Steven G. Brooks (Executive Director)
Steven G. Brooks is the Executive Director and Project Manager for the Florida Center for Prevention Research in the Institute of Science and Public Affairs at Florida State University. During the past nine years, he managed numerous social and health projects for the Florida Department of Health and Department of Children and Families, Office of Drug Control and the U.S. Department of Education Office of Elementary and Secondary Education. He also currently serves as principal investigator on contracts and grants supporting Agency for Health Care Administration, Department of Juvenile Justice, and University of Miami. Prior to co-founding the Center, Mr. Brooks served as a career officer in the United States Army. He holds an MBA and MS in Instructional Systems Design degrees.
Richard L. Howell (Deputy Director)
Richard L. Howell is the Deputy Director for the Florida Center for Prevention Research (FCPR) in the Institute of Science and Public Affairs at Florida State University. During the past eight years, he has managed numerous social and health related projects involving the Florida Department of Health, Department of Children and Families and Florida State University. Prior to joining FCPR in 1999, Mr. Howell served as a career officer in the United States Army. He holds an MS in Marketing Communications.
Administrative / Office
Lee began working at FCPR in the summer of 2002 as a student assistant. In 2004, upon receiving his BA from FSU (Major in Anthropology / Minor in German), he became the Assistant Office Manager. His tasks include the handling of internal and external travel reimbursements, the ordering of goods and services, property inventory, SPSS data analysis, digital media manipulation, technical support and other duties as needed.
Bowermeister, Thomas A
Tommy Bowermeister, MSED, MSNS, MAS, has been involved in managing projects for many years.
He has worked in the Aerospace Industry for over 30 years and recently served as the program developer in a FL Department of Education project to identify gaps between the aerospace industry’s needs and FL aerospace graduate’s knowledge and skills. He also assisted with a 2003 project to identify the impact of the 9/11 attack and the Columbia Space Shuttle tragedy on Florida’s aviation and aerospace industries. He assisted Dr. Waters in the certification training program for Florida’s funeral home and cemetery auditors. He was the 2005 project manager responsible for providing the FL State Working Group on Domestic Preparedness Training Committee with recommendations for creating a state-wide information system that will track all-hazard response personnel readiness. He is currently managing the FL Agency for Health Care Administration’s Medicaid Reform Information, Training and Evaluation Program.
Researcher and Project Coordinator
Helzer, Dr Scott C
In addition to serving as the primary project manager for FL CURED, he is currently the Director of Certification for the MediRITE Choice Counselor Certification Program. He is also active in the Florida Center for Advanced Aerospace Propulsion, where his responsibilities include writing grants, strategic planning / visioning and course developer. Dr. Helzer has an engineering background and a PhD from Texas A&M University, with over 20 years of education and experience in research and demonstration programs that have resulted from academic and government partnerships. His background in statistics and research design has enabled him to work with many large organizations to assess issues facing those organizations. Dr. Helzer also has been active in commercialization of emerging research since coming to Florida in 1999. His experience in managing budgets and staff in a team environment will serve the goals of FL CURED well.