CEO

Rafael J. Sciullo assumed his role as CEO of Empath Health in early 2021 with the finalization of the merger of Empath Health and Stratum Health System. In the time since he became the organization’s leader, he expanded its home health program, overseen the expansion of its HIV/STI and senior care services and developed new partnerships with other healthcare and community organizations.

Sciullo blends his propensity for attention to detail and fiscal soundness with heartfelt empathy and concern for patients and families. “There is no more important job humans can do for one another than caring for patients at the end of life,” he says. He believes in staying close to patients and families to know firsthand what’s important to them and understand their needs. He stresses the significance of focus on patients and families with his leadership team and staff. His leadership style may be defined as open and transparent.

As a past chairperson and current board member of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) and a recipient of NHPCO’s Founder Award, Sciullo is recognized nationally as a trendsetter in his field. He is a member of Hospice Executive Round Table, a group of hospice leaders who engage in ideas exchange and study ways to advance and enhance hospice care in the United States. Sciullo holds three master’s degrees and was educated at Duns Scotus College, Southfield, Mich, University of San Diego and University of Connecticut.

President

Jonathan D. Fleece, Esq. began serving as President of Empath Health in March 2021 after the merger of Empath Health and Stratum Health System. He became President and CEO of Stratum Health System/Tidewell Hospice in 2018 after serving as President/CEO and a shareholder of Blalock Walters, P.A., in Bradenton and Sarasota.

Fleece is a proven healthcare leader, speaker and visionary whose roots and community involvement run deep in Southwest Florida. He considers his leadership role in hospice and post-acute health care a higher calling. “The two most important days of your life are the day you are born and the day you learn why,” Fleece says, quoting Mark Twain. “Every day I get up, I want to change the world through health care, one patient, one family at a time.”

As a former long-term board member of Tidewell Hospice and Stratum boards, Fleece has been instrumental in the success of both organizations. He promotes the use of industry innovations and collaboration while maintaining focus on one-on-one customer service.

Fleece serves on the board of the Florida Hospice and Palliative Care Association and is a member of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization. He received his J.D. Degree and Certificate in Health Law Studies from Saint Louis University School of Law. Fleece is a former Florida board-certified health care attorney and the co-author of The New Health Age: The Future of Health Care in America, with acclaimed futurist, author, and speaker, David Houle. Fleece and Houle are co-founders of New Health Age Advisors, and Fleece is the founder of tobe4HEALTH.

Empath Health Senior Leadership

Kelly Allen, APR, CDMP
VP, Marketing & Communications

Kelly is responsible for the overall branding, marketing, communications and public relations of the agency

Kelly Allen, APR, CDMPVP, Marketing & Communications

Kelly is responsible for the overall branding, marketing, communications and public relations of the agency

Saida Bouhamid, MBA Finance, ACHE
Chief Mission Financial Officer

Saida is responsible for ensuring the continued financial strength of the organization

Saida Bouhamid, MBA Finance, ACHEChief Mission Financial Officer

Saida is responsible for ensuring the continued financial strength of the organization

Cathi Carr
VP, Care Support Services

Cathi oversees Durable Medical Equipment (DME); Infusion Services; Pharmacy; and Medical Equipment and Supplies

Cathi CarrVP, Care Support Services

Cathi oversees Durable Medical Equipment (DME); Infusion Services; Pharmacy; and Medical Equipment and Supplies

Wade Childress, SPHR
VP, Operations and Human Resources

Wade oversees Human Resources; Center for Learning; and Facilities

Wade Childress, SPHRVP, Operations and Human Resources

Wade oversees Human Resources; Center for Learning; and Facilities

Lynne C. Craver
Chief Mission Implementation Officer

Lynne oversees IT; Telehealth; Emergency Management; and Special Missions Projects

Lynne C. CraverChief Mission Implementation Officer

Lynne oversees IT; Telehealth; Emergency Management; and Special Missions Projects

Randy Currin, MBA
Chief Mission Strategy & Integration Officer

Randy oversees internal project management across Empath, change management, managed care and strategic planning

Randy Currin, MBAChief Mission Strategy & Integration Officer

Randy oversees internal project management across Empath, change management, managed care and strategic planning

Karen Davis-Pritchett, M.Ed
VP, Access & Inclusion, Provider & Community Relations

Karen oversees internal and external programs addressing Diversity, Equity and Inclusion; Professional and Community Relations; Veterans Services; and Volunteer Services.

Karen Davis-Pritchett, M.EdVP, Access & Inclusion, Provider & Community Relations

Karen oversees internal and external programs addressing Diversity, Equity and Inclusion; Professional and Community Relations; Veterans Services; and Volunteer Services.

Kerry Hoerner RN, BSN, CHPN
Chief Hospice Officer

Kerry oversees the clinical operations for Suncoast Hospice and Suncoast Hospice of Hillsborough.

Kerry Hoerner RN, BSN, CHPNChief Hospice Officer

Kerry oversees the clinical operations for Suncoast Hospice and Suncoast Hospice of Hillsborough.

Jennifer Kaminsky, LCSW, MBA
VP PACE & Elder Services

Jennifer oversees senior care and elder services

Jennifer Kaminsky, LCSW, MBAVP PACE & Elder Services

Jennifer oversees senior care and elder services

Scott Kistler, MHA
VP, Public Policy & Legislative Affairs

Scott works with local, state and national leaders to advocate for our communities to receive needed services

Scott Kistler, MHAVP, Public Policy & Legislative Affairs

Scott works with local, state and national leaders to advocate for our communities to receive needed services

Laura Mosby
VP Compliance & Health Information Management

Laura is the Ethics and Compliance Officer; HIPAA Privacy Officer; oversees risk management and High Reliability Organization efforts; and Health Information Management

Laura MosbyVP Compliance & Health Information Management

Laura is the Ethics and Compliance Officer; HIPAA Privacy Officer; oversees risk management and High Reliability Organization efforts; and Health Information Management

Stacy Orloff, EdD, LCSW, ACHP-SW
VP, Innovation and Community Health

Stacy oversees EPIC; Community Counseling; Pediatric Services; and Population Health

Stacy Orloff, EdD, LCSW, ACHP-SWVP, Innovation and Community Health

Stacy oversees EPIC; Community Counseling; Pediatric Services; and Population Health

Kathy Rabon, CFRE, CFRM
Chief Philanthropy and Marketing Officer

Kathy oversees Fundraising; Resale Stores; Planned Giving; Endowment; Grants and Special Events

Kathy Rabon, CFRE, CFRMChief Philanthropy and Marketing Officer

Kathy oversees Fundraising; Resale Stores; Planned Giving; Endowment; Grants and Special Events

Alan Weldy, JD, MBA
Chief Legal and Mission Excellence Officer

Alan oversees legal affairs, safety, quality and compliance, and equitable access initiatives

Alan Weldy, JD, MBAChief Legal and Mission Excellence Officer

Alan oversees legal affairs, safety, quality and compliance, and equitable access initiatives

Empath Health Board Members

Linda de Mello
Mary Jean Etten
Jonathan Fleece
Ben Hayes
Jan Miller
Deborah Nicklaus
Linda Plaster
Rafael Sciullo
Thomas Stuhley
Michael Uselton
Chad Whetstone