Director Nancy Ellis holds a Ph.D. from the University of
Central Florida. She earned her M.S.W. from the University of Utah.
She has extensive experience in policy, administration and clinical
services for children and families. Previously, she worked as a
lobbyist for the Utah State Legislature, chairperson for the
Central Florida Unit of the Florida National Association of Social
Workers and Florida Action for Healthy Kids, administrative
coordinator of the Orange County Neighborhood Centers for Families
and director of youth programs for the Winter Park Health
Foundation. Ellis has been instrumental in the establishment of
community-based mental health, substance abuse and family support
services. She has chaired community action boards and presented
widely in the areas of family counseling, community collaboration,
children's health programs and the Family Support Model.
Administrative Coordinator Heather Lambert is a graduate of
UCF's School of Public Administration. She obtained her B.S. at
Florida State University where she majored in criminology and
English literature. Having completed her M.P.A. from UCF in August
of 2010 and a Certificate in Urban and Regional Planning in
December of 2010, Heather began employment with UCF's Center for
Community Partnerships in the College of Health and Public Affairs
in July of 2011. In her current position with the Center for
Community Partnerships, Heather is working to help implement the
Evans Community School in the Pine Hills community.
If we can change the system and bring people together to have the right kind of conversations, then we can really make a long-term change in people's lives -- and that is the goal.
— Nancy Ellis,
The idea is to form a long-term partnership in the community that, over time, can have a significant impact on improving the lives of children and families.
— Dean Michael Frumkin,
Dean of the College of Health and Public Affairs
SYNERGY…that’s the word that comes to mind. Without the collaborations facilitated by the Center for Community Partnerships we would not have been able to produce results for kids.
— Raymond Larsen,
Children’s Community Services Director, Heart of Florida United Way
We could not have implemented the Evans Community School without the vast resources and expertise of the committed and dedicated staff.
— Charlene Sears-Tolbert,
Children’s Home Society of Florida, Evans Community School Director
“The Center for Community Partnerships has been a real treasure for Central Florida. They have helped so many organizations, established needed services, and given the community a welcome link to the University.”
— Linda Sutherland,
I am in awe of the amount of time, patience, and expertise that the CCP has expended during our joint project with OCPS in developing the Evans Community School. Dr. Ellis and Dean Frumkin are tireless advocates who...
— David Bundy,
President/CEO, Children’s Home Society of Florida