The Foundation annually recognizes leadership, philanthropy, medical excellence and youthful promise.
Although retired, our nominee is anything but retired. He remains active in the work he has loved and performed with distinction. An ardent promoter of social justice, he has worked tirelessly in support of programs that help the marginalized by society including the homeless, the poor, migrants and refugees. Ten years ago, he was instrumental in the founding of Pinellas Hope, a shelter for the homeless in our community. His leadership had a profound impact on the expansion of programs and services administered by Catholic Charities. Advocating for the needs of our community he injected his voice into issues unrelated to the church, including the importance of childhood vaccines and spending local tax dollars to help the poor.
Paula has been in the St. Petersburg community since they were 2 years old. With over 18 years in numerous organizations, she is very active in her community and is past president and chairperson of several local organizations including Boys & Girls Club, Science Center, Queen of Hearts and Florida Orchestra Guild. She has one son who serves in the US Army Infantry 101 Airborne. Collects sports memorabilia and admires art as a hobby and loves spending time with her family. Many of you may know her as “The Insurance Lady”.
Dr. Abel graduated Summa Cum Laude from Mercer University with a Bachelor of Science. He attended medical school at the University of South Florida College Of Medicine. Later he completed a Residency in Internal Medicine at the Medical College of Georgia. Dr. Abel finished his education at the University of South Florida with a Fellowship in Pulmonary, Critical Care, and Occupational Medicine. He has served as Chief of Staff and Medical Director at two area hospitals, St. Anthony’s and Kindred Hospital. He was the investigator for 14 clinical research trials.
Dr. Abel is the recipient of several special awards including: the Allegany Franciscan Award for dedication and service to St. Anthony’s Hospital in 2014; Physician Recognition Award for Best Teacher from SAH in 2009; Physician Executive Leadership Academy from SAH in 2010; the Louie D. Newton Citizenship Award from Mercer University in 1981.
Lastly, in 2006 Dr. Abel founded Coastal Pulmonary and Critical Care, P.L.C., in St. Petersburg where he currently serves as president and managing partner. Thank you Dr. Abel for all you do and have done to support St. Anthony’s Hospital and the community for more than 20 years.
Jennifer Travis Seidl is a St. Pete native and recently completed her postdoctoral fellowship in Clinical Neuropsychology at the Tampa VA and is passionate about working with patients with memory disorders.
Andrew Seidl recently began a new role with Amgen at their new finance capability center.
Andrew and Jennifer have been involved with a number of community service organizations, including various arts organizations in Houston and the Junior Board of the Alabama Ballet. Jennifer is an active member of the Junior League of St. Petersburg.
They are also proud parents of a 1 ½ year old daughter, Georgiana. Andrew and Jennifer have been involved with FLiP for the last three years and are very excited to carry on the Travis family legacy through service to St. Anthony's.