About Us

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Our mission

 We focus on making the maximum positive effort for our community. Our members and volunteers provide the momentum that helps us affect change. Using data driven models, we provide solutions that make a long-lasting difference. 

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Our Board of trustees

Our volunteer Board of Trustees represent a diverse sector of the community that is dedicated to healthy children, youth, families and neighborhoods. Board members are business people, educators, social service agencies, government, clergy, civic leaders and concerned citizens. Contact us to see how you might make a difference as a Board Memeber of DFM!

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Our staff

Although we have a small staff of three dedicated individuals, with the support of our passionate Board of Trustees and community partners we are able to accomplish amazing things in our community.

Our Board of Trustees

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Susan Ford

Rev. H. Clark Edwards

Nathan Scott

Manatee County Government

 Human Services Program Manager

Manatee County Neighborhood Services Dept.

Human Services Division

Children’s Services

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Nathan Scott

Rev. H. Clark Edwards

Nathan Scott

 Nathan is currently the Child Welfare Policy Coordinator with the Florida Department of Health for Florida’s Twelfth Judicial Circuit which serves DeSoto, Manatee and Sarasota Counties.   

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Rev. H. Clark Edwards

Rev. H. Clark Edwards

Rev. H. Clark Edwards

 Pastor of the First United Methodist Church of Bradenton 

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Lieutenant Sally Stanley

Lieutenant Sally Stanley

Lieutenant Sally Stanley

Special Investigations Division

24yrs with the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office.

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CHeryl RIchert

Lieutenant Sally Stanley

Lieutenant Sally Stanley

Manatee Chamber of Commerce

Board Treasurer


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Suzy Ardila, B.A., M.S.

Lieutenant Sally Stanley

Suzy Ardila, B.A., M.S.

 School District of Manatee County: Coordinator: ST.A.N.D.  Prevention Program- 
Students Against Negative Decisions/ SAFE Program- Substance Abuse Education for Families/ Student & Family Early Intervention Specialist-Handle with Care