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Lawton & Rhea Chiles Center - Serving Women, Children & Families

Fellows & Directors

The Chiles Center has a more than 25 year rich history of improving the health and well-being of women, children, and families through translating research into practice. Working closely with students and community partners, our 18 faculty fellows and their staff address major public health issues across their life span. Lawton Chiles, our Center’s namesake, stated,

“I did not come to stay, I came to make a difference.”
Come join us at the Chiles Center to make a difference for women, children and families!


Chiles Center Fellows are faculty, staff and doctoral students who are committed to the Center’s vision and mission through 1) engaging in Center initiatives and activities 2) working collaboratively with multidisciplinary teams from research to practice and 3) focusing on collective impact.

Senior Fellows

Faculty Fellows

Emeritus Fellows

  • Delores Jeffers, MPH
  • Charles Mahan, AB, MD
  • Avery Rosnick-Slyker, PhD, MS, BSW
  • William M. Sappenfield, MD, MPH

Staff Fellows

  • Nicole Pelligrino
  • Estefanny Reyes Martinez
  • Estefania Rubio
  • Kristina Svatos

Doctoral Student Fellows

  • Angela Makris
  • Erica LeCounte
  • Marlene Joannie Bewa
  • Rafaella Stein Elger
  • Renice Obure
  • Rolando Trejos Saucedo