Chief Executive Officer
Connie Bookman, L.C.S.W. was born in Miami, Florida and attended Monsignor Edward Pace High School, received her undergraduate degree in Social Work from St. Leo University and a Master’s in Social Work from Florida State University.
Connie worked for 10 years as a medical social worker for Baptist Health Care, serving terminally ill clients and their families and over the years developed Support Groups for patients with Parkinson’s Disease, Lupus, Multiple Sclerosis, Chronic Pain, Epilepsy and Amputees. Connie also spearheaded a support group for quadriplegics under the age of 50 who resided in nursing homes, bringing patients together weekly to discuss ways of finding purpose within the confines of a nursing home. Connie has developed curriculum and lead groups for rape victims and for families with mentally ill loved ones.
In 1992, Connie developed the only residential treatment program in the Pensacola area for single homeless women. The Waterfront Rescue Mission embraced this 12 month, four phase program and it continues to thrive today.
Connie became Executive Director of The Christian Counseling Center in 1999 and began a partnership with Florida State University, Troy University and University of West Florida’s Social Work and Psychology Departments. Connie supervised 18 undergraduate and graduate interns who provided free mental health and case management services for the indigent in the Pensacola area.
In 2004, Connie founded Pathways For Change, a faith based addictions treatment program that became a viable sentencing option in Escambia County. This 18 month court ordered “therapeutic community” costs $15,000 per year, saving tax payers over $1 million each year with its 80% success rate. PFC provides mental health counseling, case management, vocational and educational training that assures 100% employment upon graduation. PFC has over 30 community partners who share in the success of this cost effective prisoner reentry program.
Connie received the Florida House of Representatives “Unsung Hero” award in 2008; The National Association of Social Worker’s NWF Chapter “Social Worker of the Year” award in 2009 and Department of Children and Families recognition for collaborative efforts in Circuit One and the “Dedicated and Deserving Social Worker” award from National Association of Social Workers. Connie is an alumni of Leadership Pensacola, class of 2010.
As a mother of two sons, Connie has volunteered and received awards from Boy Scouts of America and the Catholic Diocese. James Reeves, II is a Tulane University Law graduate and practices in New Orleans and D.C. Reeves is a Florida State University alumni and sports writer for Rival.Com and is married to Shannon Barney Reeves with thier baby daugther and Connie's first grandchild, Caroline.
Connie is married to Alan Bookman, Past President of the Florida BAR and they share two daughters, Alison Skidmore and husband Donald and Jyl Jackson and husband Adam and their four daughters, Abbie, Sarah and twin girls, Lauren and Leighton.