Dr. Patricia Nellius
(321) 752-4650 ext. 3002 Email: Patricia.Nellius@brevardfp.org
Dr. Nellius has been the CEO of Brevard Family Partnership since its inception in 2004. Patricia relocated to Brevard County Florida to provide executive leadership to spearhead the non-profit agency selected to privatize child welfare while transitioning child welfare services in the statutorily mandated, 6-month timeframe.
Patricia holds a Doctorate in Counseling and has served in the human service sector for over 25 years. Out of her deep desire to make a more global impact she has worked her way from the field up to administration.
Throughout her career, Patricia has worked with virtually every child and family serving agency, including: the Departments of Juvenile Justice, Developmental Disabilities, Education, Child Welfare, Substance Abuse and Mental Health, and Medicaid. She is an Intensively Trained DBT Therapist and has served as the National Director of Professional Development & Training with a National Faith Based Organization. She travels nationwide as a consultant and speaker, providing technical assistance to federal, state and county governments, and non-profit agencies.
Patricia recently received the “Distinguished Service” Award from the Florida Coalition for Children for her local, state, and national System of Care efforts. She was selected as the “Administrator of the Year” in 2007, and received commendation from Governor Bush for assisting the state of Florida obtain its’ 1st Child Welfare IV-E Waiver. Patricia played a key role under Secretary Lucy Hadi in the development of Florida’s Center for the Advancement of Child Welfare Practice, and currently serves on Governor Crist’s Child Abuse Prevention and Permanency Advisory Council. Patricia was named one of the most influential business leaders by Space Coast Business Magazine and was the recipient of the “Child Abuse Prevention Leadership” award in 2008.
Patricia is passionate about wraparound and systems of care and holds to the motto, “To the world you may only be one person, but to one person you may be the world.”
Chief Operations Officer
(321) 752-4650 ext. 3062 Email: James.Carlson@brevardfp.org
Jim Carlson has been involved in Human Services since beginning work in 1995 as a Public Assistance Specialist for the Department of Health and Rehabilitative Services. He held progressively responsible positions as Family Services Counselor, Independent living Coordinator, Program Operations Administrator, Contract Manager, and Senior Management Analyst Supervisor. Jim joined Brevard Family Partnership in June, 2006 as Director of Operations for Quality and Fidelity.
In his current role he oversees all Care Management related activities, as well as Quality Improvement, Training, Revenue Maximization, and Adoptions. He truly enjoys working with both BFP staff and its community providers in serving the children and families of Brevard.
Jim is currently working on his Masters degree in Public Administration and holds a B.A. in Economics from Eastern Illinois University. He and is wife Cynthia have 5 children, and 2 grandchildren. He enjoys diving, golf and travel.
Deborah A. Davidson-Cook
Chief Compliance & Utilization Officer
(321) 752-4650 ext. 3064 Email: Debbie.Davidsonfirstname.lastname@example.org
Deborah is currently serving as the Chief Compliance & Utilization Officer for Brevard Family Partnership. In this role, she oversees BFP’s Contract Department, Utilization Review staff, Certified Behavioral Analyst, Client Relations, and WRAP/Utilization Division. Deborah came to the agency in September 2007, relocating from Indianapolis.
She holds a Master’s Degree in Rehabilitation Counseling from Kent State University and has served over thirty five years working with state and non-profit agencies serving both children and adults with disabilities. Since 1982, Deborah served in many leadership roles for Noble of Indiana, a non-profit organization providing services to over 1,500 children and adults with developmental disabilities and their families. In addition to overseeing and managing several large departments, Deborah initiated and integrated many innovative practices such as Person Centered Planning and Positive Behavioral Support practices into the Day Services Programs for adults with developmental disabilities.
Deborah also played a key role in five Commissions on Accreditation for Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) accreditation site visits. In her role as Chief Compliance & Utilization Officer, Deborah lead Brevard Family Partnership through the Council on Accreditation self-study and site visit on June 29-30, 2009. The Council evaluated Brevard Family Partnership against rigorous national standards resulting in BFP achieving the coveted COA Accreditation as an outstanding agency.
Valerie M. Randall
Chief Personnel and Administrative Officer
(321) 752-4650 ext. 3007 Email: Valerie.Randall@brevardfp.org
Valerie was raised on the North shore of Long Island and relocated to Melbourne from the Denver, Colorado area. She joined Brevard Family Partnership in September 2005.
