Dr. Lesley Reece, MD
Dr. Lesley Reece, MD is a general practice and palliative care physician, but if you were to spend some time with her, you would soon realise that those titles alone simply do not do her justice. Dr. Reece considers herself to be a modern-day renaissance woman, for as well as running her own medical practice, she somehow finds the time to be a writer, blogger, social entrepreneur and aspiring motivational speaker. Just two short decades ago, Dr. Reece left high school to pursue her medical degree at the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine, Trinidad, followed by postgraduate training in Palliative Care at the University of the West Indies, Mona, Jamaica.
Throughout her studies, Dr. Reece developed passions for a number of areas: family medicine, palliative and hospice care, and youth empowerment. The latter fueled her desire to conceptualize, and bring to fruition, Project BELLA, a mentorship activity launched with the female students of her alma mater elementary school, on International Women’s Day of 2017. Dr. Reece believes that for anyone to be truly successful, girls and women especially, they must be equipped not only with academic and technical skills, but also with a strong sense of self, ambition and determination; she also believes that if through her work she has a positive impact on the life of just one young person out of many, then she still would have done that which she set out to do.
Casey Hahn is a local insurance agent with Farm Bureau Insurance here in Gainesville, FL. Having now been in the insurance industry for 13+ years, Casey got his start working for Mark & Perry McGriff at State Farm Insurance, then eventually moved on to become an agent with Farm Bureau Insurance in June of 2010. The primary products Casey offers are AUTO, HOME, and LIFE insurance.
Joy Pitts is a Branch Manager in the Gainesville District of Wells Fargo’s Northeast Florida region. She has more than nine years of financial services experience and currently manages the Wells Fargo branch located on the University of Florida campus.
In her role, Pitts is an advocate for financial education excellence, coaching her team members the value of educating customers on financial products and services so they can achieve financial success. She joined Wells Fargo in 2010, and she has held various other positions within the bank, including teller, lead teller and service manager.
Pitts earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from Saint Leo University, located in St. Leo, Florida. She is very active in the University of Florida community, serving as the partner point of contact for Wells Fargo and the university.
Pitts enjoys living in Gainesville, Florida with her daughter Olivia and their dog Maggie. Go Gators!
Dr. Anyaliese Hancock-Smith
Dr. Anyaliese Hancock-Smith, the owner of Hancock-Smith Pediatric & Behavioral Health, LLC (www.hancocksmithpediatrics.com) is a licensed clinical psychologist who specializes in pediatric and child/adolescent psychology. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Alcorn State University in Alcorn, Mississippi and received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Jackson State University in Jackson, Mississippi. She completed her APA-approved pre-doctoral internship at the Kennedy Krieger Institute at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and received specialized training in child and family therapy. She then completed her postdoctoral residency and fellowship at the University of Florida (UF) in the Division of Medical Psychology and Department of Psychiatry where she further developed her expertise in child and family therapy and obtained specialized training in the treatment of OCD, including Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) therapy, as well as Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT).
Following completion of postdoctoral fellowship, Dr. Hancock-Smith was hired as a Clinical Assistant Professor in the UF Department of Psychiatry. During her tenure at the university, she served as the director of the Inpatient Consultation-Liaison Service Program within the Division of Medical Psychology and Department of Psychiatry at UF Health Shands Psychiatric Hospital. Additionally, she served as a clinical supervisor for psychology and mental health counseling graduate students, postdoctoral psychology residents seeking licensure, and psychiatry residents and fellows seeking to enhance their therapeutic skills. In addition to owning her own private practice, Dr. Hancock-Smith currently works within UF Pediatrics as the co-founder and licensed psychologist of the UF Health Youth Gender Program.
Dr. Hancock-Smith values cultural humility and holistic mental health care. She is active in her community, serving as North Central Florida Psychological Association chapter president and spending much of her time advocating for LGBTQ+ and other under served youth. Her mission is to promote wellness through empowerment and change, with the goal of helping youth be the change they want to achieve!