– Brookwood Florida Leadership –
As the Assistant Executive Director at Brookwood, I meet with the girls, staff, guardian ad litems, and families to present Brookwood’s program and asses eligibility for future residents into our program. I am the first point of contact for each new girl who joins our Brookwood family and I coordinate meetings with our staff clinician that is most compatible with her.
I started at Brookwood in December 1991 and have since worn many hats (i.e., Youth-care worker, case manager, counselor, intake coordinator, program director, etc.). I completed my Master’s Degree at USF in Mental Health and Rehabilitation Counseling in 2001 and became a licensed mental health counselor in 2004.
I have helped and witnessed over 5,000 girls become stronger, self-sufficient, competent, independent, and amazing young women. Many of these young ladies have become mothers themselves and have broken the cycle of abuse and neglect by using and teaching their own children what they learned at Brookwood.
I look forward to continuing to be a part of each girl’s journey into adulthood, independence, and success, for many years to follow.
“Thank you for never giving up on me! You [Pam Mesmer, Executive Director of Brookwood] and your staff proved that you would love me and that no matter what awful things I did or said I could not push you away. This is what changed me forever.”
R.D., former Brookwood resident