CFC Center Staff
Ellen is a graduate of the University of Kansas and has led the Center for the Study and Promotion of Communities, Families, & Children since its inception. Under her leadership, the Center has successfully completed implementation of Save the Children's Journey of Hope program following Hurricane Michael, as well as created a revolutionary new disaster mental health intervention aimed at VPK students.
In addition, the Center has also received a grant from SAMHSA to update substance use curriculums across disciplines in Florida.
Ellen works tirelessly with the Advisory Council to ensure that the goals of the CFC Center are exceeded by creating lasting and impactful partnerships with organizations such as Citrus Health Inc., the ASWB, and the NASW-FL Chapter.
Lisa joins the CFC Center bringing experience with grants after working at two colleges/universities and a private healthcare foundation. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of West Florida, and her master’s degree in Political Science from Temple University.
Savannah Smith received her master's degree in Clinical Social Work from Florida State University. As a student, she worked closely with the CFC Center in implementing the Save the Children initiatives. She was hired in August 2019 to continue to assist with the implementation of mental health services for children and families impacted by Hurricane Michael in the Panhandle. She is a certified facilitator in a number of evidence-based mental health interventions. Implementing, facilitating, and securing funding for these programs have been her primary task. Utilizing these modalities has enabled her to help children and youth process traumatic experiences, enhance positive coping skills, build social-emotional skills, and strengthen resiliency. She also spearheads community outreach and works on various projects and grants, including the Nourish to Flourish initiative, and creates visually appealing flyers and infographics for organizations.
Tai Zimmerman Cole joined the Center for the Study and Promotions of Communities, Families and Children in 2019 as a Research Assistant working on various projects and grants. She received her master’s degree in Clinical Social Work from Florida State University in the spring of 2020 and became the Curriculum Developer for the CFC Center. Her primary task at the CFC Center is working on the Substance Use Disorder Curriculum for the Florida Higher Education Consortium. While at the CFC Center she worked with 4-year-olds on social emotional development and reduction of trauma symptoms using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, art therapy, and play therapy while developing the intervention curriculum for Rebound and Recovery.
Andrea Terres joined the Center for the Study and Promotions of Communities, Families and Children in 2021 as our communication and digital specialist. She brings a background in social media marketing, event planning, and preschool education. She received her bachelor's degree in Editing, Writing, and Media from Florida State University in the spring of 2018 and has since worked in media and early education.