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Meet Our Care Services Team

The Regional Program Managers perform Care Services to help the Chapter fulfill its mission of patient care, advocacy, awareness, and funding research.  Each has a designated geographic area in the state within which they provide the services and programs across the continuum of care to promote quality of life for people living with ALS and their families in Florida.

 

Judie Benwick

  Judie Benwick, MSH, MPH, CHES - Regional Program Manager, Northwest Florida | jbenwick@alsafl.org | 888.257.1717 x112

Judie Benwick is a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) and holds Masters degrees in Health Science and Community Health from the University of North Florida.  She has worked for the Florida Chapter as Regional Care Manager since August 2005, and currently assists people with ALS and their family members living in Northwest and North Central Florida. Prior to joining The ALS Association, Judie was employed as a licensed public insurance adjuster helping medical providers and individuals resolve complex health claim issues. As part of her graduate studies she completed a research internship at Mayo Clinic Jacksonville where she investigated the effects of multidisciplinary ALS Clinic care on the family caregiver experience. 

Judie works with the following counties: Bay, Calhoun, Escambia, Franklin, Gadsden, Gulf, Holmes, Jackson,  Jefferson, Leon, Liberty, Madison, Okaloosa, Santa Rosa, Taylor, Wakulla, Walton, and Washington

 

Heran Sisay  Heran Sisay, MA - Regional Program Manager, West Central Florida | hsisay@alsafl.org | 888.257.1717 x103

Heran Sisay joined The ALS Association Florida Chapter in January 2005. She holds a Master of Arts degree in Gerontology, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology and Social Administration. Working as a postsecondary educator in the field of Sociology, Heran acquired teaching and research experience. She completed a graduate internship with Florida’s Area Agency on Aging where she added practical case management and knowledge of state and federal programs, including long-term care services and insurance for older adults and disabled individuals, to her experience. Heran is the Chapter liaison at ALS clinics, facilitates a resource group each month and is the Florida Chapter Care Coordinator for West Central Florida.

Heran works with the following counties: Citrus, Hernando, Hillsborough, Pasco, Pinellas, and Polk

 

Patricia Stanco  Patricia Stanco, MHS - Regional Program Manager, Southwest Florida | pstanco@alsafl.org | 888.257.1717 x110

Before relocating to Florida, Ms. Stanco spent fifteen years in Washington, DC working with national patient organizations, healthcare professional associations and pharmaceutical companies. Her specialties include health policy, advocacy, and grant-writing. She is also knowledgeable about research, clinical trials, and the FDA (Food & Drug Administration) drug approval process. Patti has worked with local non-profits such as the Parkinson Association of Southwest Florida, Inc. Patti holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Northeastern University and a Master of Health Science from Johns Hopkins University. Patti is Chapter liaison at the Lee Memorial ALS clinic in Ft. Myers and is the Florida Chapter Care Coordinator in Southwest Florida, facilitating up to four resource groups each month.

Patti works with the following counties: Charlotte, Collier, Desoto, Glades, Hardee, Hendry, Highlands, Lee, Manatee, and Sarasota

 

MSalgado 4.jpg  Marixa Salgado, MSW - Regional Program Manager, Central Florida | msalgado@alsafl.org | 888.257.1717 Ext. 109

Marixa Salgado received her Master’s Degree in Social Work (MSW) from Fordham University Graduate School of Social Services in Tarrytown, New York – she has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communication with a minor in Theology.  Before moving to Florida in 2004, Marixa worked with the homeless population of men over 35 as a Psychiatric Social Worker and as a Case Management Supervisor, with Volunteers of America in Chester, NY.  Since arriving in Florida, Marixa has worked as a Professor in the University of Central Florida’s School of Social Work as well as with several other non-profit organizations.  Marixa also facilitated Case Management Academy, a training program that was done in collaboration with The Heart of Florida United Way, to train case managers in East Central Florida how to served their clients from a Social Work perspective.  Marixa has served on several non-profit Boards in her community and in June 2014 she became the Florida Chapter Care Coordinator for East Central Florida.  

