2016 annual report 2016 annual report

From the Board Room …
Ackneil M. Muldrow II, Chairman of the Board
hen my dear friend Gordon Johnson passed away in November
2015, some expressed the opinion that Neighbor To Family
might not survive without him.
It was an understandable concern, as Gordon was the heart, soul, and occasionally the pocketbook, of the agency he founded. But Gordon understood that Neighbor To Family
wasn’t about him – it was, and is, about the children and families who benefited from the work of his
organization. So the team he had gathered around him – Board, staff, funders, and others – pulled
together to ensure the permanency of his vision. We miss Gordon, but he lives on through the
many lives he continues to touch.
While the year 2016 was transitional in nature, it had more than its share of exciting developments.
Under the capable leadership of our new President and CEO Tony Everett, we quickly moved forward with new programs and a much-strengthened fiscal infrastructure. We continued to refine our
acclaimed and evidence-based foster care model, but also reached out to our communities with effective prevention and diversion strategies.
I am honored to be succeeding Dallas Ingemunson, who has retired as Chairman of the Board after
nearly two decades of leadership (see article below). Dallas’s wisdom, patience, and good humor
will be missed by all. I want to express my appreciation to the Board for their continuing commitment
to this excellent organization, and especially to members Sheilah Davenport and Rodney Hammond
for assuming some of my responsibilities during the year.
And in closing, I want to acknowledge the fine work of the Neighbor To Family staff, who live the vision on a day-to-day basis.
Longtime Chairman Dallas Ingemunson retires from Board
fter nearly two decades serving as Neighbor To Family’s Chairman of the Board, Dallas Ingemunson has retired from the Board
of Directors.
In his October 14 letter to the Board, Mr. Ingemunson praised the organization, noting that founder Gordon Johnson “was not only a very
caring person, but also a close personal friend. His insightfulness for
over 15 years saved many children from the heartbreak of separation
from their siblings. I feel confident that all of you will continue sharing
his values for years to come.”
From the Corner Office …
Tony Everett, President & CEO
s I began to compose this letter, I realized how quickly the year has
passed since I was appointed Interim President & CEO in December
2015 – a role then made permanent by the Board of Directors this past
October. I am so honored to be Neighbor To Family’s second CEO, following in
the very large footsteps of our visionary founder – and my mentor – Gordon Johnson.
Gordon’s vision of keeping siblings together while in foster care is what first attracted me to
Neighbor To Family thirteen years ago, and that vision has become my own passion. To be able to
continue, and expand on, his work is truly a dream come true.
The biggest challenge facing us at the start of 2016 was a pressing need to stabilize our finances.
With the wise counsel of our Finance Committee, initially led by Ackneil M. Muldrow II and later by
Sheilah Davenport, we made the difficult decisions to close our South Carolina foster care program;
cease negotiations for a new program in Illinois; reduce the size of the corporate staff; and, implement short-term furloughs for the executive team. By November 30 we had completely eliminated a
$230,000 deficit and are current with all payables.
As we were re-shaping our finances, several new opportunities came our way. First, Heartland for
Children, our funding partners in Bartow, Florida, selected NTF to initiate new family support services, including services for victims of sexual trafficking. Then, Kids Central, Inc. in Wildwood, Florida – impressed with our success in Bartow – chose NTF to pilot its foster care prevention and diversion program. And, our funding partner in Jacksonville, Family Support Services of North Florida,
expanded our contract to include new foster homes and a foster care prevention and diversion program. These new programs are all well-supported, competently staffed, and have added nearly $2
million to our annual budget. Our Daytona Beach, Georgia and Maryland programs continue producing superb outcomes that have earned accolades from our funders and other child welfare partners.
So as we move into 2017, Neighbor To Family is poised for even greater fiscal stability and program
growth. There is genuine excitement throughout the organization, and our status as an “evidencebased” organization has drawn interest from as far away as Australia. Dr. Johnson would be excited
by, and proud of, what has been accomplished this year.
In closing, I am truly humbled to lead the talented and dedicated people who work for our organization and whose accomplishments are highlighted throughout this Annual Report. And without the
support of our Board of Directors, who maintained their steadfast commitment throughout this transitional period, none of this would have been possible. I would be remiss in not noting the retirement
from the Board of our longtime Chairman, Dallas Ingemunson, who was Gordon’s partner in molding
the Neighbor To Family model. Dallas will be greatly missed, but with Ackneil M. Muldrow II as our
new Board leader our future is secure and ever promising.
