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Lavern Simmons-Lesesne

Florida Department of Health in Orange County

Lavern Simmons-Lesesne

Lavern Simmons-Lesesne
Operations Management Consultant 1

LaVern Simmons-Lesesne began pursuing her career in Public Health over thirty years ago in Beaufort, SC after graduating with an Associate’s Degree in Administration from a local Technical College. Using her degree while following her passion LaVern began working at the Beaufort County Health Department, as an Administrative Specialist where she spent the first five years of her career.

Shortly after reaching her five year anniversary, LaVern and her family relocated to Charleston, SC where she continued to serve as an Administrative Specialist at the Charleston County Health Department.

Ten years later, LaVern and her family relocated to Central Florida where she continued to follow her passion for Public Health while transferring to the WIC Department at the Orange County Health Department.

Staying true to her administrative roots LaVern transferred into an Administrative Assistant role a few years later, which in a short time helped to open the door for LaVern to obtain a position in the Human Resource Department, where she would remain for the next five years.

In 2005, LaVern began serving in her current role as the Executive Assistant to Dr. Kevin Sherin. LaVern has enjoyed all of her experiences throughout her career, but this opportunity has brought upon the most professional growth. As LaVern strives to promote a healthier community for others, provide support to over five hundred employees, and advance her own professional career she has found this role to be challenging at times but it has also brought her the greatest amount of joy and professional growth.

LaVern strives for professional growth and reaching new heights, which has led her to graduate from Leadership Orlando, and gain certificates in both Public Health and Department of Health Leadership.

With over thirty-seven years of service in Public Health, LaVern has been awarded Employee of the Month, been recognized for her Selfless Dedication to the Florida Department of Health in Orange County, and has also been recognized for Supporting the Vision to Provide a Healthier Community for Others.