Douglas Sessions, Jr., Vice Chair

President and CEO, Ounce of Prevention Fund of Florida

Doug Sessions is President and CEO of the Ounce of Prevention Fund of Florida.  The Ounce of Prevention Fund is a private, non-profit founded in 1989 to identify, fund, support and evaluate unique and innovative prevention and early intervention programs and community initiatives to improve the development and life outcomes of children and to preserve and strengthen families.  He has served in this capacity for 16 years.   Prior to joining the Ounce of Prevention Fund, Mr. Sessions served as a senior aide in the administration of Florida Governor Reubin Askew, as a Vice President for the New York Yankees, as a senior partner in various business ventures, and as a private business and governmental consultant.  Mr. Sessions is a fifth generation Floridian, a native of Jacksonville, a product of the state’s public school system, and holds BA and MS degrees from the University of South Florida and the Florida State University, respectively.  Mr. Sessions resides in Tallahassee with his wife Cynthia Lee.  The Sessions have three married daughters and four grandchildren.


KalifehPhyllis Kalifeh, Ed.D., Secretary

President and CEO, The Children’s Forum

Since 2000, Phyllis Kalifeh has led the Children’s Forum as its President and CEO. She has executed the strategic plans of the board to improve quality, affordability, and availability of early learning and afterschool in the state of Florida through leadership, advocacy, and services to local communities. The Children’s Forum also administers the 21st Century Community Learning Centers initiative in partnership with the Florida Department of Education.

As one of the leading advocates for children, Kalifeh has obtained millions of dollars in grants, been published countless times and has presented at nearly 50 conferences and meetings. She serves on the National Registry Alliance Board of Directors, the finance committee for Child Care Aware of America, and board member of  Project K.I.D.  She received the Excellence Award in School Readiness Program for the Children’s Forum Quality Counts Career Center in Miami-Dade County in July 2011. Kalifeh completed her Ed.D. at Florida State University in 2013 with a focus in education policy and evaluation in early education. She holds a Master of Science in Educational Leadership from Florida State, and a Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood and Elementary Education from the University of West Florida. Phyllis and her husband Steve reside in Tallahassee.  They have six sons (three married) and six grandchildren.

CB2Charles Byrd, Ph.D., Executive Member

CEO, Center for Assessment, Strategic Planning, Evaluation and Research (CASPER)

Dr. Charles E. Byrd is the President and CEO for the Center for Assessment, Strategic Planning, Evaluation and Research (CASPER). Dr. Byrd began his career as a middle-school educator before being trained as an industrial/organizational psychologist specializing in program evaluation and statistics. He further focused his expertise by receiving a Ph.D. in counseling psychology with a focus on evaluation, assessment, and treatment of children, families, and those with severe and persistent mental illness. Primarily trained as a psychologist, Dr. Byrd is the author of several chapters within the Encyclopedia of Counseling Psychology regarding intellectual assessment and high-stakes achievement testing. Dr. Byrd has written over 50 awarded grants and contracts since 2002, receiving over $92 million in federal, state and private funding. He has also received over $215,000 in donations and gifts to enhance his projects. Sources for funding have included the National Institutes of Health, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Department of Education, Department of Transportation, EdVentures, Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Dr. Byrd also holds a faculty appointment as a Licensed Psychologist and Adjunct Professor with the University of Florida College of Medicine. Dr. Byrd previoulsy worked eight years as a Research Assistant Professor with the University of Florida, where he managed an annual budget of over $2 million to provide administrative oversight of several large-scale educational and youth service programs, including Florida’s 21st Century Community Learning Centers Program, Florida’s Learn and Serve Program, and Florida’s School Crossing Guard Training Program. Dr. Byrd is a sitting member of several education-focused governing boards, including the Florida Afterschool Network, the Florida After School Alliance and Florida’s 4-H Youth Development Council (composed of key 4-H stakeholders and students dedicated to enhancing and expanding the impact of 4-H in Florida).

Daniel LyonsDaniel Lyons, Executive Member

Executive Director, Florida Alliance of Boys and Girls Clubs

Daniel Lyons is the Executive Director of Florida Alliance of Boys & Girls Clubs and has been with the organization for more than 40 years. The goal of the organization is to raise and sustain statewide funding for member organizations to help them enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens. He is a member of Boys & Girls Clubs of America Professional Association, Florida Society of Fundraising Professionals, Florida Society of Association Executives, Florida Substance Abuse Advisory Council and Florida’s Mentoring Partnership. A veteran of the US Army and graduate of the Louisiana State University, Lyons is married with four children and 13 grandchildren. His hobbies include fishing, outdoor sports and martial arts. When he isn’t serving his constituents or the community, he is spending time with his wife and his three children. His hobbies include golf, fishing, and reading in the subjects of public policy, biography, history and religion.

