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      Devereux Welcomes New                              local banking industry. She                       Renaissance Woman Of Child
      Board Members                                      serves as a board member                          Welfare Nominated For State
                                                         for both the St. Lucie
                                                         County United  Way and
         Logo,  letterhead  and                          Sarah’s Kitchen, and the                          Award
      the sign over the front                            causes  most  important  to
      door aren’t the only things                        her include children, civil                          Cheri Sheffer is the
      changing when Devereux                             rights, human rights and                          Renaissance woman of child
      Community Based Care                               social services.                                  welfare.
      transitions to Communities                            Simon, an attorney who                            For more than 25 years,
      Connected for Kids next                            lives in Palm City, brings                        Cheri has served in direct
      month. Its Board of                                extensive knowledge of the  Steve Simon is a partner at   services and management
      Directors is also getting a                        court system and insurance  Rosenthal, Levy and Simon.  roles ranging from targeted
      new look.                                          issues and is personally                          case management to contracts
         “When Devereux                                  familiar with the foster-                         and finance. And she has public
      Community Based Care                               care system. He has served                        relations experience that lends
      was established in 2013,  Vanessa Farnes is a senior   on several boards including                   her a keen appreciation and
      we promised to be fully  market manager at Seacoast   the  Treasure Coast Food                       talent for telling the stories of  Cheri Sheffer is the chief
      integrated with our local  National Bank.          Bank, CASTLE and                                  Judicial Circuit 19.      operating officer for
      community within five                              United for Families – the                            Now Sheffer – the  devereux Community
      years,” said Christina Kaiser, community relations   organization that oversaw                       chief operating officer for  Based Care, soon to be
      director for the organization that oversees the child-  the local child-welfare                      Devereux Community Based  Communities Connected
      welfare system in Indian River, Martin, Okeechobee and   system  prior  to  Devereux                 Care (CBC) – is one of seven  for Kids.
      St. Lucie counties. “A big part of that is making sure our   Community Based Care.                   individuals nominated by
      board membership reflects the community.”             Some  of W iles’                               the Florida Coalition for Children to receive its Lighting
         New to the board are Steve Simon, a partner with   c r e d e n t i a l s i n c l u d e  Michelle Wiles is the chief   the Way Award next month during the group’s annual
      Rosenthal, Levy and Simon;  Vanessa Farnes, senior   serving on the  Treasure  operating officer with the Boys   conference.
      market manager with Seacoast Bank; and Boys and Girls   Coast  Opioids  Taskforce  and Girls Club of St. Lucie      Because of her broad skill based and previous
      Club of St. Lucie County Chief Operating Officer Melanie   Education Committee and  County.          experience, Sheffer has strategic vision and the ability to
      Wiles.                                             the Economic Development                          see the big picture, while also keeping a narrow eye on
         They are filling vacancies left by outgoing board   Council. She has been involved with youth development   fiscal impact. Working closely with the local behavioral
      members Michelle Llorens, assistant executive director   for more than 10 years and has an extensive background   health system, she helped shift some financial burdens
      for Devereux Florida; Leah Yaw, senior vice president   in marketing and resource development.       previously carried by the Devereux CBC, freeing resources
      of external affairs for Pennsylvania-based Devereux      “We are fortunate to have the local knowledge and   for other services and building stable ground for the local
      Foundation; and Devereux Foundation National Human   history that these individuals bring to our organization,”   child-welfare system.
      Resource Director Elizabeth Keer.                  Devereux Community Based Care Chief Executive        “She approaches everything she does from an outside-
         “Our Devereux members were critical to our initial   Officer Carol Deloach said. “We are happy to have them   the-box perspective,” said Christina Kaiser, community
      success,” Kaiser said. “At this point in our development,   on our board.”                           relations director for Devereux CBC, which oversees child-
      it’s important that our board is reflective of the families                                          welfare services in Indian River, Martin, Okeechobee and
      who live and work in Okeechobee and the  Treasure                                                    St. Lucie counties.
      Coast.”                                                                                                 That was the case in a 2016 permanency review in
         Farnes brings more than 20 years’ experience in the                                               which a decision was made to reunify a teenager with her
                                                                                                           mother whose parental rights had long ago been terminated.
                                                                                                              “It just hadn’t been done before,” Sheffer said at the
                                                                                                           time.  “But  Mom  had  gotten  herself  together  and  had
                                                                                                           established a support network, and the child was struggling
                                                                                                           emotionally and was alone in the world.
                                                                                                              “It just made sense to try.”
                                                                                                              That’s why Sheffer was nominated for this award,
                                                                                                           Kaiser said.
                                                                                                              “She is not afraid to entertain revolutionary ideas, and
                                                                                                           she has a knack for collaboration, consensus building and
                                                                                                           problem solving.”

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