Board of Directors

Circles of Care, Inc. is a private, not for profit corporation that is a 501(c)3, tax-exempt organization and a registered charitable corporation in the State of Florida. A voluntary citizen board of twenty-two persons who live and work in Brevard County governs Circles of Care, Inc. This active and involved Board of Directors is charged with:​

* Establishing all policies governing the corporation

* Approving annually the goals, objectives and a plan of operation for the delivery of services.

* Approval of an annual budget.

* Oversight of financial records and audits.

* Assuring those persons of the Brevard community are served with quality, appropriate and efficient programs.

Board members are selected for their interest and desire in the provision of quality behavioral healthcare services in Brevard County. The board members are reflective of the different geographical areas of the County and many represent consumers and family members with special interest in our various programs. Circles of Care is proud, as well, of the length of service of our board members.


Jerry Allender, Esq​

· Member of the Board of Directors – Circles of Care - since 2003

· Partner in the Law Office of Allender & Allender, P.A. (Elder Law)

· Juris Doctorate Degree, Stetson University College of Law

· Former Municipal Judge, City of Titusville (7 years)

· Outstanding Municipal Judge, Florida Municipal Judges Association (1973)

· Former Instructor, Real Estate License Law (12 years)

· Past Chairman/Director, Brevard Symphony Orchestra

· Past Chairman, Aging Matters of Brevard (formerly Community Services Council)

· Board of Directors, Jess Parrish Medical Foundation

· Chairman – Space Coast Transportation Planning Organization

· Secretary-Treasurer, Civilian Military Foundation

· Member of Brevard County Bar Association, Florida Bar Association and Indiana Bar Association


Dr. Brenda Fettrow

· Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors – Circles of Care

· Member of the Board of Directors since 2009

· City Manager, City of Cocoa

· Doctorate Degree in Education, University of Florida

· Past Chair, Cocoa Beach Regional Chamber of Commerce

· Member, Civilian/Military Community Relations Council

· Board Member, Space Coast Economic Development Co\mission (EDC)

· Life Member, Central Brevard NAACP

· Executive Committee Member, Space Coast (EDC)

· Vice Chair, North Brevard Economic Development Zone Board

· Member, Charter Review Committee Port Canaveral


Dewey Harris

· Member of the Board of Directors since 2001

· Certified Public Accountant

· Co-owner, Harris, Miller & Bernhardt, P.A.

· Brevard Community College Board of Trustees

· Cocoa Village Playhouse Board of Directors

· Past Member, Wuesthoff Health Systems Foundation

· Past Board Officer, Brevard Crisis Hotline


Heidar Heshmati, M.D., M.P.H.,Ph.D.

· Member of the Board of Directors since 2004

· Director, Brevard County Health Department

· Chief Local Registrar, Vital Statistics

· Board Certified in Preventive Medicine and Public Health

· Member, Florida and American Medical Associations

· Member and Board of Governors, Brevard County Medical Society

· Member, Children's Services Council of Brevard County

· Volunteer Dental Society Board of Directors

· Health Advisory Board for Child Care Association

· Clinical Assistant Professor of Physician Assistant Sciences, NOVA Southeastern University

· Member, Florida Society for Preventive Medicine

· Member, Florida Public Health Association

· Member, National Association of Local Board of Health


Neil M. Jackson

· Member of the Board of Directors since 1997

· Past Chairman of the Board of Directors

· Office Manager Carr, Riggs & Ingram, LLC

· Member and Past President, Suntree Pineda Rotary Club

· Junior Achievement Volunteer

· Suntree Viera Parks Advisory Committee

· Former Coach, Space Coast United Soccer Club

· Past Chairperson, Board of Trustees, Suntree United Methodist Church


Alice M. Jones, Ph.D.

