The Foundation for a Healthy St. Petersburg is excited to announce the election of Katurah Jenkins-Hall as our new Board Chair, Donna Petersen as Vice Chair and Emery Ivery as Secretary and Treasurer. The Board of Trustees oversees the Foundation in St. Petersburg, which uses mission-based philanthropy to end differences in health due to social and structural disadvantages to improve population health in Pinellas County.
Dr. Jenkins-Hall has served the Foundation faithfully over the past year and a half as Vice Chair. She will now move into the role of Chair of the Board. Born and raised in south St. Petersburg, Dr. Jenkins-Hall was the first African-American woman to be awarded a PhD in psychology from the University of South Florida, Tampa. She retired from the university in 2016 after a 30-year career.
Dr. Jenkins-Hall has served the Bay Area as a licensed Clinical Psychologist for over 30 years, specializing in cultural diversity in clinical practice, and is a champion of racial equity. She volunteers as a mental health consultant throughout the Bay Area and is the founding President of Legacy-56, an organization whose mission is to remember, reclaim and restore the cultural and spiritual heritage of African American communities.
Dr. Donna Petersen is the Foundation’s new Vice Chair for the Board of Trustees. She is also the Dean of the College of Public Health and Senior Associate Vice President for USF Health at the University of South Florida. Dr. Petersen earned her master’s and doctoral degrees from the John Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health. She is the author of numerous publications, book chapters and a textbook on needs assessment in public health, is the Editor Emerita of the Maternal and Child Health Journal, and is a founding member and past president of the National Board of Public Health Examiners.
Additionally, Dr. Peterson serves as a member of the Tampa Bay Partnership’s OneBay Healthy Communities Executive Committee and is on the Hillsborough County Health Care Advisory Board. She has been honored for her work by the American Public Health Association, and in August of 2011, she was presented a Distinguished Alumna Award by The John Hopkins University.
Continuing to serve as Secretary/Treasurer for the Board is Emery M. Ivery. Mr. Ivery is the current Tampa Bay Area President of the United Way Suncoast, where he provides regional leadership in developing strategies to address the root causes of community issues, thereby creating lasting community change in the Tampa Bay region.
Mr. Ivery has nearly 30 years of experience working at United Way. In March 2006, he brought his talents to United Way Suncoast as the Vice President of Community & Partnership Development, becoming Sr. Vice President in 2009. He holds a master’s degree in Social Administration from Case Western Reserve University and is an avid reader and runner.
“To have three leaders of this caliber, with such depth and breadth of community insight and academic and professional expertise, is a tremendous gift for a young foundation,” said Randall H. Russell, President and CEO. “Their wisdom and guidance will be a great support to us as we work with allies and stakeholders to advance health equity in Pinellas County. We are extremely grateful for their service.”
About the Foundation for a Healthy St. Petersburg
The Foundation for a Health St. Petersburg is a private foundation working with the communities of Pinellas County to eradicate inequality, achieve health equity, and improve population health. The Foundation inspires and empowers people, organizations, ideas, and relationships to ensure that every person equitably achieves optimal health and well-being.