Board of Directors

July 1, 2024 – June 30, 2025

Executive Committee Members

Shelia McCann


Retired, Health Choice Network

Ray Bautista

Vice President

Vice President of Finance,
Sunshine Health

Tanya M. Smith


Director of Provider Engagement,
Sunshine Health

Regine Carisma 


Community Advocate


Ileana Bustelo


Deputy Director, Refugee Services
Florida Department of Children and Families


Dr. Carmen De Lerma


Medical Director
South Miami Hospital Child Development Center


Gilda P. Ferradaz


Circuit Community Development Administrator
Florida Department of Children and Families

Dr. Lourdes Q. Forster


Associate Professor of Pediatrics
University of Miami School of Medicine – Division of Community Pediatrics

Vivian Owen


Clinical Director
Avanti Support & Services

Isa Piloto-Baker


Director of Case Management/Healthy Start Program Manager
University of Miami/Department of Pediatrics

The Healthy Start Coalition of Miami-Dade Board of Directors (BOD) is comprised of individuals who are dedicated to their community and have a passion for ensuring that every baby gets a Healthy Start in life.  Membership reflects a diverse group of individuals in various disciplines and organizations. All members are volunteers and take time out of their day to meet and review all programmatic and financial responsibilities of the Coalition and govern the direction of the Coalition. In addition, the BOD ensures there is transparency by the Coalition and that proper rules and regulations (as defined within the By-Laws and as dictated by both State and Federal laws that govern non-profit organizations.) The Board of Directors serve as champions in the community for the Coalition’s overall goals and mission and help promote its services to the community at large. The Board of Directors meet as is stated in the approved BOD meeting calendar and hold other meetings (i.e. Executive Committee, etc.) as needed.

Upcoming Board of Directors Meeting

All Board of Directors Meetings are open to the general public. If you are interested in attending an upcoming meeting, we encourage you to please visit our Events page and look for “Community Meetings.”

Board Minutes are available upon request. If you would like to receive a copy of minutes from a previous board meeting, you may submit your request to

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7205 NW 19th Street, Suite 500,
Miami, FL 33126
Monday to Friday — 8:30am to 5pm
(305) 541-0210