The Health First Foundation Board of Trustees is committed to maintaining and enhancing the role of Health First as a not-for-profit healthcare system providing the highest quality care and medical services to families and individuals across Brevard County. We are honored by these individuals and their advocacy for Health First.

Chairperson - Rob Perers

Robert Perers is a long-time Melbourne Beach local and President of Operations at American Business Interiors. He is involved with many professional groups locally and within his industry. He has served on many boards of local charities including United Way, Brevard Cultural Alliance, the Boys and Girls Club — and currently serves on the Hospice of Health First Board of Directors. He is a past chair of the Health First Foundation Ball underwriting committee. He graduated from Melbourne High School and Flagler College. Robert enjoys surfing, golfing, exercise and living a healthy lifestyle with his three sons.

Vice Chair - Jessica Andre

Jessica André was born and raised in Melbourne, FL. She graduated from Melbourne High School and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in History from Auburn University. She is co-owner of FrogBones Family Shooting Center and Double Tapp Grill in Melbourne.

Jessica has worked with the Cancer Care Centers Foundation to help organize the annual Caring Hearts Benefit and she volunteers with Friends for Animals Sanctuary fostering dogs. She serves as a board member for the Space Coast Field of Dreams, the Bridges Foundation and is a Director of the André Family Foundation.

Immediate Past Chair - Becky Dukes

Becky Dukes taught for Brevard Public Schools for 27 years focusing on gifted education and alternative learning. She has also served on the Board of Directors for the Melbourne Science Center and the American Cancer Society. She is an avid paddler and chairs the fundraising committee for Space Coast Dragon Boat Breast Cancer Survivor Team. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Maryland, her Master of Business Administration from Florida Institute of Technology, and a Specialist in Education from NOVA University.

President - Michael Seeley

Michael Seeley joined the Health First Foundation as President in October 2016. He has more than 12 years of experience in building and strengthening comprehensive fund development strategies for both health systems and not-for-profit organizations. As Health First Foundation President, Michael serves as the Chief Development Officer of the Health First system and is responsible for the planning, implementation and coordination of all fundraising activities.

Michael most recently served as the Vice President of Development for Florida Institute of Technology (FIT). While in this role, he was responsible for identifying and cultivating sources of philanthropic, investment and contract revenue. Michael also played a key role in developing and executing a $100 million university-wide capital campaign at FIT. In his previous leadership roles at two large health systems, he worked closely with community physicians and a variety of health professionals. Michael led a team of fundraisers developing portfolios of individual, corporate and foundation prospects, cultivating major, planned and annual gifts. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration & Computer Science from the State University of New York at Albany.

Secretary - Patricia Pruitt

Patricia Pruitt is a South Carolina native who has called Brevard County home for more than four decades. She is an active member of the Hospice of Health First Board of Directors — a post she’s held since 1989 — currently serving as the Vice Chair on the Hospice Board of Directors. She enjoys visiting her five grandsons in Seattle.

Treasurer - Stephen Lacey

Stephen Lacey is a member of the regional law firm, Rossway Swan Tierney Barry Lacey & Oliver, P.L. Mr. Lacey focuses his practice in the areas of Wealth Preservation, Tax and Estate Planning, Medicaid Planning, and Elder Law. Actively involved in his community, Stephen has been a member of the Health First Foundation Annual Benefit Ball Underwriting Committee since 2012, serving as Chairman in 2013. He has served as a Board Member of the Children’s Hunger Project, Brevard Zoo, the Trinity Towers Foundation, and the 18th Circuit Grievance Committee of the Florida Bar. He is a member of several professional associations including the Indian River County and Brevard County Bar Associations, the Florida Bar, the American Bar Association, and Lawyers with Purpose. Stephen earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia, his Juris Doctor from Mercer University, and his Master of Laws in Taxation from the University of Florida.

Assistant Secretary - Nicholas Romanello, Esq.

Nicholas Romanello is responsible for handling and coordinating all legal matters for Health First, including all litigation, transactions, contracting, corporate and regulatory matters, as well as risk management.

Prior to joining Health First in 2016, Romanello served as Chief Legal Officer and General Counsel for the Health Care District of Palm Beach County. He has experience with a wide range of legal and operational issues confronting hospitals and healthcare systems.

Romanello earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Florida State University and a Juris Doctor degree from St. Thomas University School of Law. Romanello also serves on the Florida Board of Medicine.

Gobivenkata Balaji, MD

Dr. Gobivenkata Balaji completed medical school at JJM Medical College of University of Mysore, India. He is board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine. He earned certification as a Clinical Hypertension Specialist by the American Society of Hypertension and is also a Certified Clinical Lipidologist. Dr. Balaji’s passion is to offer cutting edge medical care locally through Health First facilities to our patients. Dr. Balaji is married with two children.

