Pinellas Park, FL – October, 2012 – Family Resources, Inc. President/CEO Jane L. Harper has announced that she will be leaving her position after 32 years of service to the agency. With no designated timeframe, Harper will play an important role in this time of transition and has agreed to spend the time working with the board as they evaluate their options going into the future. Harper stated that “During this period, the management team and associates of Family Resources will continue to provide valuable and quality services to the community as they have for many years.”
Harper has been a strong advocate for Florida’s youth and families and has championed prevention services to keep at-risk youth out of the Juvenile Justice and Child Welfare systems. Don Gilmore, Family Resources board chairman and COO at Amerigroup speaks highly of Harper’s leadership. Gilmore says “We’re celebrating Jane Harper’s 32 years of commitment and service to Family Resources. Thousands of children and families have benefitted from Jane’s selfless leadership.”
Harper’s legacy with the award-winning and highly respected Family Resources is stellar. She has been a passionate advocate for youth and families on the local, state and national levels and has focused on policymakers, helping them understand the issues and how preventive and early intervention services are not only cost effective, but produce better outcomes. One of the outstanding programs introduced during Harper’s tenure is Safe Place, which today continues to rank in the top 10 nationally for Safe Place referrals and presentations.
Harper has also sat on numerous boards on local, state and national organizations. Debby Shore, who is the Board Chair of the National Network for Youth and also President/CEO of Sasha Bruce Youthwork located in Washington, DC, stated “Jane chaired and led our National Network for Youth Board through a perilous period and through her leadership built a stronger and more focused organization. She has great skill in bringing people together and drawing upon the individual strengths toward a more coherent whole.”
Carolyn Wiggins with Janssen & Igar, CPAs and Immediate past board chair, says “Because of Jane’s dedication and determination, Family Resources has become a mainstay of the Pinellas and Manatee communities. Jane’s motto has always been “to never give up” and to help each child, teen and family in some meaningful way despite the situation or condition.”
Gay Lancaster, Executive Director of the JWB Children’s Services Council feels that “Harper has dedicated her career to the service of children and families. She has been a strong and innovative leader for Family Resources, as well as a valued Provider partner for JWB. Our community is a better place because of Jane’s commitment and dedication to her life’s work on behalf of troubled youth.”
And Stacy Gromatski, President/CEO of the Florida Network of Youth and Family Services adds, “Largely due to Jane’s work, we have a system of care in Florida for runaways, homeless and other troubled youth that serves as a model for other states. While her legacy will continue to impact thousand of young people’s lives each year, her grace and insight will be sorely missed.
Family Resources board vice chairman and President and CEO of Morrow Consultants, agrees with everyone’s comments and sums it up best by reinforcing the statement that “Jane is looking forward to her new transitioning role before she steps down to pursue her “encore” career. She will be sorely missed by her associates and everyone involved in Family Resources, but her legacy will live on through future services to the community.”
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About Family Resources: Family Resources, Inc. is a private, non-profit organization dedicated to serving the children, youth and families in Pinellas County since 1970 and Manatee County since 1992. Accredited by the Council on Accreditation for Children and Family Services since 1996, Family Resources is recognized as the agency to turn to in the event of a family relationship crisis. Programs are designed to encourage the personal development of children and youth while working to strengthen and support healthy relationships among family members. Safe shelter, counseling, education, outreach, and appropriate referral and follow-up services are delivered in an atmosphere of caring, giving and acceptance. Family Resources’ mission is to strengthen families and build better communities by providing prevention, support and counseling services to children, teens and families.