Tobacco Free Partnership of Martin County appoints 2015-2016 Advisory Council
September 2, 2015

STUART, FL — The Tobacco Free Partnership of Martin County has appointed its 2015-2016 Advisory Council.  Advisory Council members assume a leadership role in regard to tobacco control and advocacy, education, and prevention and policy change in Martin County.

This year’s advisory council members include Julie McHenry of Tykes and Teens, Anita Cocoves of Martin County, Ralph Perrone of American Cancer Society, Ellie Nicholas, CDC Advocate, Joanne Kelly of Martin Health Systems, Maureen Ryan of the Martin County Health Department, Jim Vojcsik of United Way of Martin County, Jackie Holfelder, freelance writer, Shannon Nazzal of Martin County Parks and Recreation, Dr. Presley Charles of the Martin County School District, Celeste Lambert of Martin County High School SWAT, and Aina Brady of Jensen Beach High School SWAT.

TFP Advisory Board
Tobacco Free Partnership of Martin County Advisory Board (From L to R): Joanne Kelly, Jackie Holfelder, Maureen Ryan, Aina Brady, Celeste Lambert, Ralph Perrone, Jim Vojcsik, Julie McHenry, and Dr. Presley Charles.

The Tobacco Free Partnership of Martin County is dedicated to the creation of tobacco-free social norms through a combination of community education, youth advocacy, and changes in local tobacco policies.  The mission of the Tobacco Free Partnership of Martin County reflects the goals of the CDC Best Practices, especially in regards to changes in local tobacco policies to create and promote tobacco-free social norms.

Some of the past initiatives of the partnership include ordinances to place tobacco products behind the counter and away from youth at retail outlets in Martin County, an e-cigarette ordinance with the City of Stuart, and tobacco-free policies at public venues and events, including the Martin County Fair and the Riverwalk Stage in Downtown Stuart.

To learn more about the partnership or to get involved, visit