Posted on: November 29th, 2012

Chief Operating Officer of The Center For Drug-Free Living has more than 20 years of experience in increasingly responsible behavioral healthcare

Babette Hankey













ORLANDO, Fla. – Thursday, November 29, 2012 – The Zebra Foundation for Youth®, Inc. has named Babette Hankey, Chief Operating Officer of the Center For Drug-Free Living, as a member of its board of directors. 

“We are looking forward to Babette’s many contributions in the areas of strategic planning and program development, government affairs and policy analysis positions,” said Scott Bowman, chairman of the board. “Babette has secured millions of dollars in new funding at the national, state and local levels for nonprofit organizations and designed and implemented innovative evidenced-based program models that have been recognized at these same levels.”

The Zebra Foundation for Youth’s® mission is to foster hope, dignity and self-respect in LGBTQ youth and to provide them the opportunity to grow up in a safe, healthy and supportive environment. Donations to the Zebra Foundation help to create and sustain programs that directly support LGBTQ youth, primarily through the Zebra Coalition®.

Hankey is responsible for the day-to-day operations and programming of The Center For Drug-Free Living, a large behavioral healthcare organization with a budget of more than $30 million and 600 employees.

Prior to her current role, Hankey served as the Chief Administrative Officer for The Center for Drug-Free Living for eight years and as the Director of the Budget and Legislative Review Staff for the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), in the Executive Office of the President at the White House. She also served as a Senior Budget Analyst for the Department of the Navy.

Hankey holds a bachelor of science degree in Business Administration from the University of Maryland and a master of science in Criminal Justice from the University of Central Florida.

Other members of the Zebra Foundation for Youth® board include:

  • Scott E. Bowman, vice president of client relations, Sara Brady Public Relations, Inc.
  • Paul F. Bryan, principal, ZIO
  • Scot LaFerte, vice president, human resources and administration, Universal Orlando
  • Diana LaRue, president, Appleton Creative
  • Richard Russell, vice president of philanthropy, Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts
  • Bryan W. Stevens, pilot, GoJet Airlines
  • Jefferson R. Voss, senior director, Tavistock Group and co-founder, Zebra Foundation for Youth
  • Bryce L. West, executive director, Bryce L. West Foundation

The Zebra Coalition® was established in response to the growing number of LGBTQ youth who are experiencing homelessness, bullying, extreme physical and sexual abuse, isolation from their families, and a wide range of life challenges or setbacks.

It is a network of 19 Central Florida social service providers, government agencies, schools, and colleges and universities that provides a full continuum of services to at-risk LGBTQ youth.

The Zebra Coalition® members include: The Center for Drug Free Living, Christ Church Unity, The City of Orlando Housing and Community Development, The City of Orlando Police Department, The Coalition for the Homeless, Equality Florida, The GLBT Community Center, GLSEN, The Hope and Help Center of Central Florida, Inc., Human Services Associates, Inc., Joy Metropolitan Community Church, Metropolitan Business Association, Orange County Public Schools, Orlando Youth Alliance, PFLAG Orlando, PFLAG Brevard County, Rollins College, Stetson University, and the University of Central Florida.

The Zebra Coalition® is a network of Central Florida social service providers, government agencies, schools, and colleges and universities that provides a full continuum of services to at-risk Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning (LGBTQ) youth. The Coalition assists young people facing homelessness; bullying; physical, sexual and drug abuse; and isolation from their families with individualized programs to guide them to recovery and stability. The Zebra Coalition also operates a 24-hour youth crisis hotline (1.877.90 ZEBRA), short-term housing and provides the Zebra Coalition House as a safe haven and community resource. For more information about the Zebra Coalition®, visit http://www.zebrayouth.org.