President and CEO
Patricia A. Maddox, leader of the Winter Park Health Foundation since its inception in 1994, has directed all facets of the Foundation’s mission and program planning.
Ms. Maddox came to Florida in 1993 leaving Duke University where she had been Executive Director of Medical School Alumni Affairs and Development.
Currently, Maddox is active in the health and health care community, serving on the Heart of Florida United Way Board of Directors, the Metro YMCA Board, the Orange County Chairman’s Healthcare Roundtable, the Mayflower Retirement Community Board of Directors and the Florida Hospital Board of Directors.
Ms. Maddox received her Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill.
Executive Vice President
Program Director – Children & Youth
Debbie Watson joined the Winter Park Health Foundation in 1994 as Executive Director of Community Relations. Since 2000, Ms. Watson has served as the organization’s Vice President supporting program planning, development and administration; grants management; research and evaluation; as well as communications and community relations.
An experienced communications professional, Ms. Watson graduated from Florida State University with a Bachelor of Science degree, majoring in psychology and mass communications.
An almost-native Floridian, Ms. Watson grew up in Sarasota, but has been involved in business in Central Florida for close to 30 years. She was Director of Public Relations for Orlando-area Hyatt Hotel properties and later for Robinsons Inc., an Orlando-based, full-service marketing firm for tourism interests from around the world.
Ms. Watson and her husband, Lee Watson, launched and operated Watson Communications from April 1983 to August 1989 when she became an independent consultant for Winter Park Memorial Hospital and later joined the staff as Director of Marketing and Community Relations.
Ms. Watson has been involved in numerous community activities and organizations over the years including her current engagement in the Crosby YMCA Wellness Center Board of Directors, the Central Florida Donor’s Forum, and the Orange County League of Women Voters.
Passionate about the health of children and committed to belief that Healthy Kids Make Better Students, Ms. Watson is the Co-Chair of the Orange County School Health & Wellness Advisory Council and is active on various task forces related to student/school health and wellness. She is a member of the Florida Coordinated School Health Partnership, executive committee member for Florida Action for Healthy Kids, and she is steering committee member and secretary for the Florida Chronic Disease Prevention Coalition.
Ms. Watson also is a member of the Heart of Florida United Way-Developing Healthy Children & Families Cabinet and a member of Florida Pioneering Healthy Communities Partnership.
She is a member of several national organizations that support community health and philanthropy including Grantmakers in Health, The Communications Network, Grantmakers for Children, Youth & Families and the Association for Community Health & Improvement.
Ron Lambert, the Foundation’s chief financial officer since1995, oversees the organization’s investment portfolio of approximately $110 million and is responsible for the development, interpretation, coordination and administration of the Foundation’s policies and procedures as they relate to accounting, finance and investment, human resources and operations. Mr. Lambert also oversees the Foundation’s properties.
Mr. Lambert, who graduated from Bryant College with a BSBA degree with a concentration in accounting, worked for The Anden Group as an accountant, project analyst, assistant treasurer and then vice president of finance before joining the Foundation.
His affiliations include the Central Florida YMCA Finance Committee, Oviedo YMCA-Center for Health & Wellness Board of Management; Easter Seals Florida – Central Florida Advisory Board; Leadership Winter Park Alumni Council, 2004 President; and Foundation Financial Officer’s Group.
Vice President of Programing for the Center for Health & Wellbeing
Program Director – Older Adults
Diana Silvey, who joined Winter Park Health Foundation (WPHF) in October, 2007, previously was executive director of community outreach services for the Sisters of Mercy Health System based in Missouri. She provided leadership and resources to community-based programs operating throughout the system’s seven-state service area.
Ms. Silvey has worked in non-profit health care at a system level for 18 years, and in her most recent and previous roles was responsible for three grant-making programs focused on improving health and quality of life. Funded programs have included senior center construction and operations, inter generational activities, nutrition assistance, transportation services, and others.
Ms. Silvey’s recent work at WPHF is focused on providing support for Older Adult programming and includes funding to establish several new initiatives within the foundation’s service area including the Neighbors Network, BrainUP, and The Rollins Center for Lifelong Learning.
