President and CEO
Patty Maddox has served as President & Chief Executive Officer of the Winter Park Health Foundation since its inception in 1994. In this leadership role, Patty was responsible for the original structure, staffing and start-up of the organization. Together with its Board of Trustees, she set the Foundation’s mission – to make a positive difference in people’s lives by optimizing physical, mental and social health and wellbeing. Today, Patty leads all facets of the Foundation’s operation, management, program planning, and partnership development.
Patty came to Winter Park in 1993 to serve as Executive Vice President of the Winter Park Memorial Hospital Foundation, leaving Duke University in Durham, NC where she spent fifteen years in various philanthropic development roles for Duke University Medical Center and the School of Medicine.
Since 1993, Patty has been active in many efforts to improve the health and quality of life of residents in Winter Park and surrounding communities. She has served on dozens of boards and chaired many including the Winter Park Chamber of Commerce. Currently, she is active in the local community, serving on the Community Supports, Inc. Board of Directors, the Orange County Chairman’s Healthcare Roundtable, and the Florida Hospital Board of Directors. On a state level, Patty is Chairman of the Florida Philanthropic Network.
Under Patty’s leadership, the Winter Park Health Foundation has received numerous awards and recognition for its efforts to create healthier communities and improve the health of residents, especially children, youth and older adults. In 2015, Patty was named one of the Most Influential People in Winter Park and in 2016 she was honored to be selected Winter Park Citizen of the Year. The Winter Park Health Foundation was named 2017 Community Organization of the Year.
Patty received her Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees from the University of North Carolina. She is an accomplished equestrian and dog breeder. The Maddox family currently includes four horses and four dogs.
Executive Vice President
Debbie Watson joined the Winter Park Health Foundation in 1994 as Executive Director of Community Relations. Ms. Watson is now the organization’s Executive 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.
Passionate about the health of children and committed to the belief that Healthy Kids Make Better Students, Ms. Watson served for many years as the chair of the Orange County School Health & Wellness Advisory Council and she remains active on various statewide 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 is recently retired from the board of Living Healthy in Florida.
Ms. Watson 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.
Chief Financial Officer
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
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.
Melodie Griffin joined the Winter Park Health Foundation (WPHF) as the Program Officer for Wellbeing in the Community in January 2019. In her role, Melodie works closely with community organizations to improve the health and wellbeing of residents in Winter Park, Maitland and Eatonville through WPHF grants and initiatives.
Prior to this role, Melodie worked with WPHF as an independent contractor for over five years, providing technical assistance and support to WPHF grantees, with a focus on health and wellness programs within WPHF’s 13 partner schools.
Melodie also serves as the Florida State Coordinator for Action for Healthy Kids where she works closely with local and state organizations to encourage families, communities, and schools to work together to improve student health and increase learning capacity.
Melodie is a Board Member of GROW Central Florida and the Chair of the Florida Partnership for Healthy Schools. She also holds volunteer advisory positions on several Florida school district School Health Advisory Committees (SHACs).
Melodie received her Bachelor of Science in Food and Nutrition Science from Auburn University and her Masters of Science in Healthcare Administration from the University of Central Florida. She is the proud wife of a law enforcement officer and has two children – Howie and Hope. In her spare time, you can find her marathon training or enjoying the outdoors with her family.
Lindsay Kist joined Winter Park Health Foundation as its Communications Manager in August of 2018. In her role, Lindsay is responsible for highlighting and sharing the work of WPHF with its constituents and the public through both traditional and digital communications channels.
Lindsay comes to Orlando from New York City, where she spent a decade working in sports and health marketing and communications. She began her career at Billie Jean King’s Women’s Sports Foundation and helped launch Excelle Sports, a digital publishing start-up focused on women’s sports coverage. At the Women’s Sports Foundation, Lindsay was first responsible for the Foundation’s digital communication efforts and later started and directed the organization’s Athlete Leadership programs. At Excelle Sports, Lindsay led the platform’s digital marketing and social media strategy team.
Lindsay was a member of the Varsity swim team and studied English at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, N.C.
Program Manager, Center for Health & Wellbeing
James Jackson joined the Winter Park Health Foundation in October of 2018. James, who comes to the Foundation from United Way, is the Program Manager for the Center for Health & Wellbeing. In this role, James guides the programming and planning of Center initiatives focused on improving the whole-person health of the Central Florida community.
At United Way, James was most recently the Program Director of Neighborhood Initiatives. There, he led programs and partnerships that revitalized the community, supported adult education and vocational skill training and improved employability and personal health and wellbeing.
James is a 2004 graduate of Florida A&M University with a BA in Political Science. He is active in his Phi Beta Sigma alumni chapter and the Central Florida Urban League, and sits on the Board of the Orlando Day Nursery School. James is married and the proud father of a son, with a baby girl on the way.
Robin G. Parent
Robin Parent joined the Winter Park Health Foundation as its Controller in 1996. Robin is responsible for financial reporting, human resources, and the comprehensive safeguards and controls over accounting and assets of the Foundation.
Robin is a native Floridian who’s family was brought to Florida’s space coast by the Space Shuttle program back in the late 1960s. She graduated from the University of Central Florida with a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Accounting and a Master’s in Business Administration. She is a Certified Public Accountant whose prior experience includes public accounting with a focus on the healthcare industry as well as working as the Controller for organizations in the fields of pharmacy and home health care services.
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. She is the Program Assistant to the Programming Management Staff of the Center for Health & Wellbeing and Wellbeing in the Community and oversees the Grants Administration. Ms. Read is a graduate of Winter Park High School and the University of Central Florida.
Ms. Frittelli, who joined the Winter Park Health Foundation in 1996 as assistant to the foundation officers, now oversees Accounts Receivable, Accounts Payable and general accounting functions. She previously held a variety of jobs, including 13 years with Eastern Air Lines as Passenger Services Agent.
Program Coordinator, Center for Health & Wellbeing
Kaylin Gareau joined the Winter Park Health Foundation in October of 2018. Kaylin, who joins the Foundation from a science-based non-profit organization, is the Program Coordinator for the Center for Health & Wellbeing.
In her previous position, Kaylin was responsible for the planning, organization and logistics of conferences and meetings within the laser community. She uses those skills to support Center for Health & Wellbeing program coordination and event planning.
Kaylin is a native of Long Island, New York, who has lived in Central Florida for five years.