Ayana Thompson Will Head NTF’s New Wildwood, FL Program

ayana-thompsonAyana Thompson has been appointed Program Director for our new Prevention program based in Wildwood, Florida.

Ms. Thompson was most recently Adoptions Supervisor for Children’s Home Society of Florida, and prior to that was Operations Support Manager for Community Based Care of Central Florida.  She holds the degree of Master of Science in Criminal Justice from University of Central Florida.


Dr. Jamila Hankins Is New VP for Georgia and Maryland Programs

jamilaPresident & CEO Tony Everett has announced the selection of Jamila Hankins as Vice President of Georgia and Maryland Programs, effective November 16, 2016.

In making the announcement President Everett noted, “Jamila is exceptionally qualified to assume this responsibility.  I am pleased that she is able to further her career while continuing to play an important role in our organization.”   

Dr. Hankins has been with NTF since 2004 and has served as Director of Operations in NTF’s Atlanta office since 2008.  She holds a Ph.D. in Social Work Policy, Planning and Administration from Clark University and a Master of Science in Social Work from Springfield College.

NTF on the Airwaves

NTF-Daytona Beach volunteer Dee Pope was interviewed by WNDB radio host Heather Eaton on November 7.  Dee gave a knowledgeable and heartfelt testimonial about the work we do and promoted the Daytona office’s upcoming winetasting benefit.  Thank you, Dee!  You can listen to the interview here: radio interview .

Kudos to NTF-Daytona’s Ashley Lucas


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.”