Diana Lee, MD
Director, Odessa Chambliss Center for Health Equity
Bethune-Cookman University

Diana Lee has based her life and career on leadership in the pursuit of better health. Her expertise in research-based wellness and health promotion is complemented by her compelling public speaking and facilitation skills, strong work ethic, and passion to help others. She received her MD from Universidad del Noreste in Tampico, Mexico.

Dr. Lee has multiple responsibilities in her current position as Director of the Odessa Chambliss Center for Health Equity at Bethune-Cookman College. She provides leadership and expert knowledge in the development and integration of the Wildcat Wellness Program and Initiative. She oversees the Healthy Life Program and conducts studies and research to promote and support a healthy lifestyle. She disseminates information to the university and lay community on healthy behaviors to prevent diseases and manage chronic illnesses. She collaborates with other academic departments to encourage and educate students on the linkage between lifestyle and good health.

Dr. Lee previously worked for Weight Watchers International, Inc. in various capacities, including program and instructional designer, trainer, field advisor, and author of weight loss and nutrition educational material. She has been the recipient of numerous awards by Weight Watchers in recognition of her clients achieving their goals and improving their health status. She was selected to coach a new team that operated bilingual Weight Watchers centers in California and make recommendations on the viability and sustainability of the program in the Hispanic market.

Dr. Lee has an extensive track record of community involvement and leadership through her membership on several organizations. She is chair of the Healthy Weight Subgroup of the Florida Chronic Disease Prevention Coalition; chair of the Bethune-Cookman Health Council; and board member of Volusia Volunteers in Medicine, Domestic Abuse Council, Parkinson’s Association, and Midtown Heat Coalition. She has held several board positions for the Junior League of Daytona Beach since 1994, including chair of the Fundraising, Crisis Fund, and Nominating Committees as well as chair/Community Vice President of Public Affairs. In this role, she lobbied for funding of Volusia County schools at the Florida state capitol.

Dr. Lee received the Easter Seals Volunteer of the Year Award for leading the Madre to Madre support group for young Hispanic mothers. She also is a recipient of the 2014 Juneteenth Hometown Hero Award for developing and operating programs in Midtown Daytona Beach. She was a board member and fundraising chair of the Rainbow Park in Ormond Beach, a handicapped accessible children’s park that was established to support the needs of the community.