Division Director Aleisa McKinlay Biography

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Aleisa McKinlay became Director of the Florida Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) on November 1, 2011. She joined VR in February 2009 as the Bureau Chief of Partnerships and Communication, where she did an outstanding job overseeing the Ombudsman Program, Vendor Registration, the Centers for Independent Living, Communications, and Legislative Affairs and other responsibilities.

Prior to joining VR, she was Chief of Adult Community Mental Health at the Florida Department of Children & Families (DCF), as well as the Director of the Protection and Advocacy for Individuals with Mental Illnesses (PAIMI) Program at the Advocacy Center for Persons with Disabilities (now Disability Rights Florida). In addition to holding her law degree, McKinlay has significant experience in the administration of public mental health services and is a tremendous advocate for the needs of VR customers.

“The mission of VR, the vision of the current Director, and the dedication of the talented team of folks who work here were an irresistible combination, and my main reason for coming to VR,” McKinlay says.

She continues, “There have been many positive changes within VR since I arrived in 2009, and I look forward to the future as we strengthen services to our customers, and strengthen ties between VR and our many external partners – in times of scarce resources, coordinating, prioritizing and maximizing what we have are essential strategies.”