The Brevard Family Partnership Board of Directors are all volunteers and give selflessly of their time and resources to support and further develop our system of care, as well as carry the message of our mission throughout the community.
The Board of Directors meet on the fourth Thursday of every month at 2301 W. Eau Gallie Blvd, Suite 104, Melbourne, FL 32935. For more information, contact our main office at (321) 752-4650.
Board Chair, Brevard County Appointee
Eric is President and CEO of Indian River Networks, founded when he returned from a tour in Iraq as a Marine Reservist. Eric has over 25 years of technology experience, multiple industry certifications and earned a B. A. in Psychology in 1988 from Point Loma Nazarene College. Eric has the ability to translate business processes into efficient hardware and software solutions, with a focus on the designing and supporting software applications concurrently running on multiple platforms.
Board Vice-Chair, Brevard County Appointee
Barbara Loftus has lived in Brevard County for 25 years. She has worked for high-tech engineering companies like Harris Corporation and SAIC, and also in the information technology (IT) industry. She is the founder and owner of Tech-Mark Services, LLC., an engineering and marketing consulting firm. Her involvement in non-profit organizations includes being president of the Student for the Ethical Treatment of Animals chapter at North Carolina State University and chartering the first chapter of the Society of Technical Communication, also at North Carolina State University. She has a Bachelor’s in Mechanical Engineering from Clemson University, and a Master’s in Technical Communication from North Carolina State University.
Barbara is particularly interested in preparing youth to lead fulfilling, successful lives.
Ruth Long is the Director of Critical Care and Respiratory Therapy at Wuesthoff Hospital in Rockledge Florida. Ruth started her healthcare career over 25 years ago as a Respiratory Therapist. Eventually she decided to broaden her scope of practice and earn her nursing degree. Once she became a nurse, Ruth decided that she really enjoyed working with critical care patients and their families. She worked as a staff nurse and then a Nurse Manager in the ICU for several years while working on her Master’s in Health Service Administration.
Ruth is a native Floridian who grew up on Merritt Island and resides there with her husband Doug.
Ms. Betting is a Managing Director of the Florida Adoption Center located in Satellite Beach and Vice President of the Florida Crisis Pregnancy Resource Center.
A native of Great Britain, Ms. Betting met her husband while he was stationed in the U.S. Air Force in England. She spent her early career working for Her Majesty’s Customs and Excise, Lloyd’s of London Member’s Agencies, and University of Cambridge. Eventually, settling with her husband and daughter in Melbourne, Florida, Ms. Betting earned both her undergraduate and graduate degrees in Social Work from the University of Central Florida. Today, she puts her business background and her experience as a Clinical Social Worker together to serve her adoption and counseling clients.
Ms. Betting believes a day when one can learn something new is a good day! She is thrilled to have been asked to join the board of Brevard Family Partnership and is excited to be involved in their mission to protect children and strengthen families.
Catherine Wright is the Senior Marketing Manager at Harris Corporation in Melbourne. Catherine has been employed with Harris since 1996, and has held a variety of responsibilities and titles including: Strategic Business Development and Strategic Planning, Business Analyst, Senior Engineering Manager, and Mechanical Engineer.
Catherine received her Masters of Business Administration from the University of Florida and her Bachelor’s from the Georgia Institute of Technology. Catherine is active in the community and supports the United Way of Brevard in many capacities.
Jean is the Brevard County Juvenile Court Coordinator and Drug Court Manager, as well as, adjunct faculty for the Colleges of Security and Criminal Justice and Humanities and Science at the University of Phoenix. She has over 20+ years’ combined experience in the Criminal Justice and Legal fields.
Ms. Bandish holds a Juris Doctor from Widener University and both a Master’s in Public Administration and Bachelor’s in Criminal Justice from the University of Central Florida. Most recently she received her Certified Court Executive Program certification through the National Center for State Courts.
Jean is very active in the community volunteering and serving on many other local Boards such as AMIKids Space Coast, Together in Partnership, Juvenile Justice Advisory Board, Space Coast Health Foundation Behavioral Health Task Force and the Brevard County Opioid Task Force.
Rob is Executive Director of Housing for Homeless, who provide care for low income and homeless clients in over 80 properties across Brevard County. Prior to this he has been the President of a nutritional product company in Melbourne, set up and ran 15 call centers for a $7 Bn paper conglomerate in Philadelphia, and for 10 years was International Operations Director for Avon Products, with responsibility for 28 countries.
Rob was born and raised in England, where he earned a Master’s degree in Chemical Engineering, but has now lived in the US for 38 years, in Brevard for 15 years, and now resides in Indialantic with his wife, Margaret.
Rob joined the Board of Brevard Family Partnership because he believes that the challenges facing the low income and homeless community today require an approach that focuses on the whole family if we are to break the cycle of inter-generational poverty.
Dan Rodgers is the retired Chief Probation Officer for the Department of Juvenile Justice in Circuit 18.
Prior to his DJJ service, Mr. Rodgers was a foster care counselor working with teen age youth living is a foster care placement.
Mr. Rodgers retired from the United States Air Force in 1990. He is married and has one adult son.
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