Executive Leadership

Executive Leadership

The Communities Connected for Kids management team analyzes and identifies company goals and objectives and implements strategies that ensure success. Its members bring decades of clinical, financial, administrative and programmatic experience to the table.

Carol Deloach - Chief Executive Officer

Carol Deloach
Chief Executive Officer

Ms. DeLoach has more than 30 years of experience in child welfare services and was instrumental in creating the CBC Lead Agencies in circuits 10 & 18.  She has a proven track record of creating and maintaining child welfare operations throughout the state of Florida. Prior to moving to the Treasure Coast, Ms. Deloach most recently served as  Assistant Executive Director for Devereux Florida, where she instrumental in bringing together the Child Welfare, Mental Health and Intellectual Disabilities programs together to form a seamless continuum of care within Devereux Florida.

Lauren Hahn - CFO

Lauren Hahn
Chief Financial Officer

Ms. Hahn holds an MBA from Florida Atlantic University, and started her career in public accounting before transitioning to the private and non-profit sectors. She is a certified public accountant licensed in the state of Florida for over 20 years and is a long-standing member of the Florida Institute of CPAs. Ms. Hahn has spent the last decade in executive level positions for healthcare and behavioral health organizations in South Florida and the Treasure Coast.

Cheri Sheffer - Chief Operating Officer

Cheri Sheffer
Chief Operating Officer

Ms. Sheffer has served in direct services and management roles in both not-for-profit and government settings in the Treasure Coast/Circuit 19 community for more than 20 years and holds multiple certifications related to each of her roles. Her direct services experience ranges from working directly with families in poverty through the Head Start child development program and providing targeted case management services to children with emotional disturbances to the procurement and management of social services for the Department of Children and Families.

Caryn Toole - County Director

Caryn Toole
Indian River & Okeechobee County Director

Ms. Toole has 15 years of experience working in child welfare on the Treasure Coast, starting her career in case management for the Florida Department of Children and Families before transitioning to case management supervision with Children’s Home Society of Florida. Ms. Toole has worked with hundreds of local families both in home and in the community and has a unique grasp of the challenges facing our local population.  Ms. Toole is actively involved with several community organizations in Indian River County and serves on the Indian River County Children’s Services Advisory Committee.

Denise Natalizio Waninger - Martin County Director

Denise Natalizio Waninger, MS
Martin County Director/Licensing Director

Denise’s vast executive management experience includes oversight of dependency case management, foster home licensing, placement, in home prevention services, post adoption services, family group conferencing, independent living, COA, and community outreach. Her management experience began 30 years ago as a business owner. Her operations management acumen led to her role in the successful transition of Palm Beach County to Community Based Care in 2004. She is a former FL Supreme court certified family and civil mediator, and is fluent in Spanish. Denise holds a master’s degree in Human Services from Nova Southeastern University, and is a certified child protection professional.

Lorrene Egan - St. Lucie County Director

Lorrene Egan
St. Lucie County Director

Ms. Egan is a Certified Public Manager with management and administrative experience in all child-welfare programs including protective investigations, protective and foster care services, and foster care licensing. She began her career more than 35 years ago for the State of New Jersey, before relocating to Florida in 1994.  For 19 years she worked for the Florida Department of Children and Families in various child welfare positions serving in Circuits 10, 15, 18 and 19.

Rusty Kline - Director of Quality & Data Management

Rusty Kline, MS
Director of Quality and Data Management

Mr. Kline has nearly 35 years of experience providing child-welfare services in several states. He has served in quality assurance, continuous quality improvement and executive management positions for both for-profit and not-for-profit companies. Mr. Kline has assisted in the design, start-up and launch of high-quality and innovative programs for Juvenile Justice, Juvenile Sex Offender Programming, Program Administration and Program Coordination. He is a certified Peer Reviewer for the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice Bureau of Quality Assurance and a certified Quality Assurance Reviewer by the Florida Department of Children and Families Office of Family Safety.

Andi Poli - Director of Contract Management

Andi Poli
Director of Contract Management

Andi Poli has 15 years of experience in social services on the Treasure Coast. Prior to becoming the Director of Contract Management, Ms. Poli was the Supervisor of Utilization Management, a department she started, developed, and expanded with Devereux CBC.  Under Ms. Poli’s supervision, the Utilization Management Department streamlined community service delivery to clients, provided education of treatment needs to child-welfare staff, efficiently and responsibly managed funding, reviewed and approved appropriate clinical services to children in care, and participated in interagency initiatives to improve communication and community service availability.

