This is a  staff list for AMIkids, Inc., Headquartered in Tampa, FL

(This program has locations in: Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Louisiana, South Carolina, Texas, and Virginia)

(we are working to acquire the complete records for ALL years)

 

We advise current and/or former staff to report any abuses you may have witnessed while working at AMIkids, Inc..  For information on your rights and how to take action, visit www.heal-online.org/blowthewhistle.htm.If you were fired or forced to resign because you opposed any illegal and/or unethical practices at AMIkids, Inc., you have the right to take action.

 

If you were harmed (family or survivor) by AMIkids, Inc., please contact info@heal-online.org if you remember the long-term employees and from which years.This will help!†  Also, if you recognize any of these staff as having worked at another program, please send in any information about their past or present employment at other facilities and/or cults.

 

Please donít place your loved one in AMIKids, Inc. and rescue them if they are there now.

 

Name

Unit/Position

Additional Information
Jesse Rigby Chairman Rigby is not a licensed mental health nor medical professional in Florida.  Source: http://ww2.doh.state.fl.us/IRM00PRAES/PRASLIST.ASP#theBottom
Daniel J. Thompson Chairman-Elect Thompson is not a licensed mental health nor medical professional in Florida.  Source: http://ww2.doh.state.fl.us/IRM00PRAES/PRASLIST.ASP#theBottom
O.B. Stander President/CEO Stander is not a licensed mental health nor medical professional in Florida.  Source: http://ww2.doh.state.fl.us/IRM00PRAES/PRASLIST.ASP#theBottom
Robert S. Weaver President Emeritus Weaver is not a licensed mental health nor medical professional in Florida.  Source: http://ww2.doh.state.fl.us/IRM00PRAES/PRASLIST.ASP#theBottom
Judy L. Estren Vice President Estren is not a licensed mental health nor medical professional in Florida.  Source: http://ww2.doh.state.fl.us/IRM00PRAES/PRASLIST.ASP#theBottom
William (Bill) Griffin Vice President HEAL requires the middle name of Mr. Griffin in order to verify whether or not he holds any professional licenses in Florida.
Melinda Coats Vice President Coats is not a licensed mental health nor medical professional in Florida.  Source: http://ww2.doh.state.fl.us/IRM00PRAES/PRASLIST.ASP#theBottom
Heyward D. Golden Vice President Golden is not a licensed mental health nor medical professional in Florida.  Source: http://ww2.doh.state.fl.us/IRM00PRAES/PRASLIST.ASP#theBottom
Bob Rosof Founder Rosof is not a licensed mental health nor medical professional in Florida.  Source: http://ww2.doh.state.fl.us/IRM00PRAES/PRASLIST.ASP#theBottom
Frank Orlando (Judge) Founder HEAL requires Mr. Orlando's middle name in order to verify whether or not he holds any professional licenses in Florida.
Louis A de la Parte Founder De La Parte is not a licensed mental health nor medical professional in Florida.  Source: http://ww2.doh.state.fl.us/IRM00PRAES/PRASLIST.ASP#theBottom
Ollie J. Keller Founder Keller is not a licensed mental health nor medical professional in Florida.  Source: http://ww2.doh.state.fl.us/IRM00PRAES/PRASLIST.ASP#theBottom
(AMIkids, Inc., like many other programs in this industry, keeps a "tight lid" on any specific information regarding their staff, qualifications, and practices.  Please contact us with the names of any staff of which you have firsthand knowledge or experience.  Thank you for your help.)
These programs have removed their enrollment materials and program details from their websites.  This is suspicious.  They also admit that behavior modification is a top priority on their agenda.  This is a concern.  (Source: http://amikids.org/OurApproach.aspx (October 20th, 2010)
Article: Abuse Allegations Against AmiKids in Florida (July 2nd, 2013)
AMIkids Fort Lauderdale Investigation: State-Contracted Staffers Accused Of Sexual Contact With Troubled Teens Sun Sentinel  |  By Mike Clary Posted: 07/02/2013 10:50 am EDT  |  Updated: 07/02/2013 1:46 pm EDT redditstumble 3 4 12 0 Get Miami Newsletters: Subscribe Follow: Florida Department Of Juvenile Justice, Florida Corrections, Miami News, Ami Kids, Amikids, Amikids Abuse, Amikids Florida, Amikids Fort Lauderdale, Amikids Fort Lauderdale Investigation, Amikids Greater Fort Lauderdale, Amikids Sexual Abuse, Florida Juvenile System, Florida News, Miami News FORT LAUDERDALE -- One female staff member has been fired and an intern suspended at a private agency that works with troubled youth as the state's Department of Juvenile Justice continues an investigation into allegations of inappropriate sexual contact with teenage boys, the agency confirmed Monday. The women worked for AMIkids Greater Fort Lauderdale, which is contracted by the state to help boys and girls between the ages of 14 and 18 who have had problems in school or with the law. One of the allegations involves a teen who admitted exchanging inappropriate texts with a staff intern after he was found to have a sexually revealing picture of the intern on his cellphone, according to records suppplied by the Juvenile Justice department. The second allegation involves a staff member who is reportedly in a relationship with a boy in the program. That staff member was fired Monday, according to Sherri Ulleg, a spokeswoman for AMIkids. The workers were identified in Juvenile Justice records as staff member Natalie Persaud and intern Desiree Hall. The allegations, reported to the state last month, are similar to those outlined in a June 26 letter from assistant Broward County Public Defender Gordon Weekes Jr.

Weekes said he wrote to Juvenile Justice department secretary Wansley Walters after hearing from two credible sources "highly disturbing abuse allegations" about sexual relationships at the Fort Lauderdale program. Meghan Speakes Collins, a spokeswoman for the department, said details of the allegations were similar to those in the cases under investigation. In his letter, Weekes said one allegation involves a staff member who reportedly had a child fathered by a teen in the organization's Miami program before she was transferred to the nonprofit group's Fort Lauderdale office. There, she "continues to engage in inappropriate behavior" and is known within the facility as the "cradle robber," alleges the letter from Weekes. "It is alleged that the staff member has been observed by administrators, other staff members and committed youth sitting on the lap of male youths while secreted in administrative offices," wrote Weekes. The second allegation involves nude photographs of an intern found on the cellphone of a student in the program. "The alleged nude photographs were explicit and strongly suggest the existence of an inappropriate and unlawful relationship between a staff member in a position of authority and trust and a youth," said Weekes in the letter. Weekes received confirmation of his letter to the department late Monday only after news reporters began to inquire, Collins confirmed. "Obviously the first priority is the safety of our kids, so we take these allegations incredibly seriously," said Ulleg. Weekes said he remained troubled by the slow response to the allegations by the state and AMIkids. "These are kids are at a crossroads of their lives, they need some guidance," he said, "and if staff members are taking advantage of them, that is not appropriate." Founded in Fort Lauderdale in 1969 by now-retired juvenile court judge Frank Orlando, AMIkids until 2009 was known as the Associated Marine Institutes. It now operates 45 programs in several states from headquarters in Tampa.

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Source: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/07/02/amikids-fort-lauderdale-investigation-sexual_n_3532510.html?view=print&comm_ref=false

 

 Last Updated: May 23rd, 2014

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