Richard C. Beagley

Dick Beagley is highly esteemed in the aerospace industry and has held positions at Kennedy Space Center, the Attorney General of Florida’s office, and Rockwell International working on the Space Shuttle Program. Dick has chaired many local organizations including the National Space Club Florida and the Brevard Symphony Orchestra. He has raised funds for Health First Heart & Vascular Services, the Cocoa Village Playhouse, and has co-chaired Project Hunger. He has served as past Chair of the Board of Trustees for the Health First Foundation. A recipient of the NASA Public Service Award and the National Space Club’s Debus Award, he is a graduate of Eastern Washington University and resides in Merritt Island with his wife, Gail.

Stephanie Brown

Stephanie Filippi Brown has a special passion for heart care and neonatal services. She earned her degree in nursing from Pennsylvania State University and practiced as a compassionate Intensive Care Unit nurse for many years before relocating to Brevard County in 2012 where she continues to be active in caring for her community.

Carl D. Coddington, Jr.

Carl Coddington owns Carl Coddington Insurance in Cocoa Beach. Respected in his industry and the community, he earned his Bachelor of Science at the University of Maryland and has always been dedicated to volunteer work and community service. Carl enjoys spending time with his four children and five grandchildren.

Shelly Cooper

Rochelle L. Cooper serves as General Counsel, Senior Vice President, and Corporate Secretary of IAP Worldwide Services, Inc. She sits on the Board of Governors at Eastern Florida State College Foundation and is a member of the Board of Directors at the East Coast Zoological Association (Brevard Zoo). She is a member of the American Bar Association and the Association of Corporate Counsel. Rochelle earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Rhetoric and Communications Studies from the University of Virginia and her Juris Doctor from Emory University School of Law.

Dale A. Dettmer

Dale Dettmer joined the Health First Board of Trustees in October 2014. He is the past Chairman and a member of the Board of Directors of Health First Foundation, Inc., a past Chairman and Director Emeritus of the Community Foundation for Brevard, Inc., past Chairman and a member of the Board of Trustees of Florida Institute of Technology, and a member of the Board of Directors of the Central Florida Kidney Centers, Inc.

Dettmer is a partner in the law firm of Krasny and Dettmer, and specializes in business law, estate planning and real property law. He is board certified in taxation by the Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization and Education and is &dlquo;AV” rated by Martindale Hubbell, the highest rating for legal ability and ethics.

He was a founding shareholder and later Chairman of the Board of The Bank Brevard, Inc. when it merged with and into BankFIRST. He served as Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of BankFIRST and a member of the Board of Directors of The Bankshares, Inc., a bank holding company, which subsequently merged with and into Seacoast National Bank.

Dettmer earned his Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University, a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from Florida Institute of Technology and a Juris Doctorate with honors from the University of Florida. He is currently a member of the University of Florida Law Review.

Evelyn Foster

Evelyn Foster has volunteered countless hours at organizations including the American Cancer Society, the local Cancer Care Foundation, and the Development Council with Health First’s Holmes Regional Medical Center. She and her husband, Warren, funded the first echocardiography machine at the hospital. Evelyn was also the founding Chairwoman for the Women’s Advisory Council at Health First’s Holmes Regional Medical Center. She is a graduate of Alabama University’s School of Interior Design and has lived in Brevard County since the late 1960s.

Christina Goins

Tina Goins was born in Munich, Germany and moved to Brevard County in 1989 after earning her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Maryland. She is currently serving as the Business Development Manager at Fairway Management. Active in the community, she also enjoys kayaking, reading and fostering animals.

Danielle Greenspoon

Danielle Greenspoon has decades of experience in the medical profession, most recently as a medical assistant and developmental coordinator at Viera Sports Medicine and the Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Center of Brevard. Born and raised in the Netherlands, Danielle worked in Switzerland and Canada before moving to the USA in 1986. In addition to fundraising for the Health First Foundation Annual Benefit Ball on the Underwriting Committee, she has been an active volunteer in her community at the Battle of the Bridges Triathlon benefitting the Cancer Care Foundation of Brevard, the Parents Council at the University of Miami - Miller School of Medicine, and Holy Trinity Episcopal Academy. Here in Brevard County, she and her husband, Dr. Jeffrey Greenspoon, have raised three successful children: Joshua, Alexander, and Isabella, all actively pursuing degrees in the medical profession.

Steven Johnson, PhD
President & CEO

Steven Johnson is responsible for providing overall direction and leadership for Health First’s Integrated Delivery Network, which includes Health First Health Plans and its 130,000 covered lives, four hospitals—Health First’s Holmes Regional Medical Center in Melbourne (514 beds), Health First’s Palm Bay Hospital in Palm Bay (152 beds), Health First’s Cape Canaveral Hospital in Cocoa Beach (150 beds) and Health First’s Viera Hospital in Melbourne (84 beds) — as well as many outpatient, diagnostic and treatment centers, a multi-specialty physician practice, a network of fitness and wellness services and the only Heart Center and Level II Trauma Center in Brevard County.

Under Johnson’s leadership, Health First has become an Integrated Delivery Network (IDN) focused on wellness and prevention.

Johnson serves on the Board of Trustees for the Florida Hospital Association.

