Staff

Roy Miller, President and Founder

RoyMiller 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

LindaLinda 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.

Bobbi Mount, Office Manager

BobbiBobbi 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

V3_headshot_croppedCarol 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

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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 Bio 1Immediately 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.

Colleen Mackin

mackin 2 headshot Innovative thinker, relationship builder and problem solver with an expertise in organization. Colleen is known for her ability to create successful outcomes in complex and high-stress situations. Her mother instilled her passion for politics and public service as a young child, and she later worked in her mother’s political consulting firm as a partner for more than 15 years. Colleen recently served as the Executive Director to the US Green Building Council Florida Gulf Coast Chapter for more than 8 years. There she entered a whole new world and expanded her experience of not for profit organizations as well as becoming more knowledgeable on sustainable practices. Children’s issues have always been front in center and served as a Guardian Ad Litem from 2004 – 2009 and was selected as Guardian Ad Litem in August of 2007. Colleen has three daughters, loves to garden and follows sports in the Tampa Bay Area.

Amanda Ostrander

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.

The Apprenticeship Center

Ian Annase, Database Apprentice

ian_headshot Ian is a junior 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.

Thomas Bower, Policy, Research, and Innovation Apprentice

thomas_headshot Thomas is a junior at Florida State University pursuing a degree in Statistics with a concentration in biology. Thomas joined The Apprenticeship Center in the summer of 2017, and looks forward to applying statistical methods as a Policy, Research and Innovation apprentice. His future goal is to develop a greater understanding of mathematics, and attend graduate school. In his free time Thomas enjoys wake-boarding, playing piano and reading.

Xuetao Chen, Business Administration Apprentice

chen Xuetao is a graduate student at Florida State University majoring in Accounting. She joined the TAC 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.

Jacqueline DeMaio, VFF Public Policy Apprentice

jacqueline_headshot Jacqueline is a junior at Florida State University majoring in Sociology with a minor in Environmental Studies and Population Studies. She joined The Apprenticeship Center at The Children’s Campaign in hopes of learning about the inner workings of non-profit organizations and to help elicit positive social change. She plans on pursuing a graduate degree in Urban and Regional Planning and is hoping this experience will help guide her focus in this area. Jacqueline is passionate about the environment and enjoys reading and cooking when she’s not spending time with family and friends.

Elizabeth Gilliam, Policy, Research, and Innovation Apprentice

Liz GilliamLiz is a graduate student at Florida State University majoring in Social Work, with a concentration in Social Leadership & Policy. Her passion for, and commitment to equality for future generations through both policy and practice drew her to the work of The Children’s Campaign. Liz joined The Apprentice Center looking to gain experience fighting for our youth by bridging gaps between legislation and practice. In the Fall of 2017, she will begin the PhD program in Education Policy & Evaluation as a Research Assistant, continuing her stay at Florida State University. Outside of school, she enjoys family time with her husband and son, leads a successful international cosmetics company and is a superfan of all things Disney and Hamilton.

Chris Hagerty, Systems Administration Apprentice

Chris HagertyChristopher is a senior at Florida State University with a major in Information Technology. He joined The Apprenticeship Center to expand his knowledge of various Microsoft Operating Systems and services, PC troubleshooting, ADUC and IT security. Working with children has always been a passion for Christopher, as he has been a boy scout camp leader, and a coach and referee for youth soccer. After graduation he plans to tour Europe and officiate high level soccer matches overseas. Upon returning Christoper hopes to find a position in the IT field, while still continuing his soccer referee career. In his free time he enjoys reading, running, swimming, playing video games and horse-playing with his dog Roxy.

Nicki Harrison, Policy and Legislative Apprentice

Nicki HarrisonNicki is a senior at Florida State University majoring in Family and Child Sciences with a minor in General Business. Nicki joined The Children’s Campaign with a desire to help children in a new and different way. She hoped to grow and gain experience working for a nonprofit organization and understand more about policy as it relates to children. After graduation, Nicki hopes to attend law school with a focus on family and child law and hopes to continue in the field of child advocacy and policy. In her spare time, Nicki enjoys reading, listening to music, and traveling with friends and family.

