The Health Council helps our members connect, grow and prosper within Jacksonville’s business community by providing unique programs and activities focused on today’s important trends in health and well being.
Why join the Health Council?
The obvious reason is to be around other like-minded business people who are interested in doing business together. Health Council is all that plus these exciting benefits:
Meet our Board of Directors
Joshua Stewart has worked for Florida Blue for 9 years. Currently, he is the Center Director for 2 of the Jacksonville Florida Blue Centers.
In his role, Josh is responsible for leading a team comprised of sales, service, and care that is focused on helping people and communities achieve better health. The team continuously markets the products and services offered by Florida Blue in the retail centers under Josh’s guidance to ensure members and non-members alike have the best possible health outcomes through closing care gaps and addressing social determinants of health.
Josh, a father of two and native of Jacksonville, graduated from Ed White High School. After September 11th he felt a calling to serve in the United States Marine Corps and completed two tours in Iraq. After the Marines, Josh graduated from the University of Hawaii with a double major in Anthropology and History. Josh is currently working to attain his MBA from Florida State University.
Josh has helped raise funds for the Jacksonville Jaguars Foundation and is currently the committee lead for the Achieve the Dream scholarship with the First Coast Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.
Jason Lafser, CPA, CFE
SECRETARY & IMMEDIATE-PAST PRESIDENT
Tax Managing Director
BDO USA, LLP
In his current position, Jason focuses his efforts on business management consulting as well as tax planning and preparation for commercial businesses and individuals.
In his role, he is able to get an “inside view” of his client’s operations, which enable him to recommend strategies that may help to reduce the likelihood of employee fraud and embezzlement.
Jason centers his focus on the healthcare and professional services industries, as well as real estate and retail operations. He also focuses on services for veterinarian practices.
- American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
- Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, Jacksonville Chapter, Past-President and Treasurer
- Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants
- M.S., Business Administration, University of North Florida
- B.S., Accounting, Murray State University
Director of Business Development
Ashley Szczukowski is Danis Construction’s Director of Business Development for Northeast Florida. She has spent the past 18 years identifying and establishing relationships in Jacksonville while creating and executing strategic plans for marketing, philanthropy and community leadership.
Communications & PR
President and Founder
Jenn Kjellman has run national marketing departments for two successful companies and now owns her own business, JSK Marketing. While her career is incredibly important to her, Jenn’s passion for serving her community and her family remain at the root of all she does.
Originally from Atlanta, Jenn took a leap of faith and moved to Jacksonville five years ago to take on a Corporate Sponsorship position that turned into a National Marketing Director promotion within less than four months. While in her role with Dream Finders Homes, Jenn was responsible for running marketing for the company’s Northeast Florida division through one of their largest periods of growth, while also managing all marketing efforts for their other six divisions, a PGA Tour partnership with the Players and an NFL sponsorship with the Jacksonville Jaguars. Jenn’s creativity, determination and unique marketing perspective played a large part in Dream Finders Homes’ growth from 477 closings to over 1,200 closings in just four years. It is Jenn’s attention to detail and relationships that not only made her well known as an asset to the building industry quickly, but also put Dream Finders’ name out there as one to be involved in the community of Jacksonville. Within her first year with Dream Finders, Jenn joined the Northeast Florida Builders Association’s Sales and Marketing Committee, leading her to then Chair the Laurels (their largest event) for the next two years. She also helped start the Young Professionals Group within the builder’s association and served as the co-chair for three of her four years in the building industry.
Jenn has been recognized numerous times in her career as a leader and one to watch in the city of Jacksonville. Most recently Jenn was recognized as a JAX MVP by the Jacksonville Jaguars and was one of 17 young professionals in the city of Jacksonville to serve in the Jacksonville Chambers’ Hightower Emerging Leaders Fellowship program for the 2018 year. Jenn continues to be recognized as a significant difference maker for the Jacksonville community and Jacksonville’s future.
