Meet the Plant City Team!

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Juli
Center Manager

Juli was born and raised in the Tampa Bay Area, but pursued her Bachelor’s Degree in Hospitality, Recreation and Resort Management at the University of West Florida in Pensacola. She also possesses a Master’s in Business Administration from Saint Leo University. She joined the CBFRC Team with over 10 years of experience in customer service, as well as 6 years of involvement in procurement and contract management.

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Talisha
Early Childhood Service Coordinator 

Talisha was born and raised in West Palm Beach, FL. She moved to Lakeland FL to attend Southeastern University to pursue her bachelor's degree in Psychology. Talisha aspires to get her master's degree in human services counseling to continue to be a resource for the community and providing counseling for young adults . She has over 7 years + of childcare experience.

Hipolito
Intake and Referral Specialist

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Paul (Hipolito) is a proud Texas native, but has lived in California, Colorado, Indiana, and Ohio. He and his wife moved to Plant City in August 2021, but the fact that all six of their grandchildren are close by had nothing to do with their decision. He is our new Intake/Referral Specialist. Paul has had a dual career in ministry and social work, earning his master’s degree in Human Services/Marriage and Family Counseling. In addition to serving as a pastor he has been a music teacher, truancy officer, prevention educator, and social worker. Paul is excited about this opportunity to serve this awesome community. ¡Yo hablo español y tejano!

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Biatris
Family Specialist

Biatris is originally from Texas and moved to the sunshine state about 20 years ago. She is a mother of 3 wonderful kids who are members of the Plant City CBFRC and enjoy coming to all the activities. Biatris is bilingual and has worked in several different fields, but her true passion is to serve the families in her community like she is able to do here at the Children's Board Family Resource Center. ¡Yo hablo español!

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Lauren
Support Specialist

Lauren is a native of Plant City. For the past two years, she has been serving her community as a substitute teacher for several of Plant City's Elementary and High Schools. She is currently pursuing her degree in Early Childhood Education and hopes to continue her education to earn her master's degree. She is excited to continue serving the community and helping the children and families of Plant City reach their full potential. I am fluent in American Sign Language!

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Cynthia
Playologist

Cynthia was born in Toledo, Ohio but was raised in Plant City, Florida and has been in the area for 20+ years. Cynthia loves to do as much for other people and her community as she can, which makes her a perfect fit for the Children's Board Family Resource Center in Plant City. As the Playologist, Cynthia plans a variety of quality programming for the Center's Pop Up Play: an incredibly fun, rotating exhibit space designed by the Glazer Children's Museum! ¡Yo hablo español!

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Alessandra
Quality Assurance Specialist

Ali was born and raised in South Florida and holds a Bachelor's degree in Family, Youth, and Community Science from the University of Florida. After moving to the Tampa Bay Area in 2018, she went on to complete a Master’s in Public Health at the University of South Florida where she specialized in Maternal and Child Health. She is passionate about working with families and wants to make a difference in others’ lives. Ali has been with Lutheran Services Florida since 2020.