Modesto Abety

President and CEO, The Children’s Trust Miami/Dade County, Retired

Modesto E. Abety was appointed president and CEO of The Children’s Trust in 2003. He served as director of the Miami-Dade County Children’s Services Council (CSC) for 12 years before joining The Children’s Trust. During the course of more than 30 years of public service, Mr. Abety has also served as executive assistant to the Director of the County’s Community Action Agency and Head Start Program, director of Social Services for the County’s Public Housing Authority; Special Project’s Officer on Community Development, Housing and Homelessness at the United States Conference of Mayors, and as a community organizer and social worker with a variety of organizations and agencies serving the poor, aged and distressed families. He serves on the boards of the Juvenile Justice Board, the Policy Group for Florida’s Children and Families and The Florida Children’s Services Council. Mr. Abety holds a Master in Public Administration from Bernard M. Baruch College/City University of New York and his Bachelor Degree in Sociology from Florida State University.

Arenberg-Seltzer-Cindy-PixCindy J. Arenberg-Seltzer

President and CEO, Children’s Services Council of Broward County

Cindy Arenberg-Seltzer is the first President and CEO of the Children’s Services Council of Broward County, which was established in 2000.  Arenberg-Seltzer was Directory of the Children’s Services Administration Division of Broward County.  She has held multiple other positions, including Director for Massachusetts Promise, Chief of Staff to the Majority Leader for the Connecticut House of Representatives,  and Director of Legislative and Government Affairs at Day, Berry and Howard, Attorneys at Law. Arenberg-Seltzer earned her Bachelor’s of Arts in Psychology from the University of California at Irvine, a JD from Georgetown University Law Center, and her Master’s in Public Administration from Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.


Sharon K. Carie

Executive Director, Florida After School Alliance (FASA)

Sharon Carie has been president of the Florida After School Alliance (FASA) since 2005. FASA provides leadership, to support professionals and to promote quality programs for children and youth during out-of-school hours. In addition, she has been the Senior Manager of Programs for the Coordinated Child Care of Pinellas County, Inc. since 2008. Prior to her work at Coordinated Child Care, she spent 18 years with the YMCA in both Florida and North Carolina where she held the positions of Vice President School Age Programs and Childcare Director.  Her areas of expertise include child development, program development, out of school time programs and management, staff training and development.   Carie holds a Master of Christian Counseling from the Jacksonville Theological Seminary, a Bachelor of Christian Education from the Jacksonville Theological Seminary and an Associate in Arts degree in Real Estate from Daytona State College.

Claudia Davant

Managing Partner, Adams Street Advocates, LLC

Claudia Davant is the former Managing Partner of NSI, Florida where she led the national firm’s Florida practice for almost 4 years. While with NSI she built a broad multi-client practice that included local government, telecommunications, transportation, gaming, appropriations, healthcare, aging, education, and environmental issues. She has extensive experience in government and private sectors. Most recently, Claudia was on the national business development team for Accenture, a global information technology firm, where she led sales campaigns for large, complex integrated systems opportunities. She also worked for AT&T in Regulatory and Legislative Affairs. In addition to her corporate experience, Claudia worked in government on both the state and federal levels. She served as U.S. Senator Strom Thurmond’s Legislative Aide in Washington, D.C. for three years providing legislative analysis, constituent service and external communications. She also worked as a Policy Advisor to the Michigan House of Representatives. Claudia currently serves on the Associated Industries of Florida (AIF) IT Council, Florida TaxWatch Board’s Executive Steering Committee, and the Take Stock in Children Board.

Honorable Manuel A. Diaz

Former Miami Mayor, Senior Partner at Lydecker and Diaz

Manny Diaz was first elected City of Miami Mayor in 2001, having never before held elective office. He was reelected to a second term in 2005, and was chosen to lead the United States Conference of Mayors as its president in 2008. Diaz developed a vision for Miami as an international City that embodies diversity, economic opportunity, effective customer service and a highly rated quality of life. To achieve this goal, he re-engineered Miami government from top to bottom. In recognition of his efforts, Diaz has received almost 100 awards and recognitions. He is a member of the Homeland Security Advisory Council of the US Department of Homeland Security and serves as Vice-Chairman of the Alliance for Digital Equality Board of Directors.  He also serves as the Chair for Fair Districts Florida and is a member of the Board of the Bloomberg Family Foundation, the University of Pennsylvania’s Institute for Urban Research, the League of Conservation Voters, the National Environmental Education Foundation, the Mayors’ Institute on City Design, City Year Miami, the advisory board for the Manhattan Institute’s Center for Civic Innovation, the advisory board for the Sustainable Cities Institute, the Florida Advisory Committee for the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition, and the Florida Steering Committee for The Children’s Movement of Florida. He recently served as a Resident Fellow at Harvard’s Institute of Politics, and has now resumed his law practice as a senior partner at Lydecker Diaz.

