Mikah Owen, MD, MPH
Mikah Owen is a board-certified pediatrician with a passion for improving the health of all children and teens in the community. In addition to his role as Medical Director of Wolfson Children’s School-Based Health Center, Mikah serves as assistant professor in the division of Community and Societal Pediatrics at the University of Florida College of Medicine – Jacksonville. Mikah graduated from the University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine where he focused on the health care of people in underserved communities. After completing his Master’s Degree in Public Health and his residency in pediatrics at the University of California, Mikah completed his fellowship at the University of Florida College of Medicine – Jacksonville. Mikah is an advocate for access to quality health care for all children, including meeting the needs of marginalized youth in the juvenile justice and foster care systems.
Tamela Smith-Swanson, ARNP
Family Nurse Practitioner
Tamela Smith-Swanson is a family nurse practitioner. Originally from Hampton, Virginia, she arrived in Jacksonville upon joining the US Army Reserves and was stationed at Naval Air Station Jacksonville with the 345th Combat Support Hospital. She received her RN from Florida State College of Jacksonville, her BSN from the University of Phoenix, a Masters of Nursing from the University of Cincinnati, and her Doctorate of Nursing in psychiatric mental health from the University of North Florida. Most recently she worked for the health department for 5 years as a nurse practioner doing both adult and pediatric care, and infectious disease. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her two wonderful daughters and dogs, as well as, sewing and knitting.
Community Partnership Coordinator
Charis Scurry, Champion For Education is a native of Jacksonville, FL. She matriculated through Duval County Public Schools, a graduate of William M. Raines Senior High School. Currently, Charis is the Community Partnership Coordinator for the School Based Health Centers located on the campus of Ribault Senior High School. As the Community Partnership Coordinator, Charis primary goals are to ensure children and youth are healthy and to bring awareness of this resource to the community. Previously, Charis held the position of Manager of Education Strategies for the United Way of Northeast Florida, there she managed the Achievers For Life Program, an Early Warning & Response System for middle school students. This initiative keeps students on track to graduate. Charis received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Broadcast Communications from The University of North Florida and a Master of Science Degree in Teaching & Learning from Nova Southeastern University. Currently, Charis serves on the Nova Southeastern University Alumni Advisory Board assisting in outreach to professionals in various communities to learn how the university can help meet the needs of the workforce. She has also served on The University of North Florida Alumni Board Association and The U.S. Department of Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Northeast Initiative for Nursing-Advisory Council at Florida State College at Jacksonville which ensured the BSN mission, values and goals were aligned with nursing organizations in Jacksonville and around the world. Charis is also a community servant as a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated. Charis is an active member of Open Arms Christian Fellowship.