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Anamarie Ferreira de Melo

Co-Founder/CEO anamarie@urbanhs.com

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Anamarie Ferreira de Melo, formally Garces, is the co-founder of Urban Health and CEO of the non-profit arm, UHP. She holds a Masters in Public Health with a concentration in epidemiology and a certificate in international health. Ms. Ferreira de Melo has worked in public health for more than 15 years and has served her community in a senior leadership position for the past decade while actively securing more than 35 million dollars in funding for South Florida public health initiatives. Her primary focus is in identifying and addressing root causes of health and social disparities. She achieves this aim through establishing a shared vision with community stakeholders, then assisting with the development and implementation of policy, system, and built and social environmental changes. Prior to establishing Urban Health, Anamarie focused on international public health monitoring and evaluation, Miami pedestrian and bicycle safety projects and research, and unconventional public engagement. Anamarie is currently a Board of Director of the Live Healthy Little Havana Initiative, Founding Member of the Miami-Dade Age-Friendly Initiative, Founding Member of the Broward Healthy Community Zones, Founding Member of the Broward Transforming our Community Health (TOUCH) Initiative, WalkSafe Taskforce Member, AmericaWalks Walking College Mentor, US-1 HIA Steering Committee Member, and President of the MidBeach Neighborhood Association.  Anamarie is also co-owner and founder of Urban Health Solutions the parent company of Urban Health Partnerships.

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Isabel Rovira

Co-Founder/COO isabel@urbanhs.com

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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.

Dr. Andrea Iglesias

Executive Director aiglesias@urbanhs.com

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Dr. Andrea Iglesias joined Urban Health Partnerships as the Interim Executive Director in October 2016 and became Executive Director in July 2017. She holds a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology and brings experience as a clinician, outreach and community engagement director, administrator, 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. Andrea has worked to translate the knowledge and voices from these lived experiences, research in clinical and community psychology, best practices, and collaboration with key partners in effective community engagement, physical and mental health prevention and service delivery, and culturally informed practices, policies, and programs to foster healthier and more inclusive universities, organizations and communities. Andrea has a special interest in increasing mental and emotional wellbeing and improving the quality of life of all communities.

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Laurie Fucini-Joy

Director of Transportation Engineering & Planning laurie@urbanhs.com

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Laurie Fucini-Joy holds a Civil Engineering degree from Florida State University, and has over 15 years of experience working on transportation related projects, a decade of which was with the United States Department of Transportation (USDOT). Prior to joining Urban Health, Laurie, worked for 8 years in Boston, MA. As a project manager, she was instrumental in providing guidance on the federal process from the planning through the construction stages on a variety of roadway and transit projects. Her work includes partnerships with State DOTs, Regional Transit Authorities, the Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority, and Project Management Oversight Contractors. Her experience includes providing stakeholders with requirements on federal programs such as funding sources, grant development, discretionary program requirements, accessibility requirements, and construction inspection. In 2014, Laurie joined the Urban Health team and has been leading the implementation of policy, systems, and environmental changes related to Complete Streets. Her focus is to continue to engage community members and governmental staff on the need for modal diversity in communities and its impacts on health. Integrated in her work is her passion for safe and efficient transit that is accessible by all and she looks forward to being a part of transit expansion in South Florida.

Kia Ball

Program Coordinator kia@urbanhs.com

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Kia Castilow joined Urban Health Partnerships as Program Coordinator in April 2018. With over seven years of experience in nonprofit program management, Kia holds a JD and Masters in City & Regional Planning. Prior to joining Urban Health Partnerships she worked in nonprofits across the south addressing community development, sustainability and environmental issues, and historic preservation. Kia has a particular interest in supporting comprehensive and inclusive community development initiatives.

Elsa Vazquez

Outreach and Training Coordinator elsa@urbanhs.com

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Elsa Vazquez joined UHP as Outreach and Training Coordinator in April of 2018. Elsa Vazquez is passionate in providing coaching and development training. She has almost 20 years experience as an Associate Certified Coach, medical sales professional, as well as 4 years experience as a public official for the City of West Miami (2010-2014). Vazquez obtained certifications from the University of Miami Certified Professional Coach program, as well as The International Coaching Federation. Elsa looks forward to provide quality training and development within Urban Health Partnerships.

Alba Rubio

Administrative and Communications Specialist alba@urbanhs.com

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Alba Rubio joined UHP as the Administrative and Communications Specialist in March of 2018. She possesses over 7 years experience in providing administrative, marketing, creative, and programming support and solutions. Having gained her skills through non-profit as well as music advocacy work, she holds a strong passion for supporting logistic and creative ideas aimed at empowering underserved communities. Alba engages and updates the UHP communicative platforms and provides administrative support to UHP and its staff. Alba is a B.A. Candidate at Berklee College of Music for Professional Studies in Music Business.

