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.

Tom Doughty

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Tom Doughty graduated from Florida State University in 1993 with a degree in Computer Science. During his career, Tom has accumulated over 25 years of information technology consulting and business management experience. He has co-founded two companies, holds several project management and technical certifications including his Project Management Professional (PMP), Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA), Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) and proudly served as the President of the board of Calhoun Street Downtown Babies. Originally from Indialantic, Florida, Tom met his future wife Anna while attending college and established roots in Tallahassee. Tom enjoys spending time with family at volleyball tournaments, fishing and hunting.

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 Science with a minor in Physics. 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 and astronomy. After graduation, Ian would like to join a software company that will continue to improve his technical skills.

Jacqueline DeMaio, Applied Sociology 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.

Nicki Harrison, Public Policy 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.

Celli Horstman, VFF Public Policy Apprentice

Celli HortsmanCelli Horstman is a senior at Florida State University, studying political sciences, statistics, and women’s studies. She joined the Apprenticeship Center to gain hands on experience with child wellbeing policy research and development. In the future she hopes to pursue a masters of public policy and a masters of public health, with the goal of studying child wellbeing, education, and health. In addition to being a part of the Apprenticeship Center, she is a Resident Assistant at FSU, and a research assistant in the Political Science department of the College of Social Sciences.

Josh Howell, Database Apprentice

Josh HowellJosh is a senior at Florida State University majoring in Information Technology and is a current member of the Database Administration team at The Children’s Campaign. He joined The Children’s Campaign to gain real world experience in the field of database administration, system administration, web applications, and web development. Outside of work and school, Josh enjoys spending time with his friends, taking his dog to the dog park, and watching college football on Saturdays.

Midenlex Joseph, Web Development Apprentice

Lex Joseph Midenlex is a senior at Florida State University majoring in Computer Science with a minor in mathematics and is currently a Web Development Apprentice at The Children’s Campaign. He joined The Apprenticeship Center to get hands on experience in systems administration, web development, and other technology related fields as well as expanding his knowledge in these areas. After graduation, Midenlex plans to pursue a career in Software engineering and one day acquire a Master’s degree in Computer Science. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with friends, playing video games, listening to music and improving his coding skills.

Breanna Kim, Pubic Policy Apprentice

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.

Alberto Lagomarsini, Social Entrepreneur Apprentice

Alberto Alberto is a senior at Florida State University, double majoring in International Affairs and Interdisciplinary Studies, with a focus on Social Entrepreneurship. He joined The Apprenticeship Center to gain hands on experience working in the non-profit sector, and to expand and apply his knowledge on how to create social change. After graduation, Alberto hopes to move away from Florida to further his education, and plans to eventually start a social enterprise of his own. In his spare time, Alberto enjoys rock climbing, playing music, being outdoors and going to the gym.

Elizabeth Lara-Gamboa, Resident Web Development Apprentice

Elizabeth Lara-Gamboa Elizabeth is a senior at Florida State University double majoring in Information, Communication, and Technology & Editing, Writing, and Media and is a current member of the Web Development team at the Children’s Campaign. She joined The Apprenticeship Center to gain experience as an Information Technology professional, expand her editing skills, as well as social media management skills. After graduation, Elizabeth wants to have a job outside of Florida, doing what she finds interesting (coding, building websites, and analyzing data) and is challenged to grow every day. In her spare time she enjoys singing, spending time with friends, and trying new things.

Diego Leon, Systems Administrator Apprentice

Diego Leon Diego is a sophomore at Florida State University pursuing a double major in Information Technology and Management Information Systems. He joined The Apprenticeship Center as a part of the Systems Administration team to gain hands on experience and further develop his technological, analytical and programming skills. After graduating with his undergraduate degree, Diego plans on working for a company within the technology field of project management. In his spare time, he enjoys to learn new programming languages, going to the gym, and playing sports.

Jasmine Lusane, Resident VFF President’s Office 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.

Holly McCall, Public Policy Apprentice

HollyHolly is a graduate student at Florida State University pursing a Master’s degree in International Affairs. She gained her Bachelors in Business Administration at Andrews University in Michigan. Holly joined The Children’s Campaign in hopes of developing better knowledge of the ground work of building public policy, and gaining extensive research skills and contributing to effective change for children and families in Florida. After graduation Holly hopes to find a job as a political risk analysis, or working for the UNICEF and continue helping children on an international platform. In her spare time she enjoys working out, reading and spending time with her friends and family.

Kathryn (Katie) McDade, Public Policy Apprentice

HollyKatie is a senior at Florida State University majoring in Environmental Studies with a minor in Spanish and a certificate in Leadership Theory. She joined the Apprenticeship Center to gain a better understanding of the legislative process in hopes to one day pursue law school to advocate for both environmental and children’s policies. She is a Peace Corps Ambassador and is applying for the Peace Corps upon graduation in May. Katie enjoys spending her time crafting, browsing for new up-and-coming artists, and hiking.

Kendall McDonald, Public Policy Apprentice

HollyKendall is a freshman at Florida State University pursuing a triple major in History, English and Philosophy and a minor in Spanish. She joined The Children’s Campaign to learn about public policy and the legislative process, while working to benefit Florida’s children. After graduation, Kendall hopes to attend law school and pursue a career in government in order to create positive change on a larger scale. In her free time, Kendall enjoys exercising, reading and spending time with friends.

Tiffany McGlinchey, Resident Communication Apprentice

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.

Paula Moreno, Public Policy Apprentice

Paula MorenoPaula is a Senior at Florida State University pursuing a double major in International Affairs and Chinese Language. She joined The Children’s Campaign to acquire experience in public policy and have a better understanding on how the legal system works in the State of Florida. Upon graduating, Paula hopes to find a job in the government sector where she can use her educational knowledge as well as job experience to focus on crucial national and international issues that need to be changed. In her spare time, she is the President of FSU Freedom, an anti-human trafficking organization that educates and advocates for individuals who fall victims of trafficking.

Madeline Reason, Communications Apprentice

Madeline ReasonMadeline is a senior at Florida State University majoring in Information, Communication, and Technology and is currently a Communications Apprentice at The Children’s Campaign. She joined The Apprenticeship Center to gain experience in the communications field, as well as gain real world work experience to prepare for future endeavors. After graduating, Madeline plans to move out of Tallahassee and find a well-paying job within her field. In her spare time, Madeline likes going to the beach, watching movies, and catching up on her favorite Netflix shows.

Courtney Reed, Public Policy Apprentice

Madeline ReasonCourtney Reed is a sophomore 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, Communications 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, Communications 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.

Sydney Stelter, Communications Apprentice

Sydney Stelter is a senior at Florida State University studying English with a concentration in editing, writing and media and communications. She plans on earning a certificate in publishing and editing in addition to a BA in Arts upon her graduation in the spring of 2017. Sydney came to The Children’s Campaign to gain professional experience working in an office environment, but was ultimately drawn to the notion of assisting in a nonprofit setting that betters the lives of children and advocates for positive changes in American communities. Originally from Plymouth, Mass., Sydney has plans to settle down in the Miami area, post-graduation. Travel, animals and coffee are a few of her favorite things. She also loves to run 5ks, play soccer and read.

Gerrit Van Lent, President’s Office Resident Apprentice

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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