Congratulations to Leilani Johnson!

Photo Lelani JohnsonIt is with great pleasure that we announce the promotion of Leilani Johnson to serve as interim administrative director for the Fixel clinic site, effective January 11, 2019. Under the direction of AJ Yarbrough, Michael Jaffee and Michael Okun, she has supported the department of neurology since May of 2017, serving as the administrative intern during her time in the Master of Health Administration program at the University of Florida. Upon graduation, she accepted her current position for the department as the administrative fellow and has since been active in optimizing financial reports and developing a balanced scorecard that was instrumental in positioning the Center to receive buy-in from multiple stakeholders.

Leilani completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Florida with a concentration in public health and minors in both family, youth, and community sciences and communication studies. In 2015, she began employment with UF Health Shands as an operating room clerk to gain experience in a clinical setting while simultaneously working with the operations management team for UF Information Technology overseeing 80+ employees and managing their interactions with 500+ faculty and student users on a day-to-day basis. Her tenure with UFIT began during her undergraduate studies and continued throughout graduate school, finally ending upon graduation as she began her pursuit of the administrative fellowship with our department.

Leilani’s diverse background in her educational studies as well as her aptitude to manage multiple roles in clinical, information technology, and academic environments demonstrate her ability to excel in this new role as interim director. It is my vision and hope that this appointment will allow for the Fixel Center for Neurological Diseases (soon to be moving to Williston Road) to become one of the leading destination of neurological services (Alzheimer’s, dementias, Parkinson’s, dystonia, movement disorders, TBI, Concussion ALS, Neuromuscular disorders, MS)  in the nation. Please join us in welcoming her to this role.