Health Planning Council Staff

About the Staff

Susan Grich, President and CEO

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Susan Grich assumed leadership for the Health Planning Council of Northeast Florida (HPCNEF) 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.  HPCNEF, 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.

Charles Roy, Contracts and Grants Director

Charles Roy is the Contracts and Grants Director. Charles is originally from Birmingham, Alabama. After completing a degree in Psychology with a minor in Sociology at Auburn University, Charles moved to Jacksonville, Florida to begin his carrier in Behavioral Health. Charles says it has been a tremendous opportunity and honor to serve the Northeast Florida Community for the past six years at various levels. From a clinician perspective to an administrative perspective, Charles has grown a strong sense of passion working for and with Community Behavioral Health Services. Charles’s role is to ensure the effectiveness and efficiency continues in improving health outcomes by serving as the source for health information, analysis, and planning in Northeast Florida.

Kathy Harrison, Finance and Human Resources Director 

Kathy Harrison is the Finance and Human Resources Director.  She brings with her over 20 years of financial and operational knowledge. Having worked with both for profit and not for profit firms in financial management roles, she brings the ability to refine financial and HR operations to support HPCNEF’s ability to serve our community. Originally from Northern Virginia, Kathy received her BBA in Accounting from James Madison University. As a Jeep and beach enthusiast, Kathy is please to call Florida home for over 20 years.

Valerie Feinberg, Director of Research & Strategic Partnerships

Valerie Feinberg is the Director of Research & Strategic Partnerships who focuses on implementing the strategic direction of the organization while creating meaningful collaborations with stakeholders. Valerie has over 20 years of experience in the public, private, and non-profit sectors with diverse background in urban planning with a particular expertise building healthy communities and advancing health in all policies.  Valerie received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design from Texas Tech University and her Masters of City and Regional Planning from University of Texas at Arlington. Valerie is originally from New Jersey and has resided in northeast Florida for 25 years.  Valerie is an active volunteer in the community and enjoys bicycling, tennis, and walking on the beach.

Joyce Case, Program Manager

Joyce Case is a Program Manager of the 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 holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology/Biology from the University of Texas

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. She lives in Daytona Beach with her husband of 36 years.

Flora Davis, Program Manager

Flora Davis is a Program Manager. She graduated from Stetson University with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Sociology minor. Flora 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.

Teina Phillips, Program Manager

Teina M. Phillips, MPA, is a Program Manager, leading our Advancing Health Literacy efforts to address COVID-19 in Jacksonville’s Health Zone 1. Teina has over 20 years of experience in bringing together diverse communities of people, non-profit organizations, businesses, healthcare providers and governmental agencies to address social determinants of health and improve health outcomes. She has successfully developed and led innovative projects in Alachua and Broward Counties. She brings these skills as she joins with community members, HPCNEF, the City of Jacksonville, UF Health Jacksonville, WeCareJax, Duval Safety Net providers, Partnership for Child Health and Population Health Consortium to connect residents with trustworthy information about prevention, mitigation measures and vaccinations to fight the spread of COVID-19.

Wendy Anthony, Program Manager

Wendy is a Program Manager. She is an Air Force Veteran (20+ years) as a Command Control Superintendent.  Wendy has a degree in Information Technology from the Air Force and an Administrative Degree from St. Leo’s.  Wendy also has 20 years of management and administrative background and received  Six Sigma and Microsoft Certified System Engineer certificates.  Wendy has varied experiences in computer programs, training and special projects management.

Cary Quinones, Program Manager

Cary Quinones is the Program Manager for the Affordable Care Act’s Navigator Grant. She has worked in the nonprofit sector for over seven years in the primary healthcare and behavioral health fields. She oversaw the Affordable Care Act’s grant requirements for a federally qualified health center for four years. Related to growth of nonprofit agency, she’s supported and identified efforts of other health care groups, community coalitions, community partners and other community-minded organizations. She’s also worked on strategic partnerships with community stockholders. Cary has an associate’s degree in Business Management and Marketing from National University College.  Cary has over a decade of management and administrative background.

Cori Aguilar, Projects and HR Coordinator

Cori Aguilar is the Projects and HR Coordinator. She brings diverse talent and skills to the 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 HPCNEF, Cori worked in the insurance industry for 20 years in administration. She is also a certified Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt.

Agata Gardner, Project Coordinator

Agata Gardner is a Project Coordinator. A dedicated professional with nine years’ experience in nonprofit, educational and administrative workplace environments, Agata’s strengths lie in facilitating, collaboration,  planning and executing programs and new initiatives.

Kim Millrood, Health Planner

Kim Millrood is a Health Planner. 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 HPCNEF, Kim 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.

Julia Deangelo, Data Research Analyst

Julia Deangelo is the Data Research Analyst and has extensive experience in performing research, data collection, and database management. Julia is proficient in Excel, Google Sheets, Google Docs, and other programs for both personal and collaborative projects. Julia is self-motivated, independent worker who enjoys challenges and to think creatively. A detail-oriented and hands-on approach to solving problems and being a team player are important to Julia.

Lillian Zeman, Data Research Analyst

Lillian Zeman is a Data Research Analyst. She graduated from the University of Florida with both a Master of Public Health in Epidemiology and a Bachelor of Public Health. She is proficient in using SAS programming and Microsoft Office for data analysis. She also has experience in program planning and program implementation. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends and watching collegiate gymnastics, football, and hockey.

Teresa Earle, Accountant

Teresa Earle is a Finance and Accounting Specialist. She 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.

Angela Smircic, Accountant

Angela is a Finance and Accounting Specialist. She has several years of experience as an accountant in both for profit and non-profit organizations as well as public accounting.  A South Carolina native, she earned her BS in Accounting from Clemson University.  Angela also holds a masters in Library Science from Drexel University and worked in higher education library systems in various roles.