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FHCA Elects 2021-2022 Board of Directors

Diverse group of long term care professionals elected to lead Florida's largest advocacy organization for long term care providers

TALLAHASSEE, FL ‐ Florida Health Care Association (FHCA), the state's largest long term care association representing more than 600 long term and post-acute care facilities and over 1,000 professional members, recently elected its 2021-2022 statewide officers. These volunteer leaders were sworn in during the FHCA 2021 Annual Conference & Trade Show held in Orlando, July 25-29. Marco Carrasco, Administrator of Susana Wesley Health Center in Miami was elected President of FHCA and shared his vision for helping providers overcome their financial challenges and address their ongoing workforce needs in the year ahead.

“We must be creative in how we meet the needs of our residents, while at the same time creating opportunities for our staff to show them that we are a profession that provides an opportunity for growth and advancement,” said Carrasco. “We are a solutions-focused association. I believe that we have what it takes to develop the strategies to solve our staffing and financial challenges and continue to strengthen FHCA through membership growth and partnership opportunities.”

The Association's 2021-2022 officers include:

  • President Marco Carrasco, Susana Wesley Health Center (Miami)
  • Senior Vice President Anita Faulmann, Consulate Health Care (Tierra Verde)
  • Secretary Julie Bell-Morris, Carlton Shores Health and Rehab (Daytona Beach)
  • Treasurer Kathy Gallin, Signature HealthCARE (Lake City)
  • Not-for-Profit Vice President Jeffrey Markulik, W. Frank Wells Nursing Home (Jacksonville)
  • Independent Owner Vice President Jeffrey Freimark, Miami Jewish Health;
  • Member at Large Mel Beal, Facility Support Company (West Palm Beach)
  • Immediate Past President Alex Terentev, The Lilac Health Group (Lake Mary)
  • Multifacility Vice President Tricia Robinson, Avante Group, Inc. (Orlando)
  • Region I Vice President Isis Fernandez, Hialeah Shores Nursing & Rehabilitation
  • Region II Vice President Matthew Thompson, The Estate at the Carpenters (Lakeland)
  • Region III Vice President Derek Webster, Consulate Health Care (Maitland)
  • Region IV Vice President Norma Alvarez, The Lilac Health Group (Lake Mary)
  • ALF Vice President Victor Piperata, Cypress Palms (Largo)
  • Associate Member Vice President Matt Depenbrock, Guardian Pharmacy (St. Petersburg)

“We are extremely pleased to have such dedicated members chosen to serve the Association,” said Emmett Reed, Chief Executive Officer of Florida Health Care Association. “Each of these individuals is passionate about long term care and extremely committed to the membership, the profession and the residents entrusted to their care. We look forward to their vision and leadership in the year ahead.”

FHCA’s Board of Directors is composed of the elected officers, along with the President of each of the Association’s 16 districts. For a complete list of FHCA’s Board of Directors, click here.


August 5, 2021

Kristen Knapp, APR
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