Karen Woodall, Executive Director
Karen Woodall has over 30 years’ experience in supporting, developing and advocating for programs to improve the conditions of working families, children, seniors, people with disabilities, rural families, migrant and seasonal farm workers, immigrants and other vulnerable populations. She has strong ties to labor and social advocacy groups throughout the state and has been noted in the past as one of the few voices advocating a broad and fair system of state taxes and against the continued use of tax breaks for narrow corporate gains. She was appointed by the Senate President to serve on the Services Tax Commission in 1987, where she learned first-hand of the inequities of Florida’s tax structure. She is a recognized expert in the area of health care, especially for children. She has been a member of the Kidcare Coordinating Council since its inception. She has worked with the Children's Defense Fund for years and was the recipient of the Lawton Chiles Award for child advocacy in 2007.
Karen co-founded the Florida Center for Fiscal and Economic Policy. She served until recently as Director of Outreach and Education. She coordinates the Coalition for Fair and Comprehensive Tax Reform. She is the president and co-founder of the People's Advocacy Center for Training and is a co-founder of Florida CHAIN. Karen is a native of Florida, born in Miami. She is a graduate of Florida State University with degrees in Psychology, Social Work and Government.
Alan Stonecipher, Director of Communications/Research Analyst
Alan Stonecipher has 20 years of experience in public policy and governmental analysis in Florida and additional governmental experience in his home state of Louisiana and in Washington, D.C. He served as co-director of the 1997 Governor’s Commission on Education, a member of the staff of Governor Bob Graham and as communications director of the Florida Board of Regents. He also has worked as a newspaper reporter and press secretary for a U.S. congressman.
Stonecipher received a master’s degree in communications from Syracuse University after earning a bachelor’s degree at the University of Louisiana-Monroe.
Greg Mellowe, Director of Health Research and Analysis
Greg has advocated with and for low-income Floridians in support of a strong safety net and the availability of other essential services and opportunities for almost 20 years. He has experience with a wide range of health, human services, and housing-related programs and policy areas at the federal, state, and local levels. He has completed policy and budget analysis on behalf of a dozen different state and national advocacy organizations, drafted policy recommendations incorporated into numerous laws and ordinances, and is frequently cited as an expert on Medicaid and other public financed health coverage programs.
Greg also currently serves part-time as Policy Director for Florida CHAIN. He has previously coordinated statewide efforts to respond to homelessness and served as research director for a consumer watchdog group. His policy work is also informed by experience with direct service provision, agency administration, and community development. Greg holds graduate degrees in mathematics and social work from Florida State University.