In 2019, Jenn launched her own marketing consulting firm, JSK Marketing. Her passion for helping companies succeed is what motivates her on long days. She truly makes herself an extension of her client’s team and serves them each as if she were their personal CMO. It may be from her time at Chick-fil-A, Inc. but Jenn loves serving people and understands the importance of creating lifelong fans for a brand, which has been key to her seeing instant success with her new company.
Jenn is known to take things on headfirst, always with a smile, and maybe just a little sarcasm. She has brought an entirely new look to marketing for the community and her clients. She pushes the envelope on marketing standards and innovation in the marketplace. When she is not working Jenn loves to explore the world, watch football, and hang out with her husband, friends and family. She also serves on multiple boards in the community, including Nemours Children Hospital’s Women’s committee and BEAM’s Beach Ball committee.
Business Development Director
Trust Relationship Manager
Randi Guthard is a Senior Trust Relationship Manager with Synovus Trust Company in Jacksonville. She has more than 25 years of experience in financial services, including 9 years in Private Wealth Management, and joined the Synovus team in Jacksonville in September of 2019
Randi specializes in providing the best in comprehensive and highly customized advice and fiduciary guidance through a concierge style approach helping clients identify the most appropriate trust options based on their needs and that of their family, achieving their goals in light of current market conditions through financial planning and matching their investment strategy to their long term and short term goals. She is able to simplify her client’s financial affairs and ensure their legacy through all aspects of estate planning by supporting all aspects of trust administration, asset and investment management, and by acting in a full service, directed or co-trustee fiduciary capacity. She holds the Series 7 and Series 65 licenses as well as the Florida Life, Health, and Variable Products license.
Randi was born in Hackensack, NJ but grew up in the Pittsburgh area where she graduated from Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Management. She also played on the Women’s Volleyball team while at Slippery Rock that is remembered as one of SRU’s best ever to win the first Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference NCAA Division II title in Rock Volleyball history, finishing that season nationally ranked with a 33-6 record.
In addition to currently serving as Treasurer of the Health Council Board of Directors, Randi’s additional civic commitments and community involvement include serving on the Board of Directors of The Florida Theater, Women’s Advisory Board of Gabriel House of Care, member of the Nemours Society, and member of the St. Johns County Chamber of Commerce. In her spare time, Randi enjoys spending time with her husband of 15 years, Kevin, and their 2 Australian Shepherds, Chase and Colby. They also travel to play competitive tennis, enjoy golf and anything to do with the beach and boating.
Assistant Director of Development and Grant Management
Kristal Fuentes serves as the Assistant Director of Development and Grant Management at Brooks Rehabilitation where she works with the low or no cost community programs to provide continuous rehabilitative services for all individuals with a differing ability.
Chief Strategy Officer
Two Twelve Benefits
Eric Ross is the Chief Strategy Officer with Two Twelve benefits. Before joining 212, he started his journey in health care as a Firefighter/Paramedic and as a Registered Nurse in the Emergency Room.
After almost a decade providing direct patient care, some of his recent experiences have been working with and scaling different Health Care organizations. He understands the complexities that often come with the health care industry and his main goal is to make the complicated much less complicated. More importantly as health care costs continue to rise faster than any other industry, he hopes to help businesses and individuals have access to affordable Health Care wherever they live.
If you cross paths with him outside of work, you will likely find him spending time with his family and friends somewhere outdoors near the water.
Patrick Sego is the Commercial Small Group & General Agency Manager for Florida Blue. Patrick has 22 years of experience in health and insurance services.
Today he has the privilege of leading a team of Group Account Executives that serve small businesses and agencies throughout Florida.
Patrick is a native of Jacksonville and has had the opportunity to establish relationships and provide his leadership skills within an organization like the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office, Delta Airlines, and several Insurance entities.
He has studied at FSCJ with a Bachelor of Supervision and Management and has participated in several leadership programs such as the Jacksonville Executive Lifework Leadership and Leadercast.