Quarterly Advisory Board Meetings


Advisory Board of Directors    
Chair: Mary Cleary, RN, MS, CNA, LNC

Mary Cleary has over 30 years of professional nursing experience having served: in leadership roles at St. Mary’s Hospital in West Palm Beach and at a major teaching hospital in New Jersey; as the founder and president of Cleary Medical-Legal Consulting Services, Inc.; President of the Board of Directors for Catholic Charities of the Palm Beach Diocese and, founding president of Interfaith Health & Wellness Association. Realizing a need for a collaborative community effort to support the many committed registered nurses working in faith based programs in Palm Beach County, she worked with community foundations to obtain initial funding for IHWA, chaired the Board of Director’s executive search committee to recruit a qualified executive director, and continues to provide leadership to IHWA as it develops into a successful support for faith-based nursing practice.

  Mary Cleary
Co-Chair: Abbi Bentz, BSN, CRRN

Abbi Bentz, a Connecticut native, graduated from the University of Connecticut School of Nursing. Since graduation, she has achieved certification in rehabilitation nursing and impressive employment credentials as: staff nurse; case manager; clinical supervisor; independent nurse consultant; and, currently as Director of Nursing for Matrix Home Care in Palm Beach County, Florida. She is very active in the Boca Raton community where she serves as a member of the Social Action Committee of Temple Beth El and as a Walk Committee volunteer for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Her experience as treasurer and program committee member for the Rehabilitation Nurses Association of Florida is most valuable to IHWA as it begins operations


  vAbbi Bentz
Advisory Board Members IHWA:    
William Adkins, BS, MD

William Adkins, retired physician, earned his undergraduate degree at Marshall University and his medical degree from the University of Cincinnati Medical School. Dr. Atkins internship and internal residency practice was at the University of Texas Medical Center and Tulane University respectfully. He is licensed to practice medicine in Florida and is a Diplomat in the American Board of Internal Medicine. Dr. Adkins is a member of the: American Medical, Florida Medical, and, Southern Medical Associations; Palm Beach County Medical Society; and, American College of Physicians. With affiliations at Columbia, St. Mary’s and Good Samaritan Hospitals, Dr. Adkins practice in internal medicine spans over 40 years in the West Palm Beach, Florida area. Recently he is providing consulting and sub-investigative work for clinical study trials.

Dr. Adkins is also an active member at the First Baptist Church of West Palm Beach where he serves the Samaritan Gardens Community Health Center and their outreach ministry.

  William Adkins
Guia E.P. Brown

Guia Brown is an independent Wealth Advisor with Raymond James Financial Services, Inc., Chief Financial Officer of Worth Avenue Group, Inc., an accounting, tax and consulting services firm, and a tax professional who specializes in services to non-profit organizations.  Her offices are located at Worth Avenue, Palm Beach, and Bridge Road, Hobe Sound.  She is a member of the Board of Directors of Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Palm Beach.

Mrs. Brown formerly was Tax Counsel to DiVosta & Co., Palm Beach Gardens, and founder of G.P Brown & Company, a Jupiter-based accounting and tax firm.  She is a graduate of the University of the Philippines and holds a BS in Business Administration with a major in accounting.  Guia resides in Hobe Sound, Florida.

  Guia Brown

Joanne Masella, Ed.D., MSN, RN        

Dr. Joanne Masella has over 30 years of nursing experience in Palm Beach County. She began as a diploma graduate of the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, and earned a bachelors degree, and masters degree in nursing from Florida Atlantic University along with an adult nurse practitioner certification. Her doctorate is from Nova Southeastern University with specialization in healthcare education.
She has been active in nursing education as director of the RN program at Palm Beach Community College and presently as the Dean of Nursing at Palm Beach Atlantic University (PBAU) in West Palm Beach. Joanne is interested in the area of student retention and satisfaction and is involved in faith integration into nursing education at PBAU. She is active in the Florida Nurses Association, the South Florida Nursing Consortium, and is President Elect of the Florida League for Nursing.   
Joanne and her husband of 34 years, Dr. Richard Masella, are active members of St. Vincent Ferrer Catholic Church in Delray Beach.


Mary Jean Houlahan, RN, BSN, BA, CCM

Mary Jean is Patient Navigator Program Manager and Manager of the Comprehensive Breast Center at Good Samaritan Medical Center.  She holds a BA from Emmanuel College, Boston, BSN from the University of North Carolina, and MBA course work at Avila College, Kansas City, Missouri with a concentration on Health Care Services.  Mary Jean served as a Marine Captain and Company Executive Officer and Manager of the Office of the Undersecretary of the Navy at the Pentagon.  For the past 34 years she has demonstrated a passion for excellence in patient care, has extensive experience as a Patient Navigator, and was liaison to Congress of Florida's oncology nurses. An advocate for legislation to benefit oncology patients and concern for quality patient care, she implemented The Breast Cancer Navigator Program.  Accomplishments include: State Health Policy Liaison for Oncology Nursing Society; Vitas Customer Service Award; Palm Healthcare RN of the Year; RN of the Year for the South Florida Business Journal; & Marine Corps League Distinguished Citizen Award for lifesaving; past President of the Palm Beach Chapter of ONS. She has been a guest speaker on business, healthcare and motivation and training for international and national audiences and conferences.


Fontaine Timmer, RN, BSN, BSW    

Fontaine Timmer holds degrees from Bloomfield College and Fairleigh
Dickinson University.  Born in New Jersey, her prior experience is as a Cardiac Educator with JFK Hospital.  She currently manages five homes for the developmentally disabled, two in Palm Beach County and three in Broward.  Fontaine attended the Faith Community Nurse Basic Preparation Retreat in 2006 and helped form the Family Health Ministry at Winners Church in West Palm Beach.  Fontaine is also on the Women's Board at Winners Church.