An Alert to Women about Heart Disease

Take It To Heart™, Inc.

Board Of Directors Brief Resumes


 SCOTT B. BAKER, M.D., F.A.C.C. is Board Certified in Internal Medicine and Cardiovascular Science, and has been in private practice for over 29 years with Baker-Gilmour Cardiology Institute, Jacksonville’s first practice specializing in adult and pediatric cardiology established in July 1953.  He is the Founder and President of Take It To Heart™ ~An Alert To Women About Heart Disease.     He was named by USA Today as one of the United States’ Most Influential Doctors for the treatment of high cholesterol.

He is an an attending physician in the Department of Cardiology at Memorial Hospital of Jacksonville, Baptist Medical Center and Baptist Medical Center South, Flagler Hospital and Brooks Rehabilitation Hospital.  He was a Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine in Cardiology at University Medical Center/Shands Jacksonville.

Dr Baker has an active presence at Memorial Hospital.  He  was elected Chief Of Medical Staff from 2003-2005, after having first served as Secretary-Treasurer from 2001-2003 and having served as Chairman of the Cardiovascular Department at Memorial Hospital from 1992-2000.  He also served as a member on Memorial’s Board of Directors  from 2003-2005. He has also served as the Director of Nuclear Cardiology.  He sat on the Cardiac Catheterization Committee and was a Member of the Board of Directors of the Medical Advisory Committee.

He was instrumental in establishing  the Florida Chapter of American College of Cardiology, serving as a member of the Steering Committee tasked with the Chapter’s formation.  He later served as Chairman of the FCACC’s Committee for Patient Quality Issues.

Active in the community, Dr. Baker is the Medical Director for the Police and Fire Pension Fund since 1990 and the Assistant Medical Director for Jacksonville Fire/Rescue since 1991.  He is also the Chairman of the Public Safety Program/Wellness program and the Fire Surgeon for Public Safety.   He served on the Mayor’s Transition committee for Fire and Rescue , and was a Mayoral appointment to the City Of Jacksonville Sports and Entertainment Committee.

He has appeared on radio and cable television on programs and presentations to inform the public about cardiovascular disease. He is invited on a regular basis to speak at both professional associations and civic associations. He has been published in The Second International Conference on Women.  He has been active in ongoing cardiovascular research since 1986, including the following: Co-Investigator, FDA Clinical Trial for HGM: Laser Angioplasty in Atherosclerotic Peripheral Vascular Disease-Iliacs through Superficial Femoral Artery; Principal Investigator, FDA Clinical Trial for HGM:Laser Angioplasty for Intra-Popliteal Arteries of Legs; C0-Investigator: NIH Cardiac Arrhythmia Suppression Trial (CAST);Co-Investigator, FDA Trial for MEDCO: Research “Adenosine as Perfusion Agent for Thallium Stress Testing”; Member, Advisory Board MEDCO: research FDA Trial on IPPA for Myocardial Viability; Co-Investigator, Clinical Evaluation of Ethmozine in Patients with Symptomatic and Life-Threatening Ventricular Arrhythmia; Co-Investigator , Multicenter Comparison of Ethmozine  and Encainide in Patients with Symptomatic and Life-Threatening Ventricular Arrhythmias; Co-Investigator, Clinical Trials with Adenosine: Stress Pharmacologic Agent with Thallium Perfusion Scans Compared to Exercise; Co-Investigator, Thrombolysis with rPA in Patients with Acute Myocardial Infarction: Angiographic and Radionuclide Analysis; and, Co-Investigator, COPERNICUS:  Carvedilol Prospective Randomized Cumulative Survival Trial, Severe Congestive Heart Failure Trial.

