Board Members

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Barry Stewart was born and raised in Brooklyn New York. In 1977 Barry joined the United States Marine Corp and served honorably till 1980. After being discharged Barry relocated to South Florida and began his career in Law Enforcement working with the State of Florida, Department of Corrections. Barry’s career in corrections continued with 2 years with the Federal Bureau of Prisons and then entered into private industry corrections with The Wackenhut Corporation.

Relocating back to New York in 2000, Barry worked as a School Security Specialist at Copiague High School for 7 years. Upon returning to Florida in 2007, Barry became employed with the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office and is currently in the capacity of Executive Director/Head Boxing Coach.

Barry has 5 wonderful children and 3 grandchildren, and has a deep passion and commitment for the advancement of youth. The PAL has a mission of enhancing the life skills and career opportunities for our local kids through the many wonderful partnerships forged with multiple agencies and community businesses.

Barry deeply embraces the belief of Christ first and the Pal has structured its program around God, family and country. Barry currently resides in Palm Coast but proudly calls Putnam County” his home away from home”.

HONORABLE JUDGE

Education

Juris Doctorate December 2003

Masters in Public Policy December 2003

Regent University School of Law and School of Government, Virginia Beach, VA

Activities:

  1. Trial Advocacy: Representative (2001-2002)
  2. Board Member (2002-2003)
  3. Mentor Volunteer: Mentored 1L’s (2001-2002)
  4. Patrick Henry Society: Member (2001-2002)
  5. Remnant Society: President (2002-2003)
  6. ABA: Representative (2001-2002)

Bachelor of Art and Science in Biblical Studies and Political Science May 1998

Dallas Baptist University, Dallas TX

Honors:

  • Graduated Summa Cumma Laude
  • Received Adult Education Award of Excellence

Degree in Theology (2-years) May 1996

Christ For The Nations Bible College, Dallas, TX

Activities:

  • Student Evangelism Dept. Director 1995-1996

Experience

Circuit Court Judge 2011-Present

Seventh Judicial Circuit / Volusia, Flagler, Putnam, and St. John’s Counties

Performing judicial responsibilities in all 4 counties in the areas of Juvenile Dependency, Juvenile Criminal, Adult Criminal, Civil, Baker/Marchman Acts, Truancy, Domestic Violence, and Family Law.

Senior Partner / Law Firm 2006-2011

Scott C. DuPont, P.A. / Buckmaster & DuPont, P.L.C.

Owned and operated a full service law firm practicing 15-areas of law including but not limited to Immigration, Criminal, Family, and Civil.

Assistant State Attorney 2004-2006

Seventh Judicial Circuit, Daytona Beach, FL

Prosecuted thousands of cases. Started in the Misdemeanor Division, promoted to Docket Supervisor after 9-months and then promoted to Felony the Division.

Maintenance Manager 2002-2004

Regent University Student Housing, Virginia Beach, VA

Started as the head painter in 2000 and promoted to manager in 2002. Responsible for overseeing all maintenance responsibilities for the housing department including staffing, purchasing, and all maintenance.

Assistant Manager 1998-1999

Baby Does Steakhouse, Dallas, TX

Started as a waiter in 1996 and was promoted to assistant manager in 1998. Responsible for all managerial duties including staffing, purchasing, and customer service.

Insurance Representative 1992-1994

Metropolitan Life, Ormond Beach, FL

Obtained my Florida license to sell life insurance and investments. Represented Met-Life as an agent to all of the surrounding counties.

Nightshift Supervisor 1991-1992

Dominex Inc., Hastings, FL

Started as a daytime maintenance worker in early 1991 and was promoted to supervisor two months later. Responsible for production, staffing, as well as maintenance.

Electricians Assistant 1990-1993

DuPont Enterprises, Hastings, FL

I worked for my father’s business on and off for several years and began as an electricians assistant. As I got older my father began teaching me more of the business aspect.

Interest:  Church, Weight lifting, Sports, Motorcycles, Boating, Florida Gator football.

PRESIDENT, SJRSC

Joe H. Pickens, J.D., received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Wofford College.  He went on to the University of Florida and earned his Juris Doctorate degree.

He served the College as Special Counsel to the President from 2005-2008.  In 2008, Dr. Robert McLendon retired, having served as College President for 36 years.  In September, 2008, after a three-month presidential search conducted by the College Board of Trustees, Mr. Joe Pickens was selected as College President.  He accepted the position and began work on November 1, 2008.

