Staff

Roy Miller, President and Founder

Roy MillerMiller built a direct service agency for children and families over a 13-year period before becoming a political consultant, managing both candidate and issue campaigns. The science of The Children’s Campaign which he founded in 1992 builds on the knowledge and information acquired from both of these professional experiences.

Miller is described by colleagues as the state’s top watchdog for children, an insightful political strategist, determined lobbyist, plain spoken media spokesman and commentator, and, more important, an unapologetic yet neutral critic of ineffective services to children.

His innovations have resulted in new non-partisan approaches to public policy, new service structures for at-risk children, and powerful new advocacy voices. His models and strategic communications techniques have been replicated in other states.

In 2005, Miller received the statewide Champions for Children award from the Early Childhood Association of Florida and his work was featured for the launch of the national website for PreK Now, a project of Pew Charitable Trusts. In 2006, Miller received the statewide Presidents Award from the Florida Network of Youth & Family Services, an award that has been bestowed only four times in the previous 30 years. In 2008, the statewide Youth Advocacy Award was presented to Miller by the Florida Juvenile Justice Association.

Miller is spearheading conversation and action across the country on building a stronger and more effective political voice for children.

In his spare time Miller likes the beach, tennis and golf. He supports several organizations that care for dogs and endangered animals.

Linda Alexionok, Executive Director

Linda AlexionokLinda Alexionok’s broad experience in banking and finance, nonprofit leadership and child development informs her forward-thinking views on social innovation, evidence-based social impact and the value of human capital. Her unique ability to view community development and system reform opportunities through a social entrepreneurial-focused lens has made her a sought-after speaker, lecturer, media commentator and nonprofit board executive for dozens of organizations.

Her distinct perspective also brought her to her current dual role as the Executive Director of The Children’s Campaign, Florida’s leading nonprofit for grassroots citizen mobilization, and as President of Voices for Florida, an affiliate organization focused on restoring the American Dream for Florida’s children.
After receiving a bachelor’s degree in education from Florida State University, Linda began her career in 1977 as an elementary school teacher in Tallahassee. Her expertise in curriculum development and teaching instruction was soon shared beyond the classroom through teacher workshops and orientations in Leon County and the state of Florida.

During the 1980s, Linda entered the field of banking. After attending the University of Florida’s School of Banking, she rapidly rose through the ranks to leadership positions—culminating in serving as President of a community bank. During her tenure in banking, Linda played a critical role in Tallahassee’s unprecedented growth. She helped launched numerous start-up businesses, led community economic development initiatives and gave financial guidance to thousands of new residents moving to the area. Linda was recognized by the American Institute of Banking as “Banker of the Year,” was a nominee for the Tallahassee Chamber’s “Small Business Advocate” and “Leadership Pacesetter” awards, and received the “Women Putting Their Stamp on History Award” from Tallahassee Community College.

Linda was a gubernatorial appointee and chair of the Florida School Readiness and Early Learning Coalition of the Big Bend. She has also been recognized as the 2007 Florida Champion for Children by the Early Childhood Association and was appointed to the 2010 Advocate Hall of Fame by the Florida Family Child Care Association. She has served in a board leadership role of the Girl Scouts, American Heart Association, United Way, Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce and FSU’s College of Education Alumni Board. Linda remains involved in business and community service and currently serves as a board member of the Tallahassee Memorial Hospital Foundation and FSU’s College of Communication and Information.

Today, Linda is often asked how her careers in education and banking are correlated. She is always quick to respond that her knowledge of human learning allows her to understand the root cause of problems facing our children today; her experience and expertise in business gives her unique skills to help solve these problems.

Amanda Ostrander, Director of Policy

Amanda HeadshotAmanda has served in many different capacities for The Children’s Campaign, including Coordinator of Policy & Administration and Deputy Director of Communications. Her current position allows her to focus on The Children’s Campaign’s Two Journeys and the research and policy that support best practices while incorporating that knowledge into legislation that will support Florida’s children. She is able to utilize her history with The Children’s Campaign communications to inform subscribers about up-to-date policy information. Prior to joining the Campaign Amanda worked for other child advocacy organizations, including Voices for Florida’s Children, and a fellowship with the Child Welfare League of America. Amanda received her Master’s in Social Work Policy and Administration from Florida State University. Amanda and her husband currently reside in Jacksonville, FL and are the proud parents of three energetic children.

