Board of Directors

James N. Wilkerson Jr.
Board Chair

James N. Wilkerson, Jr. is an Investment Advisor Representative with Transamerica Financial Advisors, Inc., Transamerica Financial Group Division and brings professional money management services that were once only available to the wealthy to Middle-America. As a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ his area of expertise is Tax-Free retirement strategies, and he provides complementary services in the form one on one meetings, seminars and forums. A retired Navy Lieutenant Commander and licensed minister of the Gospel of Jesus Christ he resides in Brandon with his wife Valerie where he has operated his own business in financial services since retiring from active military service.                                                                  

Lisa Freedman Woodward, MPH
Vice Chair

Lisa Freedman Woodward owns Two Swings Studio, Inc., where she hand-paints unique décor for the home, including door signs and custom children’s art and furniture. Before "shifting gears" in her professional life, she earned her Bachelor’s degree at Emory University and Master’s degree in Public Health with a concentration in Maternal and Child Health at the University of South Florida. Following graduation, she worked at the Lawton and Rhea Chiles Center for Healthy Mothers and Babies at the College of Public Health at the University of South Florida. With the inception of the Central Hillsborough Healthy Start Project, Mrs. Woodward’s experience included various program implementation and planning responsibilities including serving as the original Project Manager for the Closing the Gap Project and Program Manager for Health Education and Training. As a board member, Mrs. Woodward is excited to reconnect with the community she once served. She is a Tampa native and married with two children.

Jeff Goolsby, CPA, MSA

Jeff Goolsby is a Shareholder of Moore Stephens Lovelace, PA, Certified Public Accountants.  He has over 15 years of public and private industry auditing and accounting experience, focused on healthcare, senior housing, real estate, employee benefit plans, and not-for-profit organizations. Jeff is a past controller of a multi-state non-profit and he has served in advisory role on more than 50 not-for-profit organizations and other health organizations. He received his B.S. (summa cum laude) and M.S. Degrees in Accounting from Florida State University and is a C.P.A., Certified Public Accountant, licensed in Florida.  He is published in Florida CPA Today and is a frequent presenter on issues impacting not-for-profit organizations. Jeff lives in South Tampa with his wife, Crystal, and daughter, Bailey. He loves to travel, and is an avid collector of Disney artwork.

Selena Scott, AA

Selena Scott is a former REACHUP / Central Healthy Start consumer (recipient of services). After the birth of her son, Jayden, in July of 2008, she became even more involved in Central Healthy Start activities as an avenue to greater self-sufficiency and a way to help others. With greater confidence in her skills and abilities, Selena became a candidate for and won the position of co-chairperson of the Community Consortium where she served for two years. In this position, she facilitated meetings and represented CHHS consumers in various venues, including the Consumer Incentive Committee and the National Healthy Start Association Spring Conference.  Holding the title of the Secretary of the REACHUP Board for a second term, Selena also serves as Chairperson for the Potter Elementary School Parent Committee and on various committees for the benefit of all children currently enrolled in the Hillsborough County Head Start Program. Selena recently received a certificate of completion from the FL Department of Children and Families in Family Child Care training. She has a notary seal from the State of Florida, certificates of floral design and basic interior design and an Associates of Arts degree from Hillsborough Community College in Architectural Construction.

Pauline McNeill Rivers, Ph.D.
Board Member

Pauline McNeill Rivers, Ph.D., is an organization development and learning consultant and workforce development coach with over 25 years of experience in consulting, training, and instructional design and development.  She specializes in leadership training and coaching for managers and supervisors, employee and team development, individual and organizational assessment, and instructional design.Dr. Rivers has designed and delivered training and consultation programs for government, private sector, and non-profit organizations including:  the Federal Aviation Administration, Florida Department of Health, Lockheed Martin Shared Services, Florida Department of Transportation, Sacred Heart Hospital, City of Lakeland, and Three Rivers Legal Services. In addition to serving as administrative pastor of Plant City Christian Center, Dr. Rivers is the president of the Board of Directors for  Building Strong Families, Inc.,  a community-supported nonprofit 501c(3) organization.  She also is founder of the Women of Worth Conference, the Healing Emotional Wounds Seminar for Women, the Men of Courage Seminar, the Destined for Greatness Youth Conference, the Relationship Enrichment Seminar, and the Building Strong Families Conference and Seminars.   She is the author of the Encouraging Word newsletter and the Shore Yourself Up:  Victorious Daily Living devotional.  Dr. Rivers is Green-Belt certified in Six Sigma, holds a Bachelor of Arts with Honors from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Florida.

Jason Wilson, MD

Dr. Wilson is an Assistant Professor of Medicine and Associate Research Director at the University of South Florida Emergency Medicine Residency Program. He works as an Attending Physician at Tampa General Hospital. His research focuses on health care services and health care access. Dr. Wilson is a community advocate who was endorsed by the Tampa Tribune, Hillsborough County Medical Association Political Action Committee, Florida College of Emergency Physicians/People for Access to Emergency Care, and the West Central Florida Federation of Labor/AFL-CIO when he ran for Tampa City Council in 2011.

