Our Board of Directors
Andrea Iglesias, Psy.D.
Dr. Andrea Iglesias joined Urban Health Partnerships as the Interim Executive Director in 2016, became Executive Director in 2017 and has been serving as the CEO since January 2019. She holds a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology and brings experience as a clinician, outreach and community engagement director, administrator, consultant, and teacher. She has held leadership positions at universities, in state and national associations, and as the principal of a diversity and inclusion consulting firm. Additionally she is an adjunct professor at the University of Miami. Through her background in clinical psychology, Andrea has had the privilege of witnessing thousands of individuals’ stories. She has worked to translate the insight and voices from these lived experiences, along with research and best practices in clinical and community psychology, to co-design culturally informed practices, policies, and programs to foster healthier and more inclusive communities. Andrea has a special interest in increasing mental and emotional well-being, equity, and improving the quality of life of all communities.
Isabel Rovira, MPH
Isabel Rovira is a co-founder and the COO, acting as the Director of Operations and Finance for UHP. She holds a Master’s in Public Health with experience in the public health sector, non-profit sector, and has also worked with governmental agencies. Isabel has experience in managing programs, grant writing and administration, and operations and administration for several organizations. She manages the Age-Friendly Initiative (AFI) and is passionate about creating safe and healthy spaces or all residents. Isabel has worked with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics, and with other health related organizations in South Florida. Isabel has extensive experience in meeting planning and educational programming. Isabel is also a managing partner in UHP’s parent company, Urban Health Solutions.
Jennifer Cheek, MUEP, LEED AP
Director of Healthy Streets & Public Spaces
As of March 2021, Jen Cheek is the Director of Healthy Streets and Public Spaces. Jen joined Urban Health Partnerships as the Planning and Community Development Program Manager in March 2020. Prior to joining UHP, Jen served as Executive Director of the Farmers Market Coalition for seven years, working to measure, document and publicize the triumphs of farmers markets, while responding to the training, networking, and advocacy needs of the growing farmers market community. Before FMC, Jen worked at the design and urban planning firm AECOM, where she collaborated with numerous municipalities and government agencies to create civic meeting spaces, preserve natural areas, and design parks and gardens all over the U.S. She worked closely with community stakeholders to research and distill data, build consensus, create educational materials, and craft plans and policies. She holds a Master of Urban and Environmental Planning degree from the University of Virginia, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Michigan.
Arely B. Lozano Cantú, M.A
Director of Health Access and Livability
Arely B. Lozano Cantu is a Director of Health Access and Livability at UHP, previously having joined as Health and Community Development Program Manager in November of 2018. She possesses over 7 years of experience in community organizing, grass-roots approaches in education and research, management and development, community health, and in programming support and solutions. Having gained her skills through grass-roots organizing, youth and justice advocacy, and professional community and public health work, she holds a strong passion for amplifying resident voices and building, developing, and supporting strategic and impactful ideas, projects, programs, and initiatives aimed at improving health-empowerment and opportunities in underserved communities. Arely leads the Food For All Broward Initiative and oversees the Live Healthy Little Havana Initiative. Arely is fluently bilingual and holds a B.A. in Psychology with a minor in Women and Gender Studies and a M.A. in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies with a focus on Food Justice and Health in communities of color.
Janiece N. Davis, MPH
Age-Friendly & Health Equity Program Manager
Janiece Davis joined UHP as the Age-Friendly and Health Equity Program Manager in April of 2021. Janiece works to build private-public partnerships to better the lives of those who live, work and play in the community through policy, systems and environmental change. Her efforts within the community have resulted in many successes, including collaborating with the School District of Palm Beach County to remove school districts from preemption within the Florida Clean Indoor Air Act and implementing the first comprehensive tobacco-free school policy in Florida. Her work with mentoring youth resulted in HB 439 during the 2013 Florida Legislative Session and collaborated with neighboring South Florida counties to develop a local campaign called Not a Replacement, which was chosen by the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids as their official national campaign for Kick Butts Day 2015. Janiece is experienced in grassroots organizing and youth advocacy and is passionate about engaging community members in the policy development process. She is the recipient of several awards and honors, serves on the board of the Palm Beach County Human Rights Council, is a member of the Beta Upsilon Chapter of the Delta Omega Honorary Society in Public Health and Leadership Florida Connect Class IX. Ms. Davis received both her Master of Public Health and Bachelor of Science Degrees from the University of Florida
Wren A. Ruiz, RLA
Community Planning Program Manager
Wren A. Ruiz joined UHP in 2021 as their Community Planning Program Manager. As both a landscape architect and planner, Wren brings expertise in design and planning and knowledge of urban and natural environments. Throughout their career, Wren has focused on prioritizing community-driven, sustainable solutions, and advocating for increased investment in marginalized communities. Prior to joining UHP, Wren served as a consultant project manager for over six years to the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) and various local agencies within South Florida. Wren has successfully collaborated with communities on projects related to transportation corridors, biking and trail networks, citywide parks and recreation systems, and other public spaces. Wren also has experience utilizing a variety of methods to ensure a project’s planning process is inclusive and equitable such as using a combination of visual, audial, tactile, interactive, and collaborative activities at public workshops; using both digital and analog outreach tools; gathering community input both online and in-person; and facilitating centralized public meetings and focused community visits.
