Board of Directors

Justin Grosz, Esq.

Justin Grosz is a Co-Business Unit Leader/Partner in the Justice for Kids Division, Kelley Kronenberg’s national practice dedicated to providing legal services to abused, disabled, and catastrophically

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Bruce Maxwell, Esq.

Currently an attorney at Terrell Hogan, Bruce Maxwell started his career in Georgia. He has been active in the Jacksonville legal community and is a

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Todd R. McPharlin, Esq.

Todd McPharlin is committed to the representation of those injured by reckless drivers, automotive manufacturers, medical device and pharmaceutical companies, tobacco companies, HMOs and insurance

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Joshua Rydell, Esq.

Joshua Rydell is a career long criminal attorney and advocate that has also served on the Coconut Creek City Commission since 2015 and was Mayor

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Richard Slawson, Esq.

Richard Slawson has earned a reputation as one of Florida’s premier Insurance Bad Faith civil trial attorneys.  He has been assisting victims of insurance abuse

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Julie Silver Talenfeld

Boardroom Communications Plantation, Florida The founder and president of Boardroom Communications, Julie Silver Talenfeld is known for her creativity and superior client service. Prior to

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Jennifer Voss, Esq.

Jennifer Voss is a practicing partner with Shook Hardy & Bacon in Tampa, Florida. With significant experience in all stages of litigation, she has successfully

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Alexia Nechayev

FYS Events & Meeting Chair
(Palm Beach)

Hello, My name is Alexia Nechayev. I am 25 years old and I am an alumna of Florida International University where I received my B.A. in Psychology. My future career goal is to be a Lawyer. I was in care for about one year from age 17 to 18. Prior to entering care, I only knew about the negative stigma regarding foster care and while in care that narrative was unfortunately my experience.

In school I felt like I was on display because my status in care was broadcast to other students and in my placement behavior was leveraged for “privileges” that should be a natural right of all children. Because I did not know my rights I did not know that what I was experiencing was wrong. Today this is exactly why I advocate, because I don’t want this to be the same for other youth who are experiencing foster care.

This is my second year on the FYS Statewide Board and I’m happy to be the Events and Meetings Chair this year because my main goal through advocacy is to reach as many people as possible. My favorite thing as a board member is to see how comfortable members become while working together. The community needs to know that youth in foster care are real people, going through some of the hardest moments of their life and youth need to know that their voice is powerful. I believe that we have to speak up and bring these issues to people’s attention so that they do not forget us. Advocacy, education and consistency is the only way.

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