Meet The Team

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L to R: Melissa Salazar (UNDERGROUND RECOVERY JAX), Alex Andrews (SEX WORKER OUTREACH PROGRAM/BEHIND BARS), Nikki Medina Rodriguez (UNDERGROUND RECOVERY JAX), Nancy McConnell (REBEL RECOVERY/FLASH WEST PALM BEACH)Tim Santamour (FLHRC), Shelby Meaders (FLHRC). 

Shelby Meaders, MPH

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EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

​Shelby Meaders, MPH is the Executive Director of the Florida Harm Reduction Collective. Shelby has years of experience in public, private, and non-profit sectors. She earned her Bachelor of Science from Florida State University in 2015 and a Master of Public Health in 2018, with a specialization in health policy and management.

 

Prior to her current role, Shelby managed a statewide overdose prevention and naloxone distribution program through the Florida Department of Children and Families. Shelby has had the opportunity to present on harm reduction and overdose prevention initiatives at events, conferences, and podcast including the Florida Behavioral Health Conference. Shelby resides in sunny St. Petersburg, FL, plays an active role in St Pete Pride, and is a proud harm reductionist.

Tim Santamour

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DIRECTOR OF OUTREACH & NETWORKING

​Tim Santamour is Director of Outreach and Networking for Florida Harm Reduction Collective and a long time AIDS and Harm Reduction activist. Since the early 80s, Tim has played an active role in founding several support groups and organizations, including Prevention Point Buffalo (1991), a Syringe Services Program, and Moving Equipment (1995) in New York City, which began street-based overdose prevention education and naloxone distribution in 1997.

 

In 2019 he helped found Florida Harm Reduction Collective as a statewide network of Overdose Recognition and Reversal and HIV/Hepatitis C Prevention organizations aimed at furthering harm reduction Initiatives serving people who use drugs, their families, and communities.  As a gay man living with the experiences of substance use and the AIDS crisis Tim has focused his energies on ending HIV and the harms associated with substance use in Florida, nationally, and globally.

Nikki Medina Rodriguez

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VACCINE NAVIGATOR

Nikki (she/her/hers) began her work in Harm Reduction in 2019 following the overdose death of her best friend, Jason. Armed with only wound care supplies and Narcan, she began doing regular street outreach to drug users in NE Florida, and founded Underground Recovery Jax. Through her initiative, she has connected with harm reduction activists statewide and has helped lay the foundation for the Florida Harm Reduction Collective.


Nikki identifies as a Latina woman in long-term recovery not defined by abstinence.

Melissa Salazar

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HIV Peer Outreach 

I am Co-founder of UndergroundRecoveryJax, CRPS, CRSS and HIV Peer Outreach Worker, FLHRC.

2022 Latino Leader award for Duval County. 

Attending FSCJ for AA in Arts

Latino Recovery Advocate

Ashunte Coleman

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PROGRAM MANAGER

Caitlin Perez

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VACCINE NAVIGATOR

Board of Directors

NANCY MCCONNELL MSW, MCAP, CRPS.

Rebel Recovery/FLASH Exchange - CEO

West Palm Beach, FL

ASHUNTE COLEMAN

Ladies Intervention Project for Success - Co-Founder

 Statewide, FL

TYLER BARTHOLOMEW, PH.D.

IDEA Lab - Principal Investigator

Miami, FL

SARAH SMITH MHR, ICAADC, MCAP, CBHCMS-A/C.

Starting Point Behavioral Healthcare - Grants Director

Jacksonville, FL

DAVID FORREST, PH.D.

University of Miami - Research Associate Professor

Miami, FL

SUSAN NYAMORA MSW, NCPRSS.

South Florida Wellness Network - President and CEO

Fort Lauderdale, FL

COURTNEY PETERS

IDEA Orlando

Orlando, FL

MICHELLE PEPIN

Picking up the Pieces - Founder

 Ocala, FL