· Member of the Board of Directors since 1982

· Scientist/Educator

· Ph.D., Epidemiological Science, University of Michigan

· Bachelor Degree, Wayne State University

· Program Coordinator, Brevard Machinist Apprenticeship Programs

· Owner, American Interhealth


Darcia Jones Francey

· Member of the Board of Directors since 1983

· Past Chairwoman of the Board of Directors

· Bachelor of Arts Degrees in History and Biology, Wesleyan College

· Graduate School, University of St. Thomas

· Community Service Leader, averages 40 volunteer hours a week

· Florida Today 2002 Volunteer of the Year Award

· Chairwoman, PREVENT! Of Brevard Board of Directors

· Member, Sally’s Friends Guild

· Foosanar Art Museum Guild

· Holmes Regional Medical Center Grape Escape Volunteer Committee

· Brevard Symphony Orchestra Board of Directors

· Brevard Symphony Orchestra Volunteer of the Year 1999

· Brevard Symphony Orchestra South Guild

· Women's Center Guild Board

· Member, Project Hunger

· Melbourne Civic Theatre Board of Directors

· Brevard Cultural Alliance Board of Directors

· American Association of University Women Lifetime Member

· Wesleyan College Distinguished Alumni Award for Community Service 2004


Benjamin Glover

​· Member of the Board of Directors – Circles of Care, Inc., - since 2018

​· National realty of Brevard, Inc.

​· Florida Real Estate Licensee/Lead Brevard Class of 2016/Easter Florida State College

​· Board of Directors – Easter Florida State College Foundation

​· Brevard county Planning & Development Planning & Zoning

​· Crosswinds Youth Services

​· Past Committee Member - United Way Emerging Leaders Program

​· Committee Member – Brevard County Sheriff’s Office Pet Posse Steering Committee

​· Committee Member – Brevard County Sheriff’s Public Safety Charity Fundraising

​· Past Committee Member – City of Cocoa – Strategic Plan


Sheriff Robert Wayne Ivey

​· Member of the Board of Directors since 2014

· Sheriff of Brevard County, Florida

· In law Enforcement for three decades.

· Graduate from FBI National Academy

· Bachelors Degree from Daytona State College

· National Sheriffs Association

· Sheriff’s Advisory council to the Florida Highway Patrol

· American Cancer Society

· AMI Kids

· Crosswinds Youth Services

· EFSC Foundation Central Florida PBA

Past Organization and Affiliations

· Prevent of Brevard

· Promise of Brevard

· Central Brevard Humane Society


George Kambourelis

​· Member of the Board of Directors from 1985 to 1987; returned to the Board in 1999

· Retired Harris Corporation Executive

· MSEE, University of New Mexico

· BEE, University of Florida

· Past Board Member, Brevard County Mental Health Association

· Grassroots Supporter of the Alliance for the Mentally Ill

· Extensive background in advocacy for the mentally ill

· Broad-based knowledge of the behavioral healthcare systems

· Consumer Advocate


Mary Beth Kenkel, Ph.D.

· Member of the Board of Directors since 2003

· Dean of the College of Psychology & Liberal Arts, Florida Institute of Technology

· Licensed Psychologist (CA)

· Chair, Board of Directors, Brevard Drop-In Center

· Fellow, American Psychological Association (APA)

· Fellow, Society for Community Research and Action

· APA Presidential Citation, 2000

· National Academies of Practice Distinguished Practitioner Award

· National Council of Schools and Programs of Professional Psychology Distinguished Service and Contribution Award

· Numerous publications


Richard K. Laird, MBA

· Member of the Board of Directors – Circles of Care, Inc., - since 2018

· Vice President Operations, Eastern Florida State College

· Masters in Business Administration, Monmouth University

· Board, Brevard County School – Holy Name of Jesus

· Trustee - Junior Achievement of the Space Coast

· Past Board of Trustee - Monmouth University

· Past Board of Trustee – St. Mary’s Episcopal Church

· Past Trustee – United Way, Monmouth County

· Past President – Central Florida Innovation Corp.

· Past President/C.E.O./Director – Infinitec Networks Inc.

· Past President/C.E.O./Director – RELM Wireless Corporation.

· Past EV.P./C.O.O. – ANTEC Inc.

· Founder/Chairman/C.E.O. – KEPTEL Inc.

· Past President/C.O.O. – Kessler Ellis Products Inc.


