Heartland for Children is recognizing professional case managers, family support workers, supervisors, Life Coaches, and other front line staff in Polk, Hardee, and Highlands Counties by giving them the distinct title of “Frontline Heroes.” These heroes have been nominated for their outstanding work and for going above and beyond supporting children and families. They are extremely committed to improving the lives of the local children and families they are serving that have experienced trauma.
We are honored to introduce you to some of the individuals that are truly transforming lives!
Hellanor Wilson, CHS
Hellanor was nominated by her peers and honored as a Frontline Hero for her exceptional work! Congratulations Hellanor!
Debra LaBeouf, Devereux
Debra was nominated by her peers and honored as a Frontline Hero for her exceptional work! Congratulations Debra!
Ashley Fay, One Hope United
Ashley Fay, Case Manager at One Hope United was honored as a "Frontline Hero" for her exceptional work. Ashley was nominated by her leader, then recognized today in front of co-workers & peers. Thank you Ashley & congratulations!
Lakesha Brathwaite, Gulf Coast
Today, Lakesha Brathwaite (right), Sr. Case Manager at Gulf Coast Jewish Family & Community Services was honored as a "Frontline Hero" for her exceptional work. Lakesha was nominated by her leader, then recognized today in front of co-workers and peers.
Thank you Lakesha and congratulations!
Eugenie Novembre, Devereux Florida
Bethany Alexander, Children's Home Society
Maria Gonzalez: Peace River Center - Home to Stay
JC Gonzalez, One Hope United
Deb Eulo, Guardian ad Litem
Helen Jessie, Devereux Florida
Sarabeth Edwards, Gulf Coast Jewish Family & Community Services
Tiffany Olsen, Children's Home Society
Season 2: Brittany Kennedy, Neighbor to Family
Welcome to Season 2 of Frontline Heroes. We'd like you to meet Brittany Kennedy!
Brittany is a Family Care Manager with Neighbor to Family in Bartow, FL. As a member of one of NTF's Prevention teams, Brittany works with local at-risk families in order to help keep them from entering the judicial system.
Thank you, Brittany, for your service to children and families in Circuit 10!
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Nora Castillo, Guardian ad Litem
Meet our August 2015 Frontline Hero, Nora Castillo! Nora is a Child Advocate Manager at Guardian ad Litem where she represents the best interests of children placed in the child welfare system in Florida's 10th Circuit. Congratulations, Nora!
Melanie Walkington, Home to Stay
Meet our newest Frontline Hero, Melanie Walkington! Melanie is Care Manager at Home to Stay and has been in the field of child welfare for over 20 years.
Thank you for your exceptional service to children and families in your community, Melanie!
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Kimberly Newton, One Hope United
Meet Kimberly Newton! Ms. Newton is a Family Case Manager for One Hope United in Central Florida. Thank you for your service and dedication to see children and families thrive in your community, Kimberly! Congratulations!
Tamira Williams, Gulf Coast Jewish Family & Community Services
Meet Family Team Conferencing Facilitator, Tamira Williams, is helping to transform the lives of families in her community. Ms. Williams works for Gulf Coast Jewish Family & Community Services.
Cemico Green, Devereux Florida
Meet Cemico Green, Case Manager for Devereux Florida. Thank you for your years of service to children and families, and congratulations on your nomination as Frontline Hero!
Haveria Butler, Children's Home Society of Florida
Meet Dependency Specialist, Haveria Butler, who has been advocating for children and families for 17 years! Ms. Butler works for the Children's Home Society of Florida. Congratulations, Haveria!
Luz Mull, Guardian ad Litem
Meet our very first Frontline Hero from the Guardian ad Litem program, Luz Mull, who has been advocating for children in Circuit 10 since 2001. Luz is a Child Advocacy Manager at Guardian ad Litem in Bartow, FL. Congratulations, Luz!
Susan Buckley, Neighbor to Family
Meet our newest Frontline Hero, Susan Buckley! Susan is a Family Care Manager at Neighbor To Family, Inc.'s Bartow, FL office. Congratulations, Susan!
Heather Hicks-Chauncy, Care Manager for Peace River Center
Meet Heather Hicks-Chauncy, Care Manager for Peace River Center's Home to Stay program!
Andre & Mitzi Davis, One Hope United & Heartland for Children
Meet our very first co-Frontline Heroes, Andre & Mitzi Davis! Andre is Case Management Supervisor at One Hope United, and Mitzi is a Licensing Specialist at Heartland for Children.
Kathy Sangster, Gulf Coast Jewish Family & Community Services
Meet our third Frontline Hero, Kathy Sangster, Independent Living Specialist at Gulf Coast Jewish Family & Community Services!
Wendy Rubio, Devereux Florida
Meet our second Frontline Hero, Wendy Rubio, Case Manager for Devereux Florida.
James Acevedo, Children's Home Society
Meet our very first Frontline Hero, James Acevedo, Supervisor, Children's Home Society!