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In Brief — July 6, 2006 {0514}

In Brief — July 6, 2006 {0514}

e-Review Florida United Methodist News Service

In Brief — July 6, 2006

July 6, 2006    News media contact: Tita Parham* 
800-282-8011    Orlando {0514}

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Conference receives compensation for embezzled funds

By Tita Parham

LAKELAND — More than a year after discovering funds had been embezzled from the Florida Conference Risk Management program, the conference has been compensated for the loss.

The conference’s insurance carriers have paid a little more than $695,000, covering almost the entire loss. Virginia L. Albritton, the individual charged with embezzling the funds, was ordered to pay partial restitution of nearly $225,000, which will go to the insurance carriers.

Albritton was arrested Sept. 8, 2005, and charged with five counts of grand theft and one count of scheme to defraud, according to Polk County Sheriff’s Department arrest records.

Albritton worked in the conference’s risk management office, but resigned from her position in December 2004. It is suspected she began embezzling the funds, totaling a little more than $700,000, more than five years prior to her resignation.

Staff in the conference’s financial services office began investigating a possible misuse of funds in March 2005 when questionable expenses related to the risk management program were discovered while gathering data for the conference’s annual financial audit.

The risk management program is part of the conference’s financial services department and makes decisions for and oversees all of the property, liability and Workers’ Compensation matters related to Florida Conference churches. The risk manager reports to the conference treasurer/director of administrative services.

The program is run by a committee of laity and clergy who are familiar with large commercial insurance programs and is funded by premiums received from insured groups within the Florida Conference, which includes the conference offices in Lakeland, district offices, local churches and their affiliates, the conference camps, and the United Methodist Children’s Home.

Children’s Home announces new president

By Stephen Hartsfield**

ENTERPRISE — Mike Galloway and his wife, Myra, are relocating to Florida from Alabama so Galloway can assume his position July 31 as president/CEO of the Florida United Methodist Children's Home. Photo courtesy of the Florida United Methodist Children's Home, Photo #06-396.

ENTERPRISE — After a six-month search by its board of trustees, The Florida United Methodist Children’s Home has selected Mike Galloway as its new president/CEO.

Galloway was elected at the June 20 board meeting held at the Children’s Home in Enterprise.

The Rev. Dr. Mont Duncan, chair of the home's board of trustees and director of the Florida Conference's New Church Development office, said the board conducted a national search to secure “the most capable person to be the new president/CEO of the Children’s Home.”

“We are extremely delighted to have Mike join our leadership team,” Duncan said. “We look forward to working with him for many years to come.”

Since 2003 Galloway has been serving as president of the United Methodist Children’s Home in Selma, Ala., which serves the Alabama-West Florida and North Alabama annual conferences and operates seven residential sites, with its main campus in Selma. The agency also operates five foster care sites and three family counseling centers.

Galloway has more than 30 years of experience in child welfare and has served in a variety of settings, including as executive director of the largest local human services organization in Alabama, where he oversaw a staff of more than 500. The trustees felt Galloway has the breadth of experience related to child-care concerns and deep knowledge of the complex issues of caring for at-risk children and youth required for the position.

Galloway is a life-long resident of Alabama with an undergraduate degree and Master of Social Work from the University of Alabama. He and his wife, Myra, have two daughters and eight grandchildren.

Galloway will assume his duties July 31.


*Parham is managing editor of e-Review Florida United Methodist News Service.
**Hartsfield is a member of the Florida United Methodist Children’s Home staff.