The inspiration for the Pearl Mae Foundation began with third generation lifelong Floridian, Pearl Mae Kreidler. Her first community mission was to establish churches in the rural and impoverished area of South Florida where there was no possibility of attending a church. Through this mission, Pearl identified people who needed financial assistance for life’s basic necessities which she would make sure were provided for.
Pearl's philosophy was, as Christians, God wanted individuals with means to help people quietly and in turn, those assisted would help others. Her granddaughter was inspired by the "Pearl Mae Philosophy" of helping the others and dedicated the foundation in her name.
Board of Directors
DEBRA A. FINNEL
Ms. Finnel has thirty five years’ experience in the health care industry. Since January 2007, Debbie has held the position of Executive Vice President of the expansion markets of the MCCI Group concentrating on the growth of MCCI family medical centers. Prior to MCCI, Debbie was President of Advantage Care where she led the startup of the Medicare Plan. She also served as Chief Operating Officer of Metropolitan Health Networks for 8 years and was elected to the Board of Directors. Debbie was also President and Chief Operating Officer of Advanced Healthcare Inc, managed and owned physician practices in multiple states. She served as Regional Director with Family Care Inc, the largest affiliate of the International Medical Centers, the Florida First Medicare and Choice HMO.
Debbie is the granddaughter of Pearl Mae Kridler. Her lifelong mission was to start a foundation to care for seniors. Thus, in carrying on the philosophy of her grandmother, the Pearl Mae Foundation was created in 2016.
Brent Hood is the Chief Executive Officer for Your Home Advantage (YHA), a healthcare management company as CEO, responsibilities include leading the development and execution of the YHA long term strategy with a view to creating shareholder value. Brent is successful at starting, building, and improving the performance, value and profitability of companies. His leadership role also entails day to day management for implementing long term plans and acts as direct liaison to the Board. Some of Brent’s other accomplishments include successfully managing three large at-risk Medicare Centers, being board-certified with the American Board of Managed Care along with a certification in Quality Management. Brent is the grandson of Pearl Mae Kridler.
LORI MALLORY - PRESIDENT/ FOUNDER, MALLORY ADVISORY GROUP
Lori is a thought leader in health care, and her executive experience in physician practice leadership and in the health insurance space, brings a unique perspective in the rapidly changing health care environment. Lori’s company allows her to work with innovative “disruptors”, platform medical groups, hospitals, Independent Physician organizations, Managed Service Organizations, Accountable Care Organizations (ACOS), Post-Acute care organizations, and start-ups on optimizing population health. This is done through strategic thinking and development of solid business practices with the people and culture at the center of every decision.
As a leader in the community, Lori has served on multiple boards, and currently is active as the board chair for the American Heart Association (KC) and board member for the Pearl Mae foundation. Lori’s true passions are her triplet sons, Sam, Tucker and Joe who will are in their junior year in college.
DR. JOSE ARMAS, M.D.
Dr. Armas has a long and distinguished record of accomplishments in the healthcare field. He founded MCCI Group in 1998, which has grown to be one of the leading physician healthcare groups in the United States. Dr. Armas is responsible for all aspects of the delivery of health care systems including financial and operational performance, network development, and maintaining the high level of quality care and service within the organization. Dr. Armas is a member of the National Advisory Board of Health Research Resources, Inc. He was also Chairman of Quality Management for Gold Star Medical Management. He is a member of the Humana Utilization Committee, the Board of Statewide Florida Independent Physicians Association, the American Medical Association, Southern Medical Association, and the American College of Physician Executives. He also serves on the Dean’s Advisory Board and is a member of the Interview Committee of Florida International University Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine and on the Advisory Board for the School of Nursing and Healthcare of Georgetown University.
PHILIP M. SPRINKLE, II
Philip Sprinkle focuses his practice on healthcare law with an emphasis on physician groups, medical centers, and affiliated providers, in a broad range of corporate and regulatory matters. Mr. Sprinkle also specializes in non-profit law assistance. He is a frequent lecturer and writer on health care and corporate matters from taxable and tax-exempt financing to medical staff matters in academic medicine. His speaking engagements include nationally recognized entities such as the American Bar Association, the American Health Lawyers Association, and Georgetown Corporate Counsel Institute. Mr. Sprinkle is also involved in numerous state organizations such as the Health Care Financial Management chapters in Virginia and Florida and the Health Lawyers Division of the Virginia State Bar. He is an Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Miami where he teaches Health Care Finance and Regulation.
DR. VISHNU REDDY, M.D.
Dr. Reddy has been a practicing Hospitalist for more than a decade since his graduation from The University of Texas and has held a number of prominent roles during his distinguished career. He has been the medical director for several health care entities, overseen the intensive care unit at North Bay Hospital, and served as the Chief of Medicine at Christus Spohn. He held faculty positions in the residency programs at the University of North Texas School of Osteopathic Medicine and at Christus Spohn, where he is also a member of the professional review, credentials, and quality committees and co-chairman of the department of medicine. He also served as the President of Medical Staff for the Christus Spohn Health System and also as a Chief of Staff for Care Regional Medical Center. Highly respected for his commitment to the provision of quality health care, he was recognized by House Resolution of the 83rdlegislative session of the Texas House of Representatives. Dr. Reddy currently works as Chief Medical Officer and Program Director for MCCI Hospitalist Group and Advinity.
LUCILLE SOLTESZ RN.MS.MBA
Lucille has dedicated her life to caring for others. She is a registered nurse in Connecticut, Texas, and Florida. She has worked in various positions including Head Nurse ER Supervisor, Evening Charge Nurse, Supervisor of School Nurses, and a High School Nursing Teacher. Lucille received her Master’s in Business Administration in Health Care Administration and worked in managed care with a number of HMO’s until she retired in 2016. Lucille spends her free time volunteering at a local dementia unit and working closely with The Pearl Mae Foundation.