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The Teen Court of Sarasota, Inc., Board of Directors recently announced the selection of Heather Todd as the new Executive Director. Ms. Todd succeeds Katie Self who had served as the Executive Director since 1988. An integral part of the organization for 16 years, Ms. Todd was a natural fit for the role.

For 28 years, Teen Court has served as a juvenile court alternative. A nonprofit organization, Teen Court also provides a range of educational and counseling services for juvenile clients, and is a source of law education for offenders and volunteers alike. Ms. Todd has been instrumental in expanding and targeting Teen Court's services to address the evolving needs of our clients and their families. She also served as events manager, teen court session facilitator, volunteer coordinator, and trainer for referring agencies and student volunteers. Ms. Todd looks forward to creating new opportunities to collaborate with community organizations as well as strengthen relationships with referring agencies.

"I have been fortunate to have worked with Teen Court for the past 16 years and I look forward to moving into my new role as Executive Director. It is an exciting time to start the next chapter with the young people, staff and Board of Directors as we continue our mission and develop new relationships in our community." Heather Todd, Executive Director

Ms. Todd has deep community ties and a successful track record in collaborating with the legal and law enforcement leaders throughout the county for the benefit of Sarasota's teens. Her education includes a Bachelor of Social Work and a Master of Social Work form the University of South Florida.

LORI MORAN, Chief Operating Officer

Lori A. Moran came to Sarasota, Florida in 2002 from the state of Michigan where she received her Bachelor’s Degree from Oakland University.

Lori has held accounting positions at Meadowbrook Insurance Group (NYSE:MIG), and managed financial reporting duties for an Employee Leasing firm with revenues in excess of $30 Million before its sale to a venture group in 2001. Most recently, Lori was responsible for all aspects of bookkeeping for a start-up insurance agency in Sarasota County that launched in May of 2015.

In addition to Lori’s extensive experience related to accounting and financial responsibilities, she is a Licensed Health & Life Insurance Agent in the state of Florida, and a certified substitute teacher for the Sarasota County School District.

She has been a dedicated volunteer to many local organizations including the United Cerebral Palsy of Southwest Florida, Children’s First Head Start Program, Loveland Center, Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast, the Humane Society of Sarasota, the Bond of Love Adoption Agency, and the C.A.R.E. Foundation.

Lori Moran was appointed by the Governor of Florida as a Trustee for the State College of Florida Sarasota-Manatee, serving for over six years (two as Vice Chair).

Lori is married to Sarasota County Commissioner, Mike Moran. They have been married for 25 years and have two children attending the University of Florida.

DEVIN EPPS, South County Client Coordinator

Devin Epps is originally from Philadelphia Pennsylvania. Devin moved to Lehigh Acres Florida at age 11. Devin graduated from Lehigh Senior High School in 2005; then immediately joined the United States Navy where he was stationed overseas in Japan. After serving in the military, Devin worked for the department of corrections (Hendry CI). Devin then continued his corrections career at Glades County Sheriff’s Office, where he was promoted to the rank of sergeant. While in corrections, Devin received his bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Hodges University.

After receiving his degree, Devin decided to further his career at Sarasota Police Department by becoming a police officer. While employed at Sarasota Police Department, Devin has worked such positions as patrol, foot patrol, and as a school resource officer for Sarasota High School.

Devin has also assisted with several youth programs to include the Boots for Badges Program at the Boys and Girls Club in Newtown, in addition to assisting with Teen Courts Camp X-Rayd Program.

Throughout Devin’s tenure at Sarasota Police Department he has been recognized for several awards/medals to include CO-sworn officer of the quarter award, Preservation of life award, distinguished service medal, and meritorious service medal. Devin’s greatest passions are helping the youth excel in life in addition to spending time with his family.

Lashelle Williams, SENIOR Client Coordinator

Lashelle Williams joined the Teen Court team in November, 2017 and over sees the North County Teen Court program.

Lashelle is a native Texan and a graduate of Southwestern University . She was recognized nationally by the Boys and Girls Club for her final thesis on, The Impact that the Boys & Girls Club has on the Children In Our Community'. This experience gave her a strong sense of devotion and passion for the non-profit sector and the youth of our future.

Lashelle is assigned to BHS, RHS and SHS during the week for outreach and can often be found writing a student’s recommendation letter, helping a youth fill out a job and/or college application, or inspiring Teen Court clients to outline their goals.

In her spare time, Lashelle enjoys traveling, sports, and spending time with her family and friends.

Lashelle Williams, North County Client Coordinator

Lashelle Williams joined the Teen Court team in November, 2017 and over sees the North County Teen Court program.

Isven Chavez - Central Sarasota Client Coordinator

I was born in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico. I moved to Sarasota, Florida when I was 2 years old. I graduated from Booker High School in 2006. I was the first in my family to go to college and got my degree from State College of Florida.

In 2013, I was sponsored by the Sarasota Police Department to attend the Police Academy at Suncoast Technical College. I graduated with the 123rd Class in December 2013. I was a police officer with the Sarasota Police Department from 2013-2018. While at SPD I worked patrol, bike patrol, walking beat, and was a School Resource Officer at Brookside Middle School (my alma mater). During my time at SPD I was also involved with the community, assisting with youth programs to include Boots for Badges at the Boys and Girls Club in Newtown, and Teen Court’s Camp X-Ray’d program.

In 2018, I accepted a position with the newly started Sarasota County Schools Police Department. I held the position of School Resource Officer and was the SRO at Taylor Ranch Elementary in Venice, FL.

While being involved with youth programs and being a School Resource Officer, I found my passion; Helping the youth and just being a positive role model in their life. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family and traveling.

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