Personnel note: Kristin Vallese, John F. Davis join DCF executive team

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The Department of Children and Families Secretary David Wilkins announced the addition of three key members to the management teamthat will help guide the Department toward the mission of a more efficientand effective agency that places the protection of the state? mostvulnerable children and adults as the priority.

?ur agency? employees deserve strong leadership to support their selflesswork in helping others and our state? taxpayers deserve the best talent atevery level,?said Wilkins. ? am proud to work with accomplishedprofessionals in Tallahassee and around the state. These leadershipappointments will round out our management team and I know I have thesupport necessary to lead this Department? employees in pursuing andachieving the quality of care that Floridians need and expect.?

Vivian Myrtetus will join the Department as Chief of Staff, overseeing theagency? communications, external affairs, legislative affairs andexecutive staff. Vivian most recently served as deputy chief of staff forU.S. Sen. George LeMieux. She has served in leadership positions in boththe private and public sector and her experience includes strategic publicrelations management with a special focus in public policy and issueresolution.

Kristin Vallese will be the Department? Director of ExecutiveCommunication, managing a myriad of duties including correspondence, clientrelations and internal and external communications. Kristin was recentlythe interim CEO and Director of Outreach and Operations for the FloridaChildren? Services Council and has extensive experience in management,strategic communications and legislative affairs. Previously, Kristin wasthe Director of Communications for the Florida Association of Counties andthe Florida Association of the American Institute of Architects.

John F. Davis will serve as the Director of External Affairs focusing ongrassroots outreach to develop and maintain critical relationships withcommunity partners and associations. John was most recently president ofthe JFD Consulting Group where he worked closely with community leaders andorganizations to advocate for their issues. John graduated from The FloridaState University in 1994 with a Bachelor? of Science in Political Scienceand a minor in Criminology.

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