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Please Welcome Lea Rhoden, Our New Tobacco Prevention Specialist in Clay County!
July 1, 2015

QuitDoc Research and Education Foundation recently named Lea Rhoden as the Tobacco Prevention Specialist of Clay County, filling the void left by the departure of Joey O’Hern who will now be the Tobacco Prevention Specialist of Columbia County. Lea will also be responsible for facilitating the Tobacco Free Partnership of Clay County, a coalition of community leaders working together on tobacco issues that affect the residents of Clay County, particularly its most vulnerable residents: youth and senior citizens.   Lea Rhoden

Lea will have big shoes to fill! Her predecessor, Joey O’Hern, has built an amazingly strong coalition in Clay County during his 3 years of work with QuitDoc.

"I am very excited to be working for QuitDoc as the newest team member for Clay County," said Lea. “During the last 3 years, I have worked closely as a community partner with Joey O’hern, which will make for an exciting and smooth transition. I have been connected to Clay County for many years, working in the school district and spending a lot of time volunteering for many non-profits and serving on advisory councils. I am looking forward to continuing the education, prevention, and treatment of tobacco in the Clay County community."

Lea’s comes to QuitDoc from the American Cancer Society, where she was a Relay For Life Community Manager. As a Community Manager, she was responsible for 5 Relay for Life events in Clay County and Baker County. Lea managed these events by recruiting and training volunteers in the community. She worked closely with local businesses, schools, churches and other community organizations to bring awareness to the fight against cancer. This experience will be an asset as Lea works with businesses to create smoke-free campuses while promoting employer-based tobacco cessation programs.

Prior to joining the American Cancer Society, Lea was an educator for the Clay County School District for 7 years. She was a Grade Chair Team Lead and served on the School Advisory Council as well as the Parent Faculty Association. During her time in the classroom, she was involved with many non-profit groups and developed a strong passion for health awareness in the community.

Lea and her husband Michael stay busy with their 4 children by actively participating in community sports, volunteering their time, and giving back to their community. Currently Lea serves on the Relay For Life of Baker County Event Leadership Team. She is the Fundraising Lead Chair. She is also a member of the Clay County Chamber of Commerce and the Baker County Chamber of Commerce. Lea brings strong background knowledge of the Clay County school system and community. She has served on local prevention coalitions, school health advisory councils, and community health councils. Her priority has been promoting tobacco education and prevention, especially among the youth in her community.

The Partnership will continue to work on several initiatives to reduce youth access to tobacco products, to reduce illnesses and exposure to secondhand smoke, and to promote tobacco cessation services throughout the county.

The Students Working Against Tobacco (SWAT) Program will continue to be an active part of the partnership in Clay County. Florida’s SWAT Program has been a model for other states, and remains a very effective youth prevention program.

For more information, or to schedule a program, you can contact Lea by calling 904-237-4691, or by email at