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March 2016 SLPS Bios

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    Just Step and Repeat

    The Nebraska Walkable Communities project aims to make walking easy; the purpose of the project is to:

    • Directly engage and empower communities to create strategic plans and multi-year initiatives to increase walkability and overall health in each community;
    • Create on-the-ground successes that result in positive key health indicators, updated master plans, passage of policies including complete streets, or link together other tools and strategies to promote walkable communities; and,
    • Create a strong Steering Committee that provides a network of experts and technical assistance providers allowing Nebraska communities to achieve increased, long-term, walkability and overall health, even after the project goals are realized.

    This unique approach to community-driven strategic direction increases buy-in and action by the communities served and across the state, as a whole.

    It is easy, just Step and Repeat.

    Amy Houser

    Amy Houser, MPH

    Amy Houser is a Health Educator at the Central District Health Department in Grand Island, Nebraska. She earned her Master of Public Health from the University of Nebraska Medical Center, College of Public Health, with a concentration in Health Promotion. Prior to joining the Central District Health Department, Amy completed a year with AmeriCorps at the Siouxland District Health Department in Sioux City, IA where she worked on issues related to childhood obesity and childhood wellness. She also completed an internship with Live Well Omaha Kids in Omaha, Nebraska where she continued her work with child and family wellness.  While at the Central District Health Department, Amy received a fellowship with the America Walks, Walking College Program.  During this program, she completed a six week walking advocate educational course and an independent study project.  Her current work duties include initiatives to improve community walkability, physical activity, healthy food retail, and healthy vending.

    Andy Wessel

    Andy Wessel, MPH

    Andy Wessel is a community health planner with the Douglas County Health Department.  He leads Build withHealth, a collaboration between the Health Department, the City of Omaha, and eight other partners.  Build with Health focuses on using community design and neighborhood engagement to create healthy, thriving places throughout Omaha.  In addition to focusing on walkability and active living, Andy is passionate about using facilitation to increase stakeholder participation in decision-making.  

    Becky Sullivan

    Becky Sullivan, MS

    Becky Sullivan is the Wellness Manager at Mary Lanning Healthcare in Hastings.  She earned her Master of Science Degree in Health Promotion from Nebraska Methodist College.  In her role at the hospital, she works with local businesses in setting up wellness programs and activities, coordinates community health education programs and directs the Mary Lanning employee wellness program.  She also works with numerous community wellness groups including chairing the Healthy Hastings committee.  She is a self-proclaimed enthusiasm expert and loves to share the message that healthy living doesn’t need to be nearly as difficult as we make it.   

    Jessica Davies

    Jessica Davies

    Jessica Davies is the Wellness Coordinator with Panhandle Public Health District and coordinates the Panhandle Worksite Wellness Council.  With over 12 years of experience at the health district, she has been afforded many opportunities to become adept in the development and implementation of preventative, evidence-based programming at all socio-ecological levels.  Much of Jessica’s work has been collaboratively strategizing on population-based approaches towards the prevention of chronic disease through the primary prevention areas of increasing physical activity, improving nutrition, and decreasing environmental tobacco smoke.  She has extensive experience with grant administration in both the logistical and financial components and is trained to facilitate utilizing nationally recognized participatory group processes.  

    Jessica is a certified Worksite Wellness Program Coordinator and Manager, providing ongoing technical assistance to worksites through an evidence-based process, reinforcing environmental and policy strategies.  She helped bring the Panhandle Worksite Wellness Council to fruition which provides significant benefit and ongoing resources to organizations throughout the Panhandle region.  Jessica is a certified group fitness instructor and is co-owner of a non-profit fitness center, The Body Shop, providing fitness for the Hemingford community where she teaches kickboxing. 

    Jeremy Grandstaff

    Jeremy Grandstaff

    Jeremy Grandstaff is the process architect for the Nebraska Walkable Communities Project and a co-founder of S & G Endeavors www.sgendeavors.com (a consulting firm helping clients use collaboration to create change and take action). Some clients with which he has worked include The City of Detroit Health Department, National Wildlife Federation, American Public Health Association, Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services, Douglas County Health Department, National Physical Activity Society, South Heartland Health Department, and America Walks.

    Before returning to consulting full time, Jeremy most recently served as the full-time Member Services Director for Alliance for Biking & Walking, a coalition of over 200 advocacy organizations, all working to improve biking and walking in their respective communities. Jeremy’s education and background include a master’s degree in organization development, BS in Management Information Systems, and four years as a production/quality manager for IBM Global Services.