Brian L. Lightle

· Member of the Board of Directors Since 2013

· President & Broker ~ Lightle Beckner Robison, Inc

· Board Member ~ EDC of Florida’s Space Coast

· Calvary Chapel Melbourne ~ Finance committee

· NAR—National Association of Realtors

· Melbourne/Palm Bay Area Chamber of Commerce – Past-Chairman International Council of Shopping Centers

· Economic Development Commission of Florida’s Space Coast

· Board of Directors ~ Rotary Club of Indialantic, Fl

· Board of Director - SIOR

· Past Chair of EDC Florida’s Space Coast

· Past Chair ~ Indialantic Rotary Club

· Past Chair ~ Melbourne /Palm Bay Chamber of Commerce

· Past President Founders Forum


· CCIM – Certified Commercial Investment Member

· SIOR –Society of Industrial & Office Realtors


Jack Masson

· Chairman of the Board of Directors – Circles of Care

· Member of the Board of Directors since 2003

· Parks and Recreation Director, Brevard County Board of County Commissioners

· Board of Directors, Rotary Club of Brevard

· Board of Directors, Keep Brevard Beautiful

· St. Johns River Water Management Advisory Council

· Florida High School Activities Association, High School Baseball Umpire

· Florida Little League District 22, Past District Administrator

· Past Recipient of the Brevard County Board of Commissioner's Excellence in Public Service Award. Given to

  One Senior management employee annually to recognize professional service and community involvement

· Past Recipient of the Rotary's Paul Harris Fellow Award – the Club's way of expressing appreciation through

  the Rotary Foundation to someone who has aided in its humanitarian and educational programs

· Inducted into the University of Florida College of Health and Human Performance Hall of Fame. This

  prestigious recognition award highlights outstanding alumni demonstrating significant contributions and

  accomplishments “above and beyond” their employment responsibilities.


Andrew Pickett

· Member of the Board of Directors – Circles of Care, Inc., - since 2018

· Andrew Pickett Law, PLLC

· University of Miami - Masters In Law

· University of Florida – Juris Doctor Degree (JD)

· Board of Director - Friends of the Children’s Advocacy Center of Brevard

· Space Coast Tiger Bay Club

· Volunteer Judge - 18th Circuit Teen Court

· Florida Supreme Court Justice Teaching Program

· Instructor – The Law Enforcement Academy

· Paralegal Program – Eastern Florida State College

· Former Prosecutor - State Attorney’s Office

· Awarded State Attorney’s Office Pride in Excellence Attorney of the Year

· Past Member - Brevard County Bar Association

· Past President – Young Lawyer Division, Brevard County Bar Association

· Member – Vassar B. Carlton American Inn of Court


Judge Charles J. Roberts

· Member of the Board of Directors since 1995

· Past Chairman of the Board of Directors

· Circuit Court Judge of the Eighteenth Judicial Circuit

· Juris Doctorate Degree, Stetson University College of Law

· Former Member, Florida House of Representatives

· Former Brevard County Commissioner

· Graduate of University of Florida

· Graduate of Brevard Community College

· Graduate of Melbourne High School

· Member, Florida Bar Association

· Board of Directors, Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers


Robert E. Salonen

· Member of the Board of Directors from 2000-2009; returned to the Board in 2011

· Director Business Development, Economic Development Commission of Florida’s Space Coast

· Past Director of Marketing & Development, Brevard Regional Hyperbaric Center/SAMI

· Bachelor of Arts Degree in English and Business Management, University of Connecticut

· Certified Economic Developer (CEcD), International Economic Development Council

· Leadership & Management Certificate, Florida Institute of Technology/ Melbourne Chamber of Commerce

· Lead Brevard Class of 1999

· Member, National Space Club

· Member, Society of Manufacturing Engineers

· Member, Florida Space Business Development Group

· Member, International Economic Development Council

· Past Member, Palm Bay Economic Development Task Force

· Past Volunteer, Civil Air Patrol - Florida

· Boy Scouts of America, Adult Leadership (1989-2009)


Scott D. Widerman

· Member of the Board of Directors Since 2014

· Member of the Board of Directors Since 2014

· Partner, Attorney at Law~ Zies Widerman & Malek

· University of Central Florida (B.S., 1995)

· Barry University (J.D., 2002)

· United States District Court of Florida (Middle District)

· United States Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit United States Supreme Court

· Past and present Affiliations:

Past and Present Organization and Affiliations:

· Board of Directors ~ The Cape Canaveral Hospital District

· Board of Directors ~ The Friends of Sally’s House

· Florida Bar

· Vasser B. Carlton American Inns of Court

· Delta Theta Phi Law Fraternity, in addition to being

· Member of the Cocoa Beach Area Chamber of Commerce

· Melbourne-Palm Bay Chamber of Commerce

· Prevent of Brevard

· Brevard Youth Soccer League

· Jewish Federation of Brevard