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Staff Members

Brenda Gray

Brenda Gray

Executive Director
Heartland Coalition for the Homeless

Brenda Gray who retired from US Army after serving 22 years also served as Deputy Mayor of the City of Avon Park for 12 years; member of the City Council for 19 years and is also a retired Certified Probation & Parole Officer for the State of Florida. She is now serving her 7th year as council member. She is currently serving as Executive Director for Heartland Coalition for the Homeless, serving (6) counties providing rental assistance for the homeless and needy low- income individual throughout Highlands, DeSoto, Glades, Okeechobee, Hardee and Hendry Counties. Brenda Gray has been serving others for the majority of her adult life. Brenda’s passion for service is evident throughout the many roles/positions she has held. Brenda has always put others’ needs before her own and has portrayed selfless character throughout.

Fred McCaskill

Fred McCaskill

HMIS/IT Project Manager

I’m currently enjoying my position as HMIS/IT Project Manager at Heartland Coalition for The Homeless. I began working with at-risk youth in 1999 in the Juvenile Justice System as a Vocational Instructor helping youth become certified in the Microsoft Office Suites. I’ve enjoyed my work as computer systems Administrator in the facilities that I’ve worked in. I’m looking forward to acquiring knowledge and gaining skills that would help advance our efforts to eliminate Homelessness in America.

Charlie Delaughter

Charlie Delaughter

Coordinated Entry Specialist

Has a background in Administrative, Clerical, Supervisory and Regulatory positions with the State of Florida most of her career. In doing so, she has accomplished many friends, skills, abilities and goals in making her to be successful in an Office environment. She looks forward to completing her college degree in Early Childhood Development in the future. The love which she portrays in helping others is a blessing from God and comes naturally. She also is an Ordained and Licensed Minister for more than 30 years. She has migrated from the northern part of Florida and is joyfully adjusting to this central retirement area.

Devont’e Taylor

Devont’e Taylor

Office Clerk

Devont’e Taylor was born and raised in Highlands County. He graduated with the Class of 2016 from Avon Park High School and is currently working towards getting a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration. Devont’e has been working as a customer service specialist for four years and recently joined the Heartland Coalition for the Homeless team in November 2020.

LaVita Holmes

LaVita Holmes

Case Manager
Heartland Coalition for the Homeless

LaVita has over 30 years of experience in Community Engagement and Service. For fifteen years she served as an Entrepreneur in the Bails Bonds Industry. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for Harlem Tenants Association; served 3 years on the Board of Directors for A.L.P.I. and 5 years on the Southern Region Advisory Council for A.L.P.I., and is a Pioneer graduate of Leadership Hendry/Glades Counties. Although, she is a native of Hendry County, her service has included Hendry, Glades, Okeechobee and Western Palm Beach County. She is excited about bringing her experience and passion to Heartland Coalition for the Homeless.

Teryl LaShawnn Clark

Teryl LaShawnn Clark

Program Specialist
Heartland Coalition for the Homeless

Teryl Clark has worked in the roles of teacher, administrative dean, and transition facilitator in the field of public-school education for 20 years, and continues to provide educational services for learners of diverse backgrounds in higher education, including teaching learners how to speak English. She also works in the behavioral analytical field and is pursuing a board-certification/license. She is currently serving as Program Specialist for Heartland Coalition for the Homeless, serving (6) counties providing rental assistance for the homeless and needy low-income individuals throughout Highlands, DeSoto, Glades, Okeechobee, Hardee, and Hendry Counties. Teryl has worked to uphold the causes of those in need, speaking up for those who cannot speak for themselves, acting justly, operating humbly, and loving people with actions and in truth for most of her life. She is also a participant in a national campaign to help build lasting power for poor and impacted people. Teryl believes that poverty can be eradicated and change can come.