Speakers

Victor Arredondo

American Heart Association


William Bestermann, MD

Chief Medical Officer at Epigenex Health Inc.

William H. Bestermann Jr., MD is a board-certified internist who practiced preventive cardiology for 20 years. He has been heavily involved with health care reform and quality improvement during that same period. He wrote the first article on a systematic approach to the metabolic syndrome. ...
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Veronica Brady

Associate Professor at Endocrinology, University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine, Reno, Nevada

Dr. Veronica Brady is an associate professor at the University of Nevada Reno, School of Medicine. She holds a Masters' degree from the University of Detroit Mercy and a doctoral (PhD) degree from the University of Texas-Houston Health Science Center. She is a certified diabetes ...
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Stacy Briscoe, MS, RD, LD

Reno-Sparks Tribal Health Center


Chelsi Cheatom, MEd

Program Manager at Trac-B Exchange

Chelsi Cheatom has been working with Trac-B Exchange since it's inception in 2016. As the Program Manager, she has helped to support Trac-B Exchange opening the first storefront syringe exchange in Clark County, NV as well as supporting the roll out of the Impact Exchange ...
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Howard Chen

Assistant Professor of Clinical Family Medicine at University of Nevada, Reno, School of Medicine

Howard Chen is a board certified Family Physician who is additionally Board Certified in Integrative Medicine, Lifestyle Medicine, and Medical Acupuncture. He received his BA in Biopsychosocial Health from Brown University, completed medical school at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, and ...
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Elizabeth Christiansen, PhD

Director, Center for Program Evaluation at School of Community Health Sciences, UNR

Dr. Elizabeth Christiansen is the Director of the Center for Program Evaluation in the School of Community Health Sciences at the University of Nevada, Reno. She conducts a variety of program evaluations with organizations and agencies in the areas of public health, education, and youth ...
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Jason Courtney

NV DPBH

Jason Courtney is the 1817 Program Coordinator for the CDC 1817 Innovative State and Local Public Health Strategies to Prevent and Manage Diabetes and Heart Disease and Stroke grant. Jason obtained his MPH from the Loma Linda University School of Public Health with a concentration ...
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Richard Davis, CHW

Richard Davis is a Community Health Worker certified through the Nevada CHW Association. Mr. Davis is a master trainer and workshop leader for the Stanford Model health self-management programs in chronic disease, chronic pain, diabetes, cancer and HIV through the Nevada Quality and Technical Assistance ...
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Devang Desai

Intervention Cardiologist at St. Mary's Regional Medical Center, Reno, Nevada; University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine

Dr. Desai completed his internal medicine training at the Detroit Medical Center, Wayne State University where he was named the intern and resident of the year all three years of his training. He then went on to complete cardiology and interventional cardiology at St. John ...
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Mark Domingo

Dignity Health

Mark Domingo graduated from the University of Nevada Las Vegas with a Bachelor’s of Science in Healthcare Administration and Policy. He is passionate about educating and empowering anyone who’s in pursuit of becoming the best version of themselves. As a Health Educator, community health education, ...
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Rayleen Earney, MEd, CHES

Health Educator at Southern Nevada Health District

Rayleen Earney has worked at the Southern Nevada Health District for 20 years, the past 16 years as a health educator in the Office of Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, where she has experience assessing, planning, implementing and evaluating secondary prevention health promotion programs ...
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Gina FEATHERSTONE

Certified Health Education Specialist at Reno Sparks Tribal Health Center

Gina Featherstone was born in Reno, Nevada. She received her bachelors degree in Community Health Sciences, emphasis on Public Health, from the University of Nevada, Reno. She is employed at the Reno-Sparks Tribal Health Center right out of college as the Certified Health Education Specialist ...
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Abby Guida

Dignity Health

Abigail Guida, Health Educator, has been working with St. Rose Dominican Hospital for over four years. She facilitates Stepping On, Diabetes Self-Management Program, Chronic Disease Self- Management Program, Zumbini, and Enhance Fitness workshops. She also organizes health fairs, and events to help promote healthy lifestyles ...
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Amineh Harvey, MPH

Southern Nevada Health District

Amineh Harvey received her Master of Public Health degree in health promotion and education with an emphasis on maternal and child health from Loma Linda University in California. She has more than 10 years of experience working in the field of public health. Currently, Amineh ...
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Heather Haslem

Coordinator, Academics and Education at University of Nevada, Reno

Heather is a native Nevadan, and she received her bachelor’s degree and master’s degree from the University of Nevada, Reno, in Psychology, and Human Development & Family Studies with an emphasis in Gerontology. She is passionate about helping people to age well by helping individuals ...
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Cari Herington

