Children's Services Advisory Board

Purpose

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

Application

Applications are only accepted when there are advertised vacancies on the board. Applicants for the Children's 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 Apply for an Advisory Board page..

For questions, or additional information, contact Susan Ford, Lead Human Services Analyst, at 941-749-3030 or email susan.ford@mymanatee.org.

Meetings

The meeting schedule for the Children's Services Advisory Board varies some throughout the year. During the months of June through March, meetings are held monthly on Wednesdays at 3:00 p.m. During early April through May, meetings are held weekly on Wednesdays at 2:30 p.m. Meetings 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
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. 09/30/2021 Child Advocate
Gail Wynne
 09/30/2020 Child Advocate
Kimberly Kutch, Chair 09/30/2021 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
Cornelle Maxfield
09/30/2020 Member of the NAACP
Debbie Tapp 09/30/2021 Representative of the United Way of Manatee County

Meeting Agendas and Minutes

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