Takela Golson

Leadership Team Takela Golson, MBA Program Coordinator Bridges to Success Takela holds a bachelors in Gerontology with a minor in Public Health from the University of South Florida. She earned her MBA in Business with a concentration in Health Administration. Takela has served in the United State Army for the past 10 years. Her biggest […]

Andres Torrens

Leadership Team Andres Torrens, MSW, LCSW Chief Program Officer Andres Torrens is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has been practicing in the field for over 30 years. Mr. Torrens knew he wanted to work with youth and families from the time he was 18 years old when he applied for a position counseling youth […]

Melissa Wijngaarde

Leadership Team Melissa Wijngaarde, MSW, LCSW Maternal & Infant Mental Health Director Melissa Wijngaarde is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and is the Maternal and Infant Mental Health Director at Families First. Melissa was promoted to the position after serving for two years as the Clinical Director of Families First’s Child First Program. Melissa has […]

Kathryn Tancig

Leadership Team Kathy Tancig, BSW Assistant Program Manager Healthy Families Palm Beach Kathryn Tancig  joined Families First in May 2012 as program director for Healthy Families Palm Beach. Kathryn has been involved in social services working with children and families for the past 20 years and has extensive background in infant mental health and early […]

Renee Constantino

Leadership Team Renee Constantino, MPA Director of Quality Assurance Renee joined Families First of Palm Beach County as Director of Quality Assurance in August of 2018. She is in charge of the agency’s national reaccreditation with the Council on Accreditation (COA) and the continuous quality improvement of all of the organization’s programs.   As vice president of […]

Mary Aguiar

Foundation Board Mary Aguiar Treasurer Mary Aguiar joined Families First in March 2013 as Director of Finance and Administration. Prior to joining Families First, she was employed as an administrator to a well-known labor & employment law firm and as the business manager to an international water treatment company. Ms. Aguiar has a long history of […]

Roxanna Childs

Leadership Team Roxanna Childs, MSW, LCSW, CAP Deputy Director Roxanna Childs has been deputy director at Families First since 2002 and with the organization since 1998, beginning as clinical director. As deputy director, she oversees all agency client services – six programs with more than 50 employees. She works closely with the CEO and executive leadership […]

Julie Swindler

Leadership Team Julie Swindler, MSW, LCSW Chief Executive Officer Julie Swindler, LCSW, received her bachelor’s degree in 1982 from Florida Atlantic University and master’s degree in social work in 1985 from Barry University. Her career experiences include two years’ internship in mental health and child/family social services and direct service social work practitioner for four […]

Witnessing Violence Changes A Child . . . Forever

Stories At 18 months, Elena was already exhibiting the effects of witnessing her father’s violence against her mother. She was hitting her mother and avoiding playing with dolls that depicted male figures, among other behaviors.  Witnessing violence, no matter at how young an age, can and does change a child for life – unless help […]

Parenthood, Round 2 – The Kin Support Project

Latest News Darceil still sobs when she thinks back five years to when she divorced, lost her home, had no food for her children and no place to go. She began working two jobs, found a place to live and was struggling to care for her son and elderly mother. Then the call came from […]