Board of Directors

Board of Directors

The Communities Connected for Kdis Board of Directors is a fiduciary governing board composed of local, state and national corporate representatives from our organization’s parent company, the Devereux National Network, as well as private individuals representing each of our four counties.

Russell Hamilton - Board Chairman

Russell Hamilton
Board Chairman

Mr. Hamilton has 40 years of experience as an attorney in the area of labor, employment and employee benefits. He began his legal career in 1975 as an associate in law firms in Georgia and North Carolina before settling in South Florida in 1979, where he was a partner for many years in an AmLaw 10 international firm. Following retirement to the Treasure Coast, he has continued to serve as counsel with Ford & Harrison, LLP, out of its Melbourne office.

Bob Dunne - Board Member

Robert Dunne
Board Treasurer

Mr. Dunne began his career with Devereux as controller in 1992. He served as the Senior Director of Finance from 1996 to 2004, controller from 2004 to 2008, and currently is the Senior VP/ Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer for the national organization. Mr. Dunne serves on several community boards and committees and coaches youth basketball and baseball.

Donna Follmer - Board Member

Donna DeMarchi

Ms. DeMarchi is an attorney for the Stuart-based law firm of Crary Buchanan, a long-time advocate of children's issues. As the president of the Junior League of Martin County, she has been instrumental in coordinating and organizing local projects that benefit children in foster care, including a community breakfast hosted by the Junior League highlighting the work of the local child-welfare system and raising awareness for the need for more foster homes in Martin County.

Vanessa Farnes - Board Member

Vanessa Farnes

Ms. Farnes brings more than 20 years of experience in the banking industry on the Treasure Coast. She serves as a board member for both the St. Lucie County United Way and Sarah's Kitchen, an inter-faith food kitchen run out of multiple churches throughout St. Lucie County. The causes most important to her include children, civil rights, human rights and social services.

Kathryn Hensley - Board Member

Kathryn Hensley

Ms. Hensley is a longtime Port St. Lucie resident, who is currently serving her sixth term on the St. Lucie County School Board. She also serves on the Children's Services Council of St. Lucie County as well as the boards of several other organizations, including the St. Lucie County League of Women Voters, New Horizons of the Treasure Coast and the HANDS Clinic.  She was an educator at Indian River Community College for nearly a decade and was an educator in Oregon and Iowa before moving to Florida in 1983.

Elizabeth Keer - Board Member

Elizabeth Keer

Ms. Keer serves as the national human resources director for Devereux. She is a management and human-resources leader with more than 30 years of professional experience and additional background in operations, quality management and staff training and development. Ms. Keer is responsible for providing consultative services to Devereux Corporate Headquarters and Division Human Resources staff and operations’ leadership.

Pat McCoy - Board Member

Pat McCoy

Ms. McCoy is the assistant superintendent for instructional services for the Okeechobee County Schools and a former board member for United for Families, the Lead Agency that preceded Communities Connected for Kids. She and her husband, Doug, adopted their four children from the local foster-care system and is very interested in helping to recruit new foster homes in Okeechobee County.

Donna Mills - Board Member

Donna Mills

Dr. Mills opened the Save Our Children Tutorial, Cultural and Recreational Center in Fort Pierce with her husband, Rev. Kenneth Mills, in 1989. Prior to that, she and Rev. Mills founded the Bible Way Ministries, an inner city mission that provided services to many of Fort Pierce’s poorest children. Dr. Mills also has been involved in mission work in Haiti and is currently serving her second term on the St. Lucie County School Board. She and Rev. Mills have four adult children and have served as foster parents to six.

Doris Plym - Board Member

Doris Plym

Doris Plym is a strong advocate for abused and neglected children. Doris has worked for more than 20 years as a volunteer Guardian ad Litem representing the best interest of children going through Dependency in the 19th Judicial Circuit. Doris works with community partners and mentors new Guardians (GALs). Doris has been on the Board of Directors of Guardians for New Futures (GFNF) and has been instrumental in providing support for Sanctuary 4 Kids, The Treasure Coast Child summit and the Holiday Gift Drive.

Steve Simon - Board Member

Steven Simon

Mr. Simon is an attorney with Rosenthal, Levy and Simon, and he brings extensive knowledge of the court system and insurance issues and is personally familiar with the foster-care system. He has served on several Boards including the Treasure Coast Food Bank, CASTLE and United for Families – the organization that oversaw the local child-welfare system prior to Communities Connected for Kids.

Melanie Wiles - Board Member

Michelle Wiles

Michelle Wiles is the Chief Operating Officer with the Boys and Girls Club of St. Lucie County. She has also served on the Treasure Coast Opioids Taskforce Education Committee and the Economic Development Council. She has been involved with youth development for more than 10 years and has an extensive background in marketing and resource development.