With more than 20 years of progressive, strategic and tactical human resources leadership and management, Valerie brings to BFP essential skills in executive management, strategic planning, change management and organizational development. Her background has crossed industry lines, includes local, regional and national firms, with unique and different cultures, business strategies and challenges. These skills are critical to the on-going development and growth of the Agency.
As a professional human resources leader, Valerie has been responsible for very small start-up operations -with 12-20 staff- and large, nationwide organizations with multiple sites and 5,000 employees. She served as a key architect in the development and start-up of four separate high tech firms and has led two large financial institutions through merger, transition and acquisition activities. As a member of the executive management team of a not- for-profit organization Valerie participated in developing and implementing the staff, policies and infrastructure changes necessary to transition the firm to a fee-for-service business strategy. Valerie has also served as an independent benefit consultant, assisting numerous organizations in designing, delivering and implementing a new health plan concept incorporating employee health and productivity, while reducing company expense.
In her spare time Valerie can be found at the ocean, which was a major reason for her relocation to Melbourne. She and her family enjoy traveling and all water sports and she remains a loyal Denver Bronco’s fan.
Geo A. Ropert, APR
Director of Communications
(321) 752-4650 ext. 3084 Email: Geo.Ropert@brevardfp.org
A native of Michigan, Geo moved to Brevard County in 1982. He joined Brevard Family Partnership in the fall of 2008 and is responsible for developing and implementing the agency's public relations and marketing communications strategies.
In a career spanning over 25 years, he has held senior management and executive level positions in sales, marketing and public relations. He has been a writer, radio talk-show host, industry panelist and organization spokesman. His experience includes working with small and midsize businesses, large corporations and nonprofit organizations. He is a frequent keynote, guest speaker and master of ceremonies for organizations and events throughout the Brevard community.
Geo received his Accreditation in Public Relations (APR) in 2007, joining an elite group of highly-skilled public relations professionals throughout the U.S. who are committed practitioners with exemplary ethical standards. He also is the president of Ropert Communications Group, a full-service marketing and public relations firm providing expert counsel and services for businesses and nonprofit agencies and organizations.
A 2001 graduate of Leadership Brevard, Geo served six years as vice-chairman of government relations and a member of the board of directors for the Cocoa Beach Regional Chamber of Commerce; is the immediate past president of the Space Coast Chapter of the Florida Public Relations Association; and is an Advisory Committee member for Eckerd Youth Alternatives (2009-current). He also has served on the board of directors of LEAD Brevard and was the 2008 Chairman of the Space Coast Growth Management Coalition, an initiative comprised of Brevard County and municipal elected officials and senior government staff who worked to reach consensus and cooperate on issues related to growth and development.
Kelly A. Swartz
(321) 752-4650 ext. 3030 Email: Kelly.Swartz@brevardfp.org
Kelly is the Staff Attorney for Brevard Family Partnership. Prior to coming to BFP, Kelly was appellate counsel for Children’s Legal Services where she handled appeals in dependency and termination of parental rights cases throughout the State. Kelly graduated from the University of Buffalo School of Law in 1996 and started with the Department of Children and Families when it was still known as the Department of Health and Rehabilitative Services. In 2001 she left the DCF to broaden her horizons in private practice. Kelly worked for the Guardian ad Litem Program before returning to the DCF in March 2006, as a trial specialist and training specialist for the former District Seven.
During her career, Kelly has handled dockets and trials in several courts throughout the State of Florida.
She is an active participant in the Justice Teaching Initiative and took part in mock trials at Kennedy Middle School in Rockledge with Judge McKibben. Judge McKibben and Kelly have also partnered as authors on the Adoption chapter of the Juvenile Law and Practice Manual. She also has developed training and presentations for various stakeholders throughout the State.
Kelly is also a member of the Brevard County Bar Association and serves as Vice President of the Friends of Children of Brevard Board.
(321) 752-4650 ext. 3070 Email: Gloria.Hensler@brevardfp.org
Gloria began her career with Brevard Family Partnership in May 2005, as the agency’s Accounting Manager. In June 2009, she was promoted to Controller and became BFP’s Finance Director in July 2011.
Gloria has 35 years of accounting experience in numerous industries, including manufacturing and distribution, TV & radio broadcasting, investment & property management, and nonprofit religious organizations and hospitals. Throughout her career she has attained progressive management and leadership roles. She attained her BS degree in Business, with a major in Accounting from Indiana University and her Masters in Management and Leadership from Webster University.
Originally from South Bend, Indiana, she’s never been a fan of snow and frigid temperatures, preferring the warmth and relaxed lifestyle of the Space Coast’s beach communities. She’s also twice travelled to the South Pacific.