Dr. Sandra Braham

Dr. Sandra Braham President/CEO Dr. Sandra Braham was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of Gulf Coast Jewish Family and Community Services in March 2016. At $35 million with more than 500 full time staff, Gulf Coast JFCS is one of the largest JFS agencies in the United States. Dr. Braham has brought stable leadership, vision and skills in organizational development that are redefining the agency’s role as a regional leader in providing wraparound human services. She has broad experience in solutions-oriented strategic planning, technology utilization and integration, diversity, and staff and community engagement. Dr. Braham brings more than 20 years of leadership experience in the not-for-profit sector. Before coming to Gulf Coast JFCS, she spent 25 years in El Paso, Texas where she served for 10 years as CEO of the YWCA El Paso del Norte Region and led 450 employees, managed an annual budget of more than $30 million and supported a $9 million foundation. While at the YWCA, she lowered the agency’s crippling deficits by more than 70%, while raising salaries and making significant investments and improvements in its operations and IT infrastructure. Dr. Braham also served as Associate Vice Provost for Undergraduate Studies and Assistant Vice President for Outreach Programs at the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) from 1992 to 2006. At UTEP, she secured more than $20 million in federal grants and developed programs to support low-income youths’ access, enrollment and success in higher education. She also spent eight years as an adjunct faculty member in the University’s College of Education where she mentored master and doctoral-level students through courses including qualitative...
Susan Farley

Susan Farley

Susan Farley Vice President for Development and Marketing Outreach Ms. Farley brings more than 30 years of leadership experience in the area of philanthropy, communications and marketing in the nonprofit sector. She worked for more than two decades with the American Heart Association at local, regional and national levels, and more recently as senior vice president for mission advancement for the international humanitarian organization, World Pediatric Project. Ms. Farley raised tens of millions of dollars to launch new or expand existing annual campaigns and major gift fundraising initiatives, enhance strategic planning and establish organization-wide connectivity to year-round stewardship of philanthropic contributions. “Ms. Farley’s extensive experience in fundraising will help build more resources we can provide to Floridians in need of social and mental health services,” said Dr. Sandra Braham, CEO. “Her experience with humanitarian organizations and the nonprofit sector will be a brilliant addition to our team.” Ms. Farley graduated from Kent State University with a bachelor’s degree in communications. She relocated from Richmond, Virginia to Clearwater with her...
Elke Cumming

Elke Cumming

Elke Cumming Vice President of Programs and Administration Ms. Cumming is the past executive director of the Paso del Norte Center of Hope where she led a team serving survivors of labor and sex trafficking in El Paso, Texas. Ms. Cumming has had diverse work and volunteer experiences over the past 13 years, and has held a variety of positions, supervising homeless services, teen leadership, supportive housing for elders and domestic violence survivors, facilities development and ultimately served as COO and Interim CEO at the YWCA El Paso del Norte Region. “Whether swinging a hammer building homes in the colonias, fostering animals for the Humane Society, or working with children as a Peace Corps Volunteer, Elke’s compassion borne from meeting people on what might be one of the most difficult days of their life is a critical part of her servant-leader style,” said Sandra Braham, President and CEO of Gulf Coast JFCS. Ms. Cumming holds a master’s degree in public health from the University of Texas, School of Public Health. She lives in...
Lisa Circle

Lisa Circle

Lisa Circle VP of Quality, Compliance and Contracts Lisa Circle started at Gulf Coast JFCS in 2004 as a Case Management Supervisor in the child protection program in Pinellas County.  She left Gulf Coast JFCS in 2006 to pursue other professional opportunities but returned to Gulf Coast JFCS in April 2014 as Director of Quality Improvement.  In September 2014, Ms. Circle was appointed Vice President of Quality Improvement.  In April 2017, she was designated as Vice President of Quality, Contracts, and Compliance.  Ms. Circle is responsible for the development, coordination and implementation of the agency’s quality improvement, contracts utilization management, risk management and compliance programs. Prior to re-joining Gulf Coast JFCS in 2014, Ms. Circle served as the Director of Child Safety at Directions for Living.  Ms. Circle has over 20 years of experience in Child Welfare programs in Miami-Dade, Pinellas and Hillsborough counties. Ms. Circle has a Bachelor of Science in...
Paul Dennison

