Governor-elect Ron DeSantis Announces Transition Advisory Committee on Health and Wellness

Tallahassee, Fla. – Governor-elect Ron DeSantis and Lieutenant Governor-elect Jeanette Nuñez today announced the names of over 50 advisors who will serve on the Transition Advisory Committee on Health and Wellness. The committee will be chaired by Lieutenant Governor-elect Jeanette Nuñez and co-chaired by Alan Levine, former Secretary of Florida’s Agency for Health Care Administration.

The committee is comprised of a diverse group of health care experts from a variety of different medical fields, as well as health care providers, addiction counselors and mental health professionals, in addition to current and former leaders of Florida’s health care system.

These individuals will advise the Transition Team as they develop their plan to implement Governor-elect DeSantis’ vision of empowering patients and expanding provider reach, fighting addiction and mental health problems and protecting Florida’s most vulnerable populations while lowering costs and respecting taxpayers’ money.

Members of the Transition Advisory Committee on Health and Wellness include:

Dr. MICHAEL ALESSANDRI; Executive Director for Autism and Related Diseases

MARIA ALONSO; COO, Citrus Health Network

BRYAN ANDERSON; VP of Government Affairs, HCA Healthcare

Dr. JOSE ‘PEPE’ ARMAS; Founder, Chairman & CEO, MCCI Medical Group

GABRIELLE BARGERSTOCK; Florida Executive Director, Nurse-Family Partnership

ANN BARNHART; CEO, Heart of Florida Regional Medical Center

JASON BARRETT; CEO, Flagler Hospital

Dr. SAMIRA BECKWITH; President & CEO, Hope Healthcare

ABIGAIL BEEBE; Chair, Executive Council of The Florida Bar Family Law Section

CHARLES BENDER; Founding CEO & Board Member, Place of Hope

THAD BESHEARS; Co-Owner & COO, Simpson Nurseries

Dr. ANDY BOROM; Orthopedic Surgeon, Tallahassee Orthopedic Clinic

TARREN BRAGDON; President & CEO, Foundation for Government Accountability

The Honorable JASON BRODEUR; former Chairman, Florida House of Representatives Health and Human Services Committee

AUDREY BROWN; President & CEO, Florida Association of Health Plans

NANCY BRYAN; President & CEO, BioFlorida


Dr. CHRISTOPHER CARD; Chief of Community-Based Care, Eckerd Connects

GLEN CASEL; CEO, Community Based Care of Central Florida

GLEN FEINGOLD; Executive Vice President & COO, MCNA Dental

AURELIO FERNANDEZ; President & CEO, Memorial Healthcare System

Dr. EDWARD FIDALGO; OB/GYN, South Miami Hospital and Mercy Hospital

The Honorable RENÉ GARCÍA; Executive Vice President, New Century Partnership

Dr. VIKRAM GOPAL; Physician, Borland Groover

JIM HILL; President, Florida Juvenile Justice Association

NELSON HINCAPIE; President & CEO, Voices for Children Foundation

ROY H HINMAN II, M.D., Colonel, US Army (Ret.)

SCOTT HOWELL; Vice President of Internal & External Affairs, Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence

ROSLIND HUDSON; Divisional Vice President, Behavioral Health Division, Universal Health Services

CHRIS JACOBS; Founder & CEO, Juniper Research Group

EDWARD JIMENEZ; CEO, University of Florida Health Shands

Dr. STEVEN JOHNSON; President & CEO, Health First

KURT KELLY; CEO, Florida Coalition for Children

Dr. DAVID KENIGSBERG; President, Broward County Medical Association

Dr. NARENDRA KINI; CEO, Nicklaus Children’s Health System

NICOLE de LARA PUENTE; CEO, Live Like Bella Childhood Cancer Foundation

Dr. KEN LAWSON; Owner & Optometrist, Bayshore Eye Care

BEN LEON; CEO, Leon Medical Centers

REBECCA MATTHEWS; CEO, Florida Healthy Kids

DAVID R. MAYMON; Founder, Advocate Home Care

GRACI McGILLICUDDY; Chair, Board of Directors, All Star Children’s Foundation

CARLOS MIGOYA; President & CEO, Jackson Health System

JOSEPH MITCHELL; CEO, Summit Care and Member, American Health Care Association Board of Governors

JOE MULLANY; Regional President & CEO, Bayfront Health

DEB OBERMAN; Vice President Public Affairs, Humana

Dr. EDUARDO OTERO; Regional Vice President, South Region, Florida Market, MEDNAX Pediatrix Medical Group

Dr. JASON PIROZZOLO; Director of Sports Medicine and Trauma, Orlando Hand Surgery Associates

Dr. JIM RUBENSTEIN; Co-Founder & Radiation Oncologist, 21st Century Oncology

SUZANNE SEWELL; President & CEO, Florida Association of Rehabilitation Facilities

Dr. DAVID SHAPIRO; Board Member, Florida Society of Ambulatory Surgery Centers

ANDREW SMITH; Senior Vice President of External Affairs, Surterra Wellness

TIM STAPLETON; CEO, Florida Medical Association

ROGER STEVENS; CEO, Westminster Communities of Florida

JENNIFER UNGRU; Corporate Affairs Advisor, Jones Walker


MIKE WATKINS; CEO, Big Bend Community Based Care

Dr. ZACH ZACHARIAH; President, Fort Lauderdale Heart Institute