The Health First Foundation Board of Trustees is committed to maintaining and enhancing the role of Health First as a not-for-profit healthcare system providing the highest quality care and medical services to families and individuals across Brevard County. We are honored by these individuals and their advocacy for Health First.
Chairperson - Christina Goins
Tina Goins was born in Munich, Germany and moved to Brevard County in 1989 after earning her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Maryland. She is currently serving as the Business Development Manager at Fairway Management. Active in the community, she also enjoys kayaking, reading, and fostering animals.
Vice Chair - Barry Forbes
Barry Forbes is a banker with over 30 years of experience in commercial banking in Brevard County. Barry is a client advisor with Seaside Bank working to assist businesses and individuals throughout Brevard County. Barry's strengths include his ability to establish relationships with business owners built on trust and his delivery of expertise in the area of financial services. Barry also often serves as a connecting point between different clients to facilitate the sharing of knowledge and expertise between different business owners.
Barry was born in Brevard County and is highly involved in the community. He serves on several other community boards assisting with housing, education, and support of at-risk youth. He enjoys fishing, spending time with his family, and being a fan of UCF sports and supporter of the university.
Immediate Past Chair - Stephen Lacey
Stephen Lacey is a partner at Lacey Lyons Rezanka, Attorneys at Law. Mr. Lacey focuses his practice in the areas of Wealth Preservation, Tax and Estate Planning, Medicaid Planning, and Elder Law. Actively involved in his community, Stephen has been a member of the Health First Foundation Annual Benefit Ball Underwriting Committee since 2012, serving as Chairman in 2013. He has served as a Board Member of the Children's Hunger Project, Brevard Zoo, the Trinity Towers Foundation, and the 18th Circuit Grievance Committee of the Florida Bar. He is a member of several professional associations including the Indian River County and Brevard County Bar Associations, the Florida Bar, the American Bar Association, and Lawyers with Purpose. Stephen earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia, his Juris Doctor from Mercer University, and his Master of Laws in Taxation from the University of Florida.
President - Michael Seeley
Michael Seeley joined the Health First Foundation as President in October 2016. He has more than 20 years of experience in building and strengthening comprehensive fund development strategies for both health systems and not-for-profit organizations. As Health First Foundation President, Michael serves as the Chief Development Officer of the Health First system and is responsible for the planning, implementation and coordination of all fundraising activities.
Michael previously served as the Vice President of Development for Florida Institute of Technology (FIT). While in this role, he was responsible for identifying and cultivating sources of philanthropic, investment and contract revenue. Michael also played a key role in developing and executing a $100 million university-wide capital campaign at FIT. In his former leadership roles at two large health systems, he worked closely with community physicians and a variety of health professionals. Michael led a team of fundraisers developing portfolios of individual, corporate and foundation prospects, cultivating major, planned and annual gifts. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration & Computer Science from the State University of New York at Albany.
Treasurer - Christine Lance
Christine Lance has more than 20 years of experience in Human Resource Management with Honeywell, Inc. and NCR Corporation. She was named the Florida Today “Volunteer of the Year” in 2009 and received the 2010 award from the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Space Coast Chapter for her work with organizations like the Women’s Center Guild, Maxwell C. King Center for the Performing Arts, Holy Trinity Academy, United Way of Brevard, PREVENT! of Brevard, Health First Foundation, Brevard Neighborhood Development Coalition, The Haven, and Florida Tech Athletics. Christine is a graduate of the Krannert School of Management at Purdue University with a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Management and a Master of Science in Management.
Assistant Secretary - Nicholas Romanello, Esq.
Nicholas Romanello is responsible for handling and coordinating all legal matters for Health First, including all litigation, transactions, contracting, corporate, and regulatory matters, as well as risk management.
Prior to joining Health First in 2016, Romanello served as Chief Legal Officer and General Counsel for the Health Care District of Palm Beach County. He has experience with a wide range of legal and operational issues confronting hospitals and healthcare systems.
Romanello earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Florida State University and a Juris Doctor degree from St. Thomas University School of Law. Romanello also serves on the Florida Board of Medicine.
Gobivenkata Balaji, MD
Dr. Gobivenkata Balaji completed medical school at JJM Medical College of University of Mysore, India. He is board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine. He earned certification as a Clinical Hypertension Specialist by the American Society of Hypertension and is also a Certified Clinical Lipidologist. Dr. Balaji’s passion is to offer cutting-edge medical care locally through Health First facilities to our patients. Dr. Balaji is married with two children.
Rebecca Shireman-Burgman was born and raised in Titusville, FL. She graduated from Titusville High School and earned a Bachelor's Degree in Mass Communications from the University of South Florida. She is the public relations and communications manager at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex.
