Over 60 dedicated staff ensure that Brevard Family Partnership continues to provide the highest level of service to the children and families we serve and provide our partners and providers with the resources necessary for them to support our programs and services.

Executive Team

Phil Scarpelli, President and Chief Executive Officer

Phil Scarpelli is the President and CEO of the Brevard Family Partnership Family of Agencies. Phil joined the Brevard Family Partnership in November 2018. Since the inception of privatization, he has been proudly involved in Florida’s child welfare system as early as the late 1990s. Previously, Phil worked as part of the Department of Children and Families Central Region’s Leadership on its middle and senior managers’ professional development and talent management. Before 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. To develop 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.

Valerie Holmes, Ph.D., Vice President and Chief Operating Officer

Dr. Valerie Holmes joined Brevard Family Partnership in its inception in 2004. She was instrumental in designing and refining 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 social services for 26 years and received a Ph.D. in Psychology, M.S. in Counseling and Psychology, and B.A. in Psychology.

Donald Johnson, Chief Financial Officer

Donald Johnson has more than 20 years of experience in accounting and finance. As a Chief Financial Officer at Milton Town School District in Vermont, Mr. Johnson joined the Brevard Family Partnership in 2019. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Michigan State University and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Davenport University.

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, trial and training specialist for DCF, and 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.

Kevin Maloney, Senior Executive of Data Analytics and Information Technology

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 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. He 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 child’s needs 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 organization’s mission, vision, and values. He also was responsible for providing direction and leadership to the organization’s 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 Child Welfare Case Manager Supervisor certification and is an Independent Living Specialist. Kevin is a Florida Sterling Council Advanced Examiner and is certified Six Sigma Green Belt and Yellow Belt.

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 a 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 Kevin’s loving wife. 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.”

Leadership Team

Jim Carlson, Senior Director of Public Affairs

James Carlson is currently the Senior Director of Public Affairs for the 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 and his wife Cynthia have five children and six grandsons. He truly enjoys working alongside both BFP staff and our community providers in serving the children and families of Brevard County.

Heather Howlett, Senior Director of Quality Assurance, Performance, Training

Ms. Howlett has seventeen years of child welfare experience and is currently the Director of Quality Management Services, Training, and Development at Brevard Family Partnership. Ms. Howlett previously worked at Brevard CARES for six years and was responsible for implementing and piloting the Safety Management Team and numerous other in-home service programs. Prior to that, Ms. Howlett worked for the Florida Department of Children and Families for twelve years, supporting child abuse investigations.

Ms. Howlett has served as the Child Abuse Prevention Local Planning Team Convener for Circuit Eighteen and Chair of the Child Abuse Prevention Task Force for many years. Ms. Howlett obtained her MBA from the University of Central Florida in 2008 and her Psychology degree from the University of Florida in 2002. Ms. Howlett is a member of Brevard County’s Together in Partnership group. Ms. Howlett trains on child abuse prevention, family safety, data analysis, problem-solving techniques, job interviewing, and computer skills.

Tracy Little, MBA, Director of Wraparound and Fidelity

As a former foster parent and legal guardian to children with mental health needs, Tracy is both a consumer and a seasoned Wraparound Practitioner. Wraparound Fidelity Liaison for Brevard Family Partnership and Brevard C.A.R.E.S. provides classroom training of Wraparound 101, Wraparound 201, 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 named the 2015 Child Abuse Prevention Task Force CAP Leader.

Recognized nationally for his work in 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 of experience in child welfare and mental health. He also serves as a National Consultant and Trainer in family strengthening models.

Debbie Dorfman, Director of Utilization Management

Debbie began her career in child welfare with the Department of Children and Families in 1998 and joined the 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 in use today.

Currently, Debbie works closely with providers and case management as the single point of contact for any system issues. She 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 and maintain documentation required for audits. She also serves as the FSFN security officer for the agency.

LaChrista Jones, Director of Licensing

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, and Director of Child and Family Services.

LaChrista is very passionate about making a difference in children’s and family’s 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 Ayala, Director of Intake and Placement

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 two years as a Guidance Counselor in the school system and returned 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 a loving wife to her husband, Ricardo. When not at work, Jessica can be found cheering on her children at many sporting events.

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