Bobbi Mount, Office Manager

Bobbi MountBobbi earned both her Bachelor of Social Work and Master of Social Work degrees from Florida State University. She is currently a Registered Clinical Social Worker Intern with the state of Florida and pursing her Ph.D. in Psychology.  She has over ten years of clinical experience and is passionate about issues that impact children. Bobbi has also volunteered with non-profit organizations such as the Catholic Charities Christmas Connection, The Hope House, and The John G. Riley House & Museum’s annual Rock-a-Thon.Bobbi received recognition for the planning and implementation of the Keep Kids Drug Free Rally in May of 2005, as well as volunteering with the Boys and Girls Club and FSU READS. She has received scholarships from Boston University AmeriCorps; Drifters, Incorporated; and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference.As the Office Manager, Bobbi works alongside the staff and apprentices in The Apprenticeship Center to manage the daily operations of the office. She is very excited to be working with an organization that is focused on improving outcomes for Florida’s children, and is also excited to teach workforce development skills to the apprentices working for the organization.

Consultants/Knowledge Navigators

Carol Armstrong

Carol ArmstrongCarol Armstrong became an independent consultant after retiring from AT&T where she was a member of the Finance organization. Throughout her career at AT&T, she led cross-functional teams to improve systems and processes that impacted the timeliness and quality of financial and accounting information.   Her most challenging assignment was being the controller of AT&Ts Health and Welfare plans and managing over $1.5 B of healthcare expense. This assignment required coordination of the work of the Payroll, Human Resources , and Finance organizations,  and lawyers, actuaries, health insurance companies, and other vendors. Carol became convinced that approaching issues and proposing solutions based on an understanding of the end-to end process was the only way to circumvent the silo-mentality and limited understanding of downstream impacts inherent in too many organizations. She has continued to employ a process perspective in her work as an independent consultant with small businesses and non-profit organizations.

Karen Bonsignori

Karen Bonsignori
Karen Bonsignori is an award-winning public relations and marketing professional and chief executive officer of FRESH Company USA, a boutique public relations agency headquartered in Florida’s Tampa Bay area.FRESH specializes in helping under-recognized organizations and public causes achieve the awareness and visibility they deserve, building on Karen’s 20+ years experience in high-impact, behavior-changing public awareness, advocacy and outreach campaigns. Issues have ranged from child advocacy and parent education to water conservation, environmental protection, drug awareness, driver safety, and more. FRESH excels in developing and managing breakthrough integrated communications programs that get people to notice and talk about these silent causes, leading to increases in awareness, involvement, funding and behavior change. The firm also specializes in managing highly complex and often controversial public issues and crisis communications challenges. Her work has been recognized with numerous awards from the Tampa Advertising Federation, Florida Motion Picture & Television Association, Graphic Design USA, and Florida Public Relations Association, including the top public relations award in the state of Florida ― the prestigious Dick Pope All Florida Golden Image Award. In 2012, Karen was honored with the top national media award called The Golden Thinker Award from the North American Precis Syndicate for a consumer feature article that received an extraordinary amount of media placements in American newspapers.

Nancy Harrison, CPA

Nancy HarrisonNancy is originally from Stamford, Connecticut and moved to Tallahassee, her husband’s hometown, in 1998. She earned a degree in Business from Florida State University in 2003. She became a Certified Public Accountant in 2006.Nancy has extensive accounting experience, including working as the controller of an import-export firm in Westport, Connecticut for 10 years. Her tenure in Florida has been exclusively in public accounting and enjoys the opportunity to help many different types of clients. She has extensive experience in non-profit accounting and consulting. She considers her work with The Children’s Campaign to be an extremely fulfilling and important part of her professional experience.Nancy and her husband Frank have 6 grown sons and five grandchildren. Nancy enjoys gardening, reading and spending time with her wonderful family.

Ron Lauver

Ron LauverImmediately after graduating from Shippensburg University in his native state of Pennsylvania, Ron began his professional career as a secondary education mathematics teacher. But, after four years, he decided to follow his passion for computers and became a computer programmer trainee at the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA). His accomplishments there lead to an offer to become the Director of Computer Services for the Georgia Student Finance Commission (GSFC). During his 11 years in Georgia, Ron met his wife Charlene. In 1989, Ron returned to PHEAA where he served as the lead architect on a project to design, build and implement a replacement for the student loan servicing system he designed before moving to Georgia.  Before leaving PHEAA to enter the private sector with Computer Aid, Inc. (CAI), Ron became one of the vice presidents in the Division of Management Information Systems. Working at CAI gave him an opportunity to work in a manufacturing and poultry processing plant. In the summer of 2000, Ron and his wife were thrilled to learn that CAI had an assignment for Ron in Tallahassee working as a contractor for the Florida Department of Education (FLDOE), Office of Student Financial Assistance (OSFA). In 2002, Ron accepted an information technology management position with the OSFA. Ron was appointed Chief Information Officer (CIO) for the FLDOE in April 2005.  In addition to his regular duties and responsibilities as a CIO, he served on the governing boards of the Northwest Regional Data Center, the Southwood Shared Resource Center and the Northwood Shared Resource Center. In May 2011, Ron “retired.” He always referred to himself as semi-retired because he wanted to leave the door open for any exciting opportunities that might become available. Ron’s favorite pastime activities include spending time with his wife, playing with his dog, doing yard work and playing golf.