She currently serves on the Board of Directors of weVENTURE, is a member of the The Haven for Children Guild, and volunteers with various organizations throughout the community. She is the recipient of Lead Brevard's 4 Under 40 award, Junior League's Spirit of the League award and the ABWA' s Making a Difference award.
Kaye Cantrell earned a degree in Business Administration from Murray State University and completed post-undergraduate work in Education from the University of Missouri-St. Louis. She taught fifth and sixth grades in the St. Charles School District in Missouri for seven years before moving to Melbourne in 1975. She was employed by Harris Corporation GCSD for nineteen years as a financial analyst with increasing levels of challenges and responsibilities.
She is a charter member of the Guild of The Haven for Children, Inc. After leaving Harris she became more active and served two terms as President of the Haven Guild. She served on the Board of Directors of The Haven for ten years including terms as Vice President and Treasurer. During this time The Haven added a third house. She served on or lead committees for the annual Heavenly Affair fundraiser, the Downtown Melbourne 5k which benefitted The Haven, and the annual Haven Challenge Golf Tournament.
Becky Dukes taught for Brevard Public Schools for 27 years focusing on gifted education and alternative learning. She has also served on the Board of Directors for the Melbourne Science Center and the American Cancer Society. She is an avid paddler and chairs the fundraising committee for Space Coast Dragon Boat Breast Cancer Survivor Team. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Maryland, her Master of Business Administration from Florida Institute of Technology, and a Specialist in Education from NOVA University.
Elaina Friesel Garvin
Elaina Friesel Garvin grew up in Brevard County and attended Brevard County public schools, then went on to earn a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree from the University of Central Florida. Elaina is currently a Senior Vice President/Investments with Stifel. During her career, Elaina has also held roles at Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC. and A.G. Edwards & Sons, Inc. She holds the FINRA Series 7, 63, and 66, as well as life, health, and variable (including annuities) insurance licenses. She serves investors in Florida and 20 additional States.
Elaina is passionate about supporting the Compassionate Care Fund that helps eligible patients bridge the financial gap that can be a barrier to wellness and health. Elaina has served on the boards of Brevard Zoo and has been involved with other organizations, such as South Brevard Women’s Center and Junior Achievement.
Robyn Hattaway is an attorney with Lacey Lyons Rezanka, Rockledge, where she focuses on Civil Litigation and Business Transactions. Ms. Hattaway is also a Commissioner at the Canaveral Port Authority, elected in November 2018. Most recently, Ms. Hattaway founded a Junior Port Ambassador Program to provide area youth with job opportunity education and workforce development. Ms. Hattaway is a member of the Board of Directors for LEAD Brevard and believes strongly in volunteer work. She has contributed to the community through such organizations as Brevard Public Schools, Literacy for Adults in Brevard, LEAD Brevard, Brevard Art Museum Council of 100, Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS), Florida Supreme Court Justice Teaching Program, and 2-1-1 Brevard.
Ms. Hattaway received her Bachelor's in Government and Sociology from the University of Texas at Austin and her Juris Doctorate from Emory University School of Law.
Sandra Henry has been a resident of Brevard County since 1960. Her first volunteer position was with Holmes Regional Hospital as a candy striper while attending Eau Gallie High School. After 32 years, she retired from Harris Corporation in 1999 as a Contracts Manager for Government Programs.
Currently she is an individual contributor for Family Promise of Brevard and is Vice President/Secretary for the Henry Family Foundation. She previously served on the Board of Directors for The Women's Center, The Women's Center Guild, and South Brevard Sharing Center
Kirk Kessel has been in the real estate business for over 30 years. Kirk is a member of the Melbourne Area Board of Realtors and holds three real estate designations; (CCIM) Certified Commercial Investment Manager, (GRI) Graduate of the Real Estate Institute, and (CRS) Certified Residential Specialist. Kirk is committed to giving back to our local communities.
Over the past 35 years, he and his team have participated on several boards and foundations to include, The American Cancer Society, The American Heart Association, Melbourne Area Association of Realtors Grievance Committee, Ad Astra Florida Tech, and the Board for the Maxx W. Kessel Foundation.
Polly Molnar is a former marketing and development director of the Brevard Arts Council (now the Brevard Cultural Alliance) and is a past board member of the Brevard Symphony Orchestra, the Brevard Art Museum, and the King Center for the Performing Arts. She has served on the Health First Annual Hospital Ball committee for several years and a committee member and supporter of the Health First Grape Escape. She and her husband of more than 50 years, Tom Molnar, live in Cocoa Beach.
David Pelzman is a long-term resident of Brevard County. He moved here with his family in 1978 after completing a culinary apprenticeship in Baden-Baden West Germany. He was recruited into Hospitality Management by Marriott Corporation, traveling and opening many resort properties in the US and abroad.
David made a seamless transition into Country Club Management and served as COO and General Manager of several nationally well-known and high-profile country clubs both with the TPC Network of the PGA Tour and privately held member owned clubs, overseeing and managing several celebrity tournaments.