Harry DuncansonHarry R. Duncanson, CPA

Chair, Florida Early Learning Advisory Council

Harry has been Chair of the Florida Early Learning Advisory Council since 2009.  Previously, he was Chair of the Early Learning Coalition of Broward County.  He is a passionate advocate for the benefits of early learning to our education system and society.  He also currently sits on the Florida Judicial Qualifications Commission.  For 16 years he served on the South Broward Hospital District Board of Commissioners, having been appointed by four Governors. While on the commission, he served as Chairman and Vice Chairman.  He is past President of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, and has been involved in numerous community and professional organizations throughout his career.

Professionally, he is a semi-retired CPA and printing executive.  He is a member of the Florida Institute of CPA’s,  Printing Industries of America and Printing Association of Florida, where he has served in various leadership positions.  He was honored in 2004 by the National Association of Printing Leadership, by induction into the Walter E. Soderstrom Society for outstanding leadership in the industry.

He is a graduate of the University of Miami , with a BBA in accounting, where he was inducted as a member to Beta Alpha Psi, National Honorary Accounting Fraternity.  Married to Carole, they have four daughters (three married) and four grandchildren.  In 2009, they moved to Tallahassee from Hollywood, Florida.

Ted Granger

President and CEO, The United Way of Florida

Ted Granger is President of the United Way of Florida, a position he has held since 1990.  The United Way of Florida is a statewide association representing Florida’s 37 United Ways on Florida legislative and administrative issues, training, public policy and implementation of developmental programs for local United Way organizations. He is active in many community organizations. Among others, Granger chairs the Children’s Summit Workgroup, Children’s Week, the FEMA State Set Aside Committee, and the Healthy Families Florida Statewide Steering Committee.  He is also sits on the Partnership to End Childhood Hunger, Florida Prosperity Partnership, United Way Council of States, Early Childhood Framework Group, Advisory Committee on Economic Security, Summer Conference on Children Planning Committee, Clearinghouse on Human Services, and the Return on Investment Workgroup. He received his Juris Doctorate and Bachelor of Science degrees from the Florida State University. He and his wife reside in Tallahassee with their two sons.

Kim Kelling EngstromKim Kelling-Engstrom

Director of Educational Content, WFSU-TV

Kim Kelling Engstrom is the Director of Educational Services at WFSU-TV, a PBS member station in North Florida.  She connects families and educators to the wealth of educational content available through public media.  For the past 10 years, she has overseen the development of teacher trainings, curriculum materials for schools and professional development opportunities for early childcare providers. Engstrom is a strong advocate of providing quality educational experiences for children and teens to help guide them to successful outcomes in school and life.  In 2006, in partnership with the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory, she created SciGirls, a two-week summer program designed to engage girls ages 9-16 in science.She serves on several advisory boards in the community including the Tallahassee Community College Foundation, the Early Learning Coalition of the Big Bend and Nemours BrightStart!  Nationally she is on the board of the National Educational Telecommunications Association Community Engagement Council.  She was recently selected as one of 25 Women You Need to Know in Tallahassee.  She is married and has a teenage son.

suzette-harveySuzette Harvey

Executive Director, Prime Time Palm Beach County, Inc. 

Suzette Harvey guides Prime Time as it works with afterschool providers to ensure that their services meet the highest standards for the benefit of children and youth. Before joining the nonprofit in 2006, Suzette served at the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation in Miami – making investments in positive youth development, civic engagement and arts – and with the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts, directing its communications and public relations activities. She was a staff writer at the South Florida Business Journal and in the 1980s helped Scholastic launch a family magazine. Prior to Scholastic, she was a vocational counselor for a youth employment program run by the New York City Mission Society.   Suzette graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Relations from Brown University.

heymannJon Heymann

Chief Executive Officer, Jacksonville Children’s Commission

Jon Heymann serves as the executive director of the Jacksonville Children’s Commission. Heymann, who previously served as chief executive officer of Communities In Schools of Jacksonville for 14 years, boasts experience in education, children affairs and community outreach.

Heymann has a professional background spanning 30 years that ranges from private ministry to public penitentiaries. He holds a master’s degree in education from the University of Florida and has completed graduate work in psychology at Rhode Island College as well as doctoral work at the University of North Florida.

Clemson University awarded Heymann its Crystal Star Award – the university’s top national designation – for his work in dropout prevention. He was also named a “Transformational Leader” by Stanford University.

Heymann is an active national board member of Foundations INC (Philadelphia, PA) as well as a board member of the University of Florida’s Lastinger Center for Education and a Florida State advisory board member of Children’s Campaign.

