Trummell Valdera Former Top Executive of Miami Health System Cleared of Allegations of Wrongdoing; Valdera Continues to Pressure Sites to Remove Damaging Information

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Results of the Miami Dade County Commission Ethics Case # K—10-023 fully cleared Valdera of all the anonymous accusations against her and determined they were unfounded.

In March of 2010, allegations against Trummell Valdera brought by anonymous employees and an ex-employee who had left Jackson Health System under dubious terminated circumstances, were published in the Miami Herald and El Nuevo Herald and fed to and a few other journals without fair investigative analysis and follow up. The sources accused Ms. Valdera of various acts of malfeasance, including the harboring of ghost employees on Jackson’s payroll and using Public Health Trust funds to pay for a maid and the to pay an alleged friend, Deborah DiNicolantonio, who was never to be seen or to have worked at Jackson. The article led to an investigation into charges of Ethics and Public Trust Violations against Ms. Valdera, then Chief Human Resources Officer of the Jackson Health System and the Public Health Trust of Miami.

Ms. Valdera chose to resign her post to address some critical family needs out of state, and voluntarily contacted the Miami Dade Ethics Commission requesting they investigate all of the allegations as soon as possible.

Results of the Ethics Commission Case # K—10-023 were published on August 3, 2010, are public, and available through the Miami Dade County Commission on Ethics and Public Trust. The report cleared Valdera of all the accusations against her and against Deborah DiNicolantonio, a long-term Communications/Special Projects per diem staff member to the Trust, and determined they were unfounded. Also the sources of the allegations were determined to be anonymous and could not be found.

Ms. Valdera commented, “This situation is hurtful, most unfortunate, and shameful! The outrageous, patently false, unsubstantiated and anonymous allegations of this magnitude should have been dealt with expeditiously, including by the press, and should have never gone this far for me or Deborah DiNicolantonio, the HR Communications/Special Project Personnel.”

Several publications and web sites have followed up responsibly, and removed or retracted the unfounded information. Unfortunately a few such as, and their respective posting on You Tube did not respond when contacted and continue to publish the erroneous information on their web sites.

Valdera said, “The damage done has been enormous. I am thankful that the Ethics Commission report clears me entirely, and I hope I will now be able to move on with my life.”

Trummell Valdera is a HR/Talent Management expert who has built a successful career and high level of expertise in her field. Through her experience and dedication, she has led several organizations to achieve success in their human resources, leadership & organizational efforts. Through improving efficiency, enhancing HR operations, and understanding how to place key professionals in the right positions, she has assisted in the boosting of productivity and human capital of many organizations. As a result, she has elevated the role of HR managers to that of important business partners. For more information, please visit

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