Christina Kaiser - Director of Community Development

Christina Kaiser
Director of Community Development

Christina Kaiser has 20 years of journalism and public relations/marketing experience, most of which is in the local four-county area and specifically related to child-welfare. She covered social services and the state Department of Children and Families for the Press Journal, where she was recognized and awarded by the Society of Professional Journalists for quality reporting. Ms. Kaiser began her child-welfare career in 2000 as a foster parent recruiter for the Department of Children and Families, then joined the area’s first Community Based Care Lead Agency as the company’s resource coordinator in 2003. Ms. Kaiser leads all outreach, public relations, media relations and fundraising efforts for Communities Connected for Kids and assists the Chief Executive Officer and Board Chairman with legislative advocacy.

Josie Kirchner - Director of Clinical Services

Josie Kirchner
Director of Clinical Services

Ms. Kirchner began her career in child welfare as a Family Builders Counselor working with families whose children were at risk of imminent removal from their homes. Later, she worked as a case coordinator for the Child Protection Team, then started working with teens in 2000 as a therapist in the juvenile justice setting at Cornell-Abraxis. She was the chief administrator at VisionQuest Madalyn Program until returning to her therapeutic roots to oversee the implementation of behavioral health services and substance abuse out-patient services for VisionQuest programs. She is certified in motivational interviewing, rational living therapy, trauma informed care, equine assisted therapy and in TARGET-A, an educational and therapeutic approach for the prevention and treatment of post-traumatic stress disorders in adolescents.

Nicky Smith - Director of Organizational Development & Learning

Nicky Smith
Director of Organization Development and Learning

Ms. Smith has more than 25 years of experience in the child welfare field. She is responsible for overseeing all pre-service and In-service training activities for Communities Connected for Kids. Ms. Smith  recently facilitated the agencies accreditation project with the Council on Accreditation resulting in an expedited award. Ms. Smith is a certified child welfare trainer and certified field instructor with Florida Atlantic University. Ms. Smith provides supervision for Interns from the Bachelors and Masters of Social Work Programs. Ms. Smith is member of the Florida Certification Board Advisory Council. and is a board member for the Healthy Start Coalition of Martin County.  Ms. Smith started her career as a registered nurse, eventually completing midwifery and health-visitor training in the United Kingdom.

Christine Winter - Director of Finance

Christine Winter
Director of Finance

Ms. Winter’s career in child welfare services began in 2011 as a Revenue Maximization Specialist. Christine’s advancements led her to the Director of Finance position where she oversees all fiscal staff operations. Christine is the authority to maintain financial compliance per Federal and State regulations all while providing guidance to her team whom are responsible for accurately determining eligibility to utilized restricted funding sources. Christine holds a bachelor’s degree in Organizational Management, and is pursuing her Master’s in Business Administration at Florida Atlantic University.

Sherina Johnson - Program Director, SLC

Sherina Johnson
Program Director, St. Lucie County

Ms. Johnson has more than 15 years of experience working in the field of child welfare. Ms. Johnson first became a Dependency Case Manager in 2005 and transitioned into other roles before being promoted to becoming the Program Director of St. Lucie County, Florida, for Communities Connected for Kids. Ms. Johnson has played an integral role in working with children and their families reaching permanency in legal dependency cases for the past 15 years. Ms. Johnson is a lifetime resident of St. Lucie County which enhances her ability to understand more aptly the special circumstances of the children and families that are served in this community. Ms. Johnson is also actively involved with various community organizations and is a member of performance improvement workgroups.

Jill Poole - Program Director

Jill Poole
Program Director, Post-Adoption and Caregiver Support Services

Ms. Poole has over 15 years of experience working in the child welfare field on the Treasure Coast. She began her career as a dependency case manager with Children’s Home Society in 2004 and then accepted a foster parent support position with the lead Community Based Care organization in 2007. She spent the next 13 years building the organization’s Caregiver Support program, which consists of post-adoption support services and the management of foster home licensing including the new Level I foster care licensing program. Ms. Poole has a bachelor’s degree in social work and holds a Child Welfare Case Management certification and is also trained in Adoption Competency.

Elisabeth Eugene - Project Manager

Elisabeth Eugene
Project Manager

Ms. Eugene holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance & Management from Florida Atlantic University and is PMP certified by the Project Management Institute. With over 6 years of Project Management experience, Ms. Eugene has used her experience to lead and implement projects to support the needs of organizations. Starting in the public sector, Ms. Eugene has spent most of her career in a role supporting senior management. In addition to supporting CCKids’ CEO, Ms. Eugene serves as the Board liaison and is responsible for the dissemination of Board meeting materials and maintaining Board related documents.