Deputy Chief Patrick Robinson
Dr. Kevin O’Neil
Pastor John Walker, Jr.
Casey Collier, First Step’s VP of Residential Services graduated from the University of South Florida with a Master’s Degree in Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling in 2008. A Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Ms. Collier is also certified as a Moral Reconation Therapy Facilitator (MRT). MRT is a highly-regarded evidence-based treatment method that fosters moral decision making through structured exercises by addressing beliefs and reasoning.
Responsible for oversight all of First Step’s operations and funding streams, David Beesley brings more than 20 years of experience in healthcare management to his position at First Step. Beesley has a Master’s Degree in Public Health from the University of Minnesota and has dedicated most of his career to working for non-profit healthcare organizations.
Marlene Minzey has more than 25 years of experience working in the substance abuse and mental health field. She holds a Master’s Degree in Rehabilitation Counseling, a Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling, and is a Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality. Under her direction, First Step has earned two “Best Practices” awards by the Florida Alcohol and Drug Abuse Association (FADAA) and the Department of Children and Families (DCF).
P. J. Brooks is Vice President of Outpatient and Youth Services. He has more than 17 years of counseling experience, is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, and has a Master’s Degree in Rehabilitation Counseling from the University of South Florida.
Vickie joined First Step in 2016 as Chief Financial Officer . She has been in accounting and business management/administration for over 18 years and has experience in both profit and not-for-profit sectors. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting and Computer Programming and is a Certified Public Accountant.
Casey Collier, First Step’s VP of Residential Services graduated from the University of South Florida with a Master’s Degree in Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling in 2008. A Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Ms. Collier is also certified as a Moral Recognition Therapy Facilitator (MRT). MRT is a highly-regarded evidence-based treatment method that fosters moral decision making through structured exercises by addressing beliefs and reasoning.
Dr. Panting has been a consultant for First Step since 2000 and became the Medical Director in 2006 prior to the opening of the Addictions Receiving Facility. He completed his training in Psychiatry at The Allegheny Neuropsychiatric Institute of Pittsburgh Pennsylvania in 1996 where he also was Chief Resident during his senior year.
Dr. Panting is a Board Certified member of The American Board of Neurology and Psychiatry and The American Society of Addiction Medicine. He currently is on staff at Blake Medical Center and maintains a private practice in Bradenton, Florida.
Herta Bowes joined FSOS in 2005 where she served as charge nurse, admission nurse and for the past five years served as nurse manager. She currently is overseeing the Addictions Receiving Facility as the Director of Nursing. Prior to moving to Florida, Bowes worked at St. Joseph Hospital in Elgin, Illinois where she received her Associates of Science Degree in nursing. She earned a Certificate of Completion from M.D. Anderson Cancer Research Hospital in Houston, Texas and contributed to the development of St. Josephs out-patient oncology clinic where she served as charge nurse until her move to Florida with her family.
Ms. Page, clinical director of the Special Services Center, has been with First Step since 1999. A Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Certified Addictions Professional, Ms. Page worked at Morris Village prior moving to Sarasota.