The Apprenticeship Center

Sabrina Abboud, Public Policy and Legislative Apprentice

Sabrina Abboud Sabrina is a returning apprentice and senior at Florida State University pursuing a double major in International Affairs and Middle Eastern Studies. She is an FSU Presidential Scholar and is also Co-President of the Arabic Language and Culture Association at FSU. Sabina joined The Children’s Campaign to learn how to leverage research and advocacy to inform the creation of effective policy. After graduation, Sabrina hopes to pursue a graduate degree in conflict and peace studies and to work in the field with a regional focus on the Middle East and North Africa. Currently, her specific research interests focus on the use of sexual violence as a tool of warfare and its effect on transitional justice mechanisms and third party peacekeeping strategies in post-conflict settings.

Ian Annase, Database and Web Development Apprentice

Ian Annase Ian is a senior at Florida State University majoring in Computer Programming with a minor in Philosophy. He came to The Children’s Campaign to gain real world experience and improve his technical skills. In his free time, Ian likes to listen to music and code. He has worked at summer camps in the past and has a passion for helping kids. After graduation, Ian would like to join a software company that will continue to improve his technical skills.

Xuetao Chen, Business Administration Apprentice

Xuetao Chen Xuetao is a graduate student at Florida State University majoring in Accounting. She joined the Business Administration Team hoping to gain real work experience and gain better understanding of accounting. And she has great passion to work for children. She enjoyed her study in accounting and is working hard to prepare to be a CPA in the future. In the free time, she enjoys swimming, listening to music and spending time with her friends.

Rachael Curtin, Public Policy and Legislative Apprentice

Rachael CurtinRachael is a senior at Florida State University majoring in International Affairs and Middle Eastern Studies. By joining TAC, she hopes to extend her knowledge of public policy in Florida while focusing on the effect that legislation has on a person-to-person basis. After graduation, Rachael would like to continue her education in the legal field by going to law school. In her free time, she enjoys watching movies and hiking.

Jacqueline DeMaio, Project Apprentice

Jacqueline DeMaioJacqueline is a senior at Florida State University majoring in Sociology with a minor in Population Studies. She joined The Children’s Campaign in hopes of learning about the inner workings of non-profit organizations and to help effect positive social change. Jacqueline is unsure about her plans after graduation and is hoping her experience at The Apprenticeship Center will help guide her focus in the non-profit sector or at least in the realm of helping others. Jacqueline enjoys cooking, reading and practicing yoga when she’s not spending time with friends and family.

Angela Don, Web Development and Systems Administration Apprentice

Angela DonAngela is a junior at Florida State University majoring in Computer Programming. She joined The Children’s Campaign to gain real work experience in system administration and web development. In her free time Angela enjoys photography. Angela also has a passion for the nonprofit organization, Girls Who Code and is an advocate for Women in Tech.

Danielle Hunter, Business Administration Apprentice

Danielle HunterDanielle is a senior at Florida State University, majoring in International Affairs with a focus in Political Science and minoring in French. She joined The Children’s Campaign to gain actual work experience and a better understanding of the inner workings of business and policy making. Upon graduation, Danielle plans to pursue a master’s degree in International Affairs and work for the State Department in National Security. In her free time, Danielle enjoys riding horses, travelling and reading.

Ashley Jackson, Public Policy

Ashley JacksonAshley is a graduate student at Florida State University double majoring in Public Administration and Social Work. By joining The Children’s Campaign, she plans to use her own personal story as a foster youth to help shape the system to better serve our children and youth. After graduation, Ashley plans to continue her education in social work by pursuing a PH.D. In the future, she plans to open her own non-profit that serves the population of former foster youth pursing education.

Alantis Johnson, Policy, Research, and Innovation Apprentice

Alantis JohnsonAlantis is a junior at Florida State University majoring in International Affairs and minoring in Religion. She joined The Apprenticeship Center to expand her knowledge and experience behind the scenes of policy making. Working in service of children’s rights is one of her many passions. In the future, Alantis hopes to defend the rights of the public through human rights law as a lawyer. In her free time she enjoys traveling, outdoor sports and reading.

Allison Lindfors, Communications Apprentice

Allison LindsforsAllison is a senior at Florida State seeking a dual degree in Media Communication Studies and International Affairs, with a minor in Social Entrepreneurship. She joined The Children’s Campaign to gain a better understanding of non-profit communications and learn more about public policy and advocacy. After graduation, she hopes to move to a big city and work in the non-profit sector. In her spare time, Allison can be found performing in the circus, hiking, traveling and baking.

