Meet The Team

iMAD Team Member
iMAD Team Member
iMAD Health Educator

Yeivette Ortiz

Bayamon, Puerto Rico, is where I was born and raised until the age of 12. Soon after I got the news that my family and I would […]

iMAD Health Educator

Anthony Fontanes

Being born in Elizabeth, New Jersey and raised in West Palm Beach, Florida has always given me an outside perspective from the small city lifestyle. I still have to get use to the fact that I’ll always run into someone I know when I go to any store in Highlands County. But that isn’t a bad thing. I’ve used that as an opportunity to foster some great friendships and meet many wonderful people who live here.

iMAD Health Educator

Michelle Cathey

Well, what can I say about me? Highlands County, Avon Park, in particular, has always been my home base, but from the age of five, I've had the opportunity to travel.

iMAD Senior Health Educator

Shawna Schaeffer

I was born in Avon Park, Florida and have lived most of my adult life in Highlands County. During my childhood, I moved around, living in Oregon and Tennessee. I received my Bachelor’s Degree from Saint Leo University in Criminal Justice. I have worked in corrections for many years with the county and state. A couple years ago, I decided that I wanted to do something more, something that seemed meaningful and could help others, so I ended up here at HRHN working with the iMAD program.

Executive Director

Melissa Thibodeau

As a Central-Florida native, I have always had a strong desire to empower people through providing knowledge and opportunities for growth. Part of this comes from having a family who was always embroiled in education. My mother was a teacher and my stepfather was a principal in Polk County throughout my childhood. My father was a college professor and my older sister is dedicated to providing higher education opportunities to the youth of Tennessee through her work with the Tennessee Higher Education Consortium.

Data Manager/ iMAD Girls Senior Health Educator

Lindsey Kelly

Raised among the strawberry fields of Plant City, Florida, I grew up running around barefoot and eating fruit straight from the garden. This has made me LOVE the outdoors. In fact, I’m pretty sure I’m like a flower- “requires 2-3 hours of sunlight per day.” And what better place to get sunlight than The Swamp!? I attended the University of Florida for both my BS and MS in Health Education and Behavior.

iMAD Program Director

Larry Moore

While still actively writing and performing, I am excited about instilling the dynamics of acting for stage and film in up and coming talent through performing arts events focused on refining natural and raw talent. In addition to my role at Heartland Rural Health Network as the iMAD Program Director, I also currently work for Universal as a Harry Potter Theming Trainer.