Welcome our new FPHA Board Members
Elections for our 2017-2018 Board members closed on August 31, 2017. We had 160 members vote and I want to say thank you to all who voted. Our newly elected Board members are:
· Ethel Edwards – 1st Vice President
· Jessica Weissman – 2nd Vice President
· Chintan Bhatt - Secretary
· Beth Paterniti – Member at Large
· Ernesto “Tito” Rubio – Southern Health Association Representative (SHA)
Ethel has been on our Board for a number of years and most recently was acting as our 2nd Vice President and she is currently our Membership Committee Chair. Jessica has been a very active student member since joining FPHA a couple years ago and has acted as our Secretary for the past two years. Ethel and Jessica have been dedicated FPHA members and I am confident that will continue in their new roles. Public Health is a passion of theirs and that shows through their advocacy and promotion of FPHA.
I want to take some extra time to welcome our new Board members and share a little about them.
Chintan Bhatt is a 2nd year Doctoral student in Health Promotion and Disease Prevention at Florida International University (FIU). He has been actively involved with FPHA in a number of ways over the past year and a half. He assisted in planning the 2016 FPHA South Florida regional conference, has been a Student Representative for the Board of FPHA, and a student liaison to our Legislative Committee. Chintan will be representing our organization at the 2017 American Public Health Association Annual Conference in Atlanta with his poster, “FPHA’s Legislative Efforts to Pass Public Health Favorable Legislation: Evidence from Florida”. This poster is not the first time we have seen him display research. At the 2017 FPHA Annual Conference Chintan was selected as Most Informative Poster by his fellow FPHA members.
Beth Paterniti is the Director for the Office of the Deputy Secretary for County Health Systems with the Florida Department of Health (FDOH). She has over 14 years of experience in Florida Government and Public Administration positions. Beth has spent a number of years focusing on collaboration through partnerships with government, non-profit, and for-profits to shape the future of our communities. This experience makes Beth valuable to FPHA’s strategic plan objective of “Targeting and engaging a diverse FPHA membership”. She has been an active member of FPHA through the 2016 Legislative Committee and the 2017 Leadership Interest Group. Beth says, “I am looking forward to using my education, experience, and statewide partnerships to advance the mission and vision of FPHA as its new board member”.
Ernesto “Tito” Rubio has been a manager with the Florida Department of Health in various capacities since 2002. His most current role is Administrator of the Florida Department of Health in Citrus County and beginning September 15th will be the Interim Administrator/Health Officer for Columbia and Hamilton counties. His many years of service in Public Health in Florida and his years as a member of FPHA will bring to the SHA position the ability to articulate what is happening in Florida and bring back the best practices from the other affiliated states. Tito is looking forward to his role as Southern Health Association Representative.