Lifetime Achievement Award – Julie & Scott Klavans


Humble, dedicated, and “all in” describes Julie and Scott Klavans when they have identified a community need to champion.

For Julie and Scott, their “why” is simple and rooted in the Jewish values of tzedakah and tikkun olam, helping others in need, and repairing and healing the world.

Julie’s passion begins with children. She knows that we can change our future and world for the better, one child at a time. Her love for children led to her service as a Guardian ad litem for the past 12 years, and drew her to serve in committee and Board leadership roles at Shorecrest Preparatory School. When she focused on children’s needs for a safe home and supportive services, Julie joined the Boards of Habitat for Humanity and Gulf Coast JFCS.

Julie also put her professional skills as a CPA to good use and she has supported organizations’ financial success and sustainability. Her fingerprint has benefited almost every aspect of Gulf Coast JFCS, from her decade-long service on the Board of Directors where she served numerous leadership roles including Board Chair, the CEO Search Committee, Development and Finance Committees, and founding Board member of Gulf Coast Cares, the endowment organization for Gulf Coast JFCS. Though her business acumen was put to good use, Julie continued her passion for helping children through her involvement with the Heart Gallery adoption program, Teen Parent Engagement program, and Refugee Services.

“Julie is an incredible partner for the nonprofit CEO who is blessed to work with her,” says Dr. Sandra Braham, President and CEO. “She’s a strategic thinker who understands the Board is the keeper and protector of the organization’s mission and financial health.”

Dr. Scott Klavans is a leader at Morton Plant Hospital, having served as Chief of the Department of Surgery, President of the Medical Staff, and member and Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Morton Plant Hospital Foundation. A urologist by profession, it’s not surprising Scott’s community passions revolve around health and disease prevention. Scott established two annual cancer awareness events–the “Rock the Ribbon” Run/Walk, and the “Drive for the Cure” golf tournament. More than a decade later, he is still involved.

Because good nutrition plays a key role in health, Dr. Klavans was the leading physician advocate and champion in establishing the innovative Turley Health and Wellness Demonstration Kitchen. This Demonstration Kitchen helps all BayCare patients learn healthier nutrition and meal preparation, with special focus on instructing income-restrained patients on choosing daily healthy and cost-friendly meal options.

It’s not just what the Klavans’ accomplish in their volunteer and philanthropic endeavors, but how they go about it that is notable. They are both action-oriented, without fanfare. They are bottom-line “doers” who don’t shy away from obstacles. And, they aren’t looking for attention–just results!

Julie and Scott’s extraordinary dedication to health, children, and uplifting lives for all will be felt for generations to come.

Our Impact

Through our programs, resources, and community partners, we assist nearly 40,000 people annually. One-third (1/3) of those we serve receive help from more than 1 program area.