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.
Pam Hodge joined the Healthy Start team in January 2015. She brings with her 25 years of experience with 20 being in a management position. Her experience is primarily in Child Welfare/ Child Development and family preservation, specializing in children ages birth to 6. A mother of two, maternal and child health has been a priority both personally and professionally. Pam received a Bachelor’s Degree from East Tennessee State University in Health Education and Communication.
Ciera Coleman – Marketing and Grants Coordinator
Ciera graduated with Honors from the University of Florida in 2009 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Education. While at the University of Florida, she spent 3 years as the Gallery Director for the Reitz Union Art Gallery. She is a native Sarasotan and graduate of Pine View School in Osprey, FL. In 2009, Ciera was presented with the “Youth Courage Award” for her work with the SOURCE Teen Theatre and Youth Education Outreach. Ciera has two young children who further strengthened her passion for supporting pregnant women and new parents.
Anne Muir – MomCare Supervisor & Volunteer Coordinator
Originally from England, Anne lived in Canada before moving to Florida In 2002. Anne’s passions are many, and include spirituality, meditation and the arts. She is an Interfaith Minister in the Universal Worship whose goal is to promote understanding and cooperation between different faith traditions. Anne is the longest serving staff member of the Healthy Start Coalition, and assists us with MomCare operations, office administration and other projects. She has a BFA (Media) from Emily Carr Institute of Art & Design in Vancouver, Canada and a BA in Linguistics from the University of York, England.
Jamee Thumm – Educational Services Manager
Jamee, like many women, was inspired by the birth of her children and decided to change careers in order to help pregnant women and new mothers. She returned to school and earned her Master of Public Health degree from the University of South Florida in 2011.While breastfeeding promotion and advocacy is her main passion, she also loves research. As an intern for the Healthy Start Coalition, she conducted the 2011 Breastfeeding Survey for Sarasota County and has acted as co-chair for the Breastfeeding Advocates of Sarasota County since its “rebirth” in 2010.
Jaime graduated from the University of Florida in 2012 earning her Bachelor’s degree in Family, Youth and Community Sciences. She was raised in the Tampa area, and moved to Sarasota after getting married in the Spring of 2012. While in college she was an active member of her Honors Fraternity Alpha Zeta and completed her internship at St. Francis Homeless Shelter in Gainesville. She is passionate about serving others in the Nonprofit and Human Services field.
Dalia King – MomCare Advisor
Beverly Phelps – Save My Life Program Coordinator
Beverly is the Program Coordinator for the Save My Life Program. Beverly is a lifetime resident of Sarasota. Besides being the only black Childbirth Educator in Sarasota County, Beverly has also received training in smoking cessation for pregnant women; breastfeeding education and support; maternal mental health; nutrition; women and substance abuse; early childhood mental health; parenting education; and other maternal-infant issues. In the Save My Live Program, Beverly is providing education and support in the Newtown area to African-American pregnant women and women of child-bearing age, in order to help reduce racial health disparities.
Terri Roberts, RN – FIMR Coordinator
Terri Roberts joined Healthy Start in July of 2013 with more than three decades of nursing experience, primarily in maternal and child health. She has worked in a variety of positions in Sarasota County, including the Sarasota County Health Department, Sarasota Memorial Hospital, the Sarasota County School Board, and a YMCA program for at-risk pregnant teens. In addition to her nursing degree, Terri is a Licensed Massage Therapist (LMT) and a former Internationally Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC). She enjoys a challenge and is always open to learning something new.