Bill Fletcher, a Freeport resident, is this year’s new president. He was last year’s vice president and has been on the ECCAC board for the past 3 years in various capacities.“I’m honored to be serving ECCAC in this capacity,” commented Fletcher.
Tom was officially introduced to the ECCAC in 2007 when he toured the facility and met Mark Lunsford, the father of 2005 child murder victim Jessica Lunsford. At the time, Tom was running for Walton County Sheriff. Although Tom lost the race to current Sheriff Mike Adkinson, his path with the Center would cross again.
Get to know Alan Wood, a member of the ECCAC Board! A career banker with 35 years in the industry, Alan has been the Florida President for CCB Community Bank since 2009. He is a big believer that bankers should be active in the communities that we serve. Alan has been a board member with the Emerald Coast Children's Advocacy Center since 2011. During his time on the board, he has served as finance chair, treasurer, past Chairman, along with serving as the Chair of the Kieran May Memorial Golf and Gala, alongside his wife Tracy. Currently, Alan is the 2018 incoming Chairman of the United Way of Okaloosa and Walton Counties, and also serves on the boards of Northwest Florida State College Foundation Board and the Career Source of Okaloosa and Walton Counties. Alan and Tracy enjoy traveling, along with being active in the wonderful community that they call home: the Emerald Coast!
Captain Eric Aden, with the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office, recently joined the Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center’s (ECCAC) board of directors.Born on Eglin AFB, Aden is the son of an aerospace engineer, pilot and teacher. He has lived in Shalimar his entire life with the exception of attending Florida State University where he graduated with a BS in Criminology. Joining the Okaloosa Sheriff’s Office in 1995, Aden has served as a patrolman, resource officer, sergeant, lieutenant, and now as captain.
Jim Jaquess was elected to the ECCAC Board in 2016. He is a Director of the Northwest Florida State College Institute for Senior Professionals, has served as a Director of USA Water Ski, a member organization of the USOC for 25 years, and is a Director of the Walton County Taxpayers Association. He is a member of the Republican National Lawyers Association. He was commissioned a Kentucky Colonel by the Governor of the State of Kentucky in 2015.
From Louisiana, Lala permanently moved to this area in 2011. With a background in sales and management, Lala is now the artist/owner of Velia Lala Art & Design based in Shalimar. She knew that moving here would lead her to her first love – art.
Originally from Atlanta, Georgia, Tammy relocated to Destin in 2005 with her daughter Caitlin to continue her career in a family business specializing in manufactured housing for FEMA. Jim and Tammy married in 2009 and now live in Miramar Beach.
Katrina Puri has joined the Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center’s (ECCAC) board of directors. She is an administrator for her husband, Dr. Kapil Puri’s urology practice, and is active in raising money, toys and awareness for ECCAC throughout the community.
With an extensive career in law enforcement since 1986, and the recipient of numerous awards, Major Rowell has worked with the Leon County Sheriff’s Office, Tallahassee Police Department and now the Walton County Sheriff’s Office
Tom Saffel, a Santa Rosa Beach resident in South Walton County for the past 13 years, recently joined the Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center’s (ECCAC) board of directors.
- Founder of Thompson Family Wines, LLC
- Founder and CEO of ITS Technical Services (ITS), an Electronics Manufacturing Services company based in Alpharetta, GA, since 2000
- Founder and CEO of Eclipse Leasing, LLC
- Senior Director with North American Philips, Vice President of Sanmina Corporation and Vice President of sales & marketing for K*Tec Electronics
The Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center (ECCAC) recently appointed Dr. Lalitha Vadlamani-Simmers as a new board member. Dr. Vadlamani-Simmers and her family have called Niceville home since 1999.
She came here via the United States Air Force, where she served as Medical Director of the Pediatric Clinic at Eglin AFB from 1998 to 2001. The doctor then began practicing general pediatrics in the Niceville community, and even served as a Child Protection Team Medical Examiner for the ECCAC for three years. Now, Dr. Vadlamani-Simmers practices at the Sacred Heart Hospital Pediatric After Hours Clinic in Pace, FL. She has also been a volunteer with the Junior League of the Emerald Coast and the Impact 100 chapter of Northwest Florida.
"I really enjoyed the experience of taking care of the kids at ECCAC while I had the opportunity, but my own personal family needs called me away. I always knew I'd come back to serve at ECCAC in some capacity, and here I am,” commented Dr. Vadlamani-Simmers. “Taking care of abused children is important work. I know this first hand as a pediatrician, mom and community member. It is in my heart to continue to serve the needs of the kids in any way that I can."
Dr. Vadlamani-Simmers did her undergraduate studies at Duke University in Durham, NC and graduated in 1991. She then got her MD at the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University in 1995 and completed her pediatric residency program at Keesler AFB in 1998.