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
Barbara Loftus has lived in Brevard County for 30 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.
Board Vice-Chair, Brevard County Appointee
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.
Board Treasurer, Community Member
Eric Austin is a native of Melbourne, Florida where he currently resides with his wife. He graduated from Melbourne High School in 2000. He began working as a police officer for Cocoa Police Department in 2001. He was a major overseeing support services. As the support services commander, he oversaw the criminal investigations division, communications center, records section, finance and budget, accreditation, training, recruiting and hiring, field training and evaluation program, policy development, and code enforcement. Over the years, he served as a patrol officer, school resource officer, detective, sergeant, community relations sergeant, and lieutenant over professional compliance and internal affairs. He continues to serve as a reserve police officer. Eric transitioned to Discover Life Church and Parkhurst Academy full-time in July 2017. He currently serves as the executive pastor and CFO of Discover Life Church and president and superintendent of Parkhurst Academy, a K4-12 private school. He oversees the operations and finances for both organizations. He is also an adjunct instructor for Eastern Florida State College and Daytona State College.
Eric earned his AA degree from Eastern Florida State College, formerly Brevard Community College. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Political Science from University of Central Florida, and he completed the Honors in the Major Program at Burnette Honors College. He is finishing his master’s degree in business administration from Webster University. He holds positions on multiple non-profit boards including AMIkids Space Coast, Renewed Counseling, and Cocoa Community First. The majority of boards he serves on support programs for children.
Eric has volunteered for Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, Habitat for Humanity, several humanitarian mission trips to South America, Europe, and Asia, and other non-profits striving to help children and families in the community. His passions include advocating for child victims, mentoring at-risk children, and helping families overcome adversity.
Community Member, Brevard County Appointee
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.
Storm is a lifetime Brevard county resident and former client of Brevard Family Partnership. He is a proud father to three daughters, and is an active member of the Viera community. He earned a Bachelors of Arts in Business Administration from the University of Central Florida in 2017. A jack of all trades, Storm has a specialized and diversified skill set and knowledge that has made him successful in many different industry’s such as telecommunications, social services, and fitness. He currently works multiple positions at UCF’s Recreation and Wellness Center while attending the last year of an MBA program at the university. Storm’s past experiences and unique perspectives, coupled with his natural business acumen, create a recipe for organizational success within BFP’s Board of Directors.
Eleanor Erdogan has been a Brevard County resident for 31 years, working as an early childhood educator for most of her adult life. Having collaborated with many different charities and faith-based organizations, Eleanor prides herself on being an advocate for all victims—especially children and animals. Past projects include: The Children’s Hunger Project, Brevard Rescue Mission, Juvenile Diabetes Association, and Brevard Family Partnership. Eleanor’s background in education and law eventually lead her to create her own radio show, “Eleanor’s Elite Radio.” Getting her start on WMEL and Talk Network Radio, she now has a podcast that helps to promote various charities and businesses. Eleanor is a proud mother of two and resides in Suntree with her husband. She is currently working towards her MBA.
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