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|SARASOTA – The Florida Center for Early Childhood recently hired Kimberly Treharne, a licensed mental health counselor, as Chief Operating Officer. Treharne has a long history with the organization, providing nearly a decade of service in various roles. “We are beyond happy to have Kimberly as our Chief Operating Officer, said Dr. Kristie Skoglund, CEO of The Florida Center. “Her knowledge of early childhood development and mental health, experience in the social services sector, and strong organizational skills are the ideal combination for this role.”|
Treharne started at the Florida Center as a mental health intern in 2009 and worked with partner organizations to offer wrap-around services to at-risk families. After becoming a licensed mental health counselor, she provided first-hand treatment to children and families with diverse needs.
“The experience impressed upon me the importance of early intervention and collaboration across systems to best serve children and families,” Treharne said. “I will make sure these core components continue to be the heart of the programs at The Florida Center in my new role.”
During her tenure at The Florida Center, Treharne worked in multiple programs and trained in a variety of evidence-based specialties. In 2013, she took on a supervisor role and was instrumental in expanding mental health services to the Healthy Families program. She became a program director the following year and helped spearhead a community-wide effort to improve mental health and child welfare services for families, which resulted in the establishment of Early Childhood Court teams in the Twelfth Judicial Circuit. She left the organization in 2017 to focus on her own growing family.
“Kimberly knows the ins and outs of this organization better than most,” said Skoglund. “We are so excited to have her on our leadership team.”
As COO, Kimberly hopes to help prevent compassion fatigue for frontline professionals and supervisors; facilitate trauma and resiliency informed culture; and promote community partnerships to improve family navigation through child-serving systems.
|About the Florida Center for Early Childhood For more than 40 years, The Florida Center for Early Childhood has been the leading provider of therapeutic services, early education and healthy development for young children in southwest Florida, offering a seamless delivery of services for the whole child and their family. Today, the agency is nationally recognized for its early childhood expertise in a variety of specialties. The Florida Center provides developmental therapies, mental health counseling, Starfish Academy preschool, the Healthy Families home-visiting program, and the state’s only Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders clinic. For more information, visit www.thefloridacenter.org or call 941-371-8820.|