Children's Services Team Members

Kristi Hagen, Human Services Program Coordinator: Serves as supervisor for the Children's Team and liaison for Manatee County's Children’s Services Advisory Board. Kristi supports and guides the team in all aspects of contract management, and maintains status as Blackbaud Grantmaking administrator. She enjoys working directly with non-profit agency staff and administration to ensure the needs of Manatee County's children and families are being met and that results are achieved. She has gained vast knowledge and experience in business management, leadership and early childhood services. Having successfully completed multiple leadership programs through Manatee County and in previous positions, she enjoys guiding the team to always work towards their own personal and professional goals. For over 30 years Kristi has worked with children and families in one way or another. Recently she has been blessed with the title Geema, at the birth of her twin grandbabies.

Kim Ross, Whole Child Manatee Coordinator: Coordinates efforts on behalf of Whole Child Manatee, a program that provides a holistic approach to supporting families with children that experience barriers to obtaining services for their family. Kim maintains the Whole Child Connections database and assists community providers to increase their knowledge of service systems and relevant up-to-date information that supports the whole family. Kim has been with Whole Child Manatee since 2003, first hired as an Advisor until she became coordinator in 2018.

LaWanda Timmons, Senior Human Services Analyst: Manages all aspects of Children’s Services contracts, working closely with non-profit agencies to ensure compliance. She has worked in the Adult and Children’s Services sides of the Neighborhood Services Department. She enjoys working with people and providing great customer service.

 Johanna Beville, Senior Human Services Analyst: Manage all aspects of Children’s Services contracts by using an in-depth knowledge of children's programs across Manatee County.  She assists agencies and programs to maintain compliance to the high standards for services Manatee County and it citizens expect for their children.  Johanna has an extensive background in the Social & Behavioral Sciences with concentrations in Child Development and Early Childhood Education, is Blackbaud Grantmaking certified, a certified Behavioral Health Case Manager, and State of Florida Public Notary.  Johanna was born and raised in Florida and enjoys spending time outdoors taking pictures of Manatee County wildlife, and spending time on the water kayaking and fishing.  

Melissa Bomar, Human Services Analyst: Manage all aspects of Children’s Services contracts by utilizing her experience working directly with children's programs, Veterans, and Circuit 12's legal system. She believes children are the future and they deserve the best programs Manatee County has to offer. Melissa has background in business management, is Blackbaud certified, and is a State of Florida Public Notary. She is also an 8-year Army Veteran, gives back to the local community through volunteer work and enjoys coaching children in various sports. She lives by the motto, "vision without action is just a daydream".

Brenda Marquez-Facio, Human Services Analyst: Manages all aspects of Children's Services contracts and works with non-profit agencies to ensure the children are receiving the help they need.  Brenda recently graduated with her Bachelor's Degree in International Business and Trade from State College of Florida and wants to use her degree to help the community around her to become better and more united.  Brenda believes children are the future for anything possible and wants to see them thrive and succeed for a better tomorrow.