Tell us about your role at FVH?
I am the executive director at Florida Voices. With the help of an amazing team, I get to do everything from strategic planning to working directly with our statewide coalition partners on different campaigns and initiatives.
How did you get into work with Florida Voices for Health?
During law school I was fortunate enough to intern for Florida CHAIN, a health advocacy organization. It was important to keep the work around Medicaid and health care going after the organization closed. Florida Voices for Health became the perfect space to do that.
How do you feel your own personal values align with the mission, vision, and values of FVH?
I believe that how you arrive at an outcome is just as important as the outcome itself. Florida Voices for Health, whether dealing with coalition partners or people who disagree, tries to approach the work with humility and grace.
In your opinion, what do you think is the biggest challenge in healthcare today?
Fear of change, special interests, and the lack of honest conversation about challenges and opportunities.
Can you name a person who has had a tremendous impact on you?
A person? No, but I'll start with my mom, dad, and three sisters. We work to sharpen each other as people and that helps me to do the job everyday. Oh and Clint Dempsey.
What do you enjoy in your favorite breakfast that you make at home?
I recently discovered egg-beaters. There's no white stuff!
What is one piece of advice for someone wanting to pursue a career in Public Health / non-profit sector?
Focus on the mission and the reason you're doing it. That will help when moments of doubt inevitably kick in.