From the moment we opened our doors, our core value has been to care for children when no one else could or would. This care sparks hope and promise for a better tomorrow—a tomorrow that’s better for children, families, and ultimately the entire community. 

Every decision we make is made strictly in the best interest of children and families. We work hard to remain true to our mission to unlock the potential of at-risk children and families by providing compassionate and effective services that create opportunities for success.


Board of Directors

Chair: Liben Amedie

1st Vice Chair: Mark Barrett

2nd Vice Chair: Karl M. Schmitz, III

Secretary: Merideth Newman

Treasurer: Chris Rinker

Assistant Treasurer: Kevin Walsh

Cheryl Adams

Greg Albers

Kalei McElroy Blair

Patty Bohannan

Karol K. Bullard

Sharon Docherty Danco

Hope Dogali

David Eischeid

David A. Kennedy

Orlando Lopez-Isa

The Honorable Sandra L. Murman

Alison Newman

Steve Nichols

Cheri M. O'Neil

D.J. Rondeau

Sean Strickler

Donna Turner

The Honorable Samantha Ward

Casey Weldon

Stephanie Weldon



The Children's Home Foundation, Inc.

Chair: David Eischeid

Sharon Alexander-Gold

Sharon Docherty Danco

Sellers Gauntt

David A. Kennedy

Donald L. Mellow

Jeanne F. Mott

Richard Stohler


The Children's Home Properties, Inc.

Chair: Cheri M. O'Neil

David A. Kennedy

Orlando Lopez-Isa

Merideth Newman

Chris Rinker

Administrative Staff

Irene K. Rickus, MS, LMHC
President/Chief Executive Officer
Phone: (813) 864-1501


Larry Cooper, MSW, LCSW
Chief of Intervention and Preventative Services
Phone: (813) 901-3423

Mary Lu Kiley, CPA
Chief Financial Officer
Phone: (813) 864-1510

Donna Krauser
Chief of Out of Home Care
Phone: (813) 864-1459

Amanda Melton, SHRM-CP, PHR
Chief of Human Resources
Phone: (813) 864-1520

Douglas R. Bolin, MBA
Director of Operations
Phone: (813) 864-1431

Hannah Buck, MS, BCBA
Associate Residential Director of Campus Life
Phone: (813) 864-1410

Lisa Campbell, CPA
Director of Fiscal Services
Phone: (813) 864-1511

Ariana Drew, LMHC
Associate Residential Director of Clinical Services
Phone: (813) 864-1421

Carol Hajdinak, MS, LCSW
Director of Community Counseling
Phone: (813) 864-1365

Tosha Johnson
SEEDS Program Supervisor
Phone: (813) 901-3418

Chalice Lusk
Senior Director of Foster Care
Phone: (813) 864-1417

Frank Massaro
Director of Development
Phone: 813-864-1535

Rahul N. Mehra, MD
Medical Director
Phone: (866) 684-2007

Elaine Melkioty
Senior Supervisor for Healthy Families
Phone: (813) 901-3412

Jennifer Shelton
Executive & Board Coordinator
Phone: (813) 864-1501

Christina Ward
Director of Kinship
Phone: (813) 901-3441

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