He received his Bachelor of Science from Emory University and his Doctor of Medicine Degree from the School of Medicine at the University of Florida. He received his post graduate training at Emory Medical School, Bayl0r College of Medicine, and Health Physics/National Institute of Health.  His professional associations include the American College of Cardiology, American College of Physicians, American Medical Association, Florida Medical Association, American Heart Association and the Duval County Medical Society

MARIA GINA TIOMICO, M.D., a primary care physician in private practice with Tiomico Family Medicine, formerly known as Tiomico-Trahan Family Care Center, since 2004.  She is also the Medical Director, Medicare Part A West Coast United States and Territories for First Coast Service Options.  Dr. Tiomico is active in the community and currently serves on the Physician Leadership Award committee for the HCA Network. She is a sought-after lecturer on a variety of topics including management of dyslipidemia, pain management, Medicare Guidelines on home health services and DME, hypertension, end-of-life issues, depression, overactive bladder, attention deficit disorder and COPD and she has been published in the Florida Family Physician Journal.  Current and past professional associations include Association of Hospice and Palliative Care, Philippine Medical Society of Jacksonville, Florida Academy of Family Physicians, American Academy of Family Physicians and the American Medical Association.  Past committee involvements have include Chair of the CME committees of the Philippine Medical Society of Jacksonville and for the Community Hospice of Northeast Florida. She received her Doctor of Medicine from the University of Santo Tomas in Manila, Philippines in 1986.  She interned at Cardinal Santos Memorial Hospital in Luzon City, Philippines and continued her residency at the University Family Practice Center at the University of Florida Health Science Center of Jacksonville, Florida, rising to Chief Resident and winning awards for Resident of The Year for three years, including as Chief Resident.

THE HONORABLE  MARTHA BARRETT was elected to the Duval County School Board in a special election on September 15, 2009. Ms. Barrett had previously served on the Duval County School Board from 2000 to 2008.  She chaired the board from 2003 to 2004. Ms. Barrett is currently Senior Vice President, Corporate Social Responsibility and Market Manager for Bank of America, Northeast Florida. She previously served as Press aide during Mayor Jake Godbold’s administration and served as an Assistant Vice President at Independent Life and also was associated with the Jim King Companies. She currently serves on the boards of the Cultural Council of Jacksonville, Museum of Contemporary Art, Jacksonville Symphony, Communities in Schools and Florida State College Foundation.  She is a Trustee of the Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce. She is a graduate of Leadership Jacksonville and Leadership Florida. She received the Tillie Fowler Community Service Award from the Junior League in 2009.  She also received the Leadership Award from Community Connections, EVE award finalist in Employment and the World of Girl Scouting Award. Jacksonville Magazine named her as one of the 50 Most Influential Citizens in 2009. Ms. Barrett received her undergraduate degree in Political Science from Maryville University in St. Louis, Mo. and her Masters in Education from Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio.

LISA STRANGE WEATHERBY, CIMA, CIS, is a First Vice President – Investments, at Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC, specializing in investment consulting to business owners, nonprofit and other organizations whose directors and trustees are fiduciaries, as well as to high net worth individuals with specialized financial needs.  In 2004, she was named one of the Top 40 Women Advisors in America and in 2005 was recognized in the book The Winners Circle, the Top 100 Advisors in America, by RJ Shook, a noted authority on the subject.  In 2012, the Jacksonville Business Journal named her A Woman of Influence.

She is a member of the Jacksonville Electric Authority board of directors and she recently served as the co chair of the Transportation Committee for Mayor-elect Alvin Brown’s Transition Team in Jacksonville.  She is a philanthropist and heavily involved in the Jacksonville community. Her current charitable activities include being Immediate Past President of the Florida State College at Jacksonville Foundation board, board member of Volunteers in Medicine – providing healthcare for the working poor, Rotary Club member, and past two-term leader on the Foundation Grants committee.  Ms. Weatherby is an active member of United Way and is a member of the Tocqueville Society.  She is a member of the Baptist Health Foundation Advisory Group (TAG), as well as a founding member of the Jacksonville Women’s Giving Alliance, promoting philanthropy among women and girls, and a member of the Jacksonville Women’s Network.  Additionally, Ms. Weatherby is a member of the Jacksonville Community Foundation’s Professional Advisory Council and a member of the Partnership for Philanthropic Planning, as well as a member of the Daniel (Memorial) Capital Campaign Committee, to raise funds for a new school for the at risk children of Daniel.  She serves on former United States Comptroller General David M. Walker’s Advisory Council for his foundation, The Comeback America Initiative, Inc., which focuses on fiscal responsibility and numerous other important economic issues.  She is a Founding Citizen Leader of the NoLabels organization, which focuses on bringing civility back to political discourse and a sponsor of the 12-step program Making Congress Work.

