About Us

Helping those with serious illness live their best lives

Our Purpose

Formed in 2018 by founding partners Alivia Care and the Florida Hospice & Palliative Care Association, the Florida Palliative Care Coalition now serves as the only organization solely focused on advancing the understanding, visibility, availability, and practice of palliative care in Florida.


To support and inspire the acceleration of solutions that promote better quality of life for Floridians living with serious, chronic, or advanced illness through research, education, advocacy and access to holistic health care.


A future in which Floridians with serious, chronic, or advanced illness and their caregivers receive holistic health care that aligns with their goals, values and preferences and provides the best quality of life.

Florida Palliative Care Coalition Steering Committee

Name Affiliation
Jim Akin

Executive Director

Chapter Staff

NASW-Florida Chapter

Steve Bahmer

President & CEO

Leading Age Florida

Dorene Barker

Associate State Director, Advocacy

AARP Florida

Travis Blanton

Owner, Partner

Johnson & Blanton

Audrey Brown

President & CEO

Florida Association of Health Plans

Maria Cabrerra American Cancer Society
Tony Carvajal

Executive Vice President

Florida Tax Watch

Christopher Cogle, MD

Chair, Florida Cancer Control and 

Research Advisory Council (CCRAB)

Dr. Kenneth Goodman, PhDm FACMI, FACE

Professor and Director, Institute for Bioethics and Health Policy

Director, WHO Collaborating Center in Ethics and Global Health Policy

Co-Director, UM Ethics Programs

Director, Florida Bioethics Network

Chair, Ethics Committee, University of Miami Hospitals and Clinics

Chair, Adult Ethics Committee, Jackson Health System

University of Miami Miller School of Medicine

Christie Grant Florida Hospice & Palliative Care
Kristen Griffis

Executive Director

Elder Options

Leonard Hock

Chairman, Board of Directors

Florida Medical Directors Association

Lead, Florida POLST

Melissa Jordan

Chief of Public Health

Florida Health

Scott Kistler, MHA

Vice President for Strategy & Business Development

Empath Health

Sheri Kittelson, MD, FAAFP

Associate Professor

Chief, Division of Palliative Care

Department of Medicine

University of Florida

Ken Kniepmann

Associate for Health

Florida Conference of Catholic Bishops

Wendy Kraszewski

VP Palliative Care

Executive Director for Connexis Medical Services

Margherita Labson, BSN, MSHSA, CPHQ, CCM Labson & Associates
Michael Lawton


Florida Health Plan

United Healthcare

Paul Ledford

President & CEO

Florida Hospice & Palliative Care

Bobby Lolley

Executive Director

Home Care Association of Florida

Paul D. Malley


Aging with Dignity

Gail Matillo

President & CEO

Florida Senior Living Association

Barbara McCann

Community Health Accreditation Partner


Bobbie McKee

Research Advocacy Manager

Moffitt Cancer Center

Donna Melogy

Vice President, Case Management, Long Term Care

Sunshine Health

Cindy Meredith

Director Client Relations 

Florida Association of Health Plans

Jeff Mislevy

President & CEO

Covenant Health and Community Services

Samer Nasr, MD

VISN 8 Clinical Lead, Rehabilitation and Extended Care Integrated Community of Care

Network 8 (10N8)

Juan Palacios

Service Chief

Palliative, Geriatrics & Extended Care

Orlando VA Medical Center

Susan Ponder-Stansel

President & CEO

Alivia Care, Inc.

Emmett Reed

Executive Director

Florida Health Care Association

Mike Simmons

President and CEO

Bridge Builder Strategies

Laurence M. Solberg, MD, AGSF

Staff Geriatrician


US Dept. of Veterans Affairs

Veterans Health Administration

Kim Streit

Vice President

Florida Hospital Association

Megan Wessel

Vice President, Regional Cancer Control

American Cancer Society

Southeast Region

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Tallahassee, FL 32303



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