Community Advisory Board

UF CTSI Community Advisory Board
Community Advisory Board members meet at the Clinical and Translational Research Building in December 2014 to review CTSI strategic goals for the next five years.

The UF-FSU Clinical and Translational Science Institute’s Community Advisory Board advises the CTSI and its Community Engagement and Research Program on specific research projects and translational research goals, with meetings rotating between Gainesville, Jacksonville and Tallahassee. Read below to learn more about the board’s mission, vision, goals, members, governance and how to get involved.


Ensure that the community has a collaborative voice in the direction, actions, activities and initiatives of the CTSI as it completes its mission to implement and transform research at the University of Florida and Florida State University.


The community advisory board is dedicated to partnering with the University of Florida and Florida State University in a shared vision to have a positive impact on health issues in the community while assuring community research represents local community interests. The community advisory board is also a partnership working to achieve health equity.


  • To promote programs for implementation through the CTSI that benefit communities locally, regionally and nationally
  • To build sustainable, bidirectional capacity for community members to be an integral part of the CTSI
  • To promote community involvement in research priority settings to include underrepresented populations and Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Standards in Health and Health Care (The National CLAS Standards)
  • To be a trusted advisor to senior leadership of the CTSI


To learn more about getting involved, please contact Dr. Linda Cottler at or and Ms. Zoe Martusewicz at  

Community Advisory Board Members

Shirley Bloodworth, MSN, Co-Chair-Community Coalition for Older Adults

Irvin (PeDro) Cohen, EdD, VP of Social Responsibility/Executive Director-Johnson Family YMCA, YMCA of Florida’s First Coast

Cary Hendricks, EdD, Director of Strategic Initiatives at Florida Blue

James Hall, PhD, Epidemiologist, Center for Applied Research on Substance Use and Health Disparities, Nova Southeastern University

Jay Kuchera, MD, Physician, Resolute Pain Solutions

Miaisha Mitchell, Executive Director, Greater Frenchtown Revitalization Council, Inc.; CAB Co-Chair

Gigi Simmons, Gainesville City Commissioner, District 1

Destiny Tolbert, Shadetree Group

Governance Documents