Children's Services Council

Children's Services Council


The Children’s Services Council is a standing advisory committee appointed by the Highlands County Board of County Commissioners for the purpose of meeting the needs of children in Highlands County. 



The mission of the Children’s Services Council of Highlands County is to enhance the lives of the children in Highlands County and to enable them to attain their full potential by providing a diverse community-wide platform for children’s issues through private/public partnerships.  Their purpose is to identify children in need, recognize gaps in services, and design ways to improve coordination and communication among children’s programs and residents throughout Highlands County.

Appointed by the Board of County Commissioners. 

The Children’s Services Council will consist of:
  • Eleven (11) citizens appointed by the Board of County Commissioners.  Appointees will be representative of all geographic areas, of various groups of citizens, and of varied services available to children and youth; these members will be the only members vested with voting power;
  • One (1) full time county staff member designated as Executive Director of the Children’s Services Council of Highlands County;
  • Six (6) public officials (non-voting), including a member of the School Board of Highlands County, a member of the Highlands County Board of County Commissioners, the Superintendent of Schools, Highlands County Sheriff, and representatives of the County Health Department and Department of Children and Families; and
  • Any honorary members the Board of County Commissioners chooses to name; and
  • A representative from the Champion for Children Foundation may serve as an ex-officio member of the Children’s Services Council.  
Non-voting members will be encouraged to attend all Council meetings, participate fully in the discussions and assist the Council in fulfilling its Mission.

Members serve four-year terms.  

A member may succeed himself/herself only if he/she fills an incomplete term for a member who dies or resigns.  Then he/she may serve an additional four-year-term.  After an interval of two years, a former member may be appointed to a second term.

Meetings are held on the 3rd Wednesday of every month at 7:30 am.

Commissioner Elwell
Luzed Cruz, CAC Manager / Staff Liaison
(863) 402-6845

MEMBERS (Voting):
Aisha Alayandre / Drug Free Highlands
Term Expires: December 31, 2019

Shirley Johnson / Highlands County Sheriff Office
Term Expires: December 31, 2019

Jeff Taylor / Pastor, First Baptist Placid Lakes
Term Expires: December 31, 2019

Carly Wohl / Heart of Florida Legal Aid
Term Expires: December 31, 2019

Sgt. Mostyn Mullins / Lake Placid Police Department
Term Expires: December 31, 2020

Dr. Raghuveera / Caladium Pediatrics
Term Expires: Decenber 31, 2021

Marisa Starm / Selamta Family Projects
Term Expires: December 31, 2022

Bobbie Smith-Powell / Co-Pastor, The Living Body of Christ
Term Expires: December 31, 2022

Nicholas Vosurg / Citizen
Term Expires: December 31, 2022

April Rolle / Heartland for Children
Term Expires: December 31, 2022

Term Expires: December 31, 2021