Jessica Cecere Joins Center for Child Counseling’s Board of Directors

March 19, 2024
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Media contact: Cara Scarola Hansen
Center for Child Counseling Public Relations Counsel
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Jessica Cecere Joins Center for Child Counseling’s Board of Directors

The Center for Child Counseling (CFCC) Board of Directors recently voted in Jessica Cecere as a returning member to contribute her expertise in continuing to move the mission of the non-profit agency forward.

Cecere is the former chief executive officer of Nonprofits First, Inc. and has more than 35 years of nonprofit leadership experience. Cecere has also been a small business shareholder, a consultant, and an active community volunteer. She earned a bachelor’s degree from Florida State University and is a BoardSource certified governance trainer and a certified True Colors facilitator. Cecere also served as 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). 

Renée Layman, chief executive officer of CFCC, stated, “I am incredibly grateful to have Jessica return as a member of our board of directors. Her expertise in board governance, nonprofit management, leadership facilitation, and finance will help our agency continue to move forward as we innovate and take the right risks with the goal of serving any and every child in Palm Beach County.”  

Cecere has been involved with CFCC for more than a decade as a previous board member and constant supporter. She has a long history of community involvement with many community service and nonprofit organizations. She is a graduate and active alumnus of Leadership Florida and Leadership Palm Beach County and serves as a volunteer on numerous committees. Cecere has served on 12 plus nonprofit boards and advisory councils from 1992 – 2024. She also currently serves as a board member for the Better Business Bureau of Southeast Florida and the Caribbean and Leadership Palm Beach County.

With respect to this new board role, Cecere expressed, “I’m looking forward to creating awareness, particularly with our funding and nonprofit community and the amazing work that Center for Child Counseling has done, and the very forward thinking and progressive response to mental health for children.”

The other members of CFCC’s Board of Directors include: Eugenia Millender, Ph.D., chair; Eddie Stephens, vice chair; Jeffrey Petrone, treasurer and secretary; Bill Lynch, past chair; Madeline Morris, director and audit committee chairwoman; Jennifer Hume Rodriguez, director; Patsy Mintmire, director; Bailey Hughes, director; Melissa Haley, director; and Renée Layman, president and chief executive officer.

About Center for Child Counseling
Center for Child Counseling has been building the foundation for playful, healthful, and hopeful living for children and families in Palm Beach County since 1999. Its services focus on preventing and healing the effects of adverse experiences and toxic stress on children, promoting resiliency and healthy family, school, and community relationships. www.centerforchildcounseling.org Twitter: @ChildCounselPBC Facebook: @CenterforChildCounseling Instagram: @childcounselpbc

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Melissa Haley Joins Center for Child Counseling’s Board of Directors

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June 27, 2023
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Center for Child Counseling Public Relations Counsel
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Melissa Haley Joins Center for Child Counseling’s Board of Directors

The Center for Child Counseling (CFCC) Board of Directors recently voted in Melissa Haley as a member to contribute her expertise in continuing to move the mission of the non-profit agency forward.

Haley is the founder and president of The Haley Foundation which has the philanthropic mission to partner with and advocate for like-minded nonprofit providers to achieve the greatest possible impact on human health and quality of life and to improve healthcare initiatives that enhance the health of communities. 

Renée Layman, chief executive officer of Center for Child Counseling, stated, “I am incredibly grateful to have Melissa as a member of our board to help our agency continue to heal the effects of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and keep us pushing, innovating, and taking the right risks to bring prevention to the forefront of the fight against ACEs.”  

With respect to Haley’s involvement with the Center, she has been a donor since 2021 and co-hosted the kickoff event for CFCC’s 2023 Lead the Fight series. She currently chairs the Circle of Giving where she encourages others to take action towards a brighter future. She brings a wealth of expertise and passion to the Center for Child Counseling Board of Directors, including business ownership and management skills and advocacy to improve the lives of women, children, families, and communities. 

According to Haley, “I understand through personal experience the importance of a childhood free of trauma and full of love and compassion. Sometimes those elements are not available and children suffer and grow into adults with difficulties and challenges that, otherwise, with early intervention may have been avoided. I believe in the mission and programs being developed by CFCC and am privileged to now serve on the board of directors to support and advocate for their life-changing work.” 

The other members of Center for Child Counseling’s Board of Directors include: Eugenia Millender, Ph.D., chair; Eddie Stephens, vice chair; Jeffrey Petrone, treasurer and secretary; Bill Lynch, past chair; Madeline Morris, director and audit committee chairwoman; Jennifer Hume Rodriguez, director; Patsy Mintmire, director; Jennifer Ferriol, director; Bailey Hughes, director; and Renée Layman, president and chief executive officer.

About Center for Child Counseling:

Center for Child Counseling has been building the foundation for playful, healthful, and hopeful living for children and families in Palm Beach County since 1999. Its services focus on preventing and healing the effects of adverse experiences and toxic stress on children, promoting resiliency and healthy family, school, and community relationships. www.centerforchildcounseling.org 

Twitter: @ChildCounselPBC Facebook: @CenterforChildCounseling Instagram: @childcounselpbc

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Melissa Haley

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Center for Child Counseling Receives $25,000 Grant from Mirasol Foundation

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May 11, 2022
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Center for Child Counseling Public Relations Counsel
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Center for Child Counseling Receives $25,000 Grant from Mirasol Foundation
Funding to support Childhood Trauma Response Program.

