Brevard Family Partnership Board of Directors

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.

Stockton Whitten
Board Chair, Brevard County Appointee

Stockton Whitten is a native of Jacksonville, Florida and was educated in the Duval County Public School System. He earned both his undergraduate and graduate degrees at the University of Florida. He also has a graduate degree from Georgia Southern University.

Mr. Whitten has been employed by Brevard County since 1994 and is the Deputy County Manager. He was previously the Assistant County Manager for the Management Services Group for 12 years. Prior to coming to Brevard County, Stockton worked for Broward County Government. He has also worked for both the City of Gainesville and Alachua County Governments. In total, Mr. Whitten has over 23 years of experience in local government. He was a member of the Brevard community's advisory board prior to the establishment of Community Based Care of Brevard in 2003 and has served on BFP's board in the capacity of Treasurer and Vice-Chair. He became Brevard Family Partnership's Board Chair in 2012.

Stockton lives in Rockledge with his wife and three children.  

Eric Smith 
Board Vice Chair
Eric is President and CEO of Indian River Networks, founded when he returned from a tour in Iraq as a Marine Reservist. Eric has over 25 years of technology experience, multiple industry certifications and earned a B. A. in Psychology in 1988 from Point Loma Nazarene College. Eric has the ability to translate business processes into efficient hardware and software solutions, with a focus on the designing and supporting software applications concurrently running on multiple platforms.




Samuel Gutierrez
Treasurer, Brevard County Appointee

Mr. Gutierrez is the Director of Public Relations for QinetiQ North America, an engineering services firm located at Kennedy Space Center. A native of California, he is an experienced legislative advocate for the aerospace industry, an industry in which he has worked for most of his career, serving in human resources and public relations/community outreach capacities, on both east and west coasts.

As both a foster and adoptive parent, Mr. Gutierrez is well aware of the challenges children who have suffered abuse and neglect face and has been a longtime, passionate supporter of Brevard Family Partnership's mission of Protecting Children and Strengthening Families.


Christa Bailey
Community Member

Ms. Bailey served as a foster and is now an adoptive parent.  She and her family were also consumers of the Brevard C.A.R.E.S. program and she currently serves as a volunteer for the alumni program. She has been a strong advocate for children and family issues, taking time to advocate for children’s issues with legislators in Tallahassee and was featured on a local news channel. She is a board member for Space Coast Foster and Adoption Family Alliance and is a member of the National Alliance for Mental Illness. Ms. Bailey joined the Board in August 2012.




Melton Broom
Community Member

Mr. Broom served his country in the U.S. Navy and retired as Senior Chief Yeoman.  His work experience after his military retirement includes supervisor in accounting for the City of Miami Beach.  He served in numerous capacities during his career with General Development Corporation and retired in 1990 as assistant vice-president and director of operations for two Florida Counties. He was also a founding member of the Brevard Schools and Brevard County Library foundations and is still an active member of both. 

Mr. Broom joined the Brevard Family Partnership board of directors in April 2007.  He has a long history of community activism and involvement including serving as the Mayor of Palm Bay from 1993 to 1996.  He serves on numerous community boards, including Space Coast Early Intervention Center, United Way of Brevard County Council of Advisors, and the Palm Bay Community Hospital Advisory Committee.


Paula Creed-Smith 
Community Member

Ms. Creed-Smith holds an Associate’s degree from Eastern Florida State College and is a former foster and Independent Living youth in Brevard County. She has been involved in Brevard’s child welfare system in various ways since exiting. She has worked as a Direct Care Professional with Devereux Florida and a Youth Liaison within the Brevard C.A.R.E.S. program. In the latter role, Ms. Creed-Smith partnered with youth and families being served to ensure youth were engaged and had a voice in their family’s plan; she also severed as the youth’s advocate. She has also provided Life Skills Training for youth in Brevard’s Independent Living program.

As a community advocate, Ms. Creed-Smith has traveled to Tallahassee several times to lend her voice and tell her story to legislators. In addition, Ms. Creed-Smith is a former community and youth board member of Connected By 25. She is married and deeply involved in the faith community.

Brooke Deratany Goldfarb
Community Member

Ms. Goldfarb, a graduate of Harvard Law School and the University of Virginia, was born and raised in Brevard County and has been a member of the Florida Bar since 1996. President of Peaceful Beach Mediation & Collaboration, Inc. in Indialantic, Ms. Goldfarb is a Florida Supreme Court Certified Family & Circuit Civil Mediator, Qualified Arbitrator & Parenting Coordinator, Divorce Facilitator, and Child Advocate. She also serves as Adjunct Faculty and the Prelaw Mentor at Florida Institute of Technology, where she is also a member of the Prelaw Advisory Board.

Ms. Goldfarb began her legal career in Miami in 1996 as an associate at the international law firm of Greenberg Traurig. In 1998, she moved to Washington, DC, where she continued developing her negotiation and drafting skills as a corporate associate at the law firm of Swidler Berlin (now known as Bingham). In 2004, Governor Jeb Bush appointed her to the Judicial Nominating Commission for the 18th Judicial Circuit, where she helped place more than a half-dozen county and circuit court judges in Brevard and Seminole counties. In 2009, she was recognized as one of LEAD Brevard’s “4 Under 40.” Ms. Goldfarb currently volunteers with the Brevard County Guardian Ad Litem program and as the Justice Teacher for Indialantic Elementary. She is also a member of Zonta, Sally's Friends, the Women's Center Guild and the Henegar Center for the Arts Board. 


Kathleen Rich-New 
Community Member

Kathleen brings a unique blend of practical experience and clarity of focus to her business consulting, coaching, seminars and speeches. She holds an MBA from the University of North Texas and a Master's Degree in International Human Resources from the University of Dallas. Her undergraduate degree is in Business Administration from Kansas State University. She trained in Appreciative Inquiry (Ai) at the Taos Institute and is a fire-walking graduate of Tony Robbins Mastery University.

Kathleen has over 25 years in corporate Human Resources at the managerial and executive levels of companies such as Apple Computer, GTE, Nortel, SGI and several smaller companies. She is the president and CEO of Clarity Works! Consulting. "My passion is helping organizations and individuals reach clarity of purpose and vision and establish the most effective working relationships to achieve their goals."


Rev. Dan Walker
Community Member

Dan lives in Rockledge, FL with his beautiful wife Joanne and daughter Adriana. He graduated with a Master of Divinity from Asbury Theological Seminary and was ordained in The Wesleyan Church in 2004.

In 13 years of pastoral ministry, Dan has lived with the homeless, fed the hungry, created employment for job seekers, and rebuilt homes. In 2005, Dan assumed his role as Executive Director for Love In the Name of Christ (INC) of Brevard, one of 140 Love INC affiliates nationally. Love in the Name of Christ is a proven outreach model that helps Christian churches come together to help people in need. Dan is a visionary who inspires Christians to see how we can change the world one life and one community at a time.

In 2011, Dan received the LEAD Brevard County 4 Under 40 Recognition Award, presented in honor of his innovative leadership, professional achievement, and community impact. Dan also serves as co-pastor for Nomad Community Church, Melbourne, FL.