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Membership

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Committee Appointments 

The Florida PHHSBG Advisory Committee is a federally mandated, multi-disciplinary group whose members are appointed by the State Health Officer and Surgeon General, pursuant to Public Law 102-531 of the Public Health Service Act. Applications for membership may be completed by downloading and mailing the membership application.

Members 

The Florida PHHSBG Advisory Committee is composed of the general public, local health office officials, representatives of community-based organizations (including minority community-based organizations), schools of public health, and entities in which the State Health Office awards grants or contracts to execute activities authorized under the grant. Members often exhibit expertise, experience, and involvement in health promotion and chronic disease prevention.  Members serve four-year terms or until their successors are appointed by the State Health Officer and Surgeon General.

2015 PHHSBG Advisory Committee Members

  • Celeste Philip, MD, MPH, Florida Department of Health (State Health Office), Deputy Secretary for Health and Deputy State Health Officer for Children’s Medical Services

  • Lilli Copp, BSW, Florida Healthy Start Collaboration Office, Director

  • Arturo Lopez, B.A., Coalition of Florida Farmworker Organizations, Executive Director

  • Beverly Johnson, MS, MHA, Volusia Flagler Family YMCA, Executive Vice President

  • Lisa Portelli, BS, MPA, Winter Park Health Foundation, Program Director

  • Michael Gervasi, DO, Florida Community Health Centers, Inc., Chief Executive Officer

  • Ann Ashley-Gilbert, MD, Altamonte Women’s Center, P.A., Medical Doctor

  • Christina F. Harris, BS, Florida Office of the Attorney General, Bureau Chief

  • Tami Miller, RDH, BS, Florida Dental Hygiene Association, Executive Director

  • Lorraine Elder, MSW, Florida Department of Health (State Health Office), Program Administrator, Sexual Violence Prevention Program

  • Fatima (Tina) Zayas, MS, Florida Department of Health in Indian River, Health Educator Consultant

  • Christine (Chris) Abarca, MPH, MCHES, Florida Department of Health in Pasco County, Assistant Director

  • Janiece Davis, MPH, Florida Department of Health in Palm Beach County, Health Educator Consultant/Tobacco Prevention Specialist

  • Karen Weller, RN, BSN, MBA-HSM, Florida Department of Health in Dade County, Assistant Community Health Nursing Director

  • Belinda Johnson-Cornett, BSN, MSN, MBA, Florida Department of Health in Osceola County, Administrator

Affiliated DOH Staff

  • Shannon Hughes, BS, Florida Department of Health (State Health Office), Division Director, Division of Community Health Promotion

  • Shay Chapman, RN, BSN, MBA, Florida Department of Health (State Health Office), Bureau Chief, Bureau of Chronic Disease Prevention

  • Julie Dudley, BS, Florida Department of Health (State Health Office), Health Education Program Manager (Environmental Approaches), Bureau of Chronic Disease Prevention

  • Calandra Portalatin, LPN, MA, MCHES, CTTS, Florida Department of Health (State Health Office), Government Operations Consultant III/PHHSBG Coordinator, PHHSBG Program, Bureau of Chronic Disease Prevention

  • Jamie Forrest, MS, Florida Department of Health (State Health Office), Program Administrator (Epidemiology and Evaluation), Bureau of Chronic Disease Prevention

  • Valerie Lee, Florida Department of Health (State Health Office), Budget Coordinator, Bureau of Chronic Disease Prevention

  • Daphne Holden, PhD, Florida Department of Health (State Health Office), Community Health Improvement Manager

  • Sean Isaac, MPH, Florida Department of Health (State Health Office), Fluoridation Project Administrator , Public Health Dental Program

  • Donna Solovan-Gleason, RDH, PhD, Florida Department of Health (State Health Office),

  • Michele Mule, MHS, Florida Department of Health (State Health Office), Section Administrator

  • Patricia Ryder, MD, MPH, Florida Department of Health (State Health Office), Director, Public Health Statistics and Performance Management

  • Marsha Slade, Florida Department of Health (State Health Office), Contract Manager, Bureau of Family Health Services

  • Elvira Hanson, FCCM, Florida Department of Health (State Health Office), Government Operations Consultant II/Contract Manager, Sexual Violence Prevention Program

  • Maggie Dunaway, Florida Department of Health (State Health Office), Government Operations Consultant II, Bureau of Family Health Services

  • Kris-Tena (Kris) Albers, ARNP, MN, Florida Department of Health (State Health Office), Bureau Chief, Bureau of Family Health Services

  • Catherine Howard, PhD, MSPH, Florida Department of Health (State Health Office), Director, Healthiest Weight Florida