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 Programming 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.
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.
Community Outreach Director
Melodie Griffin joined the Winter Park Health Foundation (WPHF) as the Program Officer for Wellbeing in the Community in January 2019. In her current role as Community Outreach Director, 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.
Communications and Marketing Director
Lindsay Kist is the Communications and Marketing Director for WPHF. 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.
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.
Wellbeing Guide, Center for Health & Wellbeing
Sara Wright serves as the Wellbeing Guide for the Center for Health and Wellbeing (CHWB). She works directly with community members in administration of the Wellbeing Survey, a diagnostic tool that encourages reflection on one’s overall wellbeing as related to the Seven Dimensions of Wellbeing (Intellectual, Spiritual, Physical, Social, Emotional, Vocational, Environmental.) Sara interprets the results of the Wellbeing Survey and creates an individualized plan to help each community member on their personal wellbeing journey.
Sara has more than twenty years of professional experience including the following areas of expertise: social services, health education, community relations, management, personal training and fitness coaching. She earned a master’s degree in mental health counseling and two bachelor’s degrees. She is passionate about helping others reach their goals and achieve self-empowerment.
Ailin Le Bellot
Communications Coordinator, Center for Health & Wellbeing
Ailin Le Bellot joined the Winter Park Health Foundation as its Communications Assistant in August of 2019. In this role, Ailin is responsible for written content, design and social media support, providing program attendee communications and aiding the marketing efforts of the Center’s programs and services. Prior to this role, Ailin was a journalist before leaping into digital marketing for non-profits and small business. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from the University of Central Florida.
Guest Services Manager, Center for Health & Wellbeing
Kate Stone began at the Center for Health & Wellbeing as Welcome Desk Lead, greeting guests and helping visitors reach their destinations within the building. In her role as Guest Services Manager, she continues to connect community members to services at the Center to achieve their wellbeing goals. Her years of customer service experience guide her focus on promoting health education programs at the Center.
Kate moved to Central Florida from Southern California in 2018, joining the inaugural staff at the Center in April 2019. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from Rollins College in Communication Studies with an emphasis in Organizational Communication and Leadership.
Facility Manager, Center for Health & Wellbeing
Steve Mathes was the Facility Manager for the City of Winter Park, FL. from 1995 – 2018. He worked in the Facilities Management Division in various capacities for over 20 years.
Steve obtained his Certified Facility Manager (CFM) credential from the International Facility Management Association (IFMA) in 2012. He has been licensed as a Master Electrician for over two decades.
Steve has been a member of IFMA since 2007. He became a member of the Public Sector Council in 2008, and was elected to serve as Treasurer in 2012, 2013 and Vice President in 2014, 2015. Steve has attended World Workplace every year since 2008 and Facility Fusion since 2012. He served on the Host Committee for the 2009 World Workplace and 2015 Facility Fusion, both of which were held in Orlando, FL.
Steve has been an active member of the Orlando Chapter of IFMA since 2007, serving as Newsletter Editor in 2009, 2010. He served as a member of the Awards Committee in 2009, achieving recognition as Chapter of the Year. He has held numerous leadership positions for the Chapter, including Vice President in 2011, 2012; President in 2013, 2014, and continues to serve as a Presidential Advisor to the Board. During his Presidency, he implemented a Reverse Trade Show, raising over $17,000 in revenue to provide scholarships for chapter facility managers to pursue professional development. Additionally, the chapter realized a 32% increase in membership during his tenure.
Steve served as a member of the Facility Manager Task Force for U.S. Communities in 2016. The Task Force consists of six public sector facility managers throughout the nation, who collaborate by aggregating spend analysis to identify opportunities for cooperative contracts that will result in cost savings for government agencies.
During his career, Steve has received several prestigious awards in recognition for his service. He was named Employee of the Year by the City of Winter Park in 1997 and 2012. In 2014, he received the Chamber Hero award from the Winter Park Chamber of Commerce.