Heymann succeeds Linda Lanier as executive director of the organization. He and his wife, Cheryl live in Mandarin and have three grown children.

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Reinaldo Llano Jr.

Director Corporate Community RelationsBright House Networks

Reinaldo Llano joined Bright House Networks Florida Group Office as Manager of Community Relations in November 2004 and was promoted to Director in December 2006.  Since joining Bright House, he has been instrumental in shaping Community Relations strategies and tactics for the corporate office by enhancing and building key national tactical initiatives such as Bright House Networks Star Teacher Awards and the Bright Kids Network—a recent investment of $1 million dollars to support afterschool programs.  He has developed vast industry relationships resulting in strong involvement from programming networks with company led initiatives.  Llano’s involvement with organizations such as ASPIRA of New York as a youth have strengthened his belief in philanthropy and giving back to the community.  He currently serves as Co-Treasurer on the board for the Afterschool Alliance, and sits on the board of the National Association of Multi-Ethnics in Communications and the Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida. He currently serves as Chapter President of the Cable and Telecommunications Association for Marketing in Florida.   Llano completed his M.B.A. with the University of Miami in 2007, and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish and Hispanic Studies with a minor in Film from Hobart College in Geneva, NY.  Llano also studied at the Center for International Studies in Madrid, Spain, and holds a Certificate in Corporate Community Involvement at the Boston College Carroll School of Management’s Center for Corporate Citizenship.

JonMcBrideJon McBride

NASA Astronaut and Fighter Pilot, Retired

Jon McBride is a former astronaut for NASA, and served as pilot for the maiden voyage of the Columbia, as well as many other missions.  Prior to being selected by NASA to train to be an astronaut, McBride was a fighter pilot and division officer for the Fighter Squadron 41 in Oceana, Virginia.  In addition to his participation in the Florida Afterschool Network’s board, McBride is a member of several other organizations, including the Association of Naval Aviation, the American Cancer Society, the Boy Scouts of America, and the American Association of Space Explorers.  McBride earned his Bachelor of Science in Aeronautical Engineering from the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School.

Judy Nee

Judy Nee is the CEO of AlphaBEST Education.

With over 20 years’ experience in the afterschool field, Judy, recently recognized as one of the Top 25 Most Influential People In Afterschool, served as President and CEO of the National AfterSchool Association, where she was considered a leading expert in after school and expanded learning programs. In addition, she served as the Chair of the Coalition for Science After School, a consultant to the Noyce Foundation, and a Board Member of the Florida Afterschool Network and Child Trends. Judy brings to AlphaBEST Education the most recent research and best practices in afterschool programming, as well as relationships with leading experts and organizations in the field.

Todd Rosenbaum

Executive Director, Florida State Alliance of YMCAs

Todd began his Y career as a teen lifeguard and summer camp counselor at the DuPont Family Branch of the YMCA of Florida’s First Coast. Recently, he returned to his Y roots as the Florida State Alliance’s Executive Director.

Prior to coming to the State Alliance, Todd was a regional director and the Florida State Executive Director for Mothers Against Drunk Driving.

Paul Runyon

Paul Runyon

Director of Out of School Time Services, Juvenile Welfare Board of Pinellas County

Paul Runyon serves as the Director of Out of School Time Services at the Juvenile Welfare Board of Pinellas County. Paul’s responsibilities include planning, directing, and managing relationships with multiple nonprofit agencies, municipalities, educational and community providers of out-of-school time programming. He coordinates JWB’s three million dollar afterschool investment and oversees the operations of services and manages the contractual components associated with the diverse population of students and families in Pinellas county.

Pastor Kenneth Scrubbs

Community Outreach Pastor, Faith-Based Initiatives

Kenneth Scrubbs has been ordained as a minister for the last 18 years. He currently leads the First Baptist Church of Leesburg and serves as the Community Outreach Pastor of Faith-Based Initiatives.  He has invested unlimited time and works tirelessly hours to provide directions for the community which he serves. He serves on the Governor’s Faith-Based Advisory Board for the State of Florida and the Department of Education Faith & Community-Based Advisory Council. He also served as the Chairman of the state of Florida Drop-Out Prevention Task Force (2007), and sat on the African American Republican Leadership Advisory Council (2008) and the Board of One Church One Child  for the State of Florida (2009).  He was awarded the Points of Light volunteer for the month February by the Governor Charlie Crist in 2010. A native of Louisiana, Scrubbs attended Grambling State University and earned his B.S. degree in Accounting and Data Processing.  He was also a member of the Grambling State’s football team under the national acclaimed football coach Eddie Robinson. He has been married to his wife Linda for 37 years. The two have three children.