Our Team

What is our goal in the long run?

Primary goals of the agency include family preservation, homelessness prevention, delinquency prevention, and dependency prevention. CCYS works to alleviate the immediate problems of youth during runaway or other crisis situations.
The core of what we do is prevention and to promote the healthy development of youth and families. We do this by offering a continuum of care to our clients, not just a quick fix, and we strive to provide youth and families with options to best suit their needs. This would not be possible without our dedicated team of leaders.

"The core of what we do is prevention and to promote the healthy development of youth and families."

<span>Kevin </span>Priest

Kevin Priest

President & CEO
<span>Gina </span>Dozier

Gina Dozier

Chief Operating Officer
<span>Nancy </span>Hillger

Nancy Hillger

Chief Financial Officer
<span>Jess</span> Tharpe

Jess Tharpe

Development Director


Clinical Director-Non-Residential
<span>Rachel </span> Greene

Rachel Greene

Clinical Director-Residential
<span>PJ </span>Minzie

PJ Minzie

Someplace Else Program Manager
<span>Tiffany </span>Martin

Tiffany Martin

Transitional Living Program Manager
<span>Crystal</span> Griffin

Crystal Griffin

Human Resources Officer
Without the dedication and hard work of our staff and Board of Directors, CCYS would not be able to offer the level of services we do to youth and families in need. Our Board of Directors is comprised of volunteers from the community who are responsible for establishing policies, determining programs, guiding development, and providing leadership.

Executive Committee:

Name Employer Member Status
Elaine Bryant, PhD  EW Bryant & Associates Chairperson
Ray Kimball  Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association Immediate Past Chair
Micah Widen  Domi Ventures Vice Chair
Kristina Tutton  Altura Global Solutions Treasurer

Board Members

Name Employer Member Status
Andrea Carlile Treehouse Rep. Since 2014
Chris Alexander Massage Envy Spa Since 2013
Dr. Steve Mills FSU Center for Leadership and Social Change Since 2014
Gary Calixte Men's Warehouse Since 2014
Jason Wildenstein ABC WTXL 27 Since 2014
Larry Folsom Leon County Sheriff’s Office Since 2014
Mary Linzee Branham First American Title Insurance Company Since 2014
Matt Sirmans Florida Housing Finance Corporation Since 2014
Ray Garcia Tallahassee Police Department, SHOCAP Since 2014
Rick Shapley Cade & Associates Since 2013
Rocky Hanna Leon County Schools Since 2013
Scott Harrell HomeInstead Since 2014

Honorary Members:

  • Clara Floyd-Gaymon
  • Jim Rudnick
  • Lynda Russell
  • Nancy Wonder, PhD
  • Steve Inger, PhD
  • John Kurowski
  • Alvin Anderson
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