VFHY Regional Trainings 2018

Instructor Bios

  
  

 
    Alternatives       

                       

Alternatives, Inc., founded in 1973, is a nationally recognized youth development nonprofit whose vision is, “Healthy, principled, and creative young people valued as members of the community.” Everything we do is designed to build the specific assets that support young people as they grow into creative, compassionate and responsible adults. This means helping young people to: identify and manage their feelings, form positive friendships, make good decisions, creatively problem solve, discover their creativity and unique talents, and make a difference in their community. Alternatives embeds high quality programs into child care centers and after school programs in neighborhoods, schools, and community settings. In addition all program activities have secondary benefits that are aligned with increasing critical thinking skills, pre-literacy skills, and the intrinsic motivation of children to academically succeed. Using a variety of programs and activities, Alternatives inspires young people to discover their spark and achieve their inherent potential.

   

 

   

 Alice FreemanAlice Freeman

Alice Freeman, is the owner of Healthy Heart Plus, a Holistic Wellness Center; the author of Eat Right For Life, a heart healthy cookbook and coauthor of Being Healthy From Now On, a practical guide for nurturing the body and spirit. Recognized in the community as a leader in her field and for understanding the connection between nutrition and spiritual growth, Alice has taught many workshops at universities and has been recognized for the past five years as the official Nutritionist for the Sister for Sister Conference providing one-on-one consultations and healthy cooking workshops for conference attendees. Her zeal, ability to connect with the audience, interactive style and in-depth knowledge makes Alice an invaluable asset to the Holistic health community. The recipient of the Minority Business League’s 2006 Trailblazer Award, Alice Freeman holds a B.S. Degree in Nutritional Counseling and is a registered Naturopath.

 

 

   

 

 Alejandro Garcia-Barbon (cropped).jpg Alejandro Garcia-Barbon

Alejandro Garcia-Barbon has over seven teen years of experience in the management, administration, planning and development of public health and behavioral health services.  He is currently the Program Director for the Behavioral Health Service Line with Health-First, Inc., which provides behavioral health services to the senior adult population in Brevard County, Florida. Some of his professional experience includes the management of behavioral acute care services and the management of the National Latino Tobacco Prevention and Control Network. He also collaborates and provides guidance to state, county, and community policy makers regarding the development and implementation of effective prevention/wellness policies and practices.  Alejandro has extensive experience facilitating town hall meetings, debates, forums, panel and group discussions, and school and community meetings.  In addition, he monitors and provides technical assistance to public and private public health and behavioral health treatment providers throughout the country.  His skills include organizing and directing resources, evaluating information, planning strategies, resolving problems, communicating ideas, facilitating conversations, building partnerships and collaborations, and motivating others to accomplish tasks within changing environments.

  
     

 

     

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   Donna Gassie

Donna Gassie currently serves as Director of Programs at the Virginia Foundation for Healthy Youth (VFHY). Donna oversees 3+ million in annual grant funding for tobacco use prevention and obesity prevention programming for youth in Virginia. With 30 years of experience working in the non-profit field, Donna has extensive experience with services and program development, evaluation, grants administration, outreach and training. Donna has provided grants consulting both nationally and overseas, working with nonprofits, governments and universities. She has served on a number of nonprofit boards, including as Vice President of the National Grants Management Association. Donna received her Bachelor of Social Work and her Masters of Public Administration from Virginia Commonwealth University.

 
    

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 Angie Hasemann

Angie Hasemann is a Registered Dietitian and Certified Specialist in Pediatrics who has spent seven years teaching kids to cheer for fruits and vegetables and eat them too.  She has worked with children of all ages, from toddlers to teenagers, at UVAs Children's Fitness Clinic and is well-known for translating the complicated science of nutrition into easy-to-use and understandable information.  Her creative teaching techniques have earned her the affection of patients and the respect of her peers, including being named the Clinician of the Year for Morrison Management Specialists.  Her work in the community and in leadership organizations led her to being named the Recognized Young Dietitian of the Year in Virginia, and she has served Virginia Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics as President. Angie has spent her career working on the front lines of pediatric obesity treatment nurturing her passion to help families deal with the most severe cases of obesity and co-morbidities.  Sheís provided training for community members; medical, nursing, exercise physiology, and dietetics students; and physicians throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia. She holds three Bachelorís Degrees from Kansas State University in Nutrition, Exercise Science, and Dietetics, and she earned her Masters of Science Degree in Health Communication from Boston University.