Marixa works with the following counties: Brevard, Lake, Orange, Osceola, Seminole, Sumter, and Volusia


Camila Arizaga  Camila Arizaga, MSW - Regional Program Manager, Miami-Dade l carizaga@alsafl.org l 888-257-1717 Ext. 116

Camila was born and raised in Guayaquil, Ecuador.  She moved to the U.S. five years ago to expand her educational opportunities and received a B.A. in Psychology from Kean University.  She attended graduate school at Rutgers University, where she obtained her Master’s Degree in Social Work with a focus in human services management.  During her field placements, she worked extensively with troubled youth, however her passion lies in working with and for individuals struggling with life limiting illnesses.  Camila relocated to Florida and joined The ALS Association Florida Chapter in November 2016.  She facilitates bilingual support groups twice a month and is the Chapter liaison at the University of Miami ALS Clinical and Research Center.  During her free time, she enjoys practicing yoga, traveling, and painting.

Camila works with the following counties: Miami-Dade and Monroe


  Tina Duane Bio 2019Tina Duane - Regional Program Manager, Southeast Florida | tduane@alsafl.org | 888-257-1717 Ext. 122

Tina comes to the Florida Chapter with 12 years’ experience serving the neuromuscular and ALS community. Coming from the Muscular Dystrophy Association, Tina attended two weekly multi-disciplinary clinics, served on various National work group committees developing new policies and procedures, ran their largest equipment loan program, facilitated ALS support groups, was the Summer Camp Director for the MDA Summer Camp serving 120 campers, and was the healthcare liaison for 9 counties. Tina is very excited to join The ALS Association and solely serve the ALS community by being a resource, advocate, and friend!  Tina enjoys spending time with her husband and 2 daughters going to the beach, visiting different restaurants (she loves trying new food) and traveling. 

Tina works with the following counties: Broward, Palm Beach, Martin, Indian River, St. Lucie, and Okeechobee


Melissa Bio 2019Melissa Fehrenkamp - Regional Program Manager, North Florida | mfehrenkamp@alsafl.org | 888-257-1717 Ext. 117

Melissa has worked for 13 years in a variety of health care/social services settings. Beginning as Youth Care Worker for juvenile offenders in 2007, she then worked as an Outreach Advocate for a non-profit organization serving victims of domestic violence. She pursued her Emergency Medical Technician training and began working in her local hospital’s emergency room/trauma center. After receiving her Bachelors in Psychology from Excelsior College in New York, she transitioned to an Emergency Room Care Coordinator position under the Social Services Department of the hospital. There she worked closely with the multidisciplinary team to assist with providing the best next care setting for patients, networking with community agencies, and establishing a plan for resources and services. In her free time, Melissa enjoys traveling, boating, and spending time with her husband, two children and a multitude of rescued animals on their small farm.

Melissa works with the following counties: Duval, Nassau, St. Johns, Clay, Baker, Putnam, Flagler, Marion, Levy, GilChrist, Dixie, Lafayette, Suwanee, Columbia, Hamilton, Union, Bradford, Alachua

 

Sabela Bio   Sabela Rand - Chapter Program Manager | srand@alsafl.org | 888-257-1717 Ext. 113

Sabela joined the Florida Chapter to focus on a range of projects for the organization.  Before joining the team, Sabela worked as a Youth Care Worker at a non-profit organization, Boys Town, where she focused on assessing and monitoring youth’s skill development needs and priorities.  Sabela received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of South Florida.  While studying and working, she volunteered at non-profit organizations where she gained experience in research and psychosocial intervention.  During her free time, Sabela enjoys traveling to historic destinations and hiking. 

Sabela manages the Chapter's Equipment Loan Program and Financial Assistance Program