Board and Staff


Leah Barber-Heinz
Chief Executive Officer
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Lisa Grossman
Program Director
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Beverly Blake
Development Director and Grants Manager
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Athena Smith Ford
Advocacy Director
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Athena Smith Ford
Aldiana Brezanin
Health Organizer
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Scott Darius
Digital and Community Organizer
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Brian Kirk
KidsWell Florida Project Manager
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Louisa McQueeney
Covering Florida Navigators Project Manager
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Board of Directors

Christine Fisher, Chair
Creative Political Foundations, Inc.


Linda Merrell, Vice-Chair, Historian
Health and Human Services Consultant


Elsie Bradwell Crowell, PhD, Secretary
EBCrowell & Associates


David Pizzi, Treasurer
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida


LuMarie Polivka West, Immediate Past Chair
Florida Health Care Association


Jeffrey Berman, MD, FCCP
University of Miami Miller School of Medicine


Santiago Leon
ACC Hall Insurance Brokers

Josephine Mercado

Hispanic Health Initiatives


Twyla Sketchley, PA
The Sketchley Law Firm


Kim Streit
Florida Hospital Association


Bernd Wollschlaeger, MD, FAAFP, FASAM
Aventura Family Health Center


Marci Yarbrough
Social Worker


Ray Myersrayray
Effex Agency


Darden Ricedr

St. Petersburg City Council


Julio Fuentes

Florida State Hispanic Chamber of Commerce