Health Planning Council Staff
- Susan Grich, President and CEO (904) 448-4300 Ext. 112
- Joyce Case, Program Director (904) 762-8600
- Emily Suter, Director of Health Planning (904) 448-4300 Ext. 106
- Valerie Feinberg, Program Director (904) 448-4300 Ext. 109
- Cori Aguilar, Project Coordinator (904) 448-4300 Ext. 125
- Flora Davis, Coordinator, Rural Health Network, NE FL Cancer Control Collaborative (904) 762-8601
- Pia Geisselmaier, Health Planner (904) 448-4300 Ext. 107
- Kim Millrood, Health Planner (904) 448-4300 Ext. 115
- Teresa Earle, Staff Accountant (904) 448-4300 Ext. 113
About the Staff
Susan Grich, President and CEO
Susan Grich assumed leadership for the Health Planning Council (HPC) after serving as HPC’s Chief Administrative and Chief Financial Officer for the past five years. Susan brings over 3 decades of business and financial expertise to the organization from both the non-profit and for-profit sectors. HPC, one of only 11 local health councils in Florida, provides objective health-related data, planning, and analysis as a key component to assist other industry organizations in overcoming specific healthcare challenges. This evidence-based assessment, planning and data assists in addressing healthcare needs for hospitals, health departments, health clinics, nursing homes, and a variety of other health based coalitions in Baker, Clay, Duval, Flagler, Nassau, St. Johns, and Volusia counties.
Susan has called Jacksonville her home since 1974 which provides the foundation for the dedication and passion she holds for our community. She is focused on leading initiatives that support healthy and sustainable communities in Northeast Florida via cross-sector and community collaborations. During her tenure at Black Knight Financial Services (known then as CPI) she was recognized for her expertise in relationship development, process improvement, risk assessment, and financial strategy. However, she states her most rewarding work experiences were with Riverside Avondale Preservation, a local non-profit organization focused on historic preservation and community building of the Riverside/Avondale historic district of Jacksonville. Her interest in community and preservation was ignited while earning her Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the College of Charleston, SC. Susan is devoted to her family and in her free time she enjoys competitive sailing and is a board member of a number of organizations and is active in community-based projects.
Joyce Case, Program Director
Joyce Case is the Program Director of the Health Planning Council of Northeast Florida’s (HPC) Affordable Care Act’s Navigator Grant and has over 30 years experience in healthcare management and an extensive background in managed care, healthcare marketing, and contract management.
Joyce has been with the Health Planning Council for the past 16 years and has served in the capacity as Program Director for the Ryan White and Housing Opportunities Programs for Volusia and Flagler Counties. Joyce’s experience also includes leading two health-related companies as CEO/Owner, serving as Regional Marketing Director for private psychiatric hospitals in central and South Texas, and serving on numerous community Boards throughout her career.
Joyce holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology/Biology from the University of Texas and lives in Daytona Beach with her husband of 36 years.
Emily Suter, Director of Health Planning
Emily Suter is the Director of Health Planning for HPC. In this role, Emily leads initiatives to assess population health and develops programs that address area health needs. She has strong leadership experience, with a background in health and the built environment and a history of achieving strategic goals in public health and health systems. Prior to her employment with HPC, she was manager for the Health Education team at the Florida Department of Health in DeSoto & Highlands County.
Emily has been recognized as one of the leading experts on Health Impact Assessment (HIA), and served on the team that developed the Florida Method for HIAs which was presented at the inaugural National HIA Conference in Washington, DC. Emily’s credentials include a Master’s in Public Health (MPH) and Master’s in Urban & Regional Planning (MSP), both obtained from Florida State University. Her experience and credentials continue to be acknowledged by her peers, having been appointed as a Sterling Examiner, National Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB) Site Reviewer, and previous Economic Development Chair for the City of Arcadia Main Street Organization.
Cori Aguilar, Project Coordinator and Mental Health First Aid Coordinator
Cori Aguilar is the Project Coordinator at HPC who is currently monitoring and coordinating the Mental Health First Aid project’s overall performance. She brings diverse talent and skills to our organization with more than 10 years of project management experience. Her innovative concepts in organizing, controlling project activities, communicating risks, and solving complex issues effectively drives the success of her projects. Prior to her joining HPC, Cori worked in the insurance industry for 20 years in administration. She is also a certified Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt.
Flora Davis, Program Coordinator of St. Johns River Rural Health Network
Flora Davis graduated from Stetson University with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Sociology minor. She has over 15 years of housing and medical case management experience with several special target populations. She started with the Health Planning Council in 2006 and has gained more than 11 years of program management experience with excellent service and compliance ratings. Under her expertise, the Volusia/Flagler Housing Opportunities Program for Persons with HIV/AIDS was submitted as a best practice program for the State of Florida and written into 2008 Congressional Review. She has earned a certification in contract management with the State of Florida’s Department of Health, as well as CORE and Advanced CORE housing curriculum with the State of Florida’s Department of Finance. She is also a certified white belt in Six Sigma which has greatly enhanced her skill set and philosophy of efficient, high quality services.
Valerie Feinberg, Program Director and Safe Routes to School Coordinator
Valerie Feinberg, AICP, is Program Director of the Health Planning Council of Northeast Florida’s Safe Routes to School Grant and has over 20 years of experience in the public, private, and non-profit sectors with a diverse background in urban and transportation planning, community design, walkable places and beautification with a focus on health. Her experience in leveraging partnerships and grant procurement led to the successful implementation of Safe Routes to School infrastructure projects.
Valerie is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) and has been an active member of the American Planning Association. In 2015, Valerie was in the first class of the Urban Land Institute (ULI), Women’s Leadership Institute. She received her Bachelors of Fine Arts from Texas Tech University and a Masters of City and Regional Planning from University of Texas at Arlington. She is an active member of San Marco Preservation Society and enjoys bicycling, hiking, and yoga.
Kim Millrood, Health Planner
Kim Millrood is a Health Planner at the Health Planning Council of Northeast Florida (HPC) and the St. Johns River Rural Health Network (SJRRHN). In this role, she works with staff on a variety of health initiatives and needs assessments as well as business development. Kim has over 8 years of health planning experience with the organization. Prior to her employment with HPC, Millrood was a registered dietitian with experience working in both inpatient and outpatient hospital settings. Kim earned a Masters in Health Science (MSH) from the University of North Florida and a Bachelor of Science in Medical Dietetics from The Ohio State University.
Pia Julia Gesselmaier, Health Planner
Pia Julia Geisselmaier is a Health Planner at HPC. She earned her Master of Public Health (MPH) with a focus in epidemiology and her Certified in Public Health (CPH) credential from the University of North Florida. Prior to that she graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Health Management from the Hochschule Mittweida in Germany. As a Health Planner, her role at HPC allows her to work on a variety of health initiatives as well as needs assessments and business development.
Teresa Earle, Staff Accountant
Teresa Earle has over 35 years of accounting and professional experience. She has been employed by a variety of business environments. She has been with the Health Planning Council for the past eight years beginning in April 2009. Outside of work, her family and friends are her priority. She enjoys music, travel and architecture.