He was the longest serving President of Temple Beth Sholom, Brevard County's largest Conservative Synagogue. He has been honored to also serve as the Florida Regional President of the Federation of Jewish Men's Clubs where he was awarded the Keeper of the Flame award as Man of the Year. David has also been President of his community's HOA board and been involved as a member on several other boards.
He has a passion for Health First as a result of having received a lifesaving diagnosis from a Cardiac MRI, which was made possible by donations to the Health First Foundation.
Robert Perers is a long-time Melbourne Beach local and President of Operations at American Business Interiors. He is involved with many professional groups locally and within his industry. He has served on many boards of local charities including United Way, Brevard Cultural Alliance, the Boys and Girls Club — and currently serves on the Hospice of Health First Board of Directors. He is a past chair of the Health First Foundation Ball underwriting committee. He graduated from Melbourne High School and Flagler College. Robert enjoys surfing, golfing, exercise, and living a healthy lifestyle with his three sons.
Barry Richardson is a Brevard County native and is the founder of River Tree Builders. His business has been twice named the Home Builders & Contractors Association of Brevard’s Remodeler of the Year. In addition to the Health First Foundation Board, Barry volunteers his time with Suntree United Methodist Church. He earned his Bachelor’s in Business Administration from Rollins College.
Monica Shah is Vice President and Treasurer of Southeast Petro Distributors, Inc. A seasoned philanthropist with an international foundation, and strong local foothold, the Brevard County native, nurtured her passion for volunteerism as a teenager doing work with disabled children.
Fast forward to present day, the doting mother remains dedicated to appropriating invaluable time to children-centric Boards in and around the community. Presently, Ms. Shah sits on the Crosswinds Board, with past posts held at Bridges and Children’s Home Society.
A 2003 alumna of Georgia Institute of Technology, Monica secured her Business Management degree with a concentration on pre-law and persists in developing opportunities to lend her exceptional care for civic growth and provide guidance and outreach with likeminded charitable groups.
A 2017 Lead Brevard Graduate, education stays close to her heart. Thus, Ms. Shah also serves with organizations attentive to fostering essential skills in young professionals, namely Junior Achievement and CareerSource Brevard.
The established community support and generosity demonstrated by Health First Foundation Board align strongly with Monica’s own philanthropic backbone; she is looking forward to giving back and growing through her service in the role.
Monica enjoys cheering on the Yellow Jackets and Atlanta Falcons, spending time with her daughter and traveling.
Autumn Shrum was born and raised in Satellite Beach, FL. She currently serves as Executive and Internal Communications Lead at L3Harris Technologies. Prior to joining L3Harris, Autumn Shrum served as Director of Marketing and Public Relations for the Maxwell C. King Center for the Performing Arts. Autumn previously worked as a reporter for Florida Today newspaper and has a strong connection with the Space Coast community.
Autumn is a member of the Space Coast Florida Public Relations Association and served as chapter president in 2020-2021. She holds a bachelor's degree in Advertising and Public Relations and a master's degree in English from the University of Central Florida. She is also accredited in public relations by the Public Relations Society of America.
Nancy Taylor has been instrumental in the charitable efforts for Health First since recovering in the care of Health First doctors and nurses from an auto accident where she was hit by a drunk driver in 1995. A dedicated volunteer and donor, Nancy helped to raise funds to bring a trauma center and the First Flight air ambulance to Health First’s Holmes Regional Medical Center. Nancy has served as past Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Health First Foundation. Active in Brevard County real estate sales for almost 40 years, Nancy lives in the Lake Washington neighborhood of Melbourne with her husband, Ralph.
Kenneth Tieu, MD
Dr. Kenneth Tieu is a physician with Health First Medical Group and is board-certified in General Surgery and Fellowship-trained in minimally invasive surgery. Dr. Tieu focuses on colon, gastrointestinal cancers, hernia repairs, gallbladder, appendix and robotics-assisted general surgery and bariatric (weight-loss) surgery. He earned his undergraduate degree from the University of California, San Diego, and went on to study at the Medical School at Pennsylvania State University in Hershey.
Barbara is a Miami native, moving to the Brevard County coast more than 30 years ago. A graduate of Florida Atlantic University and Rollins College, she co-owned Prudential Sterling Properties for 34 years. She also worked as a real estate appraiser and a teacher for 10 years. Barbara is currently a Broker Associate at Berkshire Hathaway Florida Realty. She has given of her time, serving on Florida Association of Realtors Board, Space Coast Association of Realtors Board, Wachovia Bank Board, Junior League and others. Barbara is active and involved with many community organizations and currently serves on the Brevard Zoo Board. Barbara's late husband, Major General Charles "Chuck" Scanlon, also served on the Foundation Board. Barbara enjoys family, her dogs and traveling.