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The Health Planning Council elects Ponder-Stansel

The Health Planning Council of Northeast Florida proudly announces the election of Board Member, Susan Ponder-Stansel, to the position of Board Chair, effective immediately. Ms. Ponder-Stansel is the president & CEO of Community Hospice of Northeast Florida and has served on the Health Planning Council’s Board of Directors more than four years.

Ponder-Stansel is a board-certified Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the State of Florida, holds certification as an Advanced Certified Hospice Executive (ACHE) and participates on several healthcare-related advisory boards and healthcare non-profit Boards of Directors in Florida. Susan is a graduate of the Leadership Jacksonville Class of 1991, and has served as a Trustee of the Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce and as a member of the Jacksonville Women’s Network.

Other officers serving on the Health Planning Council board this year include: Vice Chair Steve Blumberg, Vice President Planning & Business Development at Shands Healthcare at the University of Florida; Treasurer Patrick Johnson, administrator at Flagler County Public Health Department; Secretary Linda Merrell, Health and Human Services Consultants, Inc.; and Executive Committee Member at Large Stephen Lovett, partner at Ervin Lovett Miller.

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