The Leadership Council Tallahassee’s mission is to increase funds and awareness for UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital, specifically Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals at UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital.
UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital’s outreach initiatives are now serving children from the Big Bend closer to home here in Tallahassee. Last year alone, children from the Big Bend area walked through the doors of UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital more than 14,000 times. With this vast number of visits, UF Health Shands has expanded, serving children from this area in 13 specialties in need of ongoing care by their physicians.
“I feel fortunate to have been engaged with UF Health’s regional efforts for the past two decades. It has been exciting to see our growth in the community during that time, including the establishment of UF Health Pediatric Specialties – Tallahassee, and rewarding to get to know the children and families from all over the Panhandle that we are able to serve locally. As Chairman, I feel very privileged to serve along with the Leadership Council in continuing to grow our mission of providing the best hospital care to all children in need.”
Before joining UF, Samantha served as the Vice President of Legislative and Regulatory Affairs for the Personal Insurance Federation of Florida, a property and casualty insurance trade association based in Tallahassee. Her main responsibilities included advocating the association’s interests before the Florida Legislature, Florida Cabinet and executive branch agencies, and developing legislative and regulatory strategies to advance the collective priorities.
Samantha also served as the Director of Government Affairs for the PACE Center for Girls, Inc. During her tenure with PACE, she expanded PACE’s public sector resources at the local and state level, positioned PACE as the lead advocate for at-risk girls and supported the program’s expansion into Georgia.
Samantha was recognized in 2020 as a Local Patriot by The Village Square and was one of the ‘25 Women You Need To Know’ by the Tallahassee Democrat. She has also held the titles of ‘30 under 30 Rising Star’ of Florida Politics, 2016 Golden A.C.E. by the Tallahassee Network of Young Professionals, and Rising Star in the lobbying industry by INFLUENCE Magazine.
Samantha graduated from the University of Florida with her B.A. and M.A. in Political Science and Certificates in International Relations and Political Campaigning. She remains an active member of the Florida Blue Key alumni community.
“UF Health has helped my friends and family members by providing specialized treatment during the most uncertain of times. Providing care to children closer to home makes a huge difference for families in Tallahassee. As a former Dance Marathon participant and family relations team member, I am proud to now be able to support UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital as a leadership council member in my community.”
“Quality and access to health care have always been a passion and focal point for me, both professionally and personally. Having lived in Tallahassee since 1999, I am proud to serve on the Leadership Council to help connect my Tallahassee neighbors with the incredible health care that UF Health provides.”
“I practice primarily in the fields of administrative law and commercial litigation, including in the health care sector. Both professionally, and as a mother of three, I hold access to high-quality pediatric care close to my heart. Although my degrees are from rival institutions, I married a Gator, and I’m happy to say our marriage has survived several football seasons already.
I am always impressed by the amazing work being done at UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital and its Tallahassee outreach program. UF Health touched our lives personally when our son was ill, and we struggled to gain answers through traditional resources. Thanks to UF Health, our son was seen by a top pediatric pulmonologist right here in Tallahassee. Today, he is healthy and thriving.
I am honored to be included among this distinguished group of leaders working to advance outreach efforts and community awareness of the resources available through UF Health right here in Leon County.”
Providing oversight for human resources, procurement management, support services, and project management, King has worked in management for the Florida Lottery since its startup in 1987.
She graduated from the University of Florida in 1979 with a baccalaureate degree in Business Administration (Marketing). King worked in sales and marketing for GTE, and later as a consultant for Price Waterhouse.
King, the daughter of a UF English professor, was raised in Gainesville and grew up attending Gators games, fishing at Cedar Key, and working summer jobs on campus. She and her husband, Kim, have lived in Tallahassee since 1989. Their two children, Mary Kathryn and Robbie, are UF graduates. Mary Kathryn, like her father, holds a law degree from Florida State University. Robbie, a graduate of the UF College of Medicine, is doing his residency in Internal Medicine at UF Health in Gainesville.
King remains passionate about the University of Florida and, particularly, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. She is happy to serve on a council that bridges health care between Tallahassee and Gainesville.
“I have had the honor of serving my community through my role at UF Health since 2005. Serving alongside the dedicated members of the Tallahassee Leadership Council to support children from throughout the Big Bend is not only fulfilling personally but helps to support our greatest natural resource, our children. Through philanthropy, we are able to fulfill the mission of UF Health in order to serve even the tiniest of patients. I consider being a part of this a blessing.”
“I became interested in the Leadership Council by way of a mutual friend who invited me to a social gathering. I saw the great individuals involved directly and indirectly with the group. I also was able to hear the goal(s) and vision of the group, which featured children at the forefront. Considering the indirect affiliation I have with UF Health Shands due to my sister’s illness – in adulthood, nonetheless – I became more intrigued with the council. I noticed the group was striving to provide better, easier, efficient care for children in Tallahassee. When I was referred to the Council, I graciously welcomed the seat. I am honored to be a part of the Council, and recognizeour goals and objectives are steadily gaining traction in Tallahassee with the end result being easier, efficient care for the kids in need in Tallahassee and its surrounding areas.”
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