Tory Wilson Joins NTF as Vice President of Florida programs

We are excited to announce that Tory Wilson has joined the Corporate staff as Vice President of Florida programs. Tory holds an MSW from Florida State University and comes to Neighbor To Family from DCF in Tallahassee with over twenty-two years of child welfare experience. Tory’s experience spans Adoptions, Foster Care, Investigations, Licensing, Eligibility, Independent Living, and Behavioral Health. During her time with DCF, Tory most recently focused on the “Integration of Child Welfare and Behavioral Health” initiatives, participating in the development of the integration self-study, peer review, and action planning process across the state. She also joined review teams assessing Community Based Care lead agency performance during contract oversight monitoring and risk pool visits. Tory previously spent more than ten years working for a Community Based Care lead agency in the areas of Intake, Placement, and Operations. These experiences led Tory to utilize data to inform decision-making and to identify areas in need of improvement. In addition, Tory has created and revised child welfare policy in both the state and private, non-profit settings.  Please extend a warm Neighbor To Family welcome to Tory Wilson. – James Akins, Chief of Staff, Neighbor To Family, Inc.  

Tory Wilson- VP of Florida Programs


NTF- Georgia East Staff Celebrate their Foster Caregivers!

NTF- Georgia East celebrated the Holiday Season with a festive luncheon at T Bones, a local restaurant. Staff wanted to show our Foster Caregivers how much they are appreciated; so with the help of a generous community partner Newsome Electrical Construction we were able to provide lunch and a small gift!  NTF- Georgia East has been very blessed this Holiday Season with an abundance of toys and gifts for the children!  – Monique Brabham, Executive Director, NTF- Georgia East

NTF- Georgia East Staff with Foster Caregivers

NTF Jacksonville’s Holiday Party

NTF -Jacksonville, in partnership with the Merrill Edge hosted a holiday party for all of the Dependency Families on Thursday, December 14th at The Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd. Food was graciously donated by Mellow Mushroom and local Advisory Board Member, Ms.Judy Davis. Prior to the party children were able to submit a Wish List to Merrill Edge, and Merrill Edge graciously fulfilled each child’s list!

Families enjoyed dinner, dancing, and delicious desserts! Each family spent time with Santa and children were able to open one present at the party while the rest went home with their families to be placed under their Christmas Trees.

NTF- Jacksonville Foster Caregivers

Merrill Edge Volunteer Group

James Akins, NTF, Chief of Staff & Aida Seeraj, NTF- Jacksonville, Executive Director

Merrill Edge Volunteers


Atlanta area Holiday Party a huge success!

Despite an unexpected snowstorm in the Atlanta area, our 13th annual Children’s Holiday Party on December 10, 2017 went off without a hitch. With the help of our community partners at Stars and Strikes, almost 200 children and their accompanying adults were treated to lunch, bowling, bumper cars, laser tag, arcade games, face painters, balloon twisters, party games, family photos, and much more. Every child left with a stuffed holiday stocking and a huge smile.The wonderful folks at Stars and Strikes are always so kind to us, and this year the owners donated $1000 in Target gift cards for our kids. An amazing time was had by all! – Jody Howard, Director of Education and Support Services, NTF-Georgia


NTF Daytona Annual Holiday Celebration

The NTF Daytona program had its Annual Holiday Celebration for the children and families we serve on December 8, 2017. There were approximately 140 that came to celebrate with us. We continue to be amazed by the hard work and dedication of the NTF Daytona staff which aligns so beautifully with the season of giving.
– Myraida Davison, Executive Director, NTF- Daytona Beach

Pictured from left to right- Andrea Gollegly (SFC Case Manager), ChrisstyJo Favale (FIRST CES), NTF Parent, Megan Richardson (SFC Family Advocate)

Sheldon- Daytona Beach Tortuga’s Mascot

NTF Daytona Beach Staff


Jackson EMC Foundation Awards Grant to NTF

The Jackson EMC Foundation, the charitable arm of Jackson EMC, asks its customers to round up their power bill to the nearest dollar to be used for charitable donations. Overseen by the foundation’s board, these funds are then awarded as grants to address charitable needs and provide financial assistance in the ten counties where Jackson EMC provides electric service.

One of only 11 November 2017 grant recipients, Neighbor To Family, Inc. Georgia was awarded $7635.00 to purchase mannequins, and other training materials crucial for our Crisis Intervention training seminars.

Pictured (L to R) Jody Howard, Director of Education and Support Services, Neighbor To Family Inc. Georgia, Joe Hicks, Jackson EMC District Manager, Jamila Hankins, Vice President of Georgia and Maryland Programs, Neighbor To Family, Inc., Tony Everett, President/CEO, Neighbor To Family, Inc., Shawnece Crisler, Case Manager and Crisis Prevention Trainer, Neighbor To Family, Inc. Georgia.



The Ryan Cameron Foundation hosted 9th annual Holiday Giving event.

On Sunday, December 3rd The Ryan Cameron Foundation (RCF) hosted their 9th annual Holiday Giving event in partnership with Porsche Cars North America (PCNA). Several NTF Georgia families were provided with a special Holiday dinner, gifts for the children in care and $205 worth of gift cards/certificates! The families enjoyed live music, activities, and Santa even made a special appearance. Thank you to our devoted community partner Mr. Ryan Cameron for being a great supporter of sibling foster care!


Welcome Deb MacGilvary, Vice President of Human Resources

NTF is excited to welcome Deborah “Deb” MacGilvary as our new Vice President of Human Resources. Deb is a senior level generalist in the field of human resources, holds two HR certifications, SPHR and SHRM-SCP. Deborah earned her MBA from Plymouth State University in NH and her BS in Human Resources from Granite State College. Her experience is from a broad range of industries, including software, manufacturing, and a community mental health organization in NH, West Central Behavioral Health. Deborah is a longstanding member of the Society of Human Resource Managers.


NTF chosen as a Margarita Ball Charity Recipient

Neighbor To Family, Inc. was chosen as one of the 20 Margarita Ball Charities again this year! Charities selected receive toys that are collected at the ball. This year the Margarita Ball collected at total of 3,249 toys and 144 bikes. The Daytona Beach program received the donation from the ball on Monday 11/20!





A Warm Welcome and Best Wishes

Please welcome Pennie Fain-Noggle to the NTF Family, she is the new Administrative Assistant at the Corporate Office in Daytona Beach.

We also want to say Best Wishes in Retirement to Sharon Lamb, as tomorrow (11/30) will be her last day with NTF.

Penny Noggle- Administrative Assistant – Corporate Office, Daytona Beach