Executive Team

Phil Scarpelli, CEO

Phil Scarpelli is the Chief Executive Officer of the Brevard Family Partnership Family of Agencies. Phil joined Brevard Family Partnership in November 2018. He has been proudly involved in Florida’s child welfare system since the inception of privatization, as early as the late 1990’s.  Previously, Phil worked as part of the Department of Children and Families Central Region’s Leadership on the professional development and talent management of its middle and senior managers. Prior to that he was the State Director with Key Assets Florida, Inc., part of the International Core Assets Group, a leading children’s services provider.

Phil has 30 years of experience working in behavioral healthcare and child welfare in both clinical and administrative capacities. Throughout his career, he has been committed to children and families at risk, and to the development of a perpetual learning environment willing to challenge the status quo, embrace innovation, inclusion, transparency, and trust.

Phil has a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and Gerontology from Iona College and a Master’s Degree in Psychology from Yeshiva University.

(321) 752-4650 ext. 3064
phil.scarpelli@brevardfp.org


Valerie Holmes, PhD, Vice President of Operations

Dr. Valerie Holmes joined Brevard Family Partnership in its inception in 2004 and was instrumental in the design and refinement of the System of Care: training, and engaging stakeholders through the start-up, privatization, and transition from a state run to a community based system. Dr. Holmes is also the founding Executive Director of Brevard C.A.R.E.S.; the agency’s subsidiary that provides a comprehensive child abuse prevention continuum and served as the primary researcher in credentialing C.A.R.E.S. as an Evidenced Based Practice through the California Evidenced Based Clearinghouse, serving on the C.A.R.E.S. replication team and as a Master Trainer in Wraparound. Dr. Holmes led the agency through its initial accreditation in COA for intensive care coordination and case management, was awarded several state and federal grants, is a Certified Child Protection Professional and holds a Multi-System Integration Certificate in Juvenile Justice and Child Welfare through the Georgetown Public Policy Institute at Georgetown University.

Dr. Valerie Holmes has worked in the field of social services for 26 years and received a PhD in Psychology, M.S. in Counseling and Psychology, and B.A. in Psychology.

(321) 752-4650 ext. 3004
valerie.holmes@brevardfp.org


Kelly Swartz, Chief Legal Officer

Kelly A. Swartz is the Chief Legal Officer for the Brevard Family Partnership Family of Agencies.  She most recently was employed as the Statewide Director of Legal Advocacy for the Guardian ad Litem Program.  Prior to that Kelly worked as the Staff Attorney for BFP.  Kelly has also worked as a Supervising Attorney, appellate counsel and trial and training specialist for DCF and has been in private practice, representing parents, foster parents, relatives and children.

Kelly graduated from the University of Buffalo School of Law in 1996.  She is certified in Juvenile Law by the Florida Bar, is a member of the Juvenile Court Rules Committee of the Florida Bar and the Child Forensic Interview Advisory Committee.  In her spare time, Kelly likes to read or watch her beloved Buffalo Bills.  She shares her home with Spenser and Hawk, her twin tux cats.


Jim Carlson, Senior Executive of Public Affairs

James Carlson

James Carlson is currently the Senior Executive of Administration for Brevard Family Partnership. Jim joined Brevard Family Partnership in June 2006 as Director of Operations and was promoted to Chief Operations Officer in April 2007. In 2014, Jim started as Senior Executive for Administration, overseeing Finance, Human Resources, Public Relations, Legislative Affairs, and IT.

Jim has been involved in Human Services in Brevard County since 1995 as a Public Assistance Specialist for the Department of Health and Rehabilitative Services. He has held progressively responsible positions within the Department of Children and Families and Brevard Family Partnership.

Jim truly enjoys working alongside both BFP staff and our community providers in serving the children and families of Brevard County.

Jim and his wife Cynthia have 5 children and 6 grandsons.

(321) 752-4650 ext. 3062
james.carlson@brevardfp.org


Kevin Maloney, Senior Executive of Strategy

Kevin retired from active duty in 2004 from the United States Air Force. He served 11 years in the Intelligence Community. In 2004, Kevin began his second career in social work by becoming a case manager with the Department of Juvenile Justice. His primary role was to manage 16 Juvenile Offenders in an intensive therapy dorm residing in a maximum-security facility.

In 2005, Kevin became a Case Manager Supervisor with the Harbor and The Centers, subcontracted providers of the Community Based Care lead agency, Kids Central, Inc. Kevin was responsible for providing continuity of care, with the goal of permanent placement for children through a care management model that included developing, expanding, accessing and linking resources in the community to the needs of the child through the child’s experience in the system of care. He directly supervised seven Family Care Managers that provided oversight to approximately 175 children.

In 2007, Kevin moved to Kids Central, Inc. to become their Director of Information Technology and General Services. In this role, he was instrumental in keeping Kids Central on the cutting-edge of technology. He was responsible for a network that supported over 300 end-users. He ensured data integrity and availability to the State of Florida Safe Families Network (FSFN).

In 2013, Kevin became the Director of Operations for Kids Central, Inc. He was responsible for performance oversight to the subcontracted providers. He was responsible for ensuring that service delivery was performed per the organizations mission, vision, and values. He also was responsible for providing direction and leadership to the organizations Independent Living Program and for compliance management for the Interstate Compact for the Placement of Children.

Kevin received a Master’s in Human Relations from the University of Oklahoma in 2000 and a Bachelors in Business Administration with a minor in Management from Troy University in 1990. He has worked in the social services field in community-based, non-profit settings for the last 13 years. He was the Chairman of the Board for the Child Advocacy Center (Jessie’s Place) in Citrus County. He has a certification as Child Welfare Case Manager Supervisor and Independent Living Specialist. Kevin is a Florida Sterling Council Advanced Examiner and is certified Six Sigma Green Belt and Yellow Belt.

(321) 752-4650 ext. 3032
kevin.maloney@brevardfp.org


Ashley Carraro, Senior Executive of Programs

Ashley Carraro is the Senior Executive 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.”

(321) 752-4650 ext. 3022
ashley.carraro@brevardfp.org


Laurie-Anna DeGennaro, Executive Advisor

Laurie-Anna DeGennaro is the Executive Advisor for Brevard Family Partnership. She moved from the Northeast and resides in Brevard county for over 10 years. She joined Brevard Family Partnership in 2012 serving as the HR Generalist and Executive Assistant to the CEO. She has since moved into the Executive Advisor role and serves on the BFP Senior Executive Team to assist with Board Governance and the successful implementation of plans and policies in support of the mission and vision  to protect and strengthen our most vulnerable children and families. She also serves as the BFP Board Liaison/Parliamentarian and the liaison to multiple Board appointed committees.

Laurie-Anna enjoys volunteering for the Family of Agencies’ special events and spending time outdoors appreciating nature.

She lives by her favorite quote: “To the world you may be one person, but to one person you may be the world” by Dr. Seuss.

(321) 752-4650 ext. 3056
laurie-anna.degennaro@brevardfp.org