Jessica Abbott is the Program Coordinator / Office Manager for Healthy Oxford Hills. She works within the community with retailers on the NO BUTS! and Star Store Programs to decrease the availability of Tobacco products for minors as well as promoting responsible gambling. Jessica has worked in area physician offices before joining Healthy Oxford Hills. Jessica lives in South Paris with her husband and 2 children. In her free time she enjoys spending time in nature with her children, and husband.
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Sarah Carter is a Community Nutrition Educator with Maine SNAP-Ed here at Healthy Oxford Hills. She works within the community, providing nutrition education to children, families and adults of all ages in order to make more informed choices about healthy eating and active living. Her work ranges from taste testing fruit and vegetables in local elementary schools to teaching adult cooking classes, with a focus on how to shop, cook, and eat on a budget. Her work also allows her to partner with community resources, including CEBE on their Edible Main Street Project, and serving on the board for the Alan Day Community Garden. Sarah grew up on a farm, and attributes her passion for healthy eating with her time spent in the garden pulling weeds and picking beans. When she is not at work, she is busy playing outdoors with her family: skiing, hiking, biking or building fairy houses.
If you would like more information about programming through SNAP-Ed, or to sign up for a cooking class contact Sarah.
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Carl Costanzi coordinates the 5210 Let’s Go! Oxford County program for Western Maine Health. 5210 Let’s Go! is a multisector childhood obesity prevention program. He is also involved with the healthy eating and active living work of the Oxford County Wellness Collaborative and with the Maine Outdoor Coalition working to get people in Maine connected to the outdoors. He participates in the two local community food councils, The Local Food Connection and Community Food Matters as well as the Bethel Area Nonprofit Collaborative. Before moving to Maine in 2004 Carl was a research molecular biologist in Philadelphia. He currently serves on the board of directors for the Western Foothills Land Trust and the Bryant Pond Learning Center. He lives in Norway with his wife Carolyn and dog Dakota and has three adult sons.
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Jim Douglas has been the Director of Healthy Oxford Hills since 2012. Jim is responsible for securing and administering the ten or so grants that fund all of HOH’s staff and projects. His job is to provide whatever support the rest of the HOH team need to do their work. HOH is part of the public health system of Maine, and so Jim acts as a local liaison with state and district partners (we are part of the Western Public Health District which includes Oxford, Androscoggin and Franklin counties.) He is actively involved in the Oxford County Wellness Collaborative, serving on several committees and working on its mission to involve all sectors and stakeholders of Oxford County in a collective framework initiative to dramatically improve the health and wellness of all residents of our county. Jim is passionate about community-building. He currently serves on the Boards of the Oxford County United Way and Norway Downtown.
A native of Maine, Jim has worked in a variety of human service related fields, including substance abuse rehabilitation, mental health, juvenile justice, hospice bereavement support, nonprofit management, and more. He lives in Norway with his wife Patti-Ann and their German Shepard Juno. They enjoy hiking, snowshoeing, biking, chasing balls, kayaking and swimming. Their two sons and families live nearby in Maine.
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Kate Goldberg is a Community Nutrition Educator with the Maine SNAP Ed program. She works delivering nutrition programming primarily in pre-schools, schools,
after-school and at summer meal sites. She loves to see children excited for “the healthy food lady” and their willingness to try new fruits and vegetables. Kate holds a Masters in Social Work and feels very lucky to combine working with people through her love of physical activity and healthy eating. She lives in Bethel with her husband, cat, dog and 4 chickens. In her free time she enjoys gardening, hiking, yoga and being with her three daughters.
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Maisey Griffin is an AmeriCorp VISTA working under the New York City Coalition Against Hunger (NYCCAH) and the Maine Hunger Initiative. Her office is at Healthy Oxford Hills, and she is working across all of Oxford County. Maisey will be serving as an AmeriCorp member for one year – November 2015 to November 2016. She will be working with the communities and schools of Oxford County to accomplish these goals:
1) Benefits Access: Convene community members to identify food-resource participation barriers, and develop an anti-hunger plan, including SNAP programs, to improve access in communities.
2) Volunteer Recruitment: Build systems to conduct volunteer recruitment. Also, create and share training materials.
3) Fund Development: Improve the capacity of community organizations to generate a diversity of funding streams that will make each organization more sustainable and better-able to provide long term programming. Organizations should support SNAP, SNAP E&T, and other FNS programming. Apply for grants and write proposals for in-kind donations. Learn and teach about resource development strategy.
4) Gardens, Markets, and Nutrition Education:
Improve access to nutritious food options by enhancing awareness of people’s availability of utilization of benefits at farmers’ markets (EBT), support local agriculture efforts, and provide nutrition education information and opportunities.
5) SNAP Employment & Training: Participate in meetings of State Agencies administering SNAP; promote the E&T program and sign people up; identify barriers; and train organizations on findings, best practices, systems, and business processes.
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Taylor Owens implements all substance abuse prevention strategies including chairing the local Substance Abuse Task Force, training alcohol retailers in responsible beverage server training, and educating the community about prescription drug safety and marijuana. In addition to this she also works with towns to implement tobacco policies as well as working with businesses on worksite wellness. Taylor lives in Casco and is currently working on her Masters in Social Work. In her free time she enjoys going to the gym, hiking, reading, and going on adventures.
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Brendan Schauffler is the Network Facilitator for the Oxford County Wellness Collaborative, based out of Healthy Oxford Hills. In this role he helps to support collaboration among numerous partners serving on the Collaborative’s workgroups: Active Living, Healthy Eating, Community Safety (interpersonal violence and abuse), Behavioral Health (mental health and substance abuse) and Community Engagement. Brendan helps with boosting the capacity of the group by aiding in strategic alignment and supporting the Collaborative’s Steering Committee. Additionally, he works on objectives related to active living. Brendan has a professional background in project management, writing, editing, and crafting messaging for marketing and outreach, supporting collective impact work focused on a regional food system, and public health. He has completed extensive graduate studies in community planning and development. He lives in Norway with his wife and two children, and spends his spare time at the gym, swimming, playing and reading with his kids, DJing, watching nature documentaries, and gardening.
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