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.

Amanda Ostrander, Director of Policy

Amanda OstranderAmanda 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 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. She and her husband currently reside in Jacksonville, FL and are the proud parents of four energetic children.

Tiffany McGlinchey, Multimedia Communications Manager

Tiffany McGlincheyTiffany has been with The Children’s Campaign since June 2014, beginning as a Communication Apprentice at the organization’s workforce development program, The Apprenticeship Center. In her current position, Tiffany works closely with the organization’s branding and communication strategies, collateral development, online presence, media relations and more. Tiffany obtained her Masters of Integrated Marketing Communication and certificate in Multicultural Marketing at Florida State University’s esteemed College of Communication. In addition, she also received her Bachelor degree from Florida State University in Media Communication Studies with a Minor in Business. During her time at Florida State, Tiffany accelerated her education in both the Honors Program and the Garnet and Gold Scholar Society. In her spare time, Tiffany enjoys gardening, cooking and spending time with her husky, Mandy.

Michael Sonntag, Constituency Services Manager

Michael SonntagMichael joined The Children’s Campaign as the Constituency Services Manager. In this position, Michael works to educate elected officials, community leaders, philanthropists, service provides and citizens on issues impacting Florida’s children. He creates strategic plans for advocacy, as well implement statewide and community events. Prior to joining The Children’s Campaign, Michael worked in legislative advocacy and political campaigns. Michael received his Masters of American Politics and Policy at Florida State University, as well his Bachelors in Political Science from the University of Central Florida. In his spare time, Michael enjoys exercising, reading and exploring creative passions in music and arts.

Carol Armstrong, Director of HR, Finance & Administration

Carol ArmstrongCarol has a broad base of Fortune 500 financial management and human resources experience. Throughout her career, she has led cross-functional teams to improve systems and processes that impacted financial performance and human capital development. Her most challenging assignment was serving as controller of AT&Ts Health and Welfare plans, which included managing over $1.5B of healthcare expenses, and coordinating the work of Payroll, Human Resources, finance organizations, lawyers, actuaries, health insurance companies, other vendors, and internal and external auditors. During her 22 years with AT&T, Carol also had opportunities to work with software developers to integrate cost-benefit algorithms into software used throughout AT&T. The application of these types of economic-value algorithms also facilitated an analysis of AT&T’s assets, resulting in a $6.8B write-off at divesture. Her work at AT&T in a post-divestiture environment made Carol acutely aware for the need for a career planning and workforce development program for the chief accountant’s organization to ensure employees could maximize their potential in this new environment. Given that Carol was also working on a master’s degree in counseling psychology at the time, she took advantage of the opportunity to create this program and use it to meet a degree requirement. While at AT&T, 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 as an independent consultant with small businesses and other nonprofit organizations, and in her current work with The Children’s Campaign.

Consultants/Knowledge Navigators

Karen Bonsignori

Karen BonsignoriKaren 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.

The Apprenticeship Center

Tamira Bean, Technology Apprentice

Tamira BeanTamira is a junior at Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University. Currently pursuing her degree in Information Technology and Cybersecurity. Her true passion is to use technology to help children. Through this passion, she found the Children’s campaign. She hopes to help the Children’s Campaign through technology to better lives of children in Florida. In her free time, she volunteers at local shelters, spend time with her friends, travel to different countries and program on her computer. After graduation, she hopes to work at a nonprofit organization to help the country and people across the world.

Alicia Camaliche, Public Policy Apprentice

Alicia CamalicheAlicia is a senior at Florida State University majoring in History with a minor in Social Work. Through the Apprenticeship Center, Alicia is looking forward to gaining experience in advocacy and research, which she hopes to apply to her future career. After graduation, Alicia hopes to earn her Master’s Degree in Social Work and pursue a career in advocacy. In her free time, she enjoys skateboarding, watching movies and cooking.

Kaitlyn Carroll, Public Policy Apprentice

Kaitlyn CarrollKaitlyn is a sophomore at Florida State University majoring in Economics and minoring in Law & Philosophy. Through her work with The Children’s Campaign, she hopes to improve her research skills and expand her knowledge of public policy to advocate for children. She was drawn to The Apprenticeship Center because of the opportunities to gain valuable work experience and learn more about the nonprofit sector. After graduation, she plans on attending law school. In her free time, she loves listening to true crime podcasts and volunteering.

Patricia Linquist, Public Policy Apprentice

Patricia LinquistPatti is a junior at Florida State University studying Family and Child Sciences with a minor in Psychology. Through her work at The Children’s Campaign,she hopes to gain knowledge about advocating for children’s rights and developher research skills. After graduation, she hopes to attend law school and become a family court attorney for the public sector. In her free time, Patti enjoys reading, working as a barista at Starbucks and listening to podcasts.

