Chief Executive Officer
Maria Bledsoe serves as the Chief Executive Officer for Central Florida Cares Health System, Inc., a non-profit, managing entity contracted by the Department of Children and Families to oversee state-funded mental health and substance abuse treatment services in Circuits 9 and 18. With over 20 years of experience in the criminal justice and social services system, Ms. Bledsoe has extensive knowledge in contract and grants management, training, ongoing quality assurance, and government relations while working with various government and non-profit agencies. She has overseen critical developments such as organizational and program startup, project management, lead evaluator, strategic and community capacity building group facilitation, mentoring grassroots and neighborhood coalitions and agencies.
Ms. Bledsoe holds a Masters Degree in criminal justice from the University of Central Florida.
Chief Operating Officer
Anna Lowe holds the position of Chief Operating Officer for Central Florida Cares Health System, Inc. (CFCHS). In this role, Ms. Lowe leads the Contract and Risk Management departments who are responsible for the quality and operational oversight of 27 network providers within Central Florida.
Ms. Lowe spent her early career with The Department of Children and Families in Orlando, Florida where she held a range of positions from contract manager, to fiscal director, to program administrator for Circuit 18 before consulting for a full year on the managing entity ITN and contract negotiations for CFCHS.
Ms. Lowe earned a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Central Florida in 2008.
Chief Financial Officer
As CFO, Doug leads the financial and accounting functions of Central Florida Cares Health Systems, Inc.
Prior to joining CFCHS, Doug was CFO and President of a group of health care related companies as well as a frequent writer, industry speaker and industry advocate on Capitol Hill in Washington DC. Doug has also served as the CFO for a large engineering firm and a large fast-food franchise. He began his career with the international accounting firm of Price Waterhouse Coopers (PwC).
Doug holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from Florida State University and a Master’s in Accounting from Virginia Tech. He is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and a Certified Management Accountant (CMA).
Chief Information Officer
Mike Lupton is the Chief Information Officer for Central Florida Cares Health System. Prior to joining CFCHS, Mike was the Data Supervisor at Human Services Associates, Inc. During his time at HSA, Mike was responsible for the development and maintenance of the data collection and reporting system used internally as well as the production of reports to drive agency decision making. Mike’s primary focus with data is the promotion of data integrity and the collection of quality, actionable data.
Mike has a Bachelor’s Degree in Philosophy from the University of Central Florida with a minor in Computer Information Technology. He has lived in the Central Florida area for the last 20 years.