Patricia Nicholas

Outreach Specialist patricia@urbanhs.com

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Patricia Nicholas joined Urban Health Partnerships as the Community Engagement Supervisor & Cohort Lead for Healthy Community Zones in December 2015 and currently works as an Outreach Specialist. She holds a B.A. in Criminal Justice and brings experience in supervision, policy writing and law enforcement. In addition, since 2016, she has been working within the House of Representatives to pass a bill entitled “TJ Alert” that is a rapid response alert system to locate missing persons with mental illness. Within Urban Health Partnerships, Patricia has coordinated and facilitated training for our community liaisons, implemented components to the TOUCH Healthy Community Zine Initiative and has been responsible for deepening relationships with community members, project leaders and residents.

Mary Soares

Project Coordinator mary@urbanhs.com

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Mary Soares joined Urban Health Partnerships as a Project Coordinator in February 2015. She has been integral in providing data analysis, outreach support, interviewing stakeholders, developing publications and community documents. Mary recently was awarded the University of Miami Institute for the Americas Field Research Grant to conduct Zika related research in Brazil. Mary has a B.S. in Biology, minor in Chemistry and a Master’s in Public Health.

Giancarlo Atassi

Project Assistant giancarlo@urbanhs.com

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Giancarlo Atassi joined Urban Health Partnerships as an intern in 2016 and after the completion of his capstone project he became a Project Assistant. He is a Master’s in Public Health candidate at The George Washington University with a concentration in Global Health, and will be matriculating at medical school at Northwestern in the fall. He graduated from the University of Miami with a Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience and Religious Studies, and his extracurricular experiences during and after college have included work with several nonprofits in areas as diverse as domestic minor sex trafficking, jazz appreciation, refugee rights, and maternal/child health in Bangladesh. He is planning on marrying his public health degree with his medical practice, with an interest in the built environment, health policy, and their relationships to community health. Giancarlo will continue working on UHP projects while completing his medical degree.

Barbara Bologni

Intern barbara@urbanhs.com

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Barbara Bologni joined UHP as an intern in January 2018. Originally from Venezuela, Miss Bologni is pursuing a Bachelors Degree in Public Health along with a Masters degree in Public Health at the University of Miami. She has worked for nonprofit organizations such as the Red Cross and the Ronald McDonald’s House and worked with breast cancer cells in a Biomedical lab. She is planning on pursuing a Medical degree after finishing her Masters degree.

Linda “Chris” Alger

Age-Friendly Initiative Community Liaison info@urbanhs.com

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Chris joined UHP in July 2017 after a life-time career with the United States Postal Service. She is an active advocate in her community, passionate about public transportation and climate change. Chris recently received a Climate Communicator Certification from the Cleo Institute.

Marjorie Aloni

Age-Friendly Initiative Community Liaison info@urbanhs.com

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Marjorie Aloni came to UHP as an Age-Friendly Initiative Community Liaison in July 2017 with years of hand-on experience directing and working within all facets of community-based organizations and developing programs and initiatives to address community needs. Majorie enjoys working as an Community Liaison because it allows her to develop relationships with people from all over and she is dedicated to developing coalitions, working on social justice issues in the community.

Justin Bowens

Lauderdale Lakes Community Liaison justin@urbanhs.com

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Justin Bowens joined Urban Health Partnerships as a Lauderdale Lakes Community Liaison in August of 2016. He possesses a B.S. in Merchandising and is a resident of Lauderdale Lakes. He is passionate about mentoring city youth and residents to teach them about healthy eating and the importance of an active lifestyle, and is equally passionate about ensuring all community members have access to healthy and safe built environments where they can live and prosper. His hope for the future of Lauderdale Lakes is to aid in creating a city that has excellent social health and community wellbeing.

Linda Cooper

Hallandale Beach Community Liaison linda@urbanhs.com

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Linda is a community liaison, working on the Healthy Community Zones Initiative in Hallandale Beach. She joined UHP with over 25 years of experience in direct community service. She is a seasoned advocate, specializing in seeking healthy environments for women and children fleeing domestic violence. In 2006, Linda founded a private organization, Operation Safety Passage, assisting women and children in safely leaving domestic violence situations. Linda enjoys working as a community liaison as it provides her the opportunity to engage with the community at different events, provide community resources and empower the community to work together. She is committed to community engagement and creating healthy and safe spaces.

Caroline DeFreze

Age-Friendly Initiative Community Liaison info@urbanhs.com

 

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Caroline Defreze is originally from the UK, has lived in Miami for 30 years. Caroline joined UHP as an AFI Community Liaison in July 2017 and she also heads up her own community outreach agency. Originally a licensed social worker she has worked with community based non profits, homeowners and resident associations and government agencies for many years.   She is thrilled to be a part of UHP and has been enjoying meeting people and finding out what is important to them in the community.

Marie Huntley

Sistrunk Corridor Community Liaison mhuntleyocl@urbanhs.com

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Marie Huntley joined Urban Health Partnerships as a Sistrunk Corridor Community Liaison in 2016. She has an A.A. in Paralegal Studies, a B.S. in Criminal Justice and a Master’s in Management of Criminal Justice. Bringing her experience in community organizing and grassroots mobilization she works tirelessly in the community to empower young community members. In addition to being the founder of On-Call Leadership, Inc she also created an innovative project to combat vandalism called Graffitize Not Vandalize: Paint On, Brush Off, Marie then created the “Deterrence Project” which bridges the gap between internal/external suspension and detention. In 2014 and 2017 she was nominated for an African American Achiever’s Award. Also, in 2014 she won 2nd runner up for America’s Most Smiliest Role Model through Rickey Smiley’s Morning Show. In 2015 she received a Community Award for “Most Productive” from community residents.

