Established in 1998, Twin Oaks Juvenile Development, Inc., is a 501(c)(3), not-for-profit, agency that was incorporated for the sole purpose of providing a quality continuum of care to youth and their families. Our organization operates programs that offer services with varying levels of intensity, including both inpatient residential and outpatient services, in partnership with a variety of funding sources both regionally and statewide.
To provide quality services that promote the development of successful, responsible, productive and accountable citizens by fulfilling the social, emotional, physical, and spiritual needs in a caring and supportive environment.
To forever touch the lives of those we serve.
It is the vision of Twin Oaks to provide a continuum of comprehensive, value-based programs to meet the diverse needs of the persons we serve.
Donnie Read, Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Read is the co-founder of Twin Oaks Juvenile Development, Inc. He holds a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership and has extensive experience in the field of education. Mr. Read was the Principal of Bristol Middle School for 10 years after teaching biology, chemistry and physics at Liberty County High School for 8 years. He has designed, developed, implemented, and managed eight innovative programs over the past 20 years that serve the state of Florida’s troubled youth and their families. Twin Oaks Juvenile Development, Inc. was founded in 1998 with approximately 30 employees and now employs over 400 and serves over 1000 youth on any given day. Furthermore, Mr. Read has served with the Juvenile Justice Delinquency Prevention State Advisory Group since 1998 and has chaired the Liberty County Juvenile Justice Council since 1999. He is Chairman of the Juvenile Justice Second Circuit, is a member of the Panhandle Area Management Coalition for School Readiness serves on the Liberty County Schools District Advisory Board. In addition, he serves on the Chipola Regional Work Force Development Board and chairs the First Jobs/First Wages Committee. In 2002, Mr. Read received the Distinguished Service Award from the Florida Council on Crime and Delinquency.
Benjie Read, Chief Financial Officer, is co-founder of Twin Oaks Juvenile Development, Inc. Mr. Read holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management from Florida State University. He has extensive experience in the management of financial, accounting, human resource, and reporting systems for the operation of both the for profit and nonprofit businesses. Mr. Read had 13 years of experience with C. W. Roberts Contracting, Inc. where gross sales rose from approximately $2.5 million per year to more than $22.5 million per year. During this same period, personnel under his management, substantially increased from 30 employees to 165 employees. For the past 17 years, Mr. Read has managed the financial, accounting, and human resource systems for Twin Oaks, overseeing 420 employees in 8 different programs with an annual budget of more than $20 million.
Dayne Read, Corporate Secretary, Assistant Chief Financial Officer, holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration from Flagler College. He attended Chipola College on a baseball scholarship and was drafted in the Major League Baseball’s first-year player draft after his freshman season by the Cincinnati Reds. After playing four seasons in major league baseball, Mr. Read began working in the corporate office of Twin Oaks Juvenile Development where he has been assisting in financial systems, accounting, human resources, and purchasing.
Charles R. Chervanik, Chief Operations Officer, Mr. Chervanik has a Master of Science Degree in Administration of Justice from Shippensburg University. He has over 31 years of experience in the Juvenile Justice field. Mr. Chervanik has worked in prevention, detention, probation and residential programs and has served as the director of a human services agency, responsible for child welfare, mental health, mental retardation, juvenile probation and adult services. Mr. Chervanik has also held high level administrative positions in two states, including Florida, where he served as Assistant Secretary for Residential Services at the Department of Juvenile Justice. He has served on state and national task forces and subcommittees and has presented speeches and training on numerous topics at national and state conferences.
Jeff McSpaddin, Director of Special Projects, received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mathematics from the University of Florida with a minor in Education. After teaching and coaching in the public school system for 6 years, he joined the Twin Oaks team in 2001 as Lead Teacher at Liberty Wilderness Crossroads Camp (LWCC). In 2003, Mr. McSpaddin was promoted to Program Director of LWCC and was instrumental in designing, securing funding, and implementing the Twin Oaks Career Development Model for innovative vocational and transitional services. As a result of the recognition received by these programs, Mr. McSpaddin was invited to be a presenter at the Juvenile Justice Education Institute and Southern Conference on Corrections and the Workforce Florida Youth Summit. In 2005, Mr. McSpaddin transitioned to the Twin Oaks corporate team in order to leverage his knowledge and experience of program design and development to enhance and expand the agency’s service delivery.
Karen Friedman, Quality Improvement Specialist, holds a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Rutgers University, and an Associate’s degree in Behavior Analysis. She has worked with youth in a variety of settings since 1986, most notably serving as Director of a specialty hospital for emotionally disturbed youth, Director of the Juvenile Assessment and Receiving Center (JARC), Director of the Apalachicola Forest Youth Camp, Liberty Wilderness Crossroads Camp, and the Twin Oaks Community Services Program. In 1999, Ms. Friedman was appointed Quality Improvement Chairperson for Northwest Florida, successfully earning accreditation from the Commission on the Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) accreditation for five residential programs (2001, 2008, 2009). Ms. Friedman has worked for Twin Oaks since 2001 and is currently in the role of Quality Improvement Specialist. In this role, she is responsible for the agency’s Quality Improvement initiatives for mental health and substance abuse treatment. She is also responsible for policy development, CARF accreditation, licensure, and data management.