Executive Director at Nevada Cancer Coalition

Cari joined NCC as its first Executive Director and staff in September 2011. For more than 20 years, she has built and lead organizations and coalitions focused on protecting and improving the health of Nevadans. Cari received her MBA from University of Nevada, Reno. She ...
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Jessica Johnson-Thomas

Health Educator at Southern Nevada Health District

Jessica Johnson is a Health Educator at the Southern Nevada Health District in Las Vegas. In this role she works to assess population health needs and develop programming using health behavior theory to target and implement community-based interventions. She works to coordinate multiple stakeholders and ...
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Jeffrey Klein, FACHE

President & CEO at Nevada Senior Services Inc.

Jeffrey B. Klein, FACHE has extensive experience in health care management, consulting, and strategic planning for hospitals, community-based services and aging networks. He is the President/CEO of Nevada Senior Services Inc. operating adult day health care centers, evidence-based caregiver support services, in home respite, home ...
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Julie Kotchevar, PhD

NV Dept of Health and Human Services

Julie Kotchevar has extensive experience working within the field of health and human services programs, particularly in the field of children and adults with disabilities. She has worked nationally and internationally for over 15 years to create efficient and agile systems that can skillfully respond ...
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Rayona LaVoie

Washoe County Health District


Juliette Martinez

Community Impact Director at American Heart Association

Juliette Martinez, MPA, CeMA worked at the American Heart Association since 2001. In her current role, she works with volunteers and organizations around community impact and engagement. Juliette received her Bachelors of Arts in American Studies from San Francisco State University and her Masters in ...
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J. D. McCourt, MD, FACEP

USACS

Dr. J.D. McCourt is Medical Director of the Adult Emergency Department at University Medical Center in Las Vegas, NV. He is an associate professor and serves as Vice Chair of Clinical Operations for the University of Las Vegas School of Medicine Department of Emergency Medicine. ...
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Lloyd Michener, MD

Duke / Practical Playbook

Lloyd Michener has spent his entire career engaging diverse communities and health care groups in improving health, improving care and avoiding preventable illness. As a medical student at Harvard and community organizer in the Mission Hills neighborhood of Boston, he helped create the connections and ...
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John Packham, PhD

Associate Dean at Office of Statewide Initiatives, University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine

Dr. Packham received his BA and MA degrees in sociology from the University of Oklahoma, and a PhD in sociology from Johns Hopkins University in 1992. He was a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow with the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health and the Örebro County Council, ...
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Sherry Poinier

RD, CDE at Dignity Health

I am currently employed at Dignity Health - St. Rose Dominican Hospital as a Registered Dietitian at Women’s Care Center of Excellence. I am an educator in our Outpatient Nutrition/Diabetes Clinic where I teach individual clients, group classes and promote living a healthy lifestyle for ...
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Jerry Reeves

Corporate V.P. of Medical Affairs at HealthInsight


Trevor Rice

Chief Operating Officer at Access to Healthcare Network

Mr. Rice is currently the Chief Operating Officer with Access to Healthcare Network, a Nevada nonprofit community based organization which is dedicated to helping individuals and organizations manage their healthcare needs effectively and efficiently through innovative programming and partnerships. He has over 10 years of ...
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Kelli Seals

Washoe County Health District.

Kelli Goatley-Seals has an undergraduate degree from the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR) in Health Sciences and a Master’s degree from the University of Alabama, Birmingham in Public Health. Professional experiences include working in health education and policy, systems and environmental change in local public ...
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Steve Shane

CHA Nevada

Dr. Shane received his B.S. in Biology from Penn State University and his M.D. from West Virginia University. He completed his pediatric residency and fellowship training in pediatric emergency medicine at the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. He later received a M.S. in Research Design and ...
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Lisa Sheretz

NV Division of Public & Behavioral Health

Lisa Sheretz has worked at the the Nevada Division of Public and Behavioral Health as the Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention Program Coordinator with for just over a year. Previously, Lisa worked for the American Heart Association as a Regional Campaign Manager on expanding smoke-free ...
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Stacy Smith

CEO at Nye Communities Coalition

Stacy Smith is the Chief Executive Officer of NyE Communities Coalition, a community coalition that serves Nye, Esmeralda, and Lincoln Counties in Southern Nevada. Stacy was the founding Director of the organization and has been instrumental in leading the community in developing NyECC into a ...
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Christine Thompson

Community Programs Manager at Nevada Cancer Coalition

Previously submitted by Kelli Goatley-Seals