Paul Dennison

Paul Dennison Chief Financial Officer     In his role as Chief Financial Officer. Paul brings more than 20 years in finance, accounting and business operations and brings leadership knowledge in various industries, including public, private, and nonprofit organizations. Prior to Gulf Coast, he served in positions of increasing responsibility with Damar Services, GEO Foundation, and Simons Bitzer & Associates. He holds degrees in finance and accounting and an MBA from Colorado Technical University. He recently relocated from Indiana to join the Gulf Coast JFCS...
Lloyd De France

Lloyd De France

Lloyd De France Chief Human Resources Officer Mr. De France has more than 25 years of experience leading human resources for organizations in a variety of industries, including travel, media, entertainment, facilities, security, and marketing. He is past chair of the Childcare Field of Service for the United Way of Greater Tampa, and past board member of several charitable organizations including Alpha House, Tampa Marine Institute, Junior Achievement and Tampa Area Safety Council, and is an alumnus of Leadership Tampa. “Mr. De France has a wealth of knowledge and his strengths in strategic change and diversity will provide great leadership in our organization,” said CEO Sandra Braham. He earned his bachelor’s degree in mass communications and master’s degree in business administration from the University of South Florida. Mr. De France lives in Clearwater with his wife,...
Terri Balliet

Terri Balliet

Terri Balliet Chief Operating Officer Terri Balliet, Chief Operating Officer, has devoted her leadership toward the growth and vitality of Gulf Coast JFCS for almost two decades. Having worked her way up the ranks from Case Management Supervisor in 2004 to COO in 2014, Ms. Balliet oversees state-wide operations for over 20 Gulf Coast JFCS Child Welfare, Behavioral Health, and Elder and Disabled Services programs and a multimillion-dollar budget. She also holds oversight for Grant and Information Technology operations. Ms. Balliet’s core strengths include her ability to drive excellence across all levels of the organization, her undying compassion for Gulf Coast JFCS clients, and her change-management leadership. She has navigated teams through nearly 20 program-startup and external agency integration initiatives, with budgets that range from $500K to $8M and services that affect thousands of clients. Her leadership is guided by 20+ years of expertise in child welfare services, foster care, licensing and placement, adoptions, child protective investigation, juvenile justice probation, and behavioral health services. Ms. Balliet is a previous Community Champions Award recipient for her tireless efforts to safely reduce the number of children in foster care in Pinellas County. She serves as Chair of the Board of Directors for the Florida Coalition for Children (FCC) and former Treasurer, supporting its mission to advocate for Florida’s abused, abandoned, and neglected children. She is an alumna of Leadership Tampa Bay and a Board-Certified Child Protective Professional in the State of Florida. Ms. Balliet holds an M.S. in Guidance Counseling and a B.S. in Criminology from the University of South...

Dr. Sandra Braham

Dr. Sandra Braham President/CEO Dr. Sandra Braham was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of Gulf Coast Jewish Family and Community Services in March 2016. At $35 million with more than 500 full time staff, Gulf Coast JFCS is one of the largest JFS agencies in the United States. Dr. Braham has brought stable leadership, vision and skills in organizational development that are redefining the agency’s role as a regional leader in providing wraparound human services. She has broad experience in solutions-oriented strategic planning, technology utilization and integration, diversity, and staff and community engagement. Dr. Braham brings more than 20 years of leadership experience in the not-for-profit sector. Before coming to Gulf Coast JFCS, she spent 25 years in El Paso, Texas where she served for 10 years as CEO of the YWCA El Paso del Norte Region and led 450 employees, managed an annual budget of more than $30 million and supported a $9 million foundation. While at the YWCA, she lowered the agency’s crippling deficits by more than 70%, while raising salaries and making significant investments and improvements in its operations and IT infrastructure. Dr. Braham also served as Associate Vice Provost for Undergraduate Studies and Assistant Vice President for Outreach Programs at the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) from 1992 to 2006. At UTEP, she secured more than $20 million in federal grants and developed programs to support low-income youths’ access, enrollment and success in higher education. She also spent eight years as an adjunct faculty member in the University’s College of Education where she mentored master and doctoral-level students through courses including qualitative...