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Our mission is to provide
no cost medical, pharmacy and wellness services
to the under-served in Charlotte County, Florida

Meet Our Board of Directors


Bill Hawley, President CEO, Fawcett Hospital

Bill is a community minded leader, who has 16 years in the Health Care field. He has been the CEO of several major Health Care systems in Virginia & Georgia.  In 2014 he was offered the opportunity to become the COO of Fawcett Hospital and move to SW Florida. Our weather and his love for outdoor activities such as fishing & riding his motorcycle made the decision to move, easy.   Bill believes in developing strong support systems with organizations that support the community. He feels VBA is an extension of what the Hospitals do & he wants to “help link Fawcett Hospital to the Clinic, for the betterment of our community”

 He was the President of the Baptist Free Clinic of Galax, Virginia, & Secretary of the Board of the FQHC in MedLink, Georgia. He was a member of the Boys & Girls Club and Kiwanis, he is no stranger to working with non-profits, so VBA was a natural fit for him.

Bill graduated with a Master’s Degree in both Health Services Administration & Business Administration from Xavier University in Cincinnati Ohio.

His wife and two children, Will 13, & Jacky 11 are enjoying the new Florida environment too.

Laura Amendola, First Vice President, CFP, Raymond James Financial

Laura is a ninth generation local Floridian. She owns a private wealth management office of Raymond James Financial and is also the Founder of Wealthcare4Widows®, a specialty financial program integrated with Co-Active® coaching conversations.

Having graduated from The Florida State University with a BS in Finance, Laura has helped clients manage and maintain wealth for over 20 years. She is also a Certified Financial Planner™ professional (CFP®), having completed the requirements for certification in 1999. Born and raised in our local area, Laura believes in community spirit and enjoys volunteering. She has served as a board member with many non-profit organizations in Charlotte County, including the United Way and Big Brothers & Big Sisters. Currently, in addition to the Virginia B. Andes Volunteer Community Clinic, she serves on the board of the Charlotte Community Foundation and is treasurer for the Harbour Oaks Homeowner’s Association.

Laura resides in Punta Gorda with her husband Jimmy, son Tyler, and lizard-chasing miniature dachshund, Lizzy. Everyday pursuits include cooking with friends, spending time with her book clubs, and getting in her 10,000 steps per day.

Donna Cardenas, Second Vice President, Co-owner, Port Charlotte Florist

Donna has been a resident of Charlotte County since 1979, moving here as a teenager and graduating from Charlotte High. She attended the University of Florida and graduated in 1987 with a Bachelor’s degree in Liberal Arts and Science, (majored in psychology). After Graduation, Donna moved back to Port Charlotte and worked for her father at Port Charlotte Florist.  After being involved with the florist shop for 22 years, she and her brother, Dennis, purchased the florist shop from their parents and have owned it for the past 9 years. 

 She & her husband, Steve, have 5 children and 4 grandchildren. Their oldest son is in Seminary in St. Petersburg, the other two sons are in college, and the youngest son is attending the firefighter academy in Englewood. Their daughter lives in Georgia with her 3 children.   

Donna has been involved with many organizations in the community, she worked with the March of Dimes Chef's Auction and eventually became their chairperson for that event. For 12 years Donna has served as President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer of the Southwest Florida Florists Association. She has served and chaired the committee for the Homeless Coalition's Mistletoe Ball, and worked with Kiwanis for the "Night for Kids". Donna said she also enjoyed her past 15 years working with the Fred Lang Association on their Summer Ball.

Donna works regularly with local businesses and vendors for weddings and events.  Having lived here for so long she says, “I have been fortunate enough to meet so many amazing people to partner with not just for business but also for organizations and groups that do so much for our community." 

Vance M. Wright-Browne, MD

Vance M. Wright-Browne, MD Florida Cancer Specialists

Dr. Vance Wright-Browne joined the VBA Family because she felt she “could contribute to the understanding of the pathway to patient care which would enhance the organization’s effective utilization of their recourses.”

A native of Kingston, Jamaica, she completed her medical training at University of the West Indies. Dr. Wright-Browne completed her residency at University of Connecticut, and her Hematology/Oncology Fellowship at Baylor College of Medicine and University of Texas, M.D. Anderson Cancer Center.

She is a Board Certified Internist, Hematologist and Oncologist. She was the first member of what is now the Port Charlotte Group of Florida Cancer Specialists.

Dr. Wright-Browne and her husband, Edward, moved to Port Charlotte in 1996. They have 3 daughters.  She enjoys growing orchids, running, music and preservating the Natural Environment.

She brings a wealth of knowledge to the VBA Board of Directors.

Kathy Robinson 

Kathy Robinson, Treasurer, Manager, Centinnial Bank

Kathy and her husband Mark left the cold North and moved to sunny SW Florida in 2006. Their family has owned a condo in the area since the early 90’s, they have seen many wonderful changes and growth in this community. They decided to make SW Florida their home.

They have 2 children, a son, Steven, and their daughter-in-law, Brittney, in Tampa and a daughter, Kelly in Texas. Kathy especially loves to spend time with her new granddaughter, Ellie Kate, whenever she can.

Because Kathy & Mark both loved golfing, they decided to open a store catering to the sport; Golf USA.  Kathy had sixteen years of banking experience, so she also decided to get back into banking and continue her career.   Today she is the manager of Centennial Bank, managing both the Port Charlotte and Punta Gorda Offices.  

