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Phillis Oeters is the corporate vice president of government and community relations for Baptist Health South Florida, the largest not-for-profit health care organization in the region. She is responsible for strategic planning of government and community relations, and developing a state and federal legislative agenda to include issues of health care funding, insurance regulation and general health policy development.
Ms. Oeters serves on many community boards, including the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce, Beacon Council, United Way, and Orange Bowl Committee, where in 2009 she became only the second woman to serve as president. Her commitment to service has earned her the American Red Cross Volunteer of the Year Award; Big Brothers Big Sisters Miami's Miracle Makers Award; South Florida Business Journal Influential Business Women Award; and the United Way's Dorothy Shula Community Service Award, among others.
Ms. Oeters has been a Miami-Dade resident for more than 25 years and has an 11-year-old daughter, Raquel Peña. She is an adventure traveler and skilled sailor. In 1988, she was the first woman to win the J/30 North America Sail Championship presented by the American Yacht Club. Ms. Oeters earned her Master of Social Work from Barry University in 1982.