Board of Directors
Sheriff Don Eslinger
Chairman Sheriff Don Eslinger earned his bachelor’s degree in applied behavioral sciences from National Louis University and is a graduate of the Federal Bureau of Investigationational Academy in Quantico, Va. Sheriff Eslinger served 33 years with the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office before retiring in 2017. Sheriff Eslinger has held numerous positions on the boards of community and professional organizations.
Wansley Walters is the former Secretary for the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice. As a nationally recognized leader in the field of juvenile justice and a long standing child advocate, she pioneered the reform of the largest comprehensive juvenile justice system in the country in the administration of Governor Rick Scott. Under her leadership, the agency implemented strategies that have reduced the juvenile crime statewide and the number of children in detention and residential care as well as expanding civil citations for first time misdemeanors statewide. Wansley currently serves as the Chair of the Florida Children and Youth Cabinet.
Carl Weinrich was the CEO and president of the Sarasota YMCA from 1975-2009. He was responsible for initiating several types of facilities and programs and for managing the first pilot for the statewide community-based care agency model. Weinrich created dozens of programs to better the lives of the state’s most vulnerable, including a transitional living facility for foster or displaced youth, an academic achievers program for black and Hispanic youth and a second-chance academy for struggling students.
David Griffin earned a full athletic scholarship to Penn State University and then went on to play professional basketball in Europe. He furthered his education by earning a MBA from Lake Erie College and a law degree from Cleveland Marshall College of Law. Griffin is a businessman and a lawyer with more than 20 years of experience in public, private and athletic enterprises. He served as the Florida Lottery Secretary under Gov. Jeb Bush and executive director of the Bush/Brogan 2002 Transition Office. Griffin currently is the owner and president of David Griffin Consulting.
Immediate Past Chairman
A native of Fort Myers, Fla. Chris Dudley graduated from the University of South Florida in 1993 with a bachelor’s degree in political science. Dudley joined Southern Strategy Group in November 2000 after serving seven years in state government. During that time, Dudley served as assistant to the chief of staff and the acting deputy chief of staff to former Gov. Jeb Bush. Through the years, Dudley has worked on various state and local campaigns, including the 1998 and 2002 Bush/Brogan gubernatorial campaigns. A devoted community activist, Dudley was a finalist for Volunteer of the Year in 2007.
Maggie Bowles is an active community volunteer dedicating her time to identifying and resolving gaps in children services in Florida. Beginning in 1990, she helped start education programs and health services for pregnant teens in Immokalee, which grew to become one of the most outstanding community resources for troubled and at-risk girls, funded in part by the Collier County School System and the Department of Education. For many years, Maggie served on the Board of the Naples Alliance for Children (NAFC), a volunteer advocacy non-profit committed to working for and providing change in policies and practices through public awareness and network coalitions.
Matthew Meadows is a retired Fort Lauderdale, Florida educator and Democratic politician who served as the representative for District 94 of the Florida House of Representatives from 2001 to 2009. He was first elected to the Florida House in 2000, was elected to four successive terms, and was term limited out after 2008. He served in the Florida Senate from 1992 to 1998.
After attending Catholic school, including four years at Catholic Seminary, Calabro graduated with high honors from Broward Community College, later receiving his bachelor’s degree with highest honors from Florida International University. Calabro also holds a master’s degree from Florida State University. Calabro is president and CEO of Florida TaxWatch, a statewide, non-profit, non-partisan government watchdog and research institute for taxpayers.
Samuel Morley is a graduate of Virginia Polytechnic Institute and earned a law degree from Wake Forest University. Morley has been the General Counsel for the Florida Press Association (FPA) for the past eight years and handles the legal affairs of the FPA and the Florida Press Service. Morley is a recipient of The Florida Bar President’s Pro Bono Award, a graduate of Leadership Tallahassee and a past president and member of the Capital City Youth Services board of directors.
Laurie Jackson earned an executive master’s degree in business administration from the University of Missouri – Kansas City and a bachelor’s degree in social work from the University of Nebraska, Kearney. Jackson is the executive director for National Safe Place. She joined this organization in June 2010, although she has been active with Safe Place for more than 15 years. Prior to coming to Safe Place, she served as associate executive director for Synergy Services, Inc., in Kansas City, Mo.
Barry Cofield is an american football defensive tackle in the NFL. He was drafted in the fourth round by the New York Giants in the 2006 NFL Draft and previously played for the Washington Redskins. Cofield played college football at Northwestern University. Cofield has a deep passion for at-risk youth. It is his belief, that every child should be given every opportunity for success, and it is his hope that he can serve as a positive role model and inspiration for at-risk youth. His passion is evident in his volunteer efforts at Boys Town of Central Florida.
Dennis “Denny” Jones
Dennis Jones is a 35-year veteran of law enforcement and has served in many roles throughout his career. Most prominent is Jones’s experience with the United States Navy serving in Vietnam. Jones then studied at Pennsylvania State University, where he graduated with a bachelor of science in criminology. Jones completed the Florida Department of Law Enforcement Institute and in 1978, he became a police officer in Daytona Beach, Fla. Jones worked his way through the ranks, and he was eventually appointed to police chief in November 2002. Jones was then selected to serve as police chief for the Tallahassee Police Department until his retirement in October 2013. Jones holds positions with Boys and Girls Club, Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Penn State Alumni Association.
Tracy Salem Ph.D.
Tracy Salem received her doctoral degree in organizational leadership in 2008. Salem is the Youth and Family Services Manager for Orange County Government. She oversees the Orange County Youth Shelter and has been employed with Orange County government for more than 10 years. Salem has worked with the at-risk youth population for 15 years working in various other roles including a probation officer and an assistant principal. Salem remains involved in the community and actively works with several boards.
Jim Pearce has more than 30 years of progressive, supervisory and administrative experience in the Florida Department of Children and Families and the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice. Pearce currently serves as the CDS Family & Behavioral Health Services CEO. In addition, he serves on the Youth and Family Services Network board, chairs the 8th Circuit Juvenile Justice Board and is a member of several organizations serving Alachua county.
Dr. Rosby L. Glover
Dr. Rosby L. Glover has worked with juveniles and their families since 1994. He has worked as a youth counselor, Director of Foster Care, Director of Youth Shelters, Youth Programs Director and Executive Director of Mount Bethel Human Services Corporation, Inc. Dr. Glover holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice, a Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling and a Doctor of Ministry Degree in Pastoral Leadership. Dr. Glover has been the Executive Director of Mount Bethel Human Services Corporation, Inc. for the past 14 years where he has spear-headed social service programs that touch over 5,000 lives annually.