Children's Services Advisory Committee
Serve on The Children's Services Advisory Committee!
The Board of County Commissioners is seeking volunteers to serve on two standing subcommittees which are part of the Children’s Services Advisory Committee (CSAC) whose purpose is to promote the health and well-being of children in Indian River County and to provide a unified system of planning and delivery within which children’s needs are identified, targeted, and addressed. Learn More about Serving on the CSAC
The Children Services Advisory Committee identifies and assess the needs of children in Indian River County. More details about the duties and responsibilities of the CSAC members.
Relevant Resolutions, Ordinances, and Statutes
- Ordinance 2022-007 approved May 17th, changes aspects of Part II (Children’s Services Advisory Committee) of Chapter 103 (Commissioners and Boards) of the Indian River County Code of Ordinances (the “Code”) to address issues raised in the proposed Children’s Trust special dependent district ordinance.
- Part II (Children's Services Advisory Committee) of Chapter 103 (Commissions and Boards) of Indian River County Code.
- Ordinance 2011-007 approved September 13, 2011, amended Sections 103.02, 103.04, 103.04.2, 103.22 and 103.30 of the Code of Indian River County, which included changes concerning the committee director office.
- Ordinance 1999-01 approved January 19, 1999, amended Chapter 103 of the Indian River County Code and changed the name of the Children Services Network to Children Services Advisory Committee. It also clarified and established the authority of CSAC of subcommittees.
- Ordinance 1997-17 approved May 13, 1997, established the Children Services Network as an advisory board to the Indian River County Board of County Commissioners.
- Resolution 1993-151 approved September 7, 1993, reorganized Children's Services Advisory Committee and changed its duties.
- Resolution 1990-167 approved November 6, 1990 created the Children Service Advisory Committee.
Terms, Meetings, and Membership
The term of office for each member appointed by the Board of County Commissioners shall be four (4) years. Indian River County residency is required for the seven district and at large members. Members-At-Large can only hold two (2) consecutive terms. The commissioner ex-officio voting member serves a 1-year term and may be reappointed for subsequent terms. There are no term limitations for non-commissioner ex-officio representative members. Meetings are set by Roberta F. Katz, Esq, Director - Human Services Department (772) 226-1477 and held in January, March, May, June, September, October, and December on a Monday at 5:30 p.m. at the County Administration Building B, 1801 27th Street, Vero Beach, Florida in Conference Room B1-501. The Recording Secretary is Natalie Novak, Commissioner Assistant.
The Children's Services Advisory Committee shall be comprised of fifteen (15) voting members. Seven (7) of the voting members are appointed by the Board of County Commissioners. The remaining voting members are appointed by their designated entity. The following are the categories of the CSAC member positions:
1. County commissioner;
2. Judge living in Indian River designated by chief judge;
3. Superintendent of schools;
4. Department of children and families, circuit 19 community development administrator;
5. Department of health county health department administrator;
6. Law enforcement officer;
7. Representative from the Indian River County Hospital District.
8. – 12. Five members appointed by the BCC to represent his/her district, which individuals shall have some form of expertise in the arena of children's services, such as a physician, licensed mental health professional, child advocate or someone with business experience.
13. – 14. Members at large appointed by the BCC
15. Accountant, certified financial officer, certified financial planner or has significant financial experience.
- Kerry Bartlett - District 1
- Michelle Morris - District 2
- Katie Mieras- District 3
- Michele Falls - District 4
- Hope B. Woodhouse - District 5
- VACANT - Member-at-Large
- Robert Schlitt, Jr. - Member-at-Large
- Judge Victoria L. Griffin - Judge Ex-Officio
- Dr. David K. Moore - Superintendent of Schools Ex-Officio
- Bob McPartlan - Department of Children & Families Ex-Officio
- Miranda Swanson - Chairman, Administrator Health Department: Ex-Officio
- Sheriff Eric Flowers - Law Enforcement: Ex-Officio
- Ann Marie Suriano – Hospital District Ex-Officio
- Laura Moss – Commissioner
- S. Douglas Demuth - Accountant, certified financial officer, certified financial planner or has significant financial experience
CSAC (Children Services Advisory Committee) Subcommittees
Ordinances 1997-19 and 1999-01 reference Section 103.24 (IRC Code), clarified and established the authority of CSAC as it pertains to subcommittees. The Children Services Advisory Committee may establish the change of membership in or termination of the existence of any subcommittees. The subcommittees that are established are the CSAC – Needs Assessment and Planning, and CSAC Grant Review and Program. More details about the CSAC Subcommittees.
CSAC - Needs Assessment and Planning Members:
CSAC – Grant Review and Program Members:
- Hope Woodhouse
- Anthony Brown
- Tony Consalo
- Susan Blaxill-Deal
- Michael Kint
- Sherri Kolodziejczak
- Brooke Sauserman
- Robert (Bob) Schlitt, Jr., Chair
- Deana Shatley
- Elizabeth Thomason
- Caryn Toole