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CAROL PARKS, MBA, MS, CMHP, CRRA, TTS

Executive Director

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Ms. Parks - "Carol" - joined FLA as Clinical Director in July, 2022, and has proven herself an ideal choice to lead FLA in supporting lawyer wellness to benefit Florida’s entire legal community.

 

Since the 1990’s, Carol has worked intensively with struggling professionals, including lawyers and physicians, gaining critical insights and skills to effectively support highly-skilled professionals in high-stress careers. In her overall clinical career that spans 40 years, Carol has directly provided clinical services, trained other clinicians, and successfully managed substance abuse and mental health programs ranging from a small boutique facility to psychiatric hospitals with more than 100 beds. Today, she offers primary expertise in addiction, concurrent illness, ethics and boundary violations, and trauma. 

Widely lauded for her compassionate and empathic approach, Carol works tirelessly to educate, treat, and support those experiencing difficulties.

 

Carol also has more than 44 years of personal sobriety, and her own rehabilitation experience fuels a deep passion for helping others.  For her own well-being and happiness, Carol routinely uses the cardio machines – she’s a “5AM regular” -- at her local health club, rides her bicycle along the beaches of south Florida, plays music, and makes architectural sketches, usually drawing buildings located around the world. Carol steadfastly maintains, “I am simply an example that the miracles of recovery can happen to anyone who works hard and seeks progress.”

 

Carol was born in Meadville, Pennsylvania, and credits her rural upbringing for her strong commitment to service and self-determination. She graduated cum laude with a B.A. in Psychology from The Pennsylvania State University (Penn State) in 1978, and was named “Who’s Who Among Students in Colleges and Universities.” She achieved magna cum laude honors while earning her M.S. in Mental Health Counseling from Nova University in 1980, and summa cum laude recognition while earning her M.B.A. from St. Leo University in 2013.

JOHN LESKO

Outreach Coordinator

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Practicing as a litigator in Cincinnati, Ohio, between 1994 and 2007, John Lesko represented clients in state and federal proceedings, with venues including Ohio’s appellate courts and the Ohio Supreme Court. In 2008, drawing largely on his own experience as an attorney who had suffered with a debilitating substance use disorder (“addiction”), John began pursuing a new career as a clinician specializing in the rehabilitation of attorneys and other licensed professionals.  Operating as both clinician and advocate, John has worked nationally with professionals’ licensing boards and employers, as well as courts and other agencies, to help hundreds of licensed professionals achieve recovery and reclaim their careers and

personal lives. John is convinced that any individual courageous enough to address a substance use or mental health disorder is deserving of a second chance. In 2019, John accepted the position of Outreach Coordinator for Florida Lawyers Assistance, Inc. (FLA).

 

At FLA, John provides outreach, including frequent CLE presentations, case management for FLA participants, and direct intervention services for struggling lawyers, judges and law students in Florida.  As a Certified Addiction Professional, John has served as a manager of professionals’ treatment programs at nationally recognized facilities.  John earned his law degree from the University of Cincinnati College of Law, and his B.A. in economics from UCLA.  Born and raised in Cleveland, OH, John remains a life-long (and regularly suffering) Cleveland Browns fan.

DAWN WITHROW
Finance & Testing Manager

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Dawn has been a member of the FLA family for nearly 15 years.  Her FLA role is nicknamed “Drugs and Money” since she is the contact for all drug testing and billing issues.

 

An educator in Massachusetts and then Montreal for 30 years, Dawn feels happiest in a job of service, making FLA a great fit. 

Born in Sudbury Mass., Bachelors of Education at Wheelock College in Boston and a citizen of both the US and Canada, Dawn finds joy in spending

LAUREN MORRIS, LMHC
Case Manager

quality time with her children and grandchildren as well as keeping healthy as an avid cyclist, gardener and kayaker. 

Dawn is just a phone call away, always ready to help and happy to chat with clients.

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Lauren Morris, case manager and monitor, has worked in the arenas of mental health and substance use since 1990, and thus brings a depth of professional experience that greatly benefits all FLA participants.

 
Indeed, Ms. Morris was well-prepared for her current role, since prior to joining the FLA team in 2020, Lauren spent 20 years consulting with FLA as a participants’ monitor and group facilitator.  In addition to her extensive experience helping lawyers overcome difficulties and achieve recovery, Lauren has worked with the Intervention Project for Nurses, South Miami Hospital and Fellowship House, and has even assisted early release inmates with societal re-entry and successful transition to living independently.

Finally, Lauren M’s bio would not be complete without noting that she is a grateful member of AA enjoying a period of recovery that is now counted in decades.


Leisure time includes family, friends, pets and wildlife, travel and photography.
Lauren can be reached by email at Lauren@fla-lap.org

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