The Health Council of West Central Florida, Inc. (HCWCF) serves residents in Hardee, Highlands, Hillsborough, Manatee and Polk counties. Our most recent 990 Report is posted on

The mission of HCWCF is to provide information, insight, and solutions to address current and emerging health and wellness needs in our communities.


To accomplish our mission, we:
  • Provide comprehensive assessment, planning and advisory services to meet the health related needs of the public, non-profit and governmental agencies;
  • Provide education and public dialogue on health challenges facing our community;
  • Identify opportunities for collaboration across sectors;
  • Assist grassroots efforts with administrative and financial oversight services


Our qualified staff members can provide technical guidance to non-profit and government agencies regarding:
  • Survey design and implementation; conducting focus groups and key informant interviews
  • Collection and analysis of demographic, service and epidemiological data
  • Strategic and long-range planning related to social determinants of health including community health needs assessments and community health improvement plans
  • Program design, implementation, and evaluation
  • Grant research
  • Coalition building
  • Community education on health issues


Please contact us at [email protected] to discuss how our talented staff can meet your need.


Board Meetings

Meetings are generally held on the second Thursday every other month at our Tampa office. Meetings are open to the public. Please click here for meeting time/location.

Teresa A. Kelly,
Executive Director

Teresa is a graduate of the University of South Florida.  She has served the Health Council of West Central Florida for nearly 25 years in various positions before becoming the Executive Director in 2015. She developed a passion for health equity early in her career while working with the indigenous peoples of the Miccosukee Tribe and the United South and Eastern Tribes. Her professional background also includes work in behavioral health organizations and community planning and development in the Tampa Bay area.



Victoria Kasdan RN
Manatee County
Russ Patterson
Consumer 60+
Hillsborough County
James Wesley Nall
Secretary / Treasurer
Consumer 60+
Polk County


Remeka Rose
Hillsborough County
Robert Dobbs
Consumer 60+
Manatee County
Sabrina Nelson Winters, CRNA
Hillsborough County

Board of Directors by county: 

Our Board of Directors is appointed by each County Commission to represent the concerns of health care consumers, providers, and purchasers at the local level. Current members are:

Hardee County

Vacant, Consumer

Highlands County

Vacant, Consumer

Hillsborough County

Jennifer DeJesus, Consumer

Patricia Mecalf, ARNP Provider

Russell Patterson, Consumer 60+

Vacant, Purchaser

Vacant, Provider


Manatee County

Eric Folkens, M.D. Provider (Vice-Chair)

Victoria Kasdan, RN Purchaser (Chair)


Polk County

James Wesley Nall, Consumer 60+(Secretary/Treasurer)

Vacant, Provider

Vacant, Consumer

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