Trudy Novicki has spent the majority of her career advocating for children. As a Chief Assistant State Attorney in Miami-Dade County from 1985 to 2003, she supervised the Child Abuse and Forensic Interview Units, and served on various boards relating to child abuse, including the Florida Committee for the establishment of a Sexual Predator Protocol Handbook, and the Kristi House Advisory Board. As Executive Director of Kristi House, the Child Advocacy Center in Miami-Dade County, from 2003 to 2014, Trudy continued to advocate for those children without a voice. In 2012 she was awarded the Advocate of the Year Award from the Florida Children and Youth Cabinet in Tallahassee for her work on child sex trafficking, and in 2014 she was named one of 10 global recipients of the C10 Award for Entrepreneurial Leadership in Stockholm, Sweden. Trudy served on the adjunct faculty of the University Of Miami Law School from 1989 to 2014 and was a member of the faculty of Florida International University School of Social Work from 2003 to 2008. Born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland, Trudy received her undergraduate degree from the University of Maryland and her law degree from Vanderbilt University.
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Chief Operating Officer
Katie Williams joined Florida Impact in 2017 as the Projects Manager. In her previous role as the Program Manager of Healthiest Weight Florida at the Florida Department of Health, she facilitated a collective impact approach to preventing chronic diseases through policy, systems, and environmental changes aimed at making the healthy choice the easy choice for all Floridians. Prior to this, Katie served as the Marketing and Outreach Coordinator for Florida’s Early Steps Program. She also has experience working in child care licensing and non-profit development. Katie attended Florida State University obtaining a bachelor’s degree in Family and Child Sciences and a master’s degree in Public Health.
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Regional Director of South Florida
Sam Hopwood joined Florida Impact in 2017. Before officially joining the team, he helped with the development of the Why Breakfast is Important white paper. Sam completed a BS in Biology and a BA in Spanish from the University of New Mexico in 2014, and is currently pursuing a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree at the University of Miami, to be completed in Spring 2018. Sam had previously interned with Nourish International, Project Amazonas, and the Nature Conservancy on developing and implementing multiple community-based public health projects both here in Miami-Dade County and further afield in Latin America and Africa. Sam is committed to tackling nutritional barriers and health disparities across South Florida, and ensuring that all children are given an equitable opportunity to succeed and thrive.
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Administrative & Special Projects Coordinator
Kelli Greene joined the Florida Impact team in January of 2019 after completing two AmeriCorps terms with the Florida Conservation Corps. Prior to working with AmeriCorps, Kelli worked at the Florida Department of Health for four years as an Administrative Assistant at the Division and Bureau level organizing meetings, managing purchases, acting as the Human Resource liaison, and providing up-to-date correspondence. Kelli brings enthusiasm to get things done for Florida and her team by learning everything she can in her role as Administrative Coordinator. In her spare time, Kelli enjoys exploring the outdoors through hiking, kayaking and swimming.
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Raffaela Susi has been on the Florida Impact team since 2011. When she joined as a Program Assistant, her main responsibilities were designing flyers and other publications, maintaining company social media, and answering calls for the Florida Summer Food Hotline. She became the Communications Coordinator in 2012 after spearheading an entire rebranding of the organization. In 2015, Raffaela moved to Seattle and was kept on as the remote Graphic Designer. She has designed all websites and most publications produced by Florida Impact, and continues with new projects to this day.
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Elisabeth is the owner of Small Business Concerns, and has been Florida Impact's bookkeeper since 2017. Always looking for new ways to make processes more efficient, Elisabeth excels in developing time-saving processes and techniques. Elisabeth has been a QuickBooks Certified Pro-Advisor for both desktop and online versions of QuickBooks since 2012 and continues to renew that certification with each new update to the QuickBooks software family. In her spare time, Elisabeth enjoys handcrafts, baking, and writing.
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Sidney Watts has been keeping Florida Impact up-to-date with the latest technology since 2015. He is the President/CEO of Parallel Synergistic Consulting, a business that specializes in network design, installation, and maintenance. Sidney is a graduate of Louisiana State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering. Sidney does not let his title of President/ CEO get in the way of his hands-on approach to service delivery. Many new customers are surprised to see the company president at their agency working side by side with his employees to ensure technology needs are met. Many local nonprofits rely on Sidney for his wonderful and reliable service, and we're lucky to be one of them!
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