Leadership Council

The Leadership Council is comprised of expert healthcare industry practitioners and administrators in Florida. The overall goal of the Council is to develop recommendations to influence statewide policy that will facilitate a sufficient supply of highly skilled talent to meet the demand of Florida’s current and future healthcare workforce needs. This initiative brings together for the first time industry leaders from across all health professions, as well as state agencies and industry stakeholders who have an active interest in healthcare.


Mary Lou Brunell  
Council Co-lead

Executive Director
Florida Center for Nursing

Dr. Prakash Patel  
Council Co-lead

Chief Operating Officer
Renee Thigpen
Council Chair

Chief Human Resources Officer
NCH Health Care System
Representing: Florida Hospital Association        

Susan Towler
Vice President
Florida Blue Foundation
Joshua Ashby
LeadingAge Florida           
Dominic Calabro
President & Chief Executive Officer
Florida TaxWatch
Dr. Steven Chapman
Division Director, Public Health Statistics
and Performance Management
Florida Department of Health          
Dr. Bill D’Aiuto
President Elect
Florida Dental Association           
Steven C. Devane
Chief Executive Officer
Duvall Homes

Tom Feeney
President and CEO
Associated Industries of Florida      

Dr. Randy Glisson
Doctor of Chiropractic Medicine
Lake Healthcare Center
Representing: Florida Chiropractic
Dr. Leonard Hock
FDMA - Florida Society for Post-Acute & Long-Term Care Medicine
Suzanne Kelley
Board Chair
Florida Pharmacy Association
Bobby Lolley
Executive Director
Home Care Association of Florida    
Kathleen Miller
Sr. Director, Talent Acquisition
Florida Blue                          
Rene Pabon
Regional Health & Wellness Director
Dr. Robert Rowe
Director Brooks Institute of Higher Learning,
Brooks Rehabilitation
Representing: Florida Physical Therapy Association           
Gail Sadler
Assoc. of Nurse Practitioners in
Business, Florida
Pauline Taylor
Assistant Vice President - Administrator
Hospice of the Comforter
Representing: FL Hospice &  Palliative Care Association 
Mark Wilson
President & Chief Executive Officer
Florida Chamber of Commerce                  
Board Liaison
CareerSource Florida 


Karin Kazimi
Project Director
Florida Healthcare Workforce





Our Objectives

Promote healthcare business growth
Better connect Florida’s healthcare
    providers to existing public and private
Leverage, streamline, integrate and
    coordinate the workforce and talent
    development assets within the state 
Create a new sector strategy approach for
•  Create an essential business feedback
Develop solutions for the healthcare
    talent delivery system
•  Establish how the U.S. Department of
    Labor and other grants have impacted
    the talent pipeline and have contributed
    to return on investment