Chelsea Long, Public Policy Apprentice

Chelsea LongChelsea is a senior at Florida State University majoring in Political Science and Middle Eastern Studies with a minor in Economics. Through her work at The Children’s Campaign, she hopes to improve her research and advocacy skills in preparation for a career in international development policy. After graduation, she hopes to pursue a master’s in Development Studies with a focus in social development. In her free time, she enjoys yoga and reading historical fiction.

Sara Luepschen, Communication Apprentice

Sara LuepschenSara is a rising senior at Florida State University majoring in Public Relations with minors in Criminology and Political Science. Her apprenticeship with The Children’s Campaign gives her the opportunity to build upon her communication skills, while advocating for the rights of children in Florida – something she intends to do after college as well. She looks forward to learning more about the most effective techniques to engage with the community in order to educate them on child rights issues. After graduation, she hopes to earn her graduate degree in Political Science and International Affairs. Sara intends to use her degrees and experience gained at The Apprenticeship Center to begin a career with a law enforcement agency. In her free time, she loves to read, sketch, and spend time outdoors running and cycling.

Elizabeth Lundgren, Technical Resident

Elizabeth LundgrenElizabeth is a recent graduate from Florida State University with a Bachelor of Science in Marketing and Management Information Systems with a minor in Business Analytics. She joined The Apprenticeship Center to utilize the skills she gained from her undergraduate education to help make an impact. She was drawn to The Children’s Campaign because of the organization’s positive impact on our community and the opportunities available from this experience. In her free time, she enjoys gaming, baking and getting outdoors to run or hike.

Paul Lundgren, Technical Apprentice

Paul LundgrenPaul is a junior at the University of Florida majoring in Computer Science with a minor in Statistics. He joined The Apprenticeship Center to improve his technical skills and apply what he has learned in his studies to advocate for the rights of children in Florida. He was drawn to The Children’s Campaign because of its long-lasting and positive impact on the public, and hopes to support its success. In his free time, he enjoys gaming, swimming and improving his technical skills.

Holly McDowall, Communication Apprentice

Holly McDowallHolly is a third-year senior attending Florida State University. She is double majoring in Media and Communication Studies and Psychology, with a minor in General Business. Through her apprenticeship with The Children’s Campaign, she hopes to learn more about communication skills such as managing social media platforms, writing publications and working collaboratively with a team. She is happy to be a part of the organization as she admires its goals to advocate for children’s rights. In her free time, she enjoys cooking, baking, watching TV and hanging out with friends.

Ally McGivney, Communiccation Apprentice

Ally McGivneyAlly McGivney is a first-year student at Florida State University studying Biological Sciences. With a background in childcare, she was drawn to The Children’s Campaign and fighting for the best interests of Florida’s youth. Through her apprenticeship, she hopes to further explore her interests in writing, social media and graphic design. Upon graduation, Ally plans on working in conservation biology or continuing her passion for graphic design. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, spending time with her friends and being outdoors.

Vanesa Perez, Communication Apprentice

Vanesa PerezVanesa is a senior at Florida State University. She is double majoring in Media Communications Studies and Psychology. Through her apprenticeship with The Children’s Campaign, she looks forward to gaining experience with social media branding and overall communication strategies. She looks forward to combining her skills to advocate for children in Florida. In her spare time, Vanesa enjoys writing, producing and performing original music.

Bri Ratkiewicz, Nonprofit Management Apprentice

Bri RatkiewiczBri graduated from Florida State University with her Bachelor’s in Psychology and Criminology and Criminal Justice in May 2019. During her undergrad, she focused her interests surrounding women’s issues and criminal justice reform, which eventually led her to pursue her Master of Social Work. She will be graduating with her MSW in Spring 2021 from Florida State University. During her graduate education, she has concerated her studies and passions to include a greater scope of social justice issues, specifically racial inequality, reproductive rights and criminal justice reform. Upon graduation, she plans to enter the field of political social work through which she hopes to bring about sustainable, progressive change through legislative advocacy and social policy efforts.

Tomas Vatinelle, Technical Apprentice

Tomas VatinelleTomas is a Sophomore at the University of Central Florida majoring in Information Technology. Drawn to the Children’s Campaign because of its passion and lofty goal to help make a positive difference for children, Tomas hopes to put his technical skills and knowledge to use in order to help others out in the world and inspire further change. In his free time, he enjoys gaming, reading, and learning new technical skills.

Zayna Vincent, Public Policy Apprentice

Zayna VincentZayna is a senior at Florida State University majoring in Criminology and double minoring in Child Development and Entrepreneurship. Through her apprenticeship with The Children’s Campaign, she hopes to gain insight in the legislative process that surrounds the well-being of children and their families. After graduation, she hopes to further her education and pursue a graduate degree in Marriage and Family Therapy. She intends to help people from diverse backgrounds that are experiencing an array of problems that are not awarded adequate help. In her free time, she enjoys reading, practicing her makeup skillsand watching movies.

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.