Board of Directors

Board of Directors

The Communities Connected for Kids Board of Directors is a fiduciary governing board composed of private individuals representing each of the four counties we serve.

Kathryn Hensley - Board Member

Kathryn Hensley
Board Chairman

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.

Melanie Wiles - Board Member

Melanie Wiles
Vice Chairman

Ms. 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.

Angie Bailey

Angie Bailey

Dr. Bailey is an Associate Professor and instructor at Indian River State College, where she facilitates classroom and online training for staff and students in academic settings. She teaches a variety of undergrad and graduate business and management courses and has experience as a Subject Matter Expert (SME) redeveloper for online courses. Dr. Bailey trains other management level employees and conducts training in diverse cultural environments. She also provides students with proper support in academic tutoring sessions.

Pam Carithers

Pam Carithers

Ms. Carithers is a senior manager with more than 25 years experience in operations, public outreach and information, marketing, business development, management, fund-raising, corporate event planning, proposal and grant development. Currently, she serves as program management consultant to Lincoln Park Main Street Inc. Her skills include nonprofit management, community redevelopment, marketing analysis and public outreach.

Kristy Conway

Kristy Conway

Ms. Conway is an advocate and assistant at SafeSpace Inc. and a GED facilitator at Indian River State College. She is the mother of two children and proud grandmother to four. Ms. Conway has a bachelor’s degree in human services, specializing in youth and families, and is pursuing her master’s degree in family studies.

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.

Leslie Kroeger

Leslie Kroeger

Ms. Kroeger is a partner in the law firm of Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll, PLLC, specializing in products liability, class action, wrongful death, managed-care abuse law and environmental toxic tort. She is the president of the Florida Justice Association and co-chair of Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll’s Complex Tort Litigation practice group. She has served as an assistant public defender for Brevard and Seminole counties and as an assistant state attorney in Miami-Dade County.

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.

Doris Plym - Board Member

Doris Plym

Ms. 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.