Kudos to NTF-Daytona’s Ashley Lucas

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Family Care Manager Ashley Lucas is this month’s winner of NTF-Daytona’s “All Staff Kudos” raffle.

According to Executive Director Myraida Ruiz, employees are nominated by their colleagues for exemplary work or assistance.  During a staff meeting, these “kudos” are put in a basket and one is selected at random.  “All of our employees are fantastic” Myraida said. “This helps give them recognition.”

Chairman Dallas Ingemunson Steps Down

Dallas Ingemunson

Dallas Ingemunson

After nearly two decades serving as Neighbor To Family’s Chairman of the Board, Dallas Ingemunson has retired from the Board of Directors.

In his October 14  letter to the  Board,  Mr. Ingemunson praised the organization, noting that founder Gordon Johnson “was not only a very caring person, but also a close personal friend.  His insightfulness for over 15 years saved many children from the heartbreak of separation from their siblings.  I feel confident that all of you will continue sharing his values for years to come.”

President & CEO Tony Everett remarked, “Dallas has held NTF’s top volunteer position since 2000, overseeing the establishment and growth of NTF.  His wisdom, leadership, and good humor will be greatly missed by all.”   

Board Vice Chair Ackneil M. Muldrow II of Baltimore will serve as Acting Chairman of the Board until the group reconvenes in January to elect new officers.

 

Tony Everett Appointed President & CEO

everett-051-1stNeighbor To Family ‘s Board of Directors is pleased to announce the appointment of Anthony M. “Tony” Everett as the organization’s President & CEO, effective October 13.  

Mr. Everett was formerly Vice President of Neighbor To Family programs in Georgia, Maryland, North Carolina, and South Carolina and had served as Interim President & CEO since December, 2015.  He has been with Neighbor To Family since 2003 and holds a Masters Degree in Professional Counseling from Argosy University and a Bachelors Degree in Psychology from Georgia State  University.

Mr. Everett replaces Gordon Johnson, the organization’s founder, who passed away last November.  Our Directors are confident that Tony will continue providing the strong, stable leadership he exhibited during the interim period, and will build on Gordon’s nationally accredited, evidence-based approach to sibling foster care.

NTF-Daytona “College Colors Day” Winners

college-colors-day-event-09-16-2016-winnersThe Daytona Beach Segrave & ISB offices celebrated College Colors Day on Friday, September 16, 2016.  The staff were given the opportunity to represent their favorite college and the 3 staff who showed the most school spirit won prizes.  Corina Henriquez & Kelly Morgan from the Corporate office were the judges.  Staff also enjoyed an indoor tailgate carry-in.  Good food, fun & fellowship was had by all. Pictured above, from left:  3rd place – Lamesha Killins, 1st place – Kaleelah Scott, 2nd place – Martha Ware. — submitted by JuLee Eads

Heather Monteath Recognized as a Florida “System Shaper”

img_4067-3Congratulations to NTF-Bartow Executive Director Heather Monteath (pictured above in first row, pink blouse) for receiving Florida’s Child Welfare Excellence Award.  The Award was presented September 8 at the Florida Child Welfare Summit.

In announcing Heather’s selection, Florida’s Child Safety Director Alicia Cross said, “Your hard work has impacted the lives of the families and children we serve so thank you for making a difference for not only those families, but for the child welfare system as a whole.”

 

NTF-Jacksonville Foster Caregivers Adopt Six Siblings

Congratulations to NTF Professional Foster Caregivers Armando and Fe Reyes, who adopted their six siblings on August 4, 2016.

Aida Seeraj (Executive Director), Armando Reyes (Adoptive Parent), Fe Reyes (Adoptive Parent), Ann Lisk (Foster Parent), Aubrey Reyes, Tiffany Bath (Case Manager), Allison Reyes, Lynn Schumacher(Former Family Advocate), Armanee Reyes (biological child) Bottom row: Anabelle Reyes, Alexis Reyes, Andrew Reyes, Ava Reyes & Nora Sanders (Case Manager)

Aida Seeraj (Executive Director), Armando Reyes (Adoptive Parent), Fe Reyes (Adoptive Parent), Ann Lisk (Foster Parent), Aubrey Reyes, Tiffany Bath (Case Manager), Allison Reyes, Lynn Schumacher(Former Family Advocate), Armanee Reyes (biological child) Bottom row: Anabelle Reyes, Alexis Reyes, Andrew Reyes, Ava Reyes & Nora Sanders (Case Manager)

 

Myraida Ruiz Joins NTF Management Team

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Myraida Marie Ruiz is the new Executive Director of our Daytona Beach program, effective July 5. Ms. Ruiz was most recently Quality Management Manager at Children’s Home Society of Florida. She holds a Master of Social Work degree from University of Central Florida and is completing Doctoral Work at Capella University. Please extend a warm welcome to Myraida!