Gordon and Deloris Johnson honored for their
dedication and service to children and families
NTF founder honored posthumously
at Ed Block Courage Award gala
Wife recognized at annual meeting
for early and longtime support of NTF
eighbor To Family Founder Gordon Johnson
was posthumously recognized at the 38th Annual Ed Block Foundation Courage Award Gala last
March in Baltimore.
The Jackson Jaguars, in partnership with the Ed
Block Courage House national network for kids, have
become major funders of NTF programs.
At NTF’s 2017 Annual Meeting in January, the Board
of Directors honored Mrs. Johnson for her many
years of “...support, guidance, and friendship.”
NTF CEO Tony Everett accepted the award commemorating Johnson for his 50-plus years of service
to children and families.
Pictured with her are Board Chairman Ackneil M.
Muldrow II (on the right) and CEO Tony Everett.
s the wife of Neighbor To Family Founder
Gordon Johnson, who died in November 2015,
Deloris Johnson was instrumental in the early growth
of the organization.
Pictured at the event are, from left, NTF-Baltimore
Executive Director Donna McCarter, Board ViceChairman Sheilah Davenport, Everett, and Board
Chairman Ackneil Muldrow II.
Heather Monteath recognized as a Florida “System Shaper”
ongratulations to Heather Monteath, Executive Director of Neighbor To Family’s Bartow, Florida program, for receiving Florida’s Child Welfare Excellence Award. The Award was presented in September at
the Florida Child Welfare
Honoring Monteath’s work as
a “System Shaper,” Florida’s
Child Safety Director Alicia
Cross said, “Your hard work
has impacted the lives of the
families and children we serve
so thank you for making a difference for not only those
families, but for the child welfare system as a whole.”
Pictured with other honorees,
Monteath is in the first row,
pink blouse.
NTF foster caregivers adopt six siblings
ongratulations to Professional Foster Caregivers Armando and Fe Reyes, who adopted their six
Neighbor To Family siblings in August.
Pictured top row from left: Aida Seeraj (Executive Director), Armando and Fe Reyes (Adoptive Parents), Ann
Lisk (Foster Parent), Aubrey Reyes, Tiffany Bath (Case Manager), Allison Reyes, Lynn Schumacher (former
Family Advocate), and Armanee Reyes (biological child). Bottom row: Anabelle Reyes, Alexis Reyes, Andrew
Reyes, Ava Reyes and Nora Sanders (Case Manager).
Dr. Jamila Hankins is promoted to VP
of Georgia and Maryland programs
n November, President and CEO Tony Everett announced the selection of Dr. Jamila Hankins, Ph.D, as Vice President of Georgia and
Maryland Programs for Neighbor To Family.
“Jamila is exceptionally qualified to assume this
responsibility,” Everett noted. “I am pleased that
she is able to further her career while continuing to
play an important role in our organization.”
Dr. Hankins has been with NTF since 2004 and has
served as Director of Operations in NTF’s Atlanta
office since 2008. She holds a Ph.D. in Social Work
Policy, Planning and Administration from Clark University and a Master of Science in Social Work
from Springfield College.
Ruiz joins management team
yraida Marie Ruiz has been named Executive Director of Neighbor To Family’s Daytona Beach program. Ruiz was most recently Quality Management Manager at Children’s Home Society of Florida. She holds a Master of Social Work
degree from University of Central Florida and is
completing doctoral work at Capella University.
Ayana Thompson
directs new Florida
prevention program
Thompson has
been appointed Program Director for
Neighbor To
new Prevention program, based in Wildwood, Florida. Thompson was
most recently Adoptions Supervisor for Children’s Home
Society of Florida, and prior to
that was Operations Support
Manager for Community
Based Care of Central Florida. She holds the degree of
Master of Science in Criminal
Justice from the University of
Central Florida.
Ryan Cameron Foundation hits the links for Atlanta’s NTF kids
he Ryan Cameron Foundation (RCF) hosted its’ 11th Annual Youth Golf Clinic at Topgolf Midtown Atlanta and invited Neighbor To Family to participate with all expenses paid. The clinic was held for children between the ages of 8-18, and included
instruction from a PGA professional, a group
game of golf, lunch, refreshments, give-aways,
door prizes and a motivational speaker.
