Cheryl Patterson

Leadership Team Cheryl Patterson Philanthropy Director As the Philanthropy Director, Cheryl Patterson joined Families First of Palm Beach County in 2023. Cheryl is passionate and intentional about leveling playing fields and increasing access for underserved children and their families.   For 20 plus years, Cheryl has developed meaningful partnerships to increase awareness and revenue. Her strong […]

Silvia Gherlan

Leadership Team Silvia Gherlan, BSBA Finance & Administrative Director Silvia Gherlan has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance. Silvia joined Families First in August 2023 as a Finance & Administration Director. Silvia is a dedicated leader with extensive and diversified experience in financial reporting, analysis and management. Prior […]

Dalecia Parks

Leadership Team Dalecia Parks, LMHC Clinical DirectorChild First Dalecia Parks is a licensed mental health counselor, receiving her master’s degree from Palm Beach Atlantic University. She has been in the field for over six years. Ms. Parks background in clinical work has included populations such as adolescents, prenatal, post-partum, and families with co-morbid disorders of […]

Elsira Bravo

Leadership Team Elsira Bravo, MPH Compliance and Quality Assurance Director Elsira is a Public Health professional and is the Compliance & Quality Assurance Director at Families First.  Elsira was promoted to the position after serving two and half years as a Care Coordinator in the evidence-based program Child First. Elsira has expertise in organizing and […]

Euratta Eastmond

Leadership Team Euratta Eastmond, BBA Program CoordinatorBridges to Success Euratta holds a bachelor’s in business administration from American Intercontinental University. She previously held a position as an Operations Manager at a Mental Health facility where she worked with both children and adults. She has also had experience as an Intake Specialist.  Euratta has vast experience […]

Diana Cardona

Leadership Team Diana Cardona, LMHC Clinical DirectorBehavioral Health ServicesKin Support Program  Diana Cardona is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor with over eight years of experience in the Mental Health field. Diana has experience providing therapeutic services in community mental health centers. Prior to this experience, she was a research assistant at the Center for Children […]

Sharonda Crawford

Leadership Team Sharonda Crawford, MS Program Manager Healthy Families Palm Beach Sharonda Crawford joined Families First in 2010 and works in the Healthy Families Program. Sharonda has a wealth of experience in the Healthy Families Program and has worked as a Family Assessment Worker, Family Support Worker, Family Support Worker Supervisor, and now as Program […]

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 […]