During the six years that he has served as President, Mr. Pickens has spearheaded many initiatives including the College’s transition from a community to a state college, the College’s first Bachelor degrees, the creation of an honors program, and the expansion of the College’s mission to provide nontraditional community educational opportunities throughout the service district.  Prior to becoming College President, Mr. Pickens spent eight years in the Florida House of Representatives where he was the Sponsor of Senate Bill 1908, legislation which significantly impacted K20 education in Florida.

Mr. Pickens’ Career Achievements include:

  • President of SJR State – since 2008
  • District 21 Florida House of Representatives 2000 – 2008
  • Chairman of the House Education Appropriations Committee
  • Chairman of the House Schools and Learning Council
  • General Counsel for the North East Florida Educational Consortium
  • Attorney for the Putnam County School Board

His Recent Achievements and Community Involvement include:

  • Governing Board State Representative for the Advisory Committee on College Readiness
  • Past Chairman of the Florida Council of Presidents
  • Board Member for the Southern Regional Education Board
  • Palatka and Keystone Rotary Club, Paul Harris Fellow
  • Florida Association of District School Superintendents, Legislator of the Year, 2004-2006
  • Florida Chamber of Commerce, A Honor Roll, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006
  • Florida School Boards Association, Legislator of the Year, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007
  • Florida School Boards Association Lifetime Achievement Award (1 of 4 recipients)
  • YMCAs of Florida, Outstanding Leadership Award, 2006
  • Associated Industries of Florida, Champion for Business Award, 2005
  • Independent Colleges and Universities of Florida, Liberty Bell Award, 2005

Mr. Pickens has two daughters, Bailey and Ellis, and one son, Hill.

Dominic Piscitello was born and attended school in Upstate New York. He moved to Saint Augustine Florida In 1990, and moved to Putnam County in 1993. He began his career with the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office in 1993, as a Deputy Sheriff in the Patrol Division. Piscitello served as a Field Training Officer, until he moved to the detective divisions as a narcotics investigator. A year later he transferred to the Property Crimes unit, then to the Person Crimes Unit, where he was a successful investigator. Piscitello was later promoted to the rank of Sergeant 2001, and then in 2002 he was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant. In 2008, Piscitello was appointed to the position of Assistant Chief of Patrol. In 2009, Piscitello was appointed to the position of Central District Commander and Chief of Investigations. He continues to hold these positions.

Piscitello has also been a member of the Crisis Intervention Team and the Underwater Recovery Team. In 2001 Piscitello assumed leadership of the Field Training Program, where he restructured and enhanced the program. He also was instrumental in the internal operations and development of the Sheriff’s Office Intranet site which has helped propel the agency into the technological world.

Before joining the Sheriff’s Office, Piscitello was a Chef by trade, cooking in several upscale restaurants in New York, and owning a family style Italian restaurant. His cooking abilities have afforded him many accolades in the Food Industry.

Piscitello’s formal education consists of a Master’s Degree from St. Leo University in Criminal Justice/Forensic Science and Bachelor of Arts Degree in Criminology from St. Leo University in Criminology. In addition, he has attended and completed numerous Law Enforcement classes and seminars. Piscitello is also a highly respected instructor in the St. Johns River Community College Law Enforcement Academy and in 2007 was invited to Tallahassee by FDLE to assist in re-writing the state’s Basic Law Enforcement recruit curriculum.

Piscitello is active in his community and church. He is the girl’s varsity soccer coach at Palatka High School. He spends as much time as possible with his wife Tracy, who is also very active in the community. He has four (4) children; JoAnna, Emily, Dominic, and Paige, who are all the most important part of his life.

PAL Treasurer

Lori Milam is a native Floridian and grew up in nearby Orange Park where she was educated in the Clay County School system.  She attended Florida State University and graduated from St. Johns River State College.  Lori and her family moved to South Florida where she worked in ministry and mission organizations in administrative roles.  After 10 years in West Palm Beach, Lori and her husband returned to Putnam County where she worked in mental health cumulatively for over 10 years.  While at Putnam Behavioral Healthcare, she was an Intervention Specialist working in the school with at risk youth.  This position allowed her to work within her passion of helping young people.  In May of 2009, Lori began facilitating a federal grant that operated in a consortium of community partners.  This grant identified youth for mental health services while educating parents on needed skills and resources for a healthy family unit.  For two years during this grant period, Lori facilitated a community wide Fall Festival to bring these families and resources together for a fun and educational event.  Over 400 families were served at each function.

Lori is a certified instructor with the Creating Lasting Family Connections evidenced based prevention curriculum.  Since 2011, she has been employed with the Juvenile Crime Prevention Office as an Outreach Liaison and Program Facilitator.  In addition, Lori maintains a Community Resource Directory that is currently housed on the Putnam County School District website.