Pastor Fabia Maysonet

Mrs. Fabia Maysonet pastors Iglesia Restauración Cristiana, Inc. with her husband Rev. Miguel Maysonet. Prior to pastoring, she taught in both the public and private sector for over 20 years.  She has earned a Bachelor’s degree in French and International Relations from the University of South Florida.  She recently completed her Master’s degree in Ministerial Leadership from Southeastern University.  Mrs. Fabia Maysonet is a strong advocate for higher education and community development.  She serves on the board of the Bay area’s association for evangelical ministers (F.R.A.M.E. for its acronym in Spanish) and is a member of International Congress of Churches and Ministers.   Her passion for education has taken her on various missionary trips to educate and equip women and children in Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic among other Latin American nations.  She has resided in the Tampa Bay area for more than 30 years. 

Gloria Walters, PA

Gloria Walters, PA is a one of Tampa Bay’s Top Real Estate Agents. Embarking upon a real estate career in 2006, Gloria worked at an investment company that rehabbed blighted homes across Tampa Bay. Gloria assisted a number of eager investors with the acquisition of their next investment project. These projects ranged from complete rehabs to cash flow rentals. Year after year Gloria has expanded her services to provide Buyer and Seller representation for any real estate project ranging from an investment or second home acquisition, corporate relocation, first time home purchase, or home sale. Gloria also has over 15 years of marketing experience having served in several professional and social capacities.   

Sophia Hector, MPH, CPH

Sophia Hector, MPH, CPH attended the University of South Florida where she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Chemistry and her Master’s Degree in Public Health.  Sophia Hector is currently the STD Program Manager  for the Florida Department of Health – Hillsborough County (FDOH-HC) .  Sophia previously supervised the Family Planning Title X Program, Community Dental Program and School Based Dental Sealant Program.  Before that, Sophia was the evaluator for the CDC’s Strategic Alliance for Health Collaborative in FDOH-HC.  During this initiative, Sophia helped develop the Anytime, Anywhere breastfeeding campaign, tobacco free policies for public housing and mentored communities on CDC’s CHANGE tool.  Prior to working in Hillsborough, Sophia was the Director for the Office of Healthy Lifestyles in Florida Department of Health - Charlotte County. 

Patrick Cannon, Ph.D.
Immediate Past Chair

Patrick Cannon is Vice President of Wendell Potter Consulting, which provides strategic counsel for non-profits, foundations, and socially responsible businesses. Dr. Cannon has over a decade of experience in health care advocacy and research. As an advocate, he organized campaigns to expand health care access to all Floridians, focusing on educating the public about consumer benefits in the Affordable Care Act. He has also promoted Florida KidCare (Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program), managing regional coalitions, organizing media events, recruiting business partners, and researching innovative outreach strategies. Among his research topics, Dr. Cannon has studied children with Serious Emotional Disturbances, cultural competency, and evaluations of service delivery in systems of care. He earned his doctorate in Communication at the University of South Florida, his Master’s at the University of Arkansas, and Bachelor’s at the University of Chicago. Dr. Cannon is a board member of the Universal Health Care Action Network. He is also a member of the Herndon Alliance Coordinating Committee, the Hillsborough County Health Care Advisory Board, and Health Equity Connections and Accountable Care, Inc.’s Advisory Board. 

Estrellita “Lo” Berry, MA

Estrellita “Lo” Berry, M.A, serves as President and CEO of REACHUP, Inc., a community non-profit whose mission is to advocate for and mobilize resources to help communities achieve equality in healthcare and positive health for families. Additionally, Lo is Affiliate Faculty, University of South Florida, College of Public Health, Department of Community and Family Health and the Immediate Past President of the National Healthy Start Association Board of Directors.  She is Project Director and Principal Investigator for Central Hillsborough (Federal) Healthy Start and Co-Investigator of the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) of the National Institutes of Health grant program, Toward Eliminating Disparities in Maternal and Child Health Population.  Lo serves on the Boards of Hillsborough County Healthy Start Coalition, and March of Dimes, Florida Bay Division. In 2005, Lo assisted in championing Florida Legislation HB1269 creating a statewide practice collaborative to examine racial disparities and infant mortality, The Black Infant Health Practice Initiative (BIHPI). Lo has co-authored numerous publications including Healthy Start Program and feto-infant morbidity outcomes: Evaluation of program effectiveness (Maternal and Child Health Journal) and Community-Academic partnerships to reduce black-white disparities in infant mortality in Florida (Progress in Community Health Partnerships: Research, Education, And Action). Lo received her undergraduate degree in Clinical Psychology and Masters in Education and Community Counseling at the University of Evansville, Evansville Indiana. She is a wife and mother to a son.