Ashley Carraro
Sr. Director of Programs

(321) 752-4650 ext. 3022  Email:

Ashley Carraro is the Senior Director of Programs at Brevard Family Partnership where she has served since 2006.  In this role she provides leadership over Intake and Placement, Clinical Services, Licensing, the Sunshine Child Welfare Specialty Plan and Care Coordination.

Ashley began her career in child welfare in 1996 doing clinical outreach with low income students.  She holds a Bachelor of Social Work from the University of Central Florida and Master of Social Work from Florida State University and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker.  She is the proud mother of Sam her 10 year old son and the loving wife of Kevin.

Over the past three years she has sought through training, mentoring, and leadership to transform the local child welfare system to be one that fosters awareness and knowledge regarding the impact of trauma on children and families; and upon those who serve and care for them.  She seeks to improve the lives of children by adhering to the quote of John Shipp who said “Every Kid Is One Caring Adult Away From Being A Success Story”.

Patrice Grier-03-04-14-ResizeWebPatrice Grier
Chief Risk and Compliance Director

(321) 752-4650 ext. 3030 Email:  patrice.grier@brevardfp

Prior to coming to BFP, Patrice was a senior attorney for Children’s Legal Services where she handled litigation in dependency and termination of parental rights cases in Brevard County, and briefly in Orange County. Patrice also handled a special project as the Children’s Legal Services Independent Living Liaison for Circuit 18.

Prior to working for the Department of Children and Families, Patrice worked as a prosecutor for three years. Patrice graduated from the University of Central Florida with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and from Florida State University College of Law in 2003.

During her career, Patrice has handled numerous dockets and trials in several courts in the State of Florida. She has also developed and presented several trainings for her colleagues.

Tracy Little, MBA
Director of Wraparound and Fidelity

(321) 752-4650 ext. 3041   Email: 

As a former foster parent and legal guardian to children with mental health needs, Tracy is both a consumer and a seasoned Wraparound Practitioner. As Wraparound Fidelity Liaison for Brevard Family Partnership and Brevard C.A.R.E.S., he provides classroom training of Wraparound 101, Wraparound 201 and Advanced Facilitation Trainings, technical assistance, coaching and mentoring. Tracy is a master practitioner who serves the system of care as he ensures continuous quality improvement of Wraparound and Family Team Conferencing and collects and uses data from the WOF to coach, mentor and supervise Wraparound trainees and practitioners. In addition, Tracy serves as a Master Trainer and Consultant at the National Center for Innovation and Excellence.

Tracy has been involved in human services for many years and truly exemplifies family-centered, youth-driven care values. Tracy will stop at nothing to impart hope to those he encounters. His motto is to do whatever it takes, and that he does. No matter where he goes or who he works with Tracy is a role model and agent of change.

Tracy was instrumental in launching Brevard County’s signature child abuse prevention program, Brevard C.A.R.E.S. as the first Prevention and Diversion Care Coordinator hired in August of 2005. Since then, he has led the program as the Program Manager, and now leads our System of Care’s Wraparound efforts as the Wraparound Fidelity Liaison and member of the National Replication Team, most recently, being named the 2015 Child Abuse Prevention Task Force CAP Leader.

Recognized nationally for his work in the area of youth advocacy, Tracy has provided training for the National Wraparound Initiative in the area of Initial Family Engagement, and the role of the Family Partner. He holds a Master of Business Administration and has 20 years’ experience in the fields of child welfare and mental health. He also serves as a National Consultant and Trainer in family strengthening models.

Debbie Dorfman
Director of Utilization Management

(321) 752-4650 ext. 3020  Email:

Debbie began her career in child welfare with the Department of Children and Families in 1998 and joined Brevard Family Partnership in 2005. In 2009, she worked closely with a technology company to design an automated service referral & delivery system which became operational in 2010 and is still use today.

Currently, Debbie works closely with providers and case management as the single point of contact for any system issues and uses that system to monitor service budgets and provider utilization of services. Debbie is responsible for ensuring that we use substance abuse and mental health funds for children appropriately, as well as maintaining documentation that is required for audits. She also serves as the FSFN security officer for the agency.

LaChrista Jones
Director of Licensing

(321) 752-4650 ext. 3053  Email:

LaChrista Jones began her career in Child Welfare services in 1999, with the Florida Department of Children and Families as a Family Service Counselor and was later promoted to Family Service Counselor Supervisor.

LaChrista has been employed with Brevard Family Partnership, the lead Child Welfare Agency in Brevard County for 12 years and has served in many leadership positions to include Care Coordinator, Child and Family Program Manager, Director of Child and Family Services, and is currently the Director of Licensing.

LaChrista is very passionate about making a difference in children and families lives.  LaChrista holds a Master’s Degree in Management and Leadership from Webster University, a Bachelor’s of Arts Degree in Organizational Management from Warner Southern University, and is a Certified Child Welfare Case Manager Supervisor.

LaChrista is happily married to Ken Jones and they have one daughter, Lakendra Jones.

Jessica Simmons
Chief Finance Director

(321) 752-4650 ext. 3070  Email:

Jessica joined Brevard Family Partnership in July 2014. She is responsible for developing the company’s annual budget and managing its finances.

Prior to coming to BFP, Jessica spent 11 years in the education industry, most recently as the director of student finance. During her time in the education field, Jessica held senior positions that included senior admissions representative, business office manager, and director of student accounts.

Jessica graduated from Trevecca Nazarene University in Nashville with a Master’s degree in Management, after completing undergraduate programs in both Business Management and Accounting. In her previous finance roles, she managed a financial aid team that ensured students’ applications were packaged according to government regulations, that appropriate funding was awarded, and that all funding and payments were received timely.

Jessica and her family relocated from Tennessee. She enjoys spending time with her husband Jason and three children, and traveling.

Jessica Ayala
Director of Intake and Placement

(321) 752-4650 ext. 3083  Email:

Jessica Ayala is the Director of Intake, Placement, and Assessment at Brevard Family Partnership. In this role she provides leadership over Intake and Placement, Clinical Services and Adoptions.

Jessica began her career in child welfare in 2003 as a Treatment Coordinator with Pressley Ridge, a Treatment Foster Care Agency, in Cincinnati, OH. She holds a Bachelor of Social Work degree from Northern Kentucky University and a Master of Arts in Counseling from Webster University.  Jessica relocated from Cincinnati in 2009 and began working with Brevard Family Partnership in 2010 as a Utilization Review Specialist. Jessica spent 2 years as a Guidance Counselor in the school system and returned back to BFP in 2016 as the Director of Intake, Placement, and Assessment.

Jessica is a proud mother to her two children, Bryson and Layna, and the loving wife to her husband Ricardo. When not at work, Jessica can be found cheering on her children at many sporting events.