Lets Go! Coordinator
Nan 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 their healthy food choices and physical activity opportunities by implementing the Let’s Go! 5-2-1-0 messages with the children they serve. Nan worked in the field of domestic violence doing prevention and community education for 20 years. She is the proud mom of three adult children, nana of four grandchildren and three granddogs! Nan likes exercising, eating healthy, doing art projects, gardening, and spending time with her family.
Patricia Buck-Welton is the Project Coordinator for the Drug Free Communities Grant as well as Lead Poisoning Prevention. She coordinates community coalitions that work to prevent youth substance use and lead poisoning. Patricia has been working in public health for 21 years on many different grants with Medical Care Development. She is a very proud mom of 1 adult child and 2 grand puppies, she is active in the Episcopal Diocese of Maine in Adult Formation, is an avid gardener with extensive perennial beds, has a kitty named Tricia and a Mare named Lola.
District Youth Coordinator
Kevin is the District Youth Coordinator. He works in Somerset, and Kennebec county. He works with youth that see an emerging problem that is occurring in their school or community. Kevin recently graduated from the University of Maine at Farmington with a degree in Community Health. Kevin was born and raised in Maine. In his free time Kevin likes to hunt, fish, and enjoy the beautiful wildlife Maine has to offer.
Maine Farm to School Network Coordinator
Project Coordinator, Maine Farm to School Network Coordinator
Stephanie is the Maine Farm to School Network Coordinator. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies & Food Systems from the University of Vermont, with a focus on agroecology. She has facilitated farm to school programming and managed educational gardens in Vermont, Washington, and Maine. Stephanie is an avid small-scale organic farmer and herbalist, growing herbs, veggies, and flowers in Midcoast Maine.
Tobacco Prevention Coordinator
Project Coordinator, Tobacco Prevention Coordinator
Elizabeth is a Tobacco Prevention Coordinator at HCCA, serving Kennebec County. She works with a variety of entities and organizations to create and/or update tobacco policies in an effort to reduce secondhand smoke exposure, create healthier social norms around not using tobacco, and provide locations that support those who wish to quit. Elizabeth graduated from the University of Maine with a bachelor’s in journalism and has spent her career in news writing and corporate communications. She lives in Gardiner and enjoys reading, quilting and baking.
Snap Ed Nutrition Educator
Snap Ed Nutrition Educator
Alexis is the Snap-Ed Nutrition Educator with HCCA serving Southern Kennebec County. She received her Master’s in Public Health from the University of North Carolina in 2018 and is a Registered Dietitian. Her undergraduate studies in biochemistry and interest in health disparities and community-guided work led her to public health nutrition. Born and raised in the Pacific Northwest with an appreciation for the outdoors, she loves to explore through hiking, climbing, and skiing.
April Hughes, MPH, BS
District Tobacco Coordinator
April is the Tobacco Prevention Coordinator at HCCA serving Kennebec County. She works with a variety of entities and organizations to create and/or update tobacco policies in an effort to reduce secondhand smoke exposure, create healthier social norms around not using tobacco, and provide locations that support those who wish to quit. April also provides SideKicks trainings for schools and other youth-serving entities, which provides youth with the skills to talk to their peers about tobacco use. She also partners with social service providers to promote the Maine Tobacco HelpLine and QuitLink. April holds a Master’s of Public Health and Bachelor’s of Health Science through Purdue University. She resides in China with her spouse, two children, three dogs, two cats, and a brood of mischievous chickens. When she’s not working, she can be found losing herself in a novel and writing book reviews on her blog.
Jane is the Financial Administrator at HCCA. She holds a Bachelors in Business Management with a concentration in Accounting from the University of Maine. She supports the staff in developing and implementing their budgets. She is responsible for the day to day A/P and A/R as well as the reporting to funders. She works with Medical Care Development to prepare year end financial statements and Balance Sheets. Jane grew up in Houlton and but now resides in China, Maine with her husband, Mark. They love spending time with their two sons, daughter-in-laws, and 4 grandchildren (all under the age of two)! Jane enjoys being outdoors hiking, snowshoeing, and gardening.
Joanne E.A. Joy, MA, TPS, PS-P, LMPB
Senior Program Manager
Joanne serves as the Senior Program Manager of Substance Use Prevention, Tobacco Use and Control, and Youth Engagement. Joanne first staffed the Healthy Maine Partnership project starting in 2001, later becoming Executive Director before semi-retiring to her current role. She is also a crucial part of several tobacco prevention and control projects that reduce the impact of tobacco use and exposure on populations with health disparities, including Project Integrate, integrating tobacco-free policies, and increasing tobacco treatment for members of behavioral health populations; Reaching More Moms, increasing quit attempts among pregnant and parenting women who use tobacco; and the LGBTQ+ SupportME Network to increase effective, focused and inclusive prevention strategies tailored to meet the needs of students who identify as members of sexual orientation and gender identity minorities. 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 and now lives with her wife in Bowdoinham. She has three children, three grandchildren, and one office dog. She enjoys hiking, and the rivers, lakes and ocean in Maine.
Renee Page, MPH, CLC, PS-C
Renee is Executive Director of HCCA and oversees the organization’s food systems, nutrition education, and obesity prevention work. She also coordinates Maine Farm to Institution, a statewide network housed at HCCA, and serves as Maine’s Core Partner to the National Farm to School Network. 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 both an economic development strategy as well as an opportunity for health promotion. She supports several partner organizations through board membership and committee work including Farm to Institution New England, the Northeast Farm to School Collaborative, Food Fuels Learning, the Maine State Nutrition Action Council, 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 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 who attends USM, and is the mother of two grown children and grandmother to two amazing grandkids ages one and five.