Board of Directors

Zack Sharp, MPA

Chair, Board of Directors and Chair, Fund Development Committee

Jupiter  Medical Center

Zack Sharp is the current Chair of the Diabetes Coalition of Palm Beach County. Mr. Sharp has over ten years’ diversified experience in health and social services, with particular expertise in compliance and quality improvement activities in federally-funded primary care settings. He is a successful grant-writer and has led a number of initiatives to implement cutting-edge health care strategies in primary care settings. He has experience working in administrative and senior-level management positions with Federally Qualified Health Centers, FQHC Look-Alikes, and Ryan White grantees. Mr. Sharp received his Master of Public Administration degree in 2011 from the University of Texas at Tyler after completing an undergraduate degree in psychology at Abilene Christian University in 2004. His areas of professional interest include quality improvement models, practice transformation initiatives, HIV awareness and advocacy, and health care facility design. Mr. Sharp works at Jupiter Medical Center.


Barbara Jacobowitz, MS

Vice Chair, Board of Directors and Chair, Data and Resources Committee

Health Services Administration Program Chair, Keiser University

Barbara has been very involved in community and institution-specific health prevention, promotion and treatment activities as a professional and volunteer advocate for numerous diseases. Her bachelor’s degree is in Political Science from the State University System in Stony Brook, New York and her Masters in Science degree is in Public Health, with a concentration in Administration and Planning from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

Over the past 30+ years residing in Florida, Barbara has been the Planning and Development Coordinator for Hospice By The Sea; Director of Planning at the PBC Health and Human Services Planning Association; Executive Director of the Treasure Coast Health Council for 15 years; and is currently the Health Services Administration Program Chair at Keiser University in West Palm Beach.

Barbara is a founding member of the Palm Beach County Diabetes Coalition and was the 2010-2011 Chair of the Florida Alliance for the Prevention and Treatment of Diabetes. Barbara also serves on the Board of Trustees of the Palm Healthcare Foundation, where she currently serves as the Secretary of the Board and the Chair of the Partnership Grants Subcommittee.


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Treasurer, Board of Directors


Robin Nierman

Secretary, Board of Directors and Chair, Education & Scholarship Committee

Director of Health Strategies, YMCA of South Palm Beach County

Robin Nierman is the Director of Health Strategies for the YMCA of South Palm Beach County. In this capacity, Mrs. Nierman works with the YMCA and community partners to deliver the Centers for Disease Controls National Diabetes Prevention Program – the largest evidence based prevention program in our country. With over 10 years in community health and an additional 10 years in marketing and consulting, Mrs. Nierman has a wide range of expertise in designing, developing and delivering health education programs. Mrs. Nierman received her Masters of Science in Health Promotion Management from Marymount University 2008 and her undergraduate degree in psychology and art from Muhlenberg College in 1998.


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Karen Harwood

Chair, Community Outreach Committee

Care Coordinator, Palm Beach Medical Society

Karen Harwood MSW is currently employed by the Palm Beach County Medical Society Services. Her experience as a care coordinator in nonprofit, home health, insurance and inpatient settings lead to her role overseeing the Community Health Worker Care Coordination Training Program currently provided through PBCMSS. She was instrumental in PBCMSS becoming a certified provider for community health worker training through the Florida Certification Board. Ms. Harwood also manages a care coordination program at two local clinics providing direct support to high risk diabetic patients. Prior to her employment at PBCMSS, Ms. Harwood assisted with program development for the Caregiving Youth Project of the American Association of Caregiving Youth. Her experience enabled her to develop a strong understanding of resources available to community members faced with medical access challenges. She currently is a Board Member of the Diabetes Coalition of Palm Beach County and a member of the UF/PBC Family and Consumer Science Advisory Committee. Ms. Harwood is a Certified Case Manager through the Commission for Case Manager Certification. 


James Cassidy, DC, CHHC

Chair, Volunteer Management Committee

Executive Director, Delray Community Wellness Center

A graduate of Davenport, Iowa’s prestigious Palmer College established by the founders of chiropractic medicine, Dr. Cassidy is also a board-certified health coach through New York’s Institute of Integrative Nutrition. Dr. Cassidy brings over 20 years of experience as a chiropractic physician and business owner to his position as the Executive Director of Delray Community Wellness Center.

As the Executive Director, Dr. Cassidy has taken a start-up non-profit health and wellness center for seniors and built it into an organization with a workable marketing plan, established Board of Directors, and well-attended on-going programs that meet the health and wellness needs of the community.

Dr. Cassidy has successfully implemented comprehensive prevention and education programs for chronic disease management and established support groups to help seniors cope with the emotional, social, and psychology stress of aging and chronic disease. Further, Dr. Cassidy is committed to ensuring that DCWC provides seniors a safe and welcoming place where members can meet and socialize with other seniors, and feel comfortable in expressing their anxieties, uncertainties, fears, losses, and sadness that often accompanies chronic illnesses.

Dr. Cassidy continues to expand and strengthen existing partnerships and collaborative relationships that include the Diabetes Coalition of Palm Beach County, Florida Department of Health, Genesis Community Health, Inc., Palm Healthcare Foundation, Area Agency on Aging, physician groups, and local hospitals.


Carol Rodriguez, MS

Chair, Membership Committee and Chair, Nominating Committee

Performance & Quality Improvement Administrator, Catholic Charities, Diocese of Palm Beach

Carol Rodriguez currently serves as Performance and Quality Improvement Administrator at Catholic Charities, Diocese of Palm Beach.  Prior to her position at Catholic Charities, Carol worked at The Glades Initiative where she initially became involved with the Diabetes Coalition.  Her career history includes 5 years at The Children’s Services Council of Palm Beach County as the Professional Development Director, and 15 years at Father Flanagan’s Boys Town of South Florida – 10 as a Program Director for Family Preservation Services.  Carol is a Tobacco Cessation Facilitator for Everglades Area Health Education Center, teaching the 6 week ‘Quit Smoking Now’ course in honor of her beloved parents, lost many years ago to smoking related diseases. Carol is a native New Yorker who came to Florida as a teenager with her family. She currently lives in Royal Palm Beach, with her husband Jose, and son Michael.


Carlye Fabrikant, MS

Co-Chair, Membership Committee and Chair, Nominating Committee

Wellness Coordinator, School District of Palm Beach County

Carlye Fabrikant is the Wellness Coordinator for the School District of Palm Beach County.  She has been working in health and wellness for 17 years in a variety of disciplines at hospitals, fitness centers, Universities, and School Districts.  She has a B.S. in Exercise and Sports Sciences and an M.S. in Exercise Science and Wellness Education.  She is a Master Trainer and Lifestyle Coach for the CDC National Diabetes Prevention Program, a certified leader for the Stanford Chronic Disease Self-Management Program, and a certified Worksite Wellness Manager for Corporate Wellness.