Ms. Weatherby served as a Citizen Diplomat, hosting and facilitating a delegation of bankers and leaders from nine Western European countries for Global ax and for the past six years has chaired the International Finance Super Sector of the Jacksonville International Business Coalition (JIBC).  In March 2012, Ms. Weatherby joined a bipartisan delegation of business and community leaders from Florida, hosted by Business Forward, to the White House to discuss economic policy initiatives with senior administration officials.

Previous accomplishments include trustee and Investment Committee Chair of Jacksonville University, two term board chair of Hubbard House, Inc., a domestic violence shelter, founding chair of the University of North Florida College of Arts and Sciences Dean’s Advisory Council, a member of the Florida Bar Grievance Committee,

board chair of the Jacksonville Women’s Network, board chair of Cathedral Arts Project – bringing arts instruction to the schools of at-risk children, and board member and Finance Committee chair of the Jacksonville Humane Society.   Awards have included the International Bethune Achievers award from the National Council of United Negro Women, the Community Connections Leadership award and the Bank of America Neighborhood Excellence Local Heroes award.  She is a graduate of the University of North Florida with a degree in Business Administration, majoring in Urban Land Economics.

STACI SPANOS has been a proud part of WJXT Channel 4 since 1997.  In that time she has reported on the Jacksonville City Council, Duval County School Board, Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office and a host of local, state and national issues that affect the citizens of the First Coast region. Staci also co-anchored “The Morning Show” for 11 years, a fast-paced blend of news, interviews and feature stories, through June 2013, when she stepped into a new role, producing special reports and making other contributions to Channel 4. Staci graduated from the University of Florida in 1994 with a degree in telecommunication. She is married to Tom Gibson and has 2 children.

CAROL CATLETT is a retired educator having spent 35 years in the Duval County School system as an elementary school teacher. She was Sabal Palm Elementary School’s Teacher of the Year in 2005 and recognized by the Florida Times Union as an EVE finalist in 2010.   Carol is married to Rick Catlett, President of the Gator Bowl Association and is an active ambassador for the city in Jacksonville’s long tradition of hosting the Gator Bowl football game.  She attended the University of North Florida for both her Bachelor’s Degree in Education and Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education.

FRANCES SAMUEL has been the project manager of Take It To Heart™ since its beginning.  A dedicated volunteer in the pursuit of women’s heart health, she has undertaken community outreach by organizing and coordinating events.  She is a certified as an International External Counterpulsation Therapist and has been employed by Baker-Gilmour Cardiovascular Institute as a Supervisor of Specialized Studies since 2002.   She has been employed in the health industry since 1985.  She is also certified in basic life support.  She is active in the Girl Scouts of America.  She is a graduate of Florida State College at Jacksonville.

TRACY GAFFNEY is an Executive Producer/Sales & Station Projects at WJXT Channel 4, The Local Station and has worked at WJXT for 30 years.   She is the Director of Community Services and is responsible for coordinating station events in the community and assisting the sales team with production needs for on-air elements. She is active in the community serving as a Board member for Children’s Christmas Party of Jacksonville.  She is a member of Leadership Jacksonville and an active volunteer with the March of Dimes.   She is a Jacksonville native and a graduate of University of Florida with Bachelor of Science in Broadcasting.

WANDA R. McCLELLAN has over 26 years experience in retail management and has been a retail manager for Walgreens for the past 14 years.  Her responsibilities includes running the highest volume pharmacy in Jacksonville.   She also serves as Walgreens’ Community Leader, responsible for building relationships in Jacksonville with local charities, non-profit organizations, and on a business to-business level.  She serves on the Boards of the Pharmacy Technician Advisory Board for Heritage Institute and the Pharmacy Technician Advisory Board for Florida State College at Jacksonville.  Her community activities include mentoring students for Communities in Schools, and Students in Free Enterprise at University of North Florida.  She also works with the Trinity Rescue Mission, Clare White Mission and the Sulzbacher Center to supply food, clothing, free immunizations, and other services to the needy.

Ms. McClellan is actively involved with Springfield Relay for Life and with the local American Diabetes Association.  She recently coordinated a fund-raising event for Wolfson Children’s Hospital raising $43,000. Ms. McClellan graduated cum laude from Florida State College at Jacksonville with a Bachelor of Applied Science in Supervision and Management.