Healthy Start Coalition of Sarasota County Welcomes New Executive Director

Shon The Healthy Start Coalition of Sarasota County, Inc.

1750 17th Street, Bldg A – Sarasota, FL 34234-8666

Phone: 941.373.7070



Media Contact: Laura Gilkey

Fundraising Committee Chairperson


Phone: 941.915.8115

Healthy Start Coalition of Sarasota County Welcomes New Executive Director

 January 14, 2013 (Sarasota, FL) — It is with pleasure that The Healthy Start Coalition of Sarasota County, Inc., a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, announces its new Executive Director,  Shon Ewens. The Healthy Start Coalition provides professional services for pregnant women, infants and new families in Sarasota County to prevent low birthweight, prematurity, and other possible poor health and developmental outcomes.

Shon joins the Healthy Start Coalition after almost three years as Executive Director of the Literacy Council of Sarasota.  In addition to her work at the Literacy Council, Shon has 12 years of extensive managerial and executive level administrative experience working for YMCAs in Tampa, Sarasota, and Birmingham, AL.  Her many accomplishments include strategic planning, community partnerships, fundraising, grantwriting, and volunteer management.  Shon’s educational background is in Human Development and Family Studies.

The Healthy Start Coalition staff, Board of Directors, service providers, community partners and clients extend our heartfelt gratitude to Jennifer Highland, outgoing Executive Director, for her thirteen years of service to the pregnant women, infants and young children of Sarasota County. In her last week as Executive Director, Jennifer shared the Florida Department of Health’s 2012 Maternal Child Health Analysis Report, which showed Sarasota reporting better than expected outcomes in infant mortality, low birth weight, and teen pregnancy—concrete evidence of her strong tenure here and the hard work of the people she brought together on her Healthy Start Team.

Please join us in welcoming Shon to lead the Healthy Start Coalition of Sarasota County!  For more information please contact The Healthy Start Coalition at (941) 373-7070, or email Shon at

The Healthy Start Coalition of Sarasota County is a non-profit, 501 (c)(3) organization dedicated to improving the health and well-being of pregnant women, infants, and young children in the community. Healthy Start coordinates a variety of specialized programs to serve high-risk groups and address specific risk factors that contribute to fetal death, prematurity, low birth weight, and infant death. For more information, please call (941) 373-7070 or visit

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