Board of Directors

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Chair, Bill Lynch is a husband, father (natural, foster and adoptive), and grandfather who is committed to his family, and involved in local and professional community organizations. He brings personal experience to the Center for Child Counseling's Board of Directors as his family is involved with and continues to benefit from behavioral health services to address matters close to home.

Bill is a licensed professional engineer working as a Senior Consultant with Jones Edmunds and Associates, Inc., a Florida-based consulting firm providing quality, professional services in engineering and environmental sciences. He graduated with a BS in Environmental Engineering from Florida Institute of Technology in 1984, and later completed an Advanced Management Program from TSM Business School in 2003.

For the local community, Bill is an active member of Leadership Palm Beach County serving on various committees. LPBC brings together leaders from the public, private and nonprofit sectors to build and steward a vibrant, interconnected community. For the professional community, Bill is the immediate past chair of the Florida Institute of Consulting Engineers Water Resources Committee, and a member of the Florida Engineering Society Conservation & Environmental Quality Committee.       

Eugenia Millender Board MemberVice Chair, Eugenia Millender, Ph.D. is a psychiatric nurse practitioner who is currently the Clinical Director for the FAU Community Center and Diabetes Education and Research Center location in West Palm Beach.  Her area of expertise and the focus of her research program is in stress, trauma, and diabetes that is often expressed among minority groups and under-served populations in the United States.

Ms. Millender has published several papers that describe the mental health and substance use among minorities in South Florida. Her work has helped to illuminate important facts about morbidity and mortality among minority populations. Work with vulnerable populations has taken Mrs. Millender to Haiti, Panama, and Peru where she and others provided comprehensive health care for individuals and communities. Eugenia is interested in working with community-based organizations around the efficacy of mental health and diabetes. In addition, she is bilingual in Spanish and English.  She brings a wealth of experience and passion to the Center for Child Counseling Board of Directors.

Jeff Petrone headshot (2)Treasurer and Secretary, Jeffrey Petrone, Managing Director for SageView Advisory Group’s Florida office, helps clients navigate the challenges of managing retirement plans including 401(k) plans, 403(b) plans and various other defined contribution and defined benefit plans. His responsibilities include advising clients on plan design, compliance, and in-depth investment consulting issues. Prior to joining SageView, Jeff made significant contributions to the employee benefits and retirement practices of Mercer in Florida. He began his career with the financial planning division of Citigroup in West Palm Beach, Florida. Jeff graduated from Villanova University with a B.S. degree in Finance and holds various securities registrations.

Throughout his career, Jeff has been recognized as a leader by several organizations. In 2014, Jeff was recognized in NAPA's “Top 50 under 40.” In 2010, Jeff was recognized by 401k Wire as one of the “300 Most Influential Advisors in Defined Contribution” and named as one of the Top 100 Retirement Plan Advisors by PlanAdviser Magazine. The South Florida Business Journal named Jeff as one of the Top 40 Business Professionals in south Florida for 2012. He also regularly speaks at national events.

Jeff is an alumnus of, and continuing participant in, the Leadership Palm Beach County Class of 2010, an adult leadership program that provides the opportunity for leaders to improve their community.  His personal interests include aviation and coaching football.  He lives in Jupiter, Florida with his wife Jodie and two daughters.   Jeff’s interest in mental health has grown in recent years.  As a Leadership alumni he’s been an advocate for increasing awareness of mental health issues in Palm Beach County.  Seeing the impact that counseling has made with his daughter’s sensor processing disorder, Jeff is interested in supporting the Center for Child Counseling as a board member.  

Director, Gail Kleinert began her career in the nonprofit arena more than forty years ago. As a seasoned manager with years of diversified and documented contributions in development and not-for-profit management, she offered a well-rounded diverse background to the agencies she worked with.  In time, she began to be considered as an NPO generalist.  She has worked with business groups, socialites, large foundations, and ethnic groups to increase support for organizations and promote successful fundraising projects and events.

As an administrative professional, she has led, inspired, supervised, and trained both employees and volunteers in various private and not-for-profit environments.  As an entrepreneur, she developed two of her own businesses, enjoying both the hands on aspects of a small business as well as the challenge of growing a profitable business. 

“I am so excited and honored to be a part of this incredible impact organization.  As someone who suffered personal familiarity with an Adverse Childhood Experience, I understand the importance of the work of the team at Center for Child Counseling and am so humbled to be able to help children get past those experiences and offer them a chance to heal.”

Director, Eddie Stephens is an equity partner in Ward Damon, PL, where he leads the family law department and manages community relations for the firm. Eddie is a Board-Certified Family Law Attorney who specializes in high-conflict matrimonial law. He has earned the AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rating by Martindale-Hubbell, a professional rating indicating the highest ethical standards and professional ability, and has been selected for inclusion in Best Lawyers in America®, a peer-review publication recognizing the top 4% of attorneys in the country.

In addition to practicing family law, Eddie is an author, lecturer, and community leader who supports a number of local civic and charitable organizations including Center for Child Counseling, Leadership Palm Beach County, Boy Scouts of America, Delta Sigma Pi, Big Dog Ranch Rescue and Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League.

Eddie has developed a successful family law practice focused on highly disputed divorces.  He is a popular and engaging motivational speaker, most recently presenting to over one hundred community leaders at Center for Child Counseling’s Lead the Fight event. His personal motto is “Do Something that Matters,” and in that spirit, he brings a passion for inspiring others along with his own personal childhood experiences overcoming adversity to his work at the organization. His hobbies include cooking, yoga, camping and spending time with his family. Eddie is happily married to Jacquie and has two children, Christopher and Matthew, and they all call Palm Beach, Florida home.


ShannonFox-Levinephoto-1Medical Consultant, Shannon Fox-Levine, MD has been a pediatrician in Palm Beach County since 2003 at Palm Beach Pediatrics, where she is a managing partner. Dr. Fox-Levine received her medical degree from the University of Maryland at Baltimore and trained in Pediatrics at NYU/Bellevue Hospital in Manhattan. She has always had a special interest in development and behavior in children.

As the current President of the Palm Beach County Pediatric Society, one of her long-term goals is to bridge the gap in the continuity of care of children with mental health issues between therapists and the county's pediatricians. She is also involved in improving the screening process of children for mental health issues by pediatricians, serving as a leader in this effort. Dr. Fox-Levine lives in Wellington with her husband and two sons.