Coalition Membership


  • Mark Hudak, MD – Chair, UF Pediatrics
  • Carol Neil, PhD – Vice Chair, Florida State College at Jacksonville
  • Stephanie Thomas – Secretary, Regions Bank
  • Linda Forde – Treasurer, The Forde Firm

Coalition Members:

  • Danielle Carter, MDDuval County Medical Society
  • Megan Denk THE PLAYERS Center for Child Health
  • Pauline Drake, Esq. Retired, Duval County Court Florida Group 4
  • Barry FarmerCommunity Advocate
  • Chelsa Fore, DNPJacksonville University
  • Jason RothTECO Energy
  • Judge R. Anthony SalemFourth Judicial Circuit Court

BoardSource: What makes a good board member?

All Northeast Florida Healthy Start Coalition (NEFHSC) meetings are open to the general public. If you are interested in attending an upcoming meeting, we encourage you to visit our events calendar. Board minutes and agendas are available upon request; you may submit your request to see board minutes and agendas to Erin Addington at

Our board of directors and Coalition members are individuals who are dedicated to their community and have a passion for our mission, vision and organizational values. Membership reflects a diverse group in various disciplines and organizations. All members are volunteers who review all programmatic and financial responsibilities of the NEFHSC and govern our planning and direction.

Members ensure that there is transparency by the NEFHSC and the proper rules and regulations as defined within the by-laws and as dictated by both state and federal laws that govern non-profit organizations. Board meetings are held on the fourth Thursday in January, February, March, April, May, June, August, September and September.