Board and Staff

Board of Directors

Cynthia Acevedo
(President)
Healthy Families Highlands

Angela D. Forte
(President-Elect)

LaTonya Smith
(Treasurer)
Joules Wellness Concepts

Wendy Amos
(Secretary)
Tri-County Human Services

John Meyer
(Past President)
Central Florida Health Care, Inc.

Meghan Garland, MSN, CNM
Frontier Nursing University

LaTonnja R Key, MA, M.Ed.
Polk County Schools

Amanda Lucero, ARNP-C
Customized Wellness

Janet Walker
Tri-County Human Services, Inc

Gayle Hernandez
Redlands Christian Migrant Association

Carolyn Espina
New Life Center For Family Preservation

Dr. Pamela Schwartz, MD
Innovative Gynecology & Obstetrics, PA

Shannon O’Dell, RNC-OB, MSN, BSN
Lakeland Regional Health
Women’s & Children’s Services

Ex-Officio Members

Dr. Eliza McCall-Horne
Children’s Home Society
(Highlands)

Deedree Zerfas
Florida Department of Health
(Hardee & Polk)

Healthy Start Staff

Charlene Edwards
Executive Director

Holly Parker
Community Liaison
(Hardee & Highlands)


Terry Linderman

Office Manager

Margaretta Delgado
Finance Manager

Gloria Camacho
MomCare Program Advisor

Tonya Akwetey
Community Liason (Polk)
FIMR Coordinator

Marquinia Butts-Fisher
Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program Manager

Sara Pomponio
Youth Program Specialist

Spring Dority
Contracts Coordinator

Marcia McCalla
Program Assistant

Nurse Family Partnership

Kristin Normand, RN, BSN, IBCLC
Professional Nurse Supervisor

Sarah Donaldson, RN, 
Nurse Home Visitor (Highlands)

Nikki Feichtinger, RN
Nurse Home Visitor (Highlands)

Wendy Deal
Data Entry Clerk

Nurse Home Visitors
(Polk) (4)

Great Board Members Wanted

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Click the button to download a Board Member Application

HELP the Healthy Start Coalition of Hardee, Highlands and Polk Counties … We’re looking for a few talented and conscientious volunteer board members to lead and strengthen the Coalition’s mission to promote and support healthy pregnancies, babies, and families by providing a maternal and child health system of care through community partnerships.

If you can contribute your time, thoughtfulness, and leadership a few hours a day, every other month, and are interested in exploring this opportunity, call Charlene Edwards, Executive Director at 863-534-9224 to find out whether this volunteer opportunity is right for you. We’re especially looking for folks with maternal and child health backgrounds, with accounting experience, from local and county governments, private sector businesses and individuals who have participated in the Healthy Start experience.

A board member chairs each of the committees listed below. Members of each committee may come from the general Coalition membership.

Roles and Responsibilities of Board Committees

Bylaws- The role of the bylaws committee is to review and propose changes as needed; review proposed changes with Board of Directors; provide copy of proposed changes to Coalition staff for mailing to general membership prior to voting; and present bylaws changes at Coalition meeting to assist members prior to final membership vote. This committee meets as needed.

Personnel- The role of this committee is to develop, and annually review, the Coalition’s personnel policies and procedures. Also acts as an arbitration committee for personnel problems as requested by the Healthy Start Coalition Board President. This committee meets annually or as needed.

Finance & Budget- The role of the Finance & Budget committee is to oversee the financial operations of the Coalition. The committee is responsible to ensure that accounting practices and/or procedures meet generally accepted audit standards and are in compliance with the Coalition’s financial procedures and all contractual requirements. Coalition Board Treasurer serves as committee Chair. This committee meets at least one week prior to each board meeting.

Membership- The role of the Membership Committee is to ensure that the General Coalition voting membership is a true representation of the community at large and meets the requirements in legislation. To accomplish this task, the committee is responsible to review the general voting membership list on an annual basis and present findings and make recommendations to the Board. This committee meets annually or more often if needed.

Nominating- The role of the Nominating Committee is to present a slate of Board nominees to the Coalition membership at the annual meeting; conduct an election, count votes, and announce election results. This committee meets at least annually, more often if necessary.

Click below to download additional resources

Board Meeting Schedule FY 17-18

HSC Committees

Healthy Start Coaltion Profile Form