Board of Directors

Heron, Kathy - President

How did you get involved with Friends of Children?  I became volunteer Guardian ad Litem in May 2013. As an advocate, for abused and neglect children, I made sure the child’s wishes were heard, and that the best interest of the child is presented to the Court. Because of my involvement with this program I was asked to join the board of Friends of Children.

I have served as President, Vice President for the Friends of Children of Brevard and was previously the secretary. I own the Sport Clips Haircuts in Viera and a small graphic design company. I currently serve on the Sport Clips Team Leader Advisory Council.  I am also part of the planning committee for a business development conference for women entrepreneurs.

kathy heron

Mena, Rebekah - Vice-President

I am a Guardian Ad Litem with a love for working with children and a passion for PR/Marketing. When I heard about the opportunity to assist Friends of Children came up, I couldn’t wait to take it!

I’m a Senior at Florida Tech studying Forensic Psychology. I started volunteering with the Guardian Ad Litem Program this year and absolutely love it. My dream goal is to do PR/Marketing for state or federal law enforcement agencies and any opportunity I’m given that involves PR/Marketing I jump on, which has landed me here, volunteering with Friends of Children!

Rebekah Mena

Heisey, Kathie - Secretary

I have lived in Brevard County since late 1981 and have worked for various organizations during that time.  I am currently employed with the EDC of Florida’s Space Coast; as an employee of the EDC, I serve as the Employee Campaign Manager for United Way.

As stated above, I have been a Guardian since 2009.  I have also been a volunteer with the Big Brothers/Big Sisters program in Brevard County.

Spratt, Kathy - Treasurer
Conradis, Madison - Board Member

Madison200x200Madison Conradis, a recent MBA graduate of Florida Institute of Technology came to our board once the organzation “Get Social Brevard” dispersed. She currently Co-Owns Your Logo by Geiger specializing in promotional products, branded apparel, and corporate programs. She stays active in the community by helping Friends in addition to various other organizations.

Glaser, Esther - Board Member
Grier, Patrice - Board Member

How did you get involved with Friends of Children?  I was told about the organization through a co-worker.

Patrice Grier is the Staff Attorney for Brevard Family Partnership.  She is a dedicated professional and has worked in the Brevard dependency system since 2007.



Jewell, Carol - Board Member
Jones, LaChrista - Board Member

LaChrista Jones began her career in child welfare services in 1999, with the Florida Department of Children and Families, and has been with Brevard Family Partnership for 10 years.  She has served as a Care Coordinator as well as Child and Family Program Manager and the Director of Child and Family Services.  LaChrista is currently the Director of Licensing.  LaChrista holds a Master’s Degree in Management and Leadership, a Bachelor’s of Arts Degree in Organizational Management, and is a Certified Child Welfare Case Manager Supervisor.

McIlwraith, Andy - Board Member, Marketing Committee Chair
Waterstradt, Rhonda - Board Member
Weiss, Laurie - Board Member

Masters Degree in Education from UCF
I was a teacher in Brevard County for 24 yrs

Laurie Weiss

Weiss, Don - Board Member
DelGaudio, Kim - Associate Board
Dimel, Mary - Associate Board
Holley, Allyson - Associate Board
Sotela, Pamela - Associate Board