Tiffany McGlinchey, Digital Media Communication Coordinator

Tiffany McGlincheyTiffany is in the Integrated Marketing Communication graduate program at Florida State University. She also received her Bachelor degree from FSU majoring in Media Communication Studies and minoring in General Business. In her undergraduate studies, Tiffany accelerated her education in both the Honors Program and the Garnet and Gold Scholar Society. Tiffany joined The Apprenticeship Center in 2014 to make a difference in the lives of children and apply her communication studies in a nonprofit environment. Her future plans include completing a residency in England and obtaining a certificate in project management. In her spare time, Tiffany enjoys reading, gardening and cooking.

Allison Notari, Editing, Writing and Media Apprentice

Allison NotariAllison is a junior at Florida State University majoring in Editing, Writing and Media and minoring in Communications. In addition, she is enrolled in the Leadership Certificate program and through her studies, hopes to learn the necessary skills to be an effective leader. After graduation, Allison hopes to attend law school, and later practice family law. Allison is excited to join The Children’s Campaign and gain experience in the non-profit field, along with having the opportunity to help children. In her free time, Allison enjoys traveling, reading and playing with dogs.

Lauren Pentrack, Public Policy and Legislative Apprentice

Lauren PentrackLauren is a senior at Florida State University double majoring in International Affairs and Political Science. She will also graduate with three certificates in Emergency Management and Homeland Security, Leadership Studies and Global Citizenship. Lauren was captivated by The Children’s Campaign due to her previous involvement in state politics combined with her devotion to advancing children’s rights. She hopes that her experience with The Children’s Campaign will give her a better understanding of the state law-making process and allow her to make a difference within her home state. Upon graduation in May 2018, Lauren anticipates that she pursue a master’s degree in Public Administration, and ultimately start a career in national security and emergency management.

Stephen Putnal, Web Development and Systems Administration Apprentice

Stephen PutnalStephen is a senior attending Florida State University, pursuing a degree in Information Technology. He joined The Children’s Campaign to gain real world tech experience and continue his workforce development. In his free time, Stephen is involved in multiple student organizations on and off campus and works in the landscaping services industry. Serving marginalized communities is one of Stephen’s passion’s that led him to The Children’s Campaign. After graduation he intends on pursuing a career in cyber security or web development.

Courtney Reed, Policy and Legislative Apprentice

Courtney ReedCourtney Reed is a junior at Florida State University majoring in International Affairs and Middle Eastern Studies. Courtney joined The Children’s Campaign to learn more about the legislative process and advocacy. Also involved with FSU’s Amnesty International, she hopes to use the skills she develops from The Apprentice Center to obtain a joint graduate and law degree. Courtney would like to move to D.C. after graduation to influence policy regarding human rights and government accountability in the Middle East. In her free time, she enjoys cooking, playing guitar and traveling to new places.

Isabel Rubin, Editing, Writing and Media Apprentice

Isabel RubinIsabel is a junior at Florida State University pursuing a double major in Media Production and Editing, Writing and Media. She is a member of the Honors Program at the university and is involved in Lambda Pi Eta, the Honor Society within FSU’s College of Communication & Information. As a Communications Apprentice, Isabel hopes to gain experience within her field and joined The Children’s Campaign as an avenue to gain real-world experience in a professional environment. After college, she hopes to travel and attend graduate school. In her spare time, Isabel enjoys playing with her dog, painting and cooking.

Daniela Tenjido, Business Administration Apprentice

Daniela TenjidoDaniela is a senior at Florida State University majoring in Economics, with minors in Finance and Military Science. She joined The Children’s Campaign to receive hands-on experience with book keeping, the financial procedures of a nonprofit organizations and to help improve the lives of children, which is one of her biggest passions. Daniela plans to continue her graduate education as she pursues a law degree at Florida State University. In her off time, she enjoys power lifting and spending time with her dog.

Damion Watson, Systems Administration Apprentice

Damion WatsonDamion is a senior at the Florida State University majoring in Information Technology. He joined The Children’s Campaign seeking real world work experience as a system administrator, and looks forward to expanding his knowledge of troubleshooting and solving technical issues. After graduation, Damion plans on landing his dream job as a system administrator. Outside of work and school, Damion enjoy reading books, managing his business and playing sports.

In Memoriam

Janice Wade-Miller

Janice Wade-MillerJanice served as a nutrition educator for the Children’s Campaign. She held a bachelor’s and master’s of science degrees in food and nutrition from Florida State University and a minor in psychology. Janice held the position of educational instructor for the Family and Consumer Sciences Department of the Pinellas County Extension for eight years. While there, she developed and presented educational programs on food, nutrition, health and food safety to diverse groups, inclusive of children in the child welfare and juvenile justice system. She was a team member of a federally funded health education grant and participated in two “Take Charge of Your Diabetes” research studies through the University of Florida. Formerly, she was a registered dental hygienist and successful owner of a beach related gift shop.

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