Tri-County Board of Directors


Richard Roach, Esq., Chair, Attorney, Retired.  Appointed to the Board 1/26/06.  Richard is from Polk County.

David Scoynes

David Scoynes, Vice Chair, is the Senior Vice President of Penny Per Page a startup reading incentive program created to help fight illiteracy amongst our youth. David is also an Advisory Board member for the Florida Prosperity Partnership, a division of The United Way. Advertising and marketing is his specialty, he’s been in the industry since 2003 and started his own agency in 2009. Recently he was a Vice President for another agency in Central Florida. He is the father to 3 beautiful children Emory , Zachary and Daniel.


Leon Battle Leon Battle, Secretary,  serves as the Director of Compassion Ministries for Florida Baptist Children’s Homes, a program that serves families in crisis through connecting them with caring families, resources, services and churches statewide. He graduated from Southeastern University with a bachelor’s degree in theology and a minor in business and he is currently working on his Masters in Human Services. Leon served as a Youth Pastor throughout his college career and accepted a pastoral job in Albany, New York, shortly after graduation.During his time in Ministry, Leon saw the great amount of trauma that families were being confronted with and desired to get a deeper look into the dependency system. He changed career paths and started working for the Department of Children and Families (DCF). During his time with the department, he investigated abuse within families, institutions and later became the Human Trafficking Specialist for Polk County. While there, Leon helped children get out of abusive homes and also helped rescue children from human trafficking rings. He received multiple recognitions from Governor Rick Scott during his time with DCF. Leon is confident that the job experiences that he has received in the church and in the world will equip him to be an effective director at Florida Baptist Children’s Homes.Leon is currently serving on Florida Prosperity Partnership, Southeastern University's Social Work Department and End Results Charity's advisory boards.
Steve-Brooks 150 x 150 Stephen Brooks, Esq., TreasurerAttorney with Brooks Law Group.  Appointed to the Board 12/9/10.  Steve is from Polk County


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Mike Hickman, Member at Large, President and founder of Hickman Homes Inc.  Since 1986, his company has created communities, built fine custom homes and commercial buildings throughout Polk County.



Sylvia-Collins150x150 Dr. Sylvia Collins, PhDEdD/Int Supv & Adjunct USF Poly.  Appointed to the Board 5/18/2000.  Sylvia is from Hardee County.
belinda Belinda Wright, Sunshine Ambassador – Ace Home Care.  Appointed to the Board 6/9/11.  Belinda is from Highlands County
eric Eric Simpson Detention Deputy with Highlands County Sheriff Department.  Appointed to the Board 8/15/13.  Eric is from Highlands County
linda Linda Cunniff, RN, Appointed to the Board 7/17/97. Linda is from Highlands County.





Major Vance Monroe Jr. is a 19+ year veteran of the Polk County Sheriff's Office. In September 1986, Vance joined the United States Air Force where he served during peacetime and wartime for almost 10 years attaining the rank of Staff Sergeant. After separating from the Air Force with an Honorable Discharge, Vance began his law enforcement career with the Polk County Sheriff’s Office in January 1996. After he graduated from the Kenneth C. Thompson Institute of Public Safety Law Enforcement Academy in May, he began his career as a Deputy Sheriff. In 2001 he was promoted to Sergeant and in 2005 Lieutenant. He has served in the Patrol Division, Bureau of Criminal Investigations, and the Bureau of Special Investigations. He was promoted to the rank of Captain in 2013 and currently serves as the commander of the Central District. Vance oversees 93 full and part time employees. His district is composed of 80 sworn members and 13 civilian members. Additionally Captain Monroe is the agency representative for the Special Olympics Florida, and the State of Florida Emergency Operations Center ESF 16. Vance earned a Master's degree in Business Administration in 2002, a Bachelor of Arts degree in Organizational Management in 2000, both from Warner Southern University, an Associates of Science degree in Electrical Mechanical Engineering Technology from the Community College of the Air Force in 1995. He is a graduate of the Southern Police Institute's 125th Administrative Officers course, The Florida Department of Law Enforcement Executive Futures Studies Charter Class, the State of Florida Certified Public Manager program, the United States Air Force Non-Commissioned Officer Leadership Academy, and Bartow Leadership XV. Vance is a member of the Fraternal Order of Police, Lodge 46, American Legion Post #4, National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE), and the Citrus Center Kiwanis Club, He is also a member of the Board of Directors for the Tri-County Human Services Inc., past member of the Tri County Multicultural Committee, Youth Mentor and Coach, and the Tri-County Youth Football and Cheerleading Conference Executive Board Member/Vice-President.



Brad Beatty is Managing Director of Heart for Winter Haven.  Heart for Winter Haven envisions a connected community of churches, businesses and non-profits working together to renew vulnerable people and places one life at a time.






Dr. Berney Wilkinson is a licensed psychologist and the director/founder of Psychological Associates of Central Florida. In addition to his work as a clinical and forensic psychologist, Dr. Berney writes a weekly column in the Lakeland Ledger, co-hosts daily podcasts that are published on iTunes and as videos on YouTube (The Mental Breakdown), and has co-authored several books available on Amazon. Dr. Berney has been invited to provide workshops and seminars for groups around the country on topics related to parenting, emotional and behavioral issues in children at home and at school, and other mental health issues. Dr. Berney is also an adjunct professor for Webster University and Florida Southern College. 


Dr. Dainery M. Fuentes has a PhD in Clinical Psychology from Yeshiva University/Albert Einstein College of Medicine, N.Y., and a B.A. in Psychology with concentration in Criminal Justice from John Jay College of Criminal Justice, CUNY, N.Y.C.  She is licensed as a Psychologist in the State of Florida, and the State of New Mexico, and  has 35 years of post-doctoral clinical  administrative/program management experience.  Dr. Fuentes has additionally completed post graduate requirements in Clinical Neuropsychology and Intensive Child/Adolescent Psychoanalytic therapy.  During her 35-year career, she has been involved with numerous organizations including the Department of Justice, Bureau of Prisons, U.S. Public Health Refugee Programs, the Office of the Surgeon General (Koop).  She has coordinated several inpatient and outpatient facilities and been administrator of university and doctoral program clinics. Dr. Fuentes provides consultation and treatment nationally in Spanish, including Death Penalty cases.  She has additionally supervised private practices in Dade and Polk County and has been affiliated with the school boards of both counties. She is currently a Grant Reviewer for SAMHSA.


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