Mailing: PO Box 517 Dayton Nevada, 89403
Office: 209 Dayton Valley Road, Dayton Nevada 89403
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Healthy Communities Coalition of Lyon and Storey Counties is an equal opportunity provider and employer. For further details, see the end of this page, our website home page (bottom right), and the bottom of our website’s “About Us” tab.
Wendy Madson is Healthy Communities’ Executive Director. Former director Christy McGill described her as “Healthy Communities’ own Mother Nature,” and wrote that, “Wendy has a fierce love for all things growing including people. You’ve seen Wendy at Community Roots, the community gardens, school gardens, and at many of the free dental events HCC organizes. Yes, both plants and teeth have roots and she feels quite comfortable beside a dental chair or a daisy.”
Quinn Sweet is Healthy Communities Deputy Director. Among many other good things such as writing grants to benefit the Lyon, Storey and Mineral regions, Quinn works with and links to training opportunities for community volunteers focused on health education and awareness. As Nevada Community Health Worker Association’s Project Manager, she is able to speak about CHW policy at the state and national levels. She has a Master’s in Public Health from UNR and a Bachelors of Science in Nutrition from UNR.
Lisa Godenick is Healthy Communities’ Programs Coordinator. She works with Healthy Communities’ school-based Resource Coordinators throughout Lyon County and manages and implements the Signs of Suicide (SOS) evidence-based program in middle and high schools in the Mineral, Lyon, Storey region. She has a Master’s in Public Health from UNR and a Bachelor of Arts in History from Converse College. Lisa is very interested in the mind-body connection and as a yoga teacher, employs mindfulness techniques when implementing SOS in the schools and in her daily life.
Cortney Bloomer is Healthy Communities’ Food Security Manager. She coordinates and implements garden and nutrition projects, and works with multiple partners to ensure a collaborative effort across food systems. Cortney has a Bachelor of Science degree in biology and a Master’s degree in Public Health. You may have met her through her work with schools while she was the Western Nevada Safe Routes to School coordinator through Carson City Health and Human Services. She brings a broad range of skills and talents to HCC from her experience as a board member with Harvest Hub and with Muscle Powered (Citizens for a Walkable and Bikeable Carson City); and as a news anchor for Carson TV.
Tamara Burnet is Healthy Communities’ Farm to School resource coordinator for the school gardens in the Lyon County School District. She writes, “One of the greatest virtues of gardening is the perpetual renewal of youth. Young people look at the world through fresh eyes, beauty, and determination. The wonderful thing about garden-based learning is that it’s a hands on, minds on experience. Combining my years of working with youth and gardening with my Grandmother since I was a young girl gives me this most rewarding opportunity to do both, nurture our school gardens and our youth at the same time. School gardens are not just spaces for growing food, they are complete learning zones, taking learning to new heights and get kids excited about healthy eating.”
Jay Kolbet-Clausell is the Project Manager for the Nevada Community Health Worker Association (NvCHWA) supports the NvCHWA in advocacy, education, and professional development to increase access to health care and social services for Nevadans.
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Quest Lakes is the “content curator” and the Americorps and VISTA Site Coordinator in the Lyon region for Healthy Communities. Her writings and posts showcase the amazing work of our group partners, community volunteers, and staff. She also is an avid researcher of community based practices and evidence based programs. Art, community, reading, and community organizing through social media are all passions that contribute to her success here at Healthy Communities. Quest’s university degree (B.A.) includes concentrations in history and 19th century literature.
Contact Quest for anything related to media and arts.
Lisa Selmi is Healthy Communities’ Fiscal Manager; she helps pilot the coalition through the day to day workings of a functioning non-profit and we all honestly couldn’t do without her. Besides loving baseball and her family, Lisa is a strong advocate for all things good in the community and has logged in countless hours of volunteer time at all her children’s schools. Fearless of any requirement, she gets the paperwork done, so the good work can continue in our communities.
Jenny Claypool is Healthy Communities’ Office Manager and Grants Support. Having managed the Coalition’s Community Roots garden center for four growing seasons, she has taken on many new challenges at Healthy Communities, including as grants manager. Jenny is also a certified Community Health Worker and a Certified Prevention Specialist. Having lived in northern Nevada for over 24 years, she knows the area and brings many skills to the Coalition.
Jesus Santos is Healthy Communities’ Data Coordinator. His many skills and enormous patience help maximize efficiency on multiple fronts. Jesus is also the director of our Dayton Food Pantry at 209 Dayton Valley Road.
