Board Members

The difference between success and failure begins with choosing the right leaders.


Anna M. Johnson, MHSA, Ph.D.

Dr. Anna M. Johnson graduated from Mico Teachers’ College with a degree in education. After working in the healthcare field for years, she returned to college and graduated from Florida International University with Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Health Services Administration. Dr. Anna M. Johnson also holds a PhD in Human Services with a specialization in Healthcare Administration.

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Dr. Anna M. Johnson teaches Healthcare Management and Healthcare Administration at South University (on-ground) in WPB, Florida for the last seven years and she implemented the Master’s degree in Healthcare Administration on campus in January 2018.

“Being a member of the Board of Directors of HEPP, Inc. will allow me to achieve my life goal, which is to assist people to improve their quality of life through education. I currently encourage and inspire students to be the “best” they can be while incorporating empathy for others.”


Vice – President

Jacqueline Traverso, RN, MHA, CCM

Jackie Traverso RN, MS, CDE has served as a board member since HEPP started back in 2012; she currently holds the position of Vice President of the board. Jackie holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing, Masters of Science in Health Administration and a post graduate certificate in Health Promotion and Disease Prevention.

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She is currently completing the Master of Nursing in Education program at Florida Atlantic University and works as a Certified Diabetes Educator. Jackie is dedicated to serving the Caribbean American community and in reducing health disparities and low health literacy within this population.



Pascale D Auguste, RN, BSN

Pascale D Auguste, RN, BSN is a registered nurse with over 20 years of experience in health administration and over 15 years of experience in public health.  Ms. Auguste has worked extensively with the Haitian community and also with the African American and the Caribbean American communities of Broward and Miami Dade County providing community outreach, health education and support.

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Pascale is well respected in the community and has partnered with numerous community health organizations in an effort to assist the community to achieve better health outcomes.


Board Member

Dr. Elizabeth Philippe

Dr. Elizabeth Philippe is a Family Medicine physician and the Associate Graduate Medical Education Director of Community Health of South Florida Inc.’s Teaching Health Center.  Dr. Philippe got hooked on helping people in underserved communities after graduating from the State University Medical School of Haiti in 1984. She discovered this passion when she was completing a one-year requirement in a disadvantaged area in Haiti. To further her goals, she pursued her studies at Yale University where she obtained a master’s degree in public health in 1986.

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After working for a short period of time at the New York State Department of Health, Dr. Philippe returned to Haiti in 1987 to work as the Medical Director in the Albert Schweitzer Hospital’s Community Health Department.  In 1990, she served as the National Coordinator for the Haitian Ministry of Public Health’s Maternal and Child Health Program. Soon after, she joined the World Health Organization/Pan American Health Organization and was actively involved with its national immunization program.  In 1995, Dr. Philippe returned to the United States and enrolled at the University of  Miami Miller School of Medicine as a fellow in a National Institute on Drug Abuse-sponsored program in epidemiology and prevention of substance abuse.

A board-certified family medicine practitioner, Dr. Philippe completed her residency training in 2002 and then worked as an attending physician and preceptor at Jackson Memorial Hospital. In 2005, she joined CHI as an attending physician and for the past four years have been involved in the leadership of the Brodes Hartley Jr teaching health center. She is fluent in English, French and creole with a proficiency in Spanish.


Board Member

Marie Jose Ledan

Marie Jose Ledan holds a degree in Biology and began her career at the health department of Chicago as a health educator. Now living in Miami, highlights of her career include eleven years at University of Miami as Project Coordinator of their HIV/Aids program; fifteen years at Planned Parenthood as a health educator and twenty one years as Consultant for the YWCA Women’s Wellness program.

In addition to her wealth of experience in outreach and health education Marie Jose Ledan is a pillar in the community. She is well known and well respected by many leaders, organizations and institutions