  

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Health Resources in Action
Health Resources in Action (HRiA) is a unique organization that provides consulting services and develops programs for a wide range of private and public sector clients. Through training and technical assistance, coaching and mentoring, HRiA work with youth and adult leaders, community coalitions,  state and local institutions and non-profit organizations to build and sustain healthy communities. 

 


    

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Steve Hixon
Steve Hixon works full-time as a Prevention Coordinator with Henrico CSB. He also works as a program consultant throughout the state and nationally. He has an undergraduate degree in Social Work and a Masters degree in Business Administration. He has over 25 years of experience working with youth and families in rural, urban and suburban areas. His experience ranges from developing, managing and evaluating youth programs to working with parents of youth of all ages, and providing training to those who work with youth. He has developed and implemented 3 nationally recognized youth prevention programs and he provides various training and consultation on youth- related issues throughout the state and nationally. He served on both the United Way’s Family, Youth and Children Action Council and Virginia Union University’s Social Work Advisory Board for 20 years. He is currently an advisory board member of J. Sergeant Reynolds Community College Human Services program. He is a state-certified Cultural Competency trainer, national Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA) trainer, and a national Substance Abuse Prevention Skills trainer (SAPST). He is very committed to working with youth and those who impact their lives.   
 
    
 ValerieLiggins
Valerie Liggins Law

Valerie Liggins Law has 30 years of experience working in the Human Servicefield in the area of Juvenile Justice, Behavioral Health and Philanthropy.  Locally and nationally, Valerie has facilitated numerous sessions, workshops, and trainings in the area of Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment, Social Skills Development, Coalition Building, Board Governance, Strategic Planning, Program Implementation and Sustainability and Trauma Informed Care (ACEs).  Currently, Valerieis a Program Officer at a place-based Health Legacy Foundation where she has the primary responsibility of grant review, grant management, and special initiatives in the program area of Health and Human Services.  She is a consultant in her spare time on the content areas of coalition building, strategic planning, board governance, grant writing and community health needs assessments.  She is a 2013 Hull Fellow and a 2018 Initiatives of Change Community Trustbuilding Fellow.  She has reviewed grants for Housing and Urban and Development (HUD), Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD), Susan G. Komen Richmond affiliate, and the United Way of Greater Richmond and Petersburg, Southside Action Council.  She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University, with a Masters of Social Work Degree and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology.  Valerie is a member of the Culture, Race and Health Transdisciplinary Core, which addresses the impact of culture and race/ethnicity on health and overall well-being.  The Culture, Health and Race Core is under the umbrella of The Inclusion, Inquiry and Innovation (ICUBED) Institute, at Virginia Commonwealth University, a cutting edge institute focused on catalyzing collaborative connections between the university and the community at large through innovative academic and research programs.
 


     
           

Alayne MacArthur

Alayne MacArthur has over 15 years of experience in designing and delivering workshops for prevention and health education providers. In addition to her work with adult learners, Alayne has designed and taught prevention education curriculum for primary, middle, and high school grades. Her curriculum design credits include the Life Skills Training High School Program, The Life Skills Training Parent Program Workshop, the Life Skills Training Workplace Wellness for Young Adults and several leadership development curriculums for the National Association of Chronic Disease Directors. Alayne has a Masters of Education from the University of Albany.

