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 the Cocoa Police Department in 2001. 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 of 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 the 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.
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 a 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 as 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 teenage 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 Bachelor 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 industries 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.
Carlos Assemany, NMLS 447813
With an entrepreneurial spirit, a keen eye for new market share, and business development, Mr. Assemany has over 15 years of management and loan origination experience in the mortgage industry. His most recent accomplished challenge was to open and manage a branch for Caliber Home Loans in Torrance, California where he worked for the last 4 years until he relocated to Merritt Island, Florida. Carlos is currently working for Bank of America as a Vice President Wealth Management Lending Officer at the Merrill Lynch office in Rockledge Florida.
His career in the banking and finance industry started right out of high school in his native Ecuador accepting a position with Citibank working directly with the largest car dealers in the area to service their customers in the purchase of new vehicles. His consistent performance, excellent communication, and flexible interpersonal skills earned him promotions and advancement to a bank branch management position with one of the largest local banks within 3 years.
Carlos moved to the United States to continue his education at El Camino College in Torrance, California where he started as a salesperson for Robinson’s May and was promoted to an Area Sales Manager within 4 years. Carlos returned to the financial industry, accepting a position offered by Ameriquest Mortgage as a Loan Officer. The mortgage industry suited him well and granted him success and financial reward; he was recruited from Countrywide Home Loans and within a short time obtained President’s club member status due to his production and performance. After five years of experience with Countrywide, he was offered a Sales Manager position with Wells Fargo and worked in that capacity for nine years.
Carlos is also heavily involved in his community. He has served as a Deacon and Elder for the Presbyterian Church and created a non-profit organization in Long Beach, California for development and advocacy of real estate professionals within the LGBT community. Until relocating to Florida, he served as a Director and was then elected Vice President for the local chapter of NAHREP in the South Bay Area of Los Angeles and he plans to continue serving the community in his new hometown.
Rosanna Malbrán, M.D. MHA
Dr. Rosanna Malbrán is a physician-scientist with thirty years of experience in the medical field. Born in Argentina, she received her M.D. from the National University of Córdoba, where she trained in Internal Medicine, Pulmonary and Critical Care.
In 1991, Dr. Malbrán moved to the United States. She attended Mount Sinai Medical Center, specializing in lung physiology and pharmacology. In 2002, she transferred to the University of Miami, School of Medicine where her research focused on lung diseases, particularly asthma and chronic bronchitis. She had continuous NIH support from 1997 to 2015, first as an Assistant and later Associate Professor of Medicine at the Medical School. She has published more than thirty peer-reviewed papers and three book chapters in high impact medical journals. In collaboration with the Florida Department of Health and private foundations, she has worked to address diseases associated with tobacco smoke, including second-hand smoke.
Dr. Malbrán has a passion for community outreach activities and community. She obtained a master’s in health administration from George Washington University, Milken Institute School of Public Health in 2018 focusing her efforts on community health.
She is particularly interested in local, federal, and global health initiatives and policies. Her goal is to be an active leader that improves, grows, and extends healthcare delivery to the community by addressing social determinants of health.
Sky Beard currently serves as the Director of No Kid Hungry Florida. A campaign of Share Our Strength, No Kid Hungry works with school districts, community organizations, and a wide variety of partners to increase participation in federally-funded school nutrition programs, after-school and summer meal programs as well as advocating for initiatives that feed hungry kids. Prior to her time with No Kid Hungry, Sky served as the Executive Director of the Early Learning Coalition of Brevard.
For 12 years, Sky was involved in all aspects of early childhood education and supported the community’s work that prepared children for kindergarten. In addition, Sky served as a Florida trainer for the national child abuse prevention program, Healthy Families. In addition, she has managed programs focusing on access to prenatal care as well as programs focused on enhancing parent-child interaction and early identification of developmental delays in children.
Sky is a strong advocate for ensuring that all children have an opportunity to benefit from existing services as well as championing additional programs when gaps in services are identified. Sky is a Brevard County native and is supported by her husband, Adam, and two children, Erin and Aiden.
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