Kate Castro, HCC’s Healthy Aging Program Coordinator, has a Bachelor of Science in Public Health from UNR, and previously interned with Healthy Communities, helping to develop our Healthy Food Pantry Initiative. Today she’s part of our SNAP-Ed team administering the Stay Strong, Stay Healthy senior exercise program and the Seniors Eating Well Program. Kate also collaborates with other HCC SNAP-Ed staff to provide program enhancements such as gardens and intergenerational learning opportunities.
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FOOD PANTRIES: Our food pantries in Dayton, Yerington and Silver Springs are always busy. In order for everything to run as planned it takes some amazing pantry managers, and we have the best! They bring harmony to the food pantries even during the busiest times. They have smiles on their faces and know that every client has their own needs and reasons for being there, and they make each person feel comfortable.
Jesus Santos, Dayton Food Pantry Manager
Michelle Eriksen, Yerington Food Pantry Manager
Noel Chounet, Silver Stage Food Pantry Manager
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SCHOOL-BASED RESOURCE COORDINATORS: Our newest group of Healthy Communities employees are our school-based resource coordinators. They work with the schools in their region to help families find connections to local resources and to help students locate clothing, food, health care, counseling, support groups, and other needs they may have, as well as coordinating education for the community by way of health care events, school assemblies, ATOD abuse prevention classes and more. We are excited to have these Resource Coordinators as part of our team. All of the Coordinators are trained Community Health Workers.
Norma Espinoza, Fernley region
Maria Saavedra, Silver Springs/Stagecoach regions
Terri Gahr, Dayton/Mound House/Silver City area
Michelle Eriksen, Yerington/Smith Valley area
Michelle is also the manager for HCC’s Yerington Food Pantry.
PREVENTION OF ALCOHOL, TOBACCO, PRESCRIPTION AND OTHER DRUG USE
Alisha Moss is HCC’s Alcohol, tobacco, prescription and other substance abuse prevention coordinator and Stand Tall leader for the region. Alisha is also a trained Community Health Worker.
Community Health Worker Training Coordinator
Cody Wagner is the Training Coordinator for the Nevada Community Health Worker Association. His background is in Chemical Engineering, having earned a Master’s Degree from University of Nevada and worked six years in the insulation manufacturing industry. In addition to his work at Healthy Communities, he also owns and operates two businesses, chairs the Fernley Community Foundation, serves on the City of Fernley Planning Commission, and coaches football and basketball at Fernley High School.
Mikala Hazelton is a member of Healthy Communities’ Rural Health and Nutrition Team. She is working as part of The Health Pantry Initiative to help influence healthy food choices among Healthy Communities’ food pantry guests. She works at Healthy Communities’ Silver Stage Food Pantry to help distribute nutritional information, program material and healthy recipes.
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Rikki Crider works with Healthy Communities’ Community Roots & Shoots garden center at 209 Dayton Valley Road. Find out more at our Community Roots website at https://www.communityrootsnv.org/
Safe Schools Professionals
Jessica Arrighi, Yerington Safe Schools Professional
Lani Von Linsowe, Fernley Safe Schools Professional
Michele Watkins, Dayton Safe Schools Professional
COMMUNITY VOLUNTEERS: Healthy Communities Coalition would not be who we are without volunteers. People from all areas of Northern Nevada in all types of circumstances give of themselves, their time, their dedication, their love to helping others. We are, on a daily basis, so touched by what volunteering means and how much joy and health we see it brings to so many, including ourselves. We thank you, the people who have helped bring Healthy Communities Coalition to where we are today.
AMERICORPS and VISTA MEMBERS – HCC is so grateful to host between 5 and 10 AmeriCorps and VISTA members each year. They serve the Lyon County region through capacity-building projects in our region’s schools, food pantries, community gardens and beyond. For more info, contact Quest Lakes, HCC’s AmeriCorps site coordinator.
Christy McGill was the previous Executive Director for Healthy Communities, which according to her was a totally awesome job. She got to interface with over 75 formal partners, youth, and many citizens to bring them together to discuss how to make our region thrive. She saw her role as part community organizer, part party hostess, part advocate, and 100%, of course we can do this! She believes in extreme inclusion because everyone is needed to make our communities flourish. She relishes helping put the pieces together to see what kind of beautiful mosaic members can make–she calls this collaborative mosaic–community. Today Christy is the Director for the Office of Safe and Respectful Learning Environment with the Nevada Department of Education.
Healthy Communities Coalition of Lyon and Storey Counties is an equal opportunity provider and employer.
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