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 $155,000.00
In her leisure time, Teri enjoys scuba diving, offshore fishing, bike riding and traveling.
Tewabech Genet Stewart, Chief Operating Officer
Tewabech Genet Stewart joined Heartland for Children as the COO in December of 2013. Ms. Stewart, who typically goes by her middle name, Genet, was born and raised in Liberia, West Africa, where her parents serve as missionaries. She is of American and Ethiopian descent and is named after her maternal grandmother.
Genet received a bachelor’s degree from Florida State University and a Master’s degree from Troy State University. She has spent the past 18 years working in social services throughout the State of Florida. Genet began her career in child welfare in 1999 as a Child Protective Investigator with the Florida Department of Children and Families. She has worked in the Operations of Lead Community-Based-Care agencies for the past ten years.
Genet taught Diversity in Social Work and Child Welfare and Mental Health courses at Florida State University’s School of Social Work. Ms. Stewart’s total annual compensation from Heartland for Children is $97,850.04.
Genet enjoys international travel, with Ethiopia being her most favorite country to visit. For leisure, she loves spending time with the growing number of nieces and nephews. She also enjoys listening to reggae music and soaking up the sun on Florida’s beautiful beaches.
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 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 $118,571.16
In his leisure time, Mr. Halferty enjoys fishing, "catching", scuba diving, and hunting.
Kim Daugherty, Chief Community Relations Officer
Kim Daugherty, Chief Community Relations Officer, has been with Heartland for Children since 2003. Kim is a native Floridian and has lived in Polk County community for over 30 years. She is well connected, values community relationships and understands the diverse rural communities in which Heartland for Children serves.
Kim came to Heartland for Children with a unique background where she worked in Pediatric Hospitals in Florida and Texas, served as a Center Director for a private early childhood education program in Alabama and worked in Florida as Prevention Coordinator for the local Healthy Start Coalition.
Kim has 22 years of experience serving and supporting children and families here in Florida and in other parts of the United States. Kim had the unique opportunity to work as a Child Life Intern and Senior Child Life Therapist at All Children’s Hospital in St. Petersburg, Florida and worked as a Senior Child Life Therapist at the largest children’s hospital in the United States, Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston, Texas. In this role, she worked extensively with children who were diagnosed with chronic illnesses, children that had been abused and neglected, children with disabilities, and also children that were placed in intensive care units in the hospital.
Kim also worked for the Healthy Start Coalition as a Prevention Coordinator.
Kim has spoken at National and State Conferences, served on Community Boards, Community Visioning Teams, was a 2012 graduate of the Bartow Chamber of Commerce Leadership Program and some of her unique work with children and families has been published.
In her leisure time, Kim enjoys gardening, fishing, scuba diving, kayaking, and reading.