One of the great privileges of working with the Juvenile Crime Prevention Office is the direct interaction that we have with the young people of PAL.

PAL Secretary

Michelle Garner is the Director of Programs and Services at the Juvenile Crime Prevention Office (JCPO), a partnership of the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office and the Putnam County School District.  The JCPO is the hub for Putnam County’s Juvenile Prevention, Intervention, Diversion, Mentoring and Restorative Justice Programs. Her position with the JCPO has allowed her the privilege of working directly with the youth of Putnam County and their families.  She has a passion for youth ministry and in enriching the lives of young people.

Michelle works for the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office and the Putnam County School District and began her tenure with the JCPO in March of 2004, after having worked many years in public service.  She was hired to coordinate the new, federally grant-funded prevention program: Creating Lasting Family Connections and was certified to facilitate the evidence based, proven effective curriculum. In 2011 Michelle received her CLFC Master Trainer Certification from the author and creator of the CLFC curriculum.  She has spent the last 12 years working directly with at-risk youth, as well as providing prevention and intervention services to school aged youth within the school district.

Michelle is the Secretary for the PCSO PAL Board of Directors, and has been since its inception.  She is native of Palatka and was born, raised and educated in Putnam County.  She has been invested in the success of Putnam’s youth through organized sports for the past 25 years.  She has two sons, both of whom played in Police Athletic League, Varsity and Jr. Varsity, Babe Ruth, AAU, Triple Crown and Legion baseball, as well as participating in countless All-star Travel Teams.  She has spent many years mentoring youth, as well as coordinating, overseeing and organizing all arrangements for team travel, logistics, housing and the administrative duties of numerous organized sporting events.  She considers it a privilege to serve the PAL board of directors and is dedicated to utilizing her knowledge to further the PCSO Police Athletic League to its fullest potential.

I was born, attended school, and still reside as a Putnam county resident. I grew up in the community participating in sports and community programs. I am now a full time career firefighter for the City of Palatka, and enjoy my chance to interact with the youth in my home town.

After graduating from Palatka High School in 2007, as a top wrestler in the State of Florida, I was faced with the decision to continue wrestling in college or to follow other career paths. I chose to attend the Fire Academy in St. Augustine, Florida. I acquired a certification as an Emergency Medical Technician and Firefighter. Since becoming an employee with the city as a Firefighter, I have revived my A.A. in Fire Science and completed training as a Hazardous Materials Technician and Urban Search and Rescuer.

I was raised a very active child and constantly involved in sports and activities, along the way I’ve had coaches and mentors who have pushed me, and ultimately led me into the successful career I have today. Wrestling has always been a sport that I’ve loved. Wrestling, a self driven and mental sport, has shown me lessons that I will carry with me throughout life. Some of my fondest memories are wrestling all over the state and country and boxing in the the PAL “Battle of the Badges”. Since graduating, I have enjoyed coaching and working with younger athletes. I feel this program is a great tool in this community that reaches a vast number of students and youth. I am excited to be a part of this program and look forward to the future.

DIRECTOR OF STUDENT SERVICES

Travis Weaver was born in a small rural town in southern Alabama. In 1980, his family moved to Putnam County where his father had accepted a position with the newly established Seminole Electric Cooperative. Travis attended school in the Putnam County School District, participating in numerous sports and clubs and graduated from Palatka High School in 1988.

Travis then attended college in Alabama, earning a Bachelors Degree in Forensic Science. After completing his undergraduate degree, he returned to Putnam County and was accepted into the St. Augustine Law Enforcement Academy. Upon completing the police academy, he started a law enforcement career with the Palatka Police Department and later, with the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office.

He gained a vast array of experience in law enforcement. Travis has worked as a patrol officer, bicycle patrolman, community officer, investigator, and a school resource officer. The school resource position is where he developed a love for teaching and learning that continues to influence his path today.

He continued forward with this passion and pursued a career in which he could become more involved in his educational interest. He accepted a position with the Putnam County School District and completed his graduate degree in Educational Leadership. While with the Putnam County School District he has worked at both the school and administrative level. Most recently he has served as Director of Student Services, and Director of School Safety and Security.

Travis holds a Practitioner’s designation from the State of Florida Attorney General’s Office in both Commercial Crime Prevention and Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design. He has also maintained a dual certification in both law enforcement and education principalship throughout his professional career. He has done so because of his strong belief in the influence of a safe, orderly environment on student achievement. An educational leader by the name of Mr. Jerry Copeland best summarizes Travis’ personal philosophy on this. Stating, “When it comes right down to it, educational leaders are charged with only two absolute responsibilities; ensuring academic growth and protecting the students.”

