Nitza I. Cordero has worked in the social services field for the past 17 years. She loves what she does and the families and the children she has worked with throughout her career.
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Evelyn Cox earned her BSW from USF Sarasota/Manatee and has been a Healthy Start Care Coordinator for seven years. She loves her job!
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Judy Driscoll, LMHC, has been with Healthy Start for seven years and has served as a care coordinator, mental health counselor, and supervisor.
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Patty Harshbarger joined the Healthy Start team in September 2010. Patty has a bachelor’s in sociology from the University of Michigan, and experience in social services, education and small business.
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Mary received a BA in psychology from Norfolk State University and has more than 20 years of experience working with families. She serves as the on-site Premier Services Plus Care Coordinator at Premier OB/GYN, Healthy Start’s private practice partner.
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Martha Ramirez has worked with Healthy Start Manatee since 2005 as both a Care Coordinator and Community Health Worker, providing bilingual outreach, education, patient navigation and support to women on myriad health issues, such as breast cancer, colorectal cancer, cardiovascular health, and infant safe sleep.
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Leslie Polite is a Healthy Start Clinic Based Care Coordinator for Manatee County Rural Health, at the West Manatee Health Center location. She received her bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary sciences with a concentration in social work and criminology from the University of South Florida. Leslie has also worked with Healthy Families and for the Manatee and Sarasota School Board as a Family Liaison and Transition Coordinator.
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Cecilia Rivera graduated from Rowan University with a BA in psychology and has worked with children and families for nine years. In 2009 she became a Care Coordinator for Healthy Start through Manatee County Rural Health Services (MCRHS) and in 2010 became supervisor for Healthy Start at MCRHS.
Ellen is a Certified Lactation Counselor (CLC) and has been involved with Healthy Start’s mothers and infants for 12 years providing breastfeeding education and support for the last three and a half years. She says she has the best job in the world, working with women and their infants, educating and supporting the healthiest way too feed babies! Since breastfeeding can sometime have its challenges, Healthy Start families receive the support and encouragement that can help them have success stories.
Natalie is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) and the founder and Executive Director of Creative Counseling Solutions of Sarasota, Inc. With over 15 years’ experience in the field of mental health, Natalie has an extensive background working with young children, adolescents, adults, and families. She currently collaborates with several agencies throughout Sarasota and Manatee Counties, including Healthy Start Manatee, providing individual and family counseling services, assessment services, training and education, and consultation.
Dora is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) in the State of Florida and a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC). She has extensive experience working with children, individuals, couples, and families to attain solutions, change, and improvements to problems. Dora specializes in couples issues, communication, depression, behavioral issues, abuse and neglect. Her fluency in Spanish and shared experiences assimilating into a new culture enable her to quickly relate to the extensive Hispanic population that she works with in the region. She offers understanding, compassion, and treatment expertise in a confidential setting.
Susan has over 30 years of experience in helping her clients achieve a healthier lifestyle. Susan’s approach to nutrition and health education is client focused and evidence based. She has expertise in nutritional management of diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, and other chronic disease management, wellness and prevention. Susan has degrees in dietetics and nursing and is a Certified Diabetes Educator.