Diversity Team Biographies

Senior Executive Officer – People

Florida Hospital

 

Sheryl Dodds is the Senior Executive Officer – People for Florida Hospital in Orlando, Florida. Dodds has been with Florida Hospital since 2008, initially serving as the Chief People Officer and Senior Vice President of Human Resources and for the past six years as the Chief Clinical Officer and Senior Executive Officer. She has extensive health care experience, including serving as the Senior Vice President of Operations for Cirrus Health and Chief Executive Officer of Nebraska Heart Institute, PC and Nebraska Heart Hospital.

Dodds holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Union College in Lincoln, Nebraska and a Master of Science with a health care administration focus from Andrews University, Berrien Springs, Michigan. She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau International – Honor Society of Nursing and an American College of Healthcare Executives Affiliate. She has spoken to groups such as the World Health Care Congress, Siemens Health Care Executive Forum, Health Care Technology Forum, National Patient Safety Congress and the National Manage Health Care Congress.

Director, Diversity and Inclusion and Interpreter Services

Louis R. Preston, Jr., is a third-generation pastor and administrator for the Seventh-day Adventist Church. Diversity and inclusion have been part of his life since desegregating both his high school and college. Years later, because of these youthful, diverse successes, the Adventist World Headquarters sent Preston and his young family to quell racial tension within the Adventist Church in England and Scotland. After 10 years in Britain, they were called to develop financial stability with the Adventist organization for 11 countries in Eastern Africa. Back in the US, Preston again worked as church pastor and administrator, once again integrating institutions. Given his background, it seemed a logical choice to accept the call as the Diversity Officer for Florida Hospital.

Since coming to Florida Hospital (FH) in 2003, he has played a major role in redefining the diversity program. Some of his accomplishments include restructuring the Diversity Committee, seeking permission from the Institute for Diversity in Health Management, an American Hospital Association (AHA) affiliate, to customize their Accountability Diversity Tool for the Florida Hospital culture. This customization initiated the development of the FH Diversity Scorecard process; he also initiated the first-ever annual Florida Hospital Diversity Awareness event. Under his leadership, Florida Hospital was the recipient of the 2007 Diversity Best Practice Beacon Award’s Corporate Advocate for Diversity, which is the most coveted of all the categories; there were 59 other corporations nominated for this award within the nine counties of Central Florida. Louis has developed over 36 diversity awareness/management courses for Florida Hospital. Ten of these courses deal with various aspects of health care disparities. Since his implementation of new diversity strategies and training, Florida Hospital’s Diversity Gallup CO2 score has risen from 3.78 in 2003 to 4.61 in 2016. His heart-felt, passionate desire is to see Florida Hospital become a global pacesetter in faith-based health care, so that all employees at all levels may “succeed” in their personal achievements. He holds a Masters of Divinity degree from Andrews University Theological Seminary, and a Certificate in Diversity Healthcare Management from the University of Massachusetts. Louis serves on Chapter 57 Board for the city of Orlando which is an appellate Board for Civil Rights violations, and is an active member of the American College of Healthcare Executives.

His wife, Dr. Janice Preston, is the immediate past Chair of the Department of Nursing at Adventist University of Health Sciences. They are the proud parents of four young adults, one daughter-in-law, and three lovely grand-daughters.

Manager, Diversity and Inclusion

Aurora Realin currently serves as the manager for the Office of Diversity and Inclusion at Florida Hospital and has worked in various roles at the organization since 1998. She has a Master’s Degree in Business Administration with emphasis in Healthcare Administration from Southern Adventist University and a Certificate in Diversity Management in Healthcare from Simmons College. She is a published author and speaker and has served as the General Editor of the 3rd edition: Reference Guide to Personalizing Patient Care, a resource guide prepared for use by healthcare professionals and other staff members who interface with patients of different religions, cultures, disabilities and generations to assist them in fostering a positive relationship with the patients they serve.

Aurora grew up in the Philippines and moved to the United States at age 13.  She speaks Tagalog, its native language. She is active in her community by serving on numerous boards and organizations such as the Central Florida Disability Chamber of Commerce and the American College of Healthcare Executives Central Florida Chapter.

Aurora and her husband Chris, a Master Police Officer with the City of Orlando, have two teenage sons, Christopher and Christian.

Diversity Coordinator

Sandy Anderson is the Coordinator for the Diversity and Inclusion department of Florida Hospital.  She has been with Florida Hospital since 2007. Sandy was born in Chicago to Cuban immigrants and is a proud Chicago Cubs fan.  She is a 3rd generation Seventh-day Adventist.  She graduated from Andrews University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration.  She is currently working towards completing her MBA.  When she is not busy studying, she enjoys travelling with her husband, Mr. Anderson, spending time with her two grown children, Christian and Kayla, as well as spending time in nature gardening, hiking, camping, and teaching outdoor survival skills to church youth.

Manager, Interpreter Services

Florida Hospital

Before Jean was delivered by her “Dr. Dad”, her parents, both missionary physicians, traveled overseas to Malawi, Africa, to serve at Malamulo Mission Hospital and later started Blantyre Adventist Hospital. From birth, Jean lived in a world of diversity and was raised to extend the healing ministry of Christ to others. Jean and her husband Rick, who was the Director of Chaplaincy Services for the two Adventist hospitals in Hong Kong, recently returned from serving overseas, once again. Their 5-year term of mission service flew by much too quickly for both of them. They have two adult sons, Andrew, who works for a large advertising company in New York City, and Richard, a 3-D character animator is now working in Kelowna, BC, Canada. Jean holds a BS degree in Nursing from Andrew’s University and is a licensed RN in FL, along with a MS Degree in Counseling Psychology from PBA University.  She developed, and has been with Florida Hospital Interpreter Services since its inception in 2004. She has been with Florida Hospital since 1998, first as the supervisor of Guest Services and later in Interpreter Services, Jean has always felt the most “at home” working with and for the Diversity and Inclusion team.  “I feel like I belong here and that I was born for this”, Jean says, and is so grateful for the opportunity to continue to be an engaged and active member of this “amazing and diverse team”..

Supervisor, Interpreter Services

Florida Hospital

Born in Puerto Rico, Jorge Torres and family moved to Florida when he was 11 years old.  Adjusting to the American culture was challenging; however, his bi-cultural background allowed him to be more understanding of cultural differences and help others assimilate.  In 2004, he became a qualified community interpreter and trainer for other interpreters.  He volunteered his linguistic skills to small clinics, hospitals and local churches to develop his skills and acquire additional experience in the field of interpretation.  In 2010, he joined the Florida Hospital Interpreter Services Department as a medical interpreter.  Currently, he serves as the supervisor for the department overseeing 18 interpreters.  Jorge has been with Florida Hospital for 15 years.  He is married to Karen Torres and has two daughters, Alyssa and Keira.