Diversity Advisory Council


The Diversity Advisory Council (DAC) is a group of team members who represent all levels of the organization who have either been appointed or selected to assist Lakeland Health fulfill its mission to enhance health and serve our community, specifically as it relates to diversity and inclusion.

The DAC educates team members and the organization about the business case for diversity and inclusion in the healthcare environment, which encompasses safe, high-quality, patient-centered, compassionate, and health-related services.

Message from the Diversity Advisory Council Co-Chairs

In June 2012, the DAC at Lakeland Health was initiated to respond to the current and evolving organizational needs to address and advance the diversity and inclusion (D&I) agenda. The original mission was “to serve as an advisory resource for the development and oversight of all diversity strategies and programs within Lakeland.”

As co-chairs, the DAC will help ensure accountability to diversity and health equality, in accordance with core values and strategic planning within Lakeland Health. Throughout its infancy the council continues to strive to improve working relationships through D&I initiatives such as: Diversity Fluency Classes (conducted by Danny Sledge, D&I Program Mgr.), the introduction of D&I tool kits (activities that assist in promoting diversity dialogue with staff ), collaborating efforts with external community entities (OutCenter, Elite Barbershop, Harbor Towers, Race Relations Council), and other initiatives.

This brochure is intended to educate our internal and external audience, bridging the gap with regards to D&I in the community that we serve. We hope this heightens your awareness about D&I at Lakeland and gives you a place to start a conversation.

"Diversity is not a characteristic of life; it is a condition necessary for life….like air and water" ~Barry Lopez

Current Members

Executive Sponsors
• Norma Tirado
• Ray Cruse
Program Director
• Danny Sledge
Diversity Co-chairs
• Debra Johnson
• Paula Maggard
• Tracy Braman
• Lynn Gray, MD
• Vicki Buck
• Emily Caudell
• Margaret Clayborn
• Sarah Clemons
• Crystal Darling, MD
• Peggy Juhl
• Margie Krieger
• Angie Padilla
• Sharon Roberts
• Aissa Seck
• Kathy Starbuck
• Jeffrey Thomas

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