As Clinical Director, Mrs. Rowland-Mishkit was the professional liaison between the Federal Healthy Start Project, State Healthy Start, Healthy Start Coalition of Hillsborough County, Children’s Board of Hillsborough County and other providers in the community. She has vast experience working with the Healthy Start system developing policies and procedures for Perinatal staff including risk assessment, quality improvement, clinical oversight and technical assistance and educating medical staff and other paraprofessionals. In addition to the over 20 years nursing experience in high risk obstetrics, she has experience with medically fragile pediatric clients. Vanessa is Affiliate Faculty, University of South Florida, College of Public Health, Department of Community and Family Health and co-authored Risk factors for major antenatal depression among low-income African American women (Journal of Women’s Health). She received her BSN from Columbia University School of Nursing and completed a graduate certificate in Leadership from the University of South Florida. She also is a licensed health care risk manager.