Our Team

Healthy Start Local Programs

Healthy Start provides services to clients throughout the region. See the sidebar for the phone number of the Healthy Start office in your county.

Coalition Staff

Healthy Start of North Central Florida Coalition is an Affiliate Partner of WellFlorida Council, a private, nonprofit organization and local health council for North Central Florida. WellFlorida provides program management services, such as fiscal administration, staffing and marketing to its affiliates, including two Healthy Start coalitions. For a complete listing of Healthy Start staff, please visit WellFlorida’s website.


Staffing for Healthy Start of North Central Florida Coalition is supported by our Affiliate Partner WellFlorida Council. Visit www.wellflorida.org to learn of current employment opportunities.

Board of Directors

2019-2020 Officers

President – Mary Peoples-Sheps
Vice President – Roseann Fricks
Treasurer – Sharon Surrency
Secretary – Cathy Winfrey

Mary Peoples-Sheps, President
Retired/Community Representative
Address: 8805 SW 42nd Place
Gainesville, Florida 32608
Phone: 352-316-5205
Email: mpeoplessheps@cox.net

Roseann Fricks, Vice President
Chief Executive Office
Early Learning Coalition of Marion County
Address: 2300 SW 17th Road
Ocala, Florida 34471
Phone: 352-812-5639
Email: RFricks@elc-marion.org
Community Organization

Sharon Surrency, Treasurer
RN Home Visitor
Partnership for Strong Families
5950 NW 1st Place, Suite A
Gainesville, Florida 32607
Phone: 352-244-1686
Email: Sharon.surrency@pfsf.org
Community Organization

Cathy Winfrey, Secretary
Program Manager
Healthy Families ACUB
Address: 6011 NW 1st Place, Suite 20
Gainesville, Florida 32607
Phone: 352-294-5523
Email: cwinfrey@ufl.edu
Community Organization

Ann-Marie Fenn
Address: 348 NE Methodist Terrace, Suite 101
Lake City, Florida 32055
Phone: 352-275-8176
Email: amfmidwife@yahoo.com
Community Organization

Lauren Pierson
Tobacco Program Manager
Suwannee River Area Health
Education Center
Address: 14646 NW 151st Blvd.
Alachua, Florida 32615
Phone: 386-462-1551 ext. 109
Email: lpierson@srahec.org
Community Organization

Chris Schreier
Clinical Assistance Professor, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
UF College of Nursing
Address: 11605 NW 16th Place
Gainesville, Florida 32610
Phone: 863-610-1719
Email: schreier85@ufl.edu
Community Organization

Deepthi Satheesa Varma
Assistance Professor
University of Florida, Epidemiology
Address: PO Box 100231
Gainesville, Florida 32610
Phone: 352-294-5941
Email: dvarma@ufl.edu
Community Organization

Cassandra Young
Supervisor RN ACU
Women’s Health – Shands Medical Plaza
Address: 200 SW Archer Road
Gainesville, Florida 32608
Phone: 352-286-4581
Email: cyou0004@shands.ufl.edu
Community Organization