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Board of Directors

The Devereux CBC Board of Directors is a fiduciary governing board composed of local, state and national corporate representatives from our organization’s parent company, the Devereux National Network, as well as private individuals representing each of our four counties.

Russell Hamilton

Russell Hamilton
Board Chairman

Mr. Hamilton has 40 years of experience as an attorney in the area of labor, employment and employee benefits. He began his legal career in 1975 as an associate in law firms in Georgia and North Carolina before settling in South Florida in 1979, where he was a partner for many years in an AmLaw 10 international firm. Following retirement to the Treasure Coast, he has continued to serve as counsel with Ford & Harrison, LLP, out of its Melbourne office. He was named Miami’s Labor and Employment Lawyer of the Year in 2010 and ranked first by Chambers USA in Labor and Employment Law from 2003 through 2012.

Bob Dunne

Robert Dunne
Board Treasurer

Mr. Dunne began his career with Devereux as controller in 1992. He served as the Senior Director of Finance from 1996 to 2004, controller from 2004 to 2008, and currently is the Senior VP/ Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer for the national organization. Mr. Dunne graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from LaSalle University, in Philadelphia, serves on several community boards and committees and coaches youth basketball and baseball.

Donna Follmer

Donna Follmer

Ms. Follmer is an attorney for the Stuart-based law firm of Crary Buchanan, a long-time advocate of children's issues. As the president of the Junior League of Martin County, she has been instrumental in coordinating and organizing local projects that benefit children in foster care, including a community breakfast hosted by the Junior League highlighting the work of the local child-welfare system and raising awareness for the need for more foster homes in Martin County.

Kathryn Hensley

Kathryn Hensley

Ms. Hensley is a longtime Port St. Lucie resident, who is currently serving her sixth term on the St. Lucie County School Board. She also serves on the Children's Services Council of St. Lucie County as well as the boards of several other organizations, including the St. Lucie County League of Women Voters, New Horizons of the Treasure Coast and the HANDS Clinic.  She was an educator at Indian River Community College for nearly a decade and was an educator in Oregon and Iowa before moving to Florida in 1983.

Elizabeth Keer

Elizabeth Keer

Ms. Keer serves as the national human resources director for Devereux. She is a management and human-resources leader with more than 30 years of professional experience and additional background in operations, quality management and staff training and development. Ms. Keer is responsible for providing consultative services to Devereux Corporate Headquarters and Division Human Resources staff and operations’ leadership.

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Lisa Kroger

Ms. Kroger is the senior regional administrator for Devereux Florida. She has more than 14 years of social work and clinical experience and is responsible for providing leadership and direction to all staff in assigned programs in order to achieve all fiscal, clinical, educational and quality outcomes. Ms. Kroger attended the University of West Florida and has a Masters of Social Work from Clark Atlanta University. She is certified as an LMSW and has case management and program development experience.

Michelle Llorens

Michelle Llorens

Ms. Llorens, Assistant Executive Directors for Devereux Florida Advanced Behavior Health, has 23 years of experience with the company.  Among her significant previous positions, Michelle served as a Senior Clinical Manager and Regional Administrator serving individuals from the age of 8- 55.  She holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Massachusetts and a Master of Management from Webster University.

Pat McCoy

Pat McCoy

Ms. McCoy is the assistant superintendent for instructional services for the Okeechobee County Schools and a former board member for United for Families, the Lead Agency that preceded Devereux Community Based Care. She and her husband, Doug, adopted their four children from the local foster-care system and is very interested in helping to recruit new foster homes in Okeechobee County.

Donna Mills

Donna Mills

Dr. Mills has been a community activist and advocate for children for more than three decades. She opened the Save Our Children Tutorial, Cultural and Recreational Center in Fort Pierce with her husband, Rev. Kenneth Mills, in 1989. Prior to that, she and Rev. Mills founded the Bible Way Ministries, an inner city mission that provided services to many of Fort Pierce’s poorest children. Dr. Mills also has been involved in mission work in Haiti and is currently serving her second term on the St. Lucie County School Board. She and Rev. Mills have four adult children and have served as foster parents to six.

 

Leah Yaw

Leah Yaw

Ms. Yaw is the head of External Affairs for Devereux, directing fundraising, communications and public policy activities for the organization on a national level. Prior to that, she served as Vice President for Strategic Advancement at KidsPeace, one of the nation’s oldest children’s charities. Ms. Yaw began her career working in advertising, serving as public relations account executive to Fortune 500 companies including UPS, Eastman Kodak, Coca-Cola, Air Products and Chemicals and PPL. She holds a Master of Science in Communication Theory, Summa Cum Laude, from Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania.

Stephen Yerdon

Stephen Yerdon

Mr. Yerdon is the executive director for Devereux Massachusetts, overseeing a $20-million budget and 300 staff. He is responsible for developing new services in therapeutic foster care, substance abuse treatment, autism spectrum programs and in-home services. Mr. Yerdon also served as director to the Baird Center, a residential treatment center and special needs school in Boston. There, he developed innovative programming, expanded services, generated new funding sources and organized strategic planning and fundraising.