Lets Go! Coordinator
Nan Bell (she, her, hers) is the Let’s Go! Coordinator for southern Kennebec County. She works with schools, out of school programs, and child care programs to maintain and improve upon healthy food choices and physical activity opportunities they choose by implementing the Let’s Go! 5-2-1-0 strategies with the children they serve. Nan has a cat named Bella Bell and is known as Nana to five beautiful grandchildren and two grand dogs! Nan likes hiking, gardening, exploring new places with her two grandsons here in Maine and spending time with her friends.
Patricia (she, her, hers) is the Project Coordinator for the Drug Free Communities Grant as well as the Substance Use Prevention Program funded through UNE. She coordinates community coalitions that work to prevent youth substance use. Patricia has been working in public health for 23 years through various grants. She is a very proud mom of a daughter and two grand puppies. She is active in the Episcopal Diocese of Maine and is an avid gardener with extensive perennial beds. Long walks in the woods and at the beach keep her grounded.
Maine Farm to School Network Coordinator
Stephanie (she, her, hers) is the Food Systems Coordinator, Senior Program Associate. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies & Food Systems from the University of Vermont with a focus on agroecology. She has organized farm to school programming and managed educational farms in Vermont, Washington, and Maine. As a facilitator and steward, she supports statewide local food movements centering social and racial equity. Stephanie is an avid small-scale organic grower and herbalist, growing herbs, veggies, and flowers in Freeport, Maine.
Tobacco Prevention Coordinator
Elizabeth (she, her, hers) is a Tobacco Prevention Coordinator at HCCA, serving Kennebec County. She partners with businesses and organizations to reduce secondhand smoke exposure, create social norms around not using tobacco, and promote locations that support those who wish to quit. Elizabeth graduated from the University of Maine with a bachelor’s in journalism and before entering the public health field, spent her career in news writing in northern and southern Maine and in corporate communications. Her house in Gardiner is home to a Little Free Library and three rambunctious cats. Elizabeth enjoys reading, quilting and baking.
April Hughes, MPH, PS-C
District Tobacco Coordinator
April (she, her, hers) is the Tobacco and Substance Use Prevention Coordinator, Senior Program Associate at HCCA. She holds a master’s degree in Public Health and is a certified prevention specialist. She works with a variety of entities and organizations across Kennebec County to address and prevent tobacco and substance use and exposure among youth. April also convenes and facilitates a statewide network of prevention professionals and organizations called the LBGTQ+ SupportME Network. April resides in China with her spouse, three children, and a delightful menagerie of pets. When she’s not working, she can be found losing herself in a novel and writing book reviews on her blog.
Jane (she, her, hers) is the Financial Administrator at HCCA. She holds a bachelor’s in Business Management with a concentration in Accounting from the University of Maine and has worked in the accounting field for many years. She supports the staff in developing and implementing their budgets. Jane is responsible for the day-to-day A/P and A/R, as well as the reporting to funders. She believes to have good fiscal management, it involves the entire team. Jane grew up in Houlton and now resides in China, Maine with her husband, Mark. They love spending time with their two sons, daughter-in-laws, and four beautiful grandchildren. Jane enjoys being outdoors gardening, hiking and snowshoeing.
Joanne E.A. Joy, MA, TPS, PS-P, LMPB
Senior Program Manager
Joanne (she, her, hers) serves as the Senior Program Manager for Substance Use Prevention, Tobacco Use and Control, and Youth Engagement. Joanne first staffed the Healthy Maine Partnership project starting in 2001, served as Executive Director for a while, before happily transitioning to her current role. Her passion in public health is to decrease health disparities experienced by people for a range of reasons – racial, ethnic, and migration/immigration status, people with substance use or mental health conditions, people experiencing generational poverty, veterans, pregnant moms, and LGBTQ+ youth and adults. Current special projects include the first ever LGBTQ+ Youth Tobacco Prevention Project, and the LGBTQ+ Youth Experiencing more Summer Supports (YeSS) funded by the United Way of Kennebec Valley. Joanne holds a self-designed master’s degree that examined the link between generational low-income status (class) and true access to healthcare, mental health care, and social services. Joanne grew up in Bucksport, Maine with eight siblings, and now lives with her wife in Bowdoinham. She has three children and three grandchildren. She enjoys hiking, and the rivers, lakes and ocean in Maine.
Program Associate for Communications and Events
Shelley Lewton is HCCA’s new Program Associate for Communications and Events! Shelley’s primary focus will be on advancing food systems and health equity in the state of Maine. Shelley has a degree in Communication Studies and advanced education in Organic Farming and Agriculture. She is a livestock farmer who has raised pigs, sheep, chickens, dairy cows, and flowers with her partner, Ben. Shelley has worked in the fields of law, education, nonprofits, and agriculture. Working on behalf of marginalized populations for greater access to food, health, education, and well-being is the work that inspires her. She is active in the larger conversation for systems change within agriculture and food access. In her free time, Shelley loves spending time hiking near the ocean, finding shells and exploring marine ecology. She also loves wood—sanding, shaping, and building projects, which she does with Ben. Lastly, she loves looking for eagles and owls in the fields that surround her home.
Renee Page, MPH, CLC, PS-C
Renee (she, her, Mrs.) is Executive Director of HCCA and coordinates Maine Farm to Institution, a statewide network housed at HCCA. She holds a master’s degree in Public Health and completed her undergraduate work in Food Science and Human Nutrition as well as Business Management and Accounting. Renee specializes in local food systems work and sees access to fresh, local food as economic development and climate mitigation strategies, as well as an opportunity for health promotion. She connects HCCA to several partner organizations through board membership and committee work including Farm to Institution New England, the Northeast Farm to School Collaborative, Food Solutions New England, Food Fuels Learning, the Maine State Nutrition Action Council, Sodexo MaineCourse Advisory Committee, Maine Food Strategy, Maine Network of Healthy Communities, and more. She is a life-long Mainer who loves being in, on, and near the ocean, the color purple, has an affinity for hot sauce but not hot weather, and lives in Farmingdale with her family and menagerie of pets.
Rachael (she, her, hers) is the SNAP-Ed Coordinator for HCCA and facilitates the implementation of SNAP-Ed programming throughout the southern Kennebec area in a variety of settings, including school settings, childcare centers, low income housing sites, resource centers, shelters, and more. Rachael holds a bachelor’s degree in Social Science. She has a deep interest in the issues of food insecurity and finding solutions to meet the nutritional needs of all Mainers. She currently resides in Topsham with her youngest daughter and her canine friend Bean, and is the mother of two grown children and grandmother to two amazing grandkids.
SNAP-Ed Nutrition Educator
Courtney (she, her, hers) is the SNAP-Ed Nutrition Educator for HCCA. Courtney works with community partners throughout Kennebec County to implement SNAP-Ed programming. Courtney is a University of Maine at Farmington graduate and holds a degree in Community Health Education with a concentration in nutrition. Courtney has worked in several nonprofit organizations with a wide variety of community demographics, and is passionate about wellness education. Courtney is a creative person who enjoys knitting, crocheting, and sewing in her spare time. She likes exhibiting at local craft fairs during the fall and winter months. Courtney also enjoys spending time with her husband and two animals.