President and CEO
Loreen Chant was appointed President and CEO of the Health Foundation of South Florida in January 2021, becoming the 28-year-old organization’s first woman CEO. A community leader with nearly three decades of executive experience, Chant will be responsible for leading the organization and ensuring its resources are leveraged to address the social and economic disparities and inequities that too often act as barriers to health.
Chant, who will assume the role on March 1, is currently serving as President and CEO of Easterseals South Florida, which provides vital services and supports for people and families with disabilities and young families living in poverty across Miami-Dade. Under her leadership, Easterseals experienced a period of transformative growth and achieved history-making fundraising milestones, as she drove visibility, engagement and relationships throughout the community. Previously, Chant spent more than 20 years working in higher education, serving as Vice President and then President of Johnson & Wales University’s North Miami Campus.
Chant served as a board member of the Health Foundation for 11 years, during which she helped guide its nationally recognized initiative, the Healthy Aging Regional Collaborative, as well as the launch of the Live Healthy Community Partnership initiatives in Little Havana and Miami Gardens. Chant has also served on the board of the United Way of Miami-Dade and was a Vice Chair of its Women’s Leadership Council. In addition, she is a board member of the Early Learning Coalition of Miami-Dade and Monroe Counties and served as an advisor to the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, Miami Branch. Most recently, Chant served on the Miami-Dade County Mayor’s New Normal Taskforce for Childcare Centers and Summer Camps, helping develop protocols for the safe re-opening of essential children’s programs in spring 2020.
Well-known in South Florida for her community contributions and accomplishments, in 2015 Chant was recognized for effective leadership by the Latino Center on Aging. She is also the recipient of the Red Cross Sara Hopkins Woodruff Spectrum Award for Education. In 2009, she was named one of South Florida’s 25 Most Influential Women by the South Florida Business Journal.
She holds a Master of Business Administration from Nova Southeastern University, and an Executive Education Program Certificate in Strategic Perspectives in Non-Profit Management from Harvard Business School.
Executive Assistant/Events & Office Manager
Xinia Thompson joined the Foundation in January 2001. Previously, she worked as Office Manager at Mount Sinai Medical Center in the Business Office and Accounting Department. She began her career in Costa Rica working as a bilingual executive secretary for Canadian firm Torneca S.A. She attended the National University of Costa Rica, where she earned an associate’s degree in general studies. Xinia has lived in the United States since 1986, and now resides in Miami and with her husband and dog, Lola.
Kathy Antieau, CPA
Chief Financial Officer & Treasurer
Kathy Antieau joined the Foundation in 2000 and was promoted to her current position in 2008. Previously, she was Director of Finance at Mount Sinai Medical Center Foundation in Miami Beach. She is a Certified Public Accountant and began her career as an auditor for Ernst & Young in Miami, with an industry focus in the health care field. Antieau attended Florida International University and received a Master of Science in Taxation and graduated cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in accounting. She is a native of Miami and lives in Broward with her husband, daughters and two dogs.
Lucero Gronquist joined the Foundation in 2019. Previously, she worked at Miami Bridge Youth and Family Service as the organization’s staff accountant. She began her career as an accounts payable assistant with General Motors. She received her degree in public accounting from Antonio Nariño University of Colombia. She resides in Miami.
Janisse Rosario Schoepp, M.P.H., Ph.D.
Vice President of Operations and Strategy
Janisse Rosario Schoepp joined the Foundation in 2004 and was promoted to her current position in 2018. An integral part of the organization’s strategic planning, program development, research and evaluation, she worked to establish a Community Building and Economic Prosperity Initiative to engage regional anchor institutions, such as hospitals and universities, in community wealth-building strategies to address the social determinants of health. Schoepp was selected to be part of the Young American Leaders Program at Harvard Business School. Previously, she worked at the Stempel School of Public Health and Social work at Florida International University. She holds master and doctorate degrees in public health, both from Florida International University.
Any Karina Balza
Grants and Program Associate
Any Karina Balza oversees the Foundation’s grants management system. Responsible for the system’s integrity and data, she also provides support for the intake of grant applications as well as the management of grant processes and activities. Prior to joining the Foundation in 2017, Balza worked at the University of Miami School of Medicine, providing financial grant management support for sponsored research accounts and projects. She received her bachelor’s degree from Florida Atlantic University, and a master’s degree in engineering from Simon Bolivar University in her native Venezuela. She began her career as risk analyst in the oil and gas industry. She lives in Miami with her husband and daughter.
Natalie K. Castellanos, JD
Director, Policy and Public Affairs
Natalie Castellanos joined the Foundation in 2018. Prior to the Foundation, she served in several roles developing Florida International University’s medical-legal partnership, most recently as an assistant professor in the medical school’s Department of Humanities, Health and Society. Before joining the medical school faculty, she was a health care access attorney with the FIU College of Law’s Clinical Program. Castellanos’ career centers on inter-disciplinary approaches to advancing health equity, and she is passionate about supporting collaboration across non-traditional health partners, such as lawyers and grassroots community organizations. Castellanos earned a Bachelor of Science in psychology from the University of Florida, a juris doctor degree from the FIU College of Law, and is a member of The Florida Bar. She lives in Miami with her husband.
Fernanda M. Kuchkarian, MPH
Director of Programs
Fernanda Kuchkarian supports the development, management and evaluation of the Foundation’s grantmaking. She works with the Foundation’s leadership to help develop and implement strategic goals, and to assure programs and activities are aligned with the organization’s mission, vision and guiding principles. She joined the Foundation in 2015 as a Program Officer overseeing investments in primary care and behavioral health. Kuchkarian began her career at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, where she worked for 11 years on various public health initiatives, most notably implementing a telehealth research program at the world-renowned Ryder Trauma Center. She also consulted with a start-up telehealth company to provide specialty tele-consultations and education to remote civilian and government medical facilities. A native of São Paulo, Brazil, Kuchkarian has lived in South Florida for more than 30 years. She holds a master’s degree in public health from the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine as well as a business certificate from the School of Business Administration.
Administrative Assistant of Programs
Eliane Morales joined the Foundation in 2004. Previously, she worked at Mount Sinai Medical Center for 14 years, having served four years as the Dental, Radiology and Pathology Medical Residency Coordinator. She received her bachelor’s degree in English and Portuguese from Rio de Janeiro State University.
Foundation Services Assistant
Odisaday Rodriguez joined the Foundation in 2017. Previously, she spent five years working in retail banking. She resides in Westchester with her twin daughters and fiancé.