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Board of Directors

The Brevard C.A.R.E.S. board of directors give selflessly of their time and resources to support our programs and services and ensure that we fulfill our mission, while promoting the benefits of our system of care throughout the community.

The Board of Directors meet on the first Wednesday of every month at 4:30PM at the Brevard C.A.R.E.S. office, located at 4085 S. US Hwy. 1, in Rockledge. For more information, contact us at (321) 632-2737.

Dan Rodgers

Board Chair

Dan Rodgers was appointed the Chairman of the Brevard CARES board in June 2018. He has served on the CARES board since 2017.

He is the retired Chief Probation Officer for the Department of Juvenile Justice in Circuit 18.  It was during this time that Mr. Rodgers became acquainted with the services provided by Brevard CARES.  As a result, Brevard CARES was asked to help prevent youth in secure detention from being ordered into foster care due to a parent’s refusal to take their child home after the detention period.  CARES provided services to family struggling with their child’s behavior and prevented many youth from being adjudicated dependent and placed in foster care.

Prior to his DJJ service, Mr. Rodgers was a foster care counselor working with teen age youth living is a foster care placement.

Mr. Rodgers retired from the United States Air Force in 1990. He is married and has one adult son.

Christa Bailey

Board Vice Chair

Christa Bailey returns to the Brevard CARES Board.  Christa is co-owner of ACES of Brevard, a company that builds and services mobile command centers for military and police.  She and her husband run the locally owned business together. After moving from New Jersey to Florida in 1991, Christa helped run All Brevard Irrigation and Landscaping with her husband.  She was co-owner of the business, which focused on new homes.  Christa has also worked as an activities director in two local assisted living facilities where she enjoyed helping residents step outside the average day to day routine and fully enjoy life as seniors.

Christa and her husband have lived in their Brevard home for 27 years, raising their son and now their daughters. Christa is a former Brevard Family Partnership Board member. She currently home-schools her daughters.  As a family with her son, daughter-in-law, and granddaughter, they enjoy traveling, theme parks, and exploring each other’s interests.  Christa’s experiences as a mom, foster mom, adoptive mom and CARES Alumni help drive her passion for the CARES mission.

Valeta Cameron

Community Member

Ms. Cameron holds a J.D. from Florida A&M University College of Law, as well as a Master’s Degree in Nonprofit Leadership, and Public Policy. She is a practicing Attorney in Brevard County and a member of the Brevard County Bar Association and licensed to practice in the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida. Ms. Cameron has held the position as an Adjunct Instructor for adult learners and nontraditional students with the Zenith Education Group. She is also the Executive Director of The Education Network, Inc., a community-based nonprofit focused on student education.  Ms. Cameron is an advocate, volunteer, and supporter of many causes including community matters, family matters, civil rights, human rights, and education.

Paula Ferrell

Community Member

Paula Ferrell recently retired from Brevard Public Schools (BPS).  She worked in the educational system for over 40 years, beginning her career as a teacher of severely emotionally disturbed students. Working with these students and families, she gained a passion for the mental health field and building mentally healthy thinking skills. During her career, she became Project Manager for SEDNET (Students with Emotional/Behavioral Disabilities Multi-agency Network) and, later, the Safe and Drug-Free Schools Project. In this role, she was able to connect mental health and substance abuse, providing research-based programs to help build resiliency (mentally healthy thinking) in students and families. Paula worked with local mental health and substance abuse agencies to provide services to Brevard Public School students. She also created a BPS Mental Health Resource Guide for School Guidance Counselors and families’ use.

She was blessed with raising three sons and a grandson. Her life experiences as a mother and grandmother had a profound influence on her education in youth interaction.

In retirement, Paula looks forward to continuing the pursuit of her passion for educating and supporting the building of resiliency in children and families.

Lori Huertas

Community Member

Lori Huertas is an Army mom and an ambitious, bilingual professional who helps military families transform their lives. On top of her passion for helping couples with some unique and extraordinary challenges of military relationships, Lori is also co-author of The Christian Therapist Notebook — a counseling guidebook for therapists and patients.

A strong proponent of education, Lori is the Regional Recruitment Manager of Melbourne and Central Florida for Barry University and is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Human Services with Military Families specialization.   Lori believes in actively giving back to those around her, and is an avid volunteer supporting the USO, Blue Star Families, Children’s Hunger Project, Early Learning Coalition, and Partners in Education. She further gives her time as an Ambassador for the Melbourne Chamber of Commerce. We appreciate and are proud of her strides in her community involvement and in supporting our nation’s military and their families!


Tracy Newman

Community Member

Mrs. Tracy L. Newman has lived in Brevard County since 1982. She holds a J.D. from Barry University College of Law, as well as a Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Central Florida. She is a practicing Attorney in Brevard County and licensed to practice in the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida. Mrs. Newman owns her own law firm in Melbourne.

Mrs. Newman holds the position as an Adjunct Instructor for three different Universities and Colleges and has taught for over 15 years.  She is also a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and works in a community agency doing counseling and visitation.

Mrs. Newman is passionate about services to help families and believes the key to success is having a strong community and social service system. She believes that Brevard County is a strong community that supports those in need and provides access to services. She is a big supporter of the social service community to provide the best care to help strengthen families.

In her spare time, she enjoys true crime books, traveling, and time with her family and friends. She is married with two boys.