Peaceful Paths Executive Director subpoenaed by Florida House Speaker
February 18, 2020
BY JENNIFER CABRERA
Theresa Beachy of Gainesville was among 13 people who were issued subpoenas yesterday to appear before the Public Integrity & Ethics Committee (“the Committee”) of the Florida House of Representatives on Monday, February 24.
House Speaker Jose Oliva issued the subpoenas to the 13 people who are currently or formerly associated with the Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence (FCADV), which is being investigated by the Committee for paying over $7 million to its former CEO, Tiffany Carr, over the past 3 years. The Committee was also concerned that directors of local domestic violence organizations, which receive money from FCADV, were on the board of FCADV because this could represent a conflict of interest. Beachy, the Treasurer of FCADV, is the Executive Director of Peaceful Paths, the certified domestic violence center that serves Alachua, Bradford, and Union counties. Beachy is listed as the organization’s Secretary in its 2019 report to the Florida Secretary of State. The report provided to the Committee stated that she was on the Finance Committee and Executive Committee in 2017-18 and Chairperson of the Finance Committee in 2016-17.
The subpoenas require the employees and board members to appear before the committee for questioning on February 24. Beachy has been asked to appear at 1:00 p.m.
The House will also vote on HB1087 on Wednesday, which will remove FCADV’s status as a single-source recipient for all state domestic violence funds.
The following were subpoenaed for both the 8:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. sessions (board positions are as listed in the 2019 Annual Report):