Jisue Lee

Age-Friendly Initiative Community Liaison info@urbanhs.com

 

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Jisue Lee joined UHP as an Age-Friendly Initiative Community Liaison in July 2017 due to her passion of helping communities to live healthier lives. She is currently a Public Health and Religious Studies major at the University of Miami and will begin her Master’s in Public Health this fall. Jisue works as a Facility Manager at UM’s wellness center and is also completing an internship with the Underline Project.

Angel Lunkins

Dania Beach Community Liaison angel@urbanhs.com

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Angel Lunkins joined Urban Health Partnerships as a Dania Beach Community Liaison in 2017. She is a United States Army Veteran who possesses a background in community health center and state work. Her civil service background has enhanced her passion for serving her community.

Adrian Madriz

Little Havana Community Liaison adrian@urbanhs.com

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Adrian Madriz joined Urban Health Partnerships as a Little Havana Community Liaison in 2017. He holds a B.A. in Political Science and Film Studies with a wealth of experience in community organizing, teaching, program coordination and grant writing. He started the Smash the Slumlords campaign and is committed to empowering his fellow community members.

Mahara Martinez

Little Havana Community Liaison mahara@urbanhs.com

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Mahara Martinez joined Urban Health Partnerships as a Little Havana Community Liaison in 2017. She is an Art Historian with more than 10 years of experience in social intervention through art. She has enjoyed working on the Little Havana Me Importa Initiative because she has been able to directly engage with local residents to help them improve their quality of life and solve problems within the community.

Caniesha Mingo

Age-Friendly Initiative Community Liaison info@urbanhs.com

 

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Caniesha Mingo joined UHP in July 2017 as an Age-Friendly Initiative Community Liaison.  She possesses a background in working within the community, primarily focusing on children and families. Caniesha enjoys working with UHP because it provides her the opportunity to assist local residents in finding out what age-friendly services are available in their area.

Angine Moss

BMSD Community Liaison angine@urbanhs.com

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Angine Moss joined Urban Health Partnerships as a BMSD Community Liaison in 2017. Before becoming a CL she had considered selling her home and moving away but decided that working with the community by uplifting its residents was where she was needed. She is also the Founder and President of ACM Group, Inc., a cleaning company she started from the ground up. Angine’s personable approach is the essential tool she leverages to involve those within her community. Her role has connected clinical partners, many resources, and most of all the residents to enjoy the parks, schools and businesses within BMSD. She advocates for a safer community for our youth. Angine has over a decade of experience in community assistance and is the Founder and President of Hosanna4Youth, a 501(c)3 organization that is dedicated to serving the needs of at-risk youth in the community.

Yvrose Simonis

Age-Friendly Initiative Community Liaison info@urbanhs.com

 

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Yvrose Simonis joined UHP as an Age-Friendly Community Liaison in July 2017. She is a HIM Technician at Jackson Memorial Hospital and has been with the company for 10 years. In addition, she is also a certified Doula and Long-Term Care Ombudsman. She is a full-time student at Miami Dade College completing a BAS degree in Business Supervision and Management. Yvrose was motivated to become a Community Liaison because she enjoys learning and meeting new people, working to empower the community.

Kenneth Vega

Little Havana Community Liaison kenneth@urbanhs.com

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Kenneth Vega joined Urban Health Partnerships as a Little Havana Community Liaison in 2017. Being a lifetime resident of Little Havana, he has enjoyed working within the community, listening and gathering input from community members. Kenneth is currently a student at Miami-Dade College majoring in Biology. Kenneth is particularly interested in engaging residents to help keep Little Havana clean and beautiful.

Board of Directors

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Lizette Calvo

Chair, Board of Directors, UHP lizette@urbanhs.com

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Dr. Calvo has a Doctor of Education in Curriculum and Instruction with a Specialization in Learning Technologies from Florida International University. She also holds a Masters in Public Health from Florida International University and a Bachelors of Arts in Neuroscience from Smith College. Dr. Calvo has 10 years of experience in instructional design, Adult Education, and public health. She is currently a Training and Loyalty Programs Specialist with Carnival Cruise Lines. Her passions are with online education, adult education, curriculum design and public health.

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Dr. Ahnalee Brincks

Member, Board of Directors, UHP ahnalee@urbanhs.com

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Dr. Ahnalee Brincks has a Master’s in Education and a Doctorate in Bio-Behavioral Statistics. Her areas of expertise include applied quantitative methods (statistics), hierarchical linear modeling, and structural equation modeling. She is currently a research analyst in the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine.

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Roberto Colon

Member, Board of Directors, UHP roberto@urbanhs.com