Weekly Wellness Walks Advisory Board

Program Founders and Honorary Co-Chairs

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Norman Levy, M.D., Ph.D.

Dr. Norman Levy is a Gainesville-based ophthalmologist and past president of the Alachua County Medical Society and co-founder of the Combating Obesity for Alachua County’s Health (COACH) initiative, which was the precursor to the UF Diabetes Institute Weekly Wellness Walks program. He is an active member of the Gainesville community, along with his wife, Roslyn.

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Roslyn Levy, GRI, CRS
Broker-Associate, Senior Vice President, Coldwell Banker M.M. Parrish Realtors

Roslyn Levy joined Coldwell Banker M.M. Parrish more than 20 years ago after owning her own real estate company in Gainesville for a dozen years. She is an active volunteer and leader with a number of organizations in the Gainesville community. In addition to her real estate expertise, Roslyn is an artist and previously worked as a photographer and printmaker. She has an undergraduate degree in Spanish literature and art history from the University of Michigan, and a master’s in art education from the University of Florida.


Community Advisory Board

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Linda Bobroff, Ph.D.
Professor and Extension Nutrition Specialist
Departments of Family, Youth and Community Sciences, and Food, Science and Human Nutrition, University of Florida

Linda Bobroff provides leadership for Extension programs that address prevention and management of obesity, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease as well as nutrition and health through the lifecycle. Her research focuses on weight management strategies for persons living in medically underserved areas and evaluation of Extension education programs. She currently is co-investigator on an NIH-funded randomized controlled trial investigating weight management approaches for adults in rural counties in Florida.

Laura Guyer, Ph.D., R.D.
Faculty, Center for Gender, Sexualities and Women’s Studies Research, University of Florida

Laura Guyer is a long-time faculty member at the University of Florida, and is a former tenured associate professor in the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition. A registered dietician, she has a varied background in community health and currently focused on health disparities in vulnerable populations, women’s health, rural health disparities and health literacy.

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David Janicke, Ph.D. ABPP
Professor, Department of Clinical and Health Psychology, University of Florida

David Janice’s main area of interest in translational research intended to promote the dissemination of obesity interventions for individuals in community settings, with a primary focus on children. Unique aspects of his work include companies family-based versus parent-only interventions to address lifestyle change in children, and designing interventions to be delivered to families in underserved rural settings through the cooperative extension service. He is principal investigator on a recently completed NIDDK-funded grant, examining the impact of behavioral interventions for pediatric obesity in underserved rural settings.

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Dana Janney, B.S.
Director of Personal Training and Marketing, Alter Ego Fitness

For Dana Janney, the gym is her happy place. She graduated from the University of Florida with a bachelors in applied physiology and kinesiology, specializing in fitness and wellness. She enjoys helping others reach their health and fitness goals, while having fun.

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Arch Mainous III, Ph.D.
Chair, Department of Health Services Research, Management and Policy
Professor, Department of Community Health and Family Medicine

Dr. Mainous joined the University of Florida faculty in 2013, after serving as the Associate Dean for Assessment and Evaluation and Professor and Director of Research in the Department of Family Medicine at the Medical University of South Carolina. He is the Deputy Editor of Family Medicine and is on the editorial boards of Annals of Family Medicine and Quality in Primary Care. He has conducted a variety of studies on conditions commonly presenting in primary care including respiratory infections, diabetes, cardiovascular disease and iron disorders. His research focuses on improving the delivery of health care by attempting to improve detection of disease and providing the right care for the right individual.

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Vicki Piazza
UF HealthStreet Program Manager, Department of Epidemiology, University of Florida

Vicki Piazza is the project manager for UF HealthStreet, and is an experienced program manager. HealthStreet is a community engagement program at the University of Florida, with a mission to improve the health of our community by bridging gaps in health care and health research.

Lisa Scarton

Lisa Scarton, Ph.D.
Post-doctoral Associate, College of Nursing, University of Florida

Lisa Scarton is a post-doctoral associate in the College of Nursing.  Her main area of research is on type 2 diabetes, family caregivers, and diabetes management, with a particular emphasis on the Native American Population.  Her research focuses on the needs and concerns of family caregivers of persons with type 2 diabetes and led to the development of a tool that provides insight into activities and support behaviors caregivers find difficult or easy. She is also initiating research on caregiving issues for families affected by cancer and type 2 diabetes.

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Claudia Tuck, LCSW
Department Director, Alachua County Community Support Services

Claudia Tuck is the Director of the Alachua County Department of Community Support Services. She is responsible for Social Services, a Foster Grandparent Program, the Victim Services and Rape Crisis Center, Veterans Services, and the Crisis and Suicide Intervention Center. Ms. Tuck previously served as the Director of the Palm Beach County Division of Human Services, and spent 25 years employed at the Oakwood Center of the Palm Beaches. She has been active in professional organizations throughout her career, and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a Licensed Health Care Risk Manager.

UF Diabetes Institute Staff Contacts

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Carly Barnes Dodd, M.S.
Assistant Director, University of Florida Diabetes Institute

Contact Carly at barnes.carly@ufl.edu.

Sarah Levine, B.A.
Research Fellow, University of Florida Diabetes Institute

Contact Sarah at sarah.levine@ufl.edu.

Gina Aulisio
Health Education and Behavior Intern, University of Florida Diabetes Institute

Contact Gina at gaulisio@ufl.edu..