Ellen is a non-profit manager with over 25 years of experience in public policy, legislative and governmental affairs; contract and grants management; disability rights, and grant writing. For the last three years, Ellen has worked a consultant to statewide organizations, local nonprofits, and federal agencies. Prior to that, Ellen was the Executive Director of the Florida Substance Abuse and Mental Health Corporation, an advisory council to the Governor and Florida Legislature. From 2001-2004, Ellen was the Assistant Director of Operations for Disability Rights Florida. She is an avid arts enthusiast with a particular passion for opera. Ellen is originally from Lawrence, Kansas and received her bachelor's degree from Grinnell College and master's degree from the University of Kansas. Ellen and her husband have two children – Natalie, a sophomore at Florida State University and Alexander, a senior at Lawton Chiles High School.