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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Born and raised in Florida, Bierbaum is a native of DeFuniak Springs. He graduated from Walton High School’s Class of 2000 and attended Northwest Florida State College. With extensive business experience in Information Technology (IT), he has worked with small businesses, government agencies and multinational corporations. Bierbaum currently works as a senior systems engineer for a global software company and owns his own IT consulting business. As well, he and his wife Amanda opened Soirée, a boutique florist and party supply business in Historic Downtown DeFuniak Springs. Bierbaum was also elected as a Councilman to Seat 1 in DeFuniak Springs in 2019.
A committed and involved member of the community, Todd also serves as a member of the Board of Directors of The Florida Chautauqua, Inc., an organization that teaches music theory, public speaking and confidence building through the performing arts. Todd and his wife are also members of Destiny Worship Center.
Bierbaum commented, “I first became acquainted with ECCAC while working at the Walton County Sheriff’s Office, as both organizations work closely together. Now as a board member, I hope to bring my expertise in the field of technology and be a liaison to the DeFuniak Springs community.”
Eubanks joined the ECCAC board in 2016. He relocated from Mississippi in 2006 as part of a team chartering a new bank in the Destin area. Eubanks has a Bachelor of Professional Accountancy degree from Mississippi State and is a graduate of the Graduate School of Banking at Louisiana State University. He joined Trustmark Bank in 2015 as a vice president in their commercial lending division. His role at Trustmark encompasses commercial lending, solidifying client relationships and establishing new banking relations.
Being involved in the community is important to Eubanks. As well as being a board member of the Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center for 3 years, he has done volunteer work with United Way, Habitat for Humanity, Okaloosa public schools, and served a 6-year term with the Destin Area Chamber of Commerce serving on various committees.
His plans are to continue serving as a banker and raising his family in this area. Shaun’s joy in life is being a father to three amazing children ages 18, 16 and 14.
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.
Meet Janet Parker, the Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center newest board member. She retired this year as an executive vice president from Regions Bank in Birmingham, Alabama, where she had strategic HR oversight in numerous corporate areas.
Recently joining the Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center (ECCAC) board, Renée Pellegrino is a Destin resident who has spent the last 16 years in the area after relocating here from New York.
After spending 15+ years as a commercial lender in the banking industry prior to children, she currently works part time for a real estate agency. Pellegrino has a Bachelor in Science in Finance from Utica College of Syracuse University and an MBA from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
Rodriguez has over 18 years of Walton County government experience. He is currently the Director of Administration with the Walton County Tax Collector’s Office. Previously, he served the citizens as a law enforcement officer with the Walton County Sheriff’s Department. He is a Certified Police Applicant Background Investigator and a 2014 graduate of the Certified Public Manager’s Course offered through the Center for Public Management at Florida State University. Rodriguez is also a Certified Forensic Polygraphist through the Academy of Polygraph Science, which he studied under Dr. Richard R. Poe.
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