Meet the 2018-2019 FYS Statewide Board
Florida's Children First
Christina Spudeas has been a long time advocate for delinquent and dependent youth in Florida. For the past two decades, Christina has worked tirelessly to defend the rights of children who are in the custody and supervision of state agencies or state contracted providers. Her diverse background includes child-related public policy reform, legislative reform, and state advocacy for dependent and delinquent youth.
Prior to working with FCF, Christina was an Assistant Capital Collateral Regional Counsel for the Southern Region, representing prisoners on Florida’s death row. She is also a former Attorney and Regional Director for the Agency for Community Treatment Services (ACTS), where she provided direct services to children in the child welfare, delinquency and mental health systems in South Florida.
In addition to her work experience, Christina has extensive public speaking and training experience, including presenting to the judiciary, public defenders, state attorneys, legislators, community-based service providers child welfare and juvenile justice staff across the county. She has also served as an adjunct professor teaching criminal justice courses at Florida Atlantic University for more than 15 years.Christina is a member of the Florida Bar and Federal Bar (Southern District of Florida).
She received her bachelor’s degree in Social Psychology from Florida Atlantic University and her J.D. from Loyola University of Chicago School of Law.
Geori Berman joined Florida’s Children First as the Florida Youth SHINE Coordinator in June 2013. As Coordinator, her goal is to provide a space for young adults to share their voice and advocate for positive change in the child welfare system. Geori’s main goal is to assist our chapters by providing support and tools to create long-term sustainability and opportunities for youth to advocate in their communities. Geori’s core purpose in life is to empower future leaders to become positive change-agents in the world and she realizes that learning is the biggest equalizer in life.
Geori’s background focuses on social change, leadership development, social justice, and student programming. Prior to joining FYS, Geori received her Master’s degree in Educational Leadership and Administration from University of The Pacific while also working as a Residence Director for the Housing and Greek Life Office. Geori has additional work experience as: an Americorps member in South Florida, the Graduate Assistant for the Enough is Enough Anti-Violence Campaign, the Delegation Coordinator for The Global Center For Social Entrepreneurship, a Campus Representative for The Clinton Global Initiative University, and the Chair of Assessment for the LGBTQIA Western Regional committee.
Geori received her Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Communications from Florida Atlantic University. In her free time she loves traveling, food, learning, being outdoors, going to farmers markets and volunteering.