Meet Tom Cooper, the Vice President of the Board of Directors of the Emerald Coast Children's Advocacy Center!
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.
In 2013, Sheriff Adkinson brought Tom and Julie together again in an effort to bring a Center to Walton County, and the vision of what is now the Pierce Family Children's Advocacy Center in DeFuniak Springs was born. Tom served as Chairman of the Committee to bring the Center to life.
Tom formally joined the ECCAC Board of Directors in 2013 and currently holds the seat of Vice President. He is a criminal justice graduate of Miami Dade College and the Southeast Florida Institute of Criminal Justice and previously enjoyed a successful career in law enforcement both full and part time with Walton and Marion County Sheriff's Department and Fort Walton Beach Police Department. He is currently the Executive Director of the homeowners association at Sandestin, a position that he has held for 18 years.
In his off time, Tom enjoys travel, scuba diving, and anything involving his family, particularly his grandkids Tynleigh and Kiptyn.
Thank you Tom for your selfless commitment to ECCAC!