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.

Breanna Kim, Policy and Legislative Volunteer

Lex Joseph Breanna is a graduate student at Florida State University’s College of Social Work. She was initially interested in The Children’s Campaign after learning about their success advocating for policies benefiting juveniles in the justice system. She aims to expand her knowledge of the legislative process and gain a better understanding of legislative terminology. Upon graduation, she would like to work for a think tank or watchdog organization that focuses on criminal justice issues. She is also passionate about harm reduction strategies and women’s issues. In her free time, she enjoys reading, spending time with her cats and adventuring in nature.

Jasmine Lusane, Project Assistant

Jasmine Lusane Jasmine is a Graduate student at Florida A&M University’s Institute of Public Health with a concentration in Maternal and Child Health. She received her Bachelor’s degree from Auburn University in Health Services Administration with a minor in Business Administration. Her experience working as a Managed Care Intern for the Alabama Medicaid Agency strengthened her passion for community activism, advocacy, and policy. She worked directly with other Medicaid staff to help implement new programs that would essentially help improve the quality and effectiveness of the services for their recipients. With that experience and her interest in Maternal and Child Health, Jasmine was delighted to join The Children’s Campaign where she knew she would help impact the lives of many children throughout the state of Florida. One issue she would like to help improve is infant mortality and birth outcomes. In the future, she hopes to work with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and start her own non-profit organization. In her leisure time she enjoys reading, baking, and spending time with loved ones.

Tiffany McGlinchey, Digital Media Communication Coordinator

TiffanyTiffany 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

AllisonAllison 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.

Gabriela Paris, Web Development Apprentice

Gabriela ParisGabriela is a senior at Florida State University majoring in Information, Communication and Technology, and minoring in Business. She joined The Apprenticeship Center to gain experience in the field of web design and development. Upon graduation, Gabriela hopes to take an interesting and challenging position in the technology industry. In her free time, Gabriela enjoys volunteering, baking and spending time with her puppies.

Courtney Reed, Policy and Legislative Apprentice

Madeline ReasonCourtney 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 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.

Karli Settimio, Editing, Writing, and Media Apprentice

Karli is a senior at Florida State University majoring in English with a concentration in editing, writing, and media, and minoring in Communications. Karli joined The Children’s Campaign hoping to expand her knowledge on social media, publishing and specialized writing. Through The Apprenticeship Center, she intends to become a successful advocate by utilizing her communication skills in a professional environment. Upon graduation, she plans to attend law school and use her experiences to initiate social change through educational and legislative means. In her free time, Karli enjoys writing articles about phenomena in mass media, cooking and watching movies.

Donna Sothen, Systems Administration Apprentice

Donna is a senior at Florida State University majoring in Information Technology. She joined the technology team, working specifically in system administration, to further hone her IT knowledge and experience. Donna has always had an interest in the IT sphere, but she is working currently towards becoming a project manager and receiving her PMP after graduation. In her free time, Donna enjoys hanging out in the sun by the pool or beach, playing billards and listening to music.

Aquill Triplett, Policy, Research, and Innovation Apprentice

Aquill is a graduate student at Florida State University’s College of Social Work with a concentration in Social Leadership. She joined The Apprenticeship Center to expand her knowledge on administrative and management roles within organizations. Aquill’s goals are to graduate and secure a job within a social service organization where she can contribute to the support and well being of others. In her free time, she enjoys painting, listening to music and spending time with loved ones.

Damion Watson, Systems Administration Apprentice

Damion 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.

Gerrit Van Lent, Liason, Office of the President

GerritGerrit is dual enrolled in law school and graduate school at Florida State University pursuing Masters degrees in Law and Politics. Gerrit enjoys working multiple jobs and taking a variety of classes to develop his understanding of policy frameworks and political institutions. He is interested in learning about how to build successful advocacy and legislative platforms to advance the well-being of Florida’s children and environment. On his free time, you can find him practicing martial arts, cooking, and reading.

In Memoriam

Janice Wade-Miller

Janice 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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