Friday, January 19th, 2018

Refugee Services Advisory Board

The Florida Center for Survivors of Torture Advisory Board provides guidance and support to the Refugee Services programs. The Board is comprised of community members, former clients, elected legislative and School Board officials, prominent members of the academic community and members of the staff. The Board meets quarterly and focuses on:

  1. Advocating on larger departmental issues
  2. Helping promote the Refugee Services department (Publicity/PR)
  3. Advising on program initiatives
  4. Developing subcommittees to work on policy and program development

Sgt. Thomas Acker — Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office, Psychological Services Coordinator
Vance Arnett — State Attorney’s Office, Director of Community Programs
Dr. Penny Barna — SPC College of Education, Faculty
Clara Cobb — USF Institute for Black Life, Coordinator
Dr. Marti Coulter — University of South Florida,  Director of The Harrell Center
Senator Victor Crist, Honorary Member — Florida State Senate
Linda Crosby — Hillsborough County Health Dept. Refugee Health Clinic
John Cunningham, Esq. — Gulf Coast Legal Services, Executive Director
Rod Cyr — Juvenile Welfare Board of Pinellas County, Performance Unit Manager
Dr. Claude Dharamaj — Pinellas County Health Department, Director
Bob Dillinger — Public Defender’s Office, Public Defender
Doretha Edgecomb — Hillsborough County School Board, Vice Chair
Senator Michael Fasano, Honorary Member — Florida State Senate
Dr. Francisco Fernandez — USF Dept of Psychiatry & Behavioral Medicine, Professor and Chairperson
Sally Gronda — Area Agency on Aging, Executive Director
Calvin D. Harris — Pinellas County Board of Commissioners, Commissioner
Bob Henriquez — State of Florida State Representative
Dr. Evelyn Hernandez — University of South Florida Department of Psychology, Psychologist
Michael Kilcomons — Hillsborough County Health Department, Communicable Disease Administrator
Rabbi Gary Klein — Temple Ahavat Shalom, Rabbi
Dr. Lori Kleinman — FCST, Clinical Supervisor of FCST and Licensed Psychologist
Martha Lenderman — Community Member
Linda Lerner — Pinellas County School Board, Board Member
Susan Levy — Co-Chair on Advisory Board and member of GCJFCS Board of Directors
Walter Loebenberg — U.S. Enterprises Community Member/Funder
Wendy Loomas — Pinellas County Health Department, Violence Prevention Office
Ida Lopez — World Relief Affiliate, Director
Dr. Thomas Mason — USF College of Public Health
Errica Mack — St. Petersburg Courts, Domestic Violence Court Supervisor
Lynette Menezes — University of South Florida Division of Infectious Diseases, International Programs Director
Dr. Robert Norman, DO Doctor, Dermatologist
Dr. Donna Petersen — University of South Florida, Dean of the College of Public Health
Dr. Vicky Phares — University of South Florida Department of Psychology, Director of Clinical Training
Dr. Deborah Plant
Irina (office mgr) — USF Dept. of Africana Studies, Associate Professor and Chair
Judy Ramos —  Department of Health in Hillsborough County, Refugee Health Sr. Registered Nurse 
Dr. Michael Rank — University of South Florida, Educational Outreach and the School of Social Work
Barbara Sterensis — GCJFCS Board of Directors, GCJFCS Co-Chair, Advisory Board Vice Chair 
Chris Warwick — Haven of R.C.S., Director of Outreach
Dr. Jay Wolfson — University of South Florida, College of Public Health
Ruth Wyatt —  Department of Health  in Hillsborough County, Refugee Health Sr. Certified HN
Dr. Cecilia Yocum — Yocum Enterprises in Tampa Florida, Licensed Psychologist
Congressman Bill Young, Honorary Member — U.S. House of Representatives

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