Hibiscus Children’s Center announced that Rey Navarro has been named the organization’s Chief Operating Officer. Rey will replace Caroline Vinyard, who has taken the position of CEO of the Baron Child Advocacy Center in St. Lucie County.  Caroline has been a vital part of the leadership of the organization since 2015 and we wish her all the best in her new endeavor.

Rey brings nearly two decades of experience working with at risk youth, including the last four years as Director of Operations at the Hibiscus Village in Vero Beach.  The Village provides safe haven to youth, ages 13-17 years, removed from their homes along with educational, mental health and career planning services.  Prior to Rey’s work at the Village, he was a therapist for six years in the Hibiscus Community Mental Health Program. He is a graduate of Florida Atlantic University where he received a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work as well as an MSW.  Rey also holds a Master’s Degree in Education Administration and Supervision from the University of Phoenix.

Matt Markley, Hibiscus CEO, shared, “I am excited for the opportunity to work with Rey more closely. His considerable experience, vision and energy will serve Hibiscus well. Rey exemplified great leadership of the Village Operations and his compassion and commitment to our youth and staff was evident in his daily interactions. We are thrilled to have Rey as our new Chief Operating Officer and look forward to continuing to move the organization forward as a leader in child welfare.”