Paul Ringenberger To Step Down For Audrey Joiner

By  //  August 8, 2013

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$2.5 million in services to the community

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Space Coast Volunteers in Medicine is a fully approved 501(c)3 comprised of dedicated health care providers and community professionals who have joined together to open a free medical, chiropractic and dental clinic to serve the uninsured of Brevard County and the Space Coast. (SCVIM image)

BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA — After five years of work organizing, opening and running Space Coast Volunteers in Medicine, Executive Director and Clinic Founder, Paul Ringenberger is stepping down.

Aurdey Joiner

Audrey Joiner

Replacing him will be SCVIM Medical Office Manager and Nurse Practitioner, Audrey Joiner.

During Ringenberger’s tenure leading Brevard’s free community clinic for the uninsured, over 6,500 patient visits took place since doors opened on April 25, 2011. In terms of value based on State of Florida Department of Health calculations, SCVIM has generated over $2.5 million in services to the community. And all services have been provided to patients free of charge.

A NEW CHALLENGE

“We opened our doors with four health providers and today we have nearly 100 volunteer health providers,” said Ringenberger.

“Though we struggle with funding- like most Brevard nonprofits, we have definitely met our mission and provided a much needed safety net to those in need of care.”

Paul Ringenberger

Paul Ringenberger

While Ringenberger will continue to assist as a volunteer in a development capacity and serve on the Board of Directors, he believed it was time for a change and new energy and ideas were needed to grow the program.

“It has definitely been a challenge, I’m glad we have helped those in need but I’m ready for a new challenge,” said Ringenberger.  “I plan on doing some writing and getting involved in media production.”

Joiner came to SCVIM as a volunteer in 2012. In a short period, she became the medical officer manager. Joiner graduated from the University of Florida with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and a Master of Science in Nursing Administration as well as Adult Health.

Joiner worked as a Nurse Practitioner in a local cardiology practice and later for Health First Home Care. She is also an adjunct faculty for Eastern Florida State College.

While Ringenberger will continue to assist as a volunteer in a development capacity and serve on the Board of Directors, he believed it was time for a change and new energy and ideas were needed to grow the program.

Joiner  is married to Stephen Joiner and they have two children, Austin and Chelsey. She is on the mission leadership team at Georgianna United Methodist church and enjoys running, triathlons, traveling and working on the family farm in Kentucky.

“Audrey is the best person to take over as Executive Director,” said Ringenberger.

“In addition to being appointed to the Board of Directors Audrey brings both an administrative and health provider background to this position. I think this combination, plus her extensive missionary works, gives Audrey the needed experience and expertise to lead a volunteer based program. Plus everyone enjoys working with her.”

The change of leadership will take place following the 4th Annual Fellowship Luncheon scheduled for Wednesday, August 28.


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