6TH ANNUAL BLACK TIE GALA FUNDRAISER
CELEBRATING "MEN TRAILBLAZERS IN CHILDREN'S MENTAL HEALTH"
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 11, 2018
6 PM RECEPTION * 7 PM DINNER * 8 PM PROGRAM
ORLANDO MUSEUM OF ART
2416 MILLS AVENUE, ORLANDO FL 32803
Our Emcee for the evening
The fabulous Lauren Rowe
Music by the talented
Harpist Christine MacPhail
CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR 2018 HONOREES!
Attorney Belvin Perry, Jr.
Former Chief Judge of the 9th Judicial Circuit
Morgan & Morgan
CHILDREN'S MENTAL HEALTH CHAMPION
Belvin Perry, Jr. was born on October 11, 1949 to Belvin Perry, Sr. and Jessie M. Perry of Orlando, Florida. He graduated from Jones High School in Orlando where he was active in the Chess Club and the school’s music program as a member of the marching and concert bands. Raised to value public service, his mother worked as a public school teacher and his father served in law enforcement as one of the first two African-American police officers to be hired by the Orlando Police Department. Belvin is married to his wife, LaDrean, and they have two adult children and two grandsons. Belvin retired from the bench at the end of August of 2014 and is currently an attorney with the Law Firm of Morgan and Morgan, P. A., and a legal analyst with WFTV Channel 9. Belvin currently serves on the Board of Trustees for Bethune Cookman University, Board of Trustees for Florida A & M University, Board of Directors Orlando Magic Youth Foundation and Board of Director of United Arts of Central Florida.
Belvin attended Tuskegee University where he received a Bachelor of Science in History in 1972 and a Master of Education in Student Personnel Services in 1974. He went on to study law at Thurgood Marshall School of Law where he received his Juris Doctor in 1977. Belvin began his legal career with the Office of the State Attorney serving as a Trial Attorney in 1977. He quickly rose through the ranks with the State Attorney’s Office, concluding his service with the prosecutor’s office as Chief Assistant State Attorney in 1989. In January of that same year, Belvin became the first African-American to be elected to the circuit bench of the Ninth Circuit without first being appointed. During his twenty-five years on the bench Belvin served as Administrative Judge in Osceola County and served nine terms as Chief Judge of the Ninth Judicial Circuit.
In his professional activities as a judge, Belvin served as President of the National Conference of Metropolitan Courts, 2010 -2011 and as Chair of the Florida Innocence Commission. He also serves on the Trial Court Budget Commission where he previously served as Chair for four years. He has served on the Supreme Court Criminal Court Steering Committee; Supreme Court Local Rule Advisory Committee; Florida Supreme Court Commission on Fairness – Guardianship Subcommittee; Supreme Court Committee on Post-Conviction Relief in Capital Cases; Florida Court Education Council; Orange County Jail Oversight Committee; as Chair of the Criminal Justice – Public Safety Coordinating Council; as Chair of the Statewide Revision 7 Communications Advisory Group; and as the first African-American Chair of the Florida Conference of Circuit Court Judges. He is a member of the Florida Bar Association, Texas Bar Association, Paul C. Perkins Bar Association, and the Orange County Bar Association. He is also involved with 100 Black Men of Orlando, Inc., and formerly served as Chair of the Orange County Central Receiving Center.
In 2001, Belvin was recognized by Orlando Magazine as one of the 20 most powerful people in Orlando. Again, in 2004, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 he was recognized as one of the 50 most powerful people in Orlando. In 2011, he was recognized by Ebony Magazine as one of their Power 100. In 2011, 2012, and 2013 he was recognized by Orlando Sentinel Columnist Scott Maxwell as one of the 25 most powerful people in Central Florida.
His dedication and work on the bench also earned him the 2009 FLABOTA Jurist of the Year presented by the Florida Chapters of the American Board of Trial Advocates, 2009 Trial Judge of the Year presented by the Central Florida Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates, and the 2005 Jurist of the Year Award presented by the Hispanic Bar Association of Central Florida.
Other awards and honors include: NAACP 2015 Community Service Man of the Year Award – For Outstanding Vision, Dedication, 7 Commitment to Excellence, presented April 25, 2015; Barry University – Dwayne O. Andreas School of Law 2015 Champion of Justice Award; The Black History Committee of Orange County, Inc., Distinguished Service Award, February 28, 2015; 2015 Outstanding Achievement Award of Beta Delta Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., 2014 Lifetime Achievement Service Award by Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Orange County Domestic Violence Task Force Award 2014 Justice Award; Community Legal Service of Mid-Florida - Legacy of Justice Award, October 2014; 2014 Historical Society of Central Florida, John Young History Maker Present Award; YMCA of Central Florida & Southwest Orlando Jaycees 2014 Arthur “Pappy” Kennedy Lifetime Achievement Award; 2013 Central Florida Urban League Bob Billingsley Legacy Award; 2012 James G. Glazebrook Memorial Bar Service Award by the Orange County Bar; 2012 Judge William M. Hoeveler Judicial Award for Professionalism by the Florida Bar; 2005 Golden Bell Award presented by the Mental Health Association of Central Florida; Drum Major Award presented by the Dr. I.S. Hankins/F.A. Johnson Education Foundation, Inc., Founders Award presented by Florida Partners in Crisis; Friend of Law Related Education Award presented by the Florida Law Related Education Association, Inc. and a 2003 Appreciation Award from presented by the Paul C. Perkins Bar Association for meritorious service and dedication to the legal community. Upon his retirement from the bench in August of 2014, Orange County Government renamed the Orange County Central Receiving Center, the Belvin Perry, Jr., Central Receiving Center in his honor for the work he did in mental illness and substance use disorders.