Kathy has served on several boards, including the American Cancer Society and the American Heart Association. She is also a 2009 graduate of Charlotte County’s Leadership Charlotte Program, and currently serves as Chair for the 2016 class.

She first discovered the Virginia B Andes Clinic during a Leadership Charlotte tour, “ I was so impressed with the services they provide to our community; I wanted to become more involved in supporting their mission. I am honored to be a member of this organization.”    

Darlene Armstrong, RN, Owner of Blood Matrix, LLC – Autotransfusion/PRP Services in Surgery

Darlene moved to Charlotte County in 2000. She graduated from Edison College with an Associate’s Degree in the Science of Nursing.  She had already been providing Autotransfusion services/PRO services to area hospitals and in 2006 she put her expertise to work and  decided to open her own business, Blood Matrix, LLC.  Her company continues to provide Autotransfusion services to hospitals in Charlotte County.

Darlene became interested in VBA when she heard about how uninsured people have been helped through the Clinic. She has a family member who was unable to obtain medical insurance due to a preexisting condition, so she understood how frustrating it can be to not have access to good health care.

 Presently she is also Vice President of Three Rivers Association.  She and her family enjoy camping, boating and the outdoors.

Mike Grant

Michael J. Grant, Owner of Ambitrans

Former State Representative Michael Grant is a native of Quincy, Massachusetts. He is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, with a degree in Political Science and a Master’s in Business Administration from Suffolk University, Boston, Massachusetts. In 1988 Michael and his wife, Lorraine, moved to Charlotte County and purchased a small wheelchair transportation company. That company, Ambitrans, has grown and currently employs over 200 people. Ambitrans has offices in Sarasota, Lee, Collier and Charlotte counties where it operates Advanced Life Support and Critical Care Ambulances. In 1998 Mike was appointed by Governor Jeb Bush to fill a vacancy on the Charlotte County Airport Board. In 2004 he was elected to the Florida House of Representatives where he served for four years. Mike and his wife of thirty-nine years, Lorraine, have three grown children: Vanessa Oliver, Nick and Chris Grant, and two grandchildren, Catherine and James Oliver. Mike and Lorraine are thrilled that their three children have chosen to return to Charlotte County to live and work.


Phyllis Walker, Attorney, McCrory Law Firm

Phyllis was born and raised in Los Angeles, California.  She obtained her Bachelor’s Degree from UCLA and her Law Degree from Southwestern Law School.  Phyllis is an attorney with the McCrory Law Firm in Punta Gorda, and her practice emphasis is Family Law and Probate and Trust Administration.   Prior to moving to Charlotte County in 2006 Phyllis practiced primarily Family Law in Los Angeles for a small boutique family law firm and also spent three years in Moscow, Russia, where she worked as in-house counsel for Ernst & Young (CIS) Ltd.  

Phyllis became a board member with Virginia B. Andes Volunteer Community Clinic in 2016 and is honored to be a part of an organization that is so vital to this community.  

Phyllis is a member of the Charlotte County Bar Association, past Present and past Board Member of Lifelong Learning Institute and is an alumnus of Leadership Charlotte, class of 2014. 

Phyllis enjoys traveling the world, home design and all that Southwest Florida has to offer.


Robin Bayne

Robin Bayne

Robin came to Punta Gorda and Charlotte County in 2000 from Atlanta, Georgia.  She now calls Punta Gorda home.

Robin has her undergraduate degree from Hollins University in Roanoke, Virginia and a Masters in Health Administration from Georgia State University.  She is a former McKesson executive, with more than 35 years of healthcare industry experience ranging from managing company acquisitions, software product development, client services and consulting.  She decided to translate those executive skills into and entrepreneurial enterprise, founding a successful healthcare information systems technology consulting firm in 2000.  Innovative Healthcare Solutions, Inc. employed 25 - 35 consultants from all areas of the country and served over 50 healthcare clients nationwide for 17 years.  The company won numerous industry awards for excellence and was rated one of the top 100 places to work by Modern Healthcare Magazine.

She is now retired and enjoys volunteering in the Charlotte County promoting philanthropy and community service through our non-profit organizations.  She served on the Board of the Charlotte Community Foundation for nine years and continues to work with the Foundation in various capacities as needed.  Being on the Board of the Virginia B. Andes Clinic is a cause that is near and dear to her heart.  Her father was an orthopedic surgeon who gave one day a week to charitable services.  Serving on the board is her way of carrying forward his legacy of providing medical services to those in need in Charlotte County.

Robin now calls Punta Gorda home.  She enjoys cooking with friends, book clubs, traveling, biking, kayaking and golf. 

 Guert Peet, President of Millennium Physician Group  Geurt Peet

Geurt Peet is one of the founding members and president of Millennium Physician Group. The group started operations in Port Charlotte in 2008 and has expanded to more than 400 providers in 100 offices spanning 11 counties in Florida. The Group's services include primary care, specialty care, integrated hospitalists, laboratory, diagnostic imaging services, and many other patient-focused care services.

He received his M.B.A. from Nova Southeastern University in 1995, and completed his bachelor's degrees in Industrial Engineering (1984) and Computer Technology (1988) from the University of South Florida in Tampa, Florida.

He is active in community organizations including the American Heart Association, Florida Gulf Coast University and the Virginia B. Andes Clinic.

Geurt resides in Punta Gorda with his wife Mayte and has three children in college.


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