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Devereux Welcomes New                                        local banking industry. She                                      Renaissance Woman Of Child
                                                             serves as a board member                                         Welfare Nominated For State
Board Members                                                for both the St. Lucie                                           Award
                                                             County United Way and
	 Logo, letterhead and                                       Sarah’s Kitchen, and the                                         	 Cheri Sheffer is the
the sign over the front                                      causes most important to
door aren’t the only things                                  her include children, civil                                      Renaissance woman of child
changing when Devereux                                       rights, human rights and
Community Based Care                                         social services.                                                 welfare.
transitions to Communities                                   	 Simon, an attorney who
Connected for Kids next                                      lives in Palm City, brings                                       	 For more than 25 years,
month. Its Board of                                          extensive knowledge of the Steve Simon is a partner at
Directors is also getting a                                  court system and insurance Rosenthal, Levy and Simon.            Cheri has served in direct
new look.                                                    issues and is personally
	 “When Devereux                                             familiar with the foster-                                        services and management
Community Based Care                                         care system. He has served
was established in 2013, Vanessa Farnes is a senior          on several boards including                                      roles ranging from targeted
we promised to be fully market manager at Seacoast           the Treasure Coast Food
integrated with our local National Bank.                     Bank, CASTLE and                                                 case management to contracts
community within five                                        United for Families – the
years,” said Christina Kaiser, community relations           organization that oversaw                                        and finance. And she has public
director for the organization that oversees the child-       the local child-welfare
welfare system in Indian River, Martin, Okeechobee and       system prior to Devereux                                         relations experience that lends
St. Lucie counties. “A big part of that is making sure our   Community Based Care.
board membership reflects the community.”                    	 Some of Wiles’                                                 her a keen appreciation and
	 New to the board are Steve Simon, a partner with           c r e d e n t i a l s i n c l u d e Michelle Wiles is the chief
Rosenthal, Levy and Simon; Vanessa Farnes, senior            serving on the Treasure operating officer with the Boys          talent for telling the stories of Cheri Sheffer is the chief
market manager with Seacoast Bank; and Boys and Girls        Coast Opioids Taskforce and Girls Club of St. Lucie
Club of St. Lucie County Chief Operating Officer Melanie     Education Committee and County.                                  Judicial Circuit 19.             operating officer for
Wiles.                                                       the Economic Development
	 They are filling vacancies left by outgoing board          Council. She has been involved with youth development            	 Now Sheffer – the devereux Community
members Michelle Llorens, assistant executive director       for more than 10 years and has an extensive background
for Devereux Florida; Leah Yaw, senior vice president        in marketing and resource development.                           chief operating officer for Based Care, soon to be
of external affairs for Pennsylvania-based Devereux          	 “We are fortunate to have the local knowledge and
Foundation; and Devereux Foundation National Human           history that these individuals bring to our organization,”       Devereux Community Based Communities Connected
Resource Director Elizabeth Keer.                            Devereux Community Based Care Chief Executive
	 “Our Devereux members were critical to our initial         Officer Carol Deloach said. “We are happy to have them           Care (CBC) – is one of seven for Kids.
success,” Kaiser said. “At this point in our development,    on our board.”
it’s important that our board is reflective of the families                                                                   individuals nominated by
who live and work in Okeechobee and the Treasure
Coast.”                                                                                                                       the Florida Coalition for Children to receive its Lighting
	 Farnes brings more than 20 years’ experience in the
                                                                                                                              the Way Award next month during the group’s annual

                                                                                                                              conference.

                                                                                                                              	 Because of her broad skill based and previous

                                                                                                                              experience, Sheffer has strategic vision and the ability to

                                                                                                                              see the big picture, while also keeping a narrow eye on

                                                                                                                              fiscal impact. Working closely with the local behavioral

                                                                                                                              health system, she helped shift some financial burdens

                                                                                                                              previously carried by the Devereux CBC, freeing resources

                                                                                                                              for other services and building stable ground for the local

                                                                                                                              child-welfare system.

                                                                                                                              	 “She approaches everything she does from an outside-

                                                                                                                              the-box perspective,” said Christina Kaiser, community

                                                                                                                              relations director for Devereux CBC, which oversees child-

                                                                                                                              welfare services in Indian River, Martin, Okeechobee and

                                                                                                                              St. Lucie counties.

                                                                                                                              	 That was the case in a 2016 permanency review in

                                                                                                                              which a decision was made to reunify a teenager with her

                                                                                                                              mother whose parental rights had long ago been terminated.

                                                                                                                              	 “It just hadn’t been done before,” Sheffer said at the

                                                                                                                              time. “But Mom had gotten herself together and had

                                                                                                                              established a support network, and the child was struggling

                                                                                                                              emotionally and was alone in the world.

                                                                                                                              	 “It just made sense to try.”

                                                                                                                              	 That’s why Sheffer was nominated for this award,

                                                                                                                              Kaiser said.

                                                                                                                              	 “She is not afraid to entertain revolutionary ideas, and

                                                                                                                              she has a knack for collaboration, consensus building and

                                                                                                                              problem solving.”

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