Welcome to FLC, Sharifa Ford!

Hi FLC Team, My name is Sharifa and I am your new part-time assistant .

“It’s a coincidence that I am working for the Florida Literacy Coalition because I am always preaching to my son about how vital reading is to his success.”

Originally from Brooklyn New York City, I have been in Orlando for over twelve years. I received my Associate of Arts in Organizational Communication from Rollins College in 2006. I decided to take some time off to raise my son, Jayson, who is now eight years old. In January 2013 I returned to college to set a positive example and to keep current on my academic and professional skills. I am currently a junior and look forward to graduating in May 2015. I am thrilled to be working with the staff at the Florida Literacy Coalition. I look forward to gaining new skills and being an asset to the organization. Last but not least, on my spare time I write poetry and I am a freelance writer for the Rollins college newspaper “The Sandspur”. Oh and my pet peeve: People who give bad customer service.

Get to know your health literacy coordinator, Maribeth Buie

Hi!  I’m Maribeth Buie, the new Health Literacy Coordinator at the FLC.  A little about me – I grew up in Florida and love the winters here.  I received my PhD in Public Health – Health Education and Maternal & Child Health – from the University of South Florida.  I aim to practice what I preach – therefore, I try to live a balanced and healthy lifestyle.  Achieving or maintaining good health, as well as navigating the health care system, can be a struggle for anyone.  However, by providing the right tools, knowledge, and understanding, we can help make a life-saving difference.  Health education is my passion, and I look forward to working with you to improve Florida’s health literacy!