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James Benjamin Whitaker

James Benjamin Whitaker, American health care facility administrator.

Background

  • Whitaker, James Benjamin was born on September 2, 1944 in Lakeland, Florida, United States. Son of Richard Benjamin and Lillian (Ross) Whitaker.

  • Education

    • Student, Young Harris College, 1963. Bachelor, Florida Southern College, 1966. Master of Social Work, University North Carolina, Chapel Hill, 1968.

    Career

    • Clinical social worker Health and Rehabilitation Services State of Florida, Avon Park, 1968-1970. Assistant director alcohol services Brevard Mental Health Center, Rockledge, Florida, 1970-1973, director substance abuse service, 1973-1975, assistant center director, 1975-1976. Executive director Brevard Mental Health Center and Hospital, Melbourne, Florida, 1976-1986.

      President Circles of Care, Inc., since 1986. Adjunct professor School Psychology, Nova University, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, since 1985.

    Politics

    Party affiliation: Democrat

    Membership

    Member American College Hospital Executives, National Association Mental Health Administrators, Florida Council Community Mental Health (board directors since 1988, president 1979-1980), Psychiatric Hospital Committee Florida Hospital Association, Florida Association Volunteer Mental Health Hospitals (president since 1986), Local Health Council East Center Florida (chairman planning and development committee), Coast Club.

    Personality

    Interests

    Coin collecting/numismatics, stamp collecting/philately, gardening, travel.

    Connections

    • Married Dorothy DeHaven Bissett, August 19, 1966. Children: James II, Candace, Andrew.
    • father: Richard Benjamin Whitaker
    • mother: Lillian (Ross) Whitaker
    • spouse: Dorothy DeHaven Bissett
    • children: James II Whitaker
    • Candace Whitaker
    • Andrew Whitaker
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    Born September 2, 1944
    (age 73)
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