Our Board of Directors
Our Board of Directors is made up of professionals and family members who are invested in making a difference in the lives of Central Florida families and their children through the work of the Federation of Families of Central Florida
Howard Walker, Chair
New Vision Concepts & Associates
Howard Walker began his career in nonprofit management more than 25 years ago. Howard started two nonprofit organizations, headed several others as Executive Director, and most recently formed New Vision Concepts & Associates, a management firm that provides consulting services to government, nonprofit and faith-based organizations in the areas of executive coaching, strategic planning, capacity building, leadership development, systems implementation, grant review/evaluation and organizational development. Howard has also served Federation as Board Consultant for the past two years.
Howard received his undergraduate degree in Marketing, his Master’s Degree in Organizational Management, and Executive Education in Non-Profit Management, and is currently pursuing a Doctoral Degree specializing in Non-Profit Management.
Mary Jo McHaney, Board Secretary
Personal Solutions in Counseling
Mary Jo McHaney is licensed both as a Marriage and Family Therapist, and a Mental Health Counselor. She is also a Certified Addictions Professional. She is a certified instructor for Youth Mental Health First Aid USA, as well as a parent educator for the Beyond Consequences Institute. In addition, she is a Florida Board approved Clinical Supervisor for Registered Interns. She is also certified through the State of Florida as an Adoptions Competent Counselor. She graduated from Florida State University with an undergraduate degree in Psychology and she obtained her Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. With over thirty years of clinical experience, Mary Jo has worked in a variety of settings, from agencies, schools, medical centers, and ultimately private practice. Mary Jo has conducted numerous seminars and training programs. Specifically, she has provided parent-training classes focusing on children and teens for over thirty years. She provides local and state wide trainings for families and professionals on trauma’s impact on the developing brain. Mary Jo specializes in working with trauma, Reactive Attachment Disorder (RAD), grief, adoption, couples, families, children adolescence, anxiety, and depression. She has received extensive training in the use of Eye Movement Desensitization, and Reprocessing (EMDR), and utilizes it, when clinically appropriate, to facilitate rapid healing. She also embraces the Stress Model developed by the Post Institute when working with Attachment issues. The Stress Model is a “love based” intervention that strongly incorporates the family in facilitating the healing of the attached challenged child.
Mary Jo McHaney, Board Secretary
Leonard Romano, Treasurer
Batts, Morrison, Wales & Lee, P.A.
Leonard Romano – Mr. Romano brings over 20 years of Accounting experience – most recently he has joined Batts, Morrison, Wales & Lee, P.A., located downtown Orlando. Mr. Romano is experienced in financial statement preparation, detailed general ledger analysis, preparation and analysis of cash flow reports, income and expense analysis, various state, federal and Internal Revenue Service tax reporting and returns. Mr. Romano earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting from Fairmont State College in West Virginia.
Leonard Romano, Treasurer
Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern
Lauren Andrew is a Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern. She earned a Bachelor of Science at the University of Florida and a dual Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling and Marital, Couple, and Family Counseling/Therapy from Barry University. Much of Lauren’s professional career was spent predominantly in the non-profit sector, but an entrepreneurial spirit led her to engage in independent contractor work, as well. Though Lauren’s focus was always on helping people, it seemed that something was missing. She understood the impact mental health related issues may have on the trajectory of a life. Motivated to help people to realize and reach for their potential, Lauren returned to school as a non-traditional student to be trained as a therapist. Beyond her commitment to helping clients, Lauren became involved in mental health advocacy efforts for very personal reasons. She has come to know the inherent sense of powerlessness felt when you have loved ones that experience chronic and persistent mental illness. Lauren’s wish is to help others to not feel alone as they navigate the mental healthcare system and to make meaning out of what she and her family endured by effecting positive change for others.
Lauren Andrew, Board Secretary
Seminole County Law Enforcement
Rob Lilly joined Federation of Families in order to help bring awareness of how important it is for a community to support families that are struggling with mental health. Rob and his wife have six children, four of which have a mental health challenge. Rob has worked in law enforcement in Seminole County for 14 years and has seen first- hand how difficult it can be for caregivers to manage and understand children who have a mental health diagnosis. Rob is currently working on his Bachelor’s in Psychology.
Rob Lilly, Director
Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance Central Florida
Cheryl Molyneaux brings to the table over 20 years of experience in nonprofit leadership of organizations that provide services to individuals with mental health challenges. She is currently President of Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance Central Florida. Cheryl served as Director of Finance for Maryland Disability Law Center, the state’s protection and advocacy agency for individuals with disabilities. She served as fiscal consultant on monitoring teams conducting fiscal and programmatic reviews of various states’ protection and advocacy agencies that received federal mental health funds (SAMHSA). She served as Management Consultant to various law firms specializing in providing legal representation to individuals who were patients in mental health facilities. As an educator, Cheryl has served in various capacities from Associate Campus Dean to Professor of Accounting and Business. Cheryl earned her Bachelor’s degree from University of the Virgin Islands, MBA from University of Baltimore and Doctorate in Organizational Leadership from Nova Southeastern University. Her experiences supporting individuals who provide direct services and her personal experiences in navigating an often-inadequate system of mental health care has led to her desire to be a strong advocate for parity in the mental health care systems.
Cheryl Molyneaux, Director
Wilton Beamer, Director
Director of Education
Wilton Beamer has over a decade of experience in the field of special education. He has served as a mentor by sharing his knowledge and experience tutoring students with disabilities in life skills to increase their independence and improve their quality of life (e.g., daily living, curriculum, learning, social skills, self-care, coping strategies). He is currently the Director of Education at a private school that services children with Autism and other developmental disabilities. In his role he advocates for parents of children with disabilities by informing them of their rights as part of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and personally guides them through the process to ensure their child receives an appropriate education in the least restrictive environment. Wilton successfully lead his school through the rigorous Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) accreditation process. He is also a dedicated member of Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) and of the CEC Division of International Special Education and Services (DISES). Additionally, he has devoted a considerable amount of his time to serve as a Special Olympics coach in various sporting areas.
Wilton earned his bachelors in psychology from the University of Florida and his Masters in Exceptional Student Education from the University of Central Florida.