In his role as Chief Judge, Judge Perry has achieved many milestones in the Ninth Circuit to include the start-up of the Florida’s first complex business litigation court; serving as a driving force behind the Orange County Central Receiving Center to assist those with mental illness and substance use disorders; the implementation of technology into the court through development of high tech courtrooms, centralized court reporting and remote court interpreting; and in serving on the Orange County Jail Oversight Committee and the opening of three courtrooms at the jail’s Booking and Release Center.
Vice President, Public Affairs
Community Based Care of Central Florida
Joe Durso currently serves as Vice President for Public Affairs for Community Based Care (CBC) of Central Florida. CBC is the non-profit in Seminole, Orange and Osceola Counties responsible for coordinating care for victims of child abuse and neglect. Prior to his experience at CBC he served as Chief of Staff to State Senator Lee Constantine where he did comprehensive work on issues including healthcare, environmental policy, the Florida Building Code, business and education programs, and economic policy.
Joe served as Mayor and a Commissioner in the City of Longwood, Florida from 2008-2017, and proudly represented the city on many regional and statewide boards including the Tri-County League of Cities, the Florida League of Cities, MetroPlan Orlando, and the Florida Municipal Pension Trust Fund board.
Joe graduated Cum Laude from Florida State University with Bachelor degrees in Political Science and Interdisciplinary Social Science, and a Certificate in Political Economics. He earned a Master’s Degree in Political Management and Issue Advocacy from the George Washington University in Washington D.C. Joe completed Harvard University’s Emerging World Leaders program in 2013, and in 2017 returned to earn his Master of Public Administration degree from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.
Joe is very active on several community boards including the Orlando Science Center, the James Madison Institute, and the Foundation for Seminole County Public Schools. He is also a graduate of Leadership Seminole, Leadership Orlando, and Leadership Florida. In 2012 and 2015 Joe was recognized as one of Central Florida’s 40 Under Forty by the Orlando Business Journal, and in 2017 was honored as a Home Rule Hero by the Florida League of Cities.
Director of Youth Empowerment
SERVICE FOR CHANGE CHAMPION
Greg Dicharry is the national youth empowerment director at Magellan Healthcare. Dicharry developed the MY LIFE (Magellan Youth Leaders Inspiring Future Empowerment) program, which is one of the nation's leading programs for youth who experience mental health, substance use and/or foster care- related challenges.
Dicharry oversees 15 MY LIFE groups nationally, including more than 500 youth, and works with MY LIFE to plan and produce MY Fest youth festivals and other community events designed to reduce stigma and raise awareness about mental health and other issues.
Dicharry is a Louisiana native who was introduced to the world of mental health while living in Hollywood living his dream of working in the entertainment industry. It was there he experienced his first manic episode while directing a music video, and was hospitalized and diagnosed with co-occurring bipolar and substance use disorders. He spent the next 10 years in and out of denial about his diagnosis, which resulted in over 10 forced hospitalizations, a one-month stay in Orleans Parish Prison’s psychiatric unit, two stays in drug rehabilitation and many hopeless depressive states.
Prior to Magellan, Dicharry was employed by Triple R Behavioral Health, overseeing all aspects of a Certified Peer Support Training Program, from which he also graduated. He also started 12-step recovery groups at the Arizona State Mental Hospital Forensic Unit and at two juvenile detention centers in Arizona.
In recognition of his work, Dicharry was awarded a 2014 SAMHSA Voice Award for consumer/ peer leadership, the 2013 Howie the Harp Award for Advocacy in the Arts and a 2013 National Council Reintegration Award for mentorship.
Dicharry earned his bachelor’s degree in communication from Arizona State University and is a Certified Psychiatric Rehabilitation Practitioner (CPRP). He currently lives in Baton Rouge, La. with his wife Lacy, who is also a national expert in youth involvement in mental health and foster care systems, and their daughter, Gracy.
SEMINOLE COUNTY FAMILY CHAMPION
Cesar and his family currently reside in Seminole County, Florida. He has been married to his wife, Roxanne for 13 years and is a hardworking father of four. The children who range in age from 10-20 have varying needs with mental health diagnosis being present in two of his four children. Cesar believes that advocating for his children’s needs is of immense importance. After one of his children experienced a mental health crisis his family was introduced to Wraparound Seminole and eventually Federation of Families. It was through Federation of Families’ monthly meetings Cesar discovered that his family was not alone in this journey as he developed meaningful connections with families and staff. Despite being a busy father, Cesar went back to school to pursue an A.S. in HVAC. Through challenging work and determination Cesar is pleased to announce that he has graduated March 2018.
ORANGE COUNTY FAMILY CHAMPION
Patrick Delerme is a Program Manager at Polycarpe. This nonprofit agency is co-owned with his wife, Penny Delerme. Polycarpe focuses on helping build mental health awareness; decreasing stigma and helping people of Afro-Caribbean heritage seek mental health assistance when needed. He graduated from the University of Central Florida with a bachelor’s in psychology. He went on to receive his master’s from Troy University with a major in Educational Counseling. He is a Navy Veteran where he proudly served seven years as a Hospital Corpsman which he received a Meritorious Medal during his active duty tour.
He found himself involved with mental health after adopting his nephew. Paul, his nephew, was diagnosed with ADHD a year after the adoption. Paul was also suffering from trauma due to both of his parents passing away before he was four years old.
Mr. Delerme learned a lot about navigating the system as he tried to help Paul. He currently resides in Orlando, Florida with his wife and daughter, Morgan. He strongly believes mental health matters should be a concern for everyone.