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Katrina Ductant currently serves as the Executive Director for Girls on the Run (GOTR) of Miami. Katrina became involved with Girls on the Run shortly after realizing there is a serious need for mentoring programs for young girls in South Florida. Katrina became involved with Girls on the Run due to her love for the sport, love for mentoring and her desire to empower her daughter and as many other girls as she can. Katrina truly believes that focusing on improving self-esteem and the importance of nutrition would allow these girls to live happier/healthier lifestyles, exude confidence, and make better decisions. Katrina Ductant is a Safety Manager for Turner Construction Company in South Florida. She received her B.S. in Construction Engineering Technology, Minor in Civil Engineering Technology from Florida A&M University and a Masters in Business Administration from Nova Southeastern University. Currently, Katrina mentor kids regarding their future in the industry of Construction, Engineering, and Architecture.
Vania Bredy, MSCHA, RHIA, CAC is the Corporate Director of the Health Information Management department at Jackson Health System in Miami, Fl. Vania received a Bachelor in Health Information Management from Florida A&M University and her Master's in Health Care Administration from the University of Maryland University College. She has been an active member of both the AHIMA and FHIMA for many years. Vania has an extensive background in both HIM Operations and DNFB management. As a well versed HIM professional, Vania has been able to master managing complex/large HIM departments. She successfully decreased the HIM DNFB from $167,000,000 to an average of $21,000,000 across three acute care facilities. In addition to this, Vania has experience in implementing HIM projects (Encoders, Transcription, Imaging Solutions, etc.) successfully with optimal results. She most recently attended the AHIMA Academy for ICD-10 and obtained the AHIMA's ICD-10-CM/PCS Trainer Certificate. She is a credentialed Registered Health Information Administrator and Certified Ambulance Coder.
Intelligent, kind, culturally diverse and loyal are a few words I would use to describe myself. Having the opportunity to have lived in different cities, amongst different cultures during my formative years definitely contributed to these characteristics. I was born in Brooklyn, New York to young parents who, from the beginning, knew that their journey would be like no other. My New Jersey born father and Jamaican born mother grew up in the slums of Brooklyn during a time when gang violence, drug pushers and peddlers ran rapid, forcing inner city youths to grow up fast and hard. Together, they instilled a sense of undying determination in me because of their ability to rise from a hard city against tremendous odds and establish a prosperous career which took our family through 4 cities in a span of 10 years. After leaving Brooklyn, I spent the first 10 years of my childhood growing up in an African American community in Miami, Florida called Edison, more popularly known as little Haiti due to the influx of Haitian immigrants during the 1980's and 90's. There I learned that the term "African American" had it's own internal struggle amongst it's many shades and languages. From there I've lived in Louisville, Kentucky, Woodbridge, New Jersey, and Andover, Massachusetts where I graduated high school. It was this upbringing that allowed me to see higher education as a necessity, rather than a luxury. I attended the University of Florida and achieved a Bachelors of Science degree in Architecture. I then moved to South Florida and pursued a career in Architecture and today, I am with Gresham Smith and Partners focusing on healthcare architecture within the tri-county area. If there is anything I've learned in life, it's that anything is possible. The possibilities span past neighborhoods and nationalities. Past slums and social conditions and this is what I hope to pass on to the girls at "Girls on the Run".