The past 28 years as President and CEO of the Ounce of Prevention Fund of Florida have been some of the most rewarding experiences of my professional life. Just as all good things must come to an end, the time has come for me to retire, and I will do so at the end of 2022.
I am extremely proud of the policy and program work the Ounce of Prevention Fund has accomplished over these three decades. A special resounding thank you goes to our Board of Directors for trusting me to lead this organization. Their inspiring support and steadfast guidance have been invaluable to the growth of our unique public-private partnership.
A big thank you to our program managers and staff for their heartfelt commitment and highest dedication to quality. I am honored and privileged to have worked with so many quintessential professionals committed to the mission of prevention.
I express special gratitude to our funders, both private and public, for believing in us and our mission. Their commitment to helping better the lives of Florida’s at-risk children and families has made our work possible. Through ongoing individual and corporate generosity, four Florida governors, outstanding legislative leadership, and a host of highly capable and passionate executive department secretaries and staff, we have worked together to achieve one of Florida’s most exceptional human services success stories.
I would be remiss by not acknowledging the numerous statewide and community-based advocates, allies, and provider agency professionals whose partnerships have resulted in truly remarkable progress in impacting the quality of life for Florida’s families and children.
Finally, I thank my beautiful wife and three wonderful daughters and their families whose patience, forbearance, and love have helped keep me balanced and on the right track.
The Ounce of Prevention Fund Board of Directors will announce the opening of the President and CEO position in the next few weeks, and then accept and review applications and conduct interviews. It is my hope that the new President and CEO will be in place by mid-November so that our in-office timelines will overlap by several weeks.
Come January 1, 2023, I am confident the Ounce of Prevention Fund will not miss a beat in continuing its important work of supporting Florida’s most vulnerable children and their families. I am equally confident that, under new leadership, the organization will achieve even greater heights over the many years to come.