Team Future — A Strategic Advocacy and Equity Collaboration

Team Future Membership Opportunities

Leadership Council

Team Future Leadership Council is a powerful and diverse multipartisan group of respected former policymakers, parents and grandparents, retired professionals, and front-line staff and leadership from child- and family-focused organizations who meet regularly to develop a united awareness front for Florida’s children. Leadership Council members have direct input into the action agenda of American Children’s Campaign. Agenda-setting working groups include special needs, child welfare, juvenile justice, racial equity and more. Memberships are for 12 months and are accepted on a rolling basis throughout the year.

Organizational Membership

Open to professionals currently working in child- and family-serving organizations, children’s advisory boards and councils and service associations. Organizational members inform our work through structured methods such as roundtables, surveys and focus groups. Annual dues are based on an agency’s previous fiscal year expenditures (found on line 18 of an IRS 990 form). Memberships are for 12 months and are accepted on a rolling basis throughout the year.

Individual Membership

Open to students, young leaders under age 25, retired professionals, parents, grandparents and community leaders who are not currently working in child- and family-serving organizations, children’s advisory boards or councils or service associations. Annual membership fuels the policy research, public education and grassroots advocacy necessary to make everyday children a top priority. Memberships are 12 months and are accepted on a rolling basis throughout the year.

Membership Benefits Can Include

Future Leadership Council

Leon Russell

Board Chair
American Children’s Campaign

Leon W. Russell is one busy man! He not only serves as Chair of the American Children’s Campaign Board of Directors, but also as Chair of the National Board of Directors of the NAACP. Leon retired in January 2012 after serving as the Director of the Office of Human Rights for Pinellas County, a position he held since January 1977.

He has been involved with the National Board of Directors of the NAACP since 1990, having also served as its Vice Chairman and Assistance Secretary. He previously was the President of the Florida State Conference of the NAACP for four years (January 1996 – January 2000), after serving for 15 years as its First Vice President.

In September 2007, Leon was elected President of the International Association of Official Human Rights Agencies. The IAOHRA Membership is agency based and consists of statutory human and civil rights agencies throughout the United States and Canada, and also includes representation from several other nations. These agencies enforce state and local civil rights laws and are actively engaged in reducing and resolving intergroup tension and promoting intergroup relations.

He is also a member of the International City Management Association; member of the National Forum for Black Public Administrators; past Board Member of the Pinellas Opportunity Council; past President and Board Member of the National Association of Human Rights Workers; and served on the Blueprint Commission on Juvenile Justice with responsibility for recommending reforms to improve the juvenile justice system in the state of Florida.

Roy Miller

American Children’s Campaign

Roy Miller built a direct service agency for children and families over a 13-year period before becoming a political consultant, managing both candidate and issue campaigns. The strategic advocacy science of American Children’s Campaign, which he founded in 1992, builds on the knowledge and information he acquired from both of these professional experiences.

Roy is described by colleagues as the state’s top watchdog for children, an insightful political strategist, determined lobbyist, plain spoken media spokesman and commentator, and, more important, an unapologetic yet neutral critic of ineffective services to children.

His innovations have resulted in new non-partisan approaches to public policy, new service structures for at-risk children, and powerful new advocacy voices. His models and strategic communications techniques have been replicated in other states.

In 2005, he received the statewide Champions for Children award from the Early Childhood Association of Florida and his work was featured for the launch of the national website for PreK Now, a project of Pew Charitable Trusts. In 2006, Miller received the statewide Presidents Award from the Florida Network of Youth & Family Services, an award that has been bestowed only four times in the previous 30 years. In 2008, the statewide Youth Advocacy Award was presented to Miller by the Florida Juvenile Justice Association.

Roy is spearheading conversation and action across the country for building a stronger and more effective political voice for children.

In his spare time, Roy likes the beach, tennis and golf. He supports several organizations that care for dogs and endangered animals.

Alan Abramowitz

The Arc of Florida

Alan has a long history of volunteerism and advocacy on behalf of vulnerable populations. He currently serves as chief executive officer of The Arc of Florida, a highly respected grassroots advocacy organization focused on ensuring individuals with disabilities and their children have the information, opportunities and supports to reach their full potential.
Prior to joining The Arc of Florida, Alan served for more than 10 years as the executive director of the Florida Statewide Guardian ad Litem Office under Governors DeSantis, Scott and Crist. In addition, he spent 10 years at the Department of Children and Families as the chief legal counsel for central Florida and as manager of a variety of regional and statewide offices. He also served for four years as assistant general counsel for the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice, as well as assistant attorney for the Tenth Judicial Circuit, and as an assistant public defender for the Eighteenth Judicial Circuit.

Alan holds a Juris Doctorate from Florida State University, master’s degrees in Public Administration and Sociology, and a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Kansas State University. He played college football for the Kansas State Wildcats and has served with United States Peace Corps, United States Army Reserve, and Florida Army National Guard.

Shelley Katz

Chief Operating Officer
LSF Health Systems

Shelley is a mission-driven nonprofit leader with 30 years of progressively responsible positions delivering quality services for children and families. She is well- known for her passion for helping vulnerable and at-risk populations, as well as her strong leadership skills and demonstrated ability for working across systems to improve lives. Shelley currently serves as Chief Operating Officer with LSF Health Systems. Previously, she was the Chief Operating Office with Victor Community Support Services/Victor Treatment Centers, overseeing all program operations for this California children and family services agency with an operating budget of $88M.
Her prior experience includes leadership positions with LSF Health Systems, Florida’s managing entity for the state-funded behavioral health system in Northeast and North Central Florida, and also Children’s Home Society of Florida, one of Florida’s oldest and largest providers of child welfare services.

Shelley was selected to participate in Miami Herald’s Influencer Project and has served on numerous boards including Florida Coalition for Children, Florida Association of Child and Family Agencies, and United States Selective Service. She is a graduate of Leadership Florida and Leadership Gainesville and served as a training peer reviewer for Council on Accreditation.

Dr. Brook Parker-Bello

CEO, Founder
More Too Life, Inc.

Chris Card

Dr. Frank Catalanotto

Floridians for Dental Access

Betsy Dobbins, Esq.

Executive Director
Center for Children’s Rights

Patricia Hogan


Kurt Kelly

Florida Coalition for Children

Michelle Kindy

Dennis Moore

Executive Director
Guardian Ad Litem

Sandy Murman

Former State Rep & Speaker Pro Tem

Stephen Robert

Executive Vice President
One More Child

John Robertson

Director of Membership Services
Florida Network of Youth and Family Services

Connie Siskowski


Cathy Timuta, MBA

The Florida Association of Healthy Start Coalitions

Opportunities to Also Support a Powerful Children’s Action Fund

Interested in doing more to even the playing field for everyday children? Support the American Children’s Campaign Action Fund – a separate powerful lobbying and persuasion network that works non-stop to advance the interests of everyday children and families. As a 501 (c) (4), donations to the Action Fund are not tax deductible.

IMPORTANT NOTE: American Children’s Campaign reserves the right to review all Team Future donations, partnerships, and/or opportunities with due diligence in an effort to provide meaningful awareness and public education opportunities in support of children, youth, and families.

American Children’s Campaign is recognized as tax exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Contributions are tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law. A copy of the official registration and financial information for American Children’s Campaign. ( EIN: 31-1811747) may be obtained from the Division of Consumer Services by visiting their website at or calling toll-free 1-800-432-7352, within the state of Florida. Registration does not imply endorsement, approval, or recommendation by the state.