Clearwater, FL – Suncoast Hospice welcomes three community leaders to its board of directors this month – Maria Nieves Edmonds, chair Hispanic Leadership Council; Stephen R. Mason, president and CEO, BayCare Health System; and Kenneth Welch, Pinellas County Commission chair.
Nieves Edmonds is a longtime education leader in Pinellas County and has served as associate provost at St. Petersburg College’s Tarpon Springs Campus, as well as various other posts at the college. She is also on the board of directors of the Juvenile Welfare Board, YWCA of Tampa Bay and the Leepa Rattner Museum of Art.
Mason has more than 30 years of health care experience and has led BayCare, the largest hospital system in the Tampa Bay area, since 2004. He is chair of One Bay: Healthy Communities, a steering group of public, private and non-profits working for a healthier region and has served in leadership roles of the Florida Hospital Association, Tampa Bay Partnership and the United Way of Tampa Bay.
Welch was first elected to the commission in 2000 for District 7 in southern Pinellas County. He also serves on the Pinellas Tourist Development Council, Pinellas County Business Technology Services Board, Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority (PSTA) and Pinellas Metropolitan Planning Organization. Welch is the nephew of longtime Suncoast Hospice board member and supporter, the late Clarence “Elder” Welch.
“We are so pleased to welcome Maria, Steve and Ken to our board. They are community leaders of exceptional talent and experience and I know their contributions will complement the guidance of their fellow board members,” said Rafael J. Sciullo, president and CEO of Suncoast Hospice.