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Chief Executive Officer

Andrea Stephenson-Royster, MBA, MHA is the Chief Executive Officer of the Lake Okeechobee Rural Health Network (LORHN), one of nine rural health networks established by the Florida state legislature. Mrs. Stephenson-Royster is committed to the residents, providers, and community partners that form the rural communities around Lake Okeechobee. She has developed a solid knowledge base of issues and trends in healthcare and human services during her 20 years in the public, private and non-profit sectors, and has served on community committees and the board of directors of several nonprofit organizations in the fields of aging, health care, child welfare, community partnerships, and mental health.

​Mrs. Stephenson-Royster is also the Chief Executive Officer of the Health Council of Southeast Florida (HCSEF), one of 11 local health planning councils established by the Florida state legislature. In this role, she directs a team of dedicated professionals committed to providing an array of services, including health planning and service coordination; program development and evaluation; chronic disease management and the promotion of healthy lifestyles for residents of Palm Beach, Martin, St. Lucie, Indian River, and Okeechobee counties. The services are provided in support of increasing access to health care, reducing disparities in health status, improving the quality of health services, and advocating for vulnerable populations.

​Ms. Stephenson is a graduate of Leadership Palm Beach County (Class of 2005), received the Palm Beach County Medical Society’s Heroes in Medicine Award for Community Involvement (2005), was recognized by Success South Florida as one of the ‘Top 40 Black Professionals Under 40’ (2006), and was selected as a member of Who's Who in Black South Florida (2007). She has also been recognized by Legacy Magazine as one of the “Top 25 Most Influential Women in Business” (2011) and one of “Top 25 Most Powerful Black Professionals” (2012), and “Top Black Health Professionals” (2018).

Andrea Stephenson-Royster, MBA, MHS, FACHE
Chief Executive Officer