Tiffinie Bratcher, MPH
Outreach and Training Coordinator
Tiffinie Bratcher began her career at UHP in May 2021 as the Outreach and Training Coordinator. She is a Florida native who has dedicated the past 15 years of her professional career to the non-profit sector. Tiffinie received her Masters of Public Health accompanied with her Bachelors of Psychology from the University of South Florida. It was only befitting to marry her education with her true passion in promoting safer & healthier lifestyles, alongside empowering the community to advocate for oneself. Tiffinie has a long-standing history in program management servicing the maternal & child health populations followed by the prevention of HIV & AIDS in underserved communities. In doing so, she’s had the privilege to work with high-risk populations that include minority youth & adults, LGBTQ+, housing insecure individuals, those facing mental health challenges, and other targeted populations where she not only promoted health education but gained a wealth of knowledge on how to meet and service the needs of the community. A goal of Tiffinie’s is to help remove the “underprivileged”, “underserved”, and “disadvantaged” terms that generally precede certain communities with efforts conducted through Urban Health Partnerships.
Alba Rubio, M.S.
Administrative and Communications Specialist
Alba Rubio joined UHP as the Administrative and Communications Specialist in March of 2018. Alba holds a Master of Global Strategic Communications degree from Florida International University, and a Bachelor of Professional Studies in Music Business from Berklee College of Music. She possesses over 9 years of experience in event planning, content creation, communications, marketing, creative, and programming work. Having earned experience through non-profit, music advocacy, and creative project management, she holds a strong passion for connecting her skills to help empower underserved communities. Alba engages and updates the UHP communicative platforms for all initiatives and provides both administrative and communications support to the UHP Board of Directors and staff.
Sally Pope-Smyth, MPH
Sally Pope-Smyth has been working with UHP in a consultant role since 2013 and joined the team in 2019 as the Evaluation Coordinator. She holds a Masters of Public Health from New York University where she concentrated in International and Community Health. Sally has over 7 years of experience working in the field of public health on projects related to health equity in the built environment, women’s health literacy, and climate change. She brings her technical skills of monitoring and evaluation, project management, health impact assessment design and implementation to the UHP team. Sally is passionate about using monitoring and evaluation to tell the story about the impact of the built environment on the health and vitality of communities and to help stakeholders work smarter for maximum outputs. Sally leads the design and implementation of evaluations across a range of UHP projects, including Live Healthy Little Havana, Activate Overtown and Live Healthy Miami Gardens.
Teara joined UHP as a Community Liaison in June of 2020. Teara Letreace is a Black creative, native to Miami who approaches life and work with a passion for social justice, literature, and wellness. Growing up in North Miami and now residing in Miami Gardens, as a mother and advocate of a teen with Down Syndrome, she values the importance of ensuring underserved communities have access to inclusive wellness and educational programs and resources. Teara has over 10 years experience in event planning, community organizing and advocating, possessing an assertive hands-on work experience and social-minded communication style, along with a fun and focused work ethic. Currently pursuing certifications in Forrest and Restorative Yoga, her intention is to spark conversations about social justice, on and off the mat. Teara is dedicated to providing communities safe and healing spaces to grow in, while acquiring tools to empower individuals in their self-care practices.
