Richard Lavina Elected Chairman Of Health Foundation Of South Florida

Feb 14, 2013, 15:41 ET from Health Foundation of South Florida

MIAMI, Feb. 14, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Health Foundation of South Florida, a nonprofit public foundation that has awarded more than $98 million in grants and program support to preventive health initiatives since 1993, elected Richard Lavina as chairman of its board of directors.


Mr. Lavina, Executive Vice President, Regional President, Commercial Banking Southeast Region for HSBC Bank USA, N.A., has been a member of Health Foundation's board for six years. With more than 27 years of corporate/commercial banking experience, Mr. Lavina has extensive experience in the Southeastern market.   

He is active with several local philanthropic organizations, including the Miami Foundation where Mr. Lavina was the Vice Chairman of the Executive Board and Chairman of the Investment Committee.  Mr. Lavina, who holds a bachelor's degree and a master's degree in finance from the University of Miami, resides in Miami with his wife Maria and two children.    

According to Health Foundation of South Florida President and CEO Steven E. Marcus, Ed.D. "Rick's leadership and contributions to the board and community make him ideally suited to take on this responsibility." He added, "As the Foundation continues its mission to impact health outcomes through leadership and partnering for collaborative action, his sharp business acumen and compassion for our neediest residents will add special value to achieving our goals."

Health Foundation of South Florida's other officers for this term are Loreen Chant as Vice Chairwoman and Roymi Membiela as Secretary.  Karen Gilmore is the immediate past chairwoman.

Completing Health Foundation of South Florida's board are: Richard B. Adams, Esq.; Sheldon Dagen, CPA; James Eckhart, Esq.; Arthur Finkle, CLU;  Philip Grossman, M.D.; Susan Kelley; Roderick King, M.D.; Ivette Motola, M.D.; Claire Michele Rice, Ph.D.; Thao M.P. Tran, M.D.  and Stanley Worton, M.D.

About Health Foundation of South Florida: Health Foundation of South Florida, a nonprofit grant making organization, is dedicated to improving health in Broward, Miami-Dade and Monroe Counties.  By advancing health solutions, the Foundation makes a measurable and sustainable impact in ensuring access to affordable, quality health services for all residents, especially the underserved. Since 1993, the Foundation has awarded more than $98 million in grants and program support. For more information, please call 305.374.7200 or see their website, For information on the Foundation's Healthy Aging Regional Collaborative, visit  

SOURCE Health Foundation of South Florida