Our Leadership

Moya L. Alfonso, PhD, MSPH

Executive Director

A graduate of the University of South Florida with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, a Master of Science in Public Health, and a PhD in Educational Research and Evaluation, Moya Alfonso brings with her almost 20 years of experience in public health, community organization, grant writing, program evaluation, and social marketing. She is a seasoned leader in public health settings and has worked to build capacity among numerous nonprofits in the Southern United States.

Prior to coming to We Care Manatee, Moya served as an Associate Professor of Health Policy and Community Health at the Jiann-Ping Hsu College of Public Health at Georgia Southern University. In addition to teaching public health, Moya dedicated the last nine years of her career to helping rural underserved communities build the capacity required to improve their health and wellbeing. Prior to her work in rural Georgia, Moya directed research and evaluation for the Florida Mental Health Institute, the Florida Prevention Research Center, and the Center for Social Marketing at the University of South Florida.

Moya has published numerous peer-reviewed publications, presented at over 100 professional conferences, and has authored multiple book chapters. Moya is an award-winning instructor and received the Unsung Hero Award from Georgia Southern in recognition of her dedication to community service.

“It is wonderful to be back in my home state and to have the privilege of serving the Manatee County community. My goal is to expand our ability to provide much needed health care access to this special community.”


We Care Manatee staff includes case managers, nurses, volunteers, and medical students.