Prior to joining Health First, Johnson served as the President of Hospital Operations for SSM Health Care — St. Louis (SSMHC), a seven-hospital system based in Missouri. Johnson began his career as a Clinical Psychologist and then served as administrator for a state-run residential rehabilitation center. He later served as a regional vice president for a rehabilitative services company that provides healthcare services in sub-acute and post-acute settings. He also served as the executive director of a behavioral health managed-care organization.

With more than 30 years of clinical and management experience, a proven track record of successfully bringing together a diverse healthcare system and a commitment to improving the health of the entire community, Johnson served in several capacities with SSMHC after he was selected as the Vice President of SSM Behavioral Health Services in 1997. Six years later, Johnson was promoted to president of both the rehabilitation and behavioral health services in the region. In 2007, he was asked to serve as president of DePaul Health Center, a 460-bed hospital within the SSMHC system. He was subsequently appointed as President of Hospital Operations for the regional system with revenues of $1.5 billion.

After earning his undergraduate degree in Psychology from the University of Puget Sound (Wash.), Johnson earned his Master of Science degree in Human Development and a doctoral degree in Psychology from the University of Kansas. He is also a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives.

Christine Lance

Christine Lance has more than 20 years of experience in Human Resource Management with Honeywell, Inc. and NCR Corporation. She was named the Florida Today “Volunteer of the Year” in 2009 and received the 2010 award from the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Space Coast Chapter for her work with organizations like the Women’s Center Guild, Maxwell C. King Center for the Performing Arts, Holy Trinity Academy, United Way of Brevard, PREVENT! of Brevard, Health First Foundation, Brevard Neighborhood Development Coalition, The Haven, and Florida Tech Athletics. Christine is a graduate of the Krannert School of Management at Purdue University with a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Management and a Master of Science in Management.

Polly Molnar

Polly Molnar is a former marketing and development director of the Brevard Arts Council (now the Brevard Cultural Alliance) and is a past board member of the Brevard Symphony Orchestra, the Brevard Art Museum, and the King Center for the Performing Arts. She has served on the Health First Annual Hospital Ball committee for several years and a committee member and supporter of the Health First Grape Escape. She and her husband of more than 50 years, Tom Molnar, live in Cocoa Beach.

Rita Moreno

Rita Moreno has served as an active volunteer in the community since moving to the area in 1988. She is a sustaining member of the Junior League of South Brevard & she has been involved with several organizations and boards throughout the years. Friends of Sally’s House, (Circles of Care) Council of 100, the The Foosaner Art Museum’s fundraising arm, FIT Evening of Elegance to support Autism awareness, The Brevard Symphony Orchestra, and The Women’s Center. Rita’s board involvement includes The King Center for the Arts, Habitat for Humanity and Health First Foundation. She is an actor, performs and supports Brevard County Community Theatre’s. The Cocoa Village Playhouse since 1998, and assisted with raising funds for their Captial Campaign, Melbourne Civic Theatre, & The Henegar Center for the Arts. Additionally, Rita has donated time to chairing the Health First Foundation Ball and the Grape Escape to benefit Health First Heart & Vascular Services. Her efforts also helped to develop The Health First Center for Family Caregivers (formerly Leeza’s Place).

Barry Richardson

Barry Richardson is a Brevard County native and is the founder of River Tree Builders. His business has been twice named the Home Builders & Contractors Association of Brevard’s Remodeler of the Year. In addition to the Health First Foundation Board, Barry volunteers his time with Suntree United Methodist Church. He earned his Bachelor’s in Business Administration from Rollins College.

Nancy Taylor

Nancy Taylor has been instrumental in the charitable efforts for Health First since recovering in the care of Health First doctors and nurses from an auto accident where she was hit by a drunk driver in 1995. A dedicated volunteer and donor, Nancy helped to raise funds to bring a trauma center and First Flight air ambulance to Health First’s Holmes Regional Medical Center. Nancy has served as past Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Health First Foundation. Active in Brevard County real estate sales for almost 40 years, Nancy lives in the Lake Washington neighborhood of Melbourne with her husband, Ralph.

Kenneth Tieu, MD

Dr. Kenneth Tieu is a physician with Health First Medical Group and is board-certified in General Surgery and Fellowship-trained in minimally invasive surgery. Dr. Tieu focuses on colon, gastrointestinal cancers; hernia repairs; gallbladder, appendix and Robotics-assisted General Surgery and Bariatric (Weight-Loss) Surgery. He earned his undergraduate degree from the University of California, San Diego, and went on to study at the Medical School at Pennsylvania State University in Hershey.

Bill Troner

William A. Troner is a patent licensing attorney at Andre-Troner LC. He received his Bachelors of Science in Electrical Engineering (BSEE) with High Honors in 1980 and Juris Doctor (JD) with Honors in 1984, both from the University of Florida. Along with his wife, Lisa, he is a member of the Health First Foundation’s Good Samaritan Society and supports a wide range of Brevard County organizations. The Troners have one son and live in Indialantic.