The Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center (ECCAC) recently announced that Debra “Debi” Riley-Broadnax will be joining their team as the non-profit’s new CARES Program Manager.
In this newly established position as Manager, Riley-Broadnax will be responsible for creating, managing and sustaining the CARES Program. CARES stands for Community, Awareness, Resources, and Support. The CARES Program is being established because of the need for elevating ECCAC’s community abuse prevention education in Okaloosa and Walton Counties. The non-profit’s successful Prevention and Safety Matters programs, already in the schools, will also be overseen by the CARES Program Manager.
Riley-Broadnax, is a native of Fort Walton Beach and a product of the local public school system. She received her Bachelor’s Degree from Troy University, and her Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of West Florida. Her job experiences working with the community are extensive and well-suited for this position. She began her career working at the Fort Walton Beach Public Housing Authority under the umbrella of the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD); worked in behavioral health at Bridgeway Center; was the Director of Healthy Start with the Okaloosa County Health Department; and was the Executive Director of Okaloosa County Head Start. As well, she worked aggressively speaking for the voiceless in the Greater Sylvania Heights area, a small community in Fort Walton Beach just North of Lovejoy Road with about 1,000 residents. This was an important initiative of former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, Opportunity Zone.
For years now, Riley-Broadnax has worked diligently in the local community advocating for families with educational, social, economic, health and welfare, and affordable housing issues. She is also a member of the National Association of Social Workers, and was one of the founding members of the Emerald Coast Local Black Social Workers Chapter. On the home front, this accomplished woman has 3 children, and 5 grandchildren, enjoys college and professional sports and hanging out at the beach with family and friends.