Childrens Services Advisory Board


The purpose of the Children's Services Advisory Board is to make recommendations to the County regarding the expenditure of dedicated funding, to consult with agencies dedicated to the welfare of children in an effort to minimize duplication of services, and to complete other duties assigned by the Board of County Commissioners.



Membership Requirements

The Board of County Commissioners appoints Manatee County residents for three year terms, representing the following areas:


  • 1 Physician, preferably a Pediatrician
  • 1 Licensed Mental Health Professional
  • 1 Member of the NAACP
  • 5 Child Advocates who are not affiliated with any agency receiving county funds
  • 1 Criminal Justice Representative
  • 1 Member of the Manatee County School Board
  • 1 Representative of the Florida Department of Children & Families
  • 1 Representative of the United Way of Manatee County
  • 1 Judge/Representative of the Family Law Division


Applicants for the Childrens Services Advisory Board must complete the application, including the supplemental questions on page four, and provide a current and comprehensive resume or curriculum vitae. All documents must be completed and submitted for the applicant to be considered for appointment. The application form is available for downloading on the upper right side of this web page. 


For questions, or additional information, contact Susan Ford, Lead Human Services Analyst, at 941-749-3030 or email



The meeting schedule for the Children's Services Advisory Board varies some throughout the year.  In general, meetings are held monthly on Wednesdays at 3:00 p.m.; and are usually held on the 4th Floor of the Manatee County Administrative Center, 1112 Manatee Avenue West, Bradenton, Florida in the Manatee Room.

Advisory Board retreats are held annually at various locations throughout the community.


Current Members


Name Term Seat
 Richard Aubry  09/30/2020  Child Advocate
 Xtavia Bailey, Vice-Chair  09/30/2020  Child Advocate
 Pierrette Kelly  09/30/2019  Child Advocate
 Joanne Hibbs  09/30/2018  Child Advocate
 Sandra S. Stone, Ph.D.  09/30/2018  Child Advocate
 Kimberly Kutch, Chair  09/30/2018  Representative of FL Dept of Children & Families
 Jeremy Giddens  09/30/2019  Criminal Justice Representative
 Vacant    Judge of the Family Law Division
 Melanie Teves Bell, LMFT  09/30/2018  Licensed Mental Health Professional
 Gina Messenger  09/30/2020  Member of the Manatee County School Board
 George Van Buren, MD  09/30/2019  Physician/Pediatrician
 Dr. Sharon Jefferson  09/30/2020  Member of the NAACP
 Debbie Tapp  09/30/2018

 Representative of the United Way of Manatee County


2017 and 2018 Meeting Agendas and Minutes

To view the agenda or minutes, click on the date below.