Executive Management Team

 

 

Teri Saunders, Chief Executive Officer

Teri Saunders, Chief Executive Officer

Teri Saunders joined Heartland for Children as the CEO in April of 2008.  Ms. Saunders is a native of Oklahoma.  She received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Oklahoma and a Master’s degree from the University of Central Florida

Ms. Saunders has nine years of experience as a faculty in research with the University of South Florida.  She has over 11 years of executive management experience within Florida not-for-profit organizations.  With a strong background in research and program evaluation, Ms. Saunders has infused data-driven decision making throughout the organization.   She brings an endless pursuit of better outcomes for children and families to the job.  Her philosophy is that “trying hard isn’t good enough,” but rather, we need to know that people are better off as a result of our efforts.   Ms. Saunders’ total annual compensation from Heartland for Children is $159,650.   

In her leisure time, Teri enjoys scuba diving, offshore fishing, bike riding and traveling.  

Kim Daugherty, Chief Operations Officer

Kim Daugherty, Chief Operations Officer

Kim Daugherty, Chief Operating Officer (COO) has been an employee at Heartland for Children, Inc. since 2003.

Kim has served as the Director of Prevention, Chief Community Relations Officer, and is currently serving as the Chief Operating Officer for Heartland for Children.  The areas of responsibility that Kim supervises in her role as COO are: foster parent training and licensing, adoptions, and placement of children in Circuit 10.    

Kim is a native Floridian and has called Polk County, Florida home for over 30 years, and is a graduate of Florida State University.  Kim values relationships and is often quoted as saying “without relationships nothing else matters.”

Kim has a unique background in that she spent part of her early professional career working in Pediatric Hospitals as a Certified Child Life Specialist, educating and supporting children that had experienced trauma due to child abuse and neglect and chronically ill children and their families during hospitalizations.  Kim had the honor of working many years at Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston, Texas and All Children’s Hospital in St. Petersburg, Florida.  She also served as Director of Early Childhood Programs in Birmingham, Alabama, and as the Teen Pregnancy Prevention Coordinator with Healthy Start for Polk County, Florida.    

Currently, Kim serves on statewide committees that are assisting with moving statewide initiatives forward that will help improve child welfare services throughout Florida. 

Kim has spoken at National and State Conferences, served on Community Boards, is a 2012 graduate of the Bartow Chamber of Commerce Leadership Program, and her work with children and families has been published.  As the Heartland for Children, Inc. COO, her annual compensation is $106,703.78.

In her leisure time, Kim enjoys time with her family, traveling, fishing, gardening, and reading. 

William Nunnally, Chief Quality & Performance Officer

William Nunnally, Chief Quality & Performance Officer

William Nunnally joined Heartland for Children as the Chief Quality and Performance Officer in May 2012. Mr. Nunnally’s early career experience in the field of information systems allowed him to develop a managerial style of leadership and innovation. Mr. Nunnally began working with children, mental health, and child welfare in 2002 and gained early experience as a direct-care staff member and dependency case manager. He advanced to the position of Program Director over a Child Protection Services team and a Family Intervention Team, overseeing many relevant programs and practices including Family Finding, Family Team Conferencing, Family Group Decision Making, Kinship Care, and Co-Parenting for Foster Parents. He played a leading role in the introduction of Emotional Regulatory Healing and participation in the Quality Parenting Initiative in the local system of care. Before accepting his current position, Mr. Nunnally was the Director of Gulf Coast Jewish and Family and Community Services, a case management organization contracted with Heartland for Children.

During his tenure at Heartland, Mr. Nunnally has undertaken a number of vital projects to include development and ongoing management of the Ethics Committee; development and ongoing management of a Legal Workgroup; oversight and facilitation of the weekly Quality Performance Improvement meetings; and development and ongoing management of HFC’s Risk Assessment Workgroup. Additionally, Mr. Nunnally has developed and delivered training across the circuit and nationally on Kinship Care, a curriculum based on the work of Dr. Joseph Crumbley. Mr. Nunnally oversees Contracts, Information Technology, Administrative Services, Quality Management, and Training. He regularly leads research projects aimed toward understanding and improvement of practice across the System of Care. Mr. Nunnally has been invited to various conferences and organizations across the state and nationally as a speaker and presenter on Co-Parenting and impact of Kinship Care on families. He interacts daily with all of HFC’s case management organizations and is continuously involved in assisting the leadership of those organizations in developing management strategy and understanding performance drivers in order to improve safety, permanency and well-being of the children served. 

In his free time, William enjoys fishing, boating and spending time with his family

Jay Halferty, Chief Financial Officer

Jay Halferty, Chief Financial Officer

Jay Halferty, Chief Financial Officer of Heartland for Children since June 2006, has over 30 years of experience in accounting and finance.  Under his leadership, Heartland for Children has consistently received outstanding audit results.  Mr. Halferty is known for timely and accurate reporting to the Department of Children and Families.  He started his career in Public Accounting and received his Certification in Public Accounting (CPA) in 1986.  He is currently serving as a member of the Florida Coalition for Children’s Finance Committee.

Mr. Halferty has held the position of a Controller or Chief Financial Officer for the last 26 years. During this time, he has worked at provider agencies contracting with the Department of Children and Families for the last 17 years.  He has served as controller in both medical/surgical hospitals and psychiatric and addictive disease hospitals. Mr. Halferty's total annual compensation from Heartland for Children is $122,128.

In his leisure time, Mr. Halferty enjoys fishing, "catching", scuba diving, and hunting.

April E. Rolle, Chief Legal Officer

April E. Rolle, Chief Legal Officer

April E. Rolle, Esq., Chief Legal Officer, joined Heartland for Children in November of 2016.  April is a Board Certified Specialist in Juvenile Law, and is licensed in Tennessee and Florida.  She received her J.D. from the University of Tennessee College of Law, where she was on the editorial board for the Tennessee Law Review.  Upon graduating in 2000, she clerked for Justice Adolpho A. Birch, Jr. with the Tennessee Supreme Court.  For several years, April focused her practice in insurance defense, commercial litigation, and employment law, but developed a passion for dependency when she worked with the Florida Guardian ad Litem Program.  Prior to joining Heartland for Children, she worked in Broward County for the Office of Criminal Conflict and Civil Regional Counsel as the Litigation Director in the Dependency Division. 

April has conducted numerous seminars and trainings, including:  “Breaking Dependency Barriers: Non-Adversarial Approaches to Achieve Reunification Sooner and Safer” at the 2016 Florida DCF Child Protection Summit; “Safety-Focused, Family-Centered and Trauma-Informed Approach From The Birth Parents’ Perspective” at the 2015 Florida DCF Child Protection Summit; “Forensic Social Workers—The Interdisciplinary Model” at the Regional Counsel Parent Dependency Conference; “Dependency Case Management: Legal Tips and Sage Advice” for the Florid Guardian ad Litem Program; and “Cultural Diversity: Knowing Who You Are” for the Florida Guardian ad Litem Program.  April is committed to using her extensive litigation experience and juvenile law expertise for the benefit of Heartland for Children and the families we serve.    

 

April enjoys reading, fishing, and spending time with her family.