Fred Leonard – Executive Director

    Fred Leonard

    Fred has been the Executive Director since March of 1993.  He served as President of the Florida Association of Healthy Start Coalitions in 2000 and held several leadership roles at the state level.  He believes that one of the most important things we can do for families in Florida is to carry on the vision launched by Governor Lawton Chiles in 1991.  Fred’s management style follows the belief that when faced with difficult situations, if you decide to do what is best for moms, babies, and their families then you will make the right choices.

    941-714-7541, Ext. 310

    Amie Arrington – Financial Director

    Amie has a B.A. in Accounting from Tarleton State University, a branch of the Texas A&M University System. She brings 20 years of financial and healthcare experience, and spent four of those years working as a Family Readiness Support Assistant with a non-profit organization supporting United States Armed Forces soldiers and their families.

    941-714-7541, Ext. 301

    Janet Valerio – Maternity Care Advisor- MomCare/QA

    Janet received her B.A. in Psychology from the University of Central Florida and then went on to receive her M.A. in Mental Health Counseling at Webster University in Sarasota, FL. She has 10 years of experience working with families and with the Hispanic population. She is bilingual, fluent in both English and Spanish. Before joining the team as a Maternity Care Advisor- MomCare/QA, she worked as a Healthy Start Care Coordinator at Manatee County Rural Health Services for 7 years.

    941-714-7541, Ext. 304

    Alicia Ordonez – MomCare Advisor

    Alicia Ordonez

    Alicia joined the Healthy Start Coalition of Manatee in May 2005 and since then has been assisting pregnant women, who are Medicaid eligible, to find a prenatal provider and other resources in the community.  Alicia is bilingual and assists the Healthy Start Coalition at community functions and monthly and annual meetings.

    941-714-7541, Ext. 303




    Lisa Ramirez – Development and Project Advisor

    Lisa Ramirez

    Lisa holds a BA in journalism, with a minor in Spanish, from Northern Illinois University. She served as a rural health educator in the U.S. Peace Corps and has worked with national and local nonprofits. Since 2008, Lisa has focused on strategic communications, research, and grant coordination for Healthy Start Manatee.

    941-714-7541, Ext. 311



    Lauren Blenker – Community Relations & Marketing Coordinator

    Lauren has a B.S. in Political Science and Religion from Florida State University. Lauren has deep roots in the local community and brings more than seven years of experience in marketing, special events and community outreach. A graduate of Leadership Manatee, Lauren is also actively involved with the Manatee Chamber of Commerce and Manatee Young Professionals.

    941-714-7541, Ext. 302



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