Jamey is a native of Palatka, FL, born October 23, 1965 at Palatka Memorial Hospital, the first of two sons born of Mr & Mrs Jesse James & Wilma Fay Meetze. Jamey graduated from Palatka High School in 1983 and went on to pursue a career in the automotive business, a certified specialist as a service technician, sales professional, Management, and a customer relations consultant for 26 years.

Jamey is happily married to his wife “Brandy” and has two daughters, Kaylla 28, and Kendyl 18, and a granddaughter, Eleanor Belle born July 2, 2014. He enjoys spending quality time with family, playing music, and riding motorcycle. Jamey & Brandy currently attend Mt Tabor First Baptist Church under leadership of Rev Karl N Flagg.

Jamey has six years’ experience in radio broadcasting as a DJ for local radio stations WSUZ, WPLK, and WHIF Hope FM. Since 2010, Jamey has been owner & operator of Music Lessons Incorporated located at 2419 Crill Avenue Palatka, FL, being a musician for 37 years, he has 21 years’ experience as a guitar and saxophone instructor, among other instruments including music theory. His profession includes music lessons, music equipment sales and service, performing live music and providing DJ & Emcee services for all occasions.

Jamey works with local schools, churches, civic groups and organizations to take care of their music and live sound needs.

His desire is to be a good husband to his wife, a good father to his daughters, loving God and loving others. My priority is honesty and integrity, to serve our community as a respectful local small business owner in this town we call home.

ATTORNEY AT LAW

I grew up and was raised in Cocoa Beach, Florida. After high school, I attended the University of Florida where I studied Criminology, Family Youth Community Sciences, and Gerontology. After college I worked at the Alachua County State Attorney’s Office in Gainesville Florida as a victim advocate and assisted victims as they navigated the criminal justice process. After discovering a passion for the law, I attended law school in Jacksonville, Florida at the Florida Coastal School of Law. During law school, I clerked at a criminal defense firm which specialized in death penalty appeals. After graduating law school, I got my dream job as an Assistant Public Defender. I have enjoyed working with the people of Palatka and have come to appreciate this city’s small town charms.

I am passionate about the PAL program because I can personally see the benefits that sports and physical discipline can play in one’s personal life. In high school I learned kickboxing and loved it. Now, I am an active marathon runner. To date, I have completed nine half marathons and two 15Ks. Being physically fit and disciplined carries over to one’s personal life in that it demonstrates what having goals and working hard can do to achieve results.

I’m thrilled to be a part of the PAL Board.

GRANTS COORDINATOR

Kaye Tucker was born in 1954 in Minneapolis, Minnesota; the second of five children.  Her family migrated to Putnam County due to her father’s career when she was only five years old, so she considers herself a nearly-native Floridian.  Kaye grew up and met her future husband in Putnam County.  Kaye’s family moved “out west” for a short period; however, she kept in contact with the love of her life; he soon came to Colorado where they married and returned to Putnam County to live a raise a family.  Kaye and her husband of almost 43 years have one son and one granddaughter.  For most of their marriage Kaye and her husband Raymond have raised German Shepherd dogs.  Currently their kennel Vom Riverhaus specializes in import bloodline dogs.

In 1987 with a background in accounting, Kaye took a job with a grants consulting firm as their bookkeeper.  In her almost twenty years at that firm her job transitioned from the bookkeeper for the business to office management and management of the grant programs.   When the firm closed its Palatka branch office, Kaye applied for and was hired in the finance department at the Putnam County Sheriff’s.   When the Grants Coordinator position came open at the Sheriff’s Office she applied for that position and the rest is history!

During her seven plus years in the Grants Coordinator position Kaye has been able to secure over 3.1 million dollars of grant funding for the Sheriff’s Office.  She considers her position as the PCSO Grants Coordinator the most challenging and rewarding job she has ever done.

Kaye worked with Sheriff Jeff Hardy to develop the 501(c)3 non-profit Putnam County Law Enforcement Benefit Foundation, Inc. d/b/a the Ten-24 Foundation.  Through this experience she gained knowledge about the many steps necessary to set up and apply for a non-profit corporation status.  She has used this skill to help two other non-profits navigate through this process.

Besides serving on the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office PAL, Inc. Board of Directors, Kaye serves on the Putnam Project Lighthouse, Inc. Board of Directors, is the Secretary/Treasurer for the Ten-24 Foundation, Inc., is active in the Peniel Historical Society and works with children in the AWANA program at her church.