Amy Krigsman, PS-MESH
Amy Krigsman joined Urban Health Partnerships in September 2021 as the Evaluation Assistant. She holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from Texas Woman’s University (2015) and is currently pursuing Dual Master’s in Nonprofit Management (MNM) and Public Administration (MPA) at the University of Central Florida. Her current research focus includes municipal responses to the opioid epidemic and sustainable food systems. Amy comes to UHP from the private sector where her responsibilities have primarily included data analysis. Outside of work and school, Amy is an active member of Impact the Palm Beaches and the Junior League of Boca Raton, and volunteers on the Sunchariot Service Unit Leadership Team with Girl Scouts of Southeast Florida.
Isabel Andrade, MPH
Public Health Project Assistant
Isabel Andrade joined Urban Health Partnerships as a Public Health Project Assistant in April 2021. She has a B.A. in Economics from Lawrence University and recently completed her Master’s in Public Health from the University of Miami. Isabel has worked with various non-profit agencies in Miami-Dade that focus on child development and maternal health, which earned her the President’s Volunteer Service Award twice. She has experience with data analysis, program evaluation, research, and care-coordination.
Overtown Community Liaison
Adonis joined UHP as a Community Liaison in October of 2019. Adonis is currently an engineering student, studying at Miami-Dade College. He has over four years of experience in community organizing and working with various organizations in South Florida and across the State, such as PowerU Center For Social Change, FL Student Power, Dream Defenders, The HOMY Collective, and others across the country. As a resident of Overtown, he is passionate about participating in programs to help make his community a better place to live, as well as providing opportunities for those who reside there, with a focus on the youth. His background has provided him a great understanding of community engagement, which goes hand-in-hand being a Community Liaison.
Overtown Community Liaison
Raquel Hanshaw joined UHP as a Community Liaison in June of 2021. Raquel Hanshaw is a woman of integrity and ambition. She has worked as a union delegate for 1199 SEIU at the University of Miami Hospital. As a Community Liaison, Raquel aims to stay dedicated to informing people about the changes within the Overtown community and opportunities for co-designing positive change.
Overtown Community Liaison
Tamu Quinton joined UHP as a Community Liaison in May of 2021. Tamu is a native of New York City, but currently resides as a resident and community member of Overtown in Miami, FL. One of my Tamu’s goals is to work with communities in every developmental stage, assist in making positive change directly to families and neighborhoods while improving mobility and way of life. Tamu earned her Bachelor’s degree in Sociology with a minor in Psychology from Florida International University.
Cindy Marcelin, M.A.
Miami Gardens Community Liaison
Cindy joined UHP as a Community Liaison in May of 2021. Marcelin is married with two kids and works as a full-time Social Studies teacher currently teaching United States Government and Politics and United States History (14 years) and Spinning Instructor (3 years). She has been a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority since 2009. Cindy has discovered her love for teaching and fitness in cycling. As an educator, she has always found joy in helping students succeed and transform into great individuals but personally struggled with her own self-esteem and obesity. In 2012 she started spinning and hasn’t stopped ever since, she loves it so much that in February of 2016 she officially became a certified spin instructor! Her passion in class is so contagious that you too will love it just as much as her!
South Broward Community Liaison
Rasheeda Williams joined UHP as a Community liaison in April 2021. She has over 18 years of experience in the food industry as a Chef. Rasheeda was born in Hollywood FL, and is deeply rooted in Hallandale, FL. Mrs. Williams has had the privilege to advocate for the community by being a union representative as well. Rasheeda’s mission is to ensure that the community is aware, and their voices are heard.
Louis Lormeus, MPA
South Broward Community Liaison
Louis joined UHP as a Community Liaison in July of 2021. Louis firmly believes in serving the community in which you live in is a duty to yourself and others. Currently, he is pursuing a second Master in Business Administration in Finance at Barry University. Louis earned a Bachelor’s in Information Technology in August 2018 and a Master’s in Public Administration from Barry University in May 2020. Louis enjoys volunteering as a team lead with the Haitian-American Reemployment Assistance (HACRA), a civic engagement program. HACRA is helping the Haitian community with limited access to technology to file for their unemployment benefits online. Those who have a language barrier will find assistance in Creole, their national language. He is also an active member of the Pirate Sportif Club, this club founded in 1953. His favorite hobbies include playing soccer and dancing. A Haitian native of the beautiful city, Pétion-Ville, Louis has lived in Davie, Florida with his family since 2012.