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Executive Director

Andrea Stephenson-Royster is the Executive Director of the Health Council of Southeast Florida (HCSEF) and the Lake Okeechobee Rural Health Network (LORHN). In this role, she directs a team of dedicated professionals committed to providing an array of services, including health planning and service coordination; program development and evaluation; chronic disease management and the promotion of healthy lifestyles for residents of Glades, Hendry, Indian River, Martin, Okeechobee, Palm Beach and St. Lucie counties. The services are provided in support of increasing access to health care, reducing disparities in health status, improving the quality of health services, and advocating for vulnerable populations.

Mrs. Stephenson-Royster has developed a solid knowledge base of issues and trends in health care and human services during her 20 years in the public, private and non-profit sectors. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from the University of Florida, with an emphasis in Medical Sociology. She also holds a Master's in Health Science (MHS) as well as a Master's in Business Administration (MBA), both from the University of Florida. She is also a skilled facilitator and trainer and has taught as an adjunct professor, instructing undergraduate students in the various facets of health administration.

Mrs. Stephenson-Royster is a graduate of Leadership Palm Beach County (Class of 2005), received the Palm Beach County Medical Society’s Heroes in Medicine Award for Community Involvement (2005), was recognized by Success South Florida as one of the "Top 40 Black Professionals Under 40" (2006), and selected as a member of Who's Who in Black South Florida (2007). She has also been recognized by Legacy Magazine as one of the “Top 25 Most Influential Women in Business” (2011) and one of “Top 25 Most Powerful Black Professionals” (2012).