Meet the Team
The Coalition staff is made up of a small group of intelligent hard working women who do their very best to serve the pregnant women, families, and babies within Monroe County. We have staff members from Key Largo to Key West working from home, in office, transporting clients, running our playgroups, delivering diapers, doing community outreach, and so much more. They put their hearts into everything they do. Scroll down to read more about each individual.
Meet The Team
Chief Executive Officer
Since 2005, Arianna has served Monroe County's pregnant women and families through empathic servant leadership, strong transparent business practices, and Keys-driven programmatic implementation. The Coalition's Board of Directors and staff put pregnant women and families at the heart of every decision and action. She considers it her extreme pleasure to lead such a compassionate, dedicated, highly educated, women and family-centered professional team.
She earned her Masters of Public Service Administration in Non-Profit Administration from the Bush School of Public Administration at Texas A&M University and has a cumulative 19 years of executive-level leadership in the Keys. During her time at the Coalition, she has become a CAPPA Certified Labor Doula, a PCI Certified Parent Coach, and PSI certified in PMAD assessment and treatment, and is currently completing her Birth Behind Bars Certification as well as her Bereavement Doula Certification. Recognized most recently by the Health Foundation of South Florida as a 2021 Inspiring Woman of Health, she has served as a director for numerous boards for community agencies and organizations to ensure Keys families benefit from comprehensive and quality care and services from local providers. Ensuring access to that support for all of our community members, regardless of their ethnicity, socio-economic or financial status has been a priority in her efforts for more than 15 years. In order to best lead our staff and serve our families, she is committed to her continuing education alongside other subject matter experts in the maternal and child health field.
Away from the office you will find Arianna spending most of her time with her six amazing teens/young adults. When not parenting or working on behalf of the families in the Keys, Arianna enjoys photography, reading, gardening, and genuinely filling her life with travel, good food, great friends, laughter and gratitude.
Alanna Dixon, MA, IBCLC
Upper Keys Program Director;
Child Passenger Safety Instructor
Alanna joined the Coalition in January of 2017, a Florida native with 3 children, and has helped expand our programs such as Tot Time and Wiggles and Giggles to all of Monroe County. She shares our passion in maternal child health, with a Bachelors in Healthcare Administration & a Masters in Maternal Child & Health and is an Internationally Board Certified Lactation Consultant. Alanna is also a certified child passenger safety technician instructor, bike helmet technician, and helps lead the child safety program for The Coalition.
Lower Keys Program Director;
Child Passenger Safety Technician
Ina is our Lower Keys Client Assistance and Transportation Program Manager. She manages diaper and formula distribution, checks and install car seats, and manages and distributes donations. In addition, she serves clients by transporting them to much-needed medical appointments while acting as a liaison to the rest of our services. She also manages our data collection program and is our office manager.
"It is the children that are the future of the Keys and it is important that they are able to have the same, equal opportunities that all children in American Society enjoy."
Upper Keys Child Development Director
Child Passenger Safety Technician
Samantha started with the Coalition in August 2019. She runs the Upper Keys playgroups, helps with diaper and baby item distribution, and she also works on several other ongoing projects like the Community and Parent Newsletters, and website design. Samantha was born and raised in Islamorada, left to attain a Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice at Florida Gulf Coast University, and made her way back to the Upper Keys to start her own family. She is very passionate about family and her two little girls.
"I feel extremely fortunate to have found a company to work for that is so aligned with putting children and families first. I will be forever grateful to work for such a wonderful company."
Middle Keys Program Director
Renee is a wife & mom of almost 3 who started with the Coalition in November of 2020. She also owns a dance studio in Big Pine Key, "Island Groove Dance Studio." Renee was born and raised in New Jersey where she studied child development & modern dance. She made her way to the Florida Keys in 2004 and has been on a mission to provide creative learning in movement. She is very passionate about providing the young local community with a healthy, active lifestyle.
"I am so excited to have joined the Florida Keys Healthy Start Coalition team a few months ago. It's a pleasure & privilege to work alongside such dedicated co-workers. I couldn't be more proud to represent such a wonderful organization."
Director of Outreach
Child Passenger Safety Technician
Shannon has over 22 years of experience in human services non-profit organizations and 13 years of experience in marketing and outreach, with a specialty in strategic marketing. She has a passion for the work of non-profit agencies and a dedication to community service. She is a mother of a “conch baby”, wife, travel enthusiast, and alumna of the University of Texas in Arlington. For many years, Shannon was the Regional Marketing director for the Collin County YMCAs in Dallas, Texas. Through her proven marketing techniques, she became well-known for turning around financially troubled YMCAs and making them into successful ventures. Later, her work for Sulzer Group in New Orleans allowed her to focus on the challenge of helping non-profits rebuild (after Hurricane Katrina) through the legal appeal of FEMA denials. Her client acquisition efforts resulted in nine projects rebuilding schools, a nursing home and low-income housing projects. In 2011, Shannon became an adoption specialist for Wesley House Family Services to work with children in the foster care system. This work gave her valuable insight to the unique challenges for families in the Florida Keys, especially regarding medical and mental health services. In April 2021, Shannon joined the team at the FKHSC as Director of Outreach. She is dedicated to helping this valuable organization meet its vision of uniting people and resources to improve the health and well-being of pregnant women, children and their families in Monroe County.
Director of Development
Erin started at the Coalition in November 2017 as a recovery case manager, supporting families during long-term recovery from Hurricane Irma. She worked to manage and distribute donations out of a storefront in Key West, helping families with diapers, formula, and clothes and replacing items that were lost in the storm such as cribs, strollers, high chairs, and toys.
Erin is now the Resource Development Director, helping to maintain and grow the Coalition's programming by writing grant proposals and researching new funding opportunities. She has helped with social media outreach, marketing, data analysis, community partnerships, and strategic planning. Erin is originally from Minnesota, where she earned a master’s in education at UMN. She has lived in the Keys since 2014 and is almost a freshwater conch.
Gabriela is our Finance Manager and PMAD Program lead. With an expansive background in accounting, Gabi helps us with grant reimbursements, bookkeeping, payroll, and all things finance. She also manages our PMAD program, which provides no-cost therapy to women experiencing post-partum mental health issues. Gabi was born in Bulgaria and moved to Key West in 2013. She gave birth to her daughter in 2015. She speaks Bulgarian and English.
Keys to Hope Program Director
From client, to volunteer, to active team member, Amanda has the advantage of experiencing the impact of our programs from every angle. She is a wife, mother, and home educator to seven beautiful children. After experiencing the heartbreaking loss of her daughter, Abigail, she was moved to find a way to support others going through loss of a pregnancy, infant or child. Abigail inspired her mother to become a founding member of the Keys to Hope program, a new outreach of FKHSC, to support families through their grief and healing.
Program Development/Special Projects
Terri, originally from Ohio, moved to the Keys after living in South Florida for over 20 years. Her early education involved a degree in Urban Affairs with a minor in Women’s Studies from the University of Cincinnati. Terri then wen on to receive her Masters in Public Health. Terri’s nursing work began as a labor and delivery nurse in an inner-city hospital in Indianapolis taking care of low-income at-risk families. After moving to South Florida she became a nurse home visitor in Palm Beach County with the Healthy Start program. Soon she became a supervisor and was privileged to supervise the first Nurse Family Partnership™ team in the state of Florida. After making the move to the Keys, she was thrilled to find a group of like-minded individuals in the Florida Keys Healthy Start Coalition.
Terri has three grown children of whom she is intensely proud. Her current household includes her loving husband, a golden retriever and two cats.
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”
― Margaret Mead