Brittany Comeau: 7/20/17, Case Manager, DB
Carmen Lopez: 7/10/17, Certified Family Advocate, Wildwood
Travis Pete: 7/17/17, Certified Family Advocate, Wildwood
The Corporate Office joined neighboring Brown & Brown Insurance today for a two-hour active shooter drill. The Daytona Beach Police Department, Daytona Beach Fire Department, Florida Department of Transportation, and others assisted. Special thanks to Corporate Office Manager Shannen Sabino for coordinating NTF’s involvement. (Photos by Kelly Morgan)
Shannen Sabino (hidden) prepares the SWAT team to storm the second floor of NTF Headquarters
Ann Lisk, the NTF-Jacksonville Foster Caregiver whose exemplary service was highlighted in EmpNet’s 5/4/17 post, received the Foster Parent of the Year award at Florida Coalition for Children’s Annual Conference last week. Pictured below (from left) are: NTF Vice President of Florida Programs Jamie Akins; Michael Lisk; Ann Lisk; NTF-Jacksonville Executive Director Aida Seeraj; NTF-Jacksonville Assistant Director Marcela Kelley-Hansen; and, Kurt Kelly, CEO of Florida Coalition for Children.
NTF-Baltimore’s Foster Parent Appreciation Luncheon was held on Friday, July 21. Caregivers and staff were treated to lunch as they cruised Baltimore’s inner harbor. Joining them, in the pink shirt, back row, was a former foster youth.