Ms. Silvey is a Board Member of the Florida Council Aging and Treasurer of the Senior Resource Alliance. She is also a member of the Florida Injury Prevention Advisory Council, and holds other volunteer advisory positions with various local non-profits concerned with the health and well-being of Florida’s older adults.
Ms. Silvey has masters’ degrees in Health Care Mission and Finance. She graduated from Maryville University, St. Louis, MO with a B.A. degree in Health Care Administration.
Program Director – Community Health
Lisa Portelli has been involved in non-profit programs since 1986 and has a background that gives her a unique perspective on issues affecting the working poor. Ms. Portelli was executive director of Shared Housing for Single Parents, Inc. and Vice President for Housing at Coalition for the Homeless. She was executive director of the I.M. Sulzbacher Center for the Homeless in Jacksonville and director of the Workforce One-Stop Career Center before coming to the Foundation in 2002.
Ms Portelli currently serves on the board of Bike/Walk Central Florida, the Winter Park Chamber of Commerce, and is Vice Chair of the United Way Financial Stability Cabinet. She was appointed to serve to the MetroPlan Orlando Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee by the Eatonville Town Council. In addition, she serves as a Coach for Healthy Central Florida’s Healthy Community teams. Ms. Portelli is an adjunct instructor at UCF teaching “Planning Healthy Communities”.
Ms. Portelli was co-founder of Health News Florida and she is past president of the Winter Park High School Foundation. She also was founding chairman of the Board for Healing the Children of Florida Inc. and has served on the Central Florida Regional Health Information Organization, the Governor’s Commission on Homelessness, the Florida Coalition for the Homeless, the Florida Housing Coalition, the Orlando Neighborhood Improvement Corporation, and the Winter Park /Crosby YMCA.
She was awarded the Celebration of Leadership–Tribute to Outstanding Women award in 1997 and has a degree in journalism from University of Wisconsin and a Masters in Public Administration from the University of Central Florida. Lisa is an avid cyclist and an Ironman triathlete.
Mary A. Cox, Ph.D.
Dr. Mary Cox joined the Winter Park Health Foundation in September 2017 to lead the pursuit of Medical Fitness Association certification for the Peggy & Philip B. Crosby Wellness Center.
With extensive education and experience in health promotion, exercise science, and public health, Dr. Cox is the ideal choice to assist the Foundation in planning programs and establishing policies for its new Crosby Wellness Center set to open in the Center for Health & Wellbeing late 2018. Dr. Cox has degrees in Public Health (Ph.D., West Virginia University), Exercise Physiology (M.S., West Virginia University), Health Education & Nutrition (B.S., Marshall University) and Therapeutic Recreation (B.S., West Virginia State University).
Prior to joining the Foundation, Dr. Cox was an Associate Executive Director for the YMCA of Central Florida. She managed the Peggy & Philip B. Crosby Wellness Center until it was closed late 2016 to make way for construction of its new facility within the Center for Health & Wellbeing. She moved to Florida from Ohio where she worked for the YMCA of Central Ohio and the YMCA of Greater Cleveland leading efforts related to corporate wellness and community health promotion.
Earlier in her career, Dr. Cox served as Director of Health Education, Recreation and Wellness at two higher education institutions – Worcester Polytechnic Institute (MA) and Denison University (OH). She also held Exercise Physiologist and Recreation Therapist positions at healthcare and rehabilitation facilities.
Dr. Cox is an active member of several international/national organizations including the Medical Fitness Association, National Association of Public Health Professionals, National Therapeutic Recreation Association, and American College of Sports Medicine.
Robin G. Parent
Executive Administrative Assistant
An administrative assistant for 25 years, Ms. Woolman has been with the Winter Park Health Foundation since 2007. Before joining WPHF, she had been an executive assistant at CNL Real Estate & Development and a presentation specialist at The Newport Group.
Ms. Read joined the Winter Park Health Foundation in 2015 as an administrative assistant. She is a graduate of Winter Park High School and the University of Central Florida.
Receptionist/Grants Administrator/ Accounts Payable
Ms. Frittelli, who joined the Winter Park Health Foundation in 1996 as assistant to foundation officers, now oversees Accounts Payable, Grants Administration and the front desk. She previously held a variety of jobs, including 13 years with Eastern Air Lines as Passenger Services Agent.