CHAIRPERSON: Debra Boterf – Debra is a Registered Nurse and has a Bachelor’s Degree in Health Care Administration. She has been at Sarasota Memorial Hospital for over 20 years and is currently the Business Manager Women’s and Children’s Services, Sarasota Memorial Health Care System. Her clinical nursing experiences were in maternal care. She also has experience in public relations and fundraising. Debra served on the Planning and Evaluation Committee of the Healthy Start Coalition of Sarasota County and helped develop the 2010-2015 Service Delivery Plan, and is currently a volunteer on our Fundraising Committee.
TREASURER: Mary Dunn – Mary Dunn received her BBA in Accounting from Northwood University and an MBA from the University of Sarasota. Since moving to Sarasota nearly 20 years ago, she has worked as the Business Office Manager for Kobernick House and Anchin Pavilion, the Finance Director for Suncoast Communities Blood Bank, and the Accounting Manager for Environmental Biotech. In addition, she started and operated a successful insurance agency for 12 years, which she sold in 2016. Mary is currently the Chairperson of the Finance Committee.
SECRETARY: Pam Beitlich is the Director of Women’s and Children Services at Sarasota Memorial Hospital. Pam has been at Sarasota Memorial for 30+ years in a management role. She was the primary writer for the Magnet survey submission and coordinated the move of 3 units to the new Courtyard Tower. Pam also started the Customer Service program at Sarasota Memorial. She brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in helping families.
AT-LARGE, PUBLIC OFFICIAL: Sarasota City Commissioner Suzanne Atwell – Commissioner Atwell holds a Bachelor Degree in Psychology and Human Development from George Washington University and a Master Degree in Clinical Psychology from Marymount University. She began her clinical career in Sarasota at Coastal Behavioral Healthcare as an outpatient clinician. She was also employed at Jewish Family and Children’s Service (JFCS). She has worked as the Director of Development for the American Association of Community Colleges in Washington, DC, and has participated in many local civic groups such as the City of Sarasota Human Relations Board, the Sarasota County Civic League, and the Sarasota County Advisory Commission on the Status of Women. Last year, she served as Mayor of Sarasota.
AT LARGE: Dr. Kyle Garner – Dr. Garner is a local obstetrician/gynecologist and partner at Gulf Coast Obstetrics and Gynecology of Sarasota. In addition, he will serve as the Chief of Staff at Sarasota Memorial Hospital in 2018 and is an Assistant Clinical Professor at the Florida State College of Medicine. Dr. Garner received his Doctor of Medicine from Bowman Gray School of Medicine and completed Internship and Residency at University of Tennessee, Memphis. He is Board-Certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology and the American Board of Family Practice. Dr. Garner serves on Healthy Start Coalition’s Fetal and Infant Mortality Review Project, and has strong interests in patient safety and team dynamics.
AT LARGE: Angela Baker, Angela Baker brings a background in political science, women’s studies and law to the Healthy Start board, having been a lawyer, teacher and political volunteer, in many capacities, alongside her husband, Keith Fitzgerald, for many years. She is the mother of twins, the oldest sibling in a family of 12, and a Sarasota resident for over 20 years.
AT LARGE: Sarah Cloud
AT LARGE: Maggie Davenport – Maggie Davenport is a long time resident of Sarasota. She graduated from the Ringling College of Art and design with a BFA in fine arts in 1999 and currently works as a freelance artist and art instructor for the Sarasota Cooperative Learning Project. She has served as the assistant executive director at ALSO Youth and as administrator for the Greenfield Tuition Trust. Maggie’s current passion is working with The Grid of Giving, a fundraising tool that she developed to help give back to her community.
AT LARGE: Christina Holmes – Christina Homes, LM, CPM is a Sarasota native and the mother of three children, and soon to be grandmother. She is a Florida Licensed Midwife and Nationally Certified Personal Midwife who started her own home birth practice, Birthways, in 2002. In 2007 she opened Birthways Family Birth Center. Christina has assisted over 1000 babies into the world since 2002. Prior to then, she served the community as a Doula and Midwife Assistant. Christina Founded the Sankofa Birth Legacy in 2014, a non-profit with a focus on the education of midwives, families, and birth professionals. She plays an active role in the community, volunteering with the Newtown Health Council, and on the Healthy Start Coalition’s FIMR taskforce. And avid cyclist, Christina rides 225 miles each year in support of the local Team Tony Foundation that supports families with cancer. She is an active member and former President of the Midwives Association of Florida and is the Vice President of the Florida Alliance of Birth Centers. In addition to being a yoga instructor, she is certified as a Sacred Beginnings Instructor, which honors and builds connection among new mothers. Christina’s mission is to help create a world of safe, compassionate birth where every baby is born with love and gentleness.
AT LARGE: Melanie Fiscina, As someone who benefitted from the Healthy Start program Melanie Fiscina provides the viewpoint of the consumer to the Executive Board of Healthy Start. She has a background as an event planner. Melanie spoke at our Spring Luncheon event about her involvement with Healthy Start and how the services helped her and her family. She is the mother of 3 children, ages one, seven & eighteen.
AT LARGE: Amy Singleton Fulton – Amy Singleton Fulton is a Sarasota native and graduate of Sarasota High and Florida State. She is the Vice President and third generation in the family business, Singleton Roofing, which has been operational in Sarasota County for 47 years. She is also on the board of the S-Club Letterwinners Association and chairs their scholarship committee. She is married to Chris Fulton and they have a two-year-old son, Michael, who they adore.
AT LARGE: Dr. Washington Hill, Dr. Hill retired from his position as President and Chief of the Medical Staff at Sarasota Memorial Hospital, as well as Chairman of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Medical Director of Labor and Delivery.in 2012. He immediately signed on to an initiative sponsored by Duke University and the Clinton Foundation to set up a clinic in Rwanda. There he provided his years of expertise in a very different and underfunded setting and taught safe OB/GYN practices to students. On his return to Sarasota he signed up with the Health Department to provide services in their clinic. He has been a supporter of Healthy Start for many years.
CYD STAR STUDENT: Caroline Nosal
EX-OFFICIO: Shelley Rence – Shelley Rence grew up in Michigan, and lived there for 40 years before relocating to Florida. She has a BA in Education from Michigan State and a MA in Guidance and Counseling from Wayne State University. She worked 6 years as a Therapist/Program Coordinator and 10 years as a Clinical Director for an outpatient Mental Health/Substance Abuse near Detroit, and was a Certified Addictions Counselor for over years. In Florida, she served as a Child Protection Investigator for a year, a HS Care coordinator for 3 years and the Program Administrator for 9 years.