Pictured are NTF Foster Caregiver Dionne
Brantley-Lewis (left) and RCF Founder Ryan
Cameron (center), along with several youth
golf participants and the RCF Leadership
Daytona Beach-area wine-tasting event
donates proceeds to benefit NTF programs
eighbor To Family-Daytona Beach was the beneficiary of
31 Supper Club’s Second Annual Charity Wine Tasting,
held in nearby Ormond Beach in November.
Enjoying the event are, from left, Executive Director Myraida
Ruiz, Event Chair Dee Pope, Vice President of Florida Programs
Jamie Akins, and President and CEO Tony Everett.
Neighbor to Family Major Funders for 2016
Community Partnership for Children,
Daytona Beach FL
SMA Behavioral Services
Daytona Beach FL
Family Support Services
of North Florida
Jacksonville FL
South Carolina Department
of Social Services
DONORS $1000 & above
Georgia Department
of Human Services
Atlanta Braves Foundation
Heartland for Children
Bartow FL
Ed Block Courage
Award Foundation
Kids Central
Wildwood FL
Ryan Cameron Foundation
Maryland Department
of Human Resources
Cheslow Achievement Group
W. W. Grainger, Inc.
Jacksonville Jaguars Foundation
Merrill Edge, Inc.
Nevaiser Family Foundation
Stars and Strikes, Inc.
Tickets for Kids, Inc.
Toys for Tots, Inc.
Johnny & Georgi Valentino
Louise & Wayne Cantrell
Gregory Gibson
We are grateful for their support,
and take very seriously
our duty to be conscientious
stewards of their funds.
Neighbor To Family
2016 Performance:
Median Length of Stay (in months)
Florida: 10.7
Georgia: 4.5
Maryland: 10.9
Total NTF: 10.1
US Average: 22.7
Number of Placements While In Care
Board of Directors
Ackneil M. Muldrow II
Father George Clements
Sheilah Davenport
Dr. Rodney Hammond
Senator Anthony C. Hill
Senator Evelyn Lynn
Sylvester Monroe
James G. Patterson
E. Fielding Pringle
Benjamin Sharkey
Florida: 1.7
Georgia: 1.3
Maryland: 1.1
Total NTF: 1.4
US Average: 4.0
James Akins
V.P. of Florida Programs
Percentage of Sibling Groups Kept Intact
Chris Gurley
Director of MIS
Tony Everett
President & CEO
Florida: 96%
Georgia: 98%
Maryland: 100%
Total NTF: 98%
US Average: 50%
Jamila Hankins
V.P. of Georgia
& Maryland Programs
Gaye James
V.P. of CQI and Training
Greg Milliken
Chief of Staff
Statement of Financial Position
Mark Moor
V.P. / Chief Financial Officer
As of December 31, 2016
Kelly Morgan
Assistant to the President
Cash and cash equivalents
Program services receivable
Prepaid expenses and deposits
Property & Equipment
Total Assets
Executive Directors
Monique Brabham
Keita Evans
Stone Mountain
Accounts payable and accrued expenses
Accrued compensation
Loans payable
Deferred revenue
Total Liabilities
Net Assets
Temporarily restricted
Total Net Assets
Total Liabilities and Net Assets
Reggie Williams
V.P. of Human Resources
Myraida Ruiz
Daytona Beach
Oliver Harper
Metro Atlanta
Donna McCarter
Heather Monteath
Aida Seeraj
Ayana Thompson
Program Locations
Corporate Offices
200 S. Ridgewood Ave.
Daytona Beach, FL 32114
Phone: 386-523-1440
4057 Carmichael Ave.
Suite 101, Building 3000
Jacksonville, FL 32207
Phone: 904-996-9119
1350 E. Main St.
Bartow, FL 33830
Phone: 863-537-7712
Jacksonville FAST Program
921 Davis St., Suite 350-B
Jacksonville, FL 32209
Phone: 904-996-9119
122 S. Segrave Street
401 W. Int’l Speedway Blvd.
Daytona Beach, FL 32114
Phone: 386-248-0712
901 Industrial Drive, Suite 211
Wildwood, FL 34785
Phone: 352-643-2070
2075 West Park Place Blvd.
Stone Mountain, GA 30087
Phone: 770-465-5170
2075 West Park Place Blvd.
Suite E
Stone Mountain, GA 30087
Phone: 404-315-0100
801 Greene St.
Augusta, GA 30901
Phone: 706-396-2180
5740 Executive Drive,
Suites 208 & 210
Catonsville, MD 21228
Phone: 410-496-8151
Our Mission:
Revolutionize foster care by keeping siblings together
while building healthier families and stronger communities.