 


 

 Jim Martin

Jim Martin, a Virginia native, is the Director of Policy and Programs with the NC Tobacco Prevention and Control Branch (TPCB), Division of Public Health, NC Department of Health and Human Services.  Jim’s has over 25 years of experience in tobacco use prevention and control at the state and local level. His current major responsibilities include providing statewide leadership and expertise on tobacco use prevention and control policy and programmatic solutions.  Prior to his current position,  Jim served as Field Director for Policy and Programs with Project ASSIST, now known as the Tobacco Prevention and Control Branch, served as a staff member with the National Cancer Institute’s COMMIT Project in Raleigh, NC--a comprehensive community-based research trial to reduce and prevent tobacco use, and also served on multiple national committees including the ASSIST National Strategic Planning Subcommittee and the Association of State and Territorial Health Officers (ASTHO) Tobacco Control Network..  Jim has published several articles on tobacco use prevention and control and he has conducted numerous local, state, and national level presentations on policies and programs to prevent and reduce tobacco use. Jim received his Master’s (1986) and Bachelor's degrees (1984) in Community Health Education from Virginia Tech. He also worked as a Director of Worksite Health Promotion with the Virginia Department of Health, Mount Rogers Health District from 1986 - 1989, before relocating to North Carolina

 


  

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Donna Minnix Proctor

Donna Minnix Proctor is currently the Executive Director of the Free Clinic of Franklin County. From 2013 to 2015, she led Grace Network, a crisis intervention center in Martinsville. She also served for 7 years as the Executive Director of the Bedford Community Health Foundation, a health legacy foundation with the mission of helping to make the Bedford one of the healthiest communities in Virginia. Prior to that appointment, she worked for Virginia Tech, as an Extension Agent, and for the Virginia Department of Health, as a Community Health Educator. Donna obtained her BS and MS degrees from VA Tech and has extensive training in teambuilding, conflict management, and strategic planning. She is a Certified Health Education Specialist. Donna lives in Franklin County on her family farm, Briarwood, with her husband of 42 years, two horses, a rescued boxer and four cats. In her spare time she enjoys writing plays and romance novels, acting in amateur theater, and riding her purple Harley Davidson motorcycle.

        
   

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Pam Ray, a Virginia Tech graduate, is a Health Educator Senior in the New River Health District (NRHD) with the Health Department and the Virginia Tech Center for Public Health Practice & Research.  Pam is a licensed Veterinarian who recently returned to graduate school for her Master of Business Administration and Master of Public Health degrees.  Pam became interested in electronic cigarettes when she was Project Coordinator for the Tobacco Use Control Project in the NRHD.  Her capstone project for her MPH was on health education and awareness of Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems (ENDS).  She has given lectures and demonstrations on the subject throughout the region to health department personnel, VT students and faculty, and community prevention partners.  She is a youth health advocate and is keenly interested in policy changes to limit access of ENDS.  Pam currently serves as Project Manager for a VDH Obesity Prevention Grant, focusing on environmental changes, nutrition education, and district wide strategic planning to address obesity in the New River Valley.

 


   

 

   


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Leading To Change

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PamRay.Headshot (341x344)Pam Ray

Pam Ray, a Virginia Tech graduate, is a Health Educator Senior in the New River Health District (NRHD) with the Health Department and the Virginia Tech Center for Public Health Practice & Research.  Pam is a licensed Veterinarian who recently returned to graduate school for her Master of Business Administration and Master of Public Health degrees.  Pam became interested in electronic cigarettes when she was Project Coordinator for the Tobacco Use Control Project in the NRHD.  Her capstone project for her MPH was on health education and awareness of Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems (ENDS).  She has given lectures and demonstrations on the subject throughout the region to health department personnel, VT students and faculty, and community prevention partners.  She is a youth health advocate and is keenly interested in policy changes to limit access of ENDS.  Pam currently serves as Project Manager for a VDH Obesity Prevention Grant, focusing on environmental changes, nutrition education, and district wide strategic planning to address obesity in the New River Valley. 

 



 

 

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