The Mirasol Foundation recently presented Center for Child Counseling (CFCC) with a $25,000 grant at the foundation’s awards happy hour ceremony on April 27, 2022, at Mirasol Country Club in Palm Beach Gardens.

Funding from the Mirasol foundation supports CFCC’s Childhood Trauma Response (CTR) Program. The CTR Program was established in 2015 and focuses on the timely identification of mental health concerns, providing trauma treatment for children and adolescents who have been removed from their parents’ care.

Roughly 600 children under the age of five enter foster care every year in Palm Beach County. The CTR Program serves all children and adolescents coming into foster and relative caregiving in Palm Beach County. The Center’s trauma therapists provide immediate crisis intervention, support, and care, including helping children testify in court. The therapists also work with all adult caregivers in the child’s life, including foster parents, guardian ad litems, and attorneys to advocate for each child’s rights–making recommendations for care with a focus on safety and stability.

According to Renée Layman, chief executive officer of CFCC, “We are most grateful to The Mirasol Foundation for helping fund our Childhood Trauma Response Program. As the only agency providing this level of care in our community, it is imperative we have the proper funding to help these children who have suffered devastating abuse, loss, neglect, and violence which require evidence-based trauma treatment and wraparound support.”

About Center for Child Counseling:
Center for Child Counseling has been building the foundation for playful, healthful, and hopeful living for children and families in Palm Beach County since 1999. Its services focus on preventing and healing the effects of adverse experiences and toxic stress on children, promoting resiliency and healthy family, school, and community relationships. www.centerforchildcounseling.org
Twitter: @ChildCounselPBC Facebook: @CenterforChildCounseling Instagram: @childcounselpbc

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001: Renée Layman, chief executive officer of Center for Child Counseling; Julie Finn, Mirasol Foundation gifts and grants committee member; Audrey Schofield, director of advancement for Center for Child Counseling

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Announcing Dr. Eugenia Millender and Eddie Stephens as Chair and Vice Chair of Center for Child Counseling’s Board of Directors

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May 6, 2022
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Media contact: Cara Scarola Hansen
Center for Child Counseling Public Relations Counsel
cara@yourmissionmarketing.com

Announcing Dr. Eugenia Millender and Eddie Stephens as Chair and Vice Chair of Center for Child Counseling’s Board of Directors

The Center for Child Counseling Board of Directors recently voted in Eugenia Millender, Ph.D., RN as chair and Eddie Stephens, Esq. as vice chair to continue moving the mission of the non-profit agency forward.

Renée Layman, chief executive officer of Center for Child Counseling, stated, “I am incredibly grateful to have Eugenia and Eddie at the helm of the board to help our agency continue to heal the effects of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and keep us pushing, innovating, and taking the right risks to bring prevention to the forefront of the fight against ACEs.”  

Prior to her induction as Chair of the Board of Directors, Dr. Millender served as the vice-chair since 2013. She brings a wealth of expertise and passion to the Center for Child Counseling Board of Directors, including clinical experience as a psychiatric and mental health nurse practitioner. As a nurse scientist, Dr. Millender researches stress, trauma, and mental health disparities among underserved populations using principals of community-engaged and community-led research. She is co-founder and co-director for the Florida State University Center for Population Sciences for Health Equity and an associate professor at the FSU College of Nursing. 

According to Dr. Millender, “There is no whole health or well-being without mental health.  Serving on the CFCC board connects my passion and mission to increase mental health equity for all with trauma-informed care that is playful,​ healthful, and hopeful.”

Stephens has served as a board member since 2016. As a survivor of multiple ACEs, he identifies with CFCC’s mission and brings a passion to inspiring children and families to overcome adversity. Stephens is a Board-Certified Family Law Attorney at Stephens & Stevens, PLLC, an author, lecturer, and community leader. One of his significant contributions to CFCC has been his role as director of legal education where he created a monthly Continuing Legal Education (CLE) series in which all of the money supports the non-profit organization. The series started in 2020 and is on its 21st monthly episode. 

I survived a traumatic childhood; so, I believe in putting resources in fixing these problems much younger. We will have a healthier community and society. It’s important to create a trauma-informed community in order to accomplish that goal,” commented Stephens on why he serves on the board.

The other members of Center for Child Counseling’s Board of Directors include: Jeffrey Petrone, treasurer and secretary; Bill Lynch, past chair; Madeline Morris, director and audit committee chairwoman; Jennifer Hume Rodriguez, director; Patsy Mintmire, director; Jennifer Ferriol, director; Bailey Hughes, director; Renée Layman, president and chief executive officer; Shannon Fox-Levine, medical consultant.  

About Center for Child Counseling:
Center for Child Counseling has been building the foundation for playful, healthful, and hopeful living for children and families in Palm Beach County since 1999. Its services focus on preventing and healing the effects of adverse experiences and toxic stress on children, promoting resiliency and healthy family, school, and community relationships. www.centerforchildcounseling.org
Twitter: @ChildCounselPBC Facebook: @CenterforChildCounseling Instagram: @childcounselpbc

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001: Eugenia Millender, Ph.D., RN
002: Eddie Stephens, Esq.

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