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Melissa Larkin-Skinner & Stephanie Sylvestre

Melissa Larkin-Skinner - USA | President, Centerstone of Florida Inc

Melissa Larkin-Skinner is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Centerstone of Florida, based in Bradenton, Florida, USA. In this role, she is responsible for significant organizational growth, including expanding Centerstone’s presence from three to six Florida counties. As a licensed mental health counselor with 25 years’ experience in all aspects of mental health and addiction prevention and treatment, Melissa has worked with children and adults of all ages in diverse treatment programs, including inpatient, outpatient, crisis intervention, intensive community-based and child welfare. She has designed and operated innovative programs to meet community needs, including the first children’s Community Action Treatment Team (CAT) in 2004. CAT has been adopted as Florida’s statewide model for serving youth struggling with severe mental health, behavioral and co-occurring disorders, along with their families. A persistent voice in bringing attention to the opioid epidemic, Melissa is an authority on addiction’s devastating effects on communities. She regularly provides state and federal policy feedback and engages in legislative advocacy as a mental health and addiction subject matter expert in Tallahassee and Washington, D.C. She has led Centerstone in the rapid expansion of treatment services for individuals fighting opioid addiction, including Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) in hospital, clinic and jail-based sites. In August 2016, she received the Florida Alcohol and Drug Abuse Association Administrator of the Year for her efforts toward combating the opioid epidemic. Melissa currently serves as the only behavioral health provider on the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Commission. She received an MBA in Healthcare Administration from Saint Leo University and an Master of Arts in Rehabilitation Counseling from the University of South Florida.

Stephanie Sylvestre - IWF Florida | Chief Programs Officer and Chief Information Officer, Children’s Trust of Miami

Stephanie Sylvestre is the Chief Programs Officer and Chief Information Officer at The Children’s Trust. She manages a $184 million portfolio, having transformed a hodgepodge of funded agencies into a partnership between The Trust’s 80 direct staff members and the 2,500 staff members of those 230 funded agencies. She successfully launched three initiatives around capacity building, cross-funder collaboration and innovation. Moreover, she transformed the IT infrastructure to reduce busy work and allow time for high-impact, high-value interactions with clients, resulting in the South Florida Business Journal awarding her “CIO of the Year” for 2019.

Stephanie is also a board member with Aqua Foundation and was formerly a board member of Habitat for Humanity of Greater Miami. For four years, she led a team of 2,100 women volunteers who built seven Habitat for Humanity homes. She was the Co-Founder and Facilitator of The Commonwealth Institute’s Accelerated Growth Business Forum. She also served as Secretary and Program Chair for Communities in Schools’ Board of Directors, and as Chair for Burger King Corporation’s community outreach group, BKCares. An appointee to the Southern U.S. Diplomatic Corps, she served for nine years as Honorary Consul of Belize for the Southern United States.

Stephanie graduated from the University of Southern California with a BA in International Relations, and from the University of Miami with an MA in International Studies and International Economics.


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Melissa Larkin-Skinner & Stephanie Sylvestre
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