Brevard Family Partnership Board of Directors

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.

Eric-SmithEric Smith
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.

Barbara LoftusBarbara Loftus
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 LongRuth Long
Board Treasurer

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.

Stockton_WhittenStockton Whitten
Community Member

Stockton Whitten is a native of Jacksonville, Florida and was educated in the Duval County Public School System. He earned both his undergraduate and graduate degrees at the University of Florida. He also has a graduate degree from Georgia Southern University.

Mr. Whitten has been employed by Brevard County since 1994 and is currently the County Manager. He was previously the Deputy County Manager and Assistant County Manager for the Management Services Group for 12 years. Prior to coming to Brevard County, Stockton worked for Broward County Government. He has also worked for both the City of Gainesville and Alachua County Governments. In total, Mr. Whitten has over 23 years of experience in local government. He was a member of the Brevard community’s advisory board prior to the establishment of Community Based Care of Brevard in 2003 and has served on BFP’s board in the capacity of Treasurer and Vice-Chair. He became Brevard Family Partnership’s Board Chair in 2012.

Stockton lives in Rockledge with his wife and three children.

Kathleen RichKathleen Rich-New
Community Member

Kathleen brings a unique blend of practical experience and clarity of focus to her business consulting, coaching, seminars and speeches. She holds an MBA from the University of North Texas and a Master’s Degree in International Human Resources from the University of Dallas. Her undergraduate degree is in Business Administration from Kansas State University. She trained in Appreciative Inquiry (Ai) at the Taos Institute and is a fire-walking graduate of Tony Robbins Mastery University.

Kathleen has over 25 years in corporate Human Resources at the managerial and executive levels of companies such as Apple Computer, GTE, Nortel, SGI and several smaller companies. She is the president and CEO of Clarity Works! Consulting. “My passion is helping organizations and individuals reach clarity of purpose and vision and establish the most effective working relationships to achieve their goals.”

Andrea BettingAndrea Betting
Community Member

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.

Mark PetersonMark Peterson
Community Member

Mr. Peterson is a seasoned trial and appellate lawyer with extensive experience and expertise in representing individuals and corporations in state, federal, circuit and the U.S. Supreme Court in criminal, quasi-criminal, commercial, civil and regulatory matters, and forfeiture proceedings. He has provided advice and representation of individuals and corporations including but not limited to examining corporate practices, internal and external audit, prevention, compliance, codes of ethics and best practices development. He has been certified as a criminal trial specialist by the National Board of Trial Advocacy since 1983.

Mr. Peterson received his Juris Doctor cum laude from the University of Minnesota and his Bachelor of Arts from Northwestern University. He served as an adjunct professor, clinical instructor and guest lecturer at the University of Minnesota Law School and William Mitchell College of Law in trial practice, criminal law and procedure, constitutional law, ethics and legal writing. He is the author of numerous articles and books on contemporary topics, such as criminal procedure, current legislation, ethics, search warrants for professional offenses, search and seizure, DWI and right to counsel.

A Minnesota native, Mr. Peterson contributes a significant amount of time to community causes here in Brevard, as he did in his home state. In Minnesota, he coached several sports including football, basketball, baseball, softball and volleyball for Edina Athletic Association. He also mentored youth involved in the Normandale Lutheran Church Youth Ministry program, and was a member of Connecting with Kids, Tri-City Partners, and Chemical Health Partners. In 2005 he received the inaugural Connecting with Kids Mayor’s Award for the “person making a positive impact in the lives of Edina Youth.”

In Brevard, Mr. Peterson is a court-appointed representative for children in neglect and dependency proceedings through the Guardian Ad Litem program. He also serves as a volunteer with Children’s Home Society, Brevard Rescue Mission, and the Brevard Zoo.

Catherine WrightCatherine Wright
Community Member

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 BandishJean Bandish
Community Member

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 CrampRob Cramp
Community Member

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.

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