Board of Directors

Chair, Eugenia Millender, Ph.D. is a psychiatric nurse practitioner who is currently an Associate Professor and Graduate Coordinator within the Psychiatric Mental Health NP Certificate Program at Florida State University College of Nursing. Her areas of expertise include stress, trauma, and diabetes that is often expressed among minority groups and under-served populations in the United States.

Dr. 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 Dr. Millender to Haiti, Panama, and Peru where she and others provided comprehensive health care for individuals and communities.

Dr. Millender is interested in working with community-based organizations around the efficacy of mental health, community trauma, 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, including expertise in community-level trauma and and Telehealth. In addition to her role on the Board of Directors, Dr. Millender also serves on the organization's Data Committee.

Vice Chair, Eddie Stephens is a Board Certified Marital and Family Attorney at Stephens & Stevens, PLLC. With offices in West Palm Beach, the firm serves clients throughout the Palm Beaches. With 25 years of litigation experience, Eddie 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, Kelsey Cares, Delta Sigma Pi, Kibblez of Love, Inc, and Boy Scouts of America.

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.

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.

Past Chair, Bill Lynch is a husband, father (natural, foster and adoptive), and grandfather who is committed to his family, and involved with 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/Vice President 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 completed an Advanced Management Program from TSM Business School in 2003.

For the local community in addition to his role with CFCC, Bill is a Leadership Palm Beach County Class 2010 alumnus involved in various initiatives. LPBC brings together leaders from the public, private and nonprofit sectors to build and steward a vibrant, interconnected community. Bill is a Stewardship Council member with BeWellPBC, a local initiative, launched in December 2018, to engage the community's residents, systems and sectors in meaningful ways to address the county's behavioral health needs.

For the professional community, Bill is involved with the Palm Beach County League of Cities, a member and past chair of the Water Resources Committee of the American Council of Engineering Companies-FL Section , a member of the ACEC FL Risk Management Committee, and the Florida Engineering Society Conservation & Environmental Quality Committee

Madeline Morris

Director and Audit Committee Chairwoman, Madeline Morris, MBA/CPA is a seasoned professional with a 40-year proven track record of assisting clients. Her areas of focus have been in the enhancement of Corporate Governance, designing and implementing effective risk focused reporting, regulatory, compliance and internal control policies and processes.  She is a recently retired Managing Director from Deloitte LLP.

Madeline's depth and breadth of knowledge is demonstrated through her outstanding commercial success and leadership. She served as a Managing Director at Deloitte until her retirement in 2016. She led many of the largest and most complex Global Financial Institutions programs, assisting clients in the enhancement of their Corporate Governance, designing and implementing effective risk focused reporting from operations through to the Board of Directors. As one of the firms’ leaders in Regulatory Readiness services, Madeline assessed and implemented Sarbanes-Oxley, JSOX, Capital Planning and Analysis, Bank Holding Company Transformation for many fortune 500 companies. In addition, she has effectively led Merger Integration and Divestiture activities all grounded in the disciplines of Internal Controls. Madeline’s primary clients have been Boards of Directors, Audit and Risk Committees, and Senior Management.

Director, Jennifer Hume Rodriguez has been in the banking industry for over twenty-five years.  She grew up in Malvern, PA a suburb of Philadelphia and attended Penn State University where she received a BA in Liberal Arts. Upon graduating college in 1989, Jennifer chose to move to Florida, first to Jacksonville and then to the West Palm Beach area in 1990.  She has been a resident of Palm Beach County for twenty-nine years.

Jennifer's banking career began in 1994 with a small community bank and she enrolled in graduate school in 1995 going part-time in the evening for an MBA at Palm Beach Atlantic University. Jennifer graduated with a Master's in Business Administration in Dec of 1998. Over the past twenty-five years, Jennifer has worked for both large and small banks – First Bank of Florida, Bank of America, Fidelity Federal Bank & Trust, First Southern Bank, PNC, FCB and is now with First Republic Bank where she is the Sales and Service Manager the Palm Beach Gardens Private Banking office.

Jennifer is a graduate of Leadership West Palm Beach class of 2018, and an active member of Executive Women of the Palm Beaches.  She also sits on the Business Advisory Council for Palm Beach State College Lake Worth Campus. Jennifer is married to her husband of twenty-five years and they live in the Acreage.

Director, Patsy Mintmire, MSW is a retired clinical social worker with 50 years of experience in child welfare.  Her professional career began in Boston where she worked in one of the oldest child welfare agencies in the United States. Boston Children’s Service was, over decades, the merger of 13 agencies that served diverse populations throughout the state. The agency was a pioneer developing innovative services for children and families. She relocated to Florida in the late 1980's and sought out volunteer opportunities.

Patsy was introduced to Jane Robinson when CCC was in its infancy (and named All ‘bout Children) and immediately become a supporter and advocate that continues to today. She volunteered al AVDA and was a Guardian Ad Litem for 15 years. She has volunteered at Planned Parenthood for many years beginning as a clinic counselor, later serving on the Board and as its chairperson. In addition, Patsy has served as a board member of the Town of Palm Beach United Way on the Allocations Committee.

Patsy is married and between them, she and her husband have four children, and 8 grandchildren, living from coast to coast.

Director, Bailey Hughes is a wife, mother, and former special educator for the Palm Beach County School District. Over the last 5 years, Bailey and her husband fostered 23 children and adopted 4 of those children. Through this process, Bailey has seen the deep trauma that children within Palm Beach County are experiencing on a daily basis and has personal experience with seeing how mental health can affect not only a child but their family.

Through play therapy, psychiatric services, and community help, Bailey has been a part of a child’s healing from the immense trauma that can sometimes take place in a child’s life. Before becoming a foster parent Bailey was a special education elementary teacher at a Title 1 school in a self-contained Emotional Behavioral Disabilities unit. Working with some of the most vulnerable and hurting children Bailey saw how desperately the mental health world for children was lacking. She found success in helping these children by educating herself, watching her peers, and listening to parents who found themselves in the depths of their child’s mental health struggles. She successfully was able to advocate for services, change of school or classroom placement, and assist families over her years as a teacher.

While no longer in the classroom, Bailey still finds herself advocating on a daily basis. Whether she is supporting a fellow foster or adoptive family in the trenches with their child, or fighting for her own children, she has seen how much just being a voice for someone in a time of need can mean.

Director, Melissa Haley was born in Chicago and raised in Evanston, Illinois and after a long career in Chicago’s Gold Coast in business and commercial property ownership and management she looks to the gratifying endeavor of philanthropy by uniting her personal and foundation mission to support and advocate for others. Melissa is currently aligned with Partners in Health as a member of the Chicago Women’s Alliance and South Florida Women’s Alliance, The Children's Heart Foundation, Impact the Palm Beaches, and Center for Child Counseling,

Embracing her next chapter in life, Melissa is now guiding her private foundation, The Haley Foundation towards the social causes affecting our world. The Haley Foundation actively supports and advocates for quality health care for all through improved health systems, research, and affordable procedures to improve the lives of women, children, families, and communities.

Melissa passionately supports Center for Child Counseling’s mission and work, including helping to fund our Infant Mental Health Program and Lead the Fight, hosting our 2023 Kickoff Breakfast in February. She is also the Chair on CFCC's new Circle of Giving, which was created as a part of her vision to make lasting change in the lives of children, families, and communities impacted by adverse childhood experiences and trauma. The aim is simple - to take action and drive advocacy towards a brighter future.

Director, Jessica Cecere is the former Chief Executive Officer of Nonprofits First, Inc. and has over thirty-five years of nonprofit leadership experience. Jessica has also been a small business shareholder, a consultant, and an active community volunteer.  She earned a Bachelor’s Degree from Florida State University. She is a BoardSource Certified Governance trainer and a Certified True Colors Facilitator.  In years past, Jessica was also the Regional President of Consumer Credit Counseling Service, a Certified Consumer Credit Counselor, and a Certified Counselor for the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

Jessica is an expert in board governance, nonprofit management, leadership facilitation and personal finance and has appeared in numerous local and national publications. She was a long-time local television media source in the area of credit and personal finance, as well as, serving as a frequent guest host on Clear Channel Radio’s WJNO morning news.

Jessica has a long history of community involvement with many community service and nonprofit organizations, including Center for Child Counseling.  She is a graduate and active alumnus of Leadership Florida and Leadership Palm Beach County. Jessica also serves as a volunteer on numerous committees.  Jessica has served on more than twelve nonprofit boards and advisory councils from 1992 – 2024.  In addition to Center for Child Counseling, Jessica is currently serving as a Board member for the Better Business Bureau of Southeast Florida and the Caribbean and Leadership Palm Beach County.

Jessica is a recipient of the 2022 Women in Leadership Award for the Executive Women of the Palm Beaches Foundation and a recipient of the 2022 Leadership Palm Beach County Presidents Award.

President & CEO Renée E. Layman, MS, LMHC is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor with over twenty-seven years of experience in mental health. In her various leadership roles, Renée has been a passionate advocate for child and family health, racial equity, and bringing high quality prevention and trauma-informed services and solutions for some of the most pressing issues facing vulnerable children, families, and communities.

In addition to her experience in the nonprofit sector, Renée has successfully worked with children and families in private practice, specializing in childhood trauma, loss, and developmental difficulties utilizing Play and Equine Assisted Therapies. She has training in a wide array of evidence-based interventions including Filial Therapy, EMDR, Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Child-Parent Psychotherapy.


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