Rick Hess – President/CEO Rick Hess is proud to be the President and CEO of Pasco Kids First. Rick joined the organization in April of 1997 as the Executive Director of a very small (there were 5 employees at the time) Pasco Family Protection Team which was the organization’s original name. The organization expanded in 1999 with the addition of the Healthy Families program in Pasco (later expanding to Hernando County in 2007) and changed its name to Pasco Kids First shortly thereafter. A third program, the Sexual Abuse Treatment Program was also added in 2007 and has grown and developed into our Trauma Treatment Program as it’s known today. In 2014, the organization became fully accredited as a Children’s Advocacy Center and sees its mission continuing to expand in providing services to those children and families in need in our communities. Rick believes that providing services to those in the community that need them should always be done with respect and dignity they deserve is an important key to doing so. Pasco Kids First seeks always to be a provider of important, sometimes life-changing services to people in Pasco and Hernando Counties and is proud to work in alliance with community partners who also believe in providing the highest quality services possible. Rick married to Beth and between them they have five children and one precious grandson. They live in Pasco County as Rick has for forty years.
Cathy Alred – Business Manager Cathy Alred has been employed with Pasco Kids First, Inc. since 1997, and in her current position as Business Manager since 1999. She is responsible for handling all aspects of the agencies finances and Human Resources. Prior to coming on staff with Pasco Kids First, Inc, Cathy was with Barnett Bank for 16 years. She began as a teller and worked her way to Office Manager. Cathy has lived in West Pasco County since 1967 and has 2 children.
Becky Bennett – Director of Development Becky Bennett, M.H.A has a Bachelor’s Degree in Rehabilitative Services with a focus on substance abuse and mental health and a Master’s Degree in Health Administration, both from University of Florida. She served as Program Manager of Healthy Families Pasco-Hernando at Pasco Kids First from 2007 – 2014. Becky is a charter member of the Nature Coast Chapter of Association of Fundraising Professionals. Becky is active in the community serving in leadership roles in several organizations such as Past President for Trinity Rotary, Community Service Council of West Pasco, West Pasco Chamber of Commerce Board, Young Professionals Group, Leadership Pasco, Leadership Hernando and chairs several fundraisers throughout the year. In addition, she was named Young Up and Comer by Tampa Bay Business Journal, Paul Harris Fellow, Rotarian of the Year and Humanitarian of the Year by the Community Service Council.
Douglass Hasell, M.D. – Medical Director Doctor Hasell graduated from The University of California, Santa Barbara in 1982. Deciding that he wanted to become a Pediatrician and not a marine biologist as originally planned, he graduated from the Medical University of South Carolina in 1987 and headed back out to California for his Pediatric residency at the University of California, Irvine. It was here that he met his lovely wife who is also a pediatrician. After an almost 4 year stint working together overseas in beautiful Micronesia on the Island of Saipan ,which is a US Commonwealth, they returned to California joining two friends in a practice in San Luis Obispo, California. In 1997 they relocated to Florida to start their practice called The Pediatric Specialist. Shortly after this Dr. Hasell was recruited by Rick Hess to take on the Medical Director position at the Child Protection Team of Pasco County. During the last 17 plus years Dr. Hasell and his wife have grown their pediatric practice adding two more providers, one of which is an ARNP (nurse practitioner) Chris Pope, who has become an integral part of the Child Protection Team as well. This spring will mark the 18 year anniversary of Dr. Hasell being medical director of the Pasco Child Protection team which is now part of the larger Kids First agency. He has enjoyed being involved working alongside the dedicated staff of the Child Protection Team in the important cause of protecting and being the voice of children who are victims of abuse and neglect.
Kelly Plouffe – Program Manager Trauma Treatment Program Kelly Plouffe, LMFT, CCTP is the Clinical Director at Pasco Kids First, Trauma Treatment Program. Ms. Plouffe is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist as well as a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional. She is an experienced trauma therapist that treats children and adults in individual, family and group therapy modalities. She has been a sexual abuse and trauma expert in the field of child welfare for the last 22 years. Ms. Plouffe is a member of the Pasco County Child Abduction and Response Team representing the mental health component of the team as well as treating provider for the National Center of Missing and Abducted Children.
Dana Selfridge Program Manager of Healthy Families Pasco – Hernando Dana Selfridge, M.P.A., C.A.P joined Pasco Kids First Healthy Families Pasco-Hernando as Program Manager in October 2014. Prior to joining, Healthy Families, Dana was Program Director for Operation PAR Medication Assisted Patient Services Hernando program for over 9 years where she supervised clinical, medical and administrative staff while overseeing opiate dependent patients. Here she was a member of the Clinical Care Committee and Peer Review. During her time at Operation PAR, Dana was also assigned as multi-facility administrator overseeing offices in New Port Richey, Clearwater, and Bradenton. Prior to working for Operation PAR, Dana interned at the Evansville Psychiatric Children’s Center in Indiana where she worked with chronically disordered children aged 6-12. Here she conducted individual therapeutic sessions. Dana holds a Master of Public Administration, a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and is a Certified Addictions Professional by the Florida Certification Board. Dana is married and has 3 children – 13 year old twin boys and a 10 year old boy. As a family, they enjoy boating, fishing, camping, hunting, and any other outdoor activities.
Jon Wisenbaker – Program Manager Child Protection Jon Wisenbaker, M.S. graduated with a Master of Science degree in Clinical Psychology from Eastern Kentucky University in 1993. He has been working for the Child Protection Team for the last 20 years and has been supervisor since 2001. He continues to serve as member of the DOH Statewide Quality Assurance team, providing peer review to CPT’s across the state. He also serves on Florida’s Network of Children’s Advocacy Centers as a board member.
Administrative Support Team
Robin Kelbaugh, Staff Accountant; Terra Ernestine, Data Specialist; Jessica Elliott, Receptionist