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Secretary Walters Appoints Chair for the Florida Juvenile Justice Foundation


Meghan Speakes Collins
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Secretary Walters Appoints Chair for the Florida Juvenile Justice Foundation

Tallahassee, Fla. – Florida Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) announced today that Dan Beeman, Ph.D. has been appointed to serve as Chairman of the Board of the Florida Juvenile Justice Foundation.

The Foundation is a direct-support organization for DJJ that works to raise private funds to promote delinquency prevention, intervention and educational opportunities for at-risk and delinquent youth. Dr. Beeman has served on the Board of Directors for five years and previously served as Secretary-Treasurer.

“Dr. Beeman has long been committed to ensuring that the Foundation enhances the department’s efforts by helping the youth we serve further their education and increase their employability, sometimes even after they have been released from our care. His passion has made him a tremendous asset, and I am thrilled that he will now be serving in this capacity,” said Secretary Walters.  

Dr. Beeman has extensive professional experience in private industry, government and the not-for-profit sector.  As President of Beeman & Associates, he provides contract consulting and training in performance management, strategic planning and process reengineering. Dr. Beeman previously served as national executive director of Phi Mu Alpha, president of the Professional Fraternity Association, and a trustee of Beacon Group.

“I am honored that Secretary Walters has placed her trust in me to lead the Foundation forward and play a critical role in the Department’s reform efforts,” shared Dr. Beeman. “I fully support the initiatives in place to further transform Florida’s juvenile justice system and am excited about the opportunities these efforts provide the Foundation.”

Dr. Beeman’s immediate goals for the Foundation include broadening the reach of the Foundation to include those children who are involved in prevention services and also specifically focus on those youth who are transitioning back into their homes after being in a residential commitment. In addition, the Foundation will be working to establish a research wing to seek grant funding and partner with DJJ to endeavor on research meant to demonstrate effectiveness and feasibility of current programming as well as the creation of innovative new programming.   


To learn more about the Foundation and contribute to its efforts, visit www.djjfoundation.org.