Meet The Team
Nicole Sutton, MPH, CPH, CHES
Immediate Past Chair, Program Chair
Nicole has been in public health for more than twenty years and has worked in several areas including intimate partner violence, maternal & child health, LGBTQ+ health, youth homelessness, and family literacy. In addition to serving as the current FVPC Chair, she also serves several other groups including the Hillsborough County Domestic Violence Task Force and Coordinated Community Response Workgroup, Hillsborough State Attorney’s Office Community Council, and University of South Florida’s Harrell Center for the Study of Family Violence Advisory Board, and the National Association of County and City Health Officials COVID-19 Refuge, Immigrant and Migrant External Advisory Group.
Nicole is Guardian ad Litem in Florida’s 13th Circuit and Co-Chair for the county’s Domestic Violence Fatality Review. She is passionate about addressing family violence as a public health issue with strong focus on achieving health equity.
Lindsey King, PhD, MPH, CHES, CCRP, CTTS
Chair, Program Chair
Lindsey King, PhD, MPH, CHES®, CCRP, CTTS (she/her/hers) received her PhD in public health from UF, her MPH from the University of South Florida (USF) in 2006, and her Bachelor of Arts from UF in 2004. She is a clinical assistant professor of public health in the Department of Health Services Research, Management and Policy at the University of Florida (UF) College of Public Health and Health Professions. Dr. King has over 15 years of experience working in the field of public health as a social and behavioral scientist with expertise working with minoritized and marginalized populations with a goal to reduce health disparities. Dr. King’s primary interests include community-engaged research to identify strengths of communities and eliminate health disparities in underserved populations including racial and ethnic minority populations and sexual and gender minority populations. She is also a tobacco cessation facilitator through the Northeast Florida Area Health Education Center (AHEC).
Dr. King’s research background includes mixed methods research in behavioral oncology, clinical, epidemiology, and community-based participatory research (CBPR) to address disparities in maternal and child health (MCH), and adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and trauma-informed, resilience-building community initiatives. Her recent research focuses on the prevention and treatment of ACEs and exploring the use of community level resilience-based approaches in public health to improve health outcomes.
Tara Foti, PhD, MPH
Dr. Foti received a BS in Health Science from SUNY Brockport and her MPH from the University of Rochester. She completed her PhD in Public Health with a concentration in Community and Family Health at the University of South Florida, where she completed a maternal and child health leadership traineeship funded by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau.
Her research is focused on identifying risk factors and interventions to improve maternal mental health and foster optimal socio-emotional infant and child development. She is particularly interested in assessing and improving health outcomes for families who are impacted by addiction, mental health conditions, and family violence.
Lan Pham, MSW, MPH
Lan Pham has over 25 years of experience in community-based research, non-profit management, and public leadership. Currently, Ms. Pham is Manager of the City of Seattle Human Services, Mayor’s Office on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault. The Office is a funder, convener, and lead facilitator of the City’s intradepartmental response to address gender-based violence. Prior to the role with the City, Ms. Pham was Executive Director of the API Women and Family Safety Center (now APIChaya), a grassroots nonprofit organization focused on advocacy, community organizing, education and response.
Ms. Pham is also a Practicum Instructor and Part-Time Lecturer of the University of Washington – Master of Social Work Program, where she provides instruction and training on social work policy and administration.
Loretta Tsu, MA, BSN, RN, SCRN
Photo and Biography to be updated soon
Karina Wilson, MPH
Karina Wilson has received her Bachelor’s in Health Science and Master of Public Health (MPH) degree at the University of Florida’s (UF) College of Public Health and Health Professions. Karina currently serves as the Applied Practice Experience and Outreach Coordinator for the MPH program at UF. Prior to her current role, Karina worked with Peaceful Path’s Domestic Violence Shelter as an Education and Prevention Intern where she gained firsthand experience in providing children’s advocacy, planning and facilitating children’s support groups, educating on violence prevention and financial literacy, and delivering childcare support. Karina also worked as an intern at the Florida Health Justice Project advocating for Medicaid expansion in the state of Florida. Karina has also served as a COVID-19 Epidemiologist and Project Manager from March 2020 – September 2022 for the Florida Department of Health in Duval county to implement COVID-19 vaccination pods to reduce racial and ethnic minority COVID-19 disparities in Jacksonville, Florida. Karina’s research background includes qualitative data collection in developing nations because she is passionate about global health research to reduce gender-based violence against women and children.
Karina is an aspiring PhD candidate and hopes to continue her public health work in community-engaged research to implement family-based interventions to decrease the incidence of domestic violence and abuse among ethnic and racial minority families.