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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.

Steven Murphy

Steven Murphy, Board Chairman
Advisor to Devereux Florida

Mr. Steven J. Murphy was named Executive Director of Devereux Florida in 2008, joining the Devereux Foundation after his previous position as the founding President and Chief Executive Office for one of the first community-based care lead agencies in the state of Florida, where he was instrumental in reshaping Florida's child welfare system of care.

With the goal of advancing Devereux Florida as a premier provider for child welfare services, Mr. Murphy has continually improved the effectiveness and relevance of Devereux's mission and programs to better serve the needs of children, youth and families.

Russell Hamilton

Russell Hamilton
Attorney

Russell Hamilton has almost 40 years of experience as an attorney, almost exclusively in the area of labor, employment and employee benefits representing employers, among others, several Fortune 10 companies. Following service in the U.S. Army during Viet Nam, 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, and was a partner for many years in an AmLaw 10 international firm in its Miami office and, subsequently, a shareholder in a prominent Florida law firm. Following retirement to the Florida Treasure Coast, he has continued to serve as of counsel with Ford & Harrison, LLP, out of its Melbourne, Florida office. Mr. Hamilton has been recognized by his peers and numerous legal publications as a preeminent attorney and was named Miami’s Labor and Employment Lawyer of the Year in 2010. He was ranked first by Chambers USA in Labor and Employment Law from 2003 until his retirement in 2012.

Leah Yaw

Leah Yaw
Senior Vice President for External Affairs, Devereux National

Ms. Yaw has been with Devereux since March 2009. As head of External Affairs, Ms. Yaw directs the fundraising, communications and public policy activities of the organization. Prior to joining Devereux, Ms. Yaw served as Vice President for Strategic Advancement at KidsPeace, one of the nation’s oldest children’s charities that brings hope, help and healing to kids in crisis through a full range of hospital, residential, diagnostic, educational, community-based, foster care, adoption and juvenile justice services. She 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. Ms. Yaw holds a Master of Science in Communication Theory, Summa Cum Laude, from Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania and Bachelors of Arts, Summa Cum Laude, in Communication and History from the Honors College of the University of Pittsburgh.

Robert Dunne

Robert Dunne
Chief Financial Officer, Devereux National

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.

Stephen Yerdon

Stephen Yerdon
Executive Director, Devereux Massachusetts

Stephen Yerdon oversees the $20-million, 300-staff Devereux Massachusetts and is responsible developing new services in therapeutic foster care, substance abuse treatment, autism spectrum programs and in-home services. Mr. Yerdon also served as the director the residential treatment center and special needs school, The Baird Center, in Boston. There, he developed innovative programming that led to the expansion of services, generated new funding sources and organized strategic planning and fundraising.

Elizabeth Keer

Elizabeth Keer
National Human Resources Director, Devereux National

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

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Lisa Kroger
Regional Administator, Devereux Florida

Lisa Kroger 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.

Pat McCoy

Pat McCoy
Assistant Superintendent for Instructional Services, Okeechobee County Schools

Pat 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 Follmer

Donna Follmer
Attorney, Crary Buchanan Law Firm

Donna 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.