Liney Velez

Supervisor of Triple P and Teen Triple P

Diane and her husband, Tom, moved to Palm Beach from Connecticut in 2012. They have 8 grown children and 16 grandchildren and have been interested and involved with charities and organizations which focus on family for many years. Diane graduated from UC Berkeley in political science. During her years as a young mother she worked with the Junior League of Oakland, Children’s Hospital, the Florence Crittenton home for unwed mothers and was an active volunteer at her children’s school. For the past several decades their foundation has been focused primarily on education….in the inner city as well as throughout the country. Today we are facing a more urgent need. With the stress of the pandemic and its crushing effect on society, it is crucial for us to do everything we can to help families who are struggling. The Center for Family Services is an organization which attends to these needs and is focused on providing care for many families who are particularly affected by this crisis. I believe we are making a difference and perhaps will serve as a model for other community organizations which are also trying to help these families.

Dedicated to making a difference in her law practice and the legal community, Mrs. Sutton is one of the Founders of the Palm Beach County Sheree Davis Cunningham Black Women Lawyers Association, and she currently serves as the Vice President of the organization. She is the first Black woman to serve on the Board of Directors for the Boy Scouts of America, Gulf Stream Council. She also currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Palm Beach County Chapter of the Florida Association for Women Lawyers and The Center for Family Services, Palm Beach County. She recently served as the Legal Action and Policy Chairperson for the F. Malcolm Cunningham, Sr. Bar Association and twice as the Chairperson of the Palm Beach County Bar Association’s
Civil Court/Small Claims Seminar for their Annual Bench Bar Conference.

Mrs. Sutton was born into a life of public and community service as the daughter of the Honorable Moses Baker, Jr., retired Circuit Court Judge, and Rosalyn Baker, retired Circuit Administrator for the Department of Corrections in Palm Beach County. Dedicated to making a difference in her community, Mrs. Sutton serves as the Legal Advisor for the West Palm Beach Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated. She also volunteers with Cub Scout Pack 116, feeds the homeless, enjoys speaking engagements, and fundraising efforts that provide scholarships to the children in this community.

A Florida native, Mrs. Sutton was a nationally competitive gymnast for Palm Beach Sports Academy and graduated from Cardinal Newman High School. She attended Florida State University where she was awarded a full scholarship for her academic achievement. Additionally, she was the recipient of the Academic Excellence Award and was inducted into an Honor Society. She earned her law degree from the University of Florida Levin College of Law where she was awarded a Stipend for her academic achievement, served as Student Representative for the John Marshall Bar Association, Secretary for the Law College Council, Ambassador for the University of Florida, Member of the Student Recruitment Team and Assisted Students with